LG Nexus 5X Unlocked Smartphone with 5.2-Inch 32GB H790 4G LTE (Carbon Black)
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- Features a 5.2 inch touch screen LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 1.8GHz processor, 2GB RAM and a 2700mAh battery
- 5 MP front camera with 12.3 MP rear camera, featuring IR laser-assisted autofocus
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system
- Fast charging: up to 4 hours of use from only 10 minutes of charging
- Nexus 5X is an unlocked phone and works on major GMS carrier networks including AT&T, T-Mobile in the US and most international(GSM and CDMA) carriers.
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What is an unlocked phone?
An unlocked phone is a device that is not bound to any carrier or plan. It allows you to choose your phone first and your carrier second. Upon selecting a plan, simply insert the carrier's SIM card into the phone and you're ready to go. If you decide you want to change carriers down the road or want to take an international trip, it's as simple as replacing your existing SIM card with a new SIM and activating your new plan.
What are the benefits of an unlocked phone?
Freedom: Choose the carrier with the best service or price. If you find a better deal later, you have the ability to change to a different carrier.
Travel: Take your phone internationally and use the carrier of your choice. It's as easy as inserting an active SIM card.
Selection: Choose the phone with the features you want, whether or not your carrier sells it, and get more service options without a contract.
How do I set up my unlocked phone?
The first thing you’ll need is a SIM card for your desired carrier. When activated, the SIM card will let your phone connect to your carrier’s network. If you decide to upgrade to a newer unlocked phone in the future, you can easily remove the SIM card from your old phone and put it in your new phone—just make sure you get the right size of SIM card (nano, micro, or standard) for your phone. If you want to use your phone while traveling internationally, you can easily buy a SIM card for a carrier that operates where you’re traveling. As long as it’s activated, you can just swap SIM cards when you arrive at your destination.
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Capturing the soul of the Nexus family, Nexus 5X offers top-line performance in a compact, lightweight device that’s ready to take on the day with you. Under the 5.2-inch display is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and a 2700 mAh battery, so videos, apps, and games look great and run fast, all day long. If you do get low, charging is quick with the USB Type-C plug. It's reversible, so there’s no more guessing which way is up. Your Nexus 5X is quicker to access and more secure with a fingerprint sensor placed on the back to complement the way you naturally hold your phone. Unlock your phone and compatible apps with just one touch. Larger 1.55 µm pixels absorb more light in even the dimmest conditions to make your photos sharp and vibrant. Plus, the Google Camera app is so quick and easy to use, you'll never miss a moment. Built from the inside out to make the most of the world’s most popular OS, Nexus is the ultimate Android experience. You’ll have the freshest, fastest version, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, working for you right out of the box, and you’ll always be among the first to get software updates.³
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The Nexus 5X has a 5.2 inch 1080p LCD display, on the front of the phone you will find a 5 megapixel camera at the top, and a mono speaker at the bottom. Inside the mono speaker is a LCD notification light.
On the right side of the phone you will find the power button and volume rockers, on the left side is a nano sim card slot, on the bottom you have the type C USB charge port, and on the top you have an speaker for active listening.
On the back of the Nexus 5X you will find the the 12 Megapixel camera, Led flash, fingerprint scanner, and painted on Nexus and LG logos.
On the inside, the Nexus 5X is rocking a Snapdragon 808 processor, 2GB of ram, and a 2700 mAh battery.
The Nexus 5X has some compromises, there is no doubt about that, but it is still a phone that is every bit as easy to love as the original Nexus 5.
The best part about the Nexus 5X or any Nexus phone for that matter is the software. Nexus phones run pure, unadulterated android. The way Google intended for it to look, feel, and behave. The Nexus 5X was the first phone to ship out with Android 6.0.
Even with just 2GB of RAM the phone is zippy and fast, and every animation feels quick and responsive. While Google Now on tap isn’t anything to write home about yet, I found that active voice recognition was easily my favorite feature on the phone. Being able to grasp information, hands free by just beckoning google was both useful and cool.
The Nexus 5X was also the first android phone where I have seen the ambient screen work reliably. Combined with Nexus imprint, the Nexus 5X ability to access notifications, has been greatly enhanced.
Speaking of that fingerprint scanner, it works pretty well, though it's not as good as what you will find on something like the iphone 6s. However, my favorite part about the fingerprint scanner is the location. Allowing the scanner to sit on the back of the phone prevents users from accidentally unlocking their phones before they can read the notifications on the lock screen, something that happens to me daily on the iphone 6s.
