Nexus 5X & Nexus 6P – The Resurrection of the Nexus Flagship

We know it’s hard to keep track with technology’s leaps and bounds all the time and in order to catch up, we bring to you a brief review of the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. Looking at both devices, it becomes hard to ignore that these devices were designed to compete with the iPhone 6S & iPhone 6S Plus. Let us take a look at both devices to give you an idea of how they stand against the new iPhones; starting with Huawei’s Nexus 6P and then onto LG’s Nexus 5X.

 

Nexus 6P

Another exciting android device that will swarm the market is the new Nexus 6P (Nexus 6 Premium) which looks very promising. This second generation phablet by Google is built in collaboration with the Chinese manufacturer, Huawei, which has been growing in steady paces beyond the Chinese borders infiltrating the West.

With the Nexus 6P, Google is hoping to improve certain weaknesses identified in the previously quite successful Nexus 6 such as random reboots, significant battery drain, bad Bluetooth connection, and turtle speed battery charge. The case to be made at this point and the question in hand is if indeed Nexus 6P is a step forward and whether is a phablet worthy of its competent rivals.  Well if you want to know what we think, keep reading to find out.

To bring you an elaborate review we will be analysing all technical aspects individually starting with design.

It looks that Google and Huawei have took under consideration the previously big and chunky design of the Nexus 6, integrating a more ergonomic design into the Nexus 6P. The new phablet screen size has received a trimming of 0.26 inches dropping from 5.96 to 5.7 inches. The screen size reduction translates into better grip as width and thickness have been decreased. However, we still struggled a bit to operate the phone and reach all the screen edges with one hand.

The rounded edges on the back allow the phone to be hugged by your palm. It reminded us a bit how it would feel holding an HTC. Moreover, similarly to the HTC and iPhone 6S Plus, the Nexus 6P with its metallic body and finish indeed feels kind of slippery. However, the metallic look adds some more elegance and finesse to the Nexus 6P, unlike its other Nexus predecessors.

Speakers are placed on the front, above and below the screen, which provide a more surround effect and better sound when you are listening to music or conversing while using the speaker. On the back of Nexus 6P in the centre, Google has placed the Nexus Imprint which is a circular fingerprint scanner much like Apple’s Touch ID.

Google has integrated fingerprint intelligence in new Android Marshmallow 6.0, hoping it will really enhance the overall user experience and that the Nexus 6P will deliver just that.

Another detail for that might be off-putting for some, is the bizarre looking bulge from the camera that protrudes on the back of the phone. We also think, and that is our own opinion that the black strip across the rear camera looks kind of unnecessary especially on the silver, white, or gold coloured phones.

Like the Google Pixel C, the Nexus 6P features a USB Type-C which as aforementioned enhances the overall user experience regarding faster charging, data transfer etc.

We must admit that Google and Huawei have done an exceptional job towards providing vibrant and sharp colours with the 5.7-inch AMOLED display with an impressive capacity of 2,560 x 1,440, 525 pixels per inch screen . The User Interface is very responsive and a joy to use. This in combination with the Gorilla Glass 4 which is treated with oleo-phobic coating (physical property of a molecule that is repelled from oil), make the Nexus 6P more resistant to hits and harder to cover in oily fingerprint smudges. Although that might sound good in theory and does make a difference, the oleo-phobic coating is not 100% effective. Hopefully in the near future, technology companies will figure it out.

Both Google’s phablets; the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X feature a Sony 12.3 Megapixels rear camera which consists of a new & better lens and a micro sensor that provides the opportunity for better pictures both inside and outside, in environments with low or high light. Comparing camera quality between Nexus 6P and the iPhone 6S Plus, the Nexus 6P prevails because its micro-sensor provides larger pixels which allow for more light, thus the camera can perceive better in the dim and obscure conditions.

Moreover, the laser focus embedded within the camera sensors reduces the amount of “shaken” and blurry photos. Regarding the front camera, it has a pretty decent 8 Megapixel capacity with HDR+ (High Dynamic Range) which makes your selfies look even better as it controls the ratio of light and dark in a photograph. How does that work? Well in simple terms, HDR does not take only one photo but three captured at different exposures.

By using an image editing software you can compare these three images side by side and highpoint the best parts of each photo. Instead of doing all this hard work manually, HDR provides you with two photos, one being the one you actually captured and the other enhanced by HDR. Therefore, HDR produces images that are more realistic as they are closer to what actually our eyes see and not what the camera perceives or comprehends.

