Google Nexus 5X: Unboxing & Review

by birtanpublished on February 3, 2021

What's up guys Mike here the Detroit pork and today we're checking out the brand new Nexus 5x so this is one of two new Nexus phones for 2015 the 5x and the 6p we'll take a look at the 6p in the future video but the 5x is the budget-friendly phone here it starts off at 379 at 16 gigs and goes up to 429-432 gigs now that's the model I would recommend because we do not have expandable storage in this phone so the 5x is the successor to the Nexus 5 which launched two years ago once again it's also made by LG and as launching with the latest version of Android Android 6.0 or marshmallow what

We'll explore in this video now unlike the 6p this is all plastic construction but does feature some of the same features including the same 12 megapixel camera with laser auto focusing and the fingerprint sensor on the back now before we get into details here let's get to the unboxing to take a look at the packaging now the packaging itself is very familiar to Google very simple we have a cardboard box with a sleeve that we can pull off we have a tab along the back that we have to cut in order to lift open the box but you can see at the top the box is actually embossed with

The Nexus X branding lifting the lid on the box first thing we'll see here is the instruction pamphlet no words here just images which explains some of the major features and how to install the nano-sim now inside the box we'll find all of our neatly arranged accessories including our USB type-c charger so this is a rapid charger thanks to USB type-c which can support more voltage so we can rapidly charge the battery within this foam now you can see along the side of the charger there is a USBC connector and that's because this is USB c2 USB C so not USB type A 2 USB type-c so it's

All USB C on both sides and of course we also need a USB type-c cable which comes included now unlike the 6p the 5 X does not come with a micro USB to USB type-c adapter now lifting the phone up you can see it's wrapped in this frosted plastic and it's available in three colors but in my case I got the quartz or white but it's also available in carbon or ice which is kind of a light blue green color now before we unwrap the phone let's take a quick look at the little packet that's underneath it so one of the Flyers we have here is a 90-day

Promotion for Google Play Music so this is good for new customers this cannot be redeemed if you're an existing Play Music customer we also have a packet which includes our sim ejection tool and lastly we get our warranty and regulatory guide getting the plastic off you can see the phone is really sharp looking very similar to the Nexus 5 from the previous generations especially if it got the white one now the first thing he knows when you handle the phone is just how light it is and that soft silky texture to the plastic along the back so it's not just a hard plastic like the

Previous white Nexus 5 so that lightweight and the grip you texture makes it feel really nice to handle now next up let's go ahead and boot up our device for the first time and get it set up during the setup process you are prompted to setup the fingerprint scanner and it works really quickly now with a rear-facing fingerprint scanner you probably just want to program your index finger but you have the option to add as many fingers as you want during the setup process so taking the close look at the design of the Nexus 5x on the front we have a 5.2 inch LCD IPS

Panel this is 1080p good for 424 pixels per inch it's covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 3 instead of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 like the Nexus 6p along the top we'll find our earpiece along with a 5 megapixel front-facing camera good for 1080p HD video toward the bottom we have our loudspeaker now that last figure does not work with the earpiece for stereo sound it's just a single loudspeaker that last speaker does incorporate an LED notification light which is RGB on the right side we'll find our sleep/wake power button just above our vine rocker and I find these

Buns to be a little too flush and lack the tactile feel that I'd like to see here but they do get the job done along the left side we'll find our nano SIM tray which you can eject with included sim ejector toward the top we'll find a microphone and toward the bottom we'll find our USB type-c connector along with a microphone and a headphone jack so along the back we have quite a bit going on back here we have a twelve point three megapixel rear-facing camera which can record video in 4k resolution this also has a dual LED flash and a laser auto focusing mechanism and of course

Right below that we have our fingerprint sensor also on the back is our Nexus and LG branding and we do have NFC and of course with a fingerprint sensor and NFC we do have Android pay which works together now in terms of specs are pretty modern for a mid-range phone we have a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor with 2 gigs of RAM and an Adreno 418 GPU so in terms of our benchmarks we're seeing pretty solid mid-range performance this is actually almost identical to the performance of the Moto X pure so they have the same process

Is but the Moto X pure does come with three gigs of RAM and as expected this does fall short of the galaxy s6 edge+ or the iPhone 6s plus but of course those costs almost twice as much next up let's take a look at the new software so this is Android 6.0 or marshmallow now it doesn't look significantly different but does add some new tweaks here now one of the great things about the Nexus 5x is that you can wake up the device and unlock it just by tapping the fingerprint sensor on the back so it's really quick here and so in fact you can basically wake up the device in your

Pocket and once you pull it out it's ready to go now you do get some vibration or haptic feedback when you successfully unlock the device you get a single vibration you get a double vibration if it unsuccessfully reads your fingerprints so right now I just got a double tap because they didn't squarely place my fingerprint on the fingerprint sensor now if you look at the lock screen here and incorrectly place your finger on the sensor you can see gives you a warning to tell you what's going on if you do this too many times you'll have to enter in your

