Nexus 6P Vs. Nexus 5X: WiFi

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When you’re uploading thousands of selfies a day, WiFi speed is very important. It makes a difference in just about everything you do and many apps require a WiFi in order to download large files. 

But you already know about WiFi and how it works. What you may be curious about, is how well it works on the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X. That’s what we are going to focus on in this article. Let’s look how how these phones do in different situations, when using WiFi.

Both of these devices have the same WiFi capabilities, with the following specs.

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So these are the standard specs that you’ll find on any new smartphone coming out these days. Let’s see which one of these phones outperforms the other.

Speed Test

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I connected both phones to the same wireless router, and ran the speedtest app. Both phones came out with nearly identical results.

Both devices are very fast when it comes to browsing the internet. Here are a few videos showing both phones performing various internet-related tasks.

The Nexus 6P is the phone on the right and the 5X is on the left.

So as you can see, both devices have very similar performance and both are very fast.

Signal Strength

In this test, I used WiFi Analyzer to measure the signal strength, as I walked away from the router, to about 90 feet. I stopped and let the app refresh before taking each screenshot, to make sure the readings were as accurate as possible. Here are the results.

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The Nexus 5X consistently held a stronger signal than the Nexus 6P.

Overall, both phones are very fast. The Nexus 6P is slightly faster than the Nexus 5X, but not to a point where it would influence the decision of a potential buyer. The 5X wins in signal strength by just a little bit.

This has satisfied my WiFi fetish for today. Now if only I had the signal strength to connect with other people hahaha…I wish I had friends.