Another bright spot with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, is the implementation of what Google is calling DOZE, which basically turns off all essential functions of the phone when the phone is not moving. Now even if you don’t plug in your phone before you go to sleep, you won’t have to worry because your battery will only drain 2-5% during a typical 8 hour period.
The Nexus 5X doesn’t have spectacular battery life, I have only averaged about 2 and a half to three hours of battery life, but the quick charge addition when using the LG charger allows you to get about 20% battery gain in 10-15 minutes.
Nexus phones have notoriously had bad cameras. The Nexus 5X finally makes bad cameras a thing of the past on nexus devices. Simply put, the physical camera on the Nexus 5X is as good as any camera out there on the smartphone market. The only ding on the camera is that the video is disturbingly shaky. If the video’s shakiness could be fixed via a software update, then not only would the Nexus 5X have the best camera on a smartphone under $400 dollars, but it would have one of the best cameras period.
While the Nexus 5X certainly has some great features, it also has its fair share of compromises.
The big ding on this phone is in its build quality or more specifically how it feels. Nothing about this phone makes you think nice or solid. The phone is entirely plastic and lacks the nice heft and smooth feel of the previous generation Nexus 5. To be frank, it feels like a budget smartphone, then again, that it is what it is.
Unfortunately, not only does it feel like a budget smartphone, it also sounds like one too. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that the speaker is on the front of the phone, however, despite its new position, it still sounds tiny.
The Final Word
The Nexus 5X does have some significant compromises. Mainly, in that it doesn’t look, feel, or sound as good as it actually is. However, most of the compromises that it has can be fixed with simple things like a skin, case, and a pair of earbuds. The things that are most important in a phone, the things that are impossible for a user to fix, is exactly what the Nexus 5X nails. In terms of size, software, and camera, the Nexus 5X has no competitors. And for me personally, that makes the Nexus 5X, like its predecessor, a phone to love.
Only 9 months from purchase, the phone has now entered what is widely known as the dreaded "bootloop". As I found out the hard way, this is a chronic issue with the Nexus 5X. The phone automatically restarts itself, attempts to boot, fails, attempts to boot, fails, etc in an endless cycle. It is now completely inoperable and worth nothing more than a paperweight.
LG is willing to "repair" the phone, but it leaves me without a cell for 2+ weeks, and there is no guarantee the problem will not return. I was a lucky one considering I was within the 1 year warranty, but if it happens to you outside your warranty, you'll be out of luck.
As great as the phone is functionally, the reliability is NOT worth the risk, so therefore I cannot recommend this phone. Do not gamble your money on this thing!
Here are my impressions - focusing on what sets the Nexus 5X apart - having used this device for about three months:
---Build Quality & Materials---
In 2015, Google released the Nexus 5X alongside another phone (the Nexus 6P) which was said to be more premium than the 5X in terms of materials, features, and build quality. For that reason, I was a little worried that the Nexus 5X - which sells for less money than the Nexus 6P - would feel cheap. Well... it doesn't feel cheap. Now... that does not mean the 5X feels "premium", per se (it doesn't), but it doesn't feel cheap. The back is plastic, but has a nice smooth feel to it, and the buttons, while (seemingly) made of plastic as well, are tactile and responsive enough for annoyance-free use. There's no upscale-looking metal rim or beveled edge to be found, but at this price point, it's tough to criticize. In short, the build quality and materials are perfectly acceptable, given the phone's affordability.
Display: The Nexus 5X's display is sharp and bright. It may not have the resolution of say... the Nexus 6P or some phones in Samsung's lineup, and it may not be an AMOLED panel (which allows individual pixels to be lit without turning on the entire panel), but in everyday use, *I* don't see pixels, and it's every bit as sharp as I'd need or want.
Speaker: While it may look like this phone has two front-facing speakers, it does not. It has only one front-facing speaker. It's adequate, but not outstanding.
Fingerprint Scanner: I think that this is the best hardware feature that the Nexus 5X offers; software gets part of the credit here, I'm sure, but the fingerprint scanner itself is incredibly responsive, and has been a delight to use.
Camera: Aside from the fingerprint scanner, the camera must be the Nexus 5X's greatest asset from a hardware standpoint. Again, software probably gets part of the credit here, but coming from a 2014 Moto X, the camera - sensor and software taken together - has been a vast improvement. I've managed to get some pretty good photos, even in relatively low-light conditions, and the shortcut of being able to launch the camera by tapping the power button twice has allowed me to get it up and running quickly. (I've attached three shots taken with the 5X, two of which were snapped on foggy or rainy nights, and one on an overcast day, just to give you an idea of how the camera does in less-than-optimal conditions.)
