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The first 5 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

The first five things to know about the Nexus 5X

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.

Checking in at just 136 grams, the 5X is a little lighter than even the Galaxy S6, and about 30 grams lighter than the LG G4. It takes a bit of getting used to.

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.

Double tapping power to launch the camera is great

Nexus 5X Power button

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.

Pay close attention when setting up Nexus Imprint

Nexus 5X Fingerprint

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.

We miss front-facing stereo speakers

Nexus 5X Speaker

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.

The display is tough to see in direct sunlight

Nexus 5X Display

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.

Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

94 Comments
  • Sucks about outside visibility, I have a Nexus 6 and it's actually pretty good outside. Oh and BTW... NEXUS 6 FO LIFE Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • So... you plan to live only two more years?
  • Cmon rotten tomato I know you have a better snarky-ass comment than that, try again. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • +1 Nexus 5 | AT&T
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Hey, I could have said "NEXUS 6 FO LIFE" meant you only plan to live another 6 months. With the Nexus 6, it would feel like 2 years, though. Doc: "Sorry, but you only have 6 months left to live."
    You: "What? Isn't there anything i can do?"
    Doc: "Well, you can buy a Nexus and move to Detroit."
    You: "Will I live longer?"
    Doc: "No, but it will be the longest 6 months you've ever lived."
  • WTF is wrong with this dude???^^^
  • LoL Dam It's Feels Good To Be A Google Gangster
  • I lol'd
  • lol ... cmon tomato. I know stock isn't your thing, and I'm not trying to convince you otherwise, but if that camera and battery are as good as advertised, the 6p, at $499, we all know there's not an android fan out there that doesn't love this phone .... wireless charging isn't THAT big of a deal, especially w quick charge and usb-c
  • Totally agree. Wireless charging is not that big of a deal..... .,...until you have used it!
  • That's one thing I'll give the Nexus 6. At least it has wireless charging. Try this test: When you're not using your 5X or 6P running Marshmallow with Doze, rest it on a wireless charger. When you're not using your Nexus 6 with Lollipop, rest it on a wireless charger. See which phone has better battery life. And you can't even insert a Qi receiver in the 5X or 6P. What year is this? I can do that with my crappy old S3.
  • The nexus 6 isn't on lollipop anymore. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The single speaker is a deal breaker for me. After using the HTC one M8 anything other than stereo front facing speakers just sound terrible, and I use the speakers quite often so I like to have good ones. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ya the nexus 6 also has AWESOME front facing speakers. The only thing that stands out to me is the fingerprint sensor, I don't care about 808 vs 805, IMO this would be a downgrade, still looks like a good phone tho. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • I too have a Nexus 6, the 5X seems like a downgrade as well. Hail Putrid Pile
  • Well, it's a considerably less expensive device, based on MSRP.
  • Not for me, I paid 310 for the 64gb model Hail Putrid Pile
  • But seeing as how you can buy a Nexus 6 right now for $350, (and ebay sales have even been popping up pretty regularly at $300) I just don't get where the 5x fits. For $379 it's just not a big enough upgrade for those Nexus5 owners that want to avoid phablets.
    They really needed to leave Qi in, and put in another gig of higher speed RAM at that price.
  • That's what I call a copout. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • That's because it is. The 6P is what the 6 should be compared to Posted via the Android Central App
  • I fully agree with this. Love my 6, especially with Marshmallow. Nexus 6
  • Well the 5x seem to have great camera which seems a lot better than the nexus 6 Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm fully confident in that statement especially with your use of "seems" /s Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • I don't mind having only 1 speaker, since lock my phone in portrait mode 99% of the time anyway. What DOES bother me is that they put 2 identical speaker grills on the front to make it LOOK like it has 2 speakers, and the top and bottom bezels are huge as a result.
  • Or you could go wild and spend $4 to get a wired stereo headset that will sound a thousand times better than any built-in speakers.
  • Lol four dollars no it would not sound better, you definitely don't own a nexus 6 Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Such a tall phone. Too bad it is not because of stereo front facing speakers. You'd think with a mono speaker they could have made it a lot shorter. The 2014 Moto X has a 5.2 " display and a front facing speaker and it is only 140mm tall vs the 5X which is 147 mm tall... Very poor use of space by LG. And by most accounts the speaker isn't even very good so it isn't like they stuffed a huge awesome speaker in there. I think they just don't want people to realize how big the 6P really is in side by sides.
