Google LG Nexus 5X First Impressions

With the recent release of both the Nexus 5X and 6P, did Google once again have a winning recipe for their devices? Here’s our first impressions with the LG Nexus 5X after spending 24 hours with the device.

Upon unboxing, our first impression was that the device looks like a cross between the original Nexus 5 and a Moto X. Although it is constructed mainly from plastic, the device most definitely does not feel cheap or poorly constructed but it does not feel as premium as the LG G4 or the HTC One M9. The device also feels a tad heavier compared to the Nexus 5 and a little longer lengthwise since it now features a 5.2″ Gorilla Glass 3 display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080.


The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Despite only having 2GB RAM, the device definitely doesn’t feel sluggish and it’s very responsive even with about 20 apps running. We also noticed that the rounded speaker grill on the Nexus 5 is replaced with a horizontal speaker grill both on the top and bottom of the front face, with the LED notification hidden under the bottom speaker grill.


With the introduction of Android 6.0 Marshmallow that supports fingerprint sensors, both the new Nexus devices now feature the fingerprint reader on the back of the device. Touching the fingerprint reader on the back not only unlocks the device but also wakes it up simultaneously. It registers the touch almost instantaneously and a quick comparison with an Apple iPhone 5S reveals the 5X unlocking is a hair bit faster.


One feature that Google boasts about the new Nexus devices are its camera. The 12.3 MP camera features a 1.55 μm sensor that is capable of capturing more light than most of the devices out in the market. This is a great welcome to us since the Nexus line never had an impressive record to its camera hardware. Initial shots taken in low lights are very promising and is a leap forward compared to many devices out there. The device is also capable of capturing videos in slow-motion at 120 FPS; once again a very impressive feature for the Nexus 5X. We’ll be covering this more in our in-depth review.

Charging the Nexus 5X is also a lot faster now, thanks to the fast charging technology. We were able to charge it from 20% to 80% in just under 40 minutes with the wall charger provided. With the 2,700 mAh battery, we were able to last a full day of moderate to heavy usage with 26% battery life remaining at the end of the day; thanks to Doze, Googles answer to users cry for help on battery life.


Based on our first 24 hours with the device, we are really impressed with what Google and LG has done with the new iteration of the Nexus 5. Check back in again to Pocket Insider for a more in-depth review shortly.

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