LG Nexus 5

Verge Review

In this review of the Nexus 5, I will attempt to answer one simple question: is Google capable of making a flagship, best-in-class smartphone it can sell for $349 off-contract? And I don't just mean a nice, okay, swell, good, decent, better-than-the-last-one phone. I mean a phone that stacks up against the iPhone 5S, Galaxy S4, HTC One, or Lumia 1020. A phone that people want to buy. A phone that can win hearts and minds. I'm asking this question because I believe Google is asking the same...

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Basic Specs

Thickness .34 inches
Weight .29 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 4.95 inches
Operating system Android
Launch OS version 4.4

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 5.43 inches
Width 2.72 inches
Thickness .34 inches
Weight .29 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color Black, White / Black
Loudspeaker Mono
Noise cancellation Hardware (multi-mic)

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 4.95 inches
Technology IPS LCD
Pixel arrangement RGB
Resolution (Y) 1920 px
Resolution (X) 1080 px
PPI 445
Touchscreen type Capacitive

Connectivity

GSM Yes
UMTS / HSPA Yes
LTE Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11 a/c
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 4.0
NFC support Yes
Tethering / mobile hotspot Yes

Processor

Manufacturer Qualcomm
Brand / family Snapdragon 800
Clock speed 2.3 GHz
Number of cores 4

GPU

Manufacturer Qualcomm
Model Adreno 330

Memory

RAM size 2 GB

Storage

Internal size 16 GB, 32 GB
External No

Front Camera

Resolution 1.3 megapixels
Video resolution 720p

Rear Camera

Resolution 8 megapixels
Flash LED
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 1080p

Software

Operating system Android
Launch OS version 4.4

Interface

Video out Yes
Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB

Sensors

Sensors Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer

Battery

Capacity 2300 mAh
Wireless charging Yes

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9.1

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Mock5 (Currently owns)

    Best android phone ever made in my honest opinion. The only negative depending on your own personal usage could be battery life, and even that is solid. The screen is spectacular, not the best but most definitely best in class. Bone naked android, no crapware and updates for the mothership google. Good build quality, its no flashy, but its pleasant to hold, it simplicity makes it very attractive. THe fastest android phone to date, this thing rips through any app you throw at it, and multitasking is a breeze.

    Last but not least the price, the value of this phone is out of this world. If you think you want this phone, don't even think about it, buy buy, buy.

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    Reviewed by AnneBesantine (Currently owns)

    I've been excited about this ever since it came out and (finally) got it about two weeks ago, and I have to admit i completely fell in love with it!
    It's so light and simplistic, it just makes the android inside shine!
    It's very fast and responsive and the screen is amazing! the design is flawless, the camera takes some amazing shots, the speakers are pretty good & the call quality is great!
    Thought the only downside i could find would be the battery life, it lasts me about an average of a day with regular use (web browsing and some music) & roughly 3/4 of a day with heavier use (some gaming involved).
    Overall I would recommend it to any android lover!

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    Reviewed by Abhijot Kaler (Currently owns)

    I gave this 10 coz there is not a single other 350$ device out there that is better than this
    U challenge any company(nokia,apple,samsung,htc) to make a 350 dollar smart phone they won't be able
    to call there phone a smartphone even..

    So therefore for a price bracket of 350 dollar smart phone google has done a amazing job
    and if google made a 600-700 nexus smartphone (partnered with other OEM's0
    other smartphone manufactures will co extinct.................

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    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.

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    Reviewed by David Auster (Currently owns)

    The Build in quality is great in soft touch, the performance is overkill the cameras is REALLY good but you need to know how to focus properly and HDR+ helps alot, i take alot of pictures and im really pleased with the quality of the photos but Google can do better with the software and i bet it will. Battery life is good too Josh problems might have been connected to software issues im getting 3-4 hours of screen on using LTE. The Android ecosystem is great on this phone since it has a pretty much common GPU most of the games will be compatible. Display is AMAZING. Android should be like this in EVERY phone those OEM UI destroy the OS.

