6 things that make the Google Nexus 5X one of the best mid-range smartphones out there

6 things that make the Google Nexus 5X one of the best mid-range smartphones out there
Part of Google's seventh generation of Nexus smartphones (alongside the Nexus 6P), the Nexus 5X was released in October 2015 as the successor to the Nexus 5 from 2013.

Just like the Nexus 5, the 5X is manufactured by LG, but it's not what its predecessor was at the moment of its release: while the Nexus 5 was undeniably a high-end smartphone, the Nexus 5X is, per 2015 and 2016 standards, more of a mid-range offering. Moreover, at launch, the Nexus 5X wasn't as cheap as the Nexus 5. Nevertheless, we think that, at this very moment, the Nexus 5X is one of the best mid-range smartphones that you can currently buy in the US, and we're going to give you 6 reasons why that is.

Make no mistake, the Nexus 5X does come with some shortcomings (but what mid-range device doesn't?). Fore example, it's not made out of premium materials, there's no microSD card support, and battery life is average. What's more, some users are reporting the fact that the handset is too slow at times - it lags - but not everyone is complaining about this. From our point of view, the Nexus 5X performs pretty well for a mid-range handset: its Snapdragon 808 processor and its 2 GB of RAM are good enough for most tasks, although, of course, phones with higher-end hardware are significantly faster. But enough with the shortcomings. Read on to see what makes the Nexus 5X a great buy. Also, do check out our Nexus 5X review from October. 

What do you say? Is the Google Nexus 5X a great mid-range smartphone? If not, what other comparable handsets are better in your opinion?

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Nexus 5X
  • Display 5.2 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2700 mAh
  • OS Android 8.1 Oreo



19. majp89

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

i would agree with this article if the 5x didn't suffer from annoying performance issues and stutters. it's frustrating and disappointing considering how great the nexus 5 was. also lol @ people still crying about the iphone's specs even though it outperforms other flagships in benchmarks among other things. keep being dumb, PA commentators.

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Picture 4 annoys me, why would anyone place a phone on its screen. Especially on a rough surface like that.

20. tokuzumi

Posts: 2029; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

It's on painted wood. If it were on concrete or rusty steel, I'd be concerned. Not to say there couldn't be a protruding nail head there, however. But the wood would be the weak point compared to the glass screen.

14. bobby2803

Posts: 32; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Its better than iphone 6s but less glamourised and poorly marketed.

13. mahima

Posts: 746; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

nexus name on the back, one good reason to not buy this phone!! lol

10. TyrionLannister unregistered

With 300$ price tag, it's the best you could do, hands down.

7. b0wzer

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I hope google comes out with a premium phone this year. It doesn't look like there will be anything else worth buying unless maybe MS comes out with an x86 surface phone.

6. Jeff72

Posts: 11; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

moto g 3rd gen for $220 is better buy

9. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015


5. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

January is always the best time to buy a recent nexus smartphone. I still love my nexus5. Hope they extend it to android N.

3. Derass

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

Battery life is the deal breaker for me. Otherwise, I'd buy it instead of the Moto X Play, which is more expensive.

2. wando77

Posts: 1172; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

This is a mid range phone and the iPhone with its 720p screen isn't? Joke article And you can use the premium materials line on me but I don't buy that as there are plenty of mid range android phones made of metal

8. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The only mid-ranged aspect of the iPhone is the screen res but I wouldn't consider the 5X, iP6, or the Z5c Mid-ranged phone. Pa been smoking some radioactive s**t today bruh lol.

11. TyrionLannister unregistered

The price makes it mid range. Ip6 and z5c aren't mid range but 5x is, even if 5x is a better phone than both of them.

17. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

So price determines if a phone is considered entry level, midrange, or high-end? That's stupid, I will decide for myself what category a phone belongs in based off its specs and performance.

1. TheAmazingBoj

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 13, 2015

without looking at this listing, im gonna guess, stock android camera fingerprint scanner price size and.... um google fi?

4. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

4 out of 6, not too bad!

12. TyrionLannister unregistered

I don't see why stock android is a pro factor. Performance was an advantage a year or two ago, but not anymore. And with themes, launcher and icon pack, you can make any Ui look as good as, if not better looking than stock. Quick updates has nothing to do with stock android. A lot of non nexus phones have stock and they never receive updates. Quick updates has to do with nexus, not stock android. Given all that, stock android should be a con, not a pro.

16. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

You clearly haven't used stock Android if you say that it performs the same as others.

18. TyrionLannister unregistered

I have a moto x 2014. I guess that counts. And even the almighty nexus 6p is much slower than my s6 in opening a huge game/app, thanks to poor encryption algorithm and eMMC. S6 is laggy on 5.1.1, but on 5.0.2 it was way faater than my moto. And even moto drops frames in play store.

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