LG Nexus 5X Review

“A compact, high-end device at a more affordable price”

Google tries to create a more advantageous ratio between value and price with the Nexus phones. This way, they hope to bring smartphone prices more down to Earth and offer users everywhere a better chance to owning a high-end device.

The Nexus 5X is manufactured by LG and it is the successor of Nexus 5 that was released in 2013. Continuing the tradition of a family of compact phones, that don’t feel heavy even thought they implement a big screen, the 5X is equipped with a 5.2 inch display and a Hexa Core Snapdragon 808 processor.

The Google Nexus 5X comes in two variants, one that offers 16B of storage space and one that offers 32GB. The prices differ, of course, so users can get the 16GB for about $379 and the 32GB model for about $ 429. As you can see, the price is indeed more affordable than with the Samsung Galaxy S6 or the iPhone 6S, but it still can be a stretch for a regular budget.

Display

Nexus displays all look amazing due to the Gorilla Corning Glass 3 that offers both protection and beauty. The 5.2 inch screen supports a density of 424ppi and a Full HD resolution (1080×1920 pixels). This screen is actually quite classical for a phone in the Nexus family and Google preferred to sit tight and continue with a tested display than go wild an implement something crazy (resolution wise) like Sony did with their Xperia Z5.

Performance

The phone is running a Snapdragon 808 with two Quad Core processors that are destined to help the phone perform its daily tasks but save on power as well. Also, the phone gets hot as soon as users start to run something more demanding, like a game, and its performance quality drops by half.

This feature doesn’t look quite good, especially on a phone like Nexus, but users who only utilize this device for talking, music, and browsing will definitely be happy with it. The device is also equipped with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 481 GPU.

In terms of communications, the Nexus 5X implements fast internet connectivity (dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2 and DLNA for pairing and synchronizing the phone with other devices.

Battery life

The Non-removable Li-Po 2700 mAh battery is a bit of a disappointment for such a device, but it will get users through the day. The battery is not outstanding, but other devices on the market, with more powerful batteries, implement the same performance.

Nexus 5X also implements the new USB Type-C from Google that is indeed sturdier and offers a faster charge, but can also be difficult to find. One innovation brought by this type of cable is the fact that you can charge other devices from your phone.

Design

The Nexus 5X is the bigger sibling of the Nexus 5. With the same polycarbonate build, that feels soft and nice against the skin, the phone can still be used with one hand easily, inspite of its generous dimensions.

Smoother edges and more rounded corners will definitely be appreciated as they allow the Nexus 5X to be a bit less chubby. One main issue is registered on the back side where the camera still protrudes in the outside and this means, when lying on the back, the phone will actually sit on the camera.

Overall, the design is cute and compact, promoting a simple device that still has a lot to offer to users and admirers.

 Camera & Features

The 12.3MP camera with laser autofocus and dual-LED flash, behaves amazing in low light conditions. This happens without any special features, just with some slightly enlarged pixels (1.55 μm) that manage to capture almost all the light thus producing astonishing details.

The primary camera has an F/2.0 aperture and offers 4K video recording possibilities. Also, the Google Camera app moves faster than ever and allows users to capture every interesting moment of their lives.

Final thoughts

PROS:
  • Great camera and features
  • The software is regularly updated by Google
  • An improved design
  • Type-C charger cable
CONS:
  • Battery life is not so great
  • Low performance with highly-demanding apps

The Google Nexus 5X is not a phone that will allow users to run high-end games, but it does behave well during a regular day performing well on regular activities like browsing, phone calls, and having fun with entertaining apps. It is an affordable phone that looks great and behaves surprisingly well.

7.9 Total Score
Very Good!

Design
8.3
Performance
8.5
Camera
8.9
Battery life
8.6
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