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7
Oct

The Pixel’s release doesn’t mean your Nexus is completely toast


Google unveiled its fancy new Pixel phone during a press event on Tuesday. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s an impressive handset, with VR capabilities, a fast-charging battery, supposedly the best-ever phone camera, a super-smart AI assistant and Android 7.1. It’s also the harbinger of death for the current line of Google Nexus smartphones.

As soon CEO Sundar Pichai announced the Pixel on-stage, Google set about scrubbing listings for the Nexus 5X and 6P from its online store. If you want to buy one of them direct from Google now, you’re out of luck. You can however still get one through Google Fi if you don’t mind switching carriers. So what are consumers who have recently purchased these phones (*raises hand*) to do? Does the introduction of the Pixel mean that Nexus owners are on their own, hemmed in by a Nougat 7.0 ceiling, relegated to the technological sidelines until our service contracts expire and we’re free to upgrade?

Turns out, the situation isn’t quite as dire as I feared. Per Google, the company will continue to support existing handsets (think: customer service, software updates and the like), but the company has no plans to build any more Nexus-branded products.

Although there are definitely some features that will remain exclusive to the Pixel handsets themselves, a Google rep told me that a number of them will eventually spread to the rest of the Android ecosystem. Assistant, for example, will start off as a Pixel exclusive and probably won’t be porting to other devices any time soon. Daydream VR support, though, will be available on day one for any Android device new enough to accept the Nougat 7.1 upgrade.

All told, the Pixel will ship with the following exclusives: the Pixel launcher, Google Assistant, screen sharing and various UI/wallpaper tweaks. It will also be the only one to offer the Pixel camera (obvs) as well as Smart Storage, and unlimited space on Google Photos. Plus the Pixel is the first Android phone to offer a quick switch adapter that ports content from your old phone, so of course that’s an exclusive too. Again, some of these features will eventually find their way to other phones, some will not. It depends on a litany of marketing and technological factors so Google isn’t publicly saying what or when just yet.

That said, our Nexuses are not chopped liver. When Nougat 7.1 arrives, you can look forward to a slew of new software features. These include Night Light, touch and display performance improvements, Daydream VR mode and a new manual storage manager that will allow users to see which apps are using the most onboard memory. The update will also enable Moves: an opt-in gesture-based feature that will open or close the notifications slider.

So, no, Nexus owners aren’t going to get Assistant or a fancy new camera — those are the perks of riding the early-adopter train — but we’re not being left in the wilds to fend for ourselves either. Plus, no matter which handset you have, Nougat 7.1 is going to give us VR and that’s something everyone can get excited about.

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12
Feb

Best Nexus 5X cases


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It’s possible that your phone is among your most valuable possessions. So you need to protect it from drops, spills, and any other potential damage. The Nexus 5X has a plastic build, meaning it’s not quite as durable as other aluminum-built phones on the market; therefore, purchasing a case is a smart way to ensure the phone remains in good shape for its entire run with you.

The following are the best cases from top brands to keep your Nexus 5X protective while still looking good.

Spigen Ultra Hybrid Case

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Spigen, a personal favorite accessory maker of mine, has a simple option for protecting the Nexus 5X while keeping its body visible. The back of this case offers you the more prominent visibility of the phone. Why? Because it’s an absolutely clear case. It costs around $14 and the hard material gives ideal protection to the Nexus 5X. If you want to show off your Nexus 5X but still want to protect it, this case from Spigen is easily the must-have.

  • Colors: Clear
  • Price: $14

[Spigen] [Amazon]

SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Series Case

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This case from SUPCASE has been introduced as a member of the Beetle Series, and it’s a slim hybrid protective accessory. The cutouts for the volume rocker are sized just right, and the thermoplastic material has been utilized as a part of its making. The best thing about this case is that it solidly holds the phone, yet gives excellent impact protection.

  • Colors: Frost/Black, Black/Black, Frost/Blue
  • Price: $17

[Amazon]

Verus High Pro Shield Case

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On the off chance that you need quality in style and durability with great value, you’re at the right place because Verus’ case for the Nexus 5X gives the greatest protection to your phone against any slippages and impact brought on by the dropping. The polycarbonate material gives the toughness and the protection to the phone while the brushed metal look is high-end and unique.

  • Colors: Electric Blue, Red, Satin Silver, Shine Gold, Steel Silver
  • Price: $20

[Amazon]

DGtle Bumper Rubber Case

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From DGtle comes case for the Nexus 5X which guarantees your Nexus 5X won’t be scratched due to its rubber build. Even better is that the TPU material makes it very light, so you’re getting protection in a simple way. The amazing point of interest of purchasing this case is that it assimilates the more prominent shocks when compared to other cases.

  • Colors: Mint, Matte-Clear, Matte-Black, Purple, Hot Pink, Clear, Black
  • Price: $9

[Amazon]

Adopted Microfiber Hard Case

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This slender tough case from Adopted was introduced together with the Nexus 5X, featuring a distinctive microfiber support that is guaranteed to improve grip. The front frame even helps to keep the display screen raised when faced down on a table. It has a price tag which is a bit high, but you’ll be getting a very quality case to improve the look and safety of your Nexus 5X.

  • Colors: Emerald, Quartz, Carbon
  • Price: $35

[Google Store]

J&D Clear Back Bumper Case

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J&D’s Nexus 5X case simply aims at providing protection with style (while really leaning to the former). It gives you the anti-scratch rear and the fit is tight while allowing you to grasp the phone securely.

