Nexus 5X and 6P: Moving forward with a couple steps back

What would a phone launch be without an AndroidGuys impression? Even more so, a duo Nexus phone launch. Everyone now knows the full scoop (and the barrage of leaks can thankfully stop). As the dust settles, I’d like to know to how Nexus fans received the news. I know one thing:  everything wasn’t perfect in Nexus-land, and it still isn’t.

Don’t get me wrong, we did get some stellar devices. And the Nexus 5 sequel happened, which means that Google listened! That in itself is such a good thing.

Each new Nexus phone is a top-performer. The Huawei-made Nexus 6P has a more-reasonably sized 5.7″ display (compared to the monstrous 6″ screen in last year’s Nexus 6). It has a considerable battery at 3,450mAh. The latest USB Type-C port includes super fast charging (unlike the OnePlus 2). The fingerprint scanner is speedy and doesn’t require you to turn the phone on first (unlike Galaxy devices).

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The LG-made Nexus 5X scales very nicely for it’s cheaper pricetag. The inferior Snapdragon 808 SoC will make little difference compared to the 810 (although, the 2GB of RAM is a little tough to swallow). We have the same important features of the Nexus 6P:  12.3MP (1.55 µm pixels) rear sensor, USB Type-C port, and fingerprint sensor.

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All this is fine and dandy, but I just can’t get past the fact that Google stepped backwards in a couple ways.  One of those is minor (at least I hoping) – the exclusion of OIS on the rear camera. Google claims that the larger pixel size of the sensor (which lets in more light, not unlike HTC’s Ultrapixel approach) negates the need for OIS. I’m not completely convinced on that, but I will give Google the benefit of the doubt until we get a review unit.


The other nag is a bit more bothersome. Did you hear any mention of wireless charging in the Nexus announcement?  It’s because neither phone has it.  If this is the first time you’re hearing this, I’ll give you second to collect your jaw from the ground.

Google created the wireless charging phone, with the Nexus 4.  And every Nexus phone had it since then. Why on Earth would Google abandon the future?

You may argue that fast wired charging makes wireless charging pointless, because it’s slow. That doesn’t mean you abandon it. That means you work to improve it. Look at what Samsung did recently, the Note5 and S6 Edge+ have fast wireless charging.

And what are you supposed to tell everyone that invested in wireless chargers everywhere in their home, car, and work?


Do you agree with my view of the launch?  Are you satisfied or disappointed with the Nexus of this year? Sound off in the comments below!

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