Ryan Rampersad grills Ian R Buck about his experiences with his Nexus 5X.
UPDATE: The Nexus 5X is involved in a class-action lawsuit against LG. This suit claims that the Nexus 5X suffers from a hardware issue in which the CPU soldering cracks under normal use, causing the device to get stuck in a permanent boot loop. Ian R Buck and Ian Decker both had this problem with their phones, and had to get them replaced. In Buck's case, even the replacement device succumbed to the issue after only two months. You should not buy a Nexus 5X, but we are leaving our original review here for you to listen to because the other aspects of the device still merit discussion.
No false positives, relatively few false negatives
Placement is good; when holding a phone this size, you don’t want to have to hold your thumb on the chin of the phone
I trained it to recognize three fingers: both indexes, and right middle finger
I am conflicted about the fact that unlocking with the fingerprint sensor skips the lock screen. I have to decide whether or not I want to see and/or interact with my notifications BEFORE I take the phone out of my pocket. So I still have some of the Smart Lock features on so I don’t have to worry about the pattern when I open a notification instead of using the fingerprint sensor.
I like the matte plastic
Doesn’t slip out of the hands
Doesn’t feel cheap
Camera bulge actually was incorporated into the design of the phone
Flash is really good
Camera app takes a moment to open
Headphone jack is on the bottom! Halleluiah!
USB Type C
The future is now
Having a reversible connector is REALLY nice
You want to get a USB Type-A to USB Type-C cord so you can use the vast majority of charging bricks
Only the bottom one is a proper speaker
Great for watching things
Less great for hearing notifications when it is in the pocket
Very clever placement in the middle of the bottom speaker grille
I am glad that they did not go up from 1080p
Not AMOLED is a bummer
Lasts most weekdays with over 15% left at the end.
Playing Zombies, Run! on the way home from work has changed that. Often charge it during my nap.