Google Pixel vs Nexus 5X

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Can the Nexus 5X hold its own against Google’s ground-breaking new phone?
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Google Pixel vs Nexus 5X

A year ago, Google teamed up with LG to manufacture the Nexus 5X. Fast-forward to the present day, and Google is going it alone with its new Pixel phone.

So, how do the Pixel and Nexus 5X compare with each other? Has time been kind to the Nexus 5X? Can it compete with Google’s ground-breaking new flagship? By the time you get to the end of this article, you’ll have the answers you need.

Design

Surprisingly, perhaps, the Google Pixel is thicker and heavier than the Nexus 5X. That’s no bad thing. Its aluminium unibody and polished glass design makes it feel much more premium than the polycarbonate Nexus 5X.

The Pixel comes with an IP53 rating, which means its splash resistant, rather than fully waterproof. That still beats the Nexus 5X though, which doesn’t have an IP rating at all.

Display

The Pixel’s 5-inch screen is slightly smaller than the Nexus 5X’s 5.2-inches, and both phones have Full HD displays. However, the fact that the Pixel uses AMOLED technology gives it the edge, as its colours are richer and more vibrant than the Nexus 5X’s LCD display.

Camera

Both phones are pretty evenly matched on the camera side of things. They both have a 12.3-megapixel lens, but Pixel’s sensor contains some exciting new technology. It has HDR+, a shooting mode that makes it possible to capture detailed and colourful photographs - even in poor lighting conditions. And if action shots are your thing, Google says that the Pixel’s camera can take HDR shots quicker than any other smartphone.

Under the hood

If you look under the bonnet of both phones, there’s only one winner - the Pixel’s state-of-the-art technology wins hands down.

You won’t have any complaints with the Nexus 5X’s performance – it’s got a perfectly respectable Snapdragon 808 processor and 2GB RAM. It’s just that the Pixel weighs in with double the amount of RAM (4GB), and comes with the brand new Snapdragon 821 processor – Qualcomm’s most advanced yet. This makes the Pixel faster and smoother than any other Android phone we’ve tried.

Software

Unlike the Nexus 5X, the Pixel comes with the latest 7.1 Nougat version of the Android mobile operating system.

And it also has Google Assistant built-in - think of this as your personal virtual assistant, capable of answering almost any questions. And the more you use it, the more useful it gets. You can read more about it here: Introducing Google Assistant.

Our verdict

We’re big fans of the Nexus 5X. We rated it highly when it first came out, and our opinion hasn’t changed. You could do a lot worse than making it your next smartphone.

This head-to-head comparison has a clear winner though. The Pixel is simply the fastest Android phone around, with the most up-to-date hardware and software built-in. It’s an incredibly impressive device.

The Pixel, and its big brother, the Pixel XL, are available to pre-order exclusively from Carphone Warehouse. Do it now, and you’ll get a FREE £50 Google Play gift card as part of the deal.

Pre-order your Pixel, Phone by Google.

Pre-order your Pixel XL, Phone by Google.

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