Specs summary

Screen
4.95"

The Nexus 5's screen is 4.95 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.26GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 Quad core 2.26 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 5.1.1 Lollipop) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
2300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2300 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 12.5 days standby time, 1020 minutes (2G), 1000 minutes (3G), 510 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



Though the hardware is fairly mundane, the software will draw attention.

- Armando Rodriguez , Tech Hive 

Nexus 5 is the best Nexus device to date and it has rocking specs, display all for a great price.

- Roy Choi , TechnoBuffalo 

Reviews summary

8.5/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 64 reviews

What's good  

  • Excellent screen quality
  • LTE support
  • Fast processor
  • Ships with Android 4.4

What's bad  

  • Mediocre camera
  • Poor battery life

The LG Nexus 5 improves upon many of the shortcomings of its predecessor while still remaining well below the price point of a typical Android flagship phone. The smartphone comes in two different colours: black and white. In terms of aesthetics, most reviewers concur that it's unremarkable. According to Engadget, the simplistic design does little to stand out from other smartphones despite some “visual flourishes.”

Regardless of its simplistic design, it offers impressive specs. The phone boasts an impressive 1080p 5” IPS Plus screen which, according to Ars Technica, is “bright and beautiful” though max brightness might be too bright indoors. In addition to a brighter screen, there’s also an updated camera.

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When tested against the Nexus 4, critics found that the 5 offers better low-light photography and decent optical image stabilization. Unfortunately, most reviewers are still unimpressed with the camera. While there are a slew of features to make images pop more, like HDR+ mode, Wired notes that most night-time shots were “a mess,” action shots were blurry and shutter speed was slow.

Under the hood, the phone sports a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and up to 32GB of onboard storage. While Gizmodo did find the phone to be “fast as hell” they also note that the speed isn’t always obvious as most apps do not require large amounts of processing power. In addition, this handset also allows for wireless charging and supports LTE so users can connect to 4G networks.

Aside from the hardware upgrades, this is also the first phone to ship with Android 4.4 (KitKat). Techspot notes that the OS offers a more refined interface, performance optimizations and messaging integrated into Hangouts. Like all Nexus devices, this one offers the stock build of the Android OS without any additional UI skinning and, like all Google experience devices, will offer regular software updates.

One area that critics agree is unimproved is battery life. Due to a slimmer design, the battery is actually smaller than its predecessor. This has led to a shorter battery life. Know Your Mobile clocks the battery at around 8 hours of standard use. While not impressive, it does stack up to other smartphones like the HTC One.

Despite some qualms with the camera and battery life, most experts agree that the LG Nexus 5 is an impressive flagship phone. TechRadar comments that offers “extreme bang for your buck.” NDTV Gadgets also mentions that it “ticks all the right boxes in terms of hardware specifications.”


Reviews (8.5/10 Avg. rating)


Talk Android

Not the Nexus you expected

from Talk Android

The Nexus 5X is made by LG, a very good hardware manufacturer who made a number of the components found in this phone; however, the display is underwhelming and the performance woes basically cause you to give up on using it. We’re not saying this about a phone imported from a no-name brand in China, my friends. Google called for an experienced partner, LG, to co-develop the Nexus 5X. Everyone wanted it to be a reborn Nexus 5 with updated specifications. On paper, that’s what Google and LG gave us. Going beyond the paper and actually using the phone, the expectation went unmet.... Full review

TrustedReviews

The high-end Android phone bargain of the year

from TrustedReviews
If you want a top-spec phone but don't want to pay the premium that usually comes with it, there are no better options than the Google Nexus 5. Unlike some other low-cost, high-spec Android phones, its quad-core processor has all the power of the most popular high-end smartphones. That the Nexus 5 is actually more powerful than the rival HTC One and Galaxy S4 speaks volumes about both its value, and how quickly things move on in the mobile game... Full review
AndroidPIT

Still top-shelf one year on

from AndroidPIT

For many, the Nexus 5 is still the Android they had been looking for. And in many ways that is justified. You simply cannot beat the price/performance ratio with this phone, thanks in large part to Google’s willingness to earn nothing from their line of Nexus devices. As a showcase for what Android can do, the Nexus 5 is nearly flawless, although battery life, camera performance, memory expansion, removable battery and uninspiring speaker performance are a pretty big counter-balance to a great display, slick minimal build and still very capable processor and graphics. Lollipop has mad... Full review

Good Housekeeping

Excellent display quality and performance

from Good Housekeeping
The Nexus 5 is a great option for a fully featured, high performance, and affordable unlocked smartphone... Full review
Expert Reviews

The Google Nexus 5 does almost everything right for a very reasonable price

from Expert Reviews
The Google Nexus 5’s only drawback is battery life; it managed just 7h 22m in our video playback test, which is three hours less than we expect to see from a modern smartphone. If you use your phone intensively, you'll need to top it up during the day. This is the handset's only real flaw, and isn’t enough to stop it winning a Best Buy award... Full review
TechRadar

