Google Nexus 5 Review

It’s that time of the year again, where Google releases a new Nexus handset for those wanting a cheap yet powerful device running stock Android. 2013’s Nexus is the Nexus 5, aptly named as it’s both the fifth Nexus device and it packs a five-inch display. Like its predecessor, the Nexus 4, this new device is produced by LG and packs many similarities to the LG G2, which is the company’s more expensive flagship mode.

Despite its low price – $349 for an unlocked 16 GB model – the Nexus 5 packs top-of-the-line specifications. Internally there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC with a 2.3 GHz quad-core CPU, 2 GB of RAM, LTE radios worldwide (a first for Nexus devices) and a 2,300 mAh battery, complemented by a 4.95-inch 1080p IPS display. Let’s not forget the camera either, which is an 8-megapixel unit and will hopefully prove much more capable than the Nexus cameras of the past.

The Nexus 5 is the first device to come with Android 4.4 ‘KitKat’ out of the box, which brings a few improvements to the Android ecosystem, most notably a refined interface, performance optimizations and messaging integrated into Hangouts. As a purely vanilla device, this is the Android experience Google is after, and it will surely be interesting to see how well the hardware fits the software.

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Why is it looping? Because user error while flashing or rooting device?
Have you tried to keep the powerbutton for atleast one minute?

svartfogel said,
Why is it looping? Because user error while flashing or rooting device?
Have you tried to keep the powerbutton for atleast one minute?

Ive had the bootloop issue on my first gen nexus 7 when it was running 4.2, holding the power button for a while always fixed it and when 4.3 came out the issue went away.

No, no rooting or mods. Was just sat on me desk then rebooted. Came back after 30 mins but died again 10mins later for 3 hours but back up now.

The irony, mine just died today. Constant boot loop not getting past the Google logo so cannot even get a hard reset in. Will see how good Google support is now

I was so looking forward to this.. but gutted the 2 main features I wanted get ripped apart in reviews... I wanted a great camera and battery, and feel this simply lacks both! Looks like Ill be keeping my Galaxy Note I a little while longer!

DrScouse said,
I was so looking forward to this.. but gutted the 2 main features I wanted get ripped apart in reviews... I wanted a great camera and battery, and feel this simply lacks both! Looks like Ill be keeping my Galaxy Note I a little while longer!

I can't express enough how amazingly well this device is optimized. The battery is phenomenal for it's size. Medium-Heavy usage and my N5 lasts nearly 2 days. A day easily. I moved to the N5 from an S3 myself.

Why no SD card slot or at least a 64 GB model?

The question I want to ask everyone, Is it a downgrade going to this from Note2 which is (16+64) GB?

sanke1 said,
Why no SD card slot or at least a 64 GB model?

The question I want to ask everyone, Is it a downgrade going to this from Note2 which is (16+64) GB?

I'd keep the Note 2 personally, for the big beautiful screen and the SD card slot. The Nexus 5 is slightly faster but your Note 2 is still a very fast device.

If you install a custom ROM on your Note 2 and get rid of Android/Touchwiz, you get the great Android 4.3 (and soon 4.4) experience.

if you would bother doing any research you would know google stopped supporting expandable storage on pure google devices a while back.

No SDHC card + no removable battery = big bummer for me

I have a Galaxy S3 at the moment, and I use this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ZeroLe...ies&hash=item19e30c08a9

No need to say it gives me crazy battery life.

The lack of SD-Card reader is also a problem for me. I record videos a lot with my phone, and the 64 GB memory card I use is a must. 1080p videos use a lot of space


The Nexus 5 is a great device for sure, but it's not for me...

Ok BUT

1. Having uploaded all my music to Google Play the 16GB isn't a huge issue. Alright you need an all you can eat data package but I have been out running in the woods and never had a problem with music.

2. You can plug a USB drive into it, I use Total Commander with the USB plugin and it works - not great but it works.

3. Battery life seems to be quite good so far, long runs with GPS and streaming seem ok and you can always buy a little battery backup pack for £13 - I have one just in case.

Overall it's a great phone, video is very poor so you would not like that but otherwise its great.

ashpowell said,

http://i.imgur.com/9CEKr5r.png

The battery life on this is great.. still 22% left after over a day, I nearly got 2 full days out of this battery

You didn't use your phone for anything lol... looks like you made voice calls for like 20 mins total and browsed the store...

Yes it would be pretty sad if the Nexus 5 didn't last 2 days when its sitting idle 99% of that time.

myxomatosis said,
No SDHC card + no removable battery = big bummer for me.
You must be living under a rock...Google has said they are moving away from expandable storage a long time ago (back in the Galaxy Nexus era). Welcome to 2013 (almost 2014)

This phone has great battery life. Compared to the HTC One (which has a smaller screen, the Snapdragon 600, Sense 5 "power savings mode", and the same size battery), this N5 beats the One under the same use case scenario. I can easily get 2 days+ out of it with almost 3 hours of screen on time with full auto-sync, Bluetooth (including music streaming in car and calls), GPS, and LTE.

onionjuice said,

You didn't use your phone for anything lol... looks like you made voice calls for like 20 mins total and browsed the store...

Yes it would be pretty sad if the Nexus 5 didn't last 2 days when its sitting idle 99% of that time.

And Facebook and Youtube and Google+ and 9gag and Emails and Chrome and Messaging.. Not sure why they don't show there.. Greenify hibernates them upon close so maybe that's why