Earlier this morning I posted my reviews of the Google Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. Both of these devices are fantastic Nexus devices and with the Marshmallow Android 6.0 operating system they are also great for the enterprise environment.
The Google Nexus 6P is made by Huawei and has the highest level of specifications in an Android phone today with a Snapdragon 810 V2.1 processor, 3GB of RAM, up to 128GB of internal storage, large capacity 3,450 mAh battery, 5.7 inch AMOLED 2360 x 1440 pixels resolution Gorilla Glass 4 display, and much more. In terms of specs it's tough to beat and it has a price $200 to $300 less than comparable smartphones.
The Nexus 5X is quite a bit smaller and easier to carry in your pocket. It's powered by a Snapdragon 808 processor, 2GB of RAM, up to 32GB of storage, a 5.2 inch 1080p display, and more.
Here are five reasons these two new Nexus phones are more appropriate for the enterprise than previous Nexus devices.
- Android security updates: ZDNet's Kevin Tofel wrote about the monthly security updates that Google will roll out to Nexus devices. Other devices are at the mercy of manufacturers and US wireless carriers. With the promise of security patches for three years, the Nexus phones are the ones to buy if you want to ensure you have the safest Android smartphone available.
- Fingerprint scanner: HTC, Samsung, and others have tried fingerprint scanners before, but now we have OS-level support in Marshmallow with the Nexus phones rolling out support first. Employees are more apt to lock their device with a simple fingerprint scanner and so far the Nexus sensors are performing wonderfully.
- Application permissions: When installing applications in the past you never really knew what you were agreeing to, which is not a safe way to operate. In Marshmallow you define what you want to share and when in apps designed for Marshmallow.
- Now On Tap: Contextual information improves your efficiency and with Now On Tap employees will be able to quickly perform related actions when working on their smartphones. You can also quickly perform research on people and businesses just by enabling Now On Tap from a contact card.
- USB Type-C, quick charging, and Doze standbyoptimization: With USB Type-C, you no longer have to worry about broken devices from those jamming the cable in backwards and you can quickly get up to 4-7 hours of use in about 10 minutes. With improvements in battery and app management, employees will now experience longer standby times so their phones will be ready to go when they are.
Given that US carriers are moving away from the subsidized pricing model, it's also important for businesses to be able to find affordable phones that get the job done. This year the Nexus 6P and 5X are affordably priced, saving you hundreds over the Apple and Samsung flagships without compromising on privacy, security, timely updates, and quality hardware.
As I continue to test out these two new Nexus phones, please let me know if there is anything specific you want me to test out that I didn't cover in my reviews. If I get enough inquiries from readers, I'll post a Q&A article in the next week or two.