November 13, 2013

Nexus 5 - Coming in Hot But Like All Things It's Not Perfect

These days I had the opportunity to extensively test the new Nexus device - Nexus 5 made by LG -
like the Nexus smartphone before it. What are my impressions? You are about to find out!

Nexus 5 is well built. You can easily hold it without fear of dropping it. It's design is as simple as it gets. Nothing out of the ordinary. Still it feels sturdy and in general it looks quite OK. The 1080p True HD IPS+ 4.95" screen looks great and responds very well to every touch, even the slightest. Screen wise we should also mention the Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

Speed wise the Nexus 5 simply blows anything away. Be it the Snapdragon 800 with 2 GB of RAM or the improvements brought by Android 4.4 KitKat the device simply is AMAZING speed wise. Coupled with the great price (350$ for the 16 GB version and 400$ for the 32 GB version) it is as futureproof as it can be. This is a device to get if you intend on keping it for the next 1 - 2 years. Let's not forget that being a Nexus device you will always be running the latest version of the OS.

 Android 4.4 brings some cosmetic changes that you will notice right away and some optimisations. I am not going to talk about that now since you can read all about it on the official webpage. The thing is it suits the smartphone well and works flawlessly. Once or twice I did experience some crashes from 2 apps but ever software has its flaws coming to the first version.

Disappointments: The Nexus 5 camera is a mess. A fact that Google has promised to fix with a software update. Till then don't expect to use it at even half its potential. OSIS or not it simply disappoints. Next thing is the audio quality. Be it when it comes to music on headphones on speaker or in calls it's simply disastrous. Another thing Google should really look into. Last thing - the battery life. Even if it comes with a 2300 mAh battery which is non-removable - only with light usage you can expect to use the device an entire 12 to - 16 hours day.

Overall I recommend the Nexus 5 to all those that want a powerful yet (very) well priced device and that is future proof. I also recommend it to those tech fans that want to run the latest version of the OS and last but not least - let's not forget the device was made for app developers so that category should have a great time with it. For the average user the price still makes it an attractive offer but given the fact that the Nexus 4's price is now likely to go down that device should also be a very good option. Keep in mind - Nexus devices are not for everyone!

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