The Nexus 5X is one of the best phones to be released in recent months. After months of hype and anticipation about the 'new Nexus 5', the buzz was almost overwhelming. Now that it's here, I'd like to present five reasons why you should buy the Nexus 5X.
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 – but its finely-sculpted frame has a symmetry and proportions that make it a pleasure to use.
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 cost. What are you getting then? Is it worth the investment?
You'll get a bright, Full HD display sitting behind Gorilla Glass 3. Add to that a very reliable fingerprint sensor on the back, a USB-Type C charging and data transfer port, and the whole unit 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?
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 out-of-the-box. Pretty sweet. 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.
The Nexus 5X is part of the Nexus family. That means it has some seriously awesome tech lineage that other techies are aware of. Nexus phones are not for everyone; there's a certain set of power-users and early adopters who buy Nexus phones. Think of them as similar to people who run Linux PCs, but are happier.
When you whip out a Nexus 5X to post on Reddit, others will take notice and wonder. They'll wonder what makes the cool phone you're holding so special...and only you know. That's street credibility.
Are you thinking of buying a Nexus 5X? Let me know in the comments.