If Google doesn’t stray, the Pixel 2 phones will be here in October, which is not so far away. For those using a Google Nexus 6P that is facing quite a number of issues that range from the battery, slow performance, to the famous bootloops, going for months without a phone as they wait for the release of the Pixel 2 is simply not possible.
Many of those affected by the bootloop problem on the Google Nexus 6P are actually in the market for a budget phone that can keep them going until the Pixel 2 comes around. If you are one of them, well, there’s one for you in the shape of Nokia 6.
Before dismissing my argument, you’ll first have to agree that finding an exact replacement for the Nexus 6P without going the Pixel or Pixel XL way is just not possible. But with the Pixel 2 just months away, not so many would be willing to pay $650 or more for a phone that will soon be replaced by a better option.
In the Nokia 6, you have a phone that ticks quite a number of Nexus-like boxes. First is the price tag, where the phone is now available for about $225 for the base model and $250 for the high-end variant. Second is the timely software updates. Yes, the Nokia 6, for instance, was the first phone to receive July’s Android security patch, even ahead of the Pixel and Nexus devices.
Your love for stock Android OS will not be affected by this choice because the phone comes with near stock Android experience with just about no customizations at all. The company has also promised Android O will be available for update, but this might not count as it may receive the OTA at a time when the Google Pixel 2 is already in the market with Android O out of the box.
As noted, this Nokia 6 is a budget phone and as such, you can expect budget hardware specs. Given that the phone is about half the price of the Google Nexus 6P when it was first launched in 2015, the performance hardware isn’t anything to smile about. The phone has a decent 5.5-inch 1080p display screen with Gorilla Glass 3 on top, which is not bad at all. As for the specs under the hood, you get a Snapdragon 430 SoC mated with 3GB/32GB on the base model and 4GB/64GB on the high-end variant. The phone has Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box.
One area that the Google Nexus 6P is arguably unbeatable is the camera department. With the Nokia 6, you will have to deal with what you get, at least for three months. Still, the 16MP shooter on the back that is supported by PDAF, dual-tone LED flash, f/2.0 aperture and 1080p video recording will get the job done. The front camera has an 8MP lens for selfies with an aperture of f/2.0 and support for 1080p video recording.
With the 1080p display resolution, you should get a longer battery life from the 3000mAh unit used on the phone. In case it dies on you, it won’t be long before you are up and running thanks to the support for fast charging technology. The Nokia 6 also comes with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, 4G LTE and 3.5mm audio jack, but there’s no USB-C port.
Other budget Nexus 6P alternatives worth looking at as you wait for the release of the Pixel 2 include the Moto G5 or G5 Plus, but the software updates’ experience isn’t what it used to be on Motorola phones.
Can you think of a better Nexus 6P alternative than Nokia 6? Let us know in your comments below.