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Nexus 5X

I took the plunge and bought a Nexus 5X – in the end it was having vanilla Android that won out over the Xperia Z5 Compact, I know for sure that the Nexus 5X will always be updated quickly.

The box for my Nexus 5X

So far I am loving the phone – it is a massive upgrade from the Moto G (2014). Everything is smooth, I’ve not experienced any lag yet, and everything loads quickly and works as you’d expect it to. The phone only has 2GB of RAM but I’ve not come across any performance issues related to this, and it’s double what is in the Moto G.

I got the version with 32GB of storage – as the phone doesn’t have additional microSD storage I felt it was important to get as much as possible. This is obviously a massive improvement over the 8GB that the Moto G has, and I’m nowhere near filling it up. Being able to update apps without having to clear cache and delete things first is much better!

Having used the fingerprint reader on this phone I can’t now imagine having one without it – it makes life so much easier, both with unlocking the phone and for verifying my identity (LastPass uses it instead of a master password). I don’t need to set a PIN now to prevent the kids from using it!

The camera is also another massive improvement – I can finally take photos in low light conditions and expect the results to be usable. I also like that you can bring the camera up quickly when the phone is locked – just push the power button quickly twice and it brings up the camera. You can then use the volume buttons to take a photo. The panorama and photo sphere features are also very good.

To protect the phone I bought a screen protector and a case. I went for the PThink screen protector which is tempered glass rather than the usual cheap plastic cover. It costs a bit more but it is so much better than what I’ve used before – I was able to apply it first time with no dust getting underneath and the bubbles were small and easy to get rid of. So far it is holding up well and I’ve not got any scratches or marks on it yet.

I went for the SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle case which has a transparent back that shows off the Nexus logo. It fits well, although one thing to note is that the hole for the headphone socket is a little small – my headphones fit in but my car adapter is too thick to fit in – I’ll have to buy an extender to get it to fit.

So far I am very pleased with the Nexus 5X and would happily recommend it to anyone looking for a new phone.

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The Nexus 5 is now available!

Finally, Google’s Nexus 5 is available to purchase directly from the Google Play store. The phone is available in black or white, and can be bought in either 16GB or 32GB variations (£299 and £339 respectively). There is currently a 2-3 week wait for the black phone, but only a 3 day wait for the white phone.

Amongst the features of the new phone are:

  • Android 4.4, KitKat
  • An advanced new camera lens for brighter night shots and sharper action shots
  • A 4.95″ display offering 445 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • A 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU

It’s obviously fast and sporting the latest gadgetry, and is cheaper than it’s competitors, but for me it seems to lack the ‘wow’ factor – more evolution than revolution. Here is a video about the new phone:

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Nexus 5 specifications all but confirmed

The companies behind the Nexus 5 are doing a really bad job of keeping the details secret. A service manual has been leaked, as have screenshots showing the system specifications, which pretty much confirm what had already been guessed at. The Nexus 5 is essentially the same as the LG G2, and will feature the following:

  • A 4.97″ screen with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels – 442 pixels per inch
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 or 32 GB of storage
  • A 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU
  • Adreno 300 GPU
  • 8 megapixel camera, most likely with optical image stabilisation

The Nexus 5 will launch with Android 4.4, also known as KitKat – the release date is rumoured to be 14th November. Prices will probably be similar to those of the Nexus 4 – $299 for the 16 GB option and $399 for the 32 GB option.

I look forward to seeing the confirmed device – I’m very tempted to get one!