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LG NEXUS 5X: Review

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Overall Ratings Of LG NEXUS 5X: 7.9/10


  • Excellent Rear Camera (12.3 MP)
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • Light Weight (136.00 g)
  • Inexpensive
  • The design is clean
  • Runs on Android 6.0


  • Plastic Body
  • No Wireless charging
  • Non-Removable Battery
  • No expandable storage


LG Nexus 5X was a successor of the Nexus 5, manufactured by LG Electronics and released on 22nd October 2015. It was a superb android smartphone with a reasonable price, but too bad its not available anymore. What made this phone so special and what were the circumstances leading to the shut down of LG Nexus 5X? It will all be highlighted in this article.

LG’s Nexus 5 was a money making machine for google, it had star ratings but it wasn’t perfect and google stopped selling Nexus five in late 2013. Later in 2015 LG Nexus 5X came out with the company claiming award winning refinements and improvements. Nexus 5X is fully made from plastic and being extremely light its really easy to carry and handle. But obviously the lack of a metal chassis doesn’t give out the premium feeling. Even without a body made from glass and metal the phone is pretty attractive, lets discuss its design.

Nexus 5X has a 5.2 inch display its wider than Nexus 5 but alternately is much thinner. For protection it is covered with Gorilla Glass 3. At the back phone there is the Nexus logo, above the logo lies the camera. The camera has a slight bulge but its not that noticeable as compared to other devices with bulging lenses. There’s the fingerprint sensor bellow the camera which is top notch and works pretty speedily. Rounded corners and a soft touch back makes it more attractive and provides a better grip to the phone. On the right edge lies the volume control button plus the power button, its hard to differentiate between the two, both are completely rectangular and black they look cheap and unattractive. The SIM card slot is housed on the left side, the USB type-C port and  3.5 mm headphone jack both lie on the bottom edge of the phone. Carrying around an adapter and cable was an inconvenience for the USB C port. This phone contains a front facing speaker on the bottom side of the display. Nexus 5X came in 3 different color options Quartz White, Ice Blue and Carbon Black, however the front always came in black.

The display is 5.2 inches with an LCD screen and a full HD resolution (1080 x 1920 pixels). It show cases perfect colors which are not too saturated or too bright, the maximum brightness of the screen being 415cd/m2. The sunlight visibility isn’t that good but it could be managed by increasing the brightness, overall the display quality is adequate it stands out pretty well.

When it comes down to the camera its great for indoor photography because it captures extra light and snaps brighter photos. The camera sensor is 12.3 megapixels with 1.55 um pixels size; it takes even more stunning photos in the daylight highlighting all kinds of textures. The front camera being 5 megapixels including a flash, that’s good enough for taking selfies and for video chatting.

The battery capacity is 2700 mAh, that’s good but not excellent. 2700 mAh battery means that after continuous video watching you would need to recharge your phone approximately after 9 hours. But for normal usage the battery is enough to get you through the whole day. A larger battery is always a want from the consumers, and unfortunately LG couldn’t provide us with wireless charging. Even though the Nexus USB type-C port provides faster charging but still wireless would have been a plus point.

Most consumers felt that the 2 GB RAM was too little,  even though you could excess the 16 GB internal storage its still not helpful if you want to install a number of heavy apps or games; There isn’t even any expandable storage. However the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor proved capable of smooth operation of the phone though it showed minor lag while performing certain tasks like initiating multiple apps.

Overall google made some impressive changes like the fingerprint scanner, USB C charging method, excellent rear camera, a faster processor and a bigger display. All of that in an affordable price. Unfortunately google stopped selling Nexus 5, in fact it stopped supporting the brand all together with the advent of Pixel and Pixel XL, however you can still get the handset because it was one of the potential choice of the consumers.


Processor: 1.8 GHz hexa-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 808)


Internal Storage: 16 GB

Rear Camera: 12.3 megapixel

Front camera: 5 megapixel

Display size: 5.2 inches

Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels

Battery Capacity: 2700 mAh

Operating System: Android 6.0

Connectivity:  Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, GPS, USB OTG, nano-SIM









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