You’d be a lucky person if your current Google Nexus 5X handset is still in great shape. Many out there are pondering on what phone to jump to after experiencing lots of bootlooping issues with the 5X, especially since both LG and Google are doing little to help solve the problems.
If you are one of the many affected Google Nexus 5X users, well, this article has some of the few handsets you can look out to as an alternative to your sweet phone. One thing you must understand is that it won’t be an easy task finding a phone that has all the qualities of the Nexus 5X, including a decent price tag, guaranteed software updates for the next few years and coming from a manufacturer that has a good reputation as far as warranty services are concerned.
Apple iPhone 6/6S/7/SE
One thing that Google Nexus 5X has in common with the likes of iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, iPhone 7 and iPhone SE is guaranteed software updates for the next few years. Of course, you’ll no longer be using the beautiful Android OS, but if you are looking for a future-proof phone as far as updates are concerned, you can’t do better than these Apple phones.
Also, the size of the Apple phones, apart from the iPhone SE, has a lot in common with the Nexus 5X. Although not the same, if you have been using the 5X just because of its size, well, these Apple phones should fit the bill perfectly. You’ll also have to get used to the new physical Home button on the iPhones, a feature that is not available on the Nexus 5X.
Moto G5 Plus
At the same size as the Google Nexus 5X, the new Moto G5 Plus is a decent option to turn to. The phone, although not as powerful as the LG-made phone, promises a series of new updates for the future, but they won’t be as timely as the 5X. Also, the OS is near stock, which also makes the experience almost the same as the Nexus phone.
It’s not an upgrade getting the Moto G5 Plus, in fact, it’s kind of a lateral move and it’s one of the best you can find on the market at a decent price tag. Motorola says that the G5 Plus has the best camera in its class, but for sure, the Nexus 5X does a better job on this front. Like the iPhones, you also get a physical Home button on the Moto phone, but on the brighter side, the battery capacity on board should deliver much better compared to the 5X.
OnePlus 3T/OnePlus 5
At $439, the OnePlus 3T is a safe bet to turn to. While you’ll have to deal without everything Google, including using a heavily customized skin and untimely updates, the 3T is a powerful phone with newer hardware than the Nexus 5X. The camera isn’t the best out there and if size is also a factor, you might not like the 5.5-inch AMOLED panel on this phone.
In fact, when size comes into play, the OnePlus 3T and the newer OnePlus 5, which costs $479, are more suited as Nexus 6P alternatives than Nexus 5X. If you do decide to get the newer OnePlus model, well, you’ll be getting a much more enhanced phone, which also includes the same USB-C port that is used on the Nexus phone alongside a dual-lens camera on the back. The battery is also better, but looking at what OnePlus 2 users are going through, it’s hard to tell if future software updates are a guarantee for any of these two OnePlus phones.
ZTE Axon 7/Axon 7s/Axon 7 Mini
We all know how pathetic Chinese OEMs can get when it comes to customer support. ZTE is no different, but this doesn’t mean the Axon 7 is a bad phone. It’s in the same class as the Google Nexus 5X in terms of pricing, but the size and hardware specs you get are enormous. Similar to the OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 5, you might want to think of the Axon 7 or the newer Axon 7s as perfect alternatives to the Nexus 6P thanks to their 5.5-inch panels.
The pair has been getting software updates, but the time it takes to get the updates is something someone moving from the Nexus 5X won’t be impressed with. If the screen size is too big, the Axon 7 Mini might be worth looking at. This one also gets a cheaper price tag, but as the name suggests, the hardware on board is weaker than the Axon 7 and 7S or even the Nexus 5X itself.
Xiaomi Mi 5/Mi 5S
Another Chinese OEM that has a poor reputation in terms of handling customers and software updates, but still, the Xiaomi Mi 5 and the newer Mi 5S are two great phones worth the shot. They have the same size as the Google Nexus 5X, but you’ll also have to deal with a new fingerprint scanner placement and a whole new software experience in the shape of MIUI. But with the likes of LineageOS around, you can still get the software experience you want on any of these two Xiaomi phones.
In terms of hardware on board, you’ll love what the two have to offer and the cameras are not bad either. The battery life is also much better than the Nexus 5X and when it comes to the price, you won’t regret a thing.
Samsung Galaxy S8
Other than the pure Android experience and timely software updates, the Galaxy S8 ticks just about every other box in the perfect way. It might seem huge in terms of display, but the actual size of the phone is almost the same as the Google Nexus 5X.
Someone might be worried about the price tag, but in essence, you can still find a great deal on the Galaxy S8 if you shop around patiently, probably less than $450 for an unlocked model. Samsung has really improved on the aspect of rolling out security updates, but as far as major Android OS updates are concerned, you’ll be a little disappointed.
So, there you have it. What other phone would you go for as an alternative to your bootlooped Google Nexus 5X? Let us know in your comments below.