  • Colors: Fusion Black, Transparent Clear, Fusion Blue, Fusion Champagne, Fusion Red, Fusion Purple
  • Price: $10

[Amazon]

Closing

Going through sites in search of a case for your Nexus 5X, it’s likely for you to come across other cases not contained in the list above. You may even already own another one. Cases really come down to preference, and so I welcome you to leave a comment below with the case you’re currently using on the Nexus 5X.

Come comment on this article: Best Nexus 5X cases

12
Feb

Best Nexus 5X cases


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It’s possible that your phone is among your most valuable possessions. So you need to protect it from drops, spills, and any other potential damage. The Nexus 5X has a plastic build, meaning it’s not quite as durable as other aluminum-built phones on the market; therefore, purchasing a case is a smart way to ensure the phone remains in good shape for its entire run with you.

The following are the best cases from top brands to keep your Nexus 5X protective while still looking good.

Spigen Ultra Hybrid Case

spigen_ultra_hybrid_nexus_5x

Spigen, a personal favorite accessory maker of mine, has a simple option for protecting the Nexus 5X while keeping its body visible. The back of this case offers you the more prominent visibility of the phone. Why? Because it’s an absolutely clear case. It costs around $14 and the hard material gives ideal protection to the Nexus 5X. If you want to show off your Nexus 5X but still want to protect it, this case from Spigen is easily the must-have.

  • Colors: Clear
  • Price: $14

[Spigen] [Amazon]

SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Series Case

supcase_beetle_series_case_nexus_5x

This case from SUPCASE has been introduced as a member of the Beetle Series, and it’s a slim hybrid protective accessory. The cutouts for the volume rocker are sized just right, and the thermoplastic material has been utilized as a part of its making. The best thing about this case is that it solidly holds the phone, yet gives excellent impact protection.

  • Colors: Frost/Black, Black/Black, Frost/Blue
  • Price: $17

[Amazon]

Verus High Pro Shield Case

verus_high_pro_shield_case_nexus_5x

On the off chance that you need quality in style and durability with great value, you’re at the right place because Verus’ case for the Nexus 5X gives the greatest protection to your phone against any slippages and impact brought on by the dropping. The polycarbonate material gives the toughness and the protection to the phone while the brushed metal look is high-end and unique.

  • Colors: Electric Blue, Red, Satin Silver, Shine Gold, Steel Silver
  • Price: $20

[Amazon]

DGtle Bumper Rubber Case

dgtle_rubber_case_nexus_5x

From DGtle comes case for the Nexus 5X which guarantees your Nexus 5X won’t be scratched due to its rubber build. Even better is that the TPU material makes it very light, so you’re getting protection in a simple way. The amazing point of interest of purchasing this case is that it assimilates the more prominent shocks when compared to other cases.

  • Colors: Mint, Matte-Clear, Matte-Black, Purple, Hot Pink, Clear, Black
  • Price: $9

[Amazon]

Adopted Microfiber Hard Case

adopted_microfiber_nexus_5x_case

This slender tough case from Adopted was introduced together with the Nexus 5X, featuring a distinctive microfiber support that is guaranteed to improve grip. The front frame even helps to keep the display screen raised when faced down on a table. It has a price tag which is a bit high, but you’ll be getting a very quality case to improve the look and safety of your Nexus 5X.

  • Colors: Emerald, Quartz, Carbon
  • Price: $35

[Google Store]

J&D Clear Back Bumper Case

jd_bumper_case_nexus_5x

J&D’s Nexus 5X case simply aims at providing protection with style (while really leaning to the former). It gives you the anti-scratch rear and the fit is tight while allowing you to grasp the phone securely.

  • Colors: Fusion Black, Transparent Clear, Fusion Blue, Fusion Champagne, Fusion Red, Fusion Purple
  • Price: $10

[Amazon]

Closing

Going through sites in search of a case for your Nexus 5X, it’s likely for you to come across other cases not contained in the list above. You may even already own another one. Cases really come down to preference, and so I welcome you to leave a comment below with the case you’re currently using on the Nexus 5X.

Come comment on this article: Best Nexus 5X cases

6
Feb

Here are the videos you don’t want to miss this week – February 6, 2016


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It hasn’t been all too busy in the Android world this week, but our video team has been hard at work to bring you some wonderful Android-related coverage.

This was a very comparison-heavy week. Josh just published his big Huawei Mate 8 vs Nexus 6P comparison, Lanh compared the honor 5X, OnePlus X and Nexus 5X, and Gary did a great job at comparing all of the fast charging standards out there. That’s not all though – Bailey got a chance to review the new BLU Vivo XL, Gary took an in-depth look at what’s inside the Kirin 950 processor, and Joe rounded up the best Android apps of the week.

Alright, I’m done talking your ear off. Without any more delay, here are the videos you don’t want to miss this week.

Comparisons

Huawei Mate 8 vs Nexus 6P

The Huawei Mate 8 and the Nexus 6P are two of the manufacturer’s best smartphones to date. But how do they compare against one another? Be sure to check out Josh’s full comparison of the Mate 8 and Nexus 6P.

honor 5X vs Nexus 5X vs OnePlus X

The new honor 5X and OnePlus X are both available for under $250, but how do they compare with this year’s inexpensive Nexus device? Join Lanh as he compares the honor 5X, OnePlus X and the Nexus 5X.

