Our readers 'love' the Nexus 6P's design, shun the Nexus 5X's

After months filled with leaks that ended up being right on target, Google finally announced its two new Nexus devices: the Huawei-made 6P and the LG-built 5X. As many of you will know by now, they look nothing alike, and that makes sense seeing how two very different makers designed them.

Speaking of design, we asked for your input on just that yesterday: Do you like them Nexus phones? Do they look bland in your opinion? Or just downright bad and you hate them with the intensity of a hundred suns? Well, one thousand of you decided that they'd like to have their voice be heard, and voted. The results are now in.

For starters, the Nexus 6P is definitely the favorite of the two with our audience, amassing far more positive comments and votes. Interestingly, however, more people seem to 'hate' its design outright than that of the Nexus 5X, which is curious. In any case, for 51.98% of voters, the 6P is right where it should be, while a little over 32% are neither impressed nor terrified by it. In contrast, only 37.28% of participants say they loved the Nexus 5X, with the bulk (52.69%) being neutral. 10.03% of voters don't like it at all.

These numbers fall in line with our own opinions. We tend to like the Nexus 6P more — and not just because it's made out of aluminum — with the 5X coming across as just way too conservative. Typical Nexus, actually. 


Do you like the Nexus 6P's design?

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Do you like the Nexus 5X's design?

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Related phones

Nexus 6P
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3450 mAh(23h talk time)
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. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I don't like that Nexus has no family design identity and they all look random. The 6P could almost look nice if it weren't for this camera story that makes it look like an add on flashlight for a SLR camera.

3. Manyci

Posts: 116; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

Yes, that would be great, but just let's take a look at for example the Xperia Z or the HTC One lines: they have an exact design language (and I love them). But then look at the comment sections below them and you will read something like this: "Aaah, the same design for 3 years, this is unacceptable, let's bury them" and so on. Sometimes people are dumb and Google just reacts to that.

16. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

There is a middle road. They don't have to be so similar between each other as the Xperias but they don't need to be also so completely unrelated with each other. Particularly now that we have two Nexus phones being released together. It feels so random and low quality. They could try to find something like Material Design for hardware and have it as a prerequisite for the Nexus hardware partners.

20. TerryTerius unregistered

If it was Google themselves doing so, I could understand that. But because these are made in conjunction with established manufacturers they tend to have phones that more closely follow that brand's design aesthetic. If Google wants to design the phone's hardware and software and have it produced that way, they likely would have to follow Apple and Nokia's model and have it made by a company like Foxconn instead of going to an established manufacturer. After all, if you were the president of Huawei, LG, or Motorola why the hell would you agree to produce a phone for Google that won't have your signature design aesthetic or software on it? There isn't an upside in that scenario. Especially not if they're going to have a close familial resemblance regardless as to who is making it, in which case the incentive is even less. After all, it's not like any of these companies really need the income since Nexus devices are not large sellers. It is more of a visibility and legitimacy thing than anything else. Because Nexus phones are reference devices, they are standardbearers for all of Android. That is a pretty feather for anyone's cap, but not if none of that companies DNA is in the phone. Then it's pointless.

24. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

But the Nexus devices have not always the design identity of their manufactures. For an example the 6P is recognisably a Huawei but the 5X is a design nobody, it cannot be recognised as an LG really. So the whole strategy is still just a mess. The result of all this is that the Nexus line appears as a showcase line aimed mainly to developers with no commercial aspirations and for which common customers don't need to care much.

25. alias3800

Posts: 62; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

I feel like the design with this generation's lineup is cohesive. Maybe I haven't looked at them long enough but - the 5X's front looks similar in bezel design to the 6P. So, to me, they had a reference idea for the design, gave it to LG and Huawei, and let them have at it. Obviously, with several things in mind (fingerprint scanner, etc)

26. jdot104

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

Android's tagline is "Be together, not the same." It's somewhat important for the design to switch a little every year, because it shows off the diversity of Android phones. I don't have a problem with the Nexus line changing its look every year as long as they all look good.

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I feel the opposite. The Nexus line is meant to be a "reference" device for base Android, and as a tool for developers (both ROMs and apps), of with which whom Google wisely values and pays attention to. The "beauty of Android" is that it can be different from company and company and device to device. If they all adhered to a single design language, it wouldn't be Android. 8 phones, 5 different manufacturers (plus the tablets). A specific, redundant design language completely contradicts the philosophy of Android.

13. Shubham412302

Posts: 581; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

thats because they are made by random OEMs

27. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I think it is perfect like that since nexus devices are supposed to be generic.

2. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Really? I guess the design of the 5X isn't much to be excited about, but I don't think it's ugly. The 6P however, wtf is going on with that camera hump? .31" thick, but is that the main body, or the hump? How thick is it actually? We haven't even seen any images that show how much thicker it is than the main body. I do kinda like that it gives you something to grip when holding in portrait mode, though. But still, other Huawei flagship phones don't have a hump like that.

