Nexus 5X review

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TODO alt textIf you’re looking to get your hands on a Nexus 5X, you’ll need to explore around, as Google no longer officially sells its on its store. However, if you sign up for Project Fi, Google’s US-only MVNO carrier service, you can snag it at a discounted rate.

Google’s final batch of Nexus handsets comes in two sizes, and the 5.2-inch Nexus 5X is for those non-giants out there who literally can’t handle a 5.7-inch Nexus 6P or its 6-inch Nexus 6 predecessor.

The Nexus 5X is more than just a compact cell phone screen replacement at a smaller price, though. Its 12.3MP camera is able to capture low-light photos, and the specs are still fast enough for the average user.

Its reversible USB Type-C port provides quick charging, the fingerprint sensor is yet another way to effortless unlock your phone and swipe to pull down your notification panel. And possibly best of all, it’s pre-loaded with the latest stock Android software, Android Nougat, and is set to receive the next iteration, Android O.

Compromises and tough competition mean that the Nexus 5X isn’t for everyone. The Nexus 6P requires two hands to operate, but it isn’t a stretch to hold in one, making its size difference tighter and all-metal design and more powerful specs tempting.

The Nexus 5X, made of plastic, faces far stiffer competition than the Nexus 5 did back in 2013.

It’s also not quite as fast as many rivals when under pressure. Multitasking with the GPS and playing music, for example, is going to see a bit of slowdown. The same happens when the camera app loads while you’re switching from other heavy-duty applications. It’s noticeable, but occasional and by no means a deal breaker.

Easy-to-hold, priced right and feature-packed, this is the Nexus 5 reborn as the Nexus 5X, but over two years have passed since it broke cover. Is it still a worthy stock Android ETS at an unbeatable value? Let’s break it down.