Fast charging standards compared

With so many fast charging standards out there (Qualcomm Quick Charge, OPPO VOOC, MediaTek PumpExpress+, Motorola TurboPower), how can you tell which one is the best? Gary compares all of these standards and tries to figure out which fast charging method is the best out there.

BLU Vivo XL review

We don’t normally see AMOLED displays, full 4G LTE coverage and full day battery life on sub-$150 smartphones, but that’s not the case for the BLU Vivo XL. Of course, a smartphone that’s this inexpensive doesn’t come without its flaws, but is the low price point enough to make it a good value? Check out Bailey’s full review of the BLU Vivo XL.

An in-depth look at the Cortex-A72 and Mali T880

One of the key CPU core designs for 2016 is the Cortex-A72, which can be found in the Kirin 950. The question is, how well does it perform? Gary explains everything you need to know in his informative video attached above and written portion below.

Android Apps Weekly

Spotify gets video, Final Fantasy IX gameplay, VR for all! – you don’t want to miss the latest episode of Joe’s Android Apps Weekly show.

5
Feb

Deal: Unlocked LG Google Nexus 5X going for $280


 

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Right now,  LG Nexus 5X 16GB (Factory GSM Unlocked) 4G LTE Android Smartphones are going for $279.99 from Yapper Wireless on eBay. This is $20 cheaper than what Best Buy and Amazon are currently offering and nearly $100 less than the device’s launch price.

The Nexus 5X is the affordable followup to the Nexus 5, which was possibly the most popular Nexus smartphone ever made. Its design is pretty similar to its predecessor, but some more luxurious elements have been stripped away to bring as much hardware as possible while still being easy on your wallet. With 2GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow right out of the box, it’s hard to beat the bang-for-buck that you receive with this device.

The battery life can be a little lackluster, and the plastic casing and light weight means it doesn’t quite have that “premium” feel that we’ve come to expect from devices made from glass and metal, but still the 5X scored well in our initial review, netting a score of 8.6 overall. For a more comprehensive look at the Nexus 5X, be sure to check out our official reviews below.

OUR REVIEWS OF THE NEXUS 5X

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If you’re in the market for a mid-to-high end device that won’t break your bank, click the button below to head on over to eBay. In the meantime, let us know what you think of this deal in the comments. If you’re a Nexus 5X owner, tell us what your experience with the device has been like so far so that others can make a more informed purchase!

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5
Feb

Honor 5X vs Nexus 5X vs OnePlus X


 

A prominent, and understandably well-received, trend last year was the availability of relatively inexpensive smartphones without the compromise in quality that used to be seen. The number of fantastic smartphones that you can get your hands on priced around or below $300 is certainly impressive, though some stand out more than others. Three of the most intriguing budget-friendly phones on market right now are arguably the Honor 5X, OnePlus X, and the Nexus 5X.

The first two phones stand out primarily for pushing build quality farther than you’d expect given their low price tags. As for the Nexus 5X? It stands out both for its pricing, and for the fact that it is, well, a Nexus. All three of these handsets offer different experiences (as well as their own pros and cons), but in this in-depth look will we aim to give you a better idea of how these smartphones compare.

Design

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We start off with the Honor 5X that was introduced recently during CES 2016, and while we know that the device is priced at $200, that’s certainly not the price point you’d expect when you first look at this phone. Featuring a metal unibody construction, you get a premium looking device that offers a solid feel in the hand, with the brushed hairline finish really adding to the overall aesthetic. The slightly curved back and flat sides makes for a phone that is comfortable to hold, and for a device that is made primarily of metal, it is surprisingly light, and not slippery either.

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Another feature that isn’t usually expected from an affordable smartphone is a fingerprint scanner, but one is to be found with the Honor 5X, which works surprisingly well. It may not be the fastest fingerprint reader Huawei has put on a smartphone, but it is fast and accurate enough to not cause any problems at all.

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On the other hand, the Nexus 5X is a complete opposite in terms of build materials and the feel it offers in-hand. The Nexus 5X continues where its spiritual predecessor, the Nexus 5, left off, touting a minimalist design that is completely plastic-clad. The plastic build and smooth matte finish doesn’t compare favorably when pit against the phones that feature metal or glass, but the plastic body is actually quite sturdy. The matte finish allows for a very soft and nice feel, and given its overall size, the one-handed handling experience of the Nexus 5X is very comfortable.

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Just like the Honor 5X, the Nexus 5X also comes with a fingerprint scanner on the back, and Google really did an amazing job with Nexus Imprint. The setup process requires just a few taps to register a fingerprint, and once you are up and running, the scanner is extremely fast and accurate. It is very reliable, and you can pretty much have your smartphone unlocked even before completely pulling it out of your pocket. You also get USB Type-C with the Nexus 5X, which is slowly and surely becoming the new standard, even if the other devices seen in this comparison continue to utilize the older microUSB standard.

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Finally, there is the OnePlus X, an even more affordable alternative to the already budget-friendly OnePlus 2. However, despite its low price tag, OnePlus has managed to offer a high quality experience with the OnePlus X. The device features a familiar sandwich design with glass on the front and back held together by a metal frame, and with it being smaller than the Nexus 5X, the handling experience is far more comfortable with one hand. The metal frame also features a series of micro cuts that allow for a better grip of the phone, and helps alleviate any concern with the glass construction resulting in a slippery phone. It has to be said that the glass is prone to fingerprints though, but it won’t be as noticeable with the white version of the phone.

