Following its inception in 2012, Nexus smartphone range has seen multiple manufacturers in LG, Motorola and Huawei taking a shot at manufacturing for the biggest Tech-giant in the industry- Google with the 2012 and 2013 models being manufactured by LG and the following 2014 model being produced by Motorola. But with the latest devices coming from LG (and Huawei for the flagship Nexus 6P), life for Nexus devices certainly has come full circle. But then, what Google’s Nexus devices has up against it is a smartphone manufacturer that first broke onto the scene for the bargain it brought to smartphone world with an offer to bring the top-notch specs bundled with a bargained, easy-to-afford price, OnePlus. While this might surely seem to be the new “Win-Win” formula every new smartphone startup is laying its foundation on, but in order to make it big, one needs to possess some influential skills to rise among the competition. Talking of skills, while OnePlus has ever since its inception launched all of its devices with a strange invite-only mechanism that was criticized of being implemented more so to create a hype around the launch and availability of the product, what has made OnePlus the kind of success it is in this colossal smartphone market is the evolution OnePlus has tried to make not only in this blusterous smartphone market but also within its own range of products. Add to this a strong competitor offering from Motorola, the Moto X Style, that offers an understated design and performance, something that’s otherwise not so reminiscent with previous Motorola products. Thus then, to help all those who are feeling a pain in their head trying to decide the best of these 3, we bring to you the most neutral and even-minded review, pittingGoogle Nexus 5X vs OnePlus 2 vs Moto X Style against each other. Take a look!
Google Nexus 5X vs OnePlus 2 vs Moto X Style : Detailed Comparison
Look, Design and Feel
Google Nexus 5X : 7.9mm thick, weighs 136g
Surely the most simple looking and perhaps the most ideally dimension-ed phone out of the 3 compared herein, Nexus 5X offers a polycarbonate build that is rugged to feel and sturdly to hold. With a protruding camera setup and a circular finger-print scanner at its back, Nexus 5X may not offer a premium-quotient a OnePlus 2 for instance offers with its stainless steel accents, it still offers a compelling design that’s sure to lure many customers for its simplicity and practicality.
OnePlus 2 : 9.85mm thick, weighs 175g
The aluminium/magnesium alloyframe with stainless steel accents with the classic sandstone back-cover makes this phone no less than a stellar, capable of making even the high-end flagships go weak in their knees. With a curved, textured back and a slick profile, OnePlus 2 feels sturdy in hand as compared to the glassy finish on the OnePlus X. Also, for those who feel bored of the classic sandstone finish, you can choose from multiple cover options including actual wood built Bamboo, Black Apricot, Rosewood and Kevlar and customize your device in the go.
Moto X Style : 11.06mm thick, weighs 179g
A textured back, a M moniker in metallic accent and sturdy finish makes this Moto device a great one to hold onto. Also, with the prospect of Moto Maker customisation options waiting in the wings for you to set up your phone according to your liking with an option to choose from 18 different inlays and 7 different accents, Moto X Style is sure to fit into everyone’s mold. Additionally, a water-repellent IP52 certification makes up for the added safety option on board.
Winner : OnePlus 2
Google Nexus 5X : 5.2-inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, ~ 423 PPI
With the smallest display out of these 3, Nexus 5X comes with arguably the most handy display size, boasting the best pixel-per-inches count. Where then Nexus 5X loses out to its competition is the color saturation on the other 2 devices that seem to produce darker blacks and appear brighter under the sunlight.
OnePlus 2 : 5.5-inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, ~ 401 PPI
One of the biggest let-downs that came across the launch of OnePlus 2 for which OnePlus faced a lot of flak was this display setup. Carrying forward the same display from OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 offers a better damage protection with Corning Glass 4 and a body-to-screen ratio of ~73.3%. What further enhances the experience is the fact that OnePlus 2 offer 178 degrees of viewing angles and better sunlight legibility.
Moto X Style : 5.7-inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels, ~ 520 PPI
The huge 5.7 inches QHD screen on Moto X Style offers a crisp, vibrant display along with the sturdiness of a Corning Glass 3 protection. Along with this comes a great body-to-screen ratio of ~74.9% which helps Moto X Style incooperate a large 5.7 inch display into a relatively smaller body frame, thus making the phone lot more easy to grip and use.
Winner : OnePlus 2
Processor and Performance
Google Nexus 5X : Quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53 & dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A57 CPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Chipset with 2GB RAM
Being launched the latest out these 3 devices, Google was certainly expected to instruct LG to fit in a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 810 processor to take OnePlus 2 head on, not to be. But then, what does offer a consolation to the Google Nexus 5X’s performance is the fact that while OnePlus 2 comes with a better, more powerful Snapdragon 810 processor, OnePlus had to under-clock it in order to fight the overheating issues and keep the device at its cool even when multitasking, thus making the optimized version of the Snapdragon 808 processor on Nexus 5X run as smoothly as OnePlus 2, if not better.
OnePlus 2 : Quad-core 1.56 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57 CPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Chipset with 3/4GB RAM
Touted “Flagship killer” for a cause, OnePlus 2 is a specs monger with the best-in-class Snapdragon 810 processor alongside 4GB of RAM powering the device. What this translates into is the most flawless user experience, surpassing what a phone of this range is expected to deliver. What then curtails the flagship-feel is the restriction laid on the external storage with a fixed 64GB of on-board storage.