Like the Google Pixel C, the Nexus 6P uses the latest operating system (OS), the Marshmallow 6.0. This translates into fingerprint functionality, improved battery life and a more refined and improved version of Google Now. In our experience, we were surprised to how actually fast apps loaded and how smooth the whole process was. Thanks to the Snapdragon 810 processor in addition to the 3GB RAM, the Nexus 6P provides you more power than you will need and it feels blazing fast and very potent.

Finally, because it is sometimes easier to compare two devices side by side and help some of you that are trying to decide between an iOS or Android apparatus, we provide you below with a list of different tech features between the Nexus 6P and iPhone 6S Plus along with prices for the Nexus 6P. (For the review of iPhone 6S & 6S Plus, please click here).

  iPhone 6S Plus Nexus 6P
Size 6.23 × 3.07 × 0.29 inches 6.27 × 3.06 × 0.29 inches
Weight 192 grams (6.77 ounces) 178 grams (6.28 ounces)
Screen 5.5-inches 5.7-inches
Resolution 1,080 × 1,920 pixels 1,440 × 2,560 pixels
OS iOS 9 Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Storage 16GB, 64GB, 128GB 32GB, 64GB, 128GB
Multi-touch Yes Yes
NFC (Near Field Communication) Yes, but only with Apple Pay Yes
Processor 64-bit Apple A9 processor, M9 Motion coprocessor Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 chipset, Quad-core 1.55 GHz Cortex-A53 and Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57 processors, Adreno 430 GPU
RAM 2GB 3GB
Connectivity Wi-Fi, GSM, CDMA, HSPA, EVDO, LTE-A Wi-Fi, GSM, CDMA, HSPA, LTE
Camera Back 12MP,  Front 5MP Back 12.3 MP, Front 8MP
Video Quality 4k  4k
Bluetooth Yes, version 4.2 Yes, version 4.2
Sensors Barometer, three-axis gyro, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, fingerprint sensor Accelerometer, gyro, compass, barometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, fingerprint sensor
Battery Non-removable, Li-Po 2,915 mAh battery Non-removable, Li-Po 3,450 mAh battery
Charger Lightning USB Type-C
Marketplace Apple App Store Google Play Store
Available colours Gold, silver, space grey, rose gold Silver, black, white, gold

Prices

Storage Capacity USA UK Australia
 

32 GB

 

$499

 

£449

 

~ $715

 

64 GB

 

$549

 

£499

 

~ $785

 

128 GB

 

$649

 

£579

 

~ $928


Nexus 5X

We were actually very impressed how improved is the Nexus 5X than the previous Nexus 6. It is just smaller, faster, better. Easy to use with just one hand, faster processor, faster operating system and a far superior camera that was always a drawback in previous Nexus models. Similarly to the devices above the Nexus 5X features a USB-C port, runs on Marshmallow 6.0 which improve battery life, performance speed and better and more efficient multi-tasking.

To avoid repeating everything twice we are just going to say that the Nexus 5X is a brilliant solution for those who are searching for a competitive, conventional, and inexpensive android smartphone. Some other good news is that the Nexus 5X comes unlocked unrestricting you from geographic position and switching phone contracts. Unlike the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X is brought to you by the one and only, LG; a very reliable company with a good record.

Lastly, a comprehensive table regarding the tech specs of the Nexus 5X along with the prices is provided below in order to assist you in your exploration of buying a phone. You can watch the introduction video of the Nexus 5X below.

Storage Capacity

 

USA UK Australia
16 GB

 

$379 £339 $659
32 GB

 

$429 £449 TBA
DISPLAY SIZE 5.2-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display (424 ppi)
DISPLAY TYPE FHD
OPERATING SYSTEM Android 6.0 (at launch)
PROCESSOR 1.8 GHz Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
RAM 2GB
STORAGE ·         16GB

·         32GB

EXTERNAL STORAGE No
MAIN CAMERA (BACK) 12.3MP
SECONDARY CAMERA (FRONT) 5MP
WI-FI 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
BLUETOOTH Bluetooth 4.2
BATTERY 2700mAh
NFC Yes
CONNECTIVITY ·         3.5mm Headphone jack

·         USB Type-C

SENSORS ·         Accelerometer

·         Ambient light

·         Barometer

·         Fingerprint

·         Gyroscope

·         Hall

·         Proximity

GPS ·         Digital compass

·         GLONASS

·         GPS

HEIGHT 147 mm (5.79 inches)
WIDTH 72.6 mm (2.86 inches)
DEPTH 7.9 mm (0.31 inches)
WEIGHT 136 g (4.80 oz)
COLORS Carbon, Ice, Quartz

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