These are the first things to know about the Nexus 5X.
Expect to see a lot of words being written about Google's new Nexus 5X in the coming weeks. LG once again has teamed with Google to bring a phone running Android as Google intended (for better or worse) and this year the 5X comes in a smaller and more pocket-friendly size.
We going to get you started on all the things you want and need to know about the new Nexus 5X. Read on
1. The Nexus 5X is light as a feather
And we mean crazy light.
A phone with a 5.2-inch display isn't exactly large by today's standards, but when you pick up the Nexus 5X you'll do a double take.
But we're loving it. It's still solidly built, and the light weight makes it easy to carry around in a bag filled with things that have a screen.
2. Double tapping power to launch the camera is great
We're not yet ready to completely judge the Nexus 5X camera, but one thing we know for sure — double tapping the power button to launch the camera app is awesome.
Having a fast way to get the camera up and running to get a quick picture is pretty important, and usually using a button to get things a-launching is one of the fastest ways.
It's not quite a dedicated camera shutter button, but it's fast and convenient — two things that matter when taking great pictures on your smartphone.
3. Pay close attention when setting up Nexus Imprint
Nexus Imprint is fast, but you need to pay closer attention to the setup.
You only get six captures to set up a finger, so it's important to get as much of the finger as possible. Try to make sure you have a large portion of your fingerprint on the reader for each pass. The setup directions are clear and easy to follow, so follow them.
Taking time to set things up correctly means Nexus Imprint will be more accurate and consistent. Accuracy and consistency will help with the "learning" process Google's Dave Burke talked about when the Nexus 5X was announced.
Take your time here.
4. We miss front-facing stereo speakers
While it may not be the single most important thing to have on a phone, we miss the sound of dual front facing stereo speakers.
This isn't a game-breaker, and it probably helps keep the prices in check, but we can't help but notice the omission. Last year's Nexus 6 had very nice dual front facing speakers (as does this year's Nexus 6P) and we got used to it.
The sound isn't necessarily bad. It's just not as good as it could be.
5. The display is tough to see in direct sunlight
The display on the Nexus 5X is capable in most situations — though not nearly as nice as the one on the Nexus 6P — but it struggles out in the bright sunlight.
If you crank the brightness as far as it goes that will help, but in 2015 we wish every phone could get this right. Sure, it saves a lot of battery power, but sometimes we go outside and need to use our phones, ya know?
You'll be looking for shady spots to check your Facebook when you venture outdoors.
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