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Nexus 5X versus the original Nexus 5

At the time of its launch back at the end of 2013, the first Nexus 5 was a bit of a revelation. Following up on the inexpensive wonderment of the Nexus 4, LG cranked out another budget-friendly phone in partnership with Google that ended up being quite a hit with both average consumers and hardcore Android enthusiasts alike.

Two years later, we have the Nexus 5X, once again coming from a partnership of LG and Google, with naming and design clearly harkening back to the somewhat-inexplicable nostalgia toward the original Nexus 5. Understated design, simple materials and a "value greater than the sum of its parts" mindset have all carried over to this phone from its predecessor.

Have these two companies paired up to make a worthy successor to arguably the best-received Nexus of all time? We're going to explore just that.

Nostalgic hardware

Nexus 5X and Nexus 5

"LG's second Ne​xus is the best phone you can buy for $350," said our review of the Nexus 5 back in 2013, and those are some big shoes to fill. Of course anyone who owned or used a Nexus 5 will know that that value didn't come from its outstanding hardware chops — far from it, as the Nexus 5 was squarely in the "passable" arena of external build quality. And really, it's the same story all over again on the Nexus 5X.

The hardware can be described as nostalgic ... or just dated.

The phones are nearly identical in materials and build, with soft touch coatings layered on completely plastic exteriors, dotted with buttons and ports where necessary. The only real identifiable differences are the symmetrical speaker grilles on the front, and change in camera design on the back, of the Nexus 5X. To be fair to the newer model the Nexus 5X does seem to exhibit a bit better fit-and-finish, though the improvement isn't dramatic — it's still just serviceable hardware, and it's expected to simply fade away and let you experience the software.

Perhaps one of the reasons we were all so willing to put up with the less-than-stellar build on the Nexus 5 was its size — even in 2013 and '14 a 5-inch display felt compact compared to the growing average screen size, and the Nexus 5 was very small even for its screen size. The Nexus 5X is compact for its day as well at 5.2-inches, though symmetrical bezels on the top and bottom have boosted its overall footprint a bit. It's still super easy to slip into a pants pocket or grasp in one hand, and that's important to a lot of people still.

Simply adding a little bit of physical size to the screen isn't the only thing that's changed here, though. Display technology has advanced notably in the past two years, and the LCD panel in place on the Nexus 5X is considerably nicer than the Nexus 5. Though both phones are the same 1920x1080 resolution the Nexus 5X is brighter and has more accurate colors, and doesn't exhibit the light bleeding from the edges of the screen often found on the Nexus 5.

Additions like the fingerprint sensor, USB-C and an improved display shouldn't be overlooked.

Internally, things have made a pretty predictable progression. The Nexus 5X has a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor, a step above the Snapdragon 800 quad-core in the 5, along with the expected bumps in things like radios and sensors. The questionable choices? RAM and base storage, which stick at 2GB and 16GB, respectively, two years later. We've also lost Qi wireless charging, which is a hard-to-explain loss. (If we had to guess, we'd blame thinness.)

The Nexus 5X has also taken a few more steps forward in the hardware department, namely with its absolutely wonderful fingerprint sensor, an improved speaker and jump to a USB-C port. Each add something extra to the hardware experience, and remind you that this is a modern phone when you set it alongside the Nexus 5.

Software and performance

Nexus 5X and Nexus 5

When you set the two phones next to each other, both running Marshmallow of course, you actually can't immediately find a speed increase on the Nexus 5X over the Nexus 5 when just launching and thumbing through various apps. That's really a credit to the Nexus 5, which runs Android 6.0 at quite an amazing pace. Sure apps launch just a hair faster on the 5X, but it isn't something that'd be noticeable if you weren't running a side-by-side comparison.

Performance has only slightly improved, but battery life took a solid jump.

The Nexus 5X starts to pull away when it comes to multi-core performance, such as gaming or scrolling and interacting with heavy web pages and apps with lots of content. That's really what the newer generation of processor is going to give you by default, and in typical Nexus fashion we'd expect the Nexus 5X to only get faster in subsequent updates.

