Google Nexus 5 Deep-Dive Review From an Actual User
The fifth generation of Nexus device made with collaboration by Google runs Android 4.4 KitKat operating system with manufacturing partner LG. The Nexus 5 is available now for $349 to $399.
The Nexus 5 will work on T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint, and a few other smaller carriers if you pop in your SIM card.
Body, display and design:
The Nexus 5 features a 5-inch 1080p Full HD IPS display – that’s 1920 x 1080, giving us 445 PPI. The colors are saturated than HTC One or iPhone 5s. The phone’s screen is pretty large measuring 5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 inches, but not cumbersome. The plastic front and back makes nexus a light-weight device. The auto-brightness mode, is unpredictable and fluctuating.
There is a round earpiece above the display and down below the display is a magical LED notifier, which remains hidden until any notification arrives. Flip the device over, exposing its backside, and you’ll see the word “Nexus” embellished on the soft-touch cover. 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with the feature of Optical Image Stabilization and 1.3-megapixel front camera.. The Nexus 5 has a flat screen with a sharp-feeling edge. The high dynamic range (HDR) function, which takes multiple shots at different exposures and blends them into one image, adds to the clarity of the photos.
The Nexus 5 is based on pre-existing internal hardware from LG with a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 chipset and 2GB RAM with a 2,300mAh battery. A micro SD slot is not included for storage expansion.
- Talk time up to 17 hours
- Standby time up to 300 hours
- Internet use time up to 8.5 hours on Wi-Fi, up to 7 hours on LTE
- Wireless Charging built-in
Android- the Google way:
Nexus 5 software is also influenced by Google. Google Now has moved from being hidden under the home button to a dedicated screen right on the homescreen. Just by saying “OK Glass”, it displays the voice search box and allow searching without pressing any button. We won’t be able to return to home screen by pressing Android back button as it is actually a home screen in and of itself – a minor but bugging inconsistency .
Google Hangouts (now defunct) have officially replaced Messaging, new emoji virtual keyboard and tons more updates and a very cool concept of NFC mobile payments. Google-aware caller ID, scans the internet for names or businesses contacts that aren’t in your address book.
The volume of the internal speaker within the Nexus 5 is really quite low. It might be not possible to hear your phone ring when in noisy environments.
The Nexus 5 is the perfect device if you want to make sure you always have the best Google has to offer with Android. It might not be much to look at, but it’s the best device you can own if you care about the experience and Google ecosystem above anything else.
Ports and Connectors
- SlimPort™ enabled
- 3.5mm stereo audio jack
- Dual microphones
- Proximity/Ambient Light
According to the experts Nexus 5 is superb value for money, minus the battery life and camera features and sans night mode.