Google is recently released their latest product, the Nexus 5X smartphone and Nexus 6X phablet. Even though the nexus 5X was overshadowed by the bigger, bolder Nexus 6X, the nexus 5X still has its power and attractiveness. So we take look more at what the Nexus 5X offer by trying it out for ourselves with a test model.
I must admit that this is not the most beautiful smartphones out there. The black case feels boring to me, and the clumsy edges make it feel thicker than it actually is, even though the thickness is only about 7.9mm. But it makes the device seems solid and strong while we grab it.
On the positive sides, the rear fingerprint sensor that successfully unlocks the screen almost instantly is one of them. The microUSB port also has been removed and replaced it with a USB-C connector which in theory, should make file transfers and battery charging faster.
Google unfortunately still hasn’t added a microSD expansion slot to any Nexus series, and so does this one. You will be stuck with whichever amount of internal storage you opt for on the first time.
Its graphic is not as sharp as the Nexus 6P, but that doesn’t mean the 5X display is weak, it still looks pretty crisp and clear on the 5.2 inch screen with 1920×1080 resolutions. Colors are not too vivid but still pleasantly vibrant.
Like most of the devices, the Nexus 5X also can experience reflectivity problems under certain lighting intensity. The Gorilla Glass 3 screen is somewhat resistant to fingerprint, but can’t resist high intensity light so well. This problem can be solved by setting up the brightness.
Operating system and software
The Nexus 5X launch with the latest version of Android OS, the 6.0 Marshmallow. It’s a great combination because Marshmallow introduces support for USB-C and integrated biometric readers that are present here in this device.
I also really like the upgraded applications drawer, which implements a magnificent search bar and A to Z indexing. I also found that we now had more control of the data apps access than in Lollipop. Another interesting feature is Doze, a battery-saving mode that uses the built in motion sensor to detect when the phone is being left, so a battery level could be maintained.
This is what we’d expect from the £300-£400 bracket device, the strong performances. Google Nexus 5X is noticeably more responsive than most of the mid-range devices out there, but isn’t so smooth at swapping between loading applications.
How combination of the 2GB of RAM and Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor will satisfy you. Even though it is a quite aging chip, it still performs very well and can handle the intensive tasks.
Google Nexus 5X equipped with 12.3MP camera, so it’s no surprise that it snaps high-quality shots, even in low light environment. It also records 4K quality video, which is rare for smartphones in, let alone for those that cost below £400.
On the other hand, the 5MP front camera isn’t so impressive. It captures lack detail unless the subject is close enough to the lens, and there’s also a lot of visual noise in the low light environment.
The Nexus 5X will launch with only 2 choices, the 16GB and 32GB models, compared with its brother Nexus 6P that has 32GB, 64GB and 128GB choices of memory. That is a significant down side to the cheaper device. As app files get larger, the 16GB memory is just not enough. Cloud storage is almost certainly essential, for those who use the device a lot for work purpose and personal use since there is no microsd slot.
There is a wide range about the features of the Nexus 5X, ranged from the very impressive camera, great fingerprint sensor, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow, to the utterly weak front camera and too small storage options.
The great features are just enough to make Nexus 5X stands out in the between the mid-range and high-end market, but we still have to consider the more powerful Nexus 6X.