Shouldn’t the Nexus 5X come with a way to connect it to your computer?
There’s no shortage of reasons you might want to plug your smartphone in to your computer: maybe you need to top off the battery when an outlet’s not available. Maybe you want to make a local backup of your photos and videos. Or maybe you want to send data the other way, and quickly load your phone with a bunch of media to watch on the morning’s commute. As such, it’s almost become expected: when we get a new phone, it will arrive with a way to attach to our PCs – typically in the form of a USB cable. But as some shoppers are noticing, that’s not the case with one of Google’s new Nexus phones.
Both new Nexus phones take advantage of the reversible USB type-C connector, and that’s undeniably a step forward for smartphone connectivity. And while the Nexus 6P comes with both a type-C-to-type-C cable and one that will let you connect the phone’s type-C port to the standard type-A USB port on almost every existing computer out there, the Nexus 5X drops the latter: unless your computer already has a type-C port, you’re going to have to go out and buy a type-C-to-standard-A cable on your own.
We know, that’s maybe not the biggest headache in the world, and type-C is very much the wave of the future, but it still feels like a weird oversight from Google. It would be bad enough for a typical commercial smartphone, but Nexus devices are de facto dev models, and it’s not unreasonable to expect a user to be interested in some more technical operations from their handset – maybe flashing a new Android factory image in advance of the release of an OTA update. Without a usable USB-to-PC cable in the box, that becomes a lot more difficult.
Google’s happy to sell you its own USB type-C to USB standard-A cable … for an extra thirteen bucks.