OnePlus 2 has gone Invite free, which means it will be readily available on Amazon.in whenever you make up your mind, without any restriction whatsoever. On the other hand, Google and LG’s Nexus 5X 16GB just received a price-cut and is selling for 23,900 INR. Let’s pitch them against each other and elaborate their pros and cons to help you make up your mind. But first, let’s get the specs out of our system.

OnePlus 2 VS Nexus 5X Specs Comparison

Model OnePlus 2 Nexus 5X
Display 5.5 Inch, Full HD, 401PPI 5.2 inches, FHD (1920×1080) IPS LCD,  423 ppi
Processor 1.8 GHz Octa Cores Snapdragon 810 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 Hexa-core, Adreno 418 GPU
RAM 4GB LPDDR4 2GB LPDDR3
Internal Storage 64GB, , No MicroSD card slot 16GB and 32GB, No MicroSD card slot
Software Android 5.1 Lollipop based OxygenOS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Primary Camera 13MP, dual LED flash, OIS, 1080p Videos 12.3MP,1.55 μm pixels, f/2.0 aperture, IR Laser assisted autofocus, dual LED flash, 4K video capture
Secondary Camera 5MP, 1080p Videos 5MP, 1.4 µm pixels, f/2.2 aperture
Dimensions and weight 151.8 x 74.9 x 9.9 mm and 175 Grams 147.0 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm and 136 Grams
Battery 3300 mAh 2700 mAh
Others Micro USB Type-C, Dual SIM, LED notification light Micro USB Type-C, Single SIM, LED notification light
Price 24,999 INR 23,900 INR/ 29,989 INR

Reasons To Buy OnePlus 2

  • More native storage, Comparable Nexus 5X offers just 10.57GB at user end
  • Dual SIM functionality, Nexus 5x has just one SIM slot
  • Bigger display, with better sunlight visibility
  • Customizable back cover options, fearlessly live without a case

Reasons To Buy LG Nexus 5X

  • Latest software and promise of speedy updates
  • More manageable form factor, OnePlus 2 is bulky
  • Better camera
  • Better display colors, contrast and quality
  • For brand conscious buyers, this has a clear edge over OnePlus
  • And it has NFC

Design and Display

The LG Nexus 5X is sturdy, light and in no way cheap looking, but its fully plastic. In late 2015 this borders on being regressive, but nothing that a good case won’t solve.  The OnePlus 2 on the other hand gives you luxury of going commando. Even if you get scuff marks on the back panel there are some beautiful alternate options which aren’t very expensive either.

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But that’s about the rear side. Coming to the front, the displays dominate. And we must say, though the LG Nexus 5X has a smaller panel, color calibration is better. Keeping them side by side, the Nexus 5X feels more vivid and sharp. OnePlus 2 still offers better sunlight legibility.

Also, sheer weight of OnePlus 2 is off putting. The LG Nexus 5X is significantly slimmer, lighter and easily manageable which in our books is a clear advantage and can’t be overlooked.

Fingerprint Scanner and Speakers

Both smartphones are equipped with fingerprint scanners, which are fast, accurate and equally efficient. The Nexus 5X has a rear mounted unit, and the OnePlus has one integrated with the home-button on the front side. Which one you like better is subjective, but we like OnePlus implementation better.

Audio quality is pretty good on both handsets. The OnePlus 2 is louder, but Nexus 5X mono front speaker gets the job done too. This shouldn’t be a deal breaker or maker while considering between the two.

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Performance

There is no denying that OnePlus 2 has more powerful chipset. The 2 has Snapdragon 810, backed by 4GB LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB storage. On the other hand, Nexus 5X is powered by Snapdragon 808 with 2GB LPDDR3 RAM and mere 16GB storage.

In practical usage, LG Nexus 5X felt as snappy (and at times even better) as OnePlus 2 in day to day life, but gaming experience wasn’t exactly satisfying (There was no evident lag, but sensor response seems slow). Also limited storage is something very difficult to look past. It’s rather easy to max that out if you are interested in high end Android gaming. If high-end gaming is a top priority, Nexus 5X 16GB won’t make the cut, for everything else, it’s quite decent.

As for OnePlus 2, our only gripe is that the software experience doesn’t feel refined. Even after months of update, the software still feels like work in progress.

Camera performance

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OnePlus 2 and LG Nexus 5X are real close in terms of camera performance. If we had to choose one, we would say LG Nexus 5X camera is better. OnePlus 2 benefits from OIS (which works better now after updates, this is a significant advantage) but LG Nexus 5X camera requires you to do minimum work for great shots. You won’t be disappointed by the camera performance of either of the two.

Conclusion

We have pointed out and elaborated pros and cons of both OnePlus 2 and Nexus 5X. Now it’s for you to decide which compromises you are willing to make and which one you wish to settle for. In my personal opinion, I am more inclined towards Nexus 5X. If you have any other query regarding the two, hit the comment section below.

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