Where the differences really come out is in battery life. The Nexus 5X's 2700 mAh battery is over 15 percent larger than the Nexus 5's, but you're getting far more than that amount of longevity. Even a brand new Nexus 5 (i.e. one not run into the ground over two years) doesn't stand up to the full-day battery life available on the Nexus 5X, and if you've ever owned a Nexus 5 you know this is one of that phone's critical issues.

Now one of the main reasons why you may have had a Nexus 5 in the first place is software updates. Google (generally) does a pretty great job keeping its Nexus phones up to date for years after their release, but that well has to run dry at some point. We venture to guess the Nexus 5 is in for one more major release of Android — that'd be the N release, presumably — before being cut off, as we've just seen with the Nexus 4 only making it to Lollipop. Of course the Nexus 5X is two years further down the road and slated for multiple big Android releases in the future.

Camera prowess

Nexus 5X and Nexus 5

For all of the similarities you can draw between the Nexus 5X and 5, the camera has taken a large jump in quality. Despite losing OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) on the Nexus 5X, we've gained resolution — 12.3MP up from 8MP — along with larger individual pixels and improved image processing. The end result is and important jump in camera quality, with the Nexus 5X being able to take better photos in a variety of situations.

You can't deny the solid improvement in camera quality, even though it's still a tad slow.

While the Nexus 5 pretty much required the use of HDR+ processing to get a good shot — and in the end could definitely take some great ones — that's no longer the case on the 5X, and your average non-HDR+ snapshot is pretty solid as well.

Much like the rest of the software experience the Nexus 5X hasn't dramatically improved the speed at which it captures photos, with HDR+ images still taking a while to process and general camera performance being simply good and not exceptional. But the bump in image quality can't be overstated here, and while we wish OIS was still incorporated like on the Nexus 5 there can't be many complaints here — it's clear that Google has finally taken cameras seriously with the Nexus 5X (and Nexus 6P).

A steady (albeit unspectacular) progression

Nexus 5X and Nexus 5

With two years separating the release of these phones, it's somewhat tough to evaluate how well they stack up against one another. The Nexus 5 was a standout offering for the end of 2013 (and through 2014 as well), and anyone who owned one is likely to agree. The Nexus 5X has improved solidly over its predecessor with a better screen, longer battery life, new hardware features and a markedly better camera, though we wouldn't blame you for expecting a larger progression in terms of build quality and overall performance.

And in the end, it's worth noting that the Nexus 5X retails for only $379 unlocked, just $30 more than the Nexus 5 debuted at when it was released. Keeping that it mind the rate of improvement seems understandable, though the Nexus 5X is at a bit of a disadvantage here as it has stiff competition of great inexpensive unlocked phones that the Nexus 5 never had to face. The 5X is also being pitted against another Nexus, the 6P, launched at the exact same time starting at just $120 more, which also raises our expectations for what it should be.

It's true, the Nexus 5X may not be the low-cost wonder that's a dead easy buying decision like the Nexus 5 was. But in attempting to fill the undeniably-large shoes of its predecessor, the 5X has done a pretty good job overall. This is a solid second take on a great original device, even if it falls short of being spectacular in itself.

