Although the Nexus 6 received a lot of praise when it was released last year, it also came under fire from some quarters. What’s the reason? There were just too many of them. A small smartphone, the Nexus 6 dominated the market with its 5.96-inch display and profile that dwarfed smaller hands with its 10.1mm thickness. A second difference came with the price–at $649, it was more expensive than the previous-gen Nexus 5 at Google decided to release two handsets in lieu of one this year so as not to disappoint its customers It was made by Huawei and starts at $499 for 32GB for those who want a larger phone, and by LG for those seeking a sequel to the original 5 5.2-inch 5X (starting at $379 for 16GB). Despite it being the smaller and cheaper of the two, I found the 5X to be far more desirable than I anticipated, offering ample value for the price.
It is not an expensive smartphone by any means. A polycarbonate body, lightweight shell, and a plain design give this watch a sporty feel rather than a posh one The sedan is more like a family sedan than a high-end By comparison, the 5X and its plastic hardware appear far too homely in comparison with the larger, all-metal 6P. On its own, the 5X isn’t the worse for wear in terms of looks. I prefer the look of the white backplate — which is available in a robin’s egg blue as well as black — contrasting against the black front frame. In addition, the rounded corners and slender profile make it unusually comfortable to hold. Certainly, the 5X’s simple design isn’t going to win any design awards, but it is at least usable for a phone at a budget price. Its smaller size is one of the reasons the 5X appeals to consumers. Although there is a growing trend toward larger smartphones, like the Nexus 6P, there is still a segment of the population that prefers something smaller. With its dimensions of 147 x 72.6 x 7.9mm, the Nexus 5X is definitely smaller than the Nexus 6 or 6P, and any fan of the original Nexus 5 will probably be impressed. I appreciate the small form factor of this watch seeing as I have quite small hands. I was easily able to swipe through apps with just one hand, and I could easily fit it into my back pocket with just a sliver of extra space. Due to some relatively slim bezels, the 5X manages to pack in a roomy 5.2-inch display despite its small size. On the left side is an SD card reader, which fits easily into a slot on the phone’s left side. The phone’s hardware looks a lot like other Android phones – there’s a power button on the right and a volume rocker An ambient light sensor and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera grace the top of the device. In the front-facing speaker grille is an RGB LED indicator hidden behind it this is located beneath the display. A headset jack and a USB Type-C port are found on the bottom of the device. Android 6.0 Marshmallow now supports the Type-C port. Unbeknownst to most people, USB Type-C is a newly developed reversible connector that will fit easily in the port regardless of which way it is installed. It is said to transmit data at greater speeds as well. It’s a great idea, but Google has only included a USB C to USB C cable in this For most computers, you will need to get a USB-C-to-USB A cable in order to charge the phone. If you don’t like the included USB Type-C adapter, you can simply use the included charger to charge the phone. However, that’s If you turn the phone over, you’ll find a 12-megapixel camera with a broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual flash and an infrared laser-aided autofocus sensor (We’ll discuss the camera in more detail Nexus Imprint is something brand new to the Nexus line of smartphones, and it allows users to scan their fingerprint to unlock their phone. Rest your fingertip inside the ring until you are ready to use it. As soon as the phone launches the fingerprint setup wizard, you are required to touch the sensor a few times in different directions in order for your fingerprint to be read Voila — from now on all you need to do to unlock your phone is to rest your finger on the reader. I really appreciate that the whole process is so simple and straight-forward. The reader itself works really fast – it triggers in less than a second. A similar solution to Touch ID on the iPhone is Android Pay, where users can connect their bank accounts and pay with their finger. In terms of hardware, both the Nexus 5X and 6P come with a feature called the Android Sensor Hub this is an always-on, low-power co-processor dedicated to reading sensor data from the accelerometer and As such, it would automatically gather fitness data such as steps and mileage without having to wake the phone or involve the main processor, thus potentially saving you quite a bit of battery power. It would also recognize when you pick up the phone and will automatically display the time and any missed notifications. As far as specs go, the Nexus 5X is pretty solid for a device that costs under $400. Its Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 1.8GHz hexa-core processor, Adreno 418 GPU, and 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM give it the best performance in its price range. You can’t use your microSD card here since it does not have a slot – all you have is 16GB or 32GB of internal memory.