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    Reviewed by Themis999 (Currently owns)

    Great phone! My heart is torn between this phone and HTC One GPE (I have both). I like the larger display on the Nexus but the colors are really washed out in comparison. I also light how light the Nexus One is but really prefer the metal construction and design of the One... I guess I will keep switching between the 2 until the Nexus 6 or HTC Two comes out...

    Pros:
    - large display
    - software
    - speed
    - light

    Cons:
    - display colors are washed out
    - cheap construction
    - camera is average

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    Reviewed by Aswin1993 (Currently owns)

    Nexus 5 even though very plain looks pretty good and is very comfortable to use despite its large size. It is easy to operate with one hand is very light weight owing to the material used. Even though it looks pretty good its obvious its made for whats underneath the packing once you start to use it. Its buttery smooth and simply awesome to use. It provides a pure android experience, the way it was meant to be. The software is seamless and Google now responds well to our voice even though i would have loved the voice integration to be like that in Moto x.
    Despite these good points it does have certain drawbacks or else it would definitely have demolished the other smartphone makers. It doesn't have a good camera like the LG G2 or Samsung Note 3 or the iPhone 5s. The camera improved considerably after the 4.4.2 kitkat update was released and it shows that further improvement through firmware updates is possible . Another drawback is the batterylife. I am not a poweruser and i get around a day and 5-8 hrs battery with 3-4 on screen time if i do not use any battery intensive apps like games. You really feel the battery beginning to drain once you turn on a game. It is expected as a 2300 mah battery is not enough to drive a gorgeous 1080p display and a snapdragon 800 processor. If Google takes care of these 2 depts they can definitely make the ultimate smartphone.. Who knows .. The next in Nexus line may just accomplish that title

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    Reviewed by narp (Currently owns)

    The Nexus 5 is by far the best smartphone I've ever owned (previously: Nexus 4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S2, iPhone 3s). Only the camera is a bit of a disappointment because it's pretty slow which makes it difficult to take photos of moving objects or persons . The phone is very rigid and has survived multiple drops to the floor without getting damaged.

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    Reviewed by universalmind89 (Currently owns)

    This nexus is very fantastic in my opinion.. a mix of performance , quality and refinment. The only flaw is the poor quality of audio and the not perfect performance of camera. Display , connectivity , speed and prize make them one of the greatest smartphones of 2013. I highly recommend it to all

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    Reviewed by Sergio Cruz (Previously owned)

    In 5 words "A new and better Nexus."

    This is not the first time that this phone launches we've had some experience with it, we know Google's goal, their intentions and the main structure of the Nexus Line. Top Specs, Decent Design and "Pure Android." Google doesn't always deliver all three but the Nexus 5 is a good shot.

    The "pure android" was something basic about this phone it was part of the concept and like i said part of the structure of the Nexus line, but this is a Google phone not a pure android phone, this might sound wrong but think about it, they even released the phone with a Google Experience Launcher , Google play edition phones now are closer to stock android that even the nexus. If you like the Google ecosystem more than the android experience you'll be just fine, but for those who don't like Google or their services but still like the OS the software of the Nexus 5 might not be the right for you, just backup root, flash a new ROM and shut up (be happy).

    This phone is the not the one you can show off to the normal people, probably they have never heard of the Nexus Line they don't care about your specs they are happy with their GalaxyShit or their IShit some windows phones shit (to keep the balance) are more recognizable than the nexus, but your geek friends would have to admit that your Snapdragon 800 is a beast and that your 1080p screen is beautiful and right now there is nothing this phone can't do in a decent way, maybe the software does not have as many features or gimmicks as other phones but regular tasks like gaming and watching videos, multitasking or browsing can be done perfectly. At first the nexus were phones for developers, they have changed some things to make it more mainstream, the structure is there you might want something different but for most of us this phone does the job.

    Show me something better for $350.

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