LG is responsible for making the Nexus phones for Google this year. The company had decided that the basis of the new device should be the top model LG G2, but with minor changes. Thus, the screen on the Nexus 5 is little smaller, the camera has smaller sensor and smaller battery capacity, but the latest version of Android as always. If you do not like changes to Android and if you want to always have the latest phone software version available – Nexus 5 is the solution. Read what are its advantages and disadvantages below.
– Always gets Android first
– The screen is phenomenal
– The camera with optical image stabilization
– Strong hardware
– Camera’s software is illogical
– The battery is below expectations
– The volume of external speaker could be stronger
Design and housing
Google does not have much sense of design, neither hardware nor software , hence the housing of Nexus 5 looks pretty simple. It is characterized by sharper edges than we’re used to see on phones and a housing made of rubberized plastic. The advantage of rubberized plastic is that the phone is less likely to slip out of your hands , but it is a magnet for fingerprints, which can be frustrating. Plastic itself looks very strong and resistant, it gives an excellent impression when holding the phone in your hands and it is obvious that it is a premium device.
Complete housing is made from a single piece of plastic, which means it is not possible to separate the back part, in order to, for example, replace the battery. A slot for memory card does not exist, and the only thing on your device you can open is a “drawer” in which micro SIM card is placed (it’s opened with a needle that comes with the package). The phone weighs 130 grams which is rare for 5-inch devices. Concerning other relevant information related to the case, it should be noted that the camera only looks great – but it is not. Google decided to play around with design tricks which are not very smart because there’s a greater possibility of damaging the camera.
Nexus 5, as most top models introduced in 2013, comes with a Full HD screen resolution, ie 1920x1080px. Screen size is 5 inches, which yields density of 445 ppi (pixels per inch). Its IPS display technology is one of the best currently available. Gorilla Glass protective glass protects the screen from physical damage such as scratches.
Nexus 5 hardware is one of the stronger models. It’s powered by Snapdragon 800 processor with four Krait 400 cores running at 2.3 GHz. There is also an Adreno 330 graphics processor. There is a 2 GB of RAM. The device is available with 16 or 32 GB, and as already been said – is not expandable by memory cards. The important thing is that, on the 16 GB model ,12 GB is user available.
Nexus 5 comes with the latest version of Android – KitKat or numerically 4.4.2. This device is definitely designed for those who want upgrades and who curse producers not letting them new upgrades for Android, although their hardware devices support them. The device comes with a “pure” Android, ie without any additional interfaces like TouchWiz, Sense and etc. Softver is really fast and fluid. KitKat generally does not make any substantial changes in the software, besides little altered design and new widgets. One of the changes is that now there is only one home screen . Other screens are not cut out they just do not exist until you start adding some content to them. In addition, it should be mentioned that the widgets are no longer part of the application menu, but they are accessed via long press on the empty spot on the screen. Regarding the notification center, its functionality is the same as before but the difference is that the displays are now in white.
Nexus 5 has all the standard connection types – WiFi, WiFi Direct, WiFi Hotspot, DLNA, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC. It should be noted that transfer of contents of the screen to another device (monitor or TV) is supported through Miracast protocol. Of course, there is also 3G with transfer speed up to 42 mbps but also a 4G – which is new on Nexus devices. The Nexus 5 is the first Nexus which has the ability to connect to 4G or LTE networks. Another note -there’s no handset in the sales package . You read that right – no headphones, so you’ll just have to buy them. Of course, there is a 3.5mm audio jack. Also, FM radio is absent.
Nexus 5 comes with 8 MP camera resolution, which has optical stabilization and LED flash. Although we are accustomed to more pixels (13, 16 or 20), these 8 of Nexus are quite enough. The camera on Nexus 5 is excellent, unlike the older Nexus, where it was usually quite critiqued. Regarding technical stuff, the size of the sensor is 1 / 3.2 inches, which ensures that each pixel has a diameter of 1.4 nanometers, which is visible improvement in comparison to its predecessor. This means that the sensory cells can receive more light which ensures more quality shots from the start.
One of the biggest flaws is the battery life. For some strange and completely obscure reason Google decided to install the battery of 2300 mAh only. With a normal use it shall endure from morning till night. In standby mode, the phone is optimized not to wear out the battery , but one thing is for sure – no one in their right mind buys a smartphone to use it only for phone calls or to keep it in the pocket.