The Nexus 5 is arguably the most universally loved Nexus device ever. After the launch of the Nexus 6, Nexus enthusiasts wondered if an updated Nexus 5 would have been a batter option than the whale-sized Motorola phablet. Well, those folks are in for a treat, as the Nexus 5 is back and better than ever.
The Nexus 5X is the spiritual successor to the Nexus 5, and although the devices are far from identical, it immediately feels familiar. The body is a pleasant polycarbonate with a soft-touch finish that feels wonderful and comfortable in the hand. The device is startlingly light, too. It feels totally natural to pull out of your pocket and use one handed. Coming from a Nexus 6, I never felt the 5X was too big; the device really is a Goldilocks focused build.
As you hold the phone in your hand, your index finger will rest conveniently on the phone’s rear fingerprint sensor, which is phenomenally fast and accurate. So fast, in fact, that you’ll likely never see the lock screen as you pull the phone out of your pocket; the reader is right where your finger will naturally touch it as you grab your device, so in practice, it’s usually unlocked by the time you start to use it. Even training it takes a fraction of the amount of taps you’d expect it to take to learn a fingerprint, especially compared to how long it takes to train Apple’s Touch ID. It’s impressive.
You might miss unlocking your device via fingerprint while it’s laying down on a table, but I found I didn’t mind drawing my security pattern in that scenario, and it was more than worth it for the device almost always being unlocked by the time the screen hit my face.