The Nexus 5X was terrible at
, the version of Android that it shipped with. The software was too slow and the aging Snapdragon 808 processor was not helping. However, it did progressively get better each update, and with the current version at
it has quite certainly polished up its act (read: slow poke no more).
Most notably this applies to the camera, that impressive piece of silicone, plastic and "glass" that Google rightfully flaunted at the Nexus reveal back in 2015.
On the most recent stable version of Android (7.0 as of writing), most of the camera woes that irked me are gone. There still is a tiny degree of shutter lag (roughly 1.5 seconds at its worst) - that's really just the fancy name for the time between tapping the button and getting the shot - but it is nowhere near the unbearable up-to-10-seconds-delay-and-woops-app-has-crashed back in the early days.
As a smartphone user I am terribly basic - no fancy power Android root-access-required apps or intensive gaming, and my phone is really my communication / social device, save the times I use it for Google Play Music and to draft posts like this.
As a photographer though, I push the phone to its limits. For the Nexus 5X, that limit is literally its breaking point (where in the early days I wonder if I needed to do a hard reset). I try to do everything possible on the phone, from setting up the reference point for the white balance, to the effects and post processing (all of which are done on two magical apps, by the way - more on that another time).
That's said, there is no denying that hardware alone, this camera is incredible.
More photos are on my Instagram feed - I shoot exclusively on the Nexus 5X, so unless I credited a repost or the photo was from before I got the Nexus 5X (it will be pretty obvious), it's gloriously shot on the 5X.
For any average user, this phone is great. For most camera phone enthusiasts, this phone is amazing. At the bargain bin prices you can get a Nexus 5X now, this is possibly the best thing money can buy at this price and form factor.
Maybe if you're like me though and habitually attempt to push the envelope on what really should be done with a DSLR and desktop computer - should probably look at a Nexus 6P.
P.s.I will not comment on the battery life, because, seriously, that's just not fair considering my usage.