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Google Nexus 5X Review

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Google Nexus 5X Review


Google Nexus 5X Review
Google Nexus 5X Review
Google Nexus 5X Review
Google Nexus 5X Review
Google Nexus 5X Review
Google Nexus 5X Review
Google Nexus 5X Review
Google Nexus 5X Review
Google Nexus 5X Review
The notion of what a ‘cheap’ phone is nowadays is a very different one from what we’ve encountered in the past. In this day and age, devices like the Moto G (2015) and Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 4.7-inch have all redefined what it takes to be an affordable smartphone of above average quality. Quite simply, they don’t have such an incredible specs sheet to captivate most folks from the iPhone or Galaxy league, but nonetheless, they offer a ton of value without too much compromise in design and performance.

Above that category, the industry has recently etched out a new segment that many refer to as ‘low cost’ premium smartphones – such as the Moto X Pure Edition, OnePlus 2, ZTE Axon Pro, and many more. Boasting prices less than $450 outright, they don’t seem to skimp out anywhere with their flagship-esque specs sheets. However, we have another new entrant into this particular space, the Google Nexus 5X.Being one of two brand new Nexus smartphones this year, the LG-made Google Nexus 5X not only aims to attract people with its pure Android 6.0 Marshmallow experience, but it’s also going to make many folks happy knowing that it’s been slapped with a competitive $379 starting cost – priced similarly to what was established with the Nexus 5 from a couple years ago. Price alone is a huge driving factor in making the 5X so compelling, but it needs so much more to captivate a wider audience, especially when we’ve been spoiled by so many great-performing, low-cost premium phones.

The package contains:

  • Google Nexus 5X
  • Wall charger
  • USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable
  • Quick start guide
  • Safety & warranty information
  • SIM removal tool


The humble styling is evident again with this one.

Every phone has a certain threshold when it comes to design, which can be dictated by the price point it’s attempting to meet. For the LG-made Google Nexus 5X, there are no surprises whatsoever to see that it has been designed with modesty in mind, much like the Nexus 5. Plastic, that’s the only material found with its construction. It’s not elegant, nor edgy either, but the two-toned color of our particular model meshes well – more so when it’s the matte plastic variety, which does nicely to stay cleaner looking than glossy plastic.

Indeed, it is no-nonsense approach, evident in the way plastic is used in every facet of the phone’s design – including the buttons around its edges. Unlike the majority of phones nowadays, the Nexus 5X opts to favor a more compact and slim design, ensuring that it’s still largely comfortable to operate with a single hand thanks to its fitting size and 70.04% screen-to-body ratio. Therefore, there’s no excessive stretching needed from our thumbs to reach all corners of the display. And of course, since it employs a plastic construction, it’s pretty lightweight tipping the scales at only 136 grams.

Frankly, the design isn’t anything worth writing home about. It’s a simple plastic-bodied thing with edges that seamlessly curve around to meet uniformly with the rear casing. Some might say that its design is a bit on the boring and dull side, which is in contrast to the stylish and highly customizable design of the Moto X Pure Edition, but it’s a pure design that matches what the phone is all about.

Looking around the phone, we’re presented with very familiar ports and buttons – such as its power button and volume controls on the right edge, 3.5mm headset jack and microphone on the bottom, and SIM slot on the left. The speaker, though, has been positioned right below the display, providing for that ideal experience when it comes to watching videos because it projects audio toward us.

What’s arguably different with this phone, however, is that it comes with a USB Type-C port. Love it or hate it, this new connection is eventually going to phase out the traditional micro-USB connection that has been widely used on many devices close to a good decade by now, seeing that it offers some additional conveniences. For example, USB Type-C cables are reversible, so it doesn’t matter what side you’re inserting the cable into the port. The only downside here is that you can’t connect it to any USB port that isn't a Type-C one, like the ones on your computer, to charge or transfer data. To do that, you'll need to purchase the correct USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable.

Another important feature of the phone is situated on its back. No, it’s not the camera that juts out a little, but rather, the fingerprint sensor beneath it that’s adorned with a chrome outline. Humble might be the word that best associates with the Nexus 5X, so it’s somewhat of a surprise to find one here with the Nexus 5X. Luckily, it works just like any of the handful of recent smartphones with finger print sensors – requiring only for us to gently place our finger over the sensor for it to recognize and unlock. Technically speaking, we don’t need to press the power button first, seeing that we can quickly unlock the phone from a standby state with the screen off by just putting our finger over its scanner.

Google Nexus 5X
5.79 x 2.86 x 0.31 inches
147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm
4.80 oz (136 g)

Google Nexus 5X

Apple iPhone 6
5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches
138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm
4.55 oz (129 g)

Apple iPhone 6

Samsung Galaxy S6
5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches
143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm
4.87 oz (138 g)

Samsung Galaxy S6

5.86 x 3 x 0.39 inches
148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm
5.47 oz (155 g)


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.

