You may want to stay away from the Nexus 5X 16 GB

You may want to stay away from the Nexus 5X 16 GB
If you're planning to buy the Google Nexus 5X, you should really consider getting the 32 GB version, and not the 16 GB one. Obviously, the 32 GB model is a bit more expensive (in the US, it costs $429, while the 16 GB variant is sold for $379), but we think it's really worth spending that extra $50 (or €50, if you live in Europe) for it.

The user memory that's available on any new smartphone is never equal to the advertised internal memory: a 16 GB handset won't really offer 16 GB of usable storage space, and the same goes for devices with 32 GB, 64 GB, or 128 GB of internal memory. Of course, many customers already know this, but those who are buying a smartphone for the first time may be unpleasantly surprised by this fact.

While the Nexus 5 16 GB from 2013 had 12.5 GB of free user memory, things are worse with the Nexus 5X 16 GB, which offers only 10.6 GB of free user memory out of the box. Since the handset does not feature microSD card support, the low internal memory can quickly become a problem, especially for those who are planning to install many apps and games.

In case you're wondering, the Nexus 5X 32 GB offers about 24 GB of free user memory out of the box - that's more than double the amount of free space you're getting on a 5X 16 GB. So it's obvious that the 32 GB variant of the handset is a better buy. If you're not yet sure you want to buy the smartphone, check out our Nexus 5X review for a detailed look at it and its features.

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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. MichiGo

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

Please make this announcement about the $700++++ 16GB iPhone too

5. Florin.T

Posts: 318; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

The iPhone 6 16 GB actually has about 14.8 GB of free user memory. This doesn't make it less overpriced, but that's quite a difference there.

8. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010 According to this it's not 14.8, more like 11-12GB. And I've seen reports as low as 10.7GB.

10. Florin.T

Posts: 318; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

It looks like you're right. Anyway, the idea of this article is not to keep users away from the Nexus 5X, but to make them buy the better version - the 32 GB one, which I'm buying, too.

23. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

Why aren't you going for Nexus 6P or Moto X Play?

32. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Exactly, the Moto Pure is the best value. Is you care about the stupid finger scanner, the phone is not for you.

47. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

My last three devices were Motorola, and I was almost all in on the MXPE, but at this point after their issues with support of older phones (and some not even a year old), I don't want to risk getting stuck with a device they decide isn't worth supporting. With a Nexus device, you'll see at least 2 full years of support. That was my reason to go with a 6p, and I'm glad I did. It's a great device, even though the size will take some getting used to, but the MXPE isn't much smaller than it is either, coming from a Droid Turbo.

51. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Nobody bought the Nexus 6 for a reason and no one will buy the Moto X for the same reasons. It's a f**king whale. Lol

54. Florin.T

Posts: 318; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

@FrankUnderwood2: The Nexus 6P is too big for me. And a Moto just isn't a Nexus.

31. Elfmonster unregistered

Speaking as a longtime reviewer, I really appreciate the headline and the consumerism of this one in particular. You might get a call from Google complaining, but just say, "Could I ask you to tell me what you see wrong with a story pointing out that you're selling a 10 gig phone as a 16 gig flagship? If you bought a '16 Pound Turkey' and got home and found out it was only a 10 pound turkey, how would you feel about the company that sold you that bird?"

33. PatcheZ

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

actually, when you buy a 16 lbs turkey, only 10 lbs of it is edible... :D

56. Elfmonster unregistered

Ha holy crap you're right! The Nexus 16 gig *is* a turkey after all!

48. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Ever order a 16oz steak at a restaurant? Dollars to doughnuts it won't be 16oz after it's cooked. And that's the same with most any food that has fat in it. Bacon is much smaller after it's cooked as well, but that doesn't mean I'm going to give up steak and bacon.

39. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Buuurn lol

50. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol sure it is.

17. DellB

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Its actually 10.6GB available on the 16GB iPhone 6S. You are absolutely indefensible. BTW, I'd rather pay an extra USD50 on the 32GB Nexus 5X and get the 32GB Nexus 6P. What with the QHD AMOLED screen, front facing stereo speakers, 3450mAH battery, slow mo video recording at 240fps,...

24. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

They should just make this announcement about EVERY 16GB phone. They all end up having 10-12 GB (and even if it were just 16GB that's pathetic.) 16GB is absolutely too small in 2015.

26. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

It was too small in 2012 too--unless you bought a phone with microSD.

36. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Having 16GB in 2015 is almost like a sin.

55. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

no it isnt.. anyone who insist to create 16GB smartphone without microSD slot is the true sinner

2. QWERTYphone

Posts: 654; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Only an idiot buys a phone without a removable battery and microSD. $50 for an additional 16GB of memory? LOL

4. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Looooot of idiots out there then, and count me among them. Your flagship choices this year are what? The G4 and V10?

27. Kary1

Posts: 300; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

You're right the flagship products this year have been very limited, at least if you exclude the disappointing flagship products (e.g. S6). That doesn't mean buying one of the disappointing products is or ever was a good decision.

34. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Hello? What do you mean buy disappointing?? S6Edge is the best, most innovative, most good looking, value for money phone this year!

12. Biernot unregistered

Caveman detected

20. Caveman723

Posts: 22; Member since: May 01, 2014

Don't involve me into this mess sir! xD

21. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013


19. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

They pay 100.00$ at Apple dude.

58. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Well, removable battery isnt such a deal breaker for me but sd slot is must have.

6. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Wouldn't this be the same for most any 16GB phone? IIRC, the 16GB iPhone has around 10.7-11.7GB free depending on the version of iOS installed. Point is, smartphone OEMS need to drop 16GB as the base storage and move to 32GB as the base, or at the very least 16GB on board and an SD card slot. Save the on board for essential apps and use the SD card for non essential apps, pics, view, music, and documents.

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