Google Pixel 2 vs Google Nexus 5X – Should You Upgrade?

The new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2XL are finally here and Nexus 5X users everywhere are craving for an upgrade. Is it worth upgrading to the new Google Pixel 2? Or should you stick to the Nexus 5X? All that and more is coming right up. The Nexus lineup was renown for its pure unadulterated Android, and after Google phased out the Nexus lineup, it reintroduced the same concept under the Pixel name. This year Google released its latest iteration in the Pixel lineup, the Google Pixel 2. It has a premium build quality and has a matte textured aluminum back and edges, and a glass piece just above the fingerprint sensor. Unlike the 5X, the Pixel 2 is IP67 certified, which means it can withstand 30 minutes in up to 1 meter deep water. And I actually put the Pixel 2 up to a water test and you can see how it fares by going to the link in the description. Anyway, one feature, or lack of a feature that many users are upset with is the removal of the headphone jack.

It’s certainly something to get used to, but what makes it most annoying is that other high end phones like the LG V30 have managed to keep a headphone jack and have large batteries. But if you all do end up picking up a phone without a headphone jack, you’ll need to get a pair of wireless earbuds, and the best ones I’ve used and would recommend are the JayBird X3s. So I’ll have a link to that down below. As far as the Nexus 5X goes, it’s made of plastic and just doesn’t have the same feel in the hand.

The cheaper, plasticy volume rockers and power buttons of the 5X have been replaced with an upgraded, clicker and more sturdy set of buttons, with that aluminum build. The 5X just feels far cheaper than the Pixel 2. Comparing the actual sizes of the phones, you’ll see that the Pixel 2 actually has a 5 inch screen compared to the 5X’s 5.2 inch display, and the 5X is about a five hundredths of an inch taller and a tenth of inch wider than the Pixel 2. You’ll will notice, however, that they’re the same thickness. So like myself, after hearing these numbers you’re probably wondering why the Pixel 2 has a smaller screen and the same sized battery, when the phones are practically identical in size. Many would say it appears that Google traded screen size and a headphone jack for dual stereo speakers, but if you look at the Pixel 2 XL, it also has stereo speakers, but very small bezels. Now I’m no engineer who specializes in phone design, so I’m not going to pretend to know the actual tradeoffs, but I think it’s worth pointing this out. If I had no idea the size of the batteries on the Pixel 2 and 5X, I wouldn’t have ever guessed they were the same size.

Nexus 5X battery life has been quite lackluster lately and I’ve had to charge up throughout the day, but this is specific my experience with battery. Pixel 2 on the other hand has objectively battery life, even better than the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 8. Fast charging is also ultra quick and should you under two hours to charge from 0 to 100% battery. One big plus with the Pixel 2 is that it’s running Android 8.0. If you own a 5X, you may be saying, “hey, i just upgraded my 5X to Android 8.0”. And yeah I got that update also, but take a look at this and tell me the phones running actual Android 8.0.

Sure, you can see the similarities in the notification bar when you swipe down, but the swipe up to open app drawer feature isn’t available, the google search bar and applications have a completely different design. I will say though, the 5X is still pretty darn quick. It’s not at Pixel 2 speeds, but I don’t see much lag on it in day to day use. One area we see significant upgrades in is the both the front and rear facing camera quality. The Pixel 2 has a 12 megapixel shooter that is faster, far more accurate in its colors, and is an overall improvement over the Nexus 5X. My only gripe with the camera is that it is a physical bump on the back which can cause scratches on the camera, but the 5X had that as well.

For this reason you’ll probably want to a pick up a case if you decide on the iPhone 8. So I’ll leave some links down in the description below if you’re interested. For a two year old phone, the Nexus 5X has fared very well. It’s still pretty quick and has stood the test of time. It’s certainly not a high end phone and it’s specs just don’t compare to the Pixel 2.

If you’re tired with poor battery life, want a better camera, and updated Android software, I would say to pick up the Pixel 2. Could you use the 5X another year or so, probably, but the Pixel 2 is clearly better in just about every respect with the speakers, display, and build quality. Anyway, let me know what you all think of the new Pixel 2, and whether you plan on upgrading down in the comment section down below. Thanks for watching, give the video a thumbs up if you enjoyed, and subscribe for more content.

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