I finally caved in. All year I was using my Nexus 5 (the OG one) thinking that it was fine. I was waiting for that killer phone to drop this year so I could jump on it. The S7 passed. The G5 passed. And yet, I was not impressed. As time went on my N5 started to lag really badly. Tons of lock ups, apps freezing, camera taking forever to load.
At my job I have to use my personal phone. It was getting difficult to use it for work when it was such a slow mess. To add insult to injury, running it as a mobile hotspot was rubbish.
So last week I hopped on that $269 Nexus 5x deal and I have to say, I love this thing. Yeah on paper the specs aren't impressive. Battery is small, screen is LCD. But I'll be danged if this isn't a night and day difference from the N5. It's snappy, fast, quick charging is a dream, the battery handles heavy use perfectly fine. By the end of my work day it's about 20%. And hour on the charger before I leave and it's at 100 again. The camera is fantastic, the front facing one is pretty great with its wide angle lens, the speakers are loud, the size is right, it shoots RAW photos (with third party app for now) and has manual photo and video controls (also with third party app for now)
Best budget phone I have used and best Nexus I have owned (I owned the Nexus One, Nexus 4, Nexus 5). For 269 this phone was a steal and I would recommend it to anybody who wants a decent device for a small price. I haven't tried gaming or VR on it. But for daily use, yes yes YES. I'm sure this year's Nexus phones are going to be great, but I'm extremely pleased with this thing.
Here's a goofy front camera shot of my dog. HDR scape added with Snapseed. Kthxbye