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Hands-on: Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P are two good reasons to stay on stock Android

Florence Ion | Oct. 1, 2015
Google listened to all the feedback from the last few Nexus generations and produced two of the best Nexus phones ever.

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Now on Tap works is particularly impressive with choosing context for individual articles on the web. Credit: Florence Ion

Google's demo featured an article on Donald Trump in The Atlantic. When it was activated, Now on Tap offered up links to Trump’s published works, along with The Art of War, which was mentioned in the article, and even a link to visit the USS Iowa in Los Angeles, where Trump is shown delivering a speech in an accompanying photo. That's an impressively long list of contextual information. Rather than going in and out of applications to get to the next thing you want to do, Google simply offers everything for you with the press of a button.

Back on track

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A comparison of the last three generations of Nexus devices. Credit: Florence Ion

I'm usually an advocate for straying away from stock Android, but I’d be willing to go back to the "pure" experience as long as it was with one of these Nexus devices in hand—preferably the more premium Nexus 6P. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge I'm carrying now is great, but the bloatware and TouchWiz modifications are sometimes too much to contend with. That, and I have no idea when I’ll be seeing Marshmallow—my phone’s life is actually in Verizon Wireless’s hands, not mine.

I also wasn’t using Nexus devices regularly because of their abysmal camera performance, but with this new camera hardware that Google’s invested in, and the impressive indoor photos it snapped, things don’t seem as grim. These two Nexus devices will prove to be good footing for Google to revamp its efforts to sell its Nexus devices to the general public again. The Nexus 5X and 6P have convinced me to give stock Android another try.

 

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