- Debashis Sarkar , The Indian Express
Android Marshmallow, a great camera, fast fingerprint scanner coupled with a smooth experience- the Nexus 5X is a delight. One of the major pain point would be dealing with USB Type C and if you are okay with the plastic build, there is nothing to complain. LG Nexus 5X definitely has more to it than...
- Nicole Lee , Engadget
The Nexus 5X signifies Google's return to a more affordable phone that's also friendlier to those with tinier hands.
- Sharp and bright display
- Comfortable grip
- Easy to use one-handed
- Excellent photos in good lighting situations
- Very fast fingerprint scanner
- Some slowdowns in performance when opening camera app
- Display color a bit flat
The Nexus 6 failed to impress a lot of Google's fans as it was too large and expensive for those that enjoyed the Nexus 5. Google finally listened and released the 5X – the first real successor to the Nexus 5. It wasn't love at first sight among experts. In fact, most consider it rather dull and uninspired with some going so far as to call it ugly. Still, they add it is quite comfortable to hold thanks to its light weight of only 136 grams and, despite being slightly taller and wider than its predecessor, easy to use one-handed. With that said, some did take issue with the build quality citing it as cheap and plastic-y especially with regards to the power and volume rocker. The biggest update to the design is the inclusion of a fingerprint scanner on the back of the device. Experts were very pleased with the new addition as they described it as lightning fast and incredibly accurate even in the rain.
The only thing that has changed with the screen is its size. Now at 5.2 inches, the IPS LCD display still sports a resolution of 1920 x 1080 for a pixel density of 432ppi. While not quadHD, experts had no qualms with its overall sharpness. They were equally impressed with the overall brightness and color accuracy though they point out the colors were fairly flat. As Alphr puts it, "the Nexus 5X won't blow you away, but it won't leave you crying…"
A combined 1.44GHz quad-core chip and 1.82GHz dual-core chip makes up the hexa-core CPU on the Nexus 5X and 2GB of RAM keeps the Nexus 5X humming along. On paper, the specs certainly are not on par with other flagship smartphones. When put through benchmark tests, experts noticed inconsistent performance, which ended up translating to real life use. For the most part they had no issues navigating the home screen. It was only when they tried to load up the camera app or open multiple tabs in the browser when they noticed some slowdown. While annoying, they state it is still fast enough for most people. They biggest problem for experts though is the battery life. Even with moderate use, they were only able to get a day out of it. With heavy gaming, they drained batteries to 50 percent in only two hours.
Perhaps the biggest upgrade to the 5X is the move to a 12.3MP rear camera and improved aperture and larger light sensor. These improvements allowed reviewers to take very detailed, vibrant and color accurate pictures even in low lighting situations. Of course, when they zoomed into the pictures more they did notice some noise and distorted colors for the dim light shots. Still, they were rather impressed with the quality, especially since it does not come with optical image stabilization. Instead, the 5X concentrates on its laser assisted autofocus and larger light sensor. Besides pictures, the camera can also record 4K videos. Unfortunately, the 5X does not allow for expandable storage so 4K videos ultimately will take up much needed storage space.
While the 5X is not without its flaws, reviewers still highly recommend it for consumers looking for a pure Android experience in a small package. The Verge states, "It's compact, cheap and performs well, even if it's not the best-looking or best-feeling phone you can get." Tech Radar adds, " The Nexus 5X isn't the best phone you can get…It's more like the perfect fit for one hand and the closest thing to a five-finger discount given the specs."
Reviews (7.9/10 Avg. rating)
A smartphone with all the cutting-edge features, but at a budget price
It’s not perfect, but the Nexus 5X’s top features and hitch-free performance make it so easy to live with and great to use. It’s also more affordable than the other ‘budget’ smartphone, the Apple iPhone SE, whose 16GB model is yours for £360, while the 64GB is £430. If you want the best multimedia experience, we’d have to point you towards the LG G5, Apple iPhone 6S and the Samsung S7. However, for those who don’t want to pay a premium price but want a smartphone that has all the cutting-edge features, the Nexus 5X is definitely wor... Full review
A mid-range Google smartphone for the masses
LG Nexus 5X is clearly an improvement over the previous Nexus flagship smartphone, but it's not a true flagship by its own nature. Instead, it's a mid-range device that offers users the raw Android experience.