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

  • I know I have never had the popular opinion here, but I think the Nexus 5 was and is one if the most attractive phones physically. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I agree with you. My only complain on the nexus 5 was battery. I had to carry a charger with me all the time. Lol Posted via the Android Central App on Moto X 2014/Moto G3/Moto G1/Lenovo Tab S8/ Lenovo Yoga 11 on $35 Cricket wireless plan.
  • i loved my N5, abysmal battery performance (and google's awful tech support in italy) was the reason i switched to a Sony Z3C...
  • I completely agree. Though I may be slightly biased.... Posted via the Android Central App on my Nexus 5 M 6.0
  • Agreed. I am still sporting the 5 and will for another year. The 5x isn't a good enough upgrade and the forums are filled with reports of defects and less than stellar performance.
  • It's predecessor was prettier in my opinion. I remember being a bit disappointed with the design of the nexus 5 after the 4. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I agree, I'm still using my N4 without any issues. With that I have been thinking about upgrading to the 5x, but I'll wait till 2016.
  • I was still using it until a couple of months ago, now it's in service as my pip boy. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Best feature about the Nexus 5 has to be the processor. My phone has handle everything I have put it through from heavy graphics games to all the updates it has received its never run so smoothly before like right now. Best purchase I have ever made. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 is a fantastic processor. A lot of good phones came out of that processor and the 801. It still runs great today and phones like the Nexus 5 and Nokia Lumia 1520 can still keep up with the latest.
  • Indeed
  • Yep, the 801 isn't far behind the 808 in bench marks. And in real world, I don't think you would notice for the most part. Not enough at this point. If I were to buy a phone on processor alone, I would not pick an 808 over a 801 unless I use it for a lot of graphics. This is why I am considering the OnePlus X, with it.
  • Yes, my N5 is working so well with Marshmallow that there's no reason to buy a new one right now; however, I dropped it and the case didn't save the screen this time. So, if a new screen is too expensive to be worth adding, I'll re-think this.
    Any thoughts on where/how to have this repaired?
    I must say, I'm now getting 2 and sometimes 3 days outta the Marshmallow improved battery. For instance, after more than a day of music, I'm still at 49% battery level.
    Now, if they would just give it the "feel" of the N1, I'd be in Heaven once the screen was fixed.
  • Agree. I think it's simplicity in design is what made it look great.
    I hated the speaker and sound quality tho. Everything had to be at max volume if u ever had to plug it to a speaker. I also had to replace the battery before selling it. I miss it tho, even though it went to a good home *tear*.. Lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oh yeah the speaker sucks lol. And the audio captured when taking video is almost as bad. Posted from my Nexus 5 via Android Central App
  • The Audio Capture during video is the only reason I changed phones. Lot of kids in the family now needed a phone that could record them without sounding like we were all underwater. I saw the AC video they shot on the Plane, definitely sounds like the Audio Recording issues has been fixed.
  • Ditto! There's something I liked about the Nexus 5's minimalist design. I still use it from time to time, so I still haven't quite let it go. :-) From my Nexus 6P or 5 via the cooler than cool Android Central App
  • I agree. But I think that's a popular opinion though.
  • If better quality materials, definitely
  • I loved it as well. Everyone is so into "premium" materials these days, but the Nexus 5 looked damn good and felt great in the hand. Nexus 4 had a nice back, but was slippery. I love how the nexus 5 was very minimalistic. It feels and looks much better than my LG G4 (with it's premium leather - which scratches easily.. but I use a case).
  • It's understated design won't date quickly. And it was so grippy. Say what you want about plastic phones, but my N6P feels like a lubed up slip-n-slide compared to my N5.
  • Haha! Yeah, it is a trade off. I like the best of both world. Metal frame with non-slip back cover. Thats my ideal design.
  • I agree. I know the tech press is almost unanimous in loving metal phones. But I disagree. For one thing, almost everyone who gets a metal phone ends up getting a case - for fear that they will damage the metal body. And was is the case usually made of? Plastic.
  • THIS!
  • I agree. If I could find a new one and if google would do Project Fi on it, I would get one. I just wish the 5X would have taken a more substantial step up in performance and had 3GB of ram. It would make it more worth it too me. I sitting on the fence.