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Unlike the other two devices in this comparison, there is no fingerprint scanner to be found here, but the OnePlus X does have at least one of its own unique additions with its Alert Slider. a feature that makes its way over from the OnePlus 2. It allows for a quick and simple way to easily toggle between the various notification priorities, and even though it isn’t a feature seen with other Android smartphones, it certainly should be, given how useful a feature it is.

Display

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All three of the devices feature displays with 1080p resolutions, but that is all that is common between them, as differing screen sizes and underlying technologies translate into very different experiences for each of the phones.

The Honor 5X is the largest of the group, boasting a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display, resulting in a pixel density of 401 ppi. If you like big screens, the Honor 5X may be the way to go, and you get really nice and vibrant colors, very accurate looking whites, and good viewing angles. You’re not going to get very deep blacks, but it gets the job done in most aspects, and is a pretty enjoyable display for your multi-media experience.

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The Nexus 5X comes with a 5.2-inch IPS LCD display, with a pixel density of 423 ppi. While both the Nexus 5X and Honor 5X feature LCD screens, the display of the former unfortunately doesn’t offer colors that are quite as vibrant, with whites that are a little bit pink in comparison, along with a visibly lower overall brightness. It is still a decent looking panel, but as seen, it certainly isn’t the best 1080p screen out there.

Moving on to the OnePlus X, it comes with a 5-inch AMOLED display, resulting in a pixel density of 441 ppi. This display is my personal favorite of the lot, and as is expected from any AMOLED screen, you get vibrant and saturated colors that pop, and solid viewing angles, along with the deep inky blacks that you simply won’t find with an LCD display. In this media-consumption age, the 5-inch display may be too small for some, but for those who are looking for smaller devices that help with aspects like one-handed usability, the OnePlus X certainly fits the bill.

Performance and hardware

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Qualcomm processors are the order of the day with all these devices, with the octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor powering the Honor 5X, backed by the Adreno 405 GPU and 2 GB of RAM, while the Nexus 5X comes with the hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, backed by the Adreno 418 GPU and also 2 GB of RAM. Finally, under the hood of the OnePlus X is the older quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, backed by the Adreno 330 GPU and 3 GB of RAM.

When it comes to performance, none of these devices are really going to blow you away in terms of raw power or benchmark test results, but they are not really meant to, given the fact that these are budget devices. As far as handling everyday tasks go, all these devices perform admirably well though, and while the Snapdragon 801 is the oldest of the lot, it still remains a very capable processor. You will notice some slowdown if you try to push these devices too hard, but the phones handle gaming pretty well, including those that are more graphically intensive.

Despite packing very different Qualcomm chips, for the most part, I haven’t noticed much difference between these three smartphones as far as real world performance is concerned.

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If NFC is a part of your requirements from a smartphone, the Nexus 5X is the only choice here, but if storage is a more prominent concern, the Honor 5X and the OnePlus X are the way to go, with the availability of expandable storage. Of course, the lack of a microSD card slot with the Nexus 5X isn’t particularly surprising, as that has been the case with Nexus smartphones for several years now.

One really important aspect that needs pointing out is that the Honor 5X and OnePlus X lack full LTE support in the US, more so in the case of the OnePlus X, which is missing support for both band 12 and band 17 on a hardware level. This doesn’t mean that you won’t get access to high speed data, but it isn’t going to be as reliable as you may like, and in some areas you may be stuck with HSPA+ speeds.

As far as battery life goes, you can’t expect anything more than a full day’s worth of battery out of any of these devices, but the way they go about achieving that are all very different.

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The Honor 5X relies on a large 3,000 mAh battery to give itself enough juice to get you through the day. There are, however, Huawei’s standard power saving features built-in that adjust CPU and network usage for longer battery life, including an ultra power saving mode that disables most things, except for basic functions like calls and messaging. This, of course, can be really useful in those times when you just can’t get to a charger and you need to stretch out those last few percentages for as long as possible.

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With the Nexus 5X, you’re getting a slightly smaller 2,700 mAh battery, and battery life during normal usage is pretty good, but where the 5X really shines is in standby. This is due to Doze, one of the newest features of Android introduced with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which puts the phone in a deep sleep and limits unnecessary app activity anytime the phone is idle for long time. It makes a huge difference, and you can really see how little power is being consumed when looking at the battery life statistics. Something else that the Nexus 5X has is fast charging capabilities, which isn’t available with the Honor 5X or the OnePlus X.

The OnePlus X has the smallest battery out of the bunch, with a capacity of 2,525 mAh hours, but the smaller 5-inch AMOLED panel is much more battery life-friendly compared to an LCD screen, and the OnePlus X comes with a system wide dark mode that is enabled by default, to help you get the most out of your battery life.

Camera

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On paper, the cameras of all these smartphones seem pretty close to each other, purely in terms of numbers, with the Honor 5X and the OnePlus X featuring 13 MP rear cameras, while the Nexus 5X comes with a 12 MP rear shooter. However, we all know that megapixels aren’t everything, and the actual quality of the sensor, pixel size, and image processing are some of the aspects that make a big difference.

