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Nexus 5X

Originally reviewed by Alastair Stevenson 26 October 2015

Great mid-range phone running pure Android

Key features:

  • 5.2-inch, 1080p resolution LCD screen
  • 12.3-megapixel, f/2.0 rear camera
  • Fingerprint scanner on the back
  • Snapdragon 808 processor, 2GB RAM, 2,700mAh battery

The Nexus 5X is the Android phone for purists. Nexus phones come direct from Google, though the 5X is actually made by LG, which means they run a pure version of Android with no third-party additions. This means you get the latest version of Android as soon as it arrives, rather than waiting ages for the manufacturer to update your phone.

This is great for many reasons. Less 'bloatware' means the Nexus 5X runs smoothly all the time and you get all the latest features of Android. This should make your phone more secure, too, as will the fingerprint scanner on the back. It's a super-fast and secure way of authenticating your phone and means you can use Android Pay when it launches.

The 5X is quite a plain looking phone, but it does everything well and it's excellent value. The only serious downside is the lack of a microSD card slot, which means you're limited to the built-in storage. It's only available in 16GB and 32GB versions, too, so it's not the best phone for anyone who likes to download lots of video.

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