Awesome phone, Awesome price.
This year LG once again brings us the yearly update from Google with the Nexus 5 boasting top end hardware specs with a price point that is hard to ignore. How does it hold up this year ? AWESOME !!!
LG has done a great job with the design of the Nexus 5. It has a minimalist design that won’t turn heads and I’ve been asked a few times if I was holding the new iPhone (my feels at that question) but it is a well put together device. It sports a nice rubberized back panel that has the Nexus and LG logo engraved on the back with the camera sitting at the top part. This year as well out the gate the Nexus 5 is also available in black or white (usually you have to wait a few months to get the white version). Both version are pretty similar with the exception of the color difference on the back of the white version and the speaker grill on the front of the device.
The Nexus 5 sports a 4.95 IPS 1080P display this year and it looks great. The viewing angles are great and among some of the best you will find in any phone, colors are bright and vibrant, text looks crisp while reading, and pictures look great as well. I had no problem viewing my content in any situation even in direct sunlight.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 flies in this device rated at 2.26 GHz with 2GB of RAM to push everything along and I noticed no slow down in doing a variety of activities ranging from gaming to web browsing. Music playback was fast, almost instant, Chrome flew with minor hiccups in scrolling (although I think that is more attributed to Chrome than the hardware) and Dead Trigger 2 ran with no problems on max settings. If you are spec head you will be pleased with this device and have no complaints in that department.
Nexus 5 comes in either 16 or 32 GBs of storage with no room for expandable memory so those looking to expand will be disappointed here but in the 32 GB version you have at least 25 GBs out the box to use so that should satisfy most going for this device hopefully.
The speaker on the Nexus 5 was moved to the bottom of the device as well which is welcome. Now you won’t have to worry about your sound getting muffled when you lay your device on the back. The sound is good and gets the job done but not great. It is really easy to muffle the sound in landscape mode being that although there are two speaker grills on the bottom of the device there is only 1 that actually puts out sound which is a slight letdown but you should have no issue hearing in an area that isn’t too loud.
The good news this year is the Nexus 5 camera is a big overall improvement over the Nexus 4. The depth of field is nice and HDR mode can produce some truly amazing shots if you have the patience for the focus which can be slow sometimes. Night time photos are improved this year as well thanks to that nifty inclusion of OIS (Optical Image Stabilization). It is not better than the HTC One or Nokia Lumia flagships but it still is worth noting. Some photos have the colors appear to be washed out at times but I’m hoping it is a software issue that Google can fix in due time. With that being said though the Nexus 5 has a camera that you won’t be depressed to use as it can pull off some shots that can give something like the Galaxy S4 a run for it’s money.
Battery life in the Nexus 5 is overall good. You will need a charger by the end of the day possibly sooner if you are a heavy user. I averaged around 9 hours of battery life with around 3 - 4 hours of screen on time per day with lots of music streaming, browsing social media and maybe on occasion snapping off a few pictures. It is once again a much welcome improvement over the Nexus 4 out the box.
On T-Mobile the Nexus 5 has really good call quality. I haven’t had any complaints of anyone saying they can’t hear me and I had no problem hearing anyone as well. Network speeds for me in Killeen are mediocre using H+ but in Austin where LTE is available I go great speeds ranging from 20 Mbps down all the way up to 30 with around 15 to 20 Mbps up.
The Google Experience
Google brings us 4.4 KitKat on this year’s Nexus and it has one main exclusive feature baked into it. If you are on the home screen you can say “Ok Google” and Google Now will open. It is not always on like the Moto X so if you are in an app or listening to music it will disable itself and not respond. Google Now is now also apart of your home screen as well which can be accessed by swiping left on your home screen. The dial page has a yellow page directory built into it as well and will show the business name of an unknown number if available while they are calling you. Wireless printing also comes built in and the setup is fairly simple.
The Nexus 5 is a welcome improvement over the Nexus 4 and it’s flaws are made less detrimental thanks to the very low price tag for a device with the hardware it packs. If you are in the hunt for a new device at $350 for the 16GB and $399 for the 32GB you can’t really go wrong.