The Nexus 5 was the best Nexus phone. Its 5-inch screen was big but not too big. Its battery life and camera were mediocre but livable rather than being simply mediocre as they were in the Nexus 4. It used a then top-end Snapdragon 800 SoC with LTE that still feels plenty fast today. And it was $350 at a time when decent $350 phones were essentially nonexistent. The Nexus 6 was a totally different phone, a much larger and more expensive one that wasn’t always a slam-dunk upgrade over its predecessor.
The new Nexus 5X is a more logical sequel to the Nexus 5, and it will probably entice more than a few current Nexus 5 users to replace their two-year-old phones. We already ran a review of the Nexus 5X, but as a Nexus 5 user, I wanted to write something aimed more specifically at people already using a Nexus 5. Here’s the most important stuff you’ll need to know if you decide to upgrade.
Hardware: A spiritual sequel
Let’s skip the obviously new stuff like the fingerprint reader and the camera (items we covered pretty extensively in our review) and get down to the nitpicky comparisons.