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When comparing the quality of the images side by side, there is really not much of a competition here. The Nexus 5X easily overshadows the Honor 5X and the OnePlus X. Of course, this may not be much a surprise, considering the fact that the Nexus 5X features the exact same camera setup as the flagship Nexus 6P. In normal to good lighting conditions, the Nexus 5X consistently produces sharper images, with better color accuracy and dynamic range.

OnePlus X camera samples

The OnePlus X takes hold of the second spot, with decent color reproduction and good amount of detail seen in images. However, dynamic range is still lacking, even if it isn’t nearly as bad as seen with the Honor 5X, that comes a distant third. What you get is a lot of overexposed highlights and crushed shadows, with many of the images taken with the Honor 5X camera having a noticeably warm cast.

Honor 5X camera samples

The story remains largely the same when taking pictures in low light conditions. The Nexus 5X does a really good job in these situations, making for images that are well detailed and with very little noise, and highlights that aren’t overexposed, as is the case with the Honor 5X and the OnePlus X. The Honor 5X is also quite slow in poorly lit situations, and images can come out slightly blurry if you don’t maintain a perfectly steady hand. The camera does try to add some sharpening in post processing to bring out more detail, but with photos being muddy and soft as is, it doesn’t make much of a difference.

Software

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These are all Android smartphones, but as is the case with most other Android smartphones out there, the software experience will vary, sometimes greatly, depending on which device you pick.

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The Honor 5X is running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, with Huawei’s Emotion UI on top, and if you find the experience similar to what is found with iOS, you wouldn’t be entirely wrong. Like iOS, the interface is  filled with a lot of very colorful icons, wallpapers, and transparency effects, along with the lack of an app drawer, which can take some getting used to, and leaves users dependent on folders to stay organized. Emotion UI does bring a few interesting features to the software package, but for the most part, it feels like it is interfering with the Android experience, instead of adding to it.

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If you are looking for the purest Android experience out there, a Nexus smartphone has always been the way to go, and that certainly remains the case with the Nexus 5X. With the Nexus 5X, not only are you getting the latest features introduced with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, such as Doze, Google Now on Tap, and user defined permissions, but you will also be first in line for future software updates. Stock Android is generally faster and more responsive when compared to its skinned counterparts, so if you are looking for a smooth, streamlined, and clean user experience, stock Android is going to be your best bet.

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If you are a fan of the stock Android look, but are interested more in terms of customization and features, that is exactly what you get with the OnePlus X, with it running Oxygen OS, based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. Oxygen OS comes with a lot of interesting and useful features baked in, such as the system-wide dark mode and various gesture controls, like double tap to wake, drawing an O to launch the camera, and so forth. You also get custom app permissions here as a part of Oxygen OS, despite it being based on Lollipop.

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One of the biggest features of Oxygen OS is called Shelf, a pane that lives to the left of your main home screen, and stores your frequently used apps, favorite contacts, and any app widgets of your choice, which can make a big difference in keeping things organized. The biggest downside here is the fact that there is a lot of bloatware to deal with, including anything from speed boosters to junk file cleaners, along with a plethora of other apps that produce notifications that are often difficult to swipe away.

Specs comparison

  Honor 5X Nexus 5X OnePlus X
Display 5.5-inch IPS LCD display
1080p resolution, 401 ppi
5.2-inch IPS LCD display
1080p resolution, 423 ppi
5-inch AMOLED display
1080p resolution, 441 ppi
Processor 1.5 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615
Adreno 405 GPU
1.82 GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
Adreno 418 GPU
2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Adreno 330 GPU
RAM 2 GB 2 GB 3 GB
Storage 16 GB, expandable via microSD card up to 128 GB 16 GB, no expansion 16 GB, expandable via microSD card up to 128 GB
Camera 13 MP rear camera
5 MP front-facing camera
12 MP rear camera
5 MP front-facing camera
13 MP rear camera
8 MP front-facing camera
Battery 3,000 mAh 2,700 mAh 2,525 mAh
Software Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Android 6.0 Marshmallow Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
Dimensions 151.3 x 76.3 x 8.2 mm
158 grams
147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm
136 grams
140 x 69 x 6.9 mm
138 grams

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Final thoughts

So there you have it for this in-depth look at the Honor 5X vs Nexus 5X vs OnePlus X! When it comes to making a choice between these, the important question is with regards to what is important for you from your smartphone experience. The Honor 5X offers a solid metal build quality and a fast and accurate fingerprint scanner, along with expandable storage, while the Nexus 5X brings to the table NFC, a fantastic camera, a stock software experience, and a very reliable fingerprint reader as well. Finally, the OnePlus X also features a great build quality and a software experience that overshadows stock Android in certain aspects.

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With sub-$300 price points across the board, it would be unfair to expect perfection from this lineup of devices, but in most cases, any shortcomings won’t be completely off putting. For those looking to save some money, it’s also worth noting that the Honor 5X is the most affordable at $200, with the OnePlus X next in line at $250. Finally, we have the Nexus 5X, priced at $299.


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Get the Honor 5X
Get the OnePlus X
Get the Nexus 5X

 

3
Feb

Deal: Nexus 6P and 5X, OnHub and Chromecast discounts at BestBuy


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It seems like every time you turn around lately there’s another Nexus sale going on. This time Best Buy is doing a special offer on a discounted Nexus 6P – including a free gift card – as well as offering lower prices on the Nexus Player, OnHub, Chromecast and Chromecast Audio.

