Initial Nexus 5X and 6P Reviews: Great Build Quality at a Fair Price

Just yesterday, Google announced its most anticipated devices in the Nexus family, the Nexus 5X and 6P. Initial hands-on and unboxing reviews so far favor the company as critics and fans alike seem to agree on the great quality of the devices. Google made the Nexus 5X with LG and the Nexus 6P with Huawei.

LG Nexus 5X

Image credit: Wired
Image credit: Wired

With prices starting at $379, the LG Nexus is not cheap, but its build certainly matches the price. The hardened matte plastic rear cover is blemish-free and doesn’t feel cheap. The phone’s designs makes it feel solid on the palm. If you are looking forward to getting to feel its weight, you can pre-order one from the Google Play Store today and be among the first to get it when they begin shipping towards the end of October.

The most outstanding design feature of the Nexus 5X and 6P is the Nexus logo imprinted vertically on the bare polycarbonate plate. In the all the previous Nexus devices, the Nexus logo has always been individual letters inserted into the device’s casing, but in the new devices, the logo is a shiny outstanding logo silkscreened on to the device’s casing.

Huawei Nexus 6P

The Nexus 6P is a pretty large device, but with an impressive design and build. Like the LG Nexus 5X, this device has rather large left and right bezels. To give credit where it is due, this phablet is a lot better in design and build compared to the older Motorola Nexus 6 despite its smaller 5.7-inch display. However, because of the larger bezels and stereo speakers placed on the front, the Huawei Nexus 6P is as large as the 6 inch Motorola Nexus 6. If you are looking forward to owning the 6P, the prices start at $499, which is a step down from the $650 tag on the Nexus 6.

The Nexus 5X will be available in three colors—white, black, and light blue. However, no matter what color you pick, the sides and front of the device will be black. The greatest drawback in the 5X design and build are the rather large bezels that makes it seem larger than it really is. Both the Nexus 5X and 6P will come with the new USB Type-C port, but without wireless charging capability.

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