Google Nexus 5X Full Review

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The Nexus 5X brought a buzz in the Android community as being the first smartphone, along with the Nexus 6P, to be released preloaded with the latest Marshmallow operating system, that introduces a variety of features especially the Google Now on Tap, which is essentially Google Now running on top of another app, showing results based on the on-screen context. The Nexus 5X (as well as the 6P, for which we have written a review – insert link to 6P review) comes with a fingerprint scanner which Marshmallow officially supports on its platform. Not to forget, that Nexus provides stock flavour of Android and is the among the first devices to get Android updates. We delve into what this has in store.

Design

The Nexus 5X has design schemes which are followed by the 6P. Other than the fact that the design bears minimalistic yet striking appearance, it is quite comfortable to hold in one hand. This is mainly because of its smaller dimensions in terms of screen display, over the 6P. This is also the first device to feature the Nexus Imprint – the fingerprint scanner which is now officially supported  on the Android Marshmallow. It is judiciously placed to easily place your index finger, in particular without the need to change your grip on the phone.

Other than that, the Nexus has a 5.2 inches touchscreen display. It has an oleophobic coating, or in simpler words, it does not smudge the touchscreen with a lot of fingerprints. The Corning Gorilla Glass brings durability to the screen as well as glossy finish to the screen as well. It comes in three colours – all single shades that add to the beauty of this phone: white, black and ocean blue.

Hardware

The Nexus 5X is the first phone that premiers the Marshmallow, like we mentioned previously. This, added with the 2GB Snapdragon 808 with a quad-core 1.44 GHz and 1.82 GHz dual-core processors, guarantees to deliver a powerful lagless experience. Not only that, it can also deliver fluid graphics thanks to Adreno 418 GPU.
The display of the screen unlike current top-range smartphones is an IPS LCD display and not an OLED or LED, however it does provide warm colour displays that are typical of current Nexus range. It has a 2700 mAh battery capacity which is not that much if you use it heavily, otherwise, it can last a day if used for simpler tasks.

Camera

The 5X has brought a huge upgrade in their camera over the Nexus 5. That is to say, that the rear camera is a 12.3 megapixels, which is quite a mouthful, along with the 5 megapixel front camera. It allows to capture high amount of light to get that image clarity with its huge pixel size and a f/2.0 aperture. Also Google makes sure that the Camera app is launched super fast, so as to capture sudden moments. The rear camera can also shoot in 4K video resolutions which is simply marvellous.

Verdict

To sum it up, the Nexus 5X is a game changing smartphone from Google and LG (being the manufacturer). This along with the Nexus 6P has broken many thoughts about the Nexus devices, that was previously considered just a device that received Android updates without too much features that competing devices had in store. For a beginning price range of approximately Rs 22,900 for the 16GB and Rs 29,000 for the 32GB, it is perfect as a higher than mid-range budget smartphones with features that are comparable to flagship devices.

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