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display and sound
It was pleasantly surprising to see the display quality of the 5X, considering its price point is middle of the road. Sure, its 5.2-inch LCD isn’t an AMOLED display in the same league as the 6P’s, but it is still quite a lovely display Featuring a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution, this display boasts a pixel density of 423 pixels per inch, making it bright, clear, crisp, and colorful. When you turn the brightness up to maximum, the darks are deep and the whites are almost blinding. This smartphone is capable of being used in full sunlight and has wide viewing angles. The screen is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 sheet that is treated with an oleophobic coating to prevent fingerprints from accumulating. I will admit that it does an excellent job of keeping the panel free of blemishes, even when it does not prevent streaks 100 percent of the time. In terms of sound, you’ll get a single front-facing speaker on the 5X, so don’t expect it to simulate a stereo system. With the volume turned up to the highest setting, the audio is terribly tinny, metallic, and shallow, containing no bass or depth whatsoever. Even so, the speaker is pretty loud, so occasionally using it for conference calls should be fine.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Taking its place next to the Nexus series, the Nexus 5X now ships with an updated version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which is the newest Android version. We’ll have more to say about it in a larger review shortly. It brings several new features to the table. As a point of focus for today, however, I’m going to talk about some of the key aspects of the latest release of Google’s candy-named OSes for your brief introduction to the new system. The new UI is the first thing you’ll notice. In fact, it was introduced as part of the Google Now launcher in September, so it might not seem so new to There are six shortcut icons on the app launcher – these can be found at the top. The list changes automatically depending on what apps you’re using at any given moment. I tend to use mostly Facebook, Instagram, Gmail, and Google Now on my phones. In addition, you may see a dynamic quick-launch bar when you type in a keyword into the Google search box. It lists all apps that begin with that phrase. Nevertheless, One of the most remarkable features of Android Marshmallow is Now on Tap, which lets you learn more about what you’re reading or watching by bringing up additional information as you scroll. As an example, this means that if you were watching The X-Files on the Play Movies app, you could hold down the home button to access the show’s IMDb page, YouTube videos, Facebook pages, and other images and links associated with the show through Google. Whenever Now on Tap is enabled on a Yelp page, links and images related to the establishment, such as Street View, navigation instructions, the location’s phone number, and the menu, will appear at the bottom. The application is a smarter and faster way for you to quickly find the information you need, without having to perform Permissions for apps are also much more flexible and customizable now. Depending on your preferences, you can select which permissions you wish to allow, and whether to keep them on all the time or just for a defined period of time. The verified security boot feature will tell you whether or not your firmware has been modified, and a new Direct Share feature will let you easily send and receive files with friends and family members. the Auto Backup for Apps sytem, which automatically backs up all the files in your phone. It even backs up some system settings on your phone. It is so easy to switch Android devices with this. As it turns out, I transitioned from an older Nexus 6 with Android Marshmallow to the 5X, and all my apps were installed in just a few taps. There are a few features in Marshmallow that are hardware dependent. As well as the Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensor support, USB Type-C connection support is also available. Additionally, it is equipped with a better power management system In Doze mode, the phone puts itself into a sleep state when it’s not being used, while apps that are not in use will be put into App Standby so that they don’t consume too much electricity.
Its one feature is the same as that of the Nexus 6P, despite its smaller size as the lesser of the two Nexus devices This camera is located at the rear. With a 12.3-megapixel sensor and an aperture of f/2.0, it offers a large depth of field and, most importantly, 1.55-micron pixels, which should help in low-light environments. As I put the camera to the test for a few days, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the images, which is an improvement over Although it isn’t without downsides, it does have its benefits. There are a few colors that don’t pop out as strongly for me, and indoor shots look a little duller than I would prefer. On overcast days in San Francisco, photos take on such days have a gray tint that makes them look even cloudier than they really are. I can’t complain about the image quality overall, though. In general, the photos are crisp and clear and daylight photos under bright sunlight are especially good. HDR+ enhanced the images with more pop and better white balance, but it was not as noticeable as it could be. Taking HDR photos may also take a second or two longer than usual because of the processing and capturing required, so if you’d like to take a bunch of shots in one session be aware of these factors. The Nexus 5X, captured in the following images The left side of the image has no HDR On the right is a picture with HDR enabled. I was also blown away by how well the camera performed when it