Introduction


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

Design

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

Google Nexus 5X

Dimensions

5.79 x 2.86 x 0.31 inches

147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.80 oz (136 g)

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches

143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm

Weight

4.87 oz (138 g)

LG G4

LG G4

Dimensions

5.86 x 3 x 0.39 inches

148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

Google Nexus 5X

Google Nexus 5X

Dimensions

5.79 x 2.86 x 0.31 inches

147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm

Weight

4.80 oz (136 g)

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6

Dimensions

5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches

143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm

Weight

4.87 oz (138 g)

LG G4

LG G4

Dimensions

5.86 x 3 x 0.39 inches

148.9 x 76.1 x 9.8 mm

Weight

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


Display

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.



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71 Comments

1. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

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

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

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

21. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 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!

63. kennethac89

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 23, 2015

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

71. Gousaid67

Posts: 1; Member since: May 02, 2016

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

26. Acer_Predator unregistered

Where is 6P review ?!?!

27. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

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

28. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

29. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Yeah. Probably no sRGB mode on

70. JoshN

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 01, 2015

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

2. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

the fingerprint sensor is faster on 5X then 6s, that alone is autowinhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pi5L-ml2hVY

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

18. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

23. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

47. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

He is defensive because he loves apple

6. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

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

3. PostmanLV

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

headphone output is pathetic

9. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 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.

36. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Just Get Better Headphones/Earbuds.

42. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

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

57. mosincredible

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

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

55. lukkiristi unregistered

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..

17. jmonteiro829

Posts: 261; Member since: Feb 13, 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.

7. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

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

8. Rydsmith unregistered

This will be fun.

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 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 )

11. tanush

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

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

12. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Maximum 6/10.

20. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

You must be new around here.

13. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 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...
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)

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