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Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P: Which one should you buy?

Florence Ion | Nov. 5, 2015
It's the toughest dilemma Android fans have faced in ages, but we can help you choose one of Google's great new Nexus phones.

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Women are pretty screwed in the “put your phones in your pocket” department, anyway, but at least the Nexus 5X doesn’t stick out as much. Credit: Florence Ion

The “P” in its name stand for “premium,” which perfectly sums up the 6P’s sleek and fashionable aluminum frame. This is definitely a phone you’ll want to cover up in a case if you’re hoping to avoid scratches on the exterior, however—my 6P is already starting to see some wear and tear after only two weeks. It’s also fairly heavy at about 178 grams, which makes it heavier than the Samsung Galaxy S6HTC One M9, and Nexus 5X.

How bright do you need your screen?

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It’s tough to capture in a photograph, but the 6P’s display is ever-so-slightly brighter and more saturated than the 5X’s. Credit: Florence Ion

The Nexus 5X’s screen is a 5.2-inch 1080p LCD display, while the 6P’s is a 5.7-inch Quad HD AMOLED display—the same AMOLED display used in Samsung’s flagship devices this year. Both screens are crisp and clear and offer fantastic viewing angles, but there is a slight color difference between the two. The 5X’s colors are a bit subdued, while the 6P’s are more vibrant, with a twinge of over-saturation that’s typical of Samsung AMOLED displays. The 6P display is also brighter. We measured it to be around 150 nits brighter than the 5X, so you'll be able to read it more easily in bright sunlight.

How much storage do you need?

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The Nexus 5X is only available in 16GB or 32GB. Credit: Florence Ion

If you want the smaller phone, you’ll have to opt for less storage space, too. The Nexus 5X is only sold in 16GB and 32GB variants, while the Nexus 6P comes in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB flavors. There’s no expansion slot on either device, which is why the Nexus 5X’s storage limitation is kind of a bummer. The 32GB version of the 5X is $430, which is a reasonable amount of space for the price. To compare, the Moto X Pure Edition is $20 more for 32GB, but includes an expansion slot. 

12 megapixels vs. 12 megapixels

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On the left is the Nexus 5X and on the right is the Nexus 6P. 

Both the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P boast 12.3-megapixel rear-facing cameras with 1.55 micron pixels and f/2.0 aperture, it's the same sensor, but there are some software differences between the two, made possible by the different SoCs which power the phones.

 

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