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Is it crazy to buy any Android phone other than Google’s Nexus 5X?

Published Jan 13th, 2016 6:30PM EST
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For many hardcore Android fans, only one smartphone brand will do. Google’s Nexus handset lineup offers a pure Android experience that is untouched by the software add-ons preinstalled by handset vendors and wireless carriers. Beyond that, Google’s Nexus phones get the latest Android software as soon as it’s released while carrier-branded phones often take months or even longer to get updates. By the time carrier phones are updated, there might even be a newer version of Android out there that users will have to wait for.

But Google’s Nexus phones have something else going for them: they offer tremendous value. In fact now, after the price drop that just hit the Nexus 5X, it might be crazy to buy any other Android phone.

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Google’s current-generation Nexus 5X offers an experience that is on par with some of the best Android phones out there. Specs include Android 6.0 Marshmallow, a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a 12.3-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a 1.8GHz hexa-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM and a large 2,700 mAh battery.

And now one of the phone’s most appealing features — its price tag — has become even more appealing. Google just dropped the base price of the Nexus 5X to only $349 unlocked and off contract. So, for just over half the price of a flagship Android phone from your carrier, you can have an unlocked Nexus 5X that will offer the latest and greatest Android features months before any other phone.

The Google Nexus 5X is available starting at $349 in the Google Play store and from Amazon.

Zach Epstein
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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.

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