The Nexus 5X isn’t the best-looking phone or the best designed. It isn’t the fastest phone, it doesn’t have the best battery life and the screen isn’t outstanding either. However, it’s far greater than the sum of its parts, and all at the very reasonable price of £339.
Its most immediate competitor is the Moto X Play, as Motorola’s take on Android is so close to Google’s for that to be a non-consideration for your average buyer. The Play costs £60 less, has much better battery life, a microSD slot for extra storage, is water-resistant, better-looking and tougher-feeling too. The Nexus 5X has a better camera, is faster with more graphics power, is slightly smaller and much lighter, and it comes with a fingerprint sensor and USB Type-C.
Personally, I’d buy the Nexus 5X over the Moto X Play. It simply feels better to hold, carry and use than the bigger Motorola and is better future-proofed than its rival - both in terms of features and performance. Both are phones are excellent in their own right, they’re just for different people.
The Nexus 5X is a serious comeback for the Nexus brand after last year’s model that no one wanted - sorry Nexus 6. It’s a mid-range handset that will suit a lot of people, and although it’s not the ridiculous bargain its predecessor was, it’s a very good phone indeed. With its raw-looking images, neutral colour cast onscreen, clean-sounding speakers and vanilla Android OS, you could say the Nexus 5X tells it like it is, and I rather like that. If this handset doesn't take your fancy, check out the Expert Reviews best smartphone guide instead.