The Nexus 6P effectively levels the playing field with other great phones by offering really beautiful hardware and a camera that can finally compete. And it does that while undercutting all of them on cost. The Nexus 6P starts at $499, and for that price there is not a single phone on the market that’s better. Not one.
If you compare it to the other “premium” phones like the iPhone 6S, Galaxy S6, or Note 5, you’re going to end up finding yourself putting a different set of things on your decision scales than before. With the Note 5: is a slightly better camera and a stylus worth $240 more, or would you rather have a clean Android experience? And the iPhone 6S: is iOS’s superior app ecosystem and 3D Touch worth $150 more, or do you live in Google’s ecosystem and want Google Now on Tap?
I find it remarkable that the Nexus 6P has managed to cram so much excellent, high-end phone – a great camera, even! – in such a small price tag. Except if you’re European of course, where we’re being hit with serious price hikes that really destroy the 6P’s value proposition.
Just as remarkable: the Nexus 5X.
Still, if you’ve been holding onto a Nexus 5 for two years just waiting for Google to do right by you, those points might not matter. Barring few exceptions, such as the lack of wireless charging, there’s very little that a Nexus 5 lover will find to complain about with the 5X. It’s compact, cheap, and performs well, even if it’s not the best-looking or best-feeling phone you can get. If you’ve been eyeing Motorola’s new Moto X or the plethora of other phones in the sub-$500 price range, the 5X is a really compelling option. In fact, among phones under $450, I don’t think there’s a better option, and it’s easily the one I’d pick.
As one of those fervent Nexus 5 lovers – I may have bought an iPhone 6S, but my bright orange-red Nexus 5 will remain in my heart for a long time to come – the 5X really does appeal to me. I’m not a fan of the camera bulge, and it definitely needs an orange-red option, but other than that, it looks exactly like I imagined a 2015-2016 Nexus 5 would look.
These two phones are definitely the best Android phones you can buy right now bar none.