LG Nexus 5X

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88

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Nexus 5X review: Google's triumphant return to smaller, cheaper phones

Summary

With a lower price and a smaller form factor, the Nexus 5X signifies Google's return to a more affordable phone that's also friendlier to those with tinier hands. Starting at just $379, the 5X offers a lovely display, a speedy new fingerprint sensor and a surprisingly decent camera. It does falter a little with sub-optimal battery life and specs that aren't as good as its rivals, but the 5X is still a solid phone -- especially for its price.

Pros
  • Great value for the money
  • Quick and accurate fingerprint sensor
  • Android 6.0 is a fantastic upgrade
  • Compatible with Google's Fi network
Cons
  • Mediocre battery life
  • No microSD card slot
Nexus 5X review: Google's triumphant return to smaller, cheaper phones

While the Nexus 6 received plenty of praise when it debuted last year, it also got its fair share of flack. Why? Because it was just too big. For many, the Nexus 6 was the size of a tiny giant, with its 5.96-inch display and 10.1mm-thick profile that dwarfed smaller hands. Additionally, it started at $649, whereas the previous-gen Nexus 5 cost just $349. Not wanting to disappoint its customers, Google decided to release two handsets instead of one this year: the pricier 5.7-inch Nexus 6P (made by Huawei and starting at $499 for 32GB) for those who do indeed want a larger phone, and the cheaper 5.2-inch 5X (made by LG and starting at $379 for 16GB) for those who wanted a sequel to the original 5. While it may certainly be the smaller and lower-end device of the pair, I found the 5X to be far better than I anticipated, delivering plenty of value for the money.

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Scores

Engadget

88
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
8.4
Display
8.2
Battery life
6.4
Camera
8.6
Ease of use
8.4
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Specs

Nexus

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
5.2 inches
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Specs

Nexus

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
5.2 inches
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