Reviewed by RaphaniacZX (Currently owns)
The Nexus 5 is pretty much the best you could ask for at its actual price point. With noticeable cut-offs and great things to look at, is difficult to beat it.
Despite me being the Android user that I am and calling it a 9 at the least with great features, I'm doing a fair review from my standpoint using The Verge's scoring system.
Design may not be a killer, but since this is a mostly software-based device having just the right hardware so you can focus on the software is completely what they did here. The device doesn't feel cheap by any means, and in fact I found myself showing it off a lot of times and people adding on how light and how nice the ceramic and the soft-touch finish were.
Performance is a screamer just as the Nexus 4 aimed to be. Everything goes snappy and quickly just as you may expect from an un-skinned unaltered pure experience. Android is Android, but with ART in the way and Project Butter running around you can't hardly say it's a bad performer.
As far as the stock-out the box experience goes there's only two things you could look down on, which are battery life and the camera. The camera with OIS is pretty decent as matters go, where I get to tell it gets good is when using HDR+ which seems to fix so many things when taking pictures, leaving it to the software to fix itself most of the time. Without it I'd call it decent at best in comparison with others, but then again there's a predetermined answer for look downs: You can't complain by the price.
What I really want to point out though, is the fact that as a Nexus what matters is not the stuff out of the box, but what you do after. With endless ROMs, Kernels, Root powers and several mods and works from the developer community you can only fly as far as you're willing to.
With a custom kernel you can help fix the battery performance noticeably. The phone also seems to have a fast charging cycle, meaning that with one charge mid-day you can just play with it all day full time and worry little on making through the day.
The Nexus 5 is what you make out of it, but with pretty top-specifications and all the means at your disposal the Nexus can aim at the flagship panorama and blow it off if you make it so. I may have or not exaggerated here, but cheap is not on Google's dictionary, only affordable. And if anything it's a superb product with minor flaws.
- Design 8
- Display 9
- Camera(s) 7
- Reception / call quality 8
- Performance 9
- Software 9
- Battery life 7
- Ecosystem 8