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

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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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by dkuster (Currently owns)

    BEST smartphone you can buy at the moment (after 4.4.2 update). I use different phones (iOS, Android, WP8, BB) all the time, but most other phones seem to lag in comparison. Only weakness is its battery life which is only ok. Buy it, you won't regret it!

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Ithnur (Currently owns)

    I highly anticipated the release and when i got mine it totally blew my mind. The design is simple & elegant. The display is gorgeous and after the 4.4.1 Update the camera takes very decent photos. As an average user the battery lasts around 20h, totally acceptable. As of today I could not force it to lag, thanks to the 2.3 GHz quadcore and Anroid 4.4.1 KitKat.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Stargazr (Previously owned)

    the nexus 5 is an extremely good device with the best hardware to date. the build quality isn't up to par with the the performance but who other than apple can build a fast and perfectly designed device?
    nonetheless it's a great piece of hardware with nothing left to be desired except a larger battery and a micro sd slot (alas, that's never gonna happen).

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by Simon Valdivia (Currently owns)

    The only problem I had with this phone WAS the camera, after the 4.2.2 update the quality of pictures are even better and the shutter even faster than in 4.4.1. This is almost my ideal phone (only needs to be water proof to get there). Buy it, it's the best phone I've owned, and is the best one you can get right now (if you're a normal hand sized person like me and can't use a note 3) and most of all, it's only 350$ no strings attached.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by VanVlack (Currently owns)

    It really is hard to beat this phone. Directly from Google it comes with the latest software running on top hardware. The design feels solid and looks good due to its mix of hard and soft corners. Being able to run it on 3 of the 4 major carriers or most of the regional one allows for consumer choice and its low cost you can pass on being locked into a contract.

    While stated in The Verge's review, the battery and camera are average but very usable. Even when trying it is hard to see individual pixels on the beautiful full HD display. With the fast processor and LTE connection I never get slowed down on t-mobiles connection and the inclusion of NFC, Qi charging, Bluetooth 4.0 and miracast my connection options are wide.

    The software feels snappy and with the minor tweaks to the UI it looks even better then the last version of stock android. While I would have liked to see a greater amount of new features I know having a nexus device will give me first access to the newest software.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Tajamer (Currently owns)

    I was worried when I first purchased this phone that I maybe wasting an upgrade eligibility for a phone thats half off most of its competitors. I wasn't sure to expect, I knew I wanted the latest Android software but I also wished for the best hardware. I previously used a HTC Evo LTE (iPhone 4s and Palm pre before that). I was a little sick of looking for the best ROM for my phone, I couldn't stand sense. There were always little minor flaws in my roms and I would find myself continue to update in order to find the most stable and contains the features of the most recent android version. Also being on Sprint, we never had the opportunity to get the Nexus at launch.

    OK, lets talk hardware.
    I have the black version which is by far much much better than the white version. The black has a much nicer feel, more of a silky suede feel. The white version is plain plastic that will easily slip from your fingers.
    The button placement is exactly where I wanted them. Unlike the nexus 7 where the power and volume button are on the same side and you often find yourself accidentally turning off the screen when you wanted to turn the volume up. Overall the phone feels very solid, the size is great, the slightly curved back makes it nice to hold, and noone can tell from holding and looking at your phone that it only costs$350.
    Most people will find the screen great. I find the colors a little more washed out than my previous super lcd 2 screen on the evo lte, but overall I can't complain.
    The sound is a little better with the 4.4.1 update. Louder and crisper, but still dont have high expectations, this is one area you can tell they tried to save money.
    Call reception is good to great.
    The most underated part of the phone is the camera. Especially with the new update 4.4.1. The camera works flawlessly now, and is much better than most phones out there. The HDR+ is a great feature and you'll find yourself using it. The navigation controls are somewhat annoying, but I am confident the next update may address this issue.
    The photos app and Google + auto enhance and auto awesome feature are also wonderful. The other day a snow animation was added randomly to one of my photos.

    Battery- I never have trouble getting through one day. I wake up 6 am and it'll last until 11pm with 30-40% battery left. When I first had the phone it would last only for 8 hours, but give it a few days and you'll see a huge improvement.

    Bottom line... Phone is fast, great camera, great battery, and I would highly recommend this phone to anyone.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by miguelsalazar (Currently owns)

    El mejor Android que te puedes encontrar ahora mismo en el mercado, no solo por su precio que es excelente, sino por su calidad que sorprende en un teléfono con este valor, su Hardware es prácticamente de lo mejor que hay en el mercado y su rendimiento el mejor que he visto en un teléfono Android .

    Fuente: Experiencia Propia

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by simo.alb (Currently owns)

    This is by far the best Android phone out there.

    The screen is magnificent (I've had iPhone users tell me that images look so real that it makes the screen look like a photograph) and the speed is flawless.

    Android is the best it has ever been, Google Now always more powerful and useful ("OK Google" from the homescreen and even "OK Jarvis" from inside Google Now start voice search which now speaks back and interacts with you).

    The camera is good and fast (after update) and with a few color and exposure adjustments pictures come out fantastic. Plus people forget about PhotoSpheres, this feature alone makes any Nexus camera so cool and interesting.

    Im not sure how batter life is tested but I can go full day of moderately heavy use easily (now 62% after 10h 25m), I'm sure it's no Droid Maxx but I've never been disappointed.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by li0nh3art (Currently owns)

    I've been using this phone for about 2 weeks now. I'll start with the camera. There has been many issues with focus and sometimes it takes blurred images. I'm still on 4.4 (no OTA for me yet but 4.4.2 is released).

    Performance wise, this phone is a beast. I'm in love with kitkat goodies :D.

    The biggest let down of this phone is Speakers. Awful low sound speakers ever on any flagship. This urges me to get HTC One.

    Overall, this is the best phone for the price you're paying :)

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by aych (Currently owns)

    Can't really beat the screen or the performance. Android KitKit is as good as it gets right now in mobile operating systems. The camera is solid now with the latest update. The only real knock is battery life, but I always make it through the day with ease, and have once gotten two days out of it with light use.

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