- Armando Rodriguez , Tech Hive
Though the hardware is fairly mundane, the software will draw attention.
- Roy Choi , TechnoBuffalo
Nexus 5 is the best Nexus device to date and it has rocking specs, display all for a great price.
- Excellent screen quality
- LTE support
- Fast processor
- Ships with Android 4.4
- 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.
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)
Not the Nexus you expected
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
The high-end Android phone bargain of the year
Still top-shelf one year on
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
Excellent display quality and performance
The Google Nexus 5 does almost everything right for a very reasonable price
This is Google's invitingly priced vision of a premium Android smartphone
Can’t go wrong with the Nexus 5
Appealing format, decent price and some initial problems
The best of Android at a more affordable price
Excellent technical specs for the price
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
Pure android at its best
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