The gold Nexus 6P is currently $50 off ($449.99) at Best Buy and comes with a free $25 gift card as well as free shipping and six months of included cloud storage. Unfortunately, the aluminum and graphite versions are not on sale. The Nexus 5X is also $80 off ($299.99), but doesn’t have a free gift card. You will get free shipping and cloud storage though.

BUY NEXUS 6P
BUY NEXUS 5X

Google OnHub

The Nexus Player is also on sale for $69.99 ($30 off) and it also comes with free shipping. If you’re after a smarter router instead, Google OnHub is also on sale, although only the TP-LINK version. It will set you back $179.99 ($20 off), but the Asus OnHub is still full price at $219.99.

BUY NEXUS PLAYER
BUY TP-LINK ONHUB

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Meanwhile, you can also pick up a $10 gift card when you buy either the Chromecast or Chromecast Audio for $35. All of these Google product discounts are good until February 6 as part of Best Buy’s weekly ad offers.

BUY CHROMECAST
BUY CHROMECAST AUDIO

 

 

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Feb

5 features I’d like to see in the next Nexus phone


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Rumors suggest that new Nexus devices are on the way, following in the footsteps of the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. Although it’s a tad early, we have a list of features we want to see Google include with whatever comes later this year.

Our imagination is running wild as more and more Nexus rumors hit the web, with one of the most recent ‘leaks’ pointing to two new versions of the Nexus being made by HTC. According to chatter originating from Weibo, HTC’s smaller 2016 Nexus will feature a 5-inch screen, whilst the larger model’s display will be closer to 5.5 inches.

Elsewhere, news of the apparent codenames of the new HTC-made Nexus devices have popped up, said to be named the T50 and T55.

All this recent Nexus talk has got us thinking about what we’d like to see when the new devices do eventually arrive.

Nexus 6P-inspired design, but smaller

I think that the Nexus 6P is a stunning phone and most people agree, so it’s a shame that it is slightly too big for some to handle.

Ideally, I’d like to see a new Nexus smartphone boast a glorious design similar to the Nexus 6P, but arrive in a size slightly closer to that of the Nexus 5X. With these changes in place, we’d be left with a great-looking smartphone that could easily be used with one hand. With the other mitt, we could stroke the edges of the 2016 Nexus and marvel at its beauty.

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Although bigger phones now seem to be more popular than ever before, the idea of not being able to use a phone with one hand still doesn’t have everybody convinced. A smaller 2016 Nexus taking design inspiration from the Nexus 6P couldn’t go far wrong in our minds, especially when you consider the Nexus 5X felt slightly cheap in the hand.

If I were being picky, I’d also request some smaller bezels so we could make more of the phone’s screen.

Bring back wireless charging

Wireless charging isn’t a game-changer, but it’s nice knowing you don’t need a cable every time you need to charge your smartphone. Late last year, Android’s Vice President of Engineering Hiroshi Lockheimer took to Reddit during a Q&A. The Nexus man was faced with a couple of questions about wireless charging and the answers were interesting to say the least.

According to Lockheimer, wireless charging was left out of the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P because USB Type-C is present, which apparently means Nexus owners don’t ‘waste time’ trying to work out which way to plug their micro-USB cord in. We don’t think Lockheimer’s answer is too convincing considering turning over a micro-USB cord after realizing you’re holding it the wrong way takes less than a second.

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In most instances, convenience is valued over speed, and with that philosophy in mind we think wireless charging would be a nice, welcome addition to the next Nexus phone.

We’ll be the first to admit that wireless charging has its disadvantages and isn’t as fast as standard charging methods, but it would be nice to have the feature bundled with a future Nexus.

Battery boost

The battery life of the Nexus 5X is good enough to prevent bi-daily charges most of the time, but it isn’t out of this world. Naturally, we’re hoping for an upgrade in this area for the future Nexus phones.

Although the Nexus 5X’s 2700 mAh battery charges quickly via USB Type-C, heavy users may find that they eat their way through that fairly quickly. The Nexus 6P brings a bigger and better 3,450 mAh battery to the table, which copes particularly well with demanding work and plenty of screen-on time.

If we’re seeing two new Nexus phones this year, buyers on a budget would certainly appreciate improved battery life in the smaller model. Whilst it makes sense to have a bigger battery in the phone with the larger screen, improved performance in the affordable model would convince more people to part with their cash.

Fair international pricing

The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P caused quite a stir when they arrived, with reviews of both smartphones dishing out compliments on design, build quality and user experience. Sadly, some Android fans were left disappointed after learning of the difference in international pricing for the two gadgets.

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Whilst the 16GB Nexus 5X cost around $380 (at launch) in the United States, the same handset was costing Australian buyers the equivalent of $463. A top-of-the-line 128GB Nexus 6P cost around $649, whilst the same mobile was on sale in Italy for a whopping $948. Ouch.

Our fingers are crossed that the new additions to the Nexus family are fairly priced for international buyers.

No more 16GB option

We can’t point the finger at the Nexus 6P here considering the base model offers 32GB of internal storage, but the Nexus 5X should bow its head in shame.

Yes, the cheapest Nexus 5X arrives with just 16GB of internal storage, which won’t get you too far nowadays. If there are two new versions of the Nexus right around the corner, we’re hoping that the smaller option starts at 32GB. If that’s not possible, how about the option of expandable storage?

