Call Quality

Scratchy voices on both ends make it challenging for voice calls.

It’s not terrible, but it’s certainly not great either. Yes, there are some challenges with the calling performance of the Nexus 5X, but for the most part, we’re able to handle conversations without having the need to constantly repeat ourselves. Through the earpiece, as well as on the other end of the line, voices can sometimes sound scratchy, which is made worse if there’s a lot of background noise to contend with. With the speakerphone, too, it’s a bit underpowered in tone – so it drowns out easily in noisy situations.

Just as long both parties are able to utter concise sentences, the experience is tolerable enough to accept.

Battery

Average, that pretty much sums up its battery performance.

The Nexus 5X comes with a 2700mAh non-removable battery. It’s not a huge tally, but it’s neither a small one too – so considering its screen size, the capacity seems proportionate. In our custom battery benchmark test, the Nexus 5X scored 6 hours and 25 minutes in our test. This is around an average result, a bit below the scores of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and even further below the Apple iPhone 6s score.

Do keep in mind, though, that Android 6.0 Marshmallow introduces 'Doze', a battery saving feature that puts the phone into a more efficient state of sleep, and this boost in stand-by time is not accounted for in our battery test. In our real-world usage, however, it hits that required mark of providing all-day battery – enough to get us through a solid 8 hour work shift, yet still more in the tank to get us going until it’s bedtime. However, we still highly recommend giving it nightly charges, in order for it to be in a good capacity come the following day.

Interestingly enough, the new USB Type-C connection enables the Nexus 5X to achieve a respectable charge time of 100 minutes, which is significantly better than the 150 minutes the iPhone 6s requires, but still nowhere as fast-charging as the Galaxy S6’s mark of 78 minutes.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Google Nexus 5X 6h 25 min (Poor)
Apple iPhone 6 5h 22 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy S6 7h 14 min (Average)
LG G4 6h 6 min (Poor)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Google Nexus 5X 100
Apple iPhone 6 147
Samsung Galaxy S6 78
LG G4 127

Conclusion


This year alone, we’ve seen several smartphones that redefined the value of what a smartphone should offer. From the super affordable ones priced below the $200 mark, such as the Moto G (2015) and Alcatel Onetouch Idol 3 4.7-inch, to the ‘low-cost premium’ phones in the $350 to $450 range, we really have to think about what the $379-priced Google Nexus 5X has to offer over the competition.

Firstly, it’s a Nexus device, which means that it offers the purest interpretation of what an Android phone should be. Simplicity and straightforwardness, those are two principles that the Nexus 5X holds dearly close to its heart. In addition to offering a hassle-free and meaningful experience, the Google Nexus 5X has the distinguished honor of receiving those lovable Android updates much sooner than other phones. That, right there, is reason enough why so many enthusiasts and purists love it.

Beyond the pure Android experience, the Nexus 5X is also a reasonably spec’d smartphone in its price range. Not only that, but it manages to perform on a high level to ensure that the entire experience is seamless – never stuttering, always moving smoothly. And it’s wonderful to know that it’s been blessed with some high-quality gear as well, evident by its very accurate screen colors and versatile camera. For the price and all, the Google Nexus 5X is a great-performing Android smartphone, if not the best there is.

On a related note, this year is a special one for the Nexus family, mainly because the 5X follows the same path as its predecessor, the Nexus 5, as in being an affordably priced, pure Android device. In contrast, the Nexus 6 reverted back to a more costly premium package last year. Going back to the strategy of offering a competitively priced phone, the Nexus 5X has the appeal to attract hardened Android users who were reluctant to fork over the disposable income for last year’s Nexus 6. If pricing is a driving factor for your purchase, then the Nexus 5X undoubtedly is a logical option.

Software version of the review unit:
Android Version: 6.0
Baseband Version: M8994F-2.6.28.0.65
Kernel Version: 3.10.73-g60cf314




Pros

  • Great performance
  • Versatile camera that’s very adaptable to the conditions
  • Superior color accuracy with the screen
  • Pretty fast recharge time
  • Affordable cost
  • Responsive fingerprint sensor
  • Contextually-aware Google Now on Tap feature

Cons

  • Dull-looking design
  • No expandable storage
  • Doesn’t come with USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable
  • Shaky looking video capture
  • Underpowered internal speaker
  • Subpar call quality

PhoneArena Rating:

8.5

User Rating:

7.4
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