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Nexus 5X Review

Nexus, the name itself assures you good hardware, timely updates and flagship performance. Nexus 5X is also not an exception. It is a phenomenal Android smartphone for the sub 25K price range. If you want to experience pure Android experience with no bloatware and adulteration with UI then this is the perfect match for you. Nexus smartphones are the first to receive major Android Updates and have enormous developer support on the forums like XDA, AndroidForums and more. So let’s get started with Nexus 5’s successor Nexus 5X.

Design and Build

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The smartphone is made up of injection moulded polycarbonate. The design is elegant and sleek which actually makes the device look pretty good. In front, we have 5.2-inch IPS display with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, a 5MP secondary camera for selfies and video chatting, in-call microphone and front mono speaker.

The display is coated with an oleophobic and anti-finger print coating which will surely keep your phone nice and clean though the back panel attracts some smudges over time. Like all the Nexus devices physical capacitive keys for navigation are not provided instead you’ll get Nexus standard on-screen navigation buttons.

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The distance between the bottom edge of the screen and the speaker mesh could have been reduced. Now at the back its high-grade polycarbonate housing the smartphone, we have a 12.3MP camera having large 1.55-micron pixel size, dual-tone dual-LED flash unit, fingerprint sensor and IR Laser Auto-Focus unit. At the bottom and the top, it has a USB type C connector with fast charging and a 3.5mm audio jack. Overall, the design is good but somehow it does not feel like a flagship or premium device.

Display

It has a 5.2-inches IPS LCD capacitive display with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. The display very good on this unit color reproduction and brightness is very good even when using the smartphone under direct sunlight. The screen to body ratio is also pretty decent about 70% and a pixel density of 423 pixels per inch. I personally think that FHD resolution is the right spot for majority users and unnecessarily using 2K or even 4K displays in smartphones doesn’t look wise to me. It will suck a lot of juice from the battery at relatively lower brightness compared to FHD unit.

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I personally think that FHD resolution is the right spot for majority users and unnecessarily using 2K or even 4K displays in smartphones doesn’t look wise to me. It will suck a lot of juice from the battery at relatively lower brightness compared to FHD unit.

Battery Life

2,700 mAh is really not a good choice. I don’t know why LG made this mistake again. In Nexus 5 (2013) they used a 2,300mAh battery unit which just wasn’t enough to power the smartphone under moderate to heavy use. This will disappoint many users including me. With heavy to moderate use the Nexus 5X will die in a day but on the other hand, if your usage is low and generally social networking the smartphone will last surprisingly good because of Marshmallow Doze feature. Gaming and Streaming

Gaming and Streaming are not it’s forte it lost over 18% charge per hour while streaming at 75% brightness. When charged with the stock 15W Nexus charger it took around 1 hour 40 mins to completely charge the device from zero to 100 percent.

Hardware and Performance

Nexus 5X is bundled with all the latest hardware. The smartphone is powered by a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor which is clocked at 1.8GHz. 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 16/32GB of internal memory. I think RAM is low compared to the price point of the device and unavailability of microSD card slot will be a trouble for movie watcher like me. It’s a single SIM device that supports almost all bands for LTE in India. Infrared Laser auto-focus with 0.2 second focus time.The smartphone is free from Bloatware and Adware so users can experience uninterrupted Android experience with great performance on the hand.

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I think RAM is low compared to the price point of the device and unavailability of microSD card slot will be a trouble for movie watcher like me. It’s a single SIM device that supports almost all bands for LTE in India. Infrared Laser auto-focus with 0.2 second focus time.The smartphone is free from Bloatware and Adware so users can experience uninterrupted Android experience with great performance on the hand.

The device is able to handle multi-tasking and heavy gaming. Users can play almost all the games available for Android smartphones without any issues. We didn’t face any lag while navigating through the interface or while opening/closing the apps.

Software

As I have mentioned a couple of times the smartphone is running the latest version of Android and it will be among those smartphones which will receive the major Android updates first. No custom skin of layer interfering with the device users will enjoy best Android experience on a Nexus handset.

Camera

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I am not a huge fan of smartphone cameras but the 12.3MP primary unit and 5MP secondary unit on this device take very good pictures. Even in low lighting, the picture quality of the smartphone was good all thanks to its large f/2.0 aperture lens.

Verdict

If you are looking for huge community support and latest Android updates then Nexus 5X is your pick because the smartphone is completely balanced between hardware and software but I think the price tag of the smartphone is somewhat on the higher side.

Author: Ujjwal Kumar

Ujjwal is just a simple guy who likes to be happy and likes to write various different kind of stuff. You can find him writing posts related to Android most of the time but he also likes writing poems, short stories and other stuff.

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