  • The screen is tough to see in direct sunlight. Really ? Now that's a deal breaker for me. And then if we add no wireless charging. Posted via the Android Central App
  • No sunlight issues for the M4 or M8... I can see them fine in direct sunlight while wearing sunglasses. That's why I don't use my iPhone on sunny days for Navigation.
    I wonder why they went backwards with the speaker. Everything sounds better in stereo; games, movies, music. Works better as a speaker phone too, as was proved a couple weeks ago when the iPhone and Galaxy owners both asked to use the M8 because it was the only one with enough power to be heard in the noisy environment we were in. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah, my m8 is great in those 2 departments, along with a great Design. Battery life, on the other hand, is not so good since Lollipop update, don't you agree? Posted via the Android Central App
  • My battery life has been good with Lollipop, as I mentioned in the other thread. On the day I had to use it as a speaker phone for hours, it also served as a mobile hotspot, the primary email device, and camera. After a very long day I went home at 9:30 pm with the battery still at 41%.
  • Sorry, didn't notice that it was you ;)
  • That's ok!
  • Outdoor visibility is all relative to me. As long as it's better than my 2014 Moto X I will be happy and to be honest based on the early reviews it sounds like it should be a lot better. In regards to the height of the phone I imagine it is to accommodate the 2700mah battery while still being very thin. I do agree this war to make the thinnest phone is silly. I would easily accept a slightly thicker phone in order to shave some of the bezels at the top and bottom.
  • The Xperia Z3 was slightly smaller in every direction, has stereo front speakers, and still had a battery that was 15% larger than the Nexus 5. The Z5 is the same size as the Z3, but with a slightly smaller battery. More than thinness, I think LG/Google were more concerned with hitting their price-point than anything else.
  • This wasn't a great endorsement for the 5x. Bad screen, bad sound, etc. Is the one speaker the bottom or top one? Rumor has it that the bottom speaker is just a dummy one, which would be very disappointing if it's just there for show.
  • The bottom speaker plays audio and the top one is the earpiece. Why would Google put a dummy speaker on the front?
  • How do you know? I've been hearing the opposite. The bottom one only has a notification light.
  • That would literally make no sense. If there wasn't actually a speaker on the bottom, they would just put the notification light there a la Nexus 5. Besides, no phone designer would add a random hole if it had no functionality. I can 100% assure you that the top speaker is an earpiece, and the bottom one is an actual speaker.
  • They did it for aesthetics. To look like it has stereo speakers. It's potentially all at the top.
  • Dude, no.
  • Yea Nope Posted via the Android Central App From my Blackberry Priv where I am out of toilet paper
  • Ummm. No
  • I've read other reviews saying the same... top is the ear speaker, bottom has speaker used for media playback (and also has notification LED behind the "grill").
  • I have the phone and believe it or not the bottom speaker plays sound AND has a notification light!
  • Sorcery!
  • No way. That's like straight out of Harry Potter. Glad I'm wrong!
  • Lolz!
  • So Nexus 6 owners, if you like it, hold onto it!
  • Hell to the ya Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • I kind of think the same applies to the Nexus 5 as well unless you go all the way to the 6p... The 5x is nice but really only if you're coming from the Nexus 4 or older.
  • I agree Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Can I hold off until 2017 to buy my next phone? It's very well possible. Nexus 6
  • I'm holding off until 2016 for the Nexus with Snapdragon 820. Nexus 5 is good for now.
  • I remember when everybody said they were waiting for phones with the 810... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Love the N6! I could wait another year for a different phone. Can't wait for Marshmallow! Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's the plan, Dhalgren, that's the plan.
  • This needs to be a lot cheaper than the X Style/Pure, though Carphone Warehouse UK are doing some good plans with 2 big carriers, bettering their own deals quite a bit. (no I don't work there).
  • Sort of surprised to hear that LG looks to have skimped on the 5X speaker when what they put in the G4 is plenty loud for a single speaker offering. I've got a 6P on the way myself so I'm not affected by this. But I know plenty of people are going the 5X route and this paired with reports of a disappointing display are not a good start. I do love hearing that the 5X is so light. The Nexus 5 was a very light device, and still felt very well built, so I'm sure this will be a similar experience. Via the Nexus 6 and new AC app
  • Is sunlight readability worse than the Nexus 5? My Nexus 6 with its amoled screen is terrible in sunlight. http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Google-Nexus-6_id8626/benchmarks I went with the 5X because usually IPS screens are brighter than amoled. My N5 (RIP) was awesome in sunlight.
  • Don't go by display benchmarks Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Why not? My experience backs up the nits. I had no issue reading outside with the N5 and want to throw my N6 into a lake in sunlight. But anyway, I'm asking the reviewer here for a comparison between N5 and N5x sunlight readability.