Google Nexus 5X Review


Seriously, it’s one very accurate screen that won’t disappoint.

There might be a ‘5’ in its name, but the Nexus 5X iss actually boasting a 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 IPS-LCD display with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 protecting it all. Although we’ve seen a handful of phones within its price point donning Quad-HD resolution, we’re not too bummed out to realize it’s 1080p resolution here with the Nexus 5X. In all fairness, it’s more than detailed to give it a high level of sharpness to the eye – so it’s not an issue whatsoever.

Cheap phones tend to employ low-quality displays, that’s just the typical expectance. However, that’s far from the truth here, as the Nexus 5X is fashioned with a pretty, color-accurate screen that boasts several top-notch qualities with its package. They include a 6800K color temperature, 2.31 gamma value, and a peak brightness output of 487 nits. All of this indicates that we’re dealing with a fairly high-quality panel, ensuring it’s visible even in challenging lighting conditions – and not being too cold in tone, so it’s neither too warm nor cold.

Oh yeah, did we forget to mention that it gets really close to nailing all the reference points in the sRGB color gamut? Well, it does, and we couldn’t be happier to find out that its color reproduction is nearly perfect. Looking very closely to its values, we can determine that it reproduces realistic, true-to-life colors. All told, this is one impeccable screen that doesn’t skimp out on the necessary goods, and for its price point and all, it’s pleasant to know that it’s able to achieve the same stellar results as other phones priced well above it.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Apple iPhone 6 606
Samsung Galaxy S6 563
Google Nexus 5X 487
LG G4 454
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posted on 20 Oct 2015, 07:51 9

1. kefalin (Posts: 237; Member since: 08 Feb 2015)

You got little fail there. On picture,you say it has 8 core processor,but SD808 is just 6 core

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 07:57 15

4. Scott93274 (Posts: 4277; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

Dude.... I like this site, but I've been noticing lots of discrepancies with their reviews as of late.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 09:41 2

21. zeeBomb (Posts: 1860; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)

I'm happy how far nexus phones have come. Each year, google learns from their mistakes to give us a better phone. The camera, the screen (beautifully callibrared) and performance? I'll take it!

posted on 22 Oct 2015, 07:02

63. kennethac89 (Posts: 3; Member since: 23 Sep 2015)

too few internal storage, not worth it until this is fixed

posted on 02 May 2016, 07:44

71. Gousaid67 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 May 2016)

well what do you expect 1 TB from a phone? 32GB i plenty for me to work with

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 09:52 1

26. Acer_Predator (unregistered)

Where is 6P review ?!?!

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 09:54

27. zeeBomb (Posts: 1860; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)

It coming... DAT screen on the 6p tho, according to PA 5x is calibrated much better...

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 09:55

28. Scott93274 (Posts: 4277; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

I've read that the 6P has color accuracy issues, but that you can adjust them.... I guess we will have to wait and see.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 09:59

29. zeeBomb (Posts: 1860; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)

Yeah. Probably no sRGB mode on

posted on 18 Apr 2016, 16:57

70. JoshN (Posts: 157; Member since: 01 Apr 2015)

That headphone output is absolutely BULLSH!T !!!!

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 07:56 8

2. johanbiff (Posts: 388; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)

the fingerprint sensor is faster on 5X then 6s, that alone is autowin

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 07:59 2

5. Scott93274 (Posts: 4277; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

I've also seen that the 5X boots faster as well, but when opening up several apps and in real world circumstances, the 6P has a massive advantage speed wise, Just goes to show you how important RAM is to a device.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 09:26 2

18. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1373; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)

So you boot up your phone 50 times a day? If not it doesnt matter. Most phones boot up in reasonable time. The only time an iOS user will boot up is when updates come. No need for other unexpected reasons unlike on android. Also the sensor on 6S is super fast that you dont even see notifications scree. Its that good. So if 5X's is tiny bit faster makes no difference. A big difference was when 6 came out compared to slow stupidly implemented one on galaxy S5 back then in 2014.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 09:45 3

23. Scott93274 (Posts: 4277; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

Umm... You sound a bit defensive, and I for the life of me cannot see why. I simply stated an observation from a YouTube video that compared the two devices, the 5X does in fact boot faster than the 6P. I don't mean to upset anyone, that's just the way it is. And my current phone has been running for 333 hours straight, or just under two weeks, so I will agree with you that the boot time is far less than important than the phone's performance when switching between apps.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 14:04 3

47. Pattyface (Posts: 1524; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)

He is defensive because he loves apple

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 08:06 2

6. rd_nest (Posts: 1593; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)

Barely. Doesn't matter if I save 0.0053 sec everytime I use fingerprint sensor.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 07:57 6

3. PostmanLV (Posts: 15; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)

headphone output is pathetic

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 08:40 5

9. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)

That alone is a deal breaker. Does anyone know if the 6p has better output? If it doesn't, I'm cancelling my preorder.

