Reviewed by Luckbuckets (Currently owns)
Having owned all the Nexus phones leading up to the Nexus 5, i couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Thankfully, Google had a much better launch this year and i got mine the Tuesday following the release.
The design of this phone is nice. If the Nexus 4 was pretty, the Nexus 5 is handsome. It's not flashy, its almost understated. The only flair is the ceramic buttons that have a nice subtle shine to them and the Nexus on the back. This phone feels and looks mature.
The display of the Nexus 5 is gorgeous. I can honestly say that it is the best display i have seen on a phone. The colors are great and the images are crisp, it leaves nothing to be desired. I find myself turning on the display simply to admire the quality. This screen is a treat. The screen is also nice and bright, and I’m surprised by how dark the blacks are on this backlit display.
The Camera on here is rather good. The pictures i have have taken are definitely serviceable for my needs and will be more than good enough for posting online. The low light performance is also quite impressive, the additions of OIS and HDR+ are a great enhancement. The front facing camera isn't anything to brag about but it is good for video chat over hangouts or Skype. Your selfies may come out a little overly warm and orange.
The phone reception for me has been good in metro Detroit on T-mobile. The sound quality was great and the speakerphone was loud enough that i found myself turning it down while in the car. LTE is a great addition.
The Nexus 5 is blisteringly fast. Having the Nexus 4, i never really felt it feeling slow. 4.3 Jellybean always felt smooth and great. Breaking into KitKat on the 5 is just stunning. The Snapdragon S800 is a monster in terms of performance and it handles everything with ease. I downloaded a few games to play and not one looked bad or had the slightest bit of stutter.
Android 4.4 KitKat is a delight. It is clean and responsive and it runs amazing on the Nexus 5, i can only imagine how it will do on other devices as they are updated. The new dialer is an especially nice touch.
The Battery life has been great for me. I have since i got the phone, been able to go a full day without any worry about battery life. I get about 3 hours of on screen time though i think depending on what i'm doing, i could get even more out of it. I have had 16 hour days that have still left me with battery to spare. This is a great upgrade from last years Nexus 4.
The Nexus 5 is definitely worth the consideration. I would recommend it in a heartbeat.
- Design 9
- Display 10
- Camera(s) 8
- Reception / call quality 9
- Performance 10
- Software 10
- Battery life 9
- Ecosystem 10