Nexus 5X After the Buzz: Too many compromises?

When Google first launched the Nexus, it was a phone platform designed to set a threshold for what an Android phone should resemble. While focused on developers, there was a novelty for consumers in owning a phone supported directly by Google. As one could receive top tier processors at market disrupting prices, the Nexus quickly developed a passionate fan base among the Android savvy.

However, today it’s a lot more common to find manufacturers playing with lower price points and including powerful internals. This space has become increasingly competitive, as companies look for ways to slice into the market share of top sellers like Apple and Samsung.

The Nexus 5X represents a homecoming for Google. The company skipped a year in-between the Nexus 5 and 5X to introduce a Motorola built phablet. For 2015, Google delivered a two phone strategy, returning to LG for a 5″ device, and tapping Huawei for the Nexus 6P. The latter was the more “premium” offering, and garnered the lion-share of the media coverage, but what about the smaller Nexus? How has the plastic Nexus aged?

The Nexus 5X brings us a little closer to the philosophy of the truly price disrupting Nexus phones of old, but does this experiment still work today? Let’s take a look back at this Google phone in our Nexus 5X After the Buzz…

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Juan Carlos Bagnell
Juan has been geeking out on personal computing since before PCs had GUIs. After studying Theatre in college, Juan worked with a contractor that supported servers and mobile devices for Department of Energy facilities. After moving to Los Angeles California, and working as a commercial casting director, he now dedicates his time to discussing the tech landscape as a consumer advocate. You’ll often see him pop in local news broadcasts. Passionate about mobile content creation, he recently published his first book on smartphone photography.