  • This review exhibits some marketing bias and is misleading with regard to the operations comparison between the two phones. Every test, shown on videos clearly demonstrates the NEXUS 5 superiority to the compromised 5X. NEXUS 5 is faster, smother and has no lag regardless of the applications and demands on the phone. The 808 is a sluggish processor, which is probably the major reason for the poor sales of LG G4, an otherwise excellent device.
    That is how the Korean inflexible minds work. Plain stupid. Take the NEXUS 5X for example. Instead of keeping the very successful NEXUS 5 basic hardware and excellent, superfast 800 processor, then add the new camera and battery - well the 5.2" screen, perhaps, but no fingerprint sensor, the LG screwed up royally with the 5X, a sluggish, lagging, stuttering phone with a price tag of $350-400. We hear many problem and customers complaining, while the price has come down to #220-250 but not many takers. By contrast, the NEXUS 6P has been very successful. Meanwhile the Legend NEXUS 5 continues.
  • It's one of the best looking phones I have ever used. Dropped it a hundred times without case, still running strong.
  • Nexus 5 still a good phone Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • I believe the HTC One A9 at $399 is comparatively better than the Nexus 5x. Build quality Display 32 GB storage with micro SD and 3 GB RAM OIS Sound Free 1 year next day replacement warranty
  • But it's not actually $399. That was only a limited time offer. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It will again be offered for $399 just as it was yesterday, Nov 10. Currently demand has outpaced the pipeline. Keep vigilant for holiday season special offers.
  • Yeah jimbo we already know what you think. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • And you forgot something of the biggest importance - A9's battery capacity :) via AC App on
    VZW Moto X DE/N7
  • I realize we all have become accustomed to comparing specs, especially battery capacity. Running out of power is among the top 3 important factors / considerations claimed by smartphone users. The other 2 are display and camera. With 2015 phones the 'capacity' of the battery is 'less problematic' than we've been accustomed to due to significantly improved hardware and software efficiency including bullet fast rapid charging. Sure, one might drop to 40% after 5 hours of mixed use yet now with this year's devices we can plug in and boost up to 85% in 15 min. And we have yet to experience Quick Charge 3.0 and the estimated 40% improved power consumption efficiency with soon to be released next generation SOCs like the SD 820. Now if one is isolated from the ability to briefly plug in, alternatives would have to be considered.
  • I think Nexus 5 is still a very attractive phone today. Yes, it has a poor battery, but what about most flagships this year? Quick charge? Oh... In my opinion, it is not so different carry a turbo charger, normal charger or a power bank. Not necessary to talk about the great performance of this phone, simply it is fast and stable.
  • Owned/Own them both and both are great phones. Andrew touched on the 'bump ups' nicely. Screen, battery. camera (wow, big difference!) and the fingerprint scanner really works well (I have to password protect my phone for work email) and fast. I do miss the wireless charging, but the USB-C is super fast at charging which (almost) makes up for it. I'm a techy and tinkerer so will always be a Nexus user. Love customizing the crap out of it. Both are great phones, especially for the price.
  • For me the Nexus 5 (2013) was the 2nd best Nexus ever created (the Nexus One holds a special place as #1) and the Nexus 5X is a perfect upgrade for me in every way. Sure there are hiccups with the software but In my past experience with new android software and most new software in general there are always going to be some issues.
  • I just think a device with an 1080p screen and Snapdragon 808 should be snappier. The performance is only marginally better than the Nexus 5.
  • Actually the OG nexus 5 is the better performer overall out of the box, and I only say that because I think encryption is taking a serious performance toll on the 5X. There really isn't any meaningful performance bump between the Krait 800 series and the 808. It only has 2 high powered A57 cores at its disposal for max performance as opposed the quad core A57 setups on the 810 and 7420.
  • Really miss the wireless charging of the nexus 5. I would get the 5x if it had it.
  • I liked my Nexus 5 a lot. My only real gripe was the really poor battery life. Wish the 5X had more storage as I need at least 64GB nowadays so it's no longer an option.
  • So much taller yet no dual front facing speakers. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have the N5 and the only thing I don't like is battery life. Other than that it still works great two years in. I didn't know if the battery was a problem with it or because I probably over charge it with fast chargers. Plus I'm on mine constantly. I'll probably go another year with it because others in family need new phones more but this would be a worthy upgrade.