This is Google's invitingly priced vision of a premium Android smartphone

from TechRadar
Google has learned from the OEMs. It has learned from previous smartphones in the Nexus line; there are no obvious omissions here, like the lack of LTE in the Nexus 4. Google has even reserved a few goodies for the Nexus 5 alone.The really important things have been nailed. What you are compromising on when comparing the Nexus 5 with the rest of the premium market is the camera and the battery life, but you get a cutting edge processor with a wonderful display... Full review
GottaBeMobile

Can’t go wrong with the Nexus 5

from GottaBeMobile
It has top tier specs, a beautiful 5-inch 1080p HD display, enough power under the hood to be your phone for years, a camera that should make most happy, and keeps getting improved, and of course the latest version of Android. Google didn’t set out to compete with the iPhone 5s or the Galaxy S4, although everyone (us included) compare the two, they made it to offer an excellent device to developers and consumers for a wallet-friendly price. That being considered, the Nexus 5 is a success no matter how many they sell, and we’d recommend you grab one from the Play Store today... Full review
GSM Dome

Appealing format, decent price and some initial problems

from GSM Dome
Nexus 5 gets from us a 9.5 out of 10 for design, 8.5 out of 10 for hardware and a 9.5 out of 10 for OS and UI. The final grade is 9.16 out of 10 and this model is much better than the Nexus 4, but not better than its close relative, LG G2... Full review
Pocket Gamer

The best of Android at a more affordable price

from Pocket Gamer
The biggest benefit of buying a Nexus phone is the assurance of regular and timely updates, plus a fantastic bang for your buck.Google has managed this with the Nexus 5, although it's not quite the same bargain as the Nexus 4, and it's unfortunate that the battery only got a minor increase in capacity.This isn't a deal-breaker, since there are ways to manage the battery. Even if you need to invest in a portable charger, you'll still be quids in, and you'll also be safe in the knowledge that your phone will be supported for at least 18 months. .. Full review
TheTechReviewer

Excellent technical specs for the price

from TheTechReviewer

I found the Nexus 5 to be a powerful, feature-packed smartphone offered at a bargain of a price tag. While Google was forced to cut costs in a few areas, I think they chose the right places to do so allowing the device the ability to still outperform most competitors whom are priced drastically higher. After using this device for the past coupe of weeks, it impressed me enough that I plan to use it as my daily device over my iPhone 5 for the foreseeable future. To put it in short, you won't find more value than what the Nexus 5 brings to the table at this price point and it is by far the be... Full review


Nex

This phone is .by far the best phone I've ever owned .. Although I will agree the battery life is poor. But buying a new battery and replacing the factory one is 100% difference. I've had so many different kinds of phone from sony xperia ,Amazing Galaxy, Htc and this phone by far beats them all .... More
This phone is .by far the best phone I've ever owned .. Although I will agree the battery life is poor. But buying a new battery and replacing the factory one is 100% difference. I've had so many different kinds of phone from sony xperia ,Amazing Galaxy, Htc and this phone by far beats them all . I don't know whether people will agree but it's just my opinion. Less

Pure android at its best

If the camera were only up to par with other flag ship phones...
If the camera were only up to par with other flag ship phones... Less

What they fail to tell you!!

They fail to mention that if your nexus 5 needs repairs, they will refuse to fix as it comes unlocked when purchased! Not impressed AT ALL! Now I'm without a phone because of this!
They fail to mention that if your nexus 5 needs repairs, they will refuse to fix as it comes unlocked when purchased! Not impressed AT ALL! Now I'm without a phone because of this! Less
Kylee

Durability

Had this phone for a week. Somehow (i really don't know how) a hairline crack appeared in the top left corner of the screen. Because of this the bottom of the screen would no longer work. Sent it away for repairs and they denied the coverage because of the cracked screen. Now i get that cracked scre... More
Had this phone for a week. Somehow (i really don't know how) a hairline crack appeared in the top left corner of the screen. Because of this the bottom of the screen would no longer work. Sent it away for repairs and they denied the coverage because of the cracked screen. Now i get that cracked screens are not covered under an insurance package however i've seen my friends iphones with spider web cracks covering the whole screen and they still worked. The crack on my screen wasn't even noticable until I had the problem with the bottom of the screen not working. Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date November 1, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, Australia, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM Card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 5.1.1 Lollipop)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 Quad core 2.26 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB or 32 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.92 W/kg
Body: 1.23 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 366 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 510 minutes
3G Surfing Time 420 minutes
4G Surfing Time 420 minutes
Talk Time Up to:
1020 minutes (2G)
1000 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 12.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Bright Red, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.8 x 6.9 x 0.9 cm
(5.4 x 2.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 130 grams
(4.6 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel Density 445 pixels
Size 4.95 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots No
Expansion Slots Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Scene mode
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 1+ megapixels
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): Google Nexus 5, LG D820

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