was low-light, with highlights that weren’t too bright and shadows that Even when taken in extremely dim conditions, the photos still produced a lot of noise, and the shutter slows down quite a bit, meaning that occasionally moving subjects are blurred. There is certainly the option to take photos with the dual-LED flash, but photos could end up being blown out in the process. The camera app is fairly straightforward and should be no problem for anyone who has ever used an Android device. It has options for self-timer, HDR mode, and flash, and you can record videos at 4k as well — the camera on the 5X can record video at up to 20 frames per second. If you want to have a bit more fun, you can also take photos in a 360-degree Photo Sphere, stitch them together in a panoramic view, or use the Lens Blur feature, which lets you selectively focus on an object and If you encounter some of the duller shots I mentioned earlier, you’ll make extensive use of the image editor built into the program. The auto-enhance button can make images appear brighter, or you can tweak the settings further to make them look even better, such as adjusting the light, color, and pop Furthermore, you can use any number of filters to make this tool even more customizable. Furthermore, the 5-megapixel camera on the front of the phone takes pretty decent selfies. While the images produced by the camera do not seem quite as colorful as they ought to be, they are still sharp, bright and suitable for posting
Performance and battery life
According to the information up top, the Nexus 5X comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 1.8GHz hexa-core processor, which isn’t too bad for a budget phone. Since the Snapdragon 805 is the same chip found in the LG G4 and the Moto X Pure, the 5X is pretty competitive when compared to other midrange smartphones. I wasn’t too bothered by hiccups when switching between applications or scrolling through the navigation menus during my regular day-to-day use. While it occasionally felt a little sluggish when launching applications and launching videos for the first time, it wasn’t a big deal. The performance was really smooth on the whole. So it’s slightly puzzling why the 5X has such poor benchmark scores. You can see in the graph here just how far behind its competitors the 5X is across almost every metric we tested. The only one that stood out was the SunSpider test. One of the most striking differences is the CF-Bench score, where it has decreased by almost 40,000 points. Keeping in mind that the phone I have is a somewhat unremarkable piece of hardware, take these scores with a grain of salt. The 5X is equipped with a very small 2,700mAh battery compared to the G4 and Also, as you can probably imagine, it doesn’t last quite as long as those two. A 12 hour day of use consisted of taking and uploading plenty of pictures, checking email and receiving constant notifications from Twitter and Facebook, resulting in a battery life of 14 hours before it dropped to 10 percent and As far as charging goes, the 5X can be charged relatively quickly with its USB It may only take 10 minutes for the battery to reach the 25 percent mark from a completely drained one. A night out should be enough to allow you to call a cab or Uber home to get you home.
A 16GB 5X costs $379 and a 32GB 5X costs $429. Compared to the Nexus 6, the 5X’s price is closer to the Nexus 5. It is, therefore, a budget-friendly handset that is light on features, but not on price. Its strongest competitor is therefore probably the OnePlus 2, which also has a similar background. A portable $199 Samsung phone that includes 32GB of storage, an 18-megapixel camera, and a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (a 1.8GHz octa-core 64-bit processor) now retails for $329 (16GB) and $389 (64GB). A bigger and longer battery (nine hours and 45 minutes in our standard test as compared to 8 hours 45 minutes on the 5X) further enhances its performance. A fingerprint reader is even included on the OnePlus 2, but it isn’t quite as fast as the one on the OnePlus 5X. The OnePlus 2 has other downsides as well There is no NFC on this phone. Considering how rapidly Android Pay is catching on, the 5X may edge out the iPhone 5 if you’re waiting for the future of mobile payment. Moto X Pure, which is also a tempting rival, is also a good option. There is a 21-megapixel rear camera, a 3,000mAh battery, a microSD card slot, and NFC support, and it’s only $400 off-contract for 32GB, which is cheaper As for the G4, it has the same processor, a 5.5-inch IPS Quantum display (Quad HD), great cameras, a long battery life, On the other hand, the G4 costs approximately $500 off-contract, although you can get it for around $150 if you sign up for a plan through your carrier. Despite how good both of these phones are, they lack the 5X’s fingerprint sensor and a clean, cruft-free Android experience that some consumers desire.
This is the iPhone that will appeal to those who nostalgically recall the days of budget- and pocket-friendly Nexus handsets. This phone may not be quite as premium as its rivals, nor does it have its big brother’s high-end specs, but it makes up for that with its affordable price. And it really does offer some great features for a relatively low price, including It has a sharp display I have tested the fingerprint sensor and it works as it should During performance, there are no issues As a bonus, you receive a decent camera. In spite of the fact that the OnePlus 2 and Moto X Pure provide a better deal and slightly higher specifications, they don’t have the same type of fingerprint sensor and don’t provide a pure Android experience, which is very important to those who want timely updates. A great successor to the Nexus 5 with its low price of under $400 and healthy feature set, the 5X is an excellent choice.