  • Just bought a brand new Nexus 5 on ebay for $175 to replace an aging Nexus 4 for a family member. Out of box, the Nexus 5 went through about 4 or 5 system updates immediately, ending up on 6.0. Not bad considering I had almost settled on the newest moto G for that person. So far I think it's a great deal at that price, and the only issue so far is a very warm colored (yellowish) display. Maybe I'll pick up the 5x in a year or two at the same price to replace my LG G2. Although my G2 isn't even a year old itself....but hoping it will see 6.0 to breathe new life into it.
  • Google should have made a Nexus 5P as well. I just can't seem to find sufficient reasons to upgrade to a Nexus 5X coming from a Nexus 5. Not willing to give up wireless charging. Also 808 processor does not impress me at all. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I would miss ois and qi alot, but I also use magnetic mounts for the car and the Nexus 5 has the plate built in so I dont need a sticker or add a case. No one every talks about that feature but i always thought it was really smart and useful. N5 will last another year... I don't really see the 5x as a true replacement for the 5
  • Same here! Sticking up the wireless charger into the car is one of the most amazing things you could do with a Nexus 5!
    This not only looks incredibly good (no docks or wires), it´s really really convenient..
    Since other phones simply lack the metal pucks in the back cover, the N5 is the one and only phone you could do this with.
    (look for videos on youtube, it´s just fu***g amazing) ;-) It´s one of N5s most underrated features imaho ;-) least if you spend a lot of time in your car.
  • I still love my Nexus 5. I'm at a desk all day so wireless charging addresses the weak battery. The camera can get great shots when it decides to focus (is it me or has that problem worsened with Marshmallow?). Performance is top notch considering it's old hardware. The size is damn near perfect. I have a nice slim case on it so I couldn't give a crap about build quality. Seems fine to me. I hope to get another year out of it. $400 spread over three years is what I call a great value. Posted from my Nexus 5 via Android Central App
  • I dropped my N5 a long time ago and ended up selling it on eBay to pay for an N4, but I remember the time it took for the N5's camera to focus was a nightmare at how long it took. I think that was my only problem with it too.
  • Wireless charging > Doze.
  • I actually owned the Nexus 5X and sent it back after about a week of having it. It was too big coming from the N4 Im using at the moment. I pretty much fell in love with the original N5 and would like to have it again someday. Even if the battery life isnt as potentially good. There was just something or a multiple of somethings that made it a great phone. I hope that one day LG will make a new Nexus 5 in the same body size and style as the original and it just be a spec update.
  • I have a 6 month old Nexus 5 and I have no desire to upgrade. Sure I throw on the charger at work in the afternoon, but it performs amazingly. I use my Nexus 9 in the evenings mostly, and it really can't be beat for media consumption and gaming. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You guys were die hard purists in 2013.
    I was happy and feeling superior with my Note 3. Now the worm is turning (and the market).
  • Got my N5x about a week ago after 2 years with the N5.
    The N5x is actually much slower than the N5!!! The animations and webpage scrolling are smoother on the old phone. Actually there are websites that the N5x can't handle. Games like Sim City are sluggish on th N5x and runs much better on the Old N5.
    On the other hand, the camera of the N5x is on another level (but many bugs and crashes of the camera app) and battery life is also better.
  • I wonder if the slowness is related to encryption being enabled? Maybe Russel will do a follow on article for the 5X.
  • I use my Nexus 7 2013 for the majority of my web stuff, so I don't use my Nexus 5 all day long, or for very intensive stuff all that much. That said, my N5 is still smooth as butter. Only downside, as everyone who's used one well knows, is the battery. Thankfully I just plop it on either of my two Tylt Vu chargers. Couldn't possibly upgrade to a phone without Qi.
  • Another point for the 5x is it's one of only three phones that works on Project Fi. In my opinion, a plus Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have the 5x. Have had for about 3 weeks and very happy with it. It really is an excellent evolution from the Nexus 5. Wonder if there was no 6p, if the reviews of the 5x would be more glowing. Just speculating.