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What features would you like to see in the next Nexus phones? There’s plenty more to mention, from camera improvements to waterproofing, software changes and screen size tweaks. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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1
Feb

Report: Google plans to take an ‘Apple-like’ approach to the Nexus line


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Google’s Nexus line has been constantly changing ever since its inception. Are Nexus devices aimed at the high-end market, budget-friendly crowd, or somewhere in between? That’s sort of the beauty of it all, really, as each Nexus phone is different in its own way. This is thanks in part to OEM partnerships. Google has reached out to Samsung, Motorola, HTC, LG and Huawei in the past to make its Nexus smartphones, which ensures each Nexus device is unique in its own way. But if a new report from The Information proves true, Google may be taking a bit more control over its precious Nexus line.

Nexus smartphones will be more akin to Google’s Pixel line

According to this new report, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has signaled to “colleagues and outsiders” that the company is planning on taking more control over the Nexus line, from hardware to software. Google already controls the software side of things, but this new route would essentially weed out OEM partners and see Google making the hardware as well. The move to control both the hardware and software is supposedly being put in place in order to make the Nexus line more like the iPhone. The report states that this would strengthen Android’s brand overall in order to capture more share in the high-end market, an area in which Apple already dominates in many parts of the world. Google also doesn’t want its revenue-generating services on high-end devices to be at the mercy of Apple, like they are now.

With Google’s Chromebook Pixel and Pixel C tablet, Google built the hardware and software from top to bottom. This is essentially what the company will be doing with the Nexus line. Of course, Google will still be using processors, displays and other components from different manufacturers, but Google will be the sole company involved in building and producing the phone. The report also states that these new Nexus phones might only have Google’s name on them.


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The Information also says that HTC has been in talks to produce this year’s Nexus phone, though given the new arrangement Google has been aiming for, HTC’s participation has been a controversial topic inside the Taiwanese company’s headquarters.

Overall, this move makes sense, and doesn’t at the same time. Google makes a good amount of its money from services on Apple devices, so it makes sense that Google would want to take control of its own services, and how much money it makes from them. Alternatively, this seems like an odd choice for the Nexus line. In the past, Nexus smartphones have not only showcased the latest versions of Android, but they have also acted as a way to increase brand awareness for OEMs. Nexus phones also gave hardware companies a better look at how to build better Android phones.

What are your thoughts? If the report proves true, would you support Google’s decision to take a more iPhone-like approach to the Nexus line? Be sure to speak up in the comments below.

31
Jan

Looking for accessories for your Nexus 6P or 5X? Here are our favorites


So you have a shiny new Huawei Nexus 6P or LG Nexus 5X. How do you make the most of it? How do you protect it? It’s been hard sledding trying to find a wide range of accessories so far. These are by no means Samsung or Apple phones where you can find hundreds of cases, screen protectors, and cables in a ton of designs and variations. In a previous post, I declared this USB Type-C dock my favorite Nexus accessory, but here are some more contenders for the crown.

USB Type-C Dock

This is a product I have on the way to my house right now from across the ocean, so I can’t give a first hand

usb type c dock2review of it. Users in the Nexus 6P subreddit do seem to like it though. You won’t be getting quick charging speeds from this dock, but that’s fine in my opinion. My phone almost never needs to charge rapidly when it’s sitting on my bedside table, but I would love a nice dock to keep it upright and easy to grab.

You can also daisy chain some cables using this dock. It comes with MicroUSB in and USB Type-A out, perfect for also charging your smartwatch. This dock is very light, so you may need to tape it down to keep it in place, and appears to be case friendly. And for $4,  you can’t beat the price.

Ebay: USB 3.1 USB Type-C Dock

 

NXET USB TypeC dock2For this dock, we’ve picked something a little more substantial. This USB Type-C dock has the Benson seal of approval, which means it will charge your phone rapidly and safely. If you don’t know who Benson is, he’s an engineer at Google who has taken the time to do a ton of product reviews to let the community know what cables and accessories are safe. Some cables don’t use the correct standard and can damage your battery when charging. You can check out his reviews here.

Back to the dock. This NXET dock has a USB Type-C connector that sits on a hinge so it won’t break off with when you grab your phone with a little bit of force. The dock is case friendly, and can also act as a data passthrough to a computer. Perfect for keeping on your desk at home or work. An AC adapter is NOT included here so to get rapid charging, be sure to use the one that came with your phone or another third party adapter that supports quick charging.

Amazon: NXET Type-C Dock

Insignia Hub 2

I’ve previously written about the next entry in our list in my post where I laid out why it’s my favorite accessory for the Nexus 6P. This USB Type-C dock is a little different from the first two. This dock, instead of giving you somewhere to charge your phone, lets you charge your friends’ phones.

The USB port on the Nexus 6P and 5X allow you to transfer power from your phone to a friend’s. If you have a USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable this is as easy as plugging the phones into each other. If you happen to have friends that use the older Micro USB or Apple’s Lightning connector, you can use an adapter like this to charge their phone.

This dock in particular has two USB Type-A and two USB Type-C ports out ports on it, but you can find other docks with things like card readers on them if that’s what you’re looking for. There are a lot of options here, most of them ranging between $20 and $30. I also picked up this cable with the heads for USB Type-C, Lightning, and Micro USB connections so I only need to carry one cable, no matter who needs some juice.

