This review is for those who are confused to choose between Nexus 5x 32GB model and 6P. Please don't buy 16GB model of nexus 5x as it has only 10.5 GB free space. Earlier i have used Nexus 5/ Moto X Play/ One Plus Two. But the experience is so much amazing that i have decided never to use a non-nexus device in future.
1. Camera: If you are a camera lover, (especially low light photography)please buy this phone. This is by far the best camera(both in low light and day light) experience i have. It is better than OP2 and Moto xPlay's 21MP camera. The reason is Sony has provided the first of its kind camera sensors , to nexus team , ever used on any android device. NEXUS 5x and 6P has same camera performance. 2. Fingerprint Scanner(FS): The best/perfect FS out in the market right now. It takes only 6 touch to configure and works every time. So it is better than OP2 which is good but not as fast as Nexus 5x. NEXUS 5x and 6P has similar FS experience. 3. Light weight: I do lots of surfing and watch videos. Both OP2 and Moto X play are good mobiles but they are too heavy(with silicon back case applied). After 10 minutes i feel like holding bricks in my hand. But with Nexus 5x i am so happy as it is very lightweight. 5/5 again. NEXUS 6P is much heavier than 5x. 4. Smaller size: Again after using bigger mobiles like OP2 and Moto X Play when i touched Nexus 5x, it was very pleasant experience. 5.2 inch screen is perfect for me. Neither too big not too small for watching videos and surfing. Nexus 6P is again much bigger. 5. Android M and future updates: Considering the track of Nexus 5(released in 2013 and received updates till 2015), Nexus 5x will receive all android updates till 2017. It means i can use it till late 2018 with updated software all the time. But such a promise cannot be expected from companies like Motorola and One Plus . NEXUS 5x and 6P both will get same set of updates. UPDATE - RECEIVED ANDROID 6.0.1 ON 14TH DECEMBER. Except moto there is no other mobile in india which runs even android M. 6. Earphone provided with the mobile is very very good. Many times better than what Motorola provides. NEXUS 5x and 6P have similar earphones. 7 Gaming performance: GAMING PERFORMANCE is really good on NEXUS 5x. BUT NEXUS 6P IS MUCH BETTER FOR GAMING. SO GAMERS CHOSE NEXUS 6P. 8. Battery: Now this is a tricky comparison. Nexus 5x has 2700mah which takes around 90 minutes to completely charge itself with usb type c adaptor and probides 225-240 mins of screen on time. But my Moto x play which has 3630 mah battery does not have fast charger and with the charger provided it takes around 3 hours to completely charge the mobile and screen on time is around 300 mins.. So considering the time it takes to charge the mobile i think Nexus 5x beats Moto x play and OP2(it takes around 150mins to completely charge itself and has screen on time of 300 mins too. So unless and untill you do lots of travelling without power banks Nexus 5x battery will not disappoint you. AGAIN NEXUS 6P HAS MUCH BETTER BATTERY. SO IF BATTERY IS YOUR FIRST priority BUY NEXUS 6P 9. IPS LCD screen - I personally prefer ips over amoled screen . Ips screen produces natural color . Color of amoled is punchy. But it you need amoled screen go for Nexus 6P.
Some features of Nexus 5x which did not impress me: 1. Single sim: i usually prefer double sim mobiles.
2. Usb type c charger: This is the biggest CON for me. there is no google certified type c to type a cable or adapters present in India . Those on google play store are not available since many days. So i cannot use my Xiaomi power bank and otg pendrive. UPDATE-RECENTLY ORDERED TYPE C TO TYPE A CABLE AND ADAPTER FROM GOOGLE PLAY STORE FOR Rs. 909 EACH. Received them in 2 days. Otg pendrive works properly and now i can charge nexus with my xiaomi power bank. BUT IT DOES NOT FAST CHARGE WITH POWER BANK. NEXUS 6P HAS TYPE C TO TYPE A ADAPTER IN THE BOX. 3. Storage: I would love to have micro sd card slot on Nexus 5x. But as 32 GB model has 24GB free space. So it is not bad. BUT NEXUS 6P HAS 64GB MODEL TOO. IF YOU ARE BUYING NEXUS 5X PLEASE NEVER BUY 16GB MODEL. 4. Plastic back cover: Many people might get disappointed by non-metal finish. SO NEXUS 6P IS THE REAL PREMIUM NEXUS OF 2015. 5. 2GB RAM: In my daily experience i did not feel any lag with 2 GB RAM provided. But considering other manufacturer offer atleast 3GB RAM in 30K price range i think it is a con. 2GB RAM OF NEXUS 5X IS NOT GOOD FOR MULTITASKING. WE GET ONLY 600-700MB FREE OUT OF 2GB. NEXUS 6P HAS 3GB RAM. 6. battery: it drains like water. heavy users will not like it. NEXUS 6P IS MUCH BETTER IN TERMS OF BATTERY. 7. Lack of OIS: for those who do lots of video recording it is a deal breaker. But nexus 6p and 5x both lack it. Sony did not provide it as it was apprehensive of sale volume of both NEXUS device.
Who should choose Nexus 5x: 1. If you like small screen and light weight mobile. 2. Medium and light users of mobile. 3. Casual gamers. 4. Have power banks or can recharge mobile anytime during the day. 5. Non-geeks. 6. Cannot afford NEXUS 6P. 7. Those who do not do MULTITASKING . 8. WANT TO UPGRADE FROM NEXUS 5 OF 2013.
Who should buy NEXUS 6P: 1. Heavy/power users 2. If you do lots of MULTITASKING. 3. Like phablets and comfortable with heavy weight 4. Better battery requirement. 5. Geeks who want best processor in the market and can afford it. 6. Need more storage like 64GB.
Bottomline: As far as Camera and Gaming performance is concerned, Nexus 5x is best mobile in 25-30k range. You can use this mobile for next 2-3 years without any issues just like Nexus 5. So it is NOT VFM if we consider the immediate cost. But over a period of 2-3 years it is a great VFM.
Nexus 5x has everything you need from a mobile. Nexus 6P is better VFM. But those who want a smaller and light weight Nexus device, like Nexus 5 of past, please go ahead and buy it. You will not regret.