  • Love love loved my N5. Sure, it needed charging by noon, and loved to focus on any object int he photo except the one I was interested in. And I spent an hour each week deleting apps, clearing caches, downloading home videos and purging music to try to survive with 32GB. But it was solid as a rock, really small with fantastic handfeel, and exhibited no lag anywhere. And it had a nice clean Nexus UI. But then the well-know power-button issue reared its ugly hear, and after two weeks of random and repeated reboots (each requiring 20 mins to optimize apps), it was time to move on. Urgently. Needed lots of storage and a great camera. Wanted a smallish phone, and a good battery, and approx $400 price. Pretty indifferent about the rest: specs, fingerprints, NFC, fancy charging, design. N5x didn't meet my storage needs, has a ho hum battery and camera, and is quite a bit bigger than the N5. Pass. Picked up the LG G4. Lots of storage, great camera. Decent battery. Good price at $379. Good specs, NFC, QC2. Only compromise was size: it's a big phone (not N6 big, but still). Seven days in, I'm a happy camper. Device build is solid, like the N5. With the Google Now launcher installed, the only remaining LG thorn in the experience remains the notifications/quick settings bar. Battery is good - 40% when I get home from work, which is amazing for this N5 user. And the size? Bigger than I want, but I can still just barely work it with one hand, and it fits in all my pockets. I can live with the size.
  • I'm pretty much in the same boat as you.. that's why I got the G4. Been using it since it came out.. however, I just used my Nexus 5 the other day.. It feels snappier despite being a year and a half older.
  • I went from the OG Nexus 5 to the LG G4...then back to the Nexus 5. The size of the G4, after 3 months, was too much for me. The Nexus 5's size is beautiful for one handedness! Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm just OK with the G4 size for now, but I'll admit that every time I pick up my old N5, my brain does register relief. If I can get the power button of my N5 fixed at low cost, i might switch back. Contemplated buying a new N5 from Expansys, but couldn't justify $250 or whatever for a 2 year old phone. Will probably just live with the G4, which I otherwise like a lot, until something suitable in an N5 size comes up.
  • I'm not sure if you have one near you, but repair shops like uBreakiFix can take care of the power button replacement. Or Solaris, Bob Knows Phones, FonDoctor, etc. Posted via Android Central App
  • It's a shame the international price isn't the equivalent of $30 more expensive. Here in australia I paid about $430 (AUD) delivered for my Nexus 5. Google are selling the 5X here for $669 (AUD). I know the forex situation has slipped big time but I just can't justify an upper-mid-range phone at that price. Ended up getting a GS6 instead for $100 less.
  • Question on the performance comparisons... Official test or from other readers - Are both devices encrypted?
    E.g. I believe the N5x is encrypted by default, which does impact performance - but can be a good trade off. Was the N5 also encrypted? I remember on my Moto X, when moving to lollipop, it was optional to encrypt. Just curious. Posted via the Android Central App
  • One plus x looks to be the phone that I will replace my nexus 5 with Posted via the Android Central App
  • I highly doubt the Nexus 5X lost out on wireless charging because of how thin it is. Look at the Nokia Lumia 830, or Samsung's S6 generation, or Microsoft's 950 generation.
  • I believe the Nexus team stated exactly that. Now whether or not you want to believe that...well.....that's up to the individual...
  • funny how the camera bar on the 6p got so much attention, cause I prefer that look over the protrusion on the 5x. LG and Google simply dropped the ball with the 5x. It's the very definition of mediocre, and choosing it over the 6p simply because of the smaller display is a huge sacrifice. maybe next year they'll team up with BlackBerry!
  • The N5 was and is a great phone. I had no problems with the camera at all, it did good HDR, panorama, photosphere, and great video. The only real problem was the infamous battery life, or, lack thereof. After 2 years, it was getting pretty bad. I bought 2.4A chargers for my car, and that helped keep the N5 running. I just got my 6P a week ago, and the battery life is amazing. Maybe it's just the transition from the N5, but the 6P lasts all day and then some. I thought I would miss the wireless charging, but I have to tell everyone, it's not an issue. If the 5X has anything approaching the 6P battery life, you'll soon forget about wireless charging. Great article, Andrew!
  • Exactly! Were it not for the battery issues, the N5 would still be my daily driver. Whenever I was home, it lived on a Qi charger; but if I was out and about, it was always dying when I needed it most. For me, battery life on the 5X is amazing! And I got over the wireless charging thing when I saw just how quickly I could top it off. Still unnecessarily large, though...