Moto X Style : Dual-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A57 & quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Chipset with 3GB RAM
Rather than a Snapdragon 615 Processor fitted to its sibling X Play, Moto X Style comes fitted with a Snapdragon 808 Processor that does make one feel the difference to the stellar performace of the Snapdragon 810 Chipset. But then, the Snapdragon 808 by no stretch of imagination can be ridiculed out of the contest as it helps iron out all the hiccups and stutters that one might have faced during severe multitasking on the X Play, thus offering optimal lag-free performance.
Winner : OnePlus 2
Google Nexus 5X : Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
With no excessive bloatware to take care of, stock Android on Nexus 5X lets the processor work in close tandem with the OS without having the interference of any software layering/tweaks that various other manufacturers offer on their home-grown versions of Android. Also, with all the Nexus and the Moto devices privileged enough to receive all the Android updates first as compared to Android devices from any other manufacturers, the stock Android on the Nexus 5X does make its presence felt.
OnePlus 2 : Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop) with OxygenOS
Boasting OnePlus’ home-grown Oxygen OS layering on top of the Stock Android, OnePlus 2 looks to offer pure Android experience with powerful enhancements such as an enhanced keyboard, multiple themes to choose from and personalizing everything from apps to icons according to one’s needs, keeping the flawlessness and the generic feel of the UI more so like the stock Android.
Moto X Style : Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop), upgradable to v6.0 (Marshmallow)
This is where Moto X Style scores largely. With the least bloatware to take care of, stock Android lets the processor work in close tandem with the OS without having to interface with any software layering/tweaks that various other manufacturers offer on their home-grown versions of Android, Moto X Style offer a user experience that’s sure to leave you spell-bound.
Winner : Google Nexus 5X/Moto X Style
Google Nexus 5X : 12.3 MP rear with laser autofocus, dual-LED flash, 5 MP front camera
An area for which Google’s Nexus devices have faced the most flak, the camera setup on the Nexus 5X does try to improve on the lost ground, but still feels precarious to its competition. Improving largely on the night-life photography as compared to its predecessors, Nexus 5X still loses out to its competition on the day-light photography, by some margin.
OnePlus 2 : 13 MP rear with OIS, laser autofocus, dual-LED flash, 5 MP front camera
Carrying forward the f/2.0 aperture and 6 lenses setup from OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 offer better autofocus time with an advanced OIS system along with rear-mounted laser technology that not only helps it come out with a super-fast camera but also some breath-taking image reproduction with crisp, saturated and well lit-up colors, thanks to internal imaging algorithms. Not only does it stand the best in between the 3 devices compared here with, but also gives the likes of Samsung’s Flagship Galaxy S6 and Apple’s iPhone 6 a run for its money with some superlative images.
Moto X Style : 21 MP rear with phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash, 5 MP front camera
Number-for-number, Moto X Style wins hands-down against its competition. A 21MP shooter with dual LEDs, 4K & Full HD Video Recording at 30 fps & 60 fps respectively and a front 5MP shooter with wide-angle lens and night mode to go with the front-facing flash for all those night-time selfies, it makes up for one of the most complete and compelling camera setup on a smartphone.
Winner : OnePlus 2
Google Nexus 5X : Non-removable Li-Po 2700 mAh battery
Even with the smallest battery in terms of capacity, Nexus 5X does seem to fare out better than OnePlus 2, thanks to an optimized processor and a power-efficient OS. But, with the lack of features such as quick charging, Nexus 5X loses out to the Moto X Style.
OnePlus 2 : Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery
OnePlus has done well to fit in a humongous 3300 mAh Non-removable battery into this smartphone that promises to get its users through a day on single charge on medium to heavy usage. But then, it does take a beating from the battery-hungry Snapdragon 810 processor that marres that overall battery performance.
Moto X Style : Non-removable 3000 mAh battery
Cutting down on its smaller sibling X Play’s 3630mAh Battery, Moto X Style comes with a 3000mAh Battery that leave its users with a compromised battery backup. Although Moto smartphones offer a TurboPower charging capability, which can add 10 hours of battery life in a 15-minute charge, optimal battery performance remains one of the weakest points of this otherwise impressive device.
Winner : Moto X Style
Google Nexus 5X vs OnePlus 2 vs Moto X Style : VERDICT
Well then, while all of these devices come from different manufacturers, all of them are pushed into this blusterous smartphone market as devices that offer Flagship -like experience with the famous specs-price trade off in order to woo customers. With all of these smartphones being offered to customers for drastically different USPs, we took it to us to compare all of these smartphones in order to bring a fair reflection of these current state of these cheaper-on-pocket-higher-on-specs smartphones. Thus, on being compared side to side, OnePlus 2 seems to bring a lot to the table with a stupendous design and a stellar performance. But where it lacks is where the Moto X Style gains. Be it the availability of option of expandable storage, or the bigger and longer lasting battery life plus a water-repellent IP52 certification, Moto X Style offers a ton lot of features. So then, for all those who are looking to get their hands on stock Android experience with one of the best battery performance in the smartphone market, plus a water-repellent IP52 certification, Moto X Style is the smartphone you should look forward to. For all others who are looking for raw performance churner and the best looking and best performing smartphone in this segment, OnePlus 2 is what you should get your hands on. What Nexus 5X then brings to the competition is the most-practical looking slick profile, oozing color options and stock Android experience, all offered at the lowest price among the smartphones compared herewith.
Agree with out review in this face-off between the Google Nexus 5X vs OnePlus 2 vs Moto X Style? Share your opinions and reactions. We’d love to hear it from you.!