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For the first time Google are bestowing two new mobiles on us this year, giving you a difficult choice. The Nexus 5X is the baby brother, simply because it’s a smaller device. And what a device it is, with great power and screen specs, alongside some very nice cameras indeed. Google phones might not quite have the pulling power of, say, an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, but a rapidly growing group of Nexus fans goes to show that the company are slowly making in roads. And the Nexus 5X, with its great price point, could be the best selling phone we’ve seen from Google for a while.
Why should you be excited about getting one? There’s the combo of large screen plus small frame which makes the 5X easy to handle even one handed. There’s those impressive cameras. And there’s even new fast charge tech on board. And priced at just £340 (£450 for the larger memory model) the real question should be, why wouldn’t you want one? This is a great phone, and a great bargain too!
You’re going to notice the small frame immediately, measuring in at 147 x 73 x 8 mm it’s amazing how a full 5.2 inch display can fit on the Nexus 5X. Other than that, you’re getting sharp lines, curved corners, and a small protrusion from the camera on the plastic back. And that plastic back casing it what keeps the Nexus 5X’s weight down to a mere 136 grams. Yes, the phone feels smaller than many of its counterparts, but it also feels nice and solid as well, and sits easily in the hand.
Under that casing you’re getting some nice internal specs. Power is good, screen specs are above average, and the camera set has some nice extra features. Throw in a few extras and you’re looking at a great little package. Price that package at under £350 and you’re looking at a fantastic deal for your money.
Nexus phones began as a kind of niche product, but are growing in popularity as Google proves that it can make intelligent, easy to use mobiles for decent prices. Is the Nexus 5X a top of the line phone? Not quite, but it’s also not going to cost you top of the line prices, and you’re still getting some great performance specs.
Let’s talk first about what’s at the heart of the Nexus 5X. It’s running two CPUs side by side, combining a quad core 1.44 GHz model with a dual core 1.82 GHz. That’s not the fastest processing combo on the market, but for the average phone user is going to mean a mobile that’s more than fast enough to do what’s necessary. Add in 2 GB of RAM and you’re getting great multi tasking as well.
This is an Android phone, as you’d probably expect, and it’s the first to run the new Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. Basically, Marshmallow is a much refined version of Lollipop, but there are some nice new features such as full support for Android Pay, as well as better integration with Google Now (tapping the home button will give you contextual information with Google Now on Tap, telling you more about a video you’re watching, for example).
Performance wise the Nexus 5X is very satisfying. It’s not quite equipped to handle high end video or photo editing, but for the most part the normal phone user isn’t go to see a difference between speeds on the 5X and those on a phone with larger processing power.
One of the things that we like most about the 5X is that despite its small frame it still manages to accommodate a full 5.2 inch screen. That’s the kind of size we’d expect from a top end flagship phone, and all that extra real estate means that on screen typing is easy, and that watching videos or browsing the web are both very comfortable indeed.
Aside from size, resolution specs are fine. You’re getting a 1080 x 1920 pixel display, resulting in around 424 PPI. Pictures on the Nexus 5X are great, with sharp focus and good colour reproduction, and viewing angles are good too, so no worries there. And this is a Gorilla Glass 3 display, so it’s more robust than you might expect and a whole lot less likely to shatter.
This is an HD display, so video watching is excellent. But all in all you’re getting a solid screen. Picture quality is clear, colour contrast is good, blacks are deep and whites are bright. All these things should result in a display that is more than satisfactory to all.
There are some very nice cameras on the Nexus 5X indeed. Let’s start at the front where you’re seeing a solid 5 MP cam, which is more than good enough for your Facebook selfies or the odd video call. But it’s at the rear where things get interesting.
At the back of the Nexus 5X is a 12.3 MP camera. Don’t be put off by that number, though it’s not as high as some phone cameras, because the 5X has a hidden secret. The camera uses 1.55 micron pixels, which is basically a larger than normal pixel size, allowing it to capture more light and making this the ideal cam for taking low light pics. It also features full 4K video recording, as well as laser autofocus, and a dual LED flash as well.
Long story short: the Nexus 5X takes fantastic pictures. Seriously. And if you take most of your pictures indoors (as many of us do) then that rear camera is going to be absolutely ideal. Even out of doors though the 5X takes a very nice snap.
There are a couple more things that we really need to mention about the 5X. It does have a fingerprint scanner, which is used for added security but also to access Android Pay, the digital wallet and payment system. And unlike in many other phones, the scanner is placed on the back of the casing just below the rear camera, making it very accessible when you pick up your phone, and meaning that you can scan your print one handed.
There’s also new USB-C charging. This means that the port is multi directional (you don’t have to put the cable into the socket twice to figure out which way it goes in!), but it also means more speed. The 5X charges in around half the time of a regular phone, and a mere ten minutes of charging should get you a solid four hours of battery life.
|Technology||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE|
|Dimensions||147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm (5.79 x 2.86 x 0.31 in)|
|Weight||136 g (4.80 oz)|
|- Fingerprint sensor|
|Type||Capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||5.2 inches (~69.8% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920 pixels (~424 ppi pixel density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3, oleophobic coating|
|OS||Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808|
|CPU||Quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53 & dual-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57|
|Internal||16/32 GB, 2 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||12.3 MP, laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash|
|Features||1.55µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, photo sphere, HDR, dual recording|
|Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS|
|USB||Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mics|
|- MP4/H.264 player|
|- MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player|
|- Photo/video editor|
|- Document editor|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 2700 mAh battery|
|Colors||Carbon, Quartz, Ice|
As far as mid range phones go the Nexus 5X is excellent, and very fairly priced. With solid performance and display specs, alongside that great camera set and fast charging capability, there’s a lot to love here. And the fact that it’s so easy to carry around and to use one handed is a serious bonus on a market that’s swamped by huge phablet devices.
You’ll get the usual connectivity options: 4G, 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth. The Nexus 5X comes in two models, a 16 GB and 32 GB version. But you’ll need to choose carefully, since the phone does not have a micro SD card slot, so you won’t be able to add in any extra external memory at all.
So, what don’t we like about the Nexus 5X? We’re not too impressed with the lack of SD card support, particularly on the 16 GB model, though we are becoming more dependent on cloud storage, so this isn’t as big of an issue as it used to be. Other than that though, we have no complaints. Considering the combination of specs that you’re getting for the price, this is an excellent mid range phone choice, and one that looks pretty great too!
by Dan Forster, Mobile Phone Expert
Dan is our mobile phone review expert helping customers make better buying decisions. With a passion for technology and taking things apart Dan single-handedly reviews all the phones listed on the TigerMobiles.com website.