This has almost always been a problem with me for android. Samsung and HTC are the only phones I've used that best the iPhone's. Even my iPod Shuffle would be great when it comes to output.

Wtf Google, get that s**t straight.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 12:13

36. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2240; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)

Just Get Better Headphones/Earbuds.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 13:38 3

42. SamsungPhanboy (banned) (Posts: 765; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)

So the Better headphones can't take full advantage? Huh?

posted on 21 Oct 2015, 17:09

57. mosincredible (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Oct 2015)

By "better", I'm assuming he means headphones that sound great but don't require much power.

posted on 21 Oct 2015, 08:06

55. lukkiristi (Posts: 68; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

I just clicked the "view all" button under the headline Audio output, and they seem to have the 6P already listed there. The good news end there, I'm afraid..

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 09:19

17. jmonteiro829 (Posts: 181; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)

if you are inclined I'm sure that there is an XML file that can change that. I did it on my LG G4 that also had terrible output.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 08:13

7. thegeneral7010 (Posts: 328; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)

I saw a camera comparison between it and iphone 6s , iphonr was better in day photos while nexus was awesome in night.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 08:14

8. Rydsmith (Posts: 525; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)

This will be fun.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 08:40 1

10. ibend (Posts: 3858; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

Dull-looking design - its not that bad tough
No expandable storage - its common for nexus
Doesn’t come with USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable - at least i have usb-c port on my PC (even tough i dont have plan to buy this phone :P )

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 08:47

11. tanush (Posts: 15; Member since: 26 Aug 2015)

Lol, I was confused between this and Moto X Style..got my mind clear now!

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 08:57 3

12. cnour (Posts: 589; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)

Maximum 6/10.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 09:39 2

20. roldefol (Posts: 4108; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

You must be new around here.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 09:00

13. Tuxedo (Posts: 339; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)

0.29V headphone out??!!! Well, that is quite disappointing. I wonder why they keep it so low... too many compromises with Android... shame shame...

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 09:14 1

14. Cheezwiz (Posts: 430; Member since: 29 Dec 2014)

Needed to be $349 for the 32GB to be a real value proposition. I don't see any reason why I wouldn't just run out and buy the 6P, LG G4, or Moto X Pure instead.

The only rationale would be if I had small hands and didn't want a larger phone.

posted on 21 Oct 2015, 21:57

60. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

6P is too big and too close to Note 5 price wise in Canada to justify. LG G4 is umm, just not feeling it and it costs a lot more. Moto X pure is a super brick of almost Nexus 6 proportions and no one bought that.

I would take the Nexus 5x over all of those In a split second.

The Nexus 5x is basically a smaller G4 with stock android instead of LG ui. That's pretty good.

posted on 21 Oct 2015, 22:12

62. Scott93274 (Posts: 4277; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

I'm sure it's a good phone, but I've already seen some performance comparison videos between it and the Nexus 6P and with a lot of apps running, it really fell behind a significant amount due to the LPDDR3 RAM.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 09:15

15. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1233; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

If they had just put in a massive battery, it would have totally changed my opinion of this device.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 09:19

16. Tizo101 (Posts: 394; Member since: 05 Jun 2015)

okay this was an on point review, thank you.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 09:38

19. Commentator (Posts: 3669; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Mine will be arriving tomorrow but I'll probably return it (sometime within 14 days) for a 6P. Hard to turn down what many reviewers are calling the best Android phone ever (and hence the best smartphone ever... Arguably.)

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 09:42

22. zeeBomb (Posts: 1860; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)

This might be my next phone...leggo

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 12:55 3

37. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

I wouldn't trust an iverge review. Lol

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 13:43

44. Commentator (Posts: 3669; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Ha I know I know, but other places are saying this looks like the real deal too. It's either this or the Note 5, and I prefer the look and presumably the feel of the 6P over the Note, and stock > TouchWiz IMO.

(Plus I went to the same college as the Verge's reviewer, so that probably contributes to my bias some too.)

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 16:56

50. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

Different reviewers and I don't really trust engaget either but they gave the Nexus 5x an 88 and the Nexus 6P an 87.