Android 6 "Marshmallow": Alright, to be fair, this isn't a feature; it's the phone's OS. For the completely unaware, "Android" is the name of the phone's operating system (just as "iOS" is the name of the operating system on an iPhone), while "Marshmallow" is the name of the latest version of Android (at the time of this review - January, 2016)... which happens to be the version that the Nexus 5X comes with. While Marshmallow is not drastically different from the version that came before it, its presence on the 5X is significant because it's one of the few phones that has Google's latest and greatest at this point. (Because this phone is a "Nexus" phone, it will be among the first to get new versions of Android as Google makes them available. This is an advantage because it ensures that the phone will have relatively prompt security updates, and will get new features as Google bakes them into Android.)
Ambient Display: Coming from a Moto X, this is a let-down. Basically, as notifications (texts, emails, stuff like that) come in, they're supposed to display on the phone's screen, and kind of pulse on and off (in lieu of just flashing a colored LED, like phones used to do). That part works well enough. What DOESN'T work well (and is the big let-down here), is the fact that the phone's display is supposed to light up and display notifications and the clock when the phone is picked up. This only works maybe 25% of the time, whereas it worked 100% of the time on the Moto X. Fortunately, the failure of this feature is mitigated somewhat by the aforementioned fingerprint scanner, which allows you to both activate the phone's screen and unlock it by just picking the phone up and putting your finger over the scanner... and not even depressing a power button.
Google Now: Google Now is really not a single feature, but a feature set. I probably don't use every aspect of Google Now, but I'll tell you about how I use it. Basically, it gives me information at a glance, either when I swipe to the left from my home screen, or via active notifications, that pop up just like any other notification. What kind of information? The weather, stocks, sports scores, hotel and flight information (when I'm traveling), driving times to various places, and upcoming appointment reminders to name a few... and all of this is customized to me. In other words, it's the stocks *I* track, it's the sports teams *I* follow, it's the weather in *my* location, and so on. To be perfectly honest, Google Now has probably eliminated the need for about five apps (e.g. a stock tracking app, a sports news app, and so on), and has made that kind of information more accessible by baking it right into the operating system.
For me, the Nexus 5X has been an overall excellent buy. It's performed well, and the fingerprint scanner and Google Now alone are really significant innovations on which I've come to rely. That's not to say that you can't get those features in other Android handsets, but their implementation is excellent here. Moreover, the camera has been simple to use and has allowed me to capture some pretty good shots.
As for downsides, I wish the ambient display feature worked even half as well as that feature works in the Moto X, and an additional 1GB of RAM (for 3GB, total) would be nice. (I've noticed no slow-downs, but in checking the phone's settings, I'm typically using 1.2GB of the phone's 2GB of RAM.) Moreover, a second front-facing speaker and a ,more commodious storage capacity (perhaps 64GB) would've been welcome additions.
Nonetheless, I'm not complaining; at $349 for the 32GB model (at the time when I purchased it), the Nexus 5X puts near top-of-the-line hardware in your hands at a reasonable price. Those who *must* be on the bleeding edge of every feature will be better served by the Nexus 6P, of course, but for those who are content with "almost the best" in most areas (excepting the camera and fingerprint scanner, which ARE genuinely top-shelf), the Nexus 5X is outstanding.
Battery: I'm not sure why I forgot to mention battery life, but it's such a glaring omission on my part that I'm updating this review to account for it. That said, it doesn't change my star rating or overall impressions of the device.
Basically, battery life is slightly better than adequate. I find that I've been using the phone really heavily (typically 3-4 hours of screen-on time), and with that usage pattern, I can juuuust barely eek through a full day. If I use the phone slightly less (2-3 hours of screen-on time), I get through the day with around 20-30% to spare.
UPDATE II (5 Months)
Alright, at five months, I *have* experienced some of the issues others are reporting with camera lag and choppy performance in general. I don't run into these issues often (maybe once per week), and I find that restarting the phone seems to bring performance back to normal. Moreover, I've been experimenting, and (while I realize this is totally anecdotal), I've found that a preemptive daily restart seems to prevent the issue entirely. Given the kind of processing this thing does to photos post-capture, I'm guessing that there's just not enough RAM to go around. As I said earlier, this phone has 2GB of RAM, and my phone is ROUTINELY - even at rest - using 1.2-1.3 GB (65%) of that RAM, and I'm *not*one of these people who installs every app in the world and jumps back and forth between them constantly.
Anyway, given the fact that the problem is manageable via an occasional restart, I'll leave my rating at four stars - especially given the price drop, but next year, I'll probably look to pick something else up to replace the 5X.