People who follow mobile sphere know what the word Nexus means. Nexus is the name given to Google’s line of pure Android smartphones. The company has been showcasing its latest version of Android platform ever since it has launches its first model, the Google Nexus One. Google’s Nexus 4 of the last year, stood out for its impressive low cost, $300 which gave other smartphones something to worry about.
The Nexus line’s evolution has been a peculiar one and it’s good to see that Google has tried to reach same results with the latest Google Nexus 5. This pure Android smartphone is featured with most cutting edge hardware and the latest version of platform, Android 4.4 “KitKat”. It is now also outfitted with 4G LTE connectivity. It was one of the score points of Nexus 4. The Nexus 5 comes with an impressive cost of $349 for base model.
The Google Nexus 5 is much more like the Nexus 7 and looks like a smaller version of Nexus 7. The Nexus 5 is entirely made up of polycarbonate plastic that gives it a soft touch and matte finish to it. It construction helps to give it light weight (130 grams/4.59 oz) feel in hand but it is not as solid as polycarbonate plastics used by Nokia’s line of Lumia smartphones.
It doesn’t feel too massive or obtrusive but feels pretty good in hand. Its overall size is almost same as that of its predecessor. For the most part, Nexus 5 is clean and minimalistic looking smartphone. It has its name “Nexus” proudly etched to its back. The design overall is undoubtedly modest this time.
The headset’s trim consists of power button, 3.5mm headset jack, micro SIM slot, volume controller, standard mic, noise cancelling microphone, microUSB port and speaker grill. The power and volume button with its set of physical buttons, are distinctive to touch and response great when pressed. These are positioned where we are familiar finding them in.
It appears at first glance as if it packs two speakers, evident by two sets of holed grills along the bottom edge. But actually, one is for its mic and the other for the speaker. In the middle, below the display, there is an LED notification light that pulsates different colors according to the type of notification. Above the display, Nexus 5 has got, light and proximity sensors, its peculiar shaped earpiece and a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera.
There is a huge border that surrounds the 8 megapixel auto-focus camera which features an LED flash, optical image stabilization, 1080 video recording, f2.4 aperture lens and backside illuminated sensor. The Nexus 5 comes with a closed design which means that you can’t access the battery and it doesn’t feature expandable storage. Nevertheless, it is available in both 16GB and 32GB configurations.
The Nexus 5 features a 5 inch display increasing 0.3 inches over the predecessor. The beauty lies in how the bezels on the right and left sides of the display are minimized. Its display also comes with an advanced in-cell touch technology which gives it a floating appearance.
There are several pleasant qualities about 5 inch 1080×1920 IPS LCD display such as it produces sharp details with 445 ppi and offers better than average outdoor visibility.
Processor and Memory:
The Nexus 5 is far from being a slouch as it features Snapdragon 800 chipset under the hood, which is an impressive gesture considering its cost. This SoC features a quad-core 2.3GHz Krait 400 CPU. Coupled with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB dual-channel LPDDR3 RAM, there is nothing that it can’t handle. When it comes to performance, the Nexus 5 is a speed demon, from trivial tasks to high intensity ones.
It doesn’t feature expandable storage. Nevertheless, it is available in both 16GB and 32GB configurations.
Internet and Connectivity:
The Nexus 5 supports 4G LTE connectivity which means the phone is now able to surf more easily and complex pages rich with media will load in a jiffy and also provides fantastic web browsing with the Chrome Browser.
Much like other flagship smartphones, the Google Nexus 5 packs connectivity features such as Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and NFC but it doesn’t add on IR blaster.
Neither it’s the best nor the worst thing you have used. But at the very least you will be able to get through your phone calls with some ease. The Nexus 5 has a very peculiar looking earpiece, circular and tiny in size, which could be the way it disperses audio but its volume output lacks, unless you jam it against your ear tightly. Voices have a flatter tone but are audible enough to comprehend voices. The speakerphone also emits a lot of crackling at the loudest setting.
The Google Nexus 5 is stuffed with 2300mAh battery and its output ranges between 8 to 12 hours with heavy usage. On one side you would be absolutely thankful for its 4G LTE connectivity but on the other hand, it might be the reason of its underwhelming battery performance.
• Quad-core processor delivers excellent performance
• Android 4.4 welcomes software enhancements
• Beautiful 1080p display
• Doesn’t offer global LTE
• Battery life could be better
• Doesn’t work on Verizon
There is a lot of good to say about the Google Nexus 5. First and foremost is the killer price attached to something like this high-end smartphone. And with such low cost comes many great specs. Besides the hardware, its Android 4.4 KitKat brings forth a refreshed experience, providing user a simplified experience that is easy to learn, navigate and operate.
As everything comes with its own pros and cons, so this Google Nexus 5 owns its own. Not all is 100 percent perfect with this smartphone just like its call quality performance and its underwhelming battery. But with this one, its positives outweigh the negatives.
The Google Nexus 5, in a nut shell, offers the best bang for your buck, featuring amazing specs and dimensions and the latest OS for a very reasonable price.
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