Super-snappy Android for less than $100? Grab this refurbished Nexus 5X!

Super-snappy Android for less than $100? Grab this refurbished Nexus 5X!

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The Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P were the last smartphones of the Nexus family, before the Google Pixel line took over. The concept behind every Nexus device was pretty simple — offer flagship specs and the pure, “by Google” Android experience with timely updates and a guarantee of a good performance.

The Nexus 5X, despite having an unassuming plastic shell and being a 2015 model, currently runs Android 8.1 Oreo without a hitch. Its camera may not be on the level of the Pixels, but it's still pretty good thanks to its own support for Google's HDR+ technology. Unfortunately, it won't be getting any more major Android updates — the Nexus 5X stops at Oreo. But it will still get some monthly security patches up until at least November of this year.

What we have here is a listing for some refurbished (at authorized facility) Nexus 5X units. For $90 — that's pretty much a steal. You can use it as a burner phone, a reliable backup, or just to see what “vanilla” Android is supposed to look and feel like, if you haven't had the pleasure.

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Nexus 5X
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.3 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh(20h talk time)

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24 Comments

1. irossdrummer

Posts: 369; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

I don't know why but I just never fully trust ebay

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7416; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It's a really great Project Fi smartphone. Talk about an inexpensive data plan.

12. cc2400

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 21, 2014

until it bootloops and b/c you didn't buy it retail you are out of luck and now have a paperweight

17. applesnapple93

Posts: 312; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

seller refurbished means he opened it, took a heatgun to it to "reflow" the solder. give it 30 days with average use/heat and the solder will break again and bootloop.

20. andynaija

Posts: 1261; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Same, every time I see a product on eBay that looks great (and something I actually want) I'm tempted to buy it, but something just makes me hesitate and eventually I just look/purchase elsewhere.

2. USuck

Posts: 76; Member since: Apr 07, 2018

What a ripoff!!!!

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7416; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

How is the Nexus 5x a rip off for $89. It's running right now the latest Android OS 8.1. it's still receiving monthly security updates from Google. It has a 64 bit SoC, 4k video camera, wifi ac, cat 6 LTE, USB-C, a 5.2" full HD LCD display. It even supports the latest Vulkan graphics Come to think of it I think I might get a couple for some public VR projects.

6. USuck

Posts: 76; Member since: Apr 07, 2018

If I can get a used S7 for the same price, it's a ripoff.

7. acme64

Posts: 127; Member since: Jul 13, 2015

you keep using that word, i don't think you know what it means.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7416; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

List the S7 for $89. I would like to see your listing and prices. BTW as it stands today you can pay more for a preplan boxed smartphone, that doesn't even have close to those specs. Plus they are not running with the latest Android OS, and do not support Vulkan graphics. Also this Nexus 5x supports Google's Project Fi, so you can get a real cheap data plan that works all over the US with this smartphone. Can't get Project Fi with the S7.

13. USuck

Posts: 76; Member since: Apr 07, 2018

How about you posting a list of apps supporting Vulkan, plus the performance gain? Or a list of apps that require Android 8.1? I bought an S7 for less than $89. What's the problem? BTW, if OS updates are your thing, iPhone is the perfect phone for you.

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7416; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

There is lots of apps that support Vulkan Graphics. Any Daydream app, the latest Gear VR apps, and any ARCore app. Not to mention Unity has supported Vulkan graphics since 2016, Unreal has supported Vulkan Graphics since the beginning of 2017. As a matter of fact it's as simple as toggling a switch setting in Unity, and Unreal. But clearly the one that sucks here is you.

22. USuck

Posts: 76; Member since: Apr 07, 2018

May I remind you that GS7 also supports Vulkan? So what's the point?

15. yalokiy

Posts: 1043; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

S7 for $89, you must be very lucky to get it for this price. In good used condition the price is over $200 on ebay. Even S6 is over $100 in good condition. I would still stay away from nexus 5x as it has bootlooped for too many. I've used one for a year and didn't have issues, aside from poor battery life and slowness.

23. Duncdawg26

Posts: 175; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

Google fi ≠ cheap. $20 access fee and $10/gb might have been competitive 5 years ago but surely not any more

10. cc2400

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 21, 2014

the nexus 5x, manufactured by Lg, is NOTORIOUS for having bootloop issues. As much as I loved the nexus line, I would never recommend a nexus 5x b/c of this.

3. dmomintz

Posts: 68; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Nexus 5 on Swappa are going for $50-$75 in good condition.

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7416; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They were both made by LG but the Nexus 5 came out in 2013. Plus the Nexus 5 is so different to a Nexus 5X in terms of SoCs. The Nexus 5 has a 32 bit quad core 2.2 GHz SD 800 SoC with 2 gb of 800 MHz LPDDR3 ram. The Nexus 5x has a 64 bit hexa core 1.8 GHz SD 808 with 2 gb of 933 mhz LPDDR3 ram. They last official update stopped at Marshmallow for the Nexus 5.

11. cc2400

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 21, 2014

nexus 5 doesn't have bootloop issues like the 5x has

14. jjface

Posts: 247; Member since: Jun 07, 2017

A bootloopy phone reliable? How much did they pay you...

16. Oğuzhan_77

Posts: 112; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Cheaper than smartwatches.

21. andynaija

Posts: 1261; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Two different categories...

19. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Just 16gig 2gb ram years old device no thanks i would go with nokia lineup in this budget range

24. tokuzumi

Posts: 1919; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

16GB? LOL. Hard pass.

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