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If you’ve been on the market for a brand new smartphone, you may have been bombarded with Samsungs and iPhones for the past year, but behind the scenes Nexus has been secretly impressing critics with their new releases, too.  Google Nexus owners have the luxury of getting the freshest Android updates before all other brands, and their latest models: the Nexus 5X and the 6P come loaded with the latest Marshmallow.  We just need to figure out which of these feature-packed phones to get.

Physical Stats

On display are two attractive looking phones.  The Nexus 5X is the smaller and lighter sibling, sporting a plastic shell, but it doesn’t feel cheap.  The 6P is longer, but thinner, even though it is heavier, thanks to the sturdy aluminum body and black glass accents.  Both feature fingerprint scanners located on the back for easy access and security.  Slick devices however you look at it.


Both of these models are sporting HD displays with excellent clarity.  The Nexus 5X uses IPS on its 5.2 inch screen, outputting true 1080p resolution.  The Nexus 6P’s 5.7inch uses AMOLED technology and the retna-comparable resolution of 2k at 518 pixels per inch.  Both devices come with Gorilla Glass protection, with the 6P sporting the latest version number four.

Hardware and Power

Starting with the 5X, we have a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core that sports 1.8GHz speeds, a graphics card with 2GB of RAM, and storage capabilities of 16GB and 32GB stock to choose from.  The Nexus 6P comes equipped with an upgraded Snapdragon 810 processor with eight cores at a max clock rate of 2 Ghz, a faster graphics card with 3GB of RAM, and stock storages of 32, 64, and 128GB models.

When it comes to cameras, both Nexus smartphones come with a 12.3 megapixel camera that uses laser autofocusing, a dual LED flash, GPS auto-tags, facial recognition, and of course panoramic photos.  Buying the Nexus 6P over the 5X gets you a better front camera, 8MP, compared to 5MP.

One weak selling point for these Nexus models, however, is the battery.  The batteries aren’t replaceable.  The Nexus 6P does come with a decent battery rated at 3500 mAh, and the Nexus 5X with only 2700 mAh.

Bottom Line

Both of these phones are a breeze to use, providing plenty of power and feature for the average Android user.  Affordability is what makes these phones so attractive.  The value of your dollar is objectively much higher than their iOS counterparts.  The price difference between each Nexus is about $50 between the same storage sizes for each model.  If you’re okay with 16GB, the Nexus 5X wins, with some places online offering it at $80-100 cheaper than the smallest 32GB Nexus 6P model.

Find a cellphone dealer to test out the feel of each phone in your hands, as sometimes the specs do a poor job of predicting how you will personally handle each one.  We don’t all have the same hands or wear the same pants.  That would just be weird.