Day: June 9, 2020

Day: June 9, 2020

Android Nexus 5X smartphone – thumbs up!
June 9, 2020 Technology chris

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I recently purchased a new, Nexus 5X 16GB unlocked smartphone on eBay for $229 (deal of the day). The phone itself is made by LG and uses Google’s Android reference architecture including a native Android 6 Marshmallow experience. After using the Nexus 5X for over a month, I’m a fan.

The new Imprint fingerprint reader is easier to setup and quicker to use than Apple TouchID. Initially, I didn’t like the placement of the fingerprint reader but I quickly got used to it. Using Imprint to unlock the Nexus 5X is much easier than entering a passcode. However, there are relatively few apps that support Imprint for app authentication at this time.

Pros:

Low cost
Just the right size – not too big and not to small; can be used with one hand
Very nice LCD screen and build quality
Nice camera
Native Android 6.0 Marshmallow experience
Android Imprint fingerprint reader
Native Android experience
Lots of security updates from Google that are installed automatically
USB C connector

Cons:

Buttons for power and volume are awful – way too small
Dual speakers look great but sound awful
Security updates take a long time (20 minutes+) and have to process each app installed on the phone – the more apps the longer the updates take
No integrated visual voicemail

Specs:

5.2 inches
1920×1080 LCD at 423 ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Fingerprint- and smudge-resistant oleophobic coating
Rear Camera 12.3MP, 4K (30fps) video capture
Front Camera 5MP
Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Processor, 1.8GHz hexa-core 64-bit
Memory & Storage RAM: 2GB LPDDR3
Internal storage: 16GB or 32GB. No external storage options…