Passcode now you can also quickly launch the camera app just by double pressing the lock button this works system-wide so whether the device is locked or not you can just double press it to quickly launch into the app so on that lock screen we have quick access to Google now so we can swipe up to launch into it of course you can also launch into the camera app this way as well we can also see all of our notifications which we can expand out and clear all if we want along with our notification cards if we swipe down again you can see all of our quick setting toggles here including our

Brightness slider we also jump to one of our accounts if we have one registered and then we can go to our settings panel as well but we have to unlock her device so let's go and unlock it takes us right to the settings panel but first let's take a look at the home screen so on the home screen a pretty familiar Android experience here so if we swipe to the right we get to our Google now launcher so we can see like all of our recent cards here of course you can also say ok Google what's the weather like tomorrow in Rochester Hills Michigan tomorrow's forecast for Rochester Hills is 68

Degrees with scattered showers definitely not the best speaker here but the last speaker is toward the bottom here no stereo speakers this is your earpiece up top so on the main home screen we can bring up our editor so we can change our wallpapers we take a look at some of the new Android wallpapers here so you can see some of them right here all shorelines some rivers and then some material design themes here as well we also some landscapes we have the pyramids more landscapes so again really nice selection of wallpapers to pick

From well of our widget so we can see our new widget interface so you can see it's a scrolling design here instead of the horizontal scroll we also have settings so we can jump right to our home screen settings if we want so we can turn off some of the gubanov features of course we also have our drop-down notification sheet so a single swipe brings up our notifications swipe down again we get to our settings panel of course you can also use two fingers to jump right to the Settings panel if you want so of course we have our brightness slider

Quick setting toggles for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and some additional controls we can tap on here to expand down we also have do not disturb which have been removed from the volume control so we have told us silence you can turn this on and set a specific duration for that alarms only and priority only of course we have airplane mode all to rotate flashlights you can turn on your flashlight quickly location settings and you can cast your screen to a nearby device like a chromecast so in terms of the navigation keys they look pretty much the same we have back home and

Overview that shows us all of our recently accessed apps which you can tap on to re-access or we can swipe to dismiss now Android 6.0 introduces something called now on tap which is integrated with the home button so instead of swiping up to get to Google now we now tap and hold to activate now on tap now we're going to need some context on the screen in order for this to work so let's go ahead and jump into a browser here so right now I'm looking at although blog so if I tap and hold to activate now on tap it's scanning the entire web site and will

Bring up some relevant information so this allows me to search for lincoln MKX through google or look for images so if I just want tap on it this will show me images for the 2016 Lincoln MKX and this will do a number of other things here that will link to actions such as navigation adding a new contact or that sort of thing now this works system-wide so for example if I'm looking at the Play Store here and bring up Google now you can see it will search what I'm looking at here and bring up relevant information so I see trivia crack Shakira minions Paradise Despicable Me

And Marquez so with Marquez I see YouTube Twitter Instagram Google Plus Facebook news and images so this will perform Google searches to bring me right to those specific platforms so for example if I'm going to look at Instagram from Marquez brings me right to that page but of course if you just want classic Google now you can tap the G down here takes you right to your Google now launcher take a look at those vine controls again they have removed the Do Not Disturb settings so now we have independent controls for our system by music volume as well as alarm

Notification volume we also get a revised app for Android 6.0 so we now have a scrolling app tour so we can scroll vertically and it's alphabetized in fact if you grab this handle bar along the side you can jump to parts of the alphabet so if you have lots of apps this is especially useful in fact you can see it highlights the first app in that alphabet so you can quickly access it now you can see up top we have the separate section here for recently accessed or popular apps so this will populate with your frequent apps so you don't have to scroll through it to find

It of course you can also just search your app for as well we also get some updates to the Settings panel so under the Settings panel it does look pretty familiar but if you go to apps you can see we now have control over app permissions right from the app manager here so we can jump right to our permissions and modify what has access to those apps we also have a revision to the store chain USB selling so we can see exactly what's take out the space and where it's located we also have a section for memory usage so we can see how much memory we're currently using

And we can see the entire history of memory usage among all of our apps we also have a section just for Google so instead of having to dive into different parts of the settings panel to find all of these they're all in one location so this allows us to manage our Google services such as ads Android pay connected apps data management google fit Google Photos backup and more so all of that is now under one root for easy access and of course if you go to about this phone you can see we're running Android 6.0 and we do get a new easter egg so let's keep tapping here until we

Get to it so you can see this marshmallow theme here and we get a new flappy bird game with a countdown timer and you can see we have this marshmallow theme here and as you tap on the screen you actually get these little indicators to assist you with the tapping action that helps you get across these barriers so we also get a new camera app so we can tap anywhere on the scene to focus we can also zoom in and out you can see we get a little graphic here as you can see it's also adjusting the white balance snap our photograph we can also switch

