What’s up guys! This is the Nexus 5X. I didn’t forget about it, I just started testing it after I was done with Nexus 6P. I’m going to make this one really short and swift because essentially, this is the same exact software as Nexus 6P but different hardware. So in name and in person, the Nexus 5X is actually a successor to the beloved Nexus 5 from two years ago. It’s made by LG again too and it keeps a lot of a storm-trooper looks on that phone and brings them to the standards of 2015 specs. It is what a lot of people are looking for in the next Nexus.
I like it a lot, it keeps those flat sides for easy grip and soft touch finish everywhere this time and just over all pretty clean design even with the huge Nexus 5 on the back. So when comparing it to Nexus 5, I kind of like the new design a little bit better though with the exception of the slightly bigger camera hump which just means it will rock a bit if you try to text on the table. But overall, this phone feels good to me.
It’s light-weight especially when comparing to some metal phones. Some have said that it feels cheap without any metal and I do tend to agree a bit but I had no problems with the actual built. It is put together very well. And the smaller design makes it easier to grip than the bigger and older model especially with that finger print reader which I realize might have been harder to reach on the back of the 6P for people with bigger hands.
Now, in this smaller body, you got a smaller display of 5-inch 1080p Panel but more importantly, it’s an LCD panel now instead of an AMOLED which means colors are a bit less saturated and definitely pops less but this isn’t something that most people would notice until I guess you hold it side by side with a much better screen. At 1080p at this size is still a high PPI so it’s still sharp. The one thing I noticed with LCD making a difference is when ambient display turns on especially at night when you can see the whole display light up even though it’s supposed to be black.
Interestingly though, I didn’t see this has much effect on battery life. And speaking of battery, that’s another thing that’s different with this phone. So smaller phone equals smaller battery. And the Nexus 5X is rocking a 2700mah so it’s actually not that small but it’s not 3400mah or anything impressive. It’s a decent size for what’s inside and battery life is pretty average. I have no problems getting through a day of what I consider normal use: plenty of Twitter, e-mails, and Feedly and stuff like that. But I pretty much never made it past a full day.
What’s nice though is Android 6.0 best new feature is Doze and I’ve noticed this with pretty much every Marshmallow phone I’ve tested. Standby time is excellent. Actually, while I was testing next to 6P, I had this 5X on my desk for literally a week. Still signed in and pulling notifications and everything. It was fine. So is you’re a lighter user and your phone spends more time in standby mode, you have no problem with battery life here. And this is a USB C type phone also as we expected with the new Nexus and thankfully there is rapid charging here. Even faster in terms of percentage than the 6P since the battery is smaller.
So we’re talking something like four-hours of use from 10 minutes of being plugged in. The larger difference between the Nexus 5X and 6P would just be what’s inside: the specs. And as a $400 phone, Nexus 5X kind of has what you would expect from an upper mid-tier device: Snapdragon 808 and 2GB of RAM. The performance is pretty good. Naturally there are some concerns that since it’s not super high-end there will be some lag or delay, but I really haven’t found that. And graphics performances pushes 1080p so it’s been just fine since it’s smooth running those frames. The 1GB less of RAM might be more of an important loss if you are multitasking a lot but even so apps open quickly and switching back and forth between them has been a breeze. If you want to see a more complete list of phone specs for this device check out GSM Arena for that.
The Nexus 5X handles gaming really well as well at 1080p. In fact the only place I saw lagging more than once or twice was the camera app but this is actually the same with the 6P after a while. You can double tap the power button to open it quickly. Sometimes it loaded up nice and quick and you can take the shot. Over time it hesitated big time and I actually missed the shot. So this is probably the one app in Marshmallow that I’ve had any sort of performance issues with but once you get used to it and use this phone with normal use, it’s pretty fun.
Oh! Speaking of the camera, this phone is rocking the exact same optics and sensor as the Nexus 6P so no difference in image quality there which is great because it is actually a pretty good camera. The only minor difference is the processor is capable of pushing 120 frames per second slow motion instead of the 240 that is possible with the 6P. This is a great camera for the price of a phone.
But I’m not sure it it’s the same finger print sensor as the one with the 6P but it doesn’t really matter because it is also really good. Set up was a breeze at less than 20 seconds and this finger print sensor is super quick and accurate every time.
Past all your hardware is just stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It’s a pure, clean, functional experience like the one we’ve used from previous Nexuses. It suits this phone really well: nice and clean hardware; nice and clean software.
Overall, it is a very well-rounded device and a really nice sequel to Nexus 5.
Overall, Nexus 5X: it isn’t the best phone in it’s budget or anything like that but it’s one of the best and really if you’re looking forward to Nexus or if you want to refresh of the Nexus 5, this is the phone you’re really looking forward to.