Fantastic and perfectly sized phone for the pure Android experience!8/5/2016 3:23:04 PM

Pros: I upgraded from a Samsung Note 2 which was littered with verizon and samsung bloatware. I knew that any upgrade was probably going to impress me, but I have to say that I didn't expect the level of satisfaction that I have had with this phone. I had done hours of exhaustive research in trying to decide whether or not I wanted this or the Nexus 6P. I am glad that I saved myself money and went to a phone that I believe has the perfect screen size at 5.2". All of the performance and battery issues that this device suffered from upon launch have been solved by regular Android updates from Google. The phone has performed above and beyond my expectation and will easily stick with me for a few years. If anyone is worried about the 2GB of RAM, don't be...this phone is not littered with bloatware and the newer versions of Android are a lot more efficient with how they use RAM. Don't try to use 10 apps at once (why would you do that?) and you will be more than satisfied! At the current price point of this phone it felt like an absolute steal. Not to mention that it is unlocked and carrier free (I am now on a $35 a month plan rather than $70). Pros: - Extremely lightweight phone that just feels right. It's the perfect size for a phone. - Coming from a larger AMOLED screen I was worried that I would be disappointed with the LCD screen on the 5x. I was not, the colors are very accurate and the screen is visible in daylight. - Fingerprint scanner. This is probably one of my favorite features on the device. It is a very quick and efficient way to unlock your phone. - The camera! The HDR+ is such a great thing. I was stunned at how well it could take pictures in low light conditions. - Fast and fluid performance even with multiple resource heavy apps open - Plays graphic intensive games with no lag or overheat issues. A couple games had a slight issue at first, but I learned that this is an actual issue with the app and Android Marshmallow rather than the phone itself. - USB Type C and it's rapid charging capability is amazing. The phone charges to 100% in no time. - Pure Vanilla Android with further Android updates all the way into 2017 (and security updates beyond that). I currently have Marshmallow on it but Nougat shall be coming soon! I can not emphasize enough just how much of a difference it makes to have that vanilla Android experience without having the manufacturer or phone carrier add all their stuff on it and not give you the option to get rid of it. Plus, having the ability to load other custom ROMS and Kernels into the device whenever you want (Verizon locked the bootloader on my Note 2). This is how Android needs to be experienced.

Cons: - The battery life isn't anything to write home about. It's not bad and it gets the job done, but it's not something that is amazing either. However, it's not really an issue if you already know how to manage battery life (managing location services, screen brightness, managing battery draining apps, etc). Even then there is software customization available that helps with managing battery life. - The speaker isn't very loud, but it's nothing that bluetooth speakers or headphones/earbuds can't solve!

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