google nexus 5xI finally decided to get a Google Nexus 5X. I've made up plus and minus lists for the most recently released cell phones, but my curiosity won over any practical or economical reason. I trust Google to make a good enough phone and I know people who has owned the old model Nexus 5, and is very pleased with that one. I'm also very happy about my tablet Nexus 9, so I thought this would be a good buy. And it surely is.

My old Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has been a faithful friend during the past two years. It's still working even though it's been dropped quite a several of times because it's quite big and heavy. That is also one of the reasons why I was looking for a somehow smaller and definitely lighter phone.

google nexus 5x unboxing

I also wanted a phone that was reasonable priced. I don't like carrying around those really expensive pieces in my pocket together with all the other stuff I have. The natural choice wold have been a Samsung Galaxy S6 since they are dropping in price now, but I'm not fond of hte edge design and I don't like the look of the flat model. The all metal sruface is slippery to hold  and glides easily on flat surfaces. I always have problems while holding my husband's iPhone 6, since I can't get a good grip around it.

Google releases two new models now: Nexus 5X och Nexus 6P.

Both has the new version of Android installed:  6.0 Marshmallow. The nexus line always get the Android updates first, which I really like. The installation of Android is also very clean and who doesn't want to have ”The ultimate Android experience…
from the vanilla version?

Google Nexus 5X has got a 5,2" screen. The manufacturer is LG, who also manufactured the old model Nexus 5. The size is perfect for a carry around device. The Nexus 5X feels like a model that will fit many people's need. It only weighs 136 which is quite low for a phone of this size.

Google Nexus 6P is noticable bigger with a 5,7" screen. The manufacturer of this model is Huawei. The Nexus 6P is more of a luxury model, but since it is both higher and heavier than my old Samsung Galaxy Note 3, it was out of the question. I may be wrong, but after having watched YouTube, I think I might have difficulties using the finger print scanner in an easy way. It's not natural to me to place one of my fingers as high up on the device and I think you will do better if you have longer fingers. The Nexus 6P is also quite expensive and I prefer a somehow more affordable model.

The first impression of the Nexus 5X is that it's both solid and light. Even though it's made from molded polycarbonate (except for the gorilla glass in front), it definitely doesn't feel cheap or toylike. Some people frown upon plastic nowadays, but plastic when it's best is nice and soft to hold, you don't get that icey cold metallic feeling during cold winter days and it doesn't slide as easily when put on a flat surface like a table. The plastic parts are well put together and fits nicely together. The Nexus 5X feel very sturdy.

The design feels very clean and elegant. The white model says to look a bit like a stormtrooper from Star Wars, which probably is why it appeals to me. I'm very happy that I chosed the smaller model: It's big enough and I definitely didn't want to handle any larger phone.

I got the quartz white model which really is slightly greyish, but still nice. The front is however all black.

The screen is an FHD LCD which feels very nice. If I compare it to a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the Nexus 5X isdefinitely better than the Note 3 but not as vivid in colours as the Note 4. On the other hand I almost experience the Note 4 to be too colourful sometimes. The details on the Nexus screen are very distinct and crisp. And most of all: The screen is so fast. It reacts instantly and the overall impression is that the phone is a very alert.

The finger print sensor called Nexus Imprint  is such a nice thing! Lift the phone while pressing your finger to the finger print sensor and the phone is ready to use before you have even gotten eye contact with the screen. The fingerprint scanner is both fast but also distinct. You can also use the fingerprint sensor for login to apps, which is so nice. I really, really like the Nexus imprint on this phone.

google nexus 5x unboxing

What comes in the box with the Nexus 5X:

  • Nexus 5X phone
  • USB Type-C to Type-C cable
  • USB Type-C 15W (5V/3A) charger
  • SIM ejection tool

There is no head set in the box. Google expects you to use your own favourite head set. A little bit disappointing, since I really like to have a head set that matches the phone and I'm quite fond of those in-ear-plugs.

google nexus 5x unboxing

In the Nexus 6P box, Google has supplied a cable for connecting the phone to a computer (USB Type-C till USB Standard-A), but us Nexus 5X owners have to by this ourselves from Google Store.

I got the model with 32 GB of memory, which is as much as you can get. There is no possibility to expand the memory with an extra SD card, since the is only one card spot (which is used by the nano SIM). I do think that 32 GB is quite scarce today, but I assume that Google wants me to store everything in their cloud. The battery isn't replaceable either.

Lined up: iPhone 6, Google Nexus 5X, Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

iphone 6 vs nexus 5x vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

iphone 6 vs nexus 5x vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The main camera has 12, MP which may not be that impressive but it has gotten plenty of nice reviews. To me the most appealing feature was that the camera performs well during bad lightning, which is a good thing to have up here in the far dark North.

I was a litle surprised when I opened the camera interface and noticed how few settings there were to choose from. You can take panorma, fish eye and burst shots. The things I used seems to be there even though I tought it looked a bit empty at first glance.

Since it's a newly released model the number of available cases aren't that big. The ones offered at Google Store doesn't appeal to me at all: They all look dark and clumsy. The phone itself is elegant and slim, so why turn it into a military style? Maybe Google think that this phone will get the most attention from men, since all of the cases are quite masculine in my opinion?  Although this is definitely a phone that fits women as well as men.

My  smartwatch Samsung Gear S is unfortunately not compatible with the Nexus 5X since Samsung uses their own framework (Tizen) in all their smart watches. (Sony, Motorola, LG etc uses Android Wear as an interface between the watch and the phone.)

The charger is USB  Type-C™, which is a new standard. It makes it necessary to upgrade all the USB cables I have placed in different places just in case my phone needs to be connected to a computer or charged.

I haven't had the phone long enough for any opinion about the battery life time, so will have to get back about that.

So far, I'm so PLEASED with this th Nexus 5X. A really nice phone, I must say.