10-25-2015 03:03 AM
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  1. Adranalyne's Avatar
    This isn't device-specific, but I'm really digging Marshmallow. One of the biggest reasons, if not the biggest reason, to buy a Nexus is to get the unadulterated software experience and this year it's got a level of polish I wasn't expecting after Lollipop. If you've ever used an iPhone, you can see how the hardware was built in tandem with the software and unfortunately for most Android phones, that's not always the case. It is with the Nexus, however, and this year with Marshmallow is excellent.

    Some more side notes: The vibration during notifications/calls is pretty obnoxious and takes a phone that doesn't generally feel cheap and makes it feel cheap. If you're an audiophile, this phone is not for you. If you could care less about these things, the speaker isn't terrible. Performance has still been excellent, but there's no question this isn't the fastest phone available. It teeters between being a budget phone and a flagship depending on how you use it. Battery life has been pretty good so far, but again, it's too early to get a full idea on how it'll perform going forward. For those that question the value of this phone, use the camera. The fact they included this type of camera on a phone under $400 is special and something I don't want to take for granted. The camera app could use some work, but not so much in the lack of features. HDR+ is still slow for a phone in 2015 and takes way too long to process.

    There's times I look at this phone and feel like Google cut corners for profit---this is still a business, so I get it. Most of the time, however, I look at this phone like I used to look at the original Moto X. The appeal to that phone is that it didn't get involved in the spec wars and tried to focus on the core experience. Lower resolution screen, sufficient CPU, one-handed usability, and a great software experience. This phone takes that a few steps further and includes a great camera that competes with the $600-800 flagships, a really good 1080p display with accurate colors, and a fingerprint scanner that not only works just as well as the competition, but changes the way you use your phone. If you're like me and go through an inordinate amount of phones per year, it's refreshing to use a phone that makes you have to adjust how you use it because it offers something useful. This all gets wrapped up with the fact that it still evokes the same emotions from it's successor, too.

    In a world where larger phones with metal/glass designs are the status quo, it's refreshing to use a device that goes the opposite way.
    Pre-dawn raid likes this.
    10-23-2015 08:24 AM
  2. Frank999's Avatar
    Just got mine yesterday. I've posted some first impressions on the ordering and shipping thread.
    To recap: Coming from the Nexus 4 size wise the 5x is the same width as the N4 but longer. The 5x feels a bit lighter than the N4.
    And a few more. The power button on the 5x is going to take some time getting used to. On the Nexus 4 is what closer to the top and was more prominent to the touch. With the 5x it's a bit further down and is more recessed and a thus a bit slower at finding. Also I don't like that the power button and volume control are on the same side. It's the same way on my Nexus 10 and many times for example when watching a video and wanting to lower the volume, many times I'll inadvertently hit the power button instead.
    Another difference is in the color temperatures of the flashlights. While the N4 produces a light that's nearly pure white, the 5x's light is a bit on the warmer side with a tinge of yellow to it.
    Another thing that's going to take getting some use to is the new USB-C connector. To me the micro was more universal. My Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Kindle and even older phones all used the micro USB connectors. Therefore I have a few of these scattered throughout the house and therefore can conveniently charge any device just about anywhere. Now I probably have to end up buying another one for the house plus another one to keep at work.
    10-23-2015 09:33 PM
  3. JimmieCD's Avatar
    Bought the N5X for my wife and so far she's totally happy, but she's coming from a LG flip phone. I don't want to offend anyone, but for me, coming from a Note 4, stock android is almost a downgrade. After setting up her phone and using it for a few hours I have a new appreciation for my Note 4.
    I have made a few changes to her phone: I installed a custom wallpaper, Textra, Ghostery, and Nova Launcher Prime which have been an improvement. But as I said, my wife is happy so I'm happy.
    10-24-2015 05:00 PM
  4. bimbert84's Avatar
    Never have I had someone look at one of my ... phones ... and say "Wow, that's gorgeous" or "The metal or glass make it feel more expensive".
    I hear that. And maybe the more important question is: why would anyone care? Do people really need that kind of reassurance about their phone?? It's just a little rectangle, and everybody else has one almost exactly like it. It seems a bit like complimenting someone on their choice of shoelaces.
    10-24-2015 07:52 PM
  5. mportuesisf's Avatar
    I come at it from a different point of view: why does a phone NEED to be made of premium materials when even the flagship models are commodities. Phones are made and marketed around a 2-year usage cycle. Why use materials that offer permanence and longevity on a phone the average user is going to have for 2 years and then upgrade to the next thing.
    limitbreak09 and bimbert84 like this.
    10-24-2015 09:37 PM
  6. bstarr3's Avatar
    For anyone who's coming from a Moto X, are there any things you really miss about the moto apps/UI? I use the 'wave to wake' feature on my x 14 all the time, as well as driving mode and the chop gesture to turn on the flashlight. I know that you can acheive the driving mode like feature with tasker, but it's nice having it baked into the phone.
    10-24-2015 10:26 PM
  7. MartinMPL's Avatar
    The ambient display feature on the Moto X Style was better than the N5x. It worked more consistently and was useful to wave my hand over it to take a quick look. I didn't use many of the other Moto features and hated the chop for camera gesture. The whirring of the vibration motor was maddening when the camera app started up.

    I don't miss anything else about the X Style. To me, it was big, bulky and ugly (thinking about the camera module and metal surround and the huge expanse of nothing on the back).
    10-25-2015 03:03 AM
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