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Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X: Things we love and things we hate

Last night Google revealed its new Nexus phones; the Nexus 6P mobile, a 5.7-inch mobile packing some premium specs, and the Nexus 5X, a more budget-friendly 5.2-inch blower. But while there are many things we love about the new Nexus phones, there’s plenty we dislike too.

We love: Simple, powerful cameras

Both Nexus phones pack a 12.3-megapixel Sony sensor and from our hands-on time it seems like a solid camera. The sensor’s enlarged 1.55μm pixels suck in more light to brighten up photos in pubs or other dingy locations. Meanwhile, the beefy internal hardware can capture 4K or 240fps slow motion video.

The software side is great too. Marshmallow’s camera application, which boasts a beautifully simple interface, packs a number of the creative tools previously found on Google Photos. It’s a great way to take quick, effort-free photos and quickly upload them to the cloud for safe-keeping.

Google Nexus 6P Camera

And kudos to LG for getting the same 12.3-meg snapper into the cheaper Nexus 5X, so there’s no compromise on photo quality. Check out our hands-on Nexus 5X review.

We hate: Once again, no microSD support

Sadly neither phone has a microSD memory card slot for expanding the on-board storage space. No real problem for the Nexus 6P, which comes in 32, 64 and 128GB flavours – the latter two pack plenty of space for your media collections and apps. However, the Nexus 5X only comes in 16 and 32GB versions, which means you’ll have to pick and choose which videos and apps you carry about (and be careful not to shoot too much 4K video).

Read next: Nexus 6P vs Nexus 5X vs Sony Xperia Z5 vs Samsung Galaxy S6

We love: Marshmallow

Android Marshmallow looks to be a seriously useful update from Google, packing some great new features. The more energy-efficient Marshmallow also gives greater control over apps and their permissions, while adding greater support for fingerprint sensors and other popular tech.

Google Android Marshmallow

Read next: When will my phone get Android Marshmallow?

We hate: No wireless charging on either phone

Both phones boast quick charge and the new Type C USB, but neither handset packs in wireless charging support, meaning you need to fanny about adding external peripherals to ditch the cables. Ah well, at least that USB cable is reversible, making it less irritating to shove in.

Check out our hands-on Nexus 6P review.


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