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4 reasons you should buy the Nexus 5X

Turn your gaze from the Nexus 6P for just a second. The Nexus 5X is one of the hottest phones you can get right now and, after months of hype, the new Nexus 5 is finally here. If you haven't already considered it, here are four reasons why you should buy the Nexus 5X.

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Here are reasons to buy the Nexus 5X. / © ANDROIDPIT

1. Classic Nexus 5 design

The original Nexus 5 was, and still is, a great-looking smartphone. It didn't set any new design standards, but LG managed to sculpt an attractive piece of hardware out of soft-touch plastic. The Nexus 5 feels better than what you'd expect from its relatively cheap materials.

With the Nexus 5X, LG has followed its tried-and-true design formula. You can tell that these phones share the same DNA. The 5X feels nice in the hand, if a little more rounded and comfortable than the Nexus 5. If you look closer, the similar soft-touch plastic is nice to look at – it's not the shiny slab that the Nexus 6P is – but its finely-sculpted frame has a symmetry that make it attractive.

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The Nexus 5 (left) shares design DNA with the Nexus 5X (right). / © ANDROIDPIT

2. Bargain price

That price. The Nexus 5X does so much for a very reasonable US$379 for the base model. It really is a lot of phone for the price. But what are you getting for your investment?

The Nexus 5X really is a lot of phone for the price

A bright, Full HD display sitting behind Gorilla Glass 3. Add to that a reliable fingerprint sensor on the back, a USB-Type C charging and data transfer port, all powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808 chipset. Basically, the Nexus 5X can do anything you throw at it. How many other phones are this good at that bargain price?

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Nexus 5X...the price is right. / © ANDROIDPIT

3. Stock Android

This is a big one for some of you. Stock Android is a space reserved for Nexus phones. That means you can get Android 6.0 Marshmallow running on the Nexus 5X straight out-of-the-box. A lot of other phones will be getting the Marshmallow upgrade within the coming months as well – some won't be until February – but with the Nexus 5X, you'll always be one of the first to get updates.

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The Nexus 5X offers the stock Android experience. / © ANDROIDPIT

4. Street cred

The Nexus 5X is part of the Nexus family. But Nexus phones are not for everyone; there's a certain set of power users and early adopters who buy them, among other customers. When you whip out a Nexus 5X to post on Reddit, others will take notice and wonder. They'll wonder what makes the phone you're holding so cool...but only you'll know. That's street credibility.

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The Nexus 5X is for a tech set of owners. Are you one? / © ANDROIDPIT

Are you thinking of buying a Nexus 5X? Let me know in the comments.


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  • ashiik ali 11 months ago Link to comment

    Heard about xiaomi mi4? That's the biggest bargain at 190$. Too good for the price

  • Hi
    I will continue very hapy with my Nexus 5. Great phone :)

  • But in Europe it's an great phone for a Bad price, talking about 529€

  • No1 reason for is about as close to optimised android as you can get and getting better, maybe one day it'll be as smooth as ios.

  • If you look at the Google Search Bar on the photo with the Nexus 5 and 5x the Google bar on the 5X is alot more yellow than the 5 is that how every 5x would look like or do the more early 5x's have aa bug ? An article on the yellow tint would be great.

    • I don't think the 5X has a yellow tint in real life. My previous phone was an N4 which had an AMOLED display and I would say that the 5X is much brighter and whiter than that. N4 looks grey by comparison. Can't compare it to the N5 in my personal experience, but I don't think you would be disappointed.

    • chemtroll 10 months ago Link to comment

      You are right, it looks like. Also saw that on YouTube. In fact there are a few N5x with a bug and horrible yellow displays. Not to confuse with the difference between the screens of N5 and N5x. The old one has a colder white. On pics it really looks better but in reality it is the opposite. The N5 dispay seems to be bleached and the colors are much better on the N5x. Nothing yellow. Altough the ppi disagree, the N5x display is clearer as well.

  • Thanks for posting this! I am considering buying one... Some other articles said that performance was lacking, and that the original Nexus 5 even performs better with Marshmallow... did you find this to be the case? Thanks!

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