It was priced reasonably and came with, an impressive screen and good specs (for the time anyway!), we were big fans of the Nexus 5 and lots of others were as well. While, next in line, the Nexus 6, improved on it in a number of ways, it was also much more expensive, and had a Phablet feel about it.
The Nexus 5X sees a return to a smaller screen size, but has it improved in the ways it needed to? And is it a big enough improvement on the Nexus 5?
First and foremost, there’s a 5.2-inch screen on the Nexus 5X, which is an upgrade on the 4.95-inch one found on the Nexus 5. It’s still relatively compact though and certainly a lot smaller than the 5.7-inch Nexus 6P.
The Nexus 5X retains a lot of the Nexus 5’s design. Both devices have a matte plastic finish for one, with a plain back in all one color and broken up with the ‘nexus’ logo running across it.
They also both have a protruding camera lens, however where the Nexus 5’s camera sits to the side almost flush with the back, the Nexus 5X’s has a rounded finish sitting nicely in the middle.
The buttons have shifted around slightly, and the Nexus 5X is slightly longer and slimmer at 147 x 72.6 x 7.9mm to the Nexus 5’s 137.9 x 69.2 x 8.6mm. But ultimately they are very similar looking phones, with the most immediate noticeable difference, being the presence of a new fingerprint scanner on the back of the Nexus 5X and two speakers on the front.
With a slimmer, slightly more symmetrical design the Nexus 5X is arguably a refined version of what LG did with the Nexus 5.
Sadly, the Nexus 5’s 2,300mAh juice pack gave it pretty average battery life, with the phone just about making it through a day with moderate use and then requiring a power injection before bed time if used that bit too much.
The Nexus 5X should improve things, as it has a larger 2,700mAh battery. But with its larger screen to power, I wouldn’t go expecting miracles.
One nice bonus with the Nexus 5X though is the presence of USB-C, which means when you plug the phone in to your charger, you won’t have to make sure the cable is the right way up, as it works either way round. That should help ward off them pesky charging port problems a little! The Nexus 5X also supports QuickCharge 2.0 for speedier charging.
Both the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 5 run stock Android. It’s one of their biggest selling points.
As such, they have a very similar OS, but the Nexus 5X comes with Android Marshmallow, while the Nexus 5 runs the older Lollipop version. An update to Marshmallow is probable to come soon, but the bigger issue is that both Google and LG will probably stop supporting the Nexus 5 before too long, while the Nexus 5X should get Android updates for years to come.
Price and availability
With the Nexus 6, Google pushed the price of its phones up, which was a shame, as Nexus had previously made a name for itself as an excellent value for money option.
So what do we think?
A lot has changed in the long two years since the Nexus 5 hit the shops, and that’s made clear in the improvements found in the Nexus 5X. From a more powerful processor, to a larger screen, a bigger battery, an improved screen, a sleek design, and even new features like a fingerprint scanner and USB-C, almost everything has changed, or at least improved.
But it still retains most of what we loved about the Nexus 5, from stock Android to high-end specs at an affordable price.
Despite getting on, the original Nexus 5 is still a valid prospect, with its low price making it more of a mid-range option. On the other hand, the new Nexus 5X slots in at the high, but not quite top end of the market offering.
With the great reviews the new Nexus 5X is receiving, we are having many people coming to us with smashed screens. So if you have this problem, just get it booked in with us, and get the problem sorted!