When comparing Nexus 5X vs OnePlus X, the Slant community recommends OnePlus X for most people. In the question“What are the best unlocked Android phones?” OnePlus X is ranked 4th while Nexus 5X is ranked 5th. The most important reason people chose OnePlus X is:
The Snapdragon 801 paired with 3GB of RAM is the same hardware we saw in high end phones from 2014. Instead of going with modern budget processors, OnePlus went with the best performing processor from 2014 to provide good performance while keeping prices low. This works, and scores about 47 000+ on AnTuTu v6 and 2350 in Geekbench. When it launched, its GPU would only perform at about 30% of its potential. This was a bug, which has been fixed. Gaming performance now is good - much better than most other budget phones.
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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 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 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 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 Great performance for the price
The Snapdragon 801 paired with 3GB of RAM is the same hardware we saw in high end phones from 2014. Instead of going with modern budget processors, OnePlus went with the best performing processor from 2014 to provide good performance while keeping prices low. This works, and scores about 47 000+ on AnTuTu v6 and 2350 in Geekbench.
When it launched, its GPU would only perform at about 30% of its potential. This was a bug, which has been fixed. Gaming performance now is good - much better than most other budget phones.
Pro Very good display
The 5" 1080p Amoled display is very good. It provides very saturated colors, and black colors come out as true blacks. The 441PPI pixel density is very high, and rivals that of phones costing double or triple the OnePlus X.
Pro Good build quality with good materials
Unlike most budget phones, the OnePlus X was designed and built to look and feel good. The rear panel is made of glass, and helps the phone feel much more expensive than it really is. The phone feels sturdy, and the quality is higher than you'd typically expect from a budget phone.
Pro Sleek design
The glass rear feels very sturdy, and the metal band that runs along all sides has ridges which help improve grip as well as giving it a unique design element.
Pro Quick and easy notification managing
The OnePlus X features a notification slider on the left of the phone. It toggles between Android's 3 notification modes - Ring, vibrate, and silent. You can use it while the phone is still in your pocket, meaning you don't need to pull your phone out to silence it (or to check if it's on silent) - great for students, work meetings, and frequent movie-goers.
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 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 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 Poor battery life
The 2525mAh battery provides enough power to go a full day for light users, but most will need to recharge their phone before the day is done. Playing a 90 minute video dropped battery by 27%, and GSMArena only rates the battery at 54h in their tests - a lackluster result.
Con No fast charge or NFC
Not every user will use these features, but for those who do these are pretty big omissions. Fast charge is helpful especially for phones such as this which will often require recharging before the end of the day. NFC would have been able to take advantage of Android Pay, as well are wireless printing (if you have compatible hardware) or utilizing NFC tags for automating some tasks.
Con Incomplete US carrier compatibility
The OnePlus X lacks LTE band 17, which is the primary band for AT&T. In many areas, the best you will get on AT&T and related MVNOs is HSPA+ rather than LTE. It also lacks band 12 for T-mobile, which is rolling out to many markets now and will improve indoor coverage. Additionally, it is incompatible with both Sprint and Verizon, although this is the norm for GSM unlocked phones.
Con Hard to find navigation buttons
The navigation buttons are off-screen. They have no backlight, which means that at night they are nearly impossible to find. During the day, they are harder to see than other phones which have a backlight as opposed to blending into the bezel.