What are the factors that make a phone “good”? Depending on who you ask, you are likely to get different answers. But yet, there are a few constants. To summarise, it is safe to say a good phone hasSmooth performanceSlick and useful softwareDecent cameraDecent amount of internal storageA bright and colourful screenDecent enough looksAnd a price that makes it a Value For Money for majority. On all these accounts, the Xiaomi Mi 5 and the LG Nexus 5X score high. More significantly, both sell for around Rs 25,000. The Xiaomi Mi 5 sells at Rs 24,999 while the LG Nexus 5X costs around Rs 26,000.Both of these are fantastic value for money, giving consumers features, performance and experience that is often only available in devices that cost more than Rs 40,000. This kind of performance and features would usually more than Rs 50,000 around six months ago. In terms of hardware, the Xiaomi Mi 5 is totally great with its Snapdragon 820 processor. So, which one of the two is better? If you have Rs 25,000 to spend on a phone, which one should you buy? Also read: Xiaomi Mi 5 review: Beauty and brawns at same time Design and build qualityThis is one of the biggest differences between these two phones. Both have very good build quality and feel durable. But the Mi 5 has a design that is just so much better. This is particularly true if you care about the looks of a phone. Not only the Mi 5 is more compact and fits into hands in a more snugly manner, but it also sports a thoroughly premium design. The phone has a metal frame and a glass back cover. With that said, the Nexus 5X has certain advantages. The plastic body of the Nexus 5X is less slippery and this is a phone that can be used without a cover. For the Mi 5, you will have to definitely get a cover.advertisementYet, with all said and done, I feel that the Mi 5 looks special and has an advantage over the Nexus 5X in this area.SoftwareThe Xiaomi Mi 5 and the Nexus 5X are Android phones. But that is where the similarities end. Both run software that is as different as chalk and cheese, figuratively speaking. The Mi 5 is a dream phone for those who love to customise because of the MIUI OS, which is based on the Android Marshmallow. It also comes with unique features like call recording and ability to make apps private using the fingerprint scanner. The Nexus 5X, meanwhile, offers consumers latest Android Marshmallow that is unadulterated. This means it runs a version of Android that the Google has developed and comes without any third-party apps, which can take unnecessary space or computing resources on the phone. The Nexus 5X is also a phone that promises quick updates to future Android version(s), something that I can’t say with the same certainty for the MIUI-powered Mi 5. To summarise, I feel that on the software part both the Mi 5 and the Nexus 5X are evenly matched. Aesthetically, the software on the Nexus 5X is better. But the Mi 5 software has more features, including unique ones and offers options through which a user can customise almost every aspect of the phone. Are you the kind of customer who loves customisation options and power features. If the answer is yes, then go for the Mi 5. But if you want iPhone-like simplicity, without any iPhone-like frustrations, the Nexus 5X is a better deal. Also read: Google Nexus 5X review: The return of the people’s champion PerformanceBoth the Nexus 5X and the Mi 5 are fast phones but in terms of raw performance, the Mi 5 has the edge. Not only its Snapdragon 820 — even if it is the Lite version — is faster than the Snapdragon 808 in the Nexus 5X, it also has more RAM. Although, both phones run very optimised software and hence feel fast. But the difference in gaming is noticeable where the Mi 5 can churn out frames in a smoother way even with the graphics settings set to maximum. Another important bit to note here is that the Mi 5 has 32GB internal storage and if you are the kind of person who likes to carry lot of music on your phone or will install a couple of heavy games like Implosion and Real Racing, the Mi 5 is going to be a better deal because the 16GB storage in the Nexus 5X may not be enough. Although, for this particular issue you do have an option to spend a few thousands rupees more and get the 32GB version of the Nexus 5X.advertisementThe Mi 5 is a faster phone. But barely so in day-to-day use. And irrespective of what you buy — the Mi 5 or the Nexus 5X — you probably won’t complain about the performance To summarise, I feel that the Mi 5 is a faster phone. But barely so in day-to-day use. And irrespective of what you buy — the Mi 5 or the Nexus 5X — you probably won’t complain about their performance. Also, both phones run cool, though when pushed hard with gaming etc, the more powerful hardware in the Mi 5 and its glass back cover tends to make it slightly hotter than the Nexus 5X. Also read: Google working to make Nexus 5X faster CameraThis is one area where the Nexus 5X wins. And the reason is simple: it comes with a camera that is sort of freaky at its price. Sony’s IMX 377 sensor inside the Nexus 5X was originally made for a proper point-and-shoot camera. This is a sensor with huge 1.55um pixels. And that means the Nexus 5X clicks awesome images despite its seemingly inconsistent software. The 12-megapixel camera inside the Nexus 5X clicks awesome photos in good light and spectacular images in low light. These photos have lots of details, good contrast and right dynamic range. The 16-megapixel camera in the MI 5 is good but not in the same class, although in good light it can create some fantastic images. In terms of speed, the Mi 5 camera is definitely faster. The Mi 5 also packs in a better selfie camera. But overall, I have to say that the primary camera in the Nexus 5X is so good that it has an edge over the competitor. ScreenBoth phones have a 5.2-inch screen with FullHD resolution. But the Mi 5 has an edge here. I feel that the screens in both the Mi 5 and the Nexus 5X will satisfy a buyer but the Xioami phone clearly has a display that is brighter and has more contrast. The Mi 5 wins here. BatteryWhile neither the Mi 5 nor the Nexus 5X can be deemed a road-runner, the Mi 5 again has a slight edge here. When used with 4G SIM, it gives battery life that is consistently an hour or more compared to what the Nexus 5X provides.A few other things: The speaker is better in the Mi 5 although calls sound crisp in both. Both phones have the USB Type C but if you buy Nexus 5X, you will have to buy a data cable separately. The fingerprint scanner in the Nexus 5X is placed in a better position and is slightly faster. Buy the Mi 5 because…– It has a very good design and it feels thoroughly premium with metal and glass body– It offers fast performance– It has a fantastic screen with excellent brightness levels. — It has software that offers tons of features and customisation options– It has 32GB internal storage Buy the Nexus 5X because…– It has a less slippery designadvertisement– It has a gem of a camera– It runs no-nonsense, slick Android Marshmallow– It guarantees timely software updates in future– It offers smooth performanceOkay, final words…Actually, you can’t go wrong with either of these phones. But in the end, it all comes down to two things: Do you like a better camera or do you want a more flaunt-worthy design. The other point is, do you like the stock Android or do you want an OS that gives tens of customisation options. Personally, I prefer the Nexus 5X although if I am buying that I will go for the 32GB version. But that is an very personal choice. Between these two phones you can pick any and live happily ever after.