Sunday, October 4, 2015

Nexus 5X or Nexus 6P - Which One Should You Buy?

Android fans are celebrating the recent launch of Google's all new two Nexus smartphones. While they may sound similar, the Nexus 5X and 6P are quite different and targetted to two very different target audiences. While both are promising outstanding smartphone experience, Android users might clearly be in a fix on the next Nexus they ought to buy.

Say Hello to Marshmellow
Both the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P will run on the latest Android OS - The Marshmellow. I am not sure how significant is the update, considering the previous one - Lollipop still hasn't crossed 20% installs.

One thing is for sure - the phones aren't made for those who look for handy phones. these phones are large, VERY large. With 4K resolution becoming increasingly a household word, manufacturers are following suit. 

Nexus 5X has a 5.2 Inch, 1080P IPS LCS display while the 6P has a 5.7 inch, 2K AMOLED display. Clearly, Android users who are looking for the best screen would certainly opt for the latter. However, it is quite clear that the race isn't over with just the screen size, isn't it?

With interesting features built into the smartphones, neither of the Google devices have wireless charging. However, with Google promising that the new phones would charge twice as fast their Apple counterparts, the word is still out there on the best one you ought to buy.

While it is interesting that these smartphones have been made for the snappers, Google doesn't have optical image stabilizers in these phones, making the 12.3MP camera pill a li'l too hard to swallow. The tech giant states that optical image stabilization won't be necessary as it has increased the micron size, thereby allowing more light. 

However, one area where the 6P excels is the shooting mode. The 6P is equipped to handle slow motion at 240fps, while the 5X can only go up to 120fps. 

Processor and Memory
The Nexus 6P has an upper hand in this segment than the 5X. The former is fitted with a Snapdragon 810 version 2.1 and packs in 3Gb of DDR4 RAM. The latter has a Snapdragon 808 and 2GB of DDR3 RAM.

Finally coming to the biggest flaw of Nexus devices since the time they came to be. The two phones have greatly improved battery life, with 5X packing 2700mAh and the 6P 3450mAh. However, what's interesting is that Marshmallow, the OS that powers the two new devices, has a feature called 'Doze', and it significantly improves the life by 30-100% by limiting the background apps that eat away your charge.

Go for the 6P as the 5X clearly has a lot of limitations. Plus, the mere 32Gb of memory in 5X would disappoint you if you are a heavy user.