LG Nexus 5

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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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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Filippo Sianesi (Currently owns)

    This phone, is excellent, the camera is better than Nexus 4, the call quality is the Top, the display is very very well, but the black, is quite good. This is one of the TOP smartphones of this year for me. I Love the Nexus family. This is my favourite phone: better than HTC One, better than Samsung GS4, better than other Top Devices.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Christopher Fatica (Currently owns)

    This has by far been my favorite phone. I like the phone's design. It is thin and light. However it doesn't feel as good as the Moto X in the hand. The Nexus 5 has some sharper corners but it just takes a little getting used.

    The phone is super fast and doesn't skip a beat. After the camera update I have been very happy with the camera performance. Especially trying to snap those quick pictures of the kids who are always in motion.

    My only minor gripe is the headphone jack placement on the top of the phone. After having all my ports on the bottom of my last phone (the Galaxy Nexus) I find the headphone jack on top awkward. Time will tell if I get used to this or not.

    My battery life has also been fantastic. I have noticed a couple days that Google Services burns through the most battery but in general I tend to be around 40% after 18 hours on the battery.

    All in all this phone is a great value. I think the only other phone that comes close could be the Moto X.

    Cheers!

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by francescobabbaro (Currently owns)

    An excellent smartphone. I like it a lot. Display is beautiful and full HD is wonderful! Camera isn't excellent, but after the update, is good. Call quality is good, without problems. I think it's the smothest smartphone. Android Kit Kat is wonderful, all is smooth and perfect. Battery life is good, with Franco kernel it's perfect for me. (Sorry for my bad English).

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Jimneezy (Currently owns)

    With each Nexus smartphone Google brings to the table it makes it better and faster and that is the case with this phone. It has a premium feel with an attractive look and light weight. Big gorgeous screen with full HD resolution and the latest software from android which makes this phone a screamer. all that with a very affordable price and you'll feel like you got for a steal

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by hherreraiii (Currently owns)

    The phone is stock. The phone gets the updates first. IT has minimal design. It has a sub par camera. Below average batter life. It has the best internals to price ratio. It feels great (the black one). Great integration in Google ecosystem. Charges quick. Decent call quality. Wireless charging.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by rod (Currently owns)

    I just got my white Nexus 5. Turned on and it installed Android 4.2.2 KitKat with Camera improvements. All I can say is that it beat all my expectations. The phone is ultra-fast, I really really like the design - thin, good to hold, matte back (better than the super glossy-glass Nexus 4 I have) and the camera and overall speed amazed me. Better than I expected. And the display is simply gorgeous. It's a shame the iPhone 5s still get good reviews. Compared to my phone, it looks like something old, small, slow... My votes of Nexus 5 over almost all phones. If the Galaxy Note 3 was stock Android..... or better yet, a Nexus, with soft buttons and without all Samsung trash, it would beat my phone. Ah.. just remembered that it costed less than half the price of a "top phone". All unlocked under my control. This is it.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by yaotly (Currently owns)

    The Nexus 5 is an excellent phone in many ways. It's solidly built and feels great to use. It's got serious processing power which means it can handle pretty much anything you throw at it. The phone has an absolutely gorgeous display. The KitKat update is polished and refined, and cements my belief that not only is Android leading the charge in mobile OSs from a functionality and user interface standpoint, but from a design standpoint as well. The battery life, while not perfect, appears to be good enough to get you through a day of work — which is certainly on par with its competition.

    More importantly, Google is blazing a new path in the way we buy our phones. A device of this quality for $349 is something to take notice of. It's impressive, but more than that, it's a crucial step towards offering consumers more control over how and when they buy their phones and phone service. It's also just kind of a cool idea — a great phone, no strings attached.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by Prodikl (Currently owns)

    I went from a galaxy nexus to the nexus 5 and man, what a value. A top of-the-line cpu, gpu and screen, for half the price of other flagships! The camera is good enough for me, so what else can I say? It's as fast as I could imagine a phone being, and is very affordable; what else could you want?

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Clowngratulations (Currently owns)

    What really won me over about the Nexus 5 is it's build quality. Some may scoff at its "bland, generic, cookie-cutter" plastic design, but immediately upon feeling it I fell in love. The slightly-rubberized texture feels unlike anything else I've tried out there (save the Nexus 7; Google's got a great hardware design going), and it feels surprisingly lighter than what I expected. Caveat: the white version is a completely different story, with different materials making up the exterior.

    As for the software, Google's proven that it can provide an OS that is as sophisticated and simple to use as Apple's iOS, so much so that it seems to me that Android has leapfrogged iOS in the simplicity department.

    My only gripe (after the 4.4.1 camera update) is about the battery life, which leaves a something to be desired. Overall though, the Nexus 5 represents what is probably the most well-balanced smartphone there is. I'd describe it as the "iPhone of Android phones," which makes sense given Google's direct influence.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Azraelization (Currently owns)

    The Nexus 5 is a brilliant device in terms of software, hardware, and pricing. For $350-400 off contract this phone is amazing in build quality as well as performance. The soft-touch back similar to the 2013 Nexus 7's is silky to the touch and while yes, is made of plastic, doesn't bend and is rigid which gives it an overall sturdier feel than the cheep backs of some Samsung phones. The 2.3 Ghz quad core processor coupled with the 1920 x 1080 display makes for a naturally smooth and immersive experience that makes 4.4 KitKat lovely to handle. Battery life has proven more stable than thought after reading the initial reviews and lasts all day with moderate use. The camera's are however lack-luster, generally producing moderate shots with a few blurry or under-contrasted images as well. Android 4.4.1(/4.4.2) brings with it some improvements it shutter time hoping to reduce the blurriness of the images as well as improving contrast ratios. While it does succeed in improving contrast, camera images will still ring a small bit hollow compared to that of other phones. Over all the Nexus 5 however is probably the best Android Phone on the market right now, and for $350 how can you refuse?

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