LG Nexus 5 Review: Back To The Future

By 02:50 Sat, 14 Aug 2021 Comments


Nexus phone releases are timed to let Google have the last word - and what a way to have it! A phone that matches any flagship on specs and premieres the latest Operating System (OS) version, but costs barely half as much as some of them. The Nexus 5 promises a remarkable finale to yet another exciting smartphone season and it's not only the droids that stand to attention.

This could have been a deja-vu moment for everybody but the fifth gen Google phone will probably have to work harder than ever. There's already a bunch of Snapdragon-800-powered Android flagships, while Qualcomm's latest is ticking inside Windows Phone-powered devices by Nokia too and Apple has the recent 64-bit A7 chipset.

On a second thought, Nexus phones have never been too keen on getting into the skirmish, keeping their distance, aloof and somewhat out of touch, nothing to prove to anyone. The best of Google on your homeclassy screen - that's what it's all about - and at a price that's almost too fine to be true.

Nexus 5 official photos

The search giant is partnering with LG for a second year in a row. Whether the Koreans are offering the best production cost or both sides were excited with the Nexus 4, it's a choice we don't mind at all. Anyway, Android 4.4 KitKat on a five-inch full-HD screen, powered by a Snapdragon 800 is a package no one would say not to.

Check out the key specs to see what we're on about.

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
  • Penta-band 3G with HSPA; LTE cat3
  • 4.95" 16M-color 1080p True HD IPS Plus FullHD capacitive touchscreen
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display protection
  • Android Operating System (OS) v4.4 KitKat
  • Quad-core 2.3 Giga Hertz (GHz) Krait 400 CPU, 2 Giga Bytes (GB) RAM, Adreno 330 GPU, elegant Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset
  • 8MP autofocus capturing camera with Light Emitting Diode (LED) flash, geotagging, optical image stabilization, photo sphere, 1080p video recording @ 30fps with continuous autofocus and stereo sound; HDR mode, Dual recording, optical image stabilization
  • 1.3 MegaPixel (MP) front-facing camera
  • 16GB/32GB of built-in storage
  • microUniversal Serial Bus (USB) port, Universal Serial Bus (USB) host support, Universal Serial Bus (USB) on-the-go, SlimPort TV-out
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • NFC
  • Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) a/b/g/n/ac, Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) Direct and DLNA
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Voice commands
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • 2300mAh Li-Po battery, wireless charging

Main disadvantages

  • Non-expandable storage
  • Poor video and audio codec support out of the box
  • Non user-replaceable battery

  • Comparatively poor battery life (except for calls)
  • Loudspeaker is on the quiet side
  • Limited availability at launch

Although there's almost no physical resemblance to back it up, the Nexus 5 is based on the LG G2 and that's not a coincidence. The Nexus 4 last year was based on the Optimus G, so history's clearly repeating itself. At least as far as what's under the hood.

Otherwise, the Nexus 5 has one of the most understated exterior designs a flagship smartphone has ever had. It's not an attention-grabber like the iPhone 5s, the HTC One or the Xperia Z1, as if wanting to underline that what matters is inside.

Google Nexus 5 live photos

The latest major release of Android as usual premieres on a recent Nexus phone. The Nexus 5 runs Android 4.4 KitKat, which brings even tighter Operating System (OS) integration with Google services. There are a number of other improvements and hints at what's to come. But before we acquire to that, we'll focus on the Nexus 5's build and finish. The Android 4.4. KitKat overview will follow correct after, so without further ado, see you after the break.

Update, January 24: We heard that the Android 4.4.2 greatly improves the capturing camera so we decided to test it out. Check out page 9 to see how it stacks up against the original 4.4 version.



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