  • That must be some pretty bright sunlight, I never have issues with my N6 in sunlight unless the adaptive brightness doesn't kick in quick enough. Love the screen. Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Strange. I use screen brightness on my 5 at a low level with auto adjustment and I don't have trouble in direct sunlight. Or maybe it's because I don't live in LA or Miami and don't have full sunlight every day (I live in Belgium) ;)
  • Still getting it
  • Indeed Nexus 6
  • Don't care about the speakers since I always use ear buds Quality connectivity is at the top of my wants since I mostly use the phone features. The N6 can connect to T-Mobile B2,B4 and B12 in my area of daily travel. Right outside my home I get strong B12 More and more I'm connecting on B12 and not B4.A few months ago it was just about all B4 A short drive north and it's only B2 but here,East,West and South it's excellent B12 or B4 Android Pay has been working well on the N6 so I'm hopeful the 5X will be as good or better. I'll be trying several different chargers to see if any difference. Why no optional wireless charging back or case in the planning since they didn't care to include it? USB OTG works were on the N6 with Marshmallow so the 5X should be good also I have 2 64GB micro SD cards and a tiny Type C reader My 5X is shipping today from Carol Stream Ill so maybe here(Texas) in one day like the Chromecast was
  • And this just killed me getting the 5x. I hate the crappy outdoor visibility on my Nexus 5, and really wanted that fixed on my next phone. Glad I didn't cancel the 6p preorder. Sigh, time to get out the hand-stretcher. And sew fanny packs onto all of my pants.
  • Does the volume rocker still take pictures with the camera? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Does the camera button increase the volume?
  • +1 Nexus 5 | AT&T
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Yes it was doing that for ages now Posted via the Android Central App From my Blackberry Priv where I am out of toilet paper
  • I'm a Nexus 6 owner "downgrading" to a 5X and I'm pretty happy with my decision to do so.
  • OK Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Your money your choice. A 6P would've been better for your option any who... But I'm not downgrading in the screen and sound aspect Posted via the Android Central App From my Blackberry Priv where I am out of toilet paper
  • +1 Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • 136 grams is good, my m9 is about 30 grams heavier than that smh. That display outdoors is a deal breaker. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I wonder about GPS capability with Fi MVNO which is critical for the type of work I perform.
  • I've just bought the 5X and it's my first ever Nexus experience. Good stuff so far: * Pure Android is great. Everything just... works!
    * 1080p ain't so bad. The best 1080p screen I've ever used (but yet to use in direct sunlight...)
    * It's one snappy bugger. Easily snaps in and out of apps and tasks.
    * Who said Nexi had crappy cameras?
    * There IS a notification light! It's on the bottom speaker but you have to activate it via settings. The not so good stuff: * Single front facing speaker. I've been using a HTC One Mini (don't ask) for a few weeks and the single speaker on the 5X (albeit loud) sounds poor (seriously) in comparison.
    * Marshmallow - looks and feels exactly like Lollipop
  • Glad you like the phone, in regards to the marshmallow comment though. Marshmallow isn't meant to act much different from Lollipop, merely added a few somewhat minor features and improved OS stability & functionality. Posted via the Android Central App
  • 1080p isn't bad at all.
  • Man, the outdoor mode on Samsung phones is real nice. Also quick launching the camera is tits, enjoy it Nexus users. Posted via the Android Central App
  • people that prefer the smaller display are sacrificing quite a bit to opt for the 5x instead of the 6p .... I prefer larger phones and ordered the 6p, but I hope 2016 brings more flagship compact versions ... I guess android OEMs just want nothing to do with competing against the iPhone?
  • Might have my dad get one to replace his crap phone. Here lies the "2016 Flagship Killer". It got slayed by 2015 flagships like the LG G4 being used to post this.
  • Weird. Other reviews say the 5x is much better in direct sunlight than the 6p.
  • Can't believe reviews are out already smh, same crap the verge pulls Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • The best thing about AC is that they take their damn time getting the reviews out. Even if you have to wait a bit, a review from someone who's been using the phone for a week or two is a hell of a lot better than a day one review. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wow it's 7 grams lighter than the OG Moto G and that's a 4.5" display. Crazayy
  • Not digging the large Bezels.
  • Didn't the unboxing show dual speakers on the front?
  • Hi folks, I guess there is not much to say. Thanks ANDROIDCENRAL for this action! The phone? For me the key word is compact, lightweight, god camera with good specs. Would be waiting for my first Nexus!
  • Nexus 5x camera and marshmallow rock ! Google ecosystem becomes stickier - may just migrate from iOS.
  • No external memory support is always a deal breaker for me.