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88 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

With a lower price and a smaller form factor, the Nexus 5X signifies Google's return to a more affordable phone that's also friendlier to those with tinier hands. Starting at just $379, the 5X offers a lovely display, a speedy new fingerprint sensor and a surprisingly decent camera. It does falter a little with sub-optimal battery life and specs that aren't as good as its rivals, but the 5X is still a solid phone -- especially for its price.

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Pros
  • Great value for the money
  • Quick and accurate fingerprint sensor
  • Android 6.0 is a fantastic upgrade
  • Compatible with Google's Fi network
Cons
  • Mediocre battery life
  • No microSD card slot
88 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

88
 

User Reviews

90
AndrewSM
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
mvndaai
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
79
Average Critic Score
 
70
Wired
If the 6P is too big or too costly, the 5X is your top choice for a Marshmallow device. You’ll have more room in your pockets, too.
 
80
The Verge
If you’ve been eyeing Motorola’s new Moto X or the plethora of other phones in the sub-$500 price range, the 5X is a really compelling option. In fact, among phones under $450, I don’t think there’s a better option, and it’s easily the one I’d pick.
 
80
Gizmodo
If you’ve been desperately looking for the low-cost wonder to replace your Nexus 5, or just to be your pocket-side champion in general, this should be a serious contender for your affection ... the Nexus 5X is like mistaking someone for a friend. Close, but not quite.
 
70
CNET
The LG-built Google Nexus 5X is a fantastic pick for people who want a relatively small, lightweight smartphone with excellent value for money.
 
100
The Guardian
First Android 6.0 Marshmallow smartphone has excellent camera, fast fingerprint sensor, is light but battery only just lasts long enough.
 
60
Digital Trends
There’s a lot to love about the Nexus 5X, but poor battery life bars the affordable phone from our recommended list.
 
70
TechCrunch
You could easily cover up ... the hardware manufacturer name on the back of the 5X and 6P and someone on the street would be able to tell that it made by two different companies. ... it’s time to own this flagship line, Google. The 5X definitely suffered a bit due to the current strategy.
 
80
PC Mag
The unlocked Google Nexus 5X is an affordable plastic alternative to the larger Nexus 6P that trades its premium for better one-handed use.
 
90
The Wall Street Journal
If you’re on a budget and want the latest, cleanest version of Android, the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P are impossible to beat. And buying them outright then picking any carrier you want? That’s not a burden. That’s bliss.
 
90
Engadget
Starting at just $379, the 5X offers a lovely display, a speedy new fingerprint sensor and a surprisingly decent camera. It does falter a little with sub-optimal battery life and specs that aren't as good as its rivals, but the 5X is still a solid phone -- especially for its price.

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