10 things that could have made the Google Nexus 5X a better smartphone

Well, folks, Google has finally announced its Marshmallow ambassador – the Google Nexus for 2015. And it's not one, but two – the phablet-class, Huawei-made Nexus 6P, and the compact-ish, LG-made Nexus 5X. That's right – the smaller Nexus is back! Dare we say "Hallelujah!"?

Unfortunately, some changes in goals and politics must've been made at Google HQ. See, the Nexus 6P is the truly "flagship"-feeling device here – with its premium design and powerful hardware. The Nexus 5X, on the other hand, takes a step back, packing a less-powerful engine unde its hood, and a more modest hardware. Indeed, the days of Nexus devices being an absolute bang-for-the buck (when comparing hardware against price) truly seem to be behind us.

But this doesn't mean that the Nexus 5X is going to be a bad phone by any means. On the contrary, we expect that the Snapdragon 808 will perform quite well with vanilla Android on top, and we can't wait to test it out. However, even now, we do have some gripes with certain features missing from the phone. Let's check out the ten things that could've made the Google Nexus 5X a better smartphone!

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Nexus 5X
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh(20h talk time)



1. gaming64 unregistered

Few of this are subjective. And seriously, phoneaArena. Stop it with this removable battery thing. We ain't in 2012 anymore. Waterproof? You swimming with phones?

3. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

The best thing they could have done is make it more like the 6P from a specs perspective. Saw this article that I posted on another article that explains it somewhat well:http://italkandroid.com/phone-size-compromise/ But I really wanted to like the 5x, but ended up forces to order the better 6P.

4. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Iphone arena, please, look at phone price its more than iphone specs for half the price

6. stanislav

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Tard iPhones has better specs with better ram (lpddr4) and TWICE as better processor

16. Dr.Android

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

you cant compare android phones specs to iPhone when it comes down to processing hardware. ios doesn't require as much processing power as android.

20. stanislav

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

No! I can! Its called understanding SOMETHING from hardware, not just counting cores and mhzs.

15. middlehead

Posts: 472; Member since: May 12, 2014

"Stopping with this removable battery thing" would be incredibly foolish. Taking away that ability was a change that benefits only the manufacturers and we're never going to get it back if people just roll over and take it. It's bad enough that there are some like you who already have. Calling removable batteries a "2012 feature" as if it was a thing that belongs in the past is both ignorant and arrogant.

2. kabel

Posts: 150; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

I wonder how they calculated the body to screen ratio with those huge top and bottom bezels. Those top and bottom are uglier than on HTC M8/M9. HTC used to be top/bottom bezel champion, but not anylonger ... Yuck Google!

5. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

OIS would've made low-light performance even better. However, the biggest disappointment from a lack of OIS is that you get digital stabilization only, which usually sucks compared to OIS.

7. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

If anything from this phone bothers you, then blame Google, not LG. I couldn't imagine such an ugly look from Google design team, it just looks like a very cheap China phones. LG shouldn't have accepted this childish design with midrange spec like this, it just ruins our reputation as the leaders in tech industry.

8. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1253; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

The speakers aren't stereo?! What a waste of front facing speakers.

22. Fellwalker

Posts: 545; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Speaker - singular!

9. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Wish Nexus 5X had 64gb option. in 2015 32gb should be the minimum storage as apps are becoming larger and larger. Still i am living with a phone of 300mb internal storage

13. DFranch

Posts: 562; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I might have bitten if there was a 64GB option. Although, I would have missed wireless charging.

