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 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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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Lion_HammerD (Currently owns)

    Design might not be original, but the phone itself is beautiful ! Display is gorgeous even if it seems a little washed out, I would like te colors to be brighter.. The cameras are the worst part of the phone, but they're still pretty good ! With HD video both sides and 8 MP at the back, it can't be THAT horrible (and the mic is pretty awesome on the videos I make). Call quality is very good, as I said, the mic is awesome ! Performance are...wow ! Quad core Snapdragon 800 is pretty good for a smartphone, with 2 gigs of ram. Software is Android, and Android 4.4 is so much easier than 4.3 and more beautiful as well. Battery life is not very consistant.. But I don't spend more than 9 hours outside without a charger ! And the Google ecosystem is one of the largest : mail, maps, calendar, news, G+, photos (picasa), traduction, stocks, GDrive, chrome and Earth ! All together form a really nice thing..

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by Murdoc2112 (Currently owns)

    This phone has been great so far. The battery( Charge every other day), camera(Not important), and 4.4 have given my very little to complain about. This phone is super fast and not flashy. I'm fond of stealthy types of things, so this fits my M.O. I sold my HTC One and Nexus 4 to pay for this and I don't regret it. I'm so happy to be on an LTE Nexus device, finally.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Nick Roberts (Currently owns)

    It's a great phone, much better than the HTC DNA I upgraded from. I've had no issues with performance. This is easily the fastest phone I have ever used. My only complaints are that the earpiece speaker is a little weak, and that the camera protrudes a little from the back of the phone which makes it hard to lay flat. Of course the latter problem can be solved by using a case.

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by SinaTheCake (Currently owns)

    I've used the Nexus 5 for a few weeks and, based on my experience with the Nexus 4, it's a worthwhile successor. However, I've had several problems with it. On my first N5, there was a dead pixel and the paint job quickly eroded on the back. I'm currently on my second N5 so far, but two things have carried on between both N5s: a horrible camera and one of the worst speakers I have ever seen. The speaker can get easily muffled if you hold your finger it (this happens a lot for me in racing games, such as Real Racing 3). The camera, like with most Nexus phones before it, offers only a meh experience. It's fine if you have a professional studio setup to shoot with, but if good luck trying to get a good picture if you're shooting in day-to-day life. In addition, the whole process from pressing the "shutter" button to saving the picture takes about 1.5 seconds more than the iPhone, which is embarrassing. Nevertheless, if you can get past those two fatal flaws, this is a near perfect phone. The performance is one of the best I've seen in any phone, period. The display is drop dead gorgeous. KitKat is a joy to use. The off contract price is a steal.

    As long as you don't care about speakers or cameras, this phone is a must buy.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by moggyx (Currently owns)

    In short, an amazing phone with only two short comings
    1. The speaker on the phone is horrible.
    2. The camera takes great photos unless your subject moves, in which case, it is useless.

    Aside from those two points, this is the best value for money phone out there today. If google can fix the camera and it's horrid lack of speed, it will be possibly the best android phone there is.

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by rothgar (Currently owns)

    After using the device for a week the phone is blazingly fast but the camera is so slow it is useless for my uses. The battery also will not make it a full day without needing to charge around dinner time. The hardware design is great but KitKat has some really weird bugs/features that just don't make sense to me. Maybe they will come out with some updates to fix my complaints but you shouldn't buy a phone based on what it could be, but what it is now.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Luckbuckets (Currently owns)

    Having owned all the Nexus phones leading up to the Nexus 5, i couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Thankfully, Google had a much better launch this year and i got mine the Tuesday following the release.

    The design of this phone is nice. If the Nexus 4 was pretty, the Nexus 5 is handsome. It's not flashy, its almost understated. The only flair is the ceramic buttons that have a nice subtle shine to them and the Nexus on the back. This phone feels and looks mature.

    The display of the Nexus 5 is gorgeous. I can honestly say that it is the best display i have seen on a phone. The colors are great and the images are crisp, it leaves nothing to be desired. I find myself turning on the display simply to admire the quality. This screen is a treat. The screen is also nice and bright, and I’m surprised by how dark the blacks are on this backlit display.

    The Camera on here is rather good. The pictures i have have taken are definitely serviceable for my needs and will be more than good enough for posting online. The low light performance is also quite impressive, the additions of OIS and HDR+ are a great enhancement. The front facing camera isn't anything to brag about but it is good for video chat over hangouts or Skype. Your selfies may come out a little overly warm and orange.

    The phone reception for me has been good in metro Detroit on T-mobile. The sound quality was great and the speakerphone was loud enough that i found myself turning it down while in the car. LTE is a great addition.

    The Nexus 5 is blisteringly fast. Having the Nexus 4, i never really felt it feeling slow. 4.3 Jellybean always felt smooth and great. Breaking into KitKat on the 5 is just stunning. The Snapdragon S800 is a monster in terms of performance and it handles everything with ease. I downloaded a few games to play and not one looked bad or had the slightest bit of stutter.

    Android 4.4 KitKat is a delight. It is clean and responsive and it runs amazing on the Nexus 5, i can only imagine how it will do on other devices as they are updated. The new dialer is an especially nice touch.

    The Battery life has been great for me. I have since i got the phone, been able to go a full day without any worry about battery life. I get about 3 hours of on screen time though i think depending on what i'm doing, i could get even more out of it. I have had 16 hour days that have still left me with battery to spare. This is a great upgrade from last years Nexus 4.

    The Nexus 5 is definitely worth the consideration. I would recommend it in a heartbeat.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by ryan.sorkness (Currently owns)

    My favorite Nexus so far, the display is beautiful and the snapdragon 800 makes it all run smooth as butter. I find that I enjoy the camera better on this than on my old nexus 4 especially when recording 1080p video as I find less noise and grain. The soft touch back is far preferable to the scratching, shattering, smudging glass back of the previous nexus, and the LTE is the final touch to top it off and make this (in my opinion) the best android phone currently available. Oh, and the price is unbeatable!

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Gil Natan (Currently owns)

    i just got my nexus 5 and it is fantastic ! in comparison to my nexus 4 this one works much faster, the kitkat is friendly and i recommend it for people who want to stay in the front of smartphones. the price is pretty fair for a highly performance and tech.

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