Nexus 5X Full Review: The Google Nexus smartphones have always been known to provide the best Android experience that too at a reasonable price. The Nexus phones have never tried to be a part of the flagship race like the Apples, Samsungs and Sonys but this time around we see some changes. This year Google has raised the bar and come up with two Nexus phones, Nexus 5x and the Nexus 6p n collaboration with the Korean company LG and the Chinese Huawei respectively. To me, they are both way better than last years cluckier Nexus 6.
I got to spend some time with the LG Nexus 5x, which is the successor to the much loved LG Nexus 5 that released in 2013 and it has managed to carry forward the legacy set by the Nexus 5. So after whatever time I have spent with the phone, here is my Nexus 5X Review.
Nexus 5X Full Review with Full Specification:
|Display||5.2-inch, Full HD IPS, 1920 x 1080 pixels 423 ppi|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 808|
|Rear Camera||12.3MP, 1.55 μm pixels, f/2.0 aperture, IR laser-assisted autofocus|
|Front Camera||5MP, 1.4 μm pixels, f/2.2 aperture|
|Dimensions||147.0 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm|
|Operating System||Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
|Price||Rs. 31,990 (16GB)|
Nexus 5X: Build and Design:
The Nexus 5x is not a great looking phone, infact i feel that it is very boring to look at, the plastic build does no good to its appearance too. But once you take the phone in your hands you feel that the LG Nexus 5x does not deserve any hate. At 147.0 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm the phone fit perfectly in my palms, due to which using the phone is a pleasant experience and I could use the Nexus 5X phone easily while doing other tasks like while carrying groceries, pushings shopping carts and while doing so I did not drop the phone. The plasticky back may not look as premium as the metal or glass backs but it is certainly more usable.
The Nexus 5x has followed on the lines of the original Nexus 5 with the soft touch back and similar designs, usable with one hand, it is clear that LG has retained the best of Nexus 5 that was loved by the users and refined the phone more.
The front of the Nexus is mostly a black glass slab with two cut out speaker grills with no physical home button and without much bezels. We have the power button and the volume rocker keys in the right-hand side. The back of the phone has a 12.3 MP camera sensor, a flash and the fingerprint sensor that Google calls the Nexus Imprint.
LG has incorporated a USB type-C port in the device for charging and data transfer.
Nexus 5X: Display
The LG Nexus 5X sports a 5.2-inch (13.2 cms.), Full HD IPS capacitive touchscreen that has a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and a pixel density of 423 ppi. Compared to the Nexus 5 the screen of the Nexus 5X is slightly larger but other than that it is very much similar in experience.
Nexus 5X: Performance
The LG Nexus 5X is powered by a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor clocked at 1.8 GHz, with that there is the Adreno 418 GPU coupled with the 2GB RAM.
Offering specs like these, the Nexus 5X faces a stiff competition from the Oneplus 2 and the Moto X Style, which are priced at Rs. 24,999 and Rs. 29,999 respectively. OnePlus 2 is powered by a Snapdragon 810 processor that is coupled with 3/4GB RAM and the later device is powered by a Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB RAM.
Considering the real world usage, the Nexus 5X’s performed brilliantly, it ran smooth and buttery navigation. It was able to open apps in matter of milliseconds and as it is the pure Android running, it is bug-free.
The Nexus 5X was able to run the high demanding games like the Grand Theft Auto and the Riptide GP2 seamlessly without any trouble.
Nexus 5X: User Interface (UI)
The selling point of the Nexus phones have been the unaltered, untouched, pure form of Android and the LG Nexus 5X becomes one of the two latest Smartphones running the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Google has come up with great improvement over the Android Lollipop and is clearly one of the best-operating systems around.
With the Marshmallow update a number of useful features have been added to the Smartphone, among them the improved and better privacy controls, “Google Now on Tap”, Doze mode are the noteworthy features. You can now also control how much access you want to give to the apps.
In the Software department, there are things that are brilliant and look amazing because of Marshmallow’s new animations, but is somehow feels not properly baked and demands more updates.
Nexus 5X: Storage
The Nexus 5X will be available in two storage variants – 16 GB or 32 GB. There will be no option for expandable storage.
Nexus 5X: Camera
The one department in which the Nexus Smartphones had always lagged is the camera department and that has significantly changed with the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. Both the smartphones have the same camera hardware and both take brilliant snaps. At the time of unveiling the device, Google proclaimed that the new Nexus devices has the best camera that they have ever put into any Nexus phones.
Google has loaded the Nexus 5X with a 12.3 MP main camera with a f/2.0 aperture and a 5 MP front camera that has an aperture of f/2.2.
The megapixel count though remains low than most of its competitions but we now know that the megapixel count is not the only factor to judge the camera on.
In the usage of the phone I found that it is clearly way better than the Nexus 6 or the Nexus 5 and it snaps brilliant quality pictures. I just fail to understand why have they not included Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) in the phone but the phone takes pretty good quality pictures even in low light. So the camera has greatly impressed and I am sure that you will love it too.
Nexus 5X: Battery
The Nexus 5X is fuelled by a 2,700 mAh battery, the phone sadly does not support wireless charging but they have included Fast charging in the Nexus 5X that promises to provide 3.8 hours of usage with only 10 minutes of charging.
The Nexus 5X certainly does not disappoint with its battery life, it smoothly runs throughout the day with moderate use and with less use it can run for two days thanks to its Doze feature.
Nexus 5X: PROS and CONS
- Pure Android
- Quick charging
- Brilliant Camera;
- Fast and accurate fingerprint reader
- Speaker Disappoints
Nexus 5X: My Verdict:
No doubt the LG Nexus 5X is a really impressive phone but Rs 31,900 for a 16GB phone does not make sense to me and if you opt for the 32GB variant you will have to shell out Rs. 35,900. Seeing that the 32GB variant of the Nexus 6P costs Rs. 39,999, it will be better if you save a bit more to get the premium Nexus device to get the best Nexus experience.