Different reviewers though.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 14:58

48. Awalker (Posts: 1431; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

It depends on who's reviewing the device. Some of the editors like Android as long as it's stock.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 09:48

24. surethom (Posts: 612; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)

EIS is a much needed addition, I do hope google can do something via a software update to improve the non existent video stabilization.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 10:05

30. Commentator (Posts: 3669; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Right? I watched a video comparison between the 5X and the iP6s (which has EIS) and there was no contest. The 5X's stability is basically nonexistent.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 12:57

38. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

The super saf tv comparison? The 5x kills the s**t out of the iPhone 6s in low light still pics though.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 13:59

46. Commentator (Posts: 3669; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

That was the one. Never watched that guy before, seems fairly legit though.

Yeah, the comparison was pretty well balanced overall, and the 5X definitely has its strengths, but DAMN was that thing shaky.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 09:49 4

25. roldefol (Posts: 4108; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

So it has cheap plastic build, crappy headphone output, a weak and tinny speaker, and lousy call quality. Sounds like it fails at the vital aspects of being, well, a phone.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 10:39

32. Commentator (Posts: 3669; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

I basically only ordered mine for pure nostalgia for pure nostalgia for the Nexus 5, but that being said I'll be returning it once those feelings wear off. Why would anyone get this when the 6P is just $70 more? (Well, practically speaking since the 32GB 5X is $430 and the 32Gb 6P is $500. I know technically the base price for the 5X is 380, but who wants 16GB?)

I'd understand going for the 5X over the 6P if it were compact, but it hardly is. I kinda wish they had gone 5" instead of 5.2".

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 11:03 1

33. roldefol (Posts: 4108; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Or if the 5X were a compact 5.2" like last year's Moto X. Those top and bottom bezels - which don't make a hell of a lot of sense since it's a single front speaker - make it close in size to 5.7" phones like the X Pure.

I get the nostalgia thing, but this just doesn't look like a very good phone.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 12:59

40. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

$499 vs 699 here. If I was going to pay $699 I would get the Note 5. It's more compact, better processor, and has the spen.

So the 5x makes sense and it's pretty much the same size as the Xperia Z3, which is still way more compact than the iPhone 6s Plus and Nexus 6p.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 13:42 1

43. roldefol (Posts: 4108; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

I can see how that changes the value equation. Here it's

Nexus 5X $379-429
Moto X Pure $399-499
Nexus 6P $499-649
Note 5 $699-799

Moto X or Nexus 6P 64GB hit the sweet spot.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 10:38

31. drifter77 (Posts: 190; Member since: 12 Jun 2015)

It's pretty sad that most phones of 2015 have pathetic battery life... with the exception of a few.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 11:52

34. fyah_king (Posts: 280; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)

So, the iPhone 6s and s plus will have the highest score, again.lol

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 12:03 1

35. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

So now that a 1080p screen is calibrated perfectly and the Nexus 6p and Z3 screens still absolutely destroy it, can these retarded isheep reviewers stop giving the iPhone 6 displays 10/10. That's f**king retarded as s**t.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 13:45

45. roldefol (Posts: 4108; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Only if you ask nicely next time.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 15:51 1

49. Commentator (Posts: 3669; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

They said the same exact thing about the OG Nexus 5, which had great calibration as well (temperature was even closer to the reference point).

Apparently if a screen is perfectly calibrated it's "dull and washed-out with colors that don't pop" and apparently if the colors are vibrant and pop, the screen is "poorly-calibrated."

posted on 21 Oct 2015, 18:38

58. dazed1 (Posts: 326; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)

LOL you have no idea, Apple is farm fro my fav company, but their displays are only (LG's actually) beaten by Samsung's and nothing else.

posted on 21 Oct 2015, 22:01

61. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

I buy pretty much every decent phone or get to use one at work and you have no idea. Their displays are low rates yellow tinted junk that are calibrated properly. Apparently that is enough to win you over.

You are going to love this Nexus 5x display then.

posted on 06 Dec 2015, 13:23

69. siduaoisud (Posts: 9; Member since: 26 Nov 2015)

"but their displays are only (LG's actually) beaten by Samsung's and nothing else." Most Android flagships beat Apple. Their resolution and pixel density stats are horrific and backwards compared to Android flagships such as the Nexus, Note 5, V10, and the list goes on.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 12:58

39. Comicgeek300 (Posts: 21; Member since: 22 Sep 2015)

It's not ugly in person. Nice.

posted on 20 Oct 2015, 13:36

41. Ghost04 (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 May 2014)

I think Nexus 6P will get about 5.5 in PA review .
Because it's made by Chinese Manufacture .

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Display5.2 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (423 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera12.3 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53 processor
Size5.79 x 2.86 x 0.31 inches
(147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm)
4.80 oz  (136 g)
Battery2700 mAh, 20 hours talk time

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