Many will agree that the Google Nexus 5X is no longer the same phone they bought a year or so ago.
Not that it has changed physically (although it might have changed for some [pun intended]), but the performance levels have gone down, which is normal for any phone or gadget in general. In 2015, the Nexus 5X was the low-end offering from the company targeting budget spenders who couldn’t afford the Nexus 6P and still wanted a pure Android experience alongside timely software updates.
Back then, a phone rocking a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with up to 3GB RAM was easily the talk of the town, however, close two years later, the Google Nexus 5X has been pushed further down the pecking order when it comes to the performance specs. Today, we have phones with up to 8GB RAM, which makes having a 2GB or 3GB RAM Nexus 5X look like a big joke.
Despite the deteriorating performance levels of the Google Nexus 5X, one thing that remains a standout is the camera quality. In fact, this has somehow become one of the selling features of Google phones. The Nexus 5X has the same 12.3MP shooter that is used on the Nexus 6P, which makes their performance more of the same, but the latter has more features on board due to its flagship status.
At a time when the Google Nexus 5X is approaching its final days, some previous and current owners might be looking out for a phone that’ll take its place. There are plenty of options on the market, but you’ll struggle to find one that matches the camera quality of this handset, especially when it comes to low-light performance.
The 12.3MP unit on the 5X shoots at f/2.0 and has an IR laser-assisted AF, a broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual-tone LED flash and can capture large 1.55 µm pixels. In short, this means that this camera lets in more light, which promises quality photos even when in the dark. There’s no OIS, but these larger micron pixels make up for this.
The Nexus 5X can also record up to 4K videos at 30fps and for the software, you get a clean and clutter-free app that just wants you to open the camera and capture the best shots of the moment. The settings include tweaking the resolution, aspect ratio, video resolution and also turning on/off /auto the HDR mode and flash.
At some point, the camera app was quick to open, but today, the Google Nexus 5X has become slightly slower, with the app taking a few seconds before launching the camera. This can be annoying, especially if you wanted to capture a quick moment.
As noted earlier, the market has great phones with top-notch cameras, but finding one that is close to the Google Nexus 5X isn’t such an easy task. In fact, there are only a handful of phones that can take the place of the 5X and these include the Google Nexus 6P, Pixel and Pixel XL. Also, the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and HTC U11 have good cameras, but their price tags, similar to other mentioned phones, is way beyond what many paid for the Nexus 5X.
If you are okay with trying out a new software experience, the OnePlus 5, LG G6 and Huawei P10 are not bad options either.
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