Google Nexus 5X Review: A Model Of Efficiency

Nexus 5X Design and Build Quality

It wasn't too long ago that a phone with a screen size greater than 5-inches was deemed "big." In fact, the term "phablet" began to creep onto the scene just as manufacturers were pushing screens above the 5-inch mark. But today, 5-inch screens seems totally normal. In fact, Google suggests that its 5.2-inch Nexus 5X "hits the sweet spot." We sure some would argue with that, but it's indicative of just how far our expectations have shifted.

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All things considered, the Nexus 5X is indeed easy to handle. Particularly when stood up beside the 5.7-inch Nexus 6P, this handset feels quaint. Weighing just 136 grams and measuring 147 x 72.6 x 7.9mm, it's a fairly petite device. And considering it's relatively low price and mainstream market segment, it's remarkably polished.

Nexus 5X Front

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The two-tone color scheme (gloss black up front, Carbon (black) / Quartz (white) / Ice (silver) on the rear) is impressive. LG's design prowess is on full display here. The front of the phone is devoid of logos, maintaining a stealthy motif that screams class. On the rear, strategic placement of the functional elements was was thought out. The Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensor is perfectly situated where one's index finger would usually fall, reminding us of the indention that has been found on Moto X devices for a few generations now.

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The 12.3MP rear camera lens is dead center, with the flash elements offset on the side. This helps prevent your finger from accidentally slipping into the picture -- something that tends to happen occasionally on phones like the iPhone, where the camera is near the corner.

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Working your way around the edges of the Nexus 5X, you'll find the power button and volume rocker (both highly disguised in black) along the right edge. On the bottom, there's a 3.5mm audio jack along with a Micro USB Type-C connector. Long gone is the conventional Micro USB 2.0 connector, so LG threw in a Type-C cable. To boot, just 10 minutes on the wall charger will provide up to 4 hours of battery life, which should be music to the ears of those who frequently find themselves in need of charge. Moving right along, there's a nano-SIM slot on the left edge.

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