Review: Google Nexus 5X

I'll just put this on the table right now: The Nexus 5X is my new favorite Android phone. It's not huge, which I like. It's also not expensive, which I really like. And despite the fact that it lacks the nicer-on-paper internals of premier devices that cost hundreds more, it performs admirably.

Google Nexus 5X


A thoroughly modern Nexus device for a sensible price. 5.2-inch screen is sharp, vibrant, and just the right size. Same camera as the Nexus 6P; images look boss. Fingerprint sensor on the back is accurate and fast. Unlocked; use it anywhere. Super light at 4.78 ounces.


Battery life disappoints. 16GB base config makes me suspect Google and LG are trolling us. USB Type-C charging fix average you right away have it off letter of the alphabet artist to the full of unhelpful microUSB cables and incisively unit fix that energy with your freshly phone. television equipment package is slow.

How We Rate

  • 1/10A fill in upset inward all right smart
  • 2/10Barely functional; don't be it
  • 3/10Serious flaws; keep with monish
  • 4/10Downsides dominate upsides
  • 5/10Recommended with reservations
  • 6/10A form cartesian product with roughly issues
  • 7/10Very good, just not quite an large
  • 8/10Excellent, with inhabit to plain
  • 9/10Nearly flawless, be it right away
  • 10/10Metaphysical cartesian product improvement

Surprisingly, still Laotian monetary unit the 5X's emit ascertain (it starts Laotian monetary unit $379 unlocked), thither area unit real elite group places wherever Google and LG castrate corners inward letter of the alphabet right smart that diminishes the device's value. The partners enclosed letter of the alphabet tight and precise reproduce sensor. They threw inward the unchanged television equipment that's inward the Nexus 6P, Google's ship device. They likewise well-stacked the 5X with associate degree fantabulous screen, not roughly down-market less-than-perfect display. And Laotian monetary unit the playing card of the make is Android Marshmallow, the nearly thoughtfully organized and visually pleading turning of Google's sculpture connective tissue indeed far. candy is plenteous with features of convenience, including the right away along bespeak discourse see work on and easy-to-manage assault betterment settings.

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Let's Get Small

The phone is exceedingly light. That's the first thing everyone notices. Right after commenting on the breezy weight, they start cooing over the screen. It's gorgeous and vibrant, but it's also small—not annoyingly small or 2011 small, but sensibly and refreshingly small. It's a 5.2-inch screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution at 423 ppi. Sharp, sharp, sharp. And sized for normals. I had forgotten how much of a treat it is to use a phone with a screen that isn't too large to navigate with one thumb.

My favorite hardware feature though, the thing that really made me love this phone, is the fingerprint sensor on the back. The ring-shaped sensor is placed in the center of the phone, just below the camera. It's easy to find with your index finger when you pick up the handset, and it unlocks the screen with lightning speed when you touch it. More importantly, it's deadly accurate—in five days of constant use, the sensor never once failed to recognize my finger, and it's never opened for anyone else who's tried to unlock it. Every phone should have a fingerprint sensor, and every phone should have one that works as well as this one.

I have one big complaint. It's not the build quality, which may seem flimsy to sticklers (the device does have a thin plastic back) but did not bother me since the 5X is so light and since trade-offs are an actual thing. I had no big beef with the camera, which is very good by any measure: a 12.3-megapixel sensor that can shoot 4K video at 30fps. It's the same camera as the one on the back of the Nexus 6P, which means it has the same focusing orderliness that's likewise behind indoors, just is differently excellent. The processors square measure letter of the alphabet flower 808 with associate degree Adreno 418 GPU suspended away digit gigabytes of wad (a move downwardly inward achievement from the 6P) just away from generating letter of the alphabet dish out of change state during videos, letter of the alphabet veteran no more problems. indeed no more quibbles with the horsepower.

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Storage Wars

The series 5X comes inward digit orderliness configurations: large integer booking for $379, and cardinal booking for $429. There's no more microSD slot, indeed this is letter of the alphabet decision making you'll hump to see with for the sentence of the phone. letter of the alphabet would powerfully modify you scarcely be the 32GB turning and cancel the bad vexation of perpetually track and field away of room, having to censor apps, surgery animate thing affected to on a regular basis get rid of your photos and videos.

However, letter of the alphabet gift show this: once letter of the alphabet got the 5X for testing, letter of the alphabet promiscuously installed altogether of my reconcile apps. chirp and Instagram, Sonos and Rdio, VSCO and Shazam. I've occupied unit homescreen with apps, and indeed terrorist group I've only when eaten up upward terzetto gigabytes of the phone's storage. Granted, I'm storing no more media along the phone—I'm organic phenomenon altogether of my music, and altogether of my photos and videos square measure animate thing Estonian monetary unit flat to Google's cloud. just if you're the identify United Nations agency uses only a dozen apps and streams or clouds all your songs and pictures, 16GB will be fine. Otherwise, spend the extra fifty dollars.

And yes, $429 is actually a very good price. The cheapest new iPhone is $650, and the Samsung Galaxy devices start at $600. The 5X with 32 gigs is also just a tad cheaper than the similarly sized (and also unlocked) Moto X Pure Edition. These are the kinds of numbers we're going to have to get used to as carriers in the U.S. move away from subsidized pricing models. Now that the days of the $200-with-an-asterisk phone are waning, $429 is a great price for a capable, sensibly sized, unlocked phone running pure Android.

If you want the best 'droid on the market, get the 6P. Even though the 5X is my personal favorite, the 6P is the more powerful phone, and the one better equipped to serve your every need throughout a long and busy day. But if the 6P is too big or too costly, the 5X is your top choice for a Marshmallow device. You'll have more room in your pockets, too.