Monday, May 23, 2016

Android Nexus 5X smartphone - thumbs up!

I recently purchased a new, Nexus 5X 16GB unlocked smartphone on eBay for $229 (deal of the day).  The phone itself is made by LG and uses Google's Android reference architecture including a native Android 6 Marshmallow experience. After using the Nexus 5X for over a month, I'm a fan.

The new Imprint fingerprint reader is easier to setup and quicker to use than Apple TouchID. Initially, I didn't like the placement of the fingerprint reader but I quickly got used to it. Using Imprint to unlock the Nexus 5X is much easier than entering a passcode.  However, there are relatively few apps that support Imprint for app authentication at this time.

  • Low cost
  • Just the right size - not too big and not to small; can be used with one hand
  • Very nice LCD screen and build quality
  • Nice camera
  • Native Android 6.0 Marshmallow experience
  • Android Imprint fingerprint reader
  • Native Android experience
  • Lots of security updates from Google that are installed automatically
  • USB C connector

  • Buttons for power and volume are awful - way too small 
  • Dual speakers look great but sound awful
  • Security updates take a long time (20 minutes+) and have to process each app installed on the phone - the more apps the longer the updates take
  • No integrated visual voicemail

  • 5.2 inches
  • 1920x1080 LCD at 423 ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Fingerprint- and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Rear Camera 12.3MP, 4K (30fps) video capture
  • Front Camera 5MP
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Processor, 1.8GHz hexa-core 64-bit
  • Memory & Storage RAM: 2GB LPDDR3
  • Internal storage: 16GB or 32GB.  No external storage options

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