Google has decided to include some new features into the mix, such as USB Type-C port and fingerprint sensor, which are nice additions to the Nexus family.
LG Nexus 5X is the perfect choice for those who want to keep their smartphones up to date with the latest version of Android, at least for the next two years or so.
Although it's not the best perfor... Full review
Good display and ergonomics, with fast performance
The LG Nexus 5X is not without faults and it probably isn’t the best Nexus phone to buy either. But it is a worthy update to the aging Nexus 5 and while I may not have recommended it at the initial price at which it was launched in India, since it was too close to the Nexus 6P in terms of pricing, the 5X is definitely worth your money at its new price point of around Rs 23,000 for the 16GB version. At that price point, it offers really good value for money. If you want a snappy phone with a good camera, display, fingerprint sensor and a stock Android experience, then look no further.... Full review
High-end specification for half the price of most premium flagship phones
The Nexus 5X is almost everything I wanted for the successor to Google’s 2013 flagship phone, but it’s not enough for me to keep as my new daily driver. The build quality feels cheaper than it should be considering other options in the same price range with better build materials, such as the new Moto X, OnePlus 2, OnePlus X, and more. I also don’t see why Google couldn’t have included the Snapdragon 810 instead of 808, considering they used the latest and greatest Snapdragon 800 in 2013’s Nexus 5. Google also skipped out on higher RAM memory, and it definitely... Full review
Definitely a good choice in the affordable segment
So there you have it for this second opinion look at the Nexus 5X! I really wanted to love this phone, and in a lot of ways I really do. However, there were a few issues, mainly to do with performance, that proved to be a let down. On way more than a few occasions, I did have an issue with getting everything I wanted to done on this device, with the little bit of lag creating issues with typing, or resulting in slow loading times.
These problems may not be as much of a big deal for a lot of users out there, and the Nexus 5X is definitely a good choice in the affordable segment, b... Full review
Ticks all the right boxes for a well rounded yet budget-friendly Android device
As a fan of the Nexus 5, I really like what Google and LG have managed to produce in the Nexus 5X. The handset improves upon its predecessor in many ways, while still keeping the same signature qualities we’ve come to expect from a Nexus device.
The camera is undoubtedly the Nexus 5X’s standout feature. The 12.3-megapixel shooter with large 1.55 micron pixels delivers quality photos in most situations, and does an especially good job when photographing inside. The camera app could use some work, and the lack of optical image stabilization sees the it fall behind the b... Full review
Offers good camera and decent performance
The Nexus 5X isn’t a high specced device, rather it’s average for what’s on offer by many others at this price. It’s the kind of device that isn’t excellent, but could be a good option depending upon what you’re looking for. Maybe Google planned it this way so that the users have an incentive to go for Nexus 6P.
A good camera, decent build and some swanky features such as USB Type-C and fingerprint scanner make it likeable. Of course there are flaws such as frame drops while gaming, heating up and an average battery life. Having said that, it i... Full review
LG Nexus 5X review: Settling down
Great screen and camera, but some frustrating niggles too
The Nexus 5X didn’t offer much in the way of surprises. Rarely have I been so nonplussed by a new Android smartphone. As a former Nexus 5 owner, I was hoping for a serious update, or at least that the Nexus 5X would share more qualities with its predecessor.
The significant advantage you get in upgrading to a Nexus 5X is better reception, increased security and a fingerprint sensor, but it's not the only smartphone to provide that. The Nexus 5X will get three years of updates from Google, of course, but even that is no longer a unique selling point.
The pool of... Full review
Manuals / User Guides
- Google Nexus 5X Manual (PDF)
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