What’s Going On With The Nexus 5X?

Nexus 5X

Is Google dumping stock at a discount to get rid of it? Or weaponizing it to do battle in the war of mid-range phones? Whatever the case the 5X has never been a better deal—even here in Canada!

Let’s be sensible and take the 16 GB version off the table; unless you’re an Android developer using the phone for testing you’ll want 32 GB. That model listed for $559 CAD at launch, but the last two weeks have seen two price cuts, bringing that number down to $449 CAD ($349 USD).

That’s a lot of phone for the money.

For starters you get Google’s own vision of the latest Android OS, free of carrier or OEM bloat. They’ll ship it to you free and without any carrier locks. And since it’s a Nexus you’ll also be able to unlock the bootloader, which I wholeheartedly recommend. More on that in a sec.

Like the more expensive Nexus 6P the 5X has an excellent fingerprint sensor and, amazingly, the same camera assembly—the only significant things missing are software stabilization and a few video settings.

I spent five days with a 5X shortly after it launched; you can read about it here:

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It’s only major drawbacks for me were the battery and full disk encryption.

With the battery, you’d probably want to invest in a portable 3 Amp charger and short USB-C cable. Or you might be the type of user who commutes back and forth from work to home, with a charger in both places—in this case the 5X’s 2700 mAh battery shouldn’t be so much of an issue.

The phone’s biggest failing, in my opinion, is the performance hit due to the full disk encryption that’s enabled by default. I disabled FDE with a modified boot image; once I did that my 5X ran like a champ.

Whether you end up tinkering with your 5X or not, it’s never been a better value—cheaper than a OnePlus 2 and only $50 CAD more than an ASUS ZenFone 2. And hey, it’s a Nexus…!

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