Nexus 5X review: Google’s Nexus back at its best?

by Ahmed Kaludi November 25, 2015 at 12:25 am

Review Rating

Overall 10 8.5
  • DESIGN 10


  • Inexpensive
  • One-hand friendly
  • 5.2-inch display
  • Performance
  • Carrier compatibility
  • Fingerprint sensor


  • Just 2GB of RAM
  • microUSB cables are useless
  • Plastic build
  • Battery life
  • Feels cheap compared
  • Front-facing speaker sounds terrible

At 5.2 inches the Nexus 5X fits into the new average size of Android phones for 2015, but more importantly, its price and specs give it an above average value.

Google is selling its new flagship for £339 with 16GB of storage. Even at £379 for 32GB, the Nexus 5X is cheaper than its rivals, like the LG G4 and Samsung Galaxy S6 at launch.

It’s still able to keep up, for the most part, with specs like a Snapdragon 808 processor, 2GB of RAM and a fingerprint sensor. Its performance makes few compromises.


LG is behind this Google-commissioned phone, and it carries the first competent Nexus camera that fares better than the iPhone 6S in low light situations.

It’s also the first Android, along with the Nexus 6P, to run Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It’s a fine introduction to the new software, even if there are better Android phones out there. The Nexus 5X isn’t a small phone, but it does fit snugly in one hand and we can operate it with a little stretch. It’s as if the Nexus 5 from two years ago has been reborn for modern times.


Surprisingly, while it’s taller and broader versus the 2013 Nexus 5, its dimensions of 147 x 72.6 x 7.9mm make it thinner. Our hands wrapped around this phone with great ease.

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