Google Nexus 5X review


Welcome to the Nexus 5X review. It’s becoming more common that the top range phone from the last year or two or even three become the mid range models purely due to age but not so the 5X. Made by LG the 5X is the smaller version of the Nexus 6P but updated from the Nexus 5 so its interesting… We’re putting this review up now because it has finally become even more interesting due to the price drop, yes the Nexus now has a general retail price under $400AUD from a number of retailers.

In terms of construction the Nexus 5X is very good. It has a glass screen and a plastic back and it feels as good as any other 2 piece smart phone. Plastic has the stigma of being cheap but the quality of this one is pretty good. There aren’t any panel you can open so it is a solid phone in the hand and very anonymous to look at, unless you have a fancy case of course.

In terms of hardware the Nexus 5X has the all the feature of a mid range phone and more including a Hexa-core CPU which we think is pointless as no apps can use it to it’s full potential and means that standard Apps like face book are no different in performance to any other phone higher of lower end. However for the price you get a good camera, with laser auto focus and 4K resolution but no expandable memory so 16G of 32G means that you can’t actually use it. We have no idea or can justify purchasing a phone with 4K without expandable memory let alone in 2016!

In terms of use the the Nexus 5X is pure Android so it is very basic to start with but you can easily customise it with additional interface mods of function beyond that of the iPhone for example, However it is hampered by the lack of standard memory. They say use the cloud! we say who wants to upload and download everything all time especially if you are traveling? Roaming charges will send you broke quickly. The interface is smooth and lag free so no complaints but that requirement to have internet data for everything slows the interface on occasion.

The conclusion is once again simple. The Nexus 5X is a great phone with the critical flaw of not having enough memory for the basics of pictures,music and games.  There are a number of better phones selling for the same price from LG and Samsung just to name a few brands, just see the prior reviews.


  • Google Nexus 5X
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM
    Tri-band 3G
    Tri-band 4G
  • Design
    Touch screen
  • L147 x W72.6 x D7.9 mm
    Weight 136 grams
  • Display
    5.2 inch
    1080 x 1920 QHD IPS
  • Camera
    12MP auto-focus
    LED Flash
    2nd forward facing video call camera 5MP
  • Video Camera
    4K 30FPS main video camera
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V4
    USB C
  • CPU
    Hexa core – 1.4Ghz and 1.8 Ghz
    Separate Andreno 418 Graphics CPU
  • Memory
    2 Gig RAM
    Up to Approx 32 Gig for user
  • Features
    A-GPS, GLONASS BEIDO, Compass, Accelerometer,
    Gyroscope, Ambient Light
    Up to 370 hours Standby
    Up to 17 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Approx $400 AUD September 2016 (Outright)