10. ChazzMatt

Posts: 106; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

I owned two gen3 Galaxy Nexus and two gen5 LG Nexus 5 smartphones. I did not buy a Nexus 6 as Google screwed up and made it too big. Instead I bought two 5.2" Moto XT1225 which had 95% of the Moto Nexus 6 specs in a more reasonable size. So, I was curious about the upcoming gen7 Nexus phones. Would they make me want to "upgrade"? At least Google is making two Nexus phones this year (5.2", 5.7"), and in a telling apology BOTH are smaller than last year's 6" Nexus WHALE. However they are making a mistake by giving the 5.2" lesser specs than the 5.7". Just because some people want a more reasonable phone to hold doesn't mean they don't want top hardware specs. _____________ GOOD: Both Nexus phones are better than any iPhone. (the 5.7" has higher resolution, bigger display, bigger battery than the iPhone 6s Plus, yet is smaller and lighter). Also, Google went back to lower pricing for their Nexus smartphones. _________ BAD: I'm not that impressed with either one -- at least compared to what I have right now (2014 Moto XT1225). There are many Androids better than iPhones. The competition is not inferior iPhones but the top-tier Androids. For instance, both 2015 Nexus phones lack Qi wireless charging and rear camera OIS. What? The 5.2" variant also needs 3GB RAM, 1440p, and bigger battery -- instead of 2GB RAM, 1080p and 2700 mAh battery. It's just a warmed-over 2013 LG G2 (5.2", 1080p, 2GB RAM). But the LG G2 at least had a 3,000 mAh battery, and the 2013 gen5 LG Nexus 5 (based on the LG G2) had Qi wireless and rear camera OIS. We are now up to gen7 and going backwards? Also the 5.2" needs a bigger storage option. Tops out at 32GB. In comparison, MY current 2014 Moto XT1225 has 5.2" AMOLED display, 1440p, 3GB RAM, 3900 mAh battery, 64GB storage, Qi wireless charging, Turbo Quick Charging, 21MP auto-focus camera with dual flash. Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot. Google should have put ALL that into the 2015 5.2" Nexus phone and MORE. Not LESS. ______ BOTTOM LINE: The 2015 Nexus phones aren't bad phones, especially if you are upgrading from a phone 2 or more years older. But the 5.2" variant is distinctly a mid-tier phone compared to 2014 and 2015 top tier Androids, which is very disappointing. Even the 5.7" needs a couple more features (Qi wireless, rear camera OIS) to be considered true top tier. Previous Nexus phones (gen 5 Nexus 5, gen6 Nexus 6) had those features. So, it's strange Google would rectify their WHALE mistake from last year, while committing more mistakes this year.

11. fonelover

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

2 gb RAM spoiled it all, it makes 5X a mid range phone which really bothers me.

12. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

1, 3, and 6 are my only concerns, and I'd add "more internal storage options" to the list because 32GB max is still small. Granted, they kind of covered that issue with 4, but arguing that it should have a MicroSD slot in late 2015 is barking up a tree that's been dead for five years. I'll still probably order one though, $429.99 is a pretty good deal for the support you get with a Nexus device. If anything I can always return or sell it.

14. Meleagru

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 03, 2012

Fully agree with this article.

17. Mass88

Posts: 58; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Most of these are really opinion based. Waterproof? SD expansion slot? User Replaceable battery? A better looking design? The biggest drawbacks of the 5X, imo, are the size of the bezels (they should be smaller), the loss of a notification light and wireless charging. Having said that, I am still going to buy a 32GB 5X. Marshmellow right out of the box. No bloat. Timely updates. For me, 32 GB is plenty of storage. I carry a slim portable charger opn days when I know I am not going to be near an outlet for a while. All around it's a pretty solid phone for only $430.

18. Reshad

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

IPhonearena's articles about Android and Android phones are like a kid having his first phone in age 6. Stop bulls**tting ipa.

19. HildyJ

Posts: 344; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

I'd add the Snapdragon 820 to the list. Give me that, the RAM, and the thinner bezels and I'd be happy. But the problem is American consumers who associate bigger with better. I'd even be perfectly happy if Google had switched the specs AND prices between the two phones but most wouldn't.

23. Fellwalker

Posts: 545; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

The weakest thing on the nexus 5 was it's battery. The 5X follows by having a small battery. I am underwhelmed. You say replaceable batteries are better; I say bigger batteries are significantly better. They could have made the case the same depth as that camera sensor, removed a bit of the bezel you dislike, added a second speaker and still had space for a significantly bigger battery with two day battery life. Then I'd almost forgive them removing wireless charging after 3 phones that had it.

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