  • Fitted a new battery to my N5, as it was never lasting a day. Today there was 40%left at bedtime. A much cheaper option than an N5X that I don't like the look of. That lump of a camera! You can't set it down flat, except on its face. I couldn't see the specifications as being much of an upgrade. I've never had any portioned with build quality.
  • With all the talk here comparing the Nexus 5 to the 5X what about in my case where for three years now I'm still running on my Nexus 4? Is it a very noticeable upgrade going from the Nexus 4 to the 5X or to make it worth it do I just need to go all out and get the 6P? The size of the 5X is what is attractive to me and the 6P is still rather large. I was originally planning on getting the Nexus 6 last year but when they announced it's 6" in size I was like no way I'm getting that it's way too big. Anyone care to chime in about the Nexus 4 vs. the 5X? TIA.
  • If I had a Nexus 4 I think I'd upgrade definitely. IMO if you're still on the N4 then you're interested in as future-resistant a phone as possible, and that's the 6P. For the 32gb version it's only like $70 more which over time is nothing. Tough call. If my N5 blew up today I'm still not sure what I'd do. 6P is better (for me) in every way but the one I'm guaranteed to notice every time I use it....the size. I hear the Note 5 feels similar in the hand, so that might be useful for comparison.
  • The OG nexus 5 is a better performer
  • I returned my 5x because it was too big for me. 5 inches is as far as I can go for one handed operation. Also, a clean install of Marshmallow on the N5 and a $15 battery replacement kept me blissfully at peace with it. Unfortunately I'm experiencing the power button plague and since I bought it used on eBay I don't have an original receipt for LG to repair it. I'm not sure what local repair chain stores to trust. Suggestions? I want to keep my N5 as my daily driver. Posted via the Android Central App
  • UBreakiFix store Posted via Android Central App
  • I just bought an OG Nexus 5 refurbished (32GB in the awesome RED). I cannot believe I didn't own this phone a year ago! The overall package is just stellar. Yeah, the battery isn't awesome, but it's working almost full day for me (I might try a replacement soon). The camera with HDR+ is severely underrated. I have an Xperia Z3 Compact, a Lumia 925, and a Lumia 1020. While the 1020 is in a class of its own, I would happily throw up the N5 with HDR+ against either of the other two. Video is quite stable as well. I was going to get the A9, but for $199 this was a screaming deal.
  • I have a black Nexus 5, right now in front of me in my desk, and I can't believe how beautiful is this phone, first time I saw it I didn't think It was so nice, but when I took it in in my hands I could see the great design of that phone, is just nice, doesn't care from what angle you watch it, is just nice and nice!
    My Nexus is running Android 6.0 of course, and is fast as hell, by far the best phone running Android that I ever had in my hands, plus, I don't know if my phone is cursed or what but the battery last all day long, I play games too, and it just handle the day without problems, of course is not a LG G2 or a Sony Z3, but 4 - 4:30 of screen time is just good for me, and the camera, is actually very good, HDR does a great job and when DNG comes to the scene, pictures get better than ever!, I'll keep it for sure, doesn't care if im getting a Nexus 5X in two months, the original Nexus 5 is and will be a great device always!.
    I will miss the design and the OIS :/
  • I love both, but I think the OG N5 was better mainly due to its sheer importance. The new Hamilton Beach SD toaster. Powered by the Snapdragon 810.
  • Always liked the 5, especially the way it felt in hand. Posted via Android Central App
  • I've been using an N5 for over a year now and its the best one I have ever had. And like people are saying, it's the best looking one there is. But... I was thinking of getting something else... Is the 5X better or the S6?? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I loved my N5- I needed a break from my Sammy GS III. It felt great in hand, and it never left me wanting in the battery department- even when stuck in terminals or flying. As much as I loved the quick updates- the "plainness" of vanilla Android was starting to lose its magic. I had the 32GB version, and had plenty of my music and photos on it- so no issue there. In August I began looking at other phones. I liked the LG G4, I liked what Asus had done with the Zenphone as well, but in the end- kept reading stories of both phones and less than stellar battery life. I saw some markups of the Nexus ine... especially the 6P, and couldn't get over the ugly periscope(camera bar) in the back. In the end- I bought a Note 5 on launch date. I am very happy with it- and not buying into the screamers about sealed battery and no SD-Card storage. It looks beautiful and feels great. I pulled the Nexus 5 out of the drawer the other day- to power it up and give it some use on wifi- and it now felt too small. I do need to pick up a Nano-Sim adapter for it- so I can actually use it as a phone on occasion. Chris
