The Nexus line has always been the best way to get the full, untethered Android experience. From the very beginning, with the Nexus One (by HTC), Google delivered a stripped down version of Android in a time when skins were all the rage. It wasn’t until later than manufacturers and phone enthusiasts discovered how bogged down a phone’s performance was due to skins.
A stripped down Android version with a light skin is the norm now. But you can always turn to the Nexus line to receive the full stock Android experience. This year, the dessert name is Marshmallow: Android Marshmallow 6.0. Android has come a long way, and the improvements to the OS rival even that of the iPhone.
This year, we are lucky enough to get two new Nexus phones: the 5X by LG and the 6P by Huawei. The questions is, which one should you get? Let’s break it down.
The smaller version of the two Nexuses comes with a 5.2-inch LCD 1080p display (424 ppi). It comes equipped with Gorilla Glass 3, so if you drop it, it won’t shatter as easily. It is powered by a Snapdragon 808 processor with an Adreno 410 GPU and a hexa-core 64 bit chip and 2GB of RAM. Powered by a 2700 mAh battery, and coming the Android Marshmallow 6.0, means battery life should be pretty good (but not spectacular). The front facing camera features a 5MP, so all those selfies should look mighty sharp. Weighing a brisk 136 milligrams, the Nexus 5X comes with an all plastic design thatmay feel a bit on the cheap side, with a $379 starting price point, you can’t expect the best built.
Huawei’s first entry into the Nexus line is a homerun. Equipped with a beautiful 5.7-inch Full HD AMOLED display (518 ppi), it also comes with Gorilla Glass 4. The screen is up there with the best smartphones. Bigger phones means more heft, and that comes in the form of 178 milligrams. Rocking a Snapdragon 810 processor with an Adreno 430 GPU, an octa-core 64 bit chip and 3GB of RAM, performance should be fast and responsive. Taking selfies will look even better with the 8MP front facing camera. The battery is bumped up to 3450 mAh on this Nexus version, while the design features a beautiful all-aluminum design that is just delightful to hold. Improving on almost every feature of the 5X, it also increases the price range, starting at a base of $499.
While there are many features that differentiate the two Nexus phones, there are some features that were pushed to both phones. The 12.3MP, 1.55um pixel size, f2.0 aperture camera capable of recording 4K video is the same for both Nexus devices. The fingerprint reader dubbed Nexus Imprint is also featured on the back of both phones. And, moving towards the future, the means of charging is now USB-Type C – not Micro USB – with fast charging. Sadly, neither supports wireless charging, but at these price points, you can’t have it all.
Which one should you get?
That all will depend on the type of phone you want.
If you enjoy having the latest and greatest, with the best specs and top of the line design, look no further than the Nexus 6P. It’s beautiful design puts it in the conversation of best designed phones with the Galaxy S6, iPhone 6/6s and M9. It simply looks beautiful. The Snapdragon 810 coupled with the 3GB of RAM should provide more than enough speed for even the hardest of power users.
On the other side, if you enjoy a phone than simply just works and will save you some money, go with the Nexus 5X. The design may leave much to be desired, but with its price point, you really have no reason to complain. It still comes with Android Marshmallow 6.0, which even lagging on the spec department compared to the 6P, should stabilize the experience on the less powerful hardware.
Both phones are great,you really can’t go wrong with either. The main question is, what type of consumer are you. When you decided that, then you can chose the Nexus phone that fits your needs. Until then, good luck deciding between two great phones.