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Gadget Review – LG Nexus 5X ReviewUnboxholics

LG Nexus 5X ReviewUnboxholics

To be honest, Google's Nexus series isn't what it used to be. After the successful Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, even though they tried, they couldn't meet their success. Is it because new companies were involved? Is is because competition in value-for-money market became relentless? One thing is certain. Nexus phones aren't as popular as they were 2-3 years ago.

I am Sakis Karpas, you are watching Unboxholics and this is Google's Nexus 5X by LG. The mid-range model of the new Nexus family. Given that at the same price range, there are even more value-for-money phones, even by LG itself with LG G4, the acceptance of the Nexus by the public in Greece isn't easy. Let's get right to it.

The phone comes with a USB Type-C cable, the power adapter and some manuals. The feeling and appearance of Nexus 5X is very similar to Nexus 5, which I owned a couple of years ago. LG's phone loves curves and without risking in design, it delivers a satisfactory result. Overall it's solid, without concealing its plastic nature, and I love the soft touch of the frame and the back, as this kind of material is the right one for my hands.

On the lower side there is a Type-C port and a headphone jack, on the side the clicky power button, volume rocker and a SIM slot. On the front there are two grills that you would think they're stereo speakers. Only the lower one is a speaker and the upper one is the call speaker. The call speaker is fine, loud with no problems, even in loud environments.

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The speaker did not satisfy me. The sound and volume are medium, it's squeaky on high frequencies and it's poor on bass and prime. I expected more here. Even with headphones it doesn't get any better.

In front we find a 5MP selfie camera with f/2.0 Which takes sharp pictures in good lighting conditions, but lacks in low light, with a lot of digital noise. On the back there is the laser sensor for the fast auto-focus that LG now uses often on its devices, a dual-tone flash, the main camera that comes with a hump – we'll talk about it in a bit- and a welcomed addition, the fingerprint sensor that is one of the most accurate and faster in the market. I could say it's a bit faster that Touch ID 2.0 Of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The 5.2 Inch phone is 147mm tall, 72.6Mm wide and 7.9Mm thick.

Its weight is 136gr. Let's start from the display. In 5.2 Inches, its Full HD resolution is ideal without noticing pixels. Colors are natural as they should be, the black is good but with some gray.

IPS LCD panel makes viewing angles moderate. Touch is smooth and responsive, but I noticed a problem. While the device is being charged, touch isn't responding well on my fingers. When I disconnected the power, everything was back to normal.

Apparently something is wrong with the voltage. I generally don't use the phone while it's charging so it's not a problem for me. Inside, Nexus 5X works thanks to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808 which consists of a quad-core and a dual-core processor at 1.44GHz and 1.82GHz respectively and Adreno 418 on graphics. 2GB of RAM are enough for the stock Android to work smoothly.

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Storage is on 16GB or 32GB depending on the model. In either case, there isn't any microSD expansion option. The 2700mAh battery is enough for a regular day of use, maybe more. It will have to be charged during the day with heavy use.

I noticed that Doze is finally doing a really good job at managing the power. The phone was in stand by during the night and when I got it on my hands it hadn't lost not even 1%. I also liked that it takes about 1h30m to fully charge. Nexus 5X, as a Google device, comes with stock Android in 6.0.1 Edition.

There is almost no bloatware, besides some Google apps. Navigating the menu is smooth with no problems. My only complain is that it should have some things that were missing in previous versions too. Let's move on to the main camera of 12.3MP and f/2.0.

I didn't expect it, but Nexus 5X has an exceptional main camera! The sensor captures photos and 4K video with great detail in good lighting conditions, with absolutely no noise and I am not exaggerating. It's doing great even in low light conditions, as it is capable of great quality pictures with really low noise levels, giving the impression it's not a regular Nexus device. LG's Nexus 5X is available on the Greek market, starting from 345, while it's significantly cheaper in other countries, so I think its doomed in the Greek market, since you can find LG's top G4 today at 396. Overall it's a great device, true to Nexus spirit and with surprises such as the incredible camera.

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If parity between Dollar and Euro was normal we would have a very tempting device. That's all for now, I'll catch you up on Unboxholics.Com.

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