LG Nexus 5X, Taking Care of Business!

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Some peeps are saying that Google should build their own smartphones, but that’s easier to say than do, don’t you think?

Others, me included, are pretty content with the fact that the Nexus line brings the users the best of both worlds. I mean, Google has the software (the Android that is) and loads of cash, and others are pretty good at building smart phones.

It’s better to co-operate than to have a monopoly right?

Enter the latest in the Nexus line of smartphones, the LG Nexus 5X, which was designed by both companies and it belongs to the mid-range, which is the best path to take if you’re not a geek. I mean, mid-range droids are packed with all the useful features one can require in a life time, minus the high-end price of a flagship.

And, at the end of the day, having more cash in your pockets can’t hurt a bit, right?

So, what’s up with the LG Nexus 5X, you may ask? What’s so special about another droid? They’re all running on cookies, Lollipop, Kit-Kat, how can you take them seriously?

Well, that’s a good question, and this review will convince you about the utility of yet another Android running smartphone on a market already filled with tons of offers and models.

So, the LG Nexus 5X is basically the Nexus 5 project reloaded, and it looks more like a Google design than a Nexus one. I mean, it doesn’t look like the son and heir of the Nexus 4 and 5 lineup, it’s just…different, in a Google eerie kind of way.

However, being a Google design and running on Google software, the “Don’t be evil” corporation put an emphasis on security with this baby.

Hence, the LG Nexus 5X comes with all sorts of Big Brother inspired gizmos, which I personally hate, like the fingerprint sensor on the smartphone’s back panel (yes convict, push your index on that sensor to see what you’re made of!) which is supposedly aimed at helping with “secure”  mobile payments (there’s nothing 100% secure on an open internet connection, let that sink in real good folks) and also can be described as a push towards the USB Type-C connector as the new-universal connector for tomorrow’s gadgets.

As per novelties in the latest LG Nexus 5X, I must mention the new camera, which is specially designed for taking “selfies” in low lighting conditions, and that’s an obvious  improvement from the previous model, along with the upgraded resolution of the sensor (a 50% increase), a larger screen and 64 bit processing capability.

The battery is also larger, connectivity is top notch, and the overall specs are pretty cool. The downside of getting a LG Nexus 5X is the fact that you’ll have to cope with only 2 gigs of RAM and only 32 GB of internal storage. But who’s perfect, right?

Let’s take a look at details, because the devil has a tendency to use them to trick us.

To begin with, this droid measures 147 x 72.6 x 7.9mm, it weighs 136 grams and it’s made from a soft type of  poly-carbonate, which feels very pleasant in your hand and also inspires robustness.

The semi-matte finish looks awesome and the overall built quality is top notch; the smartphone feels solid and confidence inspiring, also sophisticated and timeless in terms of design.

The screen is  5.2 inches wide, 0.2 inches more than the previous Nexus 5, it features 1080p/1920x1080px resolution, with a pixel per inch density of 424ppi which is relatively good for a mid ranger priced at $370 contract free.

The overall quality of the display is outstanding for its price tag, and the phone looks quite impressive the first time you lay your eyes upon it.

Deep blacks and a high contrast ratio along with the perfect calibration of the screen right out of the box makes for the LG Nexus 5X to be a serious contender in the eye candy contest, if there’s such a thing.

Naturally, the screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and has good legibility even in direct sun light, being above average in this regard.

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Connectivity is top notch, including Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, dual band, Bluetooth 4.2 with A2DP, LTE cat.6, CDMA, NFC and the USB Type-C slot for ultra-high transfer data speeds.

The battery has a capacity of 7200 mAh with an endurance rating of 60 hours, which is very respectable.

The LG Nexus 5X runs on a Snapdragon 808 system on chip, along with 2 Gigs or RAM, 2 CPUs clocked at 1.82 GHz (Cortex A-57) and four slower and more efficient CPUs @ 1.44 GHz (Cortex A-53). It’s useless to say that given the hardware, the Android experience on this device is smooth and flawless.

The Qualcomm Adreno 418 GPU is not the best of the bunch, yet it’s there and doing its job splendidly for the average user, in most apps and games.

As per its price, the LG Nexus 5X offers outstanding performance, playing in the “best bang for the buck” category, like all Nexus’es before it.

The main camera has a 13 MP resolution and uses a  Sony IMX 377 sensor which features an impressive 1.55µm pixels and a wide aperture of f/2.0, with laser auto-focus and dual LED flash. The selfie camera has a 5.0 MP resolution and a OmniVision sensor.

The pictures are great, with accurate colors and low noise, being excellent in low lighting conditions and both cameras feature HDR+ mode.

You can also shoot video in 2160p@30 frames per second, 1080p/Full HD@30 fps or the relatively common 720p@120 FPS. The video quality is excellent, with detailed images and sharp colors.

As per my final words, the LX Nexus 5X is an affordable smartphone with great specs, offering an unbeatable Android experience  and if you don’t need a flagship to impress your friends, well, this is the droid you were looking for!

 

 

 

 

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