Best Buy: Insignia 4-Port USB Type-C Hub

Wraps

dbrand nexusIf you want to protect that phone from scratches, or give a new look without making it super bulky, a wrap may be in your future. Our own Derrick Miyao was not shy about telling us how much he thought of the dbrand copper skin last month. His exact words were “My Nexus 6P looks better than yours thanks to my dbrand copper skin”, and I have to agree with him.

dbrand just makes great products. I’ve owned at least a dozen of its skins because it make a ton of designs for a multitude of phones and accessory out there. Right now, you can head over to dbrand’s website and grab a skin for the back of your phone for $10. Crazy cheap.

It will let you customize your skin any way you want. If you want the cutout on the back to show the full Nexus branding, just the X or cover the entire backing, you can do that. You can also pick up a colored X in a ton of colors to make endless combinations, or a multi-colored Nexus X. There are other companies that make wraps and skins, but dbrand is the best for a reason. Quality.

dbrand: Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X

Cases

Cases are pretty subjective. People have their own personal tastes, and have to weigh the protection vs. looks aspect of each case to decide if it is for them. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Verus makes a very nice hybrid case that has a strong bumper around the edges of the thin rubber case, and a raised lip over the front of the screen to protect your Nexus 6P from all sides. The design is refined and you’ll have no issue using your phone in any setting.

Amazon: Verus Nexus 6P case

adopted nexus 5x caseAdopted has been on the new Nexus hype train from the beginning. I ordered my Adopted case with my Nexus 6P, and have loved it ever since. Here is the same Adopted case for the Nexus 5X. It provides a lot of protection without bulking up the phone, or hitting your bank account too hard. I can definitely recommend this case from personal use.

This listing is for the Carbon version of the case, but Adopted also has the Quartz version. The Quartz case is pretty cool, but costs about double. The Carbon case is made from elastomer, which is just rubber. The Nexus 5X doesn’t need a ton of help with gripability but this will add some more since it’s rubbery. I’ve never had an issue getting it in and out of my pants pocket, and it helps to keep your phone in place on a slippery surface.

B&H Photo: Adopted Nexus 5X Case

Screen Protectors

Orzly’s screen protectors aren’t perfect, but it’s good enough for me to keep on my daily driver. It make a tempered glass screen protectors for both the Huawei Nexus 6P and the LG Nexus 5X, and coming in at only $9 with prime shipping, it isn’t going to break the bank.

I’d love it if these screen protectors were edge to edge, but sadly it’s not. It stops just short of the edge, but it honestly doesn’t bother me that much. I hardly ever notice anymore. There are cutouts around the speakers with special attention to the proximity sensor on top. The screen protectors have an Oleophobic coating which Orzly says reduces the amount of fingerprints and smudges on the screen. Coming in at only .24mm thick, these shouldn’t interfere with a lip on a case like the ones we linked above.

Amazon: Orzly Tempered Glass Screen Protector for the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X

Cables

There are a ton of cables out there with USB Type-C connectors on one, or both ends of them. If you have any question whether it’s a quality cable, I encourage you to stick to cables that Benson has reviewed. He’s widely recognized as the authority on this. Both of these cables have his seal of approval, which is the only reason I’d recommend them.

orzly usb 4 packIf you still want to use your USB Type-A ports and old adapters, then Orzly has the perfect pack for you. Orzly is selling a 4-pack of USB Type-A to USB Type-C cables for $20. This multi-color 4 pack has black, white, blue, and orange cables inside. The cables support USB 3.1 which is important if you also have a Macbook because some accessories require SuperSpeed operations to function, which USB 3.1 enables.

These are high quality cables, and come in at only about $5 per cable, which is impossible to find individually. These get the Benson seal of approval, and my recommendation as well.

Amazon: Orzly USB Type-A to USB Type-C 4 pack

anker usb type c to cNext we have Anker’s USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable. It’s appropriately priced at about $9 with Prime shipping for the 1 meter (3.3 foot) version of the cable. Depending on the power source and adapter you’re plugged in to, you’ll get quick charging and fast data transfer speeds.

This USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable will let you transfer data and power between you and any other USB Type-C device, and comes with an 18 month warranty for peace of mind.

Amazon: Anker USB Type-C Cable

Power Banks

Even though the Nexus 5X and 6P have great battery life, you may still find that you need to charge up when you’re out of the house. Power Banks have caught on in the last few years due to their convenience, portability, and price. The power bank we’re going to look at is one of the best all around packages.

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The RAVPower 20,100mAH External Battery Bank is huge. Not in size, but in capacity. It holds enough power to charge the Nexus 6P about six full times and the Nexus 5X a little under seven and a half times. Not only is it big, but it’s fast too. The battery bank supports Quick Charge 2.0 input and output so you can charge your phones quickly, and recharge the battery bank quickly.

The one final feature that makes it a killer for me is that the RAVPower battery bank has a USB Type-C port on it! The battery bank has a USB Type-C 3A, Quick Charge 2.0 USB Type-A port, and a 2.4A USB Type-A port that will charge Apple devices at their top speed. This battery bank has everything.

Product Website: RAVPower 20,100mAH External Battery Bank

Amazon: RAVPower 20,100mAH External Battery Bank

That wraps up our list! What are your favorite accessories for the new Nexus devices? Let us know down in the comments what you have to make the most out of your Phone!

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