Between the rear facing and front-facing camera of course I'm covering the camera right now but there I am with my camera so it's going to switch back here now if you want to record video I have to do is swipe to the right this brings up the video app so now we can record and as we're recording you can see we can tap on the shot to adjust exposure and focus as well what we can't do here is snap a photograph at the same time now while we're in video mode we can also enable our LED flash if we want and you can enable slow-motion so 120 per second slow motion is available if

You toggle it on here so again a very simple app we also get to some of our options here so they're pretty limited we have photosphere panorama lens blur which gives you a depth of field effect and then we have settings let's take a look at settings here so understandings we have our resolution and quality so the back camera the main camera here is 12 point 2 megapixels now that's 4 by 3 so if you want 16 by 9 you'll have to crop it down to 8 point 3 megapixels we also have video so we do have UHD 4k so we can turn that on if we want and then we have our front camera

Which goes up to 1080p in terms of the front camera it's also 5 megapixels at 4 by 3 again if you want 16 by 9 it crops down to 2.1 megapixels now in terms of the camera app we do have laser assisted on the focusing which does a pretty good job finding accurate focus although this camera doesn't do it really quickly also take some time to snap the photograph so it's not the fastest camera out there but that's to be expected with maybe a lower budget phone the camera app also has a timer for 3 seconds or 10 seconds we also have hdr+ hdr+ auto or off and then of course with auto

Flash on or off what's going on guys mic here the Detroit Board testing out the new front-facing camera on the Nexus 5x which is 5 megapixels good for 1080p HD video it does a really good job here really clear video and as you can see when they really challenged the exposure compensation it's able to keep up with it so you can still see my face and the background that's not entirely washed out here so really good camera overall now in terms of camera quality again we have a twelve point three megapixel sensor so we get good clear crisp images especially in daylight conditions

Exposure and color accuracy are great and it's able to find focus fairly quickly thanks to the aid of laser assisted on the focus scene so we're able to get nice macro shots with good depth of field now in terms of low-light performance this is where this camera suffers a little bit more low light images exhibit quite a bit of noise and interference and you'll see a lot of color noise and a lot of grain and you'll lose a lot of color detail so low-light images definitely isn't a strength for this camera but you're still able to see quite a bit of detail

Because the processor seems to be really sharpening the images but it does tend to over sharpen so some of the details just come out pretty grainy so in terms of video we do have 4k without optical image stabilization but I'm pretty impressed by the software stabilization so handheld 4k video actually looks pretty good but I did run into two issues with 4k video recording one of them is continuous on the focusing this camera does tend to hunt around quite a bit while recording video so the transition for focusing isn't very smooth or natural so you'll

Really see it jump around the other issue I have is that there's a lot of frame dropping so I ran into some performance issues while recording 4k video especially if I've been recording 4k video for a few minutes it doesn't get really hot it just seems to stutter as it starts recording video after a few minutes of use now hopefully this is something that they can improve with future software updates now in terms of performance one of the great things about a nexus phone is that it runs really lean here so of course we're running near stock Android there's no

Bloatware and the hardware here is more than capable of keeping up with Android 6.0 so performance overall is pretty smooth and quick the only issue I seem to run into is RAM performance so there's not as much RAM to work with as you would see on other phones so for example the Moto X pure same specs here but has more RAM so if you're scrolling through a page it has to spend less time sort of reloading parts of that page so you can see that especially with the verge in terms of gaming performance it's also pretty decent as well of course we don't have flagship specs here

But it's able to keep up with some of the more demanding titles I have so in terms of our battery life we have a twenty seven hundred million power battery built in and in my benchmark testing with the screen set to maximum brightness I've been able to get about five hours out of the phone that's actually pretty impressive for a phone that isn't super sized like the iPhone 6s plus or the note 5 now while this display is definitely clear and crisp it's not especially bright or vivid obviously if you want something more colorful with deeper blacks and more

Vivid colors you want to go with the AMOLED display on the 6p but of course with 424 pixels per inch it's a really great display at this price point ultimately the Nexus 5x is the most affordable way of getting into the Nexus experience which is worth the price of entry I think I really like this device it's lightweight and purposeful and it's really easy to use isn't too big isn't too heavy isn't too bulky and the materials are nice and grippy and just like the Nexus 5 it's really about focusing on the software experience and I really like Android 6.0 in its natural

State but the Nexus 5x isn't the big deal it was when the Nexus 5 launched we have a lot of mid-range phone options that offer sometimes better specs than this like the Moto X pure which can be had at a very similar price point but gives you a quad HD display and I think a better camera as well as three gigs of RAM should improve some of the performance issues I ran into with the Nexus 5x but of course the Nexus 5x is the cheapest way of getting a great fingerprint sensor that works with mobile payments so if that's important to you the Nexus

5x is perhaps your best option alright guys so that's going to do for me in this video if you liked it please give it a thumbs up to let me know thanks for watching and I'll see you again in the next one

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