Thursday, December 24, 2015

From Nexus 5 to Nexus 5X

Definitely a first world problem.  But in case anyone else wants to know how well the upgrade went, here's what happened to me.

I like the Nexus because there isn't the bloatware that other devices have.  Straight up Android.  And one of the first to get any Android upgrades.

Setting up the new phone was slick.  It transferred data from the 5 to the 5X, downloaded and installed all the apps I already had. And set up all of my Google stuff automatically.

Pro - Fingerprint recognition is nice.  I can pick up the phone, unlock it and log in with only a couple of movements.  I scanned 4 fingers, just in case.   This was my main motivation for upgrading.  I didn't want to leave my Nexus 5 unprotected, but I never typed in my password correctly the first time.

Con - SIM cards are different sizes.  I couldn't just transfer the card.  I had to go to T-Mobile for a new card.  For $15.

Apps all installed, but I still needed to look up all my logins.  And Words With Friends brought over my games with people, but not my Solo Play games.

Con - I had to reset all of my Llama profiles and events.

Pro- Remembered my work WiFi setting and password.

Pro - King games ported over fine once I signed up for an account on the Nexus 5.

Con- Hangouts did not.  The history of my texts didn't carry over.  I still have them on the Nexus 5, but I don't know why they couldn't have transferred.

Con- Disney's Frozen Freefall progress did not transfer. I didn't feel like starting over so I deleted it from the 5X.  I had the same issue when I first bought the Nexus 5.  I couldn't port over all of my progress in 3 different Angry Bird variations.  I figured I could start over, but found that starting over was tedious and boring.

Couldn't get Fitbit to connect.  I could have troubleshot the issue, but it still works with my Nexus 5.  I planned to keep the Nexus 5 anyway for an alarm clock and game device.  Not enough resale value and no trade-in with Google.

The charger connection is a USB-C connector.  Which meant my spare micro-USB charger and portable charger didn't work.  Until I bought an awesome little adapter from Amazon.  Worked great. USB-C to Micro USB Adapter 

Very happy with the Nexus 5X.  The fingerprint scanner is a godsend.  The camera quality is great.  The battery life is better.  I find I can read the screen better without having to grab my reading glasses.

Overall, I'm glad I upgraded.

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