When comparing Nexus 5X vs LG V30, the Slant community recommends LG V30 for most people. In the question“What are the best high-end Android phones?” LG V30 is ranked 2nd while Nexus 5X is ranked 15th. The most important reason people chose LG V30 is:
The 16MP primary camera offers an impressive f/1.6 aperture that on paper and somewhat in reality puts this phone's camera above most of the competition for pictures in low-lighting conditions. However, it does not provide the best results in low-light conditions, that title belongs to the S8 and Pixel phones. Where V30's camera truly shines though, is providing the correct balance for lighting and contrast for dim shots, like for example taking pictures at dusk.
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Pro Project Fi
One of the few devices that can fully support Google's Project Fi.
Pro Acceptable battery life
The battery isn't enormous at 2700mAh, but it should last a full day on all but the longest, most heavy-use days.
A looped 90 minute video at 100% brightness drained the battery by 32% which is a poor result. If the screen is on constantly, battery will drain fairly quick. In standby, the Nexus 5X barely uses any power. While most other phones will use up 10% throughout the day in idle mode, the Nexus 5X will use significantly less power thanks the the Doze feature which puts the phone into a deeper sleep.
GSMarena rates the 5X at 60h, which is enough to last a full day with regular usage.
Pro Works well in one hand
Being that the device has a 5.2-inch display it is quite easy to reach all corners of the screen without compromising ones grip on the device.
Pro Clean software with quick updates
Stock Android offers a more streamlined experience than most other phones. While it lacks some fancy features, it doesn't come with any pre-installed bloatware, and it will receive updates almost instantly when they become available.
Pro Future-ready charger
USB Type C is a new port which is reversible - you can plug it in either way. The connector is also stronger, so you shouldn't need to replace cables as frequently. It's also a brand new standard, so it isn't going to be replaced within the life of the phone.
Pro Pretty good camera
While it won't be winning any awards, the camera takes some decent shots. Lowlight performance is acceptable, and it's pretty quick to focus and take pictures. Macro shots performed very well.
Pro Good fingerprint scanner
The fingerprint scanner is very quick and reliable. The positioning on the back of the phone means that you won't have to change your grip (it's where your index finger naturally rests).
Pro The camera is capable of capturing excellent images, especially in low-light conditions
The 16MP primary camera offers an impressive f/1.6 aperture that on paper and somewhat in reality puts this phone's camera above most of the competition for pictures in low-lighting conditions. However, it does not provide the best results in low-light conditions, that title belongs to the S8 and Pixel phones.
Where V30's camera truly shines though, is providing the correct balance for lighting and contrast for dim shots, like for example taking pictures at dusk.
Pro Battery life can easily go for more than a day on a single charge with heavy use
The 3300mAh battery performs excellently. Watching a 90-minute HD movie only makes the battery drop to 87% (other smartphones drop by at least 20%). By the end a typical day you can expect the phone to have 40%-50% battery left.
Pro Offers excellent music listening experience
The V30 comes with a great QuadDAC connected to its 3.5mm headphone jack and with some clever software to bring the most out of it. Most of the time the built-in software intelligently deciphers the kind of headphones you are using in order to deliver the best sound possible to you, but if you want to, you can manually configure the sound settings in the software yourself as well.
Pro Excellent performance
The 4GB of RAM paired with the Snapdragon 835 offer an excellent performance. There's virtually zero lag when switching apps or when playing games or doing any other heavy activities.
Pro Phablet-sized display while still being small enough to be comfortable to use
LG have managed to increase the size of the screen by half an inch compared to the V20 without changing the overall size of the phone. They managed to do this by decreasing the size of the margins like so many other flagships nowadays.
Pro Great for watching videos or looking at pictures
The V30 has a gorgeous 6-inch OLED with a 1440p resolution. It displays rich, lifelike colours and the overall contrast offers a great degree of depth to the images displayed on the screen.
Con No wireless charging
A feature implemented in the Nexus 4 and now absent in the latest Nexus devices. Those that have wireless chargers will not be able to use them with this phone.
Con Performance isn't reliable
For a mid-range phone, the Nexus 5X has decent performance, but it's far from the best. The Snapdragon 808 processor is paired with only 2GB of RAM, and for unknown reasons can become unresponsive for seconds at a time.
Con Sub-par camera app
The default camera app doesn't do the camera any justice. The only settings you have access to are resolution, HDR, flash, and timer. There is no manual focus, white balance, ISO etc.
Sometimes the app hangs up for a few seconds and turns unresponsive.
Con Limited storage
There is no SD card slot, and the largest storage option available is 32GB. If you like keeping lots of music/pictures/videos stored on your phone, you may want to look elsewhere
Con Cheaply made
Compared to the more premium phones (like the Nexus 6P), the 5X components aren't as good resulting in performance issues. It's still a good phone relative to it's price though.
Con Poor multitasking performance
With only 2GB of ram the device may run into issues with mutitasking. This means screen redraws and apps that have to refresh when navigating back to them, instead of staying loaded in RAM which would be possible if there were more RAM.
Con Uses a new cable standard
Having USB-C does allow the device to be future proof but also means that all existing USB cables will not work with it. All the micro USB chargers and cables users have built up a collection of over the years are deemed useless with this device.
Con Some bloatware is loaded out of the box
The V30 comes with some pre-installed LG apps such as G Health, an FM radio application, QuickMemo+, and some other small additions.
Con One of the most expensive Android smartphones on the market
At $829 it's one of the most expensive Android flagships on the market.