  • Its more than "a bit" bigger.
  • I must be lucky... My nexus 5 lasts all day long and I've had it since its debut.
  • "important to a lot of people still."
    Funny how all the tech bloggers can all write the same thing but somehow nobody at these ailing phone companies seem to read it.
    Apple went ahead and proved that people don't want behemoth phones with the iPhone 6 plus taking only a fraction of the overall iphone 6 marketshare. People want smaller, manageable phones... accept it! The thing that pisses me off the most is that Google.. the supposed hero of they day, shits on that idea too. Google. Make 1 phone in 2 sizes. 5" and 6"
    Keep it simple but do not leave the majority of phone users out in the cold without an option. 5.2 is too big. 5" is the sweetspot. 6" for those that might like things a bit bigger. And stick to one model and one manufacturer for both. I'd love the 6p, if it came in 5". I might like the 5X.. i just ordered it but have major buyers remorse mainly because of the size. I really want a nexus device... but the .2" is a lot bigger in hand than on paper. Stop ignoring the obvious majority ruling. Moto almost did it right... they released the Moto G for the "budget minded" and the Moto X for the flagship minded. WHY THE FUCK THEY RELEASED 2 DEVICES AT THE SAME OVERSIZE IS BEYOND ME! Hey Moto!!
    Try this
    Moto G - 5" - $200
    Moto X - 5" - $400
    Moto X Plus - 5.7" - $500 (same specs as X, just bigger screen) Stop with all the stupid variations. I shouldn't have to buy a bigger screen to get higher end hardware.
  • I have to agree with this. Sick of the HUGE sizes to get top end hardware.
  • Update to my last post. As expected, I returned the 5x. I tried.. I REALLY TRIED to get used to the size. But it's like a damn novelty toy! I am 6'4" with large hands and EVEN I CAN'T USE THE DAMN THING! I can't imagine people with the 5.7" devices. I got my parents the Moto G 3rd gen for Christmas and even that is just over the limit. It's at least doable but even 5" is still too big.. especially when it is wider like the Moto. I, myself, ended up getting a used HTC One M9 which is also 5" but a little more slender than wide. I love it. It is still a little too big, but I can at least manage. It's a great phone and has better specs than the 5x so it's fine. Unforunately the newer HTC One A9 is a bust with its tiny battery. It's like OEM's just don't understand life. So far I am happy with this phone. The only thing missing would be the fingerprint scanner but that wasn't great in practice.. The scanner itself works great and so much faster than the iphone scanner.. but being on the back of the phone, there was no way to wake the display while it was laying on the desk. So you had to constantly pick it up to reach the scanner. Sorry Google, but if you want people to take you seriously, stop making novelty toys and calling them phones.
  • I agree, wrote this on Nexus 5 Considering a Refurbished Phone?
  • Every comparison between N5 and N5X so far said, that the N5X is slower. This is the first time, someone says otherwise. How is this possible? Was the N5 also encrypted?
  • I owned the Nexus 4 from new and when the screen broke I picked up a used Nexus 5. The Nexus 5 is such a great device, there was and maybe still is nothing better on the market for even close to its cost. I am yet to find another device that I can absolutely say "This is worth upgrading". I was tempted by the Moto X from last year and the Galaxy S6 but considering the additional cost the answer is always "Its not worth it". I was waiting for the 5X but now that its here I'm left feeling that this isn't the successor I was waiting for. Is it a better phone? Maybe, but it loses ground on a few areas. Is it worth an upgrade? No, the Nexus 5X is more of a sidegrade. So then, do I give my small hands a workout and get the 6P? Now there's a question worth considering.
  • This is exactly what my thoughts were on the N5 vs N5x. My N5 will remain my current device until it develops an uncorrectable hardware problem or the battery just gives out. Given the minor bump in processor and camera is not a reason for me to get a new one. Thanks for the review of the two.
  • This simple little phone is the most suprisingly impressive purchase I ever made, I'll run it for another 6 mos or so.
  • Nexus Phones and Tablets are now on sale only on NexusPhoneDeals;com
  • Nexus 5X, 6P, 6, 5 and more is now on sale only on NexusPhoneDeals:com
  • I already have N5 and pretty happy with it other than battery. It's not worth or justify for me, as well as I think for anyone with Nexus 4 to 5 upgrade to 5x or 5p. Especially 5x, Google seems partnered with the wrong company to produce such phone with those spec is a slap in the user face. I could bet ya all Nexus 5 will be the shame of the Nexus line as Nexus 6: a phone no one wants.