Google Nexus 5X review: the good old Nexus is back

Google's Nexus 5X and 6P phones come with Android 6.0 Marshmallow even as a bulk of Android users are still on Kit Kat. LG also made a quick return after a successful stint with Nexus 5, and the 5X retains the design and size of its once-popular grandfather.

We gave the new Nexus 5X an in-depth review and here's what we came up with.

Google Nexus 5X: Look and feel

Nexus 5X sports a plastic body which is grippable, slim and feels a bit rubbery on the back. The display is just 5.2" which means you'll still be able to play with a compact phone in an age of phablets and use it with just one hand.

The display is also a Full HD one with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a density of an impressive 423ppi.


Google Nexus 5X: Brand new OS

Nexus 5X brought in Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the world to see and saviour. The new OS, apart from bringing in a world of fixes and updates, is great for your phone's battery as well. Features like the Standby Mode and the 'Doze' ensure your phone isn't being pushed to its limits at all times.

Google Nexus 5X in-depth review - X marks the spot

Marshmallow is also perfect in terms of privacy and accessibility. The new app permissions process lets you control which apps get access to what and Google Now on tap brings together all the information you need in one place.

 Google Nexus 5X: Camera

The cameras are a big let-down in what is otherwise an excellent mid-range wonder. At 12MP and 5MP, both cameras are okay resolution-wise but there's no Optical Image Stabilisation feature in either of them. The primary camera also produces a yellowish tinge in dull light that's hard to overcome and the front camera dares to show up without a beautification tool. The only available functions in the camera are Auto, Light, Colour, Pop and Vignette along with a dozen filters.

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Google Nexus 5X: Internals

Nexus 5X runs a Snapdragon 808 chip which is perfect for a phone of its calibre. The processor doesn't really warm up too much over prolonged use and the 64-bit architecture promises smooth gaming and multi-tasking.


Nexus 5X has a respectable 3GB RAM but disappoints in terms of storage. The internal storage is just 32GB and there is no way you can expand it through any slots. Your only recourse will be to back up your stored data frequently on your laptop and keep a watch on the size of apps and games you're downloading.

Nexus 5X' battery is 2,700 mAh which isn't too bad for a 5.2-inch phone but the fact that it comes with the first USB Type-C charging port means you'll need to carry your charger anywhere you go. Our online video streaming tests made the battery lose up to 6 per cent of juice in fewer than ten minutes.

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Google Nexus 5X Verdict

Nexus 5X offers the best Android experience in the market along with its big brother Nexus 6P. The phone brings back the compactness, slimness and design of Nexus 5 along with several advantages of Marshmallow. However, a camera without Optical Image Stabilization and with a lack of editing tools and a lack of expandable storage do not do justice to a price tag of £339.

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