Google’s decision to sell off Motorola was a really bad idea although it may have seemed like a good idea at that time. It’s apparent that LG and Huawei couldn’t have produced a device quite like the Motorola-produced Nexus 6.

Of course, it was the Nexus 6P that had elevated the Nexus brand name but could the device be better if Motorola had collaborated in its production rather than Huawei?

Although the Nexus 6P was a good successor to the Nexus 6, the Nexus 5X failed to match up to the Nexus 5. It was actually the worse one off. Although there are no sales numbers as proof, it’s evident that consumers haven’t taken well to the Nexus 5X.

According to Droid-Life, buyers are inclining toward the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 6 and the Nexus 6P rather than the Nexus 5X. This 5.2-incher is really the lowest on the popularity charts.


Despite the Project Fi’s $150 discount on the Nexus 5X, making it the cheapest from its original price of $349, the device still fails to sell well.

Prior to the $349 price tag, the Nexus 5X had been carrying a $379 price tag, meaning that the device has undergone two discounts since its inception. The fact that it sits permanently at $200 suggests that no one’s buying the device.

Its 5.7-inch sibling, on the other hand, seems to be doing quite well for itself with all its stocks wiped out for some time in August even though the discounted rate was removed.

It is clear that Google and LG failed with the Nexus 5X, especially with its beginning price tag. To top that off, almost half of Nexus 5X users had reported numerous performance issues with their devices.

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Dennis · December 3, 2016 at 1:55 pm

I have a 5x and it works great. I have used it on T-Mobile and Project Fi. I like it better than the 5 had because it has a fingerprint reader and it supports Android 7 and Project Fi.

Jf · December 3, 2016 at 6:11 pm

Another factor is that 5x will only get OS updates through 9.17

Larry Barton · December 3, 2016 at 8:39 pm

I’m happy with my Nexus 5x, except for the fact that I’m still paying for it at the initial premium price. If I had received the current price, I would have paid it off before now. The glitches with operation were generally corrected along the way, and I’ve learned to reboot whenever it starts acting funny. It’s basically a solid machine with beautiful features. Battery life is the biggest technical issue I experience. I get, at best six to eight hours of ordinary use, and less if I’m using it to watch video all day. Usually only charge it overnight, but I have had to do two complete charges in a day on occasion.

RC Swain · December 3, 2016 at 8:51 pm

I love my 5x. I have owned Samsung’s and LGs. Now I have the 5X on Google Project Fi and I couldn’t be happier. My bill with Verizon was $135/month, now it’s only $35!

David · December 3, 2016 at 11:42 pm

Garbage article. Because a phone doesn’t sell well, automatically worse?

The 5X was overpriced at launch but it’s a good phone. The Nexus 5 on the other hand, didn’t have much to offer over the nexus 4 other than a considerably worse speaker and plastic-cheap feel.

Patrick Pacifico · December 4, 2016 at 12:00 am

I just purchased a new 5x through Project Fi and absolutely love it. I switched from. MotoX on Verizon. I love the 5x’s fingerprint reader, size, and speed. I also love it because Project Fi is saving me a ton of money. First month’s bill was $28.32, including taxes and fees. Project Fi’s data saver toggle has reduced background data consumption to a trickle, cutting my use by over 1.5GB/month! The combination of a discounted 5x and the Fi network can’t be beat.

Dc · December 4, 2016 at 12:03 am

Doesn’t add up, my 5x is a delight.

Hex · December 4, 2016 at 3:32 am

Faulty conclusion based on zero data.

The phone has sold well, is much loved by many, fits an important niche for mid-large sized devices, and is plenty capable, but there are issues with it due to LG’s fault so they are selling off the last of them cheap to discontinue them.

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