The Nexus 6 was never really a successor to the Nexus 5. It was a rather ambitious direction that Google wanted to take with their Nexus line that yielded confusion and concerns for devoted Nexus users. But this year, Google has silenced many user concerns with the release of two new phones—the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.
I've been using the Nexus 5X for nearly two weeks and it's similarity's with its predecessor is evident.
The Nexus 5 was never the prettiest girl at the bar, but that's not a bad thing because it has never aimed to claim that title. Frankly, it's a no-bullshit phone that gets the job done for a reasonable price tag. The design isn't dramatic, and it doesn't have to be because the people who are buying the Nexus 5X know that it's not designed to be a premium Android phone. That's a title the Nexus 6P currently reserves, which I'll explain further in a full review.
The Nexus 5X's fingerprint scanner on the back is, if not faster, as fast as my iPhone 6s. But it's placement yields more concerns than solutions from me. I understand the theory of having it located in a place where you're likely to place your finger, but when the phone is faced up on a desk, you have to resort to unlocking it with a passcode. Honestly, I prefer the iPhone's home button's placement because its intended function is still available regardless if I'm holding the phone or not.
Android Marshmallow, which is what powers both the Nexus 5X and 6P is clean, straightforward, and delightful. Although I personally use Apple's mobile and desktop software, I love to still keep a foot in Android's door to see what's new. Yes, Samsung is improving its Android skin, but it doesn't come close to stock Android when you want a simple, non-obtrusive interface. I'd love to say consistent, too, but Android seriously lacks the consistency that iOS has and it still has a bit of a distance to get there.
The camera is good but not great. As a photographer, the camera experience on a mobile device is one of the most important things to me, and the Nexus 5X fails to impress me as much as the iPhone 6s. However, truthfully, the I haven't had enough quality time with the Nexus 5X to make any final judgments. I'll provide my final conclusion of the Nexus 5X's camera in a full review soon.
The battery life doesn't require many compromises. It's relatively similar to the battery life found on my iPhone 6s (without low power mode enabled). It's quick charge feature comforts the notion that if I ever only have 20 minutes to charge my phone, I'll know that it's charged enough to last me throughout the rest of the day.
For the price, it's the best money can buy if you're budget is below $400 for an unlocked Android device. But its obvious that it's bigger brother, the 6P, is faster, better looking, and has a minimal amount of compromising features. The Nexus 5X is a great budget Android phone, but unlike the Nexus 6P, it's not the best Android phone.