Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P review: The true flagships of the Android ecosystem

Hot off the launch of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, it’s time for Google to release the hardware portion of its Q4 release push. The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P are the newest additions to the Nexus line, and for the first-time users looking for a “pure Google” experience have a choice of devices. There’s the relatively inexpensive, plastic, 5.2-inch Nexus 5X, and the premium, aluminum, 5.7-inch Nexus 6P.

The Nexus 5X and 6P are two of the best Nexus devices ever produced. It’s a common line that people say every year, but these are the first Nexus devices that don’t have a huge deal breaker attached to them. Google and its partners have finally nailed two of the things Nexus devices have traditionally been poor at. The camera is actually good—great, even—and can hold its own against the best mobile shooters out there. And the battery life is just as good as any other flagship as well.

With the 5X, the Nexus line is returns to the “bang-for-your-buck” value segment, too. The 5X starts at just $379, only $30 more than the old 2013 Nexus 5. Besides all the usual smartphone features, these are also the first Nexus devices to pack a fingerprint sensor, which is a first-class, fully supported component in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. And speaking of Marshmallow, given that we’ve already written about it, we’ll direct you to that article for most of the software details.

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