Our friends over at the LG Jordan offices hooked us up with the new Nexus 5X, Google’s Nexus offering for 2015 (alongside the Huawei Nexus 6P). The 5X enters the weigh-in as a flagship/mid-range hybrid, mixing an attractive offering of specs with a very attractive price tag. Currently the 16 GBs version of the 5X is selling for $330 in the US, meanwhile here in Jordan it’s selling for a more expensive but relatively reasonable 370 JODs. Check out our unboxing video below, then read on for some quick thoughts on the device:
Having never used a Nexus (or stock Android) device before, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Android experience. I’ll be reserving my judgement until my final review, but I can say that the clean icons are a breath of fresh air, versus the ugly dated icons (such as the dialer, contacts and calculator) of the LG skin.
In terms of looks and design the 5X is nothing radical, it has a very conservative design; certainly nothing that would drive people to buy it solely off looks; but it isn’t as bland as some other phones out there. The “ice-white” color certainly looks good against the black front half of the phone, giving it a sort of “tuxedo” look (or an Oreo if you think like me).
An instant plus for the 5X in terms of pure design sense are the front facing speakers, something HTC have been doing for a while now, and hopefully will start to catch on in general. Between the two front facing speakers is a moderate sized 5.2″ 1080p IPS LCD display with Gorilla Glass 3, in the top left hand corner is the 5 MP front facing camera (expect a dedicated post on that soon enough).
One thing I had failed to realize about the Nexus 5X before actually getting my hands on it was that it has embraced the USB type-C connectivity, something I’m unprepared for as this is my first USB type C device. This means of course that I only have the single USB type C cable that came with the phone, and the cable itself is ridiculously short (probably only about 2 feet by my poor eyeballing skills); I‘ve been spoiled by my 6 FT/1.8 M Anker cable, allowing me maximum (wired) move-ability.
On the back of the 5X below the 12.3 MP camera is a finger print sensor (a sensor only, not actually a button); which so far seems to be impressively fast and accurate at reading my biometrics. Unfortunately the placement also has had me smear my fingers over the camera lens a couple times already, hopefully it’ll be a gentle adjustment curve to avoid further smearing of the camera lens.
Since the Nexus 5X is a unibody device, without a removable back or battery the nano sim is inserted through the SIM tray on the left hand side of the phone, using am ejector pin similar to most flagship devices these days. Unfortunately the Nexus 5X also lacks expandable storage, meaning you’re stuck with either the 16 GBs or 32 GBs depending which version you purchased; which is a damn shame.
The biggest advantage of course of owning a Nexus device are the timely updates, pushed directly to your device by Google, instead of waiting months on end to be updated from your carrier/OEM. As soon as I powered on my 5X I was prompted to update to Android 6.0.1 (the latest Marshmallow update), which is certainly welcome seeing that my G4 is still waiting on Android 6.0.
That’s it for now in terms of this quick hands-on preview; but stay tuned for a more detailed review and closer look at everything from the camera reviews to comparisons and everything else. As always if you do have any questions just leave them below and we’ll hopefully be able to answer them.