Reviewed by ClarkDV (Currently owns)
This phone is certainly the greatest phone I have ever had. I owned a Nexus 4 for awhile, and tried the iPhone 5s to give iOS 7 a shot. Little to my surprise, it failed to impress. Though it had much-needed features such as Control Center and enhanced multitasking, it seemed inconsistent and the design aged fast. When I got my Nexus 5 from Google Play on Monday, it felt like I was home. As I removed it from the beautiful packaging and felt the back side, I instantly fell in love with the texture. I no longer had to worry about dropping the ice-slippery aluminum-back iPhone I had. It feels like a very sturdy and well-crafted device, and the plastic is nowhere near cheap feeling.
Upon using the device, I realized I finally had a phone that was wicked fast; unimpeded by slow animations (iOS) that make it feel like less is getting done. For me, the primary feature of the Nexus is certainly the software. I do not buy the Nexus line for the hardware (although I can say I do love it, and the form factor is the best for a 5 inch screen I have found). I love getting updates as instantly as possible, and the design brought forth in KitKat is beautiful. The new Roboto Condensed font, transparent menu bar and home buttons, and integration of "OK, Google" and Google Now as a home screen is incredible. While the 5s had some things that stood out, such as battery life and the camera, the benefits of the Nexus outweigh these. My phone is not my primary camera, and I don't think it ever should be. I do not need ultra high detailed photos (though it is nice) to upload to Facebook and such. But that's just my opinion. I believe the camera and battery life on the Nexus 5 are excellent; all you really need for any typical day.
The last and possibly biggest feature, for me, (and the many people I have shown) is the gorgeous display. At 1080p, the 5 inch, 445 ppi display is phenomenal. The first thing you may notice is how bright and accurate the colors are, and when you take a closer look, you will see how it is even crisper than Apple’s Retina Display. Personally, I love that the screen looks like it is clinging on to the glass above it, rather than looking recessed like many other phones, and I love the great responsiveness as well.
All things aside, this phone is phenomenal. If you put past the minute (maybe not to some) hiccups in the camera and battery life, there are really no drawbacks. The up-to-date operating system, excellent build quality, elegant display, and roaringly fast processor put this phone next to none. And at only $350 out-of-pocket, the Nexus 5 is the best way to refill that empty stitching on your thigh.
- Design 9
- Display 10
- Camera(s) 7
- Reception / call quality 9
- Performance 10
- Software 9
- Battery life 8
- Ecosystem 10