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Nexus 5X vs Sony Xperia Z5 Premium: Vote best smartphone – Mobile Madness 2016

by Roy Choi | March 21, 2016March 21, 2016 5:10 pm PST

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!

 

Nexus 5X

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

LG - Nexus 5X Sony - Xperia Z5 Premium
Display Size 5.2-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel display (424 ppi) 5.5-inch, 2160 x 3840 pixel display (801 ppi)
Resolution X 1080 2160
Resolution Y 1920 3840
Display Type FHD Triluminos
Operating System Android 6.0 (at launch) Android 5.1 (at launch)
Processor 1.8 GHz Hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit Octa Core processor
RAM 2GB 3GB
Storage
  • 16GB
  • 32GB
  • 32GB
External Storage No Yes
Main Camera (Back) 12.3MP 23MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 5MP 5MP
Networks
  • CDMA: BC0/1/10
  • GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
  • LTE CA DL: B2-B2, B2-B4, B2-B5, B2-B12, B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-B29, B4-B4, B4-B5, B4-B7, B4-B12, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, B41-B41
  • LTE (FDD): B1/2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/20/25/26/29
  • LTE (TDD): B41
  • UMTS/WCDMA: B1/2/4/5/8
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 Bluetooth 4.1
Battery 2700mAh 3430mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • DLNA
  • MHL 3.0
  • Micro USB
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient ight
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Proximity
GPS
  • Digital compass
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • aGPS
Height 147 mm (5.79 inches) 154.4 mm (6.08 inches)
Width 72.6 mm (2.86 inches) 76 mm (2.99 inches)
Depth 7.9 mm (0.31 inches) 7.8 mm (0.31 inches)
Weight 136 g (4.80 oz) 180 g (6.35 oz)
Colors Carbon, Ice, Quartz Black, Chrome, Gold
Supported Audio Formats N/A N/A
Supported Video Formats N/A N/A
In The Box N/A N/A

 

 

This poll closes within 24 hours (2:00 PM PT, the following day).

*Winners from previous rounds are marked bold.

Play-In

March 17 BlackBerry Classic vs OnePlus X
March 18 Nexus 6P vs Sony Xperia Z5
March 19 Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs OnePlus 2
March 20 Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs HTC One A9
March 21 Nexus 5X vs Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
March 22 iPhone 6S vs Microsoft Lumia 950
March 23 LG G5 vs Samsung Galaxy S7
March 24 iPhone 6S Plus vs Nextbit Robin
March 25 HTC One M9 vs Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

Round 1

March 26 Motorola Droid Turbo 2 vs Winner of March 17
March 27 Winner of March 18 vs Winner of March 19
March 28 Xiamoi Mi 5 vs Winner of March 20
March 29 Winner of March 21 vs BlackBerry Priv
March 30 Huawei Mate 8 vs Winner of March 22
March 31 Winner of March 23 vs LG V10
April 1 Moto X Pure Edition vs Winner of March 24
April 2 Winner of March 25 vs Motorola Droid Maxx 2

Round 2 – Quarterfinals

April 3 Winner of March 26 vs Winner of March 27
April 4 Winner of March 28 vs Winner of March 29
April 5 Winner of March 30 vs Winner of March 31
April 6 Winner of April 1 vs Winner of April 2

Semi-final Round

April 7 Winner of April 3 vs Winner of April 4
April 8 Winner of April 5 vs Winner of April 6
Final Round
April 9 Winner of April 7 vs Winner of April 8

Roy Choi

Roy Choi is a Southern California native. He has been infatuated with technology reviews ever since he bought his first crummy laptop in the summer...

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