Nexus 5X

I took the plunge and bought a Nexus 5X – in the end it was having vanilla Android that won out over the Xperia Z5 Compact, I know for sure that the Nexus 5X will always be updated quickly.

The box for my Nexus 5X

So far I am loving the phone – it is a massive upgrade from the Moto G (2014). Everything is smooth, I’ve not experienced any lag yet, and everything loads quickly and works as you’d expect it to. The phone only has 2GB of RAM but I’ve not come across any performance issues related to this, and it’s double what is in the Moto G.

I got the version with 32GB of storage – as the phone doesn’t have additional microSD storage I felt it was important to get as much as possible. This is obviously a massive improvement over the 8GB that the Moto G has, and I’m nowhere near filling it up. Being able to update apps without having to clear cache and delete things first is much better!

Having used the fingerprint reader on this phone I can’t now imagine having one without it – it makes life so much easier, both with unlocking the phone and for verifying my identity (LastPass uses it instead of a master password). I don’t need to set a PIN now to prevent the kids from using it!

The camera is also another massive improvement – I can finally take photos in low light conditions and expect the results to be usable. I also like that you can bring the camera up quickly when the phone is locked – just push the power button quickly twice and it brings up the camera. You can then use the volume buttons to take a photo. The panorama and photo sphere features are also very good.

To protect the phone I bought a screen protector and a case. I went for the PThink screen protector which is tempered glass rather than the usual cheap plastic cover. It costs a bit more but it is so much better than what I’ve used before – I was able to apply it first time with no dust getting underneath and the bubbles were small and easy to get rid of. So far it is holding up well and I’ve not got any scratches or marks on it yet.

I went for the SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle case which has a transparent back that shows off the Nexus logo. It fits well, although one thing to note is that the hole for the headphone socket is a little small – my headphones fit in but my car adapter is too thick to fit in – I’ll have to buy an extender to get it to fit.

So far I am very pleased with the Nexus 5X and would happily recommend it to anyone looking for a new phone.

New Nexus 7 now available for UK users; Nexus 4 receives discount

In two bits of Google-related hardware news, the revamped Nexus 7 is now available from the UK Google Play store, as well as other hardware outlets. The Nexus 7 is available in two flavours, 16GB (£199.99) and 32GB (£239.00) – both versions are Wi-Fi only, although a 4G-enabled version is available from O2 in a currently exclusive deal.

The Nexus 4 has also receoved a large discount – the 8GB version is now available for the bargain price of £159, whilst the 16GB version will set you back £199. As the device does not include an SD slot it is advisable to be aware of how much memory you think you’ll require for apps and music. Unsurprisingly there’s currently a bit of a wait for a Nexus 4, with the Play store promising a shipping date of 10th September.

The Nexus 4 discount presumably means a Nexus 5 is to be announced shortly, or perhaps it is aimed at attracting customers before the next iPhone announcement?