5. FrenchGuy

Posts: 134; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

You can see how the hump is by browsing the google nexus website. FYI, the hump is not that big.

9. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Oh, cool, thanks. For some reason it didn't occur to me to check for an official google page. None of the sites I frequent had those pictures (that I found, anyway). You're right, it doesn't look too bad. I'm still leaning more towards the Moto X Pure/Style though...

19. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I thought the nexus 6P was ugly unit I saw the device in its final form, not only looks nice but supposedly has the NFC and other things up there so playing with your phone should be much easy just tapping the top of the device to the terminal than having to use the back

34. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Same here. I suppose the Nexus is superior in some regards, but I prefer having a Micro SD slot as well as the customization that the Style has.

6. bohdan4ik13 unregistered

I like Nexus 5X mint version the most.

7. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

That 5X design is 5-6 years old. Its an ugly HTC ONE X. Seriously? We are in 2015, samsung in making gorgeous phones. Shame on you LG/google for 5X.

18. TerryTerius unregistered

I wouldn't necessarily say it's ugly, but it isn't exactly distinct or inspired. Then again, the same can be said of nearly any other phone in its price range. The sole stand-outs to my knowledge being the Huawei P8 lite and Nextbit Robin. To be fair, I personally wouldn't really compare midrange devices (in price) to the more design oriented arena that high end flagships occupy, where aesthetics begin to matter much more. It's an affordable phone with damn good specs for its price. Hell, most of the consumer market would likely be more than happy with it if we're being honest.

8. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

I am using LG Nexus 5 and no doubt that it leave the other latest android phones to dust in terms of performance. I am sure that LG 5X is gonna rock. LG took a good decision by not going with SD810. And to be honest, 375$ for basic with it 3 months music subscription and 50$ google store credit. That is really down to earth deal. I use my phone basically for video calling, chatting and emails.. so my reason to buy LG5X is, 1) i am not worried about wireless charging, i have a decent battery, usb type-c and fast charging.. above all the battery optimsation of Android "M", and i am damn sure it will have 9 to 12hrs of battery. 2) OIS is no big deal.. cause it is not that advanced and i am okay with 12mp cam.. and i am not selfi crazy, so 5mp for video calls is just fine. 3)Memory, more than sufficient for 500 songs and 10apps 4)I need not to worry about scratches and dents cause it is not metal body 5) No fire dragon 810, so it will be cool 6) 2GB ram is more than enough due to the stock android. 7)and the ultimate is price... i just fell in love with it... lol.. So many saying there are many phones on par with LG5x with half the price, but let me tell all of them, that they wont get the stock android experience, latest updates and security as Nexus phones... Thanks to Google and LG. This phone will be on par with iphone when it comes to user experience with out any extras..............

10. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

My interest in the Nexus 5X waned instantly when officially annountced, but not because of the design. It was the 16/32GB storage options.

17. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

At 32/64GB they would've had a winner

11. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I really find both designs very good, though 6P is much much better, bezels could be smaller but they don't bother me as much, I won't buy them anyway, Z5C here I come

12. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

The Huawei nexus get bigger amoled screen, gorgeous metal body, more storage, better camera? Only for little more of money.

14. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I think it is interesting that people seem to prefer the 5.7 inch screen model over the 5.2 because, not long ago, everyone was screaming for smaller phones - below 5.5 if not below 5. Times change. I certainly want a larger screen than 5.5. I have the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 at the moment with a 6 inch screen but it doesn't seem too large. I am disappointed in the dimensions of the 5.7 inch Nexus though, poor screen to body ratio - way too long. The Ascend Mate 7 has minuscule bezels on the sides as well as the top and bottom.

23. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Because companies are making the smaller screen versions of phones noticeably WORSE. The 5x has a worse design, worse camera, less ram, worse processor, smaller battery and worse resolution. People are accepting the fact they HAVE to go big in order to have the true flagship.

15. joelg1988

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 03, 2012

I love the 6P, I just wish it had 4gb of RAM. I just don't "see" how is it an upgrade from last years's N6. Phones are supposed to get better every year, but this year was not the case. Like I said before, it's an excellent phone, it's just not as good as the S6/Note5 for us pure Android lovers.

22. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Well, the only way that I can see that it is an upgrade over last year's Moto Nexus 6 would be the 64 bit cpu, but then again it is a SD-810 in a metal body so its gonna get bloody hot quickly. I'd like to see the thermal imaging results of using the Nexus 6P while playing a game like Asphalt 8 Airborne... It would also be interesting to see the benchmarking results as the SD-810 is known to thermal throttle...

21. AeroPrime

Posts: 175; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

The Nexus 6P. P stands for preferred.

28. jessyi

Posts: 327; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

LG just creats what google wants on thier phone..same goes with any nexus phone.

29. ebfields

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 13, 2013

I really didn't like the 6P because the camera hump looked really huge and that made the phone look really ugly. After seeing it at the launch, my mind has totally changed. The phone is a beauty even though that black camera line still looks weird. I have a Note 4 and I am really considering the 128gb model.

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