Today we have the Nexus 5x going up against the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium. I think there’s a lot to like in both these devices. The LG built Nexus 5X has a lot going for it: pure unaltered OS, competitively priced, and form factor that is not too big. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is not a slob, in fact it has so much to love, impressive camera, 4K display, battery life, waterproofing. Obviously these two phones are hard to compare in that respect. They’re meant for different buyers, but it doesn’t mean any of them are particularly bad. Price and function versus premium build and features.
Between these phones, which would you prefer? The Nexus 5X or the Sony Xperia Z5? Remember, you can vote as many times as you wish. Have fun!
The Nexus 5 is arguably the most universally loved Nexus device ever. After the launch of the Nexus 6, Nexus enthusiasts wondered if an updated Nexus 5 would have been a better option than the whale-sized Motorola phablet. Well, those folks are in for a treat, as the Nexus 5 is back and better than ever.
The Nexus 5X is the spiritual successor to the Nexus 5, and although the devices are far from identical, it immediately feels familiar. The body is a pleasant polycarbonate with a soft-touch finish that feels wonderful and comfortable in the hand. The device is startlingly light, too. It feels totally natural to pull out of your pocket and use one handed. Coming from a Nexus 6, I never felt the 5X was too big; the device really is a Goldilocks focused build… Read more.
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
When a device bills itself as premium, you expect a certain level of quality and finish. Unfortunately, the Z5 Premium invokes a certain je ne sais pas. The right components are there: glass front and back, polished metal frame. But the opulence and grace of previous Sony devices no longer leaves a lasting impact. Despite being a familiar—clean aesthetics, monolithic design—the phone feels cumbersome and weirdly pieced together.
The lack of polish is a disappointment because I quite enjoyed previous Sony designs. The angular corners make it feel bulky, and it has a surprising heft. Meanwhile, the polished metal frame and abundance of glass makes the Z5 Premium feel slippery, a feeling that’s exacerbated by the device’s gargantuan footprint. Think Nexus 6 big… Read more