Google Nexus 5 Review
It delivers streamlined experience that’s fast, stylish, refined and it does all this at a low price. You can snag the 16GB version of Nexus 5 for around £239.99 or you can lay an extra £40 to get the 32GB for £279.99. Good chips, good screen and a bargain price.The price has dropped slightly since launch, but seeing as Google has discontinued thee handset only a handful or retailers have unit left. It’s now officially listed as no longer available for purchase.
In terms of hardware the Nexus 5 is still just a premium smartphone but not have a premium price tag. Nexus 5 also able to hold its own with the top devices of 2013, but it hold it up against the flagship of 2014 and the Nexus 5 is left lagging behind.
The nexus 5 is one of the most comfortable phones that you can used. It is comparably slow to heat up; which means there is no problem holding while watching movies or while you play in longer time. The soft touch finish contrasts perfectly with the ceramic buttons, which makes them very easy to find and used without looking.
Its 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip isn’t as powerful as power efficient as the 801 or 805 models which adorn recent high-end smartphones and while we’re seeing 2GB of RAM and 1080p displays on few of them, others such as the Nexus 6 and Samsung Note 4 are moving to more RAM and QHD screen.
Were now in 2015 and starting to see Qualcom’s Snapdragon 810 chip to take hold and already installed in the LG G Flex 2 and HTC One M9, which dates the Nexus 5 even more. The Nexus 5 has been updated to Lollipop 5.0 Android; it’s the biggest software jump for Androids since Ice cream Sandwich was broadcast in 2011 and proved Google could do software design well. Android 5.0 Lollipop completely redesigns the interface, adds in many features OEM have been including in skins for years now, a battery saver mode for example and brings in the new Material Design look.
Despite having a five inch display, Nexus 5 measures just 137.9 x 69.2 x 8.6 mm and the grooved rim are nice and thin. With a Full HD resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels or 445ppi, The Nexus display looks accurate and crisp. It’s an IPS display and while critics will point to AMOLED’s superior brightness and black levels that u need to hard press to noticed. The slab is all about the screen and entire front of the Nexus 5 is glass. The only details that break it up are round earpiece center top and the front facing camera to the left side. And there’s also an actually LED notification light down below the screen that you can see, when it blinks into life. The back and sides are soft-touch, matte plastic and it only weighs 130g. And if you flip it over, you will see a couple of design flourishes.
You’ll find the glaring round eye of the 8MP camera on top left. Which is incredibly big and a tiny LED flash is just below. The logo Nexus is embossed in lowercase gloss with a tiny LG logo below it. The bottom of the edge has a standard microUSB port and there are two grilles either side of it. It only has one speaker and the other hides a microphone. And in top there’s a standard 3.5mm headphone port and extra port for microphone.
There’s a ceramic volume rocker on the left spine, with no markings and ceramic power button on the right spine and a SIM tray, which need a tool or pin to pop it out. The Nexus 5 has no microSD support or battery switching, so no need to open the case.
It is comparably slow to heat up; which means there is no problem holding while watching movies or while you play in longer time