5 things that could have made the Nexus 5 better than it already is
Now that the Nexus 5 has been out for a short while, and especially considering that a very big chunk of the rumors actually panned out, we kind of feel like we've know the Nexus 5 all along. There have been no surprises, nasty or otherwise, and whether that's a good or a bad thing is up for you to decide in your own time.
As of late, we've gotten into the habit of being critical of new products that come out, especially those with a considerable fanfare. That's not to say that the geek in us isn't equally as excited (yep), or that we think lowly of the products that get into the kind of pieces like this one, rather we feel obligated to voice our concerns and views, if only for that aforementioned geek within. LG, Google, Apple or Samsung can then decide whether they want to listen, though history has shown that they eventually do.
So, without any further ado, the 5 things that could have made the Nexus 5 an even better smartphone than it already is!
5 things that could have made the Nexus 5 better
1. Bigger, user-replaceable battery
Anyhow, we'd like to be fair, so we'll mention that there are some fairly persistent rumors, claiming that battery consumption has been lowered with Android 4.4 KitKat. Whether these optimizations will make a big enough difference, however, will be seen only once we get our hands on the Nexus 5 and run it through our in-house battery test.
2. Expandable storage
Alright, so a microSD card extension is not an option (probably has something to do with that sealed unibody). What about a 64GB version, then? Certainly, there are people that would pay for the extra storage gladly, if such an option existed.
3. Hardware buttons
It's like free space, and it's kind of paradoxical that manufacturers keep pushing the slimness of bezels to a minimum, while continuing to slap software keys on top all the same. On phones like the LG G2, these take up close to entire icon row! Unfortunately, the Nexus 5 sticks to these very software keys, meaning that your 5-inch screen isn't all that big after all.
To start off, the rear camera and the Nexus logo are, by some accounts, too imposing. Now, the opinions at the office are actually split on this one, but one has to agree that the two are the most discernible features of the Nexus 5's design. Moreover, the signature glass back of the Nexus 4 is nowhere to be seen, and it doesn't feel like the Nexus 5 feels like paying any respects to it. And while we'll reserve a final judgment for when we actually hold the Nexus 5 in person, it does look a little bit too plastic and overall -- less stylish and elegant.
5. The little things
Of course, this is probably the best point in this pick to note that in conclusion, we do get why some of our feedback will ultimately fall on deaf years. After all, considering the price tag on the Nexus 5, we're talking a real bargain here, and this bargain can only be made available if Google and LG are allowed at least some headroom to make shortcuts.
In other words, the Nexus 5 is not a no-compromise device. It has its downsides, but we are ultimately very glad to see the continuation of this trend that merges hardware and price into a quality proposition.
1. jsebago (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)
I dont need those extras... I am really happy with my N4 and I will be even happier with my N5 !
3. DaHarder (Posts: 174; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)
Exactly... and if Google has done as well with battery efficiency as they did with the Moto X (GREAT Battery Life), there's very little to be concerned about with the Nexus 5.
Nearly all of the items listed are rather unnecessary to the vast majority of smartphone buyers, and in the case of the '7-Day Battery' - Utterly Unrealistic given the current stage of technology.
15. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4111; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Exactly. Hopefully now that Google owns Motorola, they'll be able to borrow some battery life magic from them. I can squeeze about 20 hours out of my Droid Mini (2,000 mAh battery) without trying that hard. 4.4 added some power efficiency optimization, so that should help.
2. Gsizzle (Posts: 35; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)
I disagree with all of them, Except for the Battery. But with Android KitKat optimizations hopefully its last a full day with at least 5 hours or more of ON screen time.
7. roldefol (Posts: 3184; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
If a phone can last from waking up to going to sleep and still have some juice left (close to 20 hours), it's doing pretty well in my book.
4. orca99 (Posts: 87; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)
Gosh....it's better than most phones costing almost twice as much. Why don't you write articles like this on all the phones that come out.
5. x7black7x (Posts: 118; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)
i just don't understand that
when people are taking about samsungs phones they say they have hardware keys!
n when they now talk about google's nexus they say they are wasting precious space!
well google has made its own interface to be like that and they have enhanced it too with the immersive mode!
so that the on screen navigation keys don't interfere b/w your app usage!
i don't feel anything wrong in there?
6. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)
1. There are no battery test yet MAH is not everything, it was leaked it had above average parts for power efficiency.
2. Depends on the user, I use the cloud with my unlimited data so I do not care.
3. Also depends on the user.
4. It looks fine, just because it doesn't have aluminum or an apple logo PA will hate on it.
5. I wouldn't use them anyway I have a much better pair already.
10. tech2 (Posts: 2479; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Any source for 'above average parts for power efficiency ?
P.S. - Just curious as battery is the only thing holding me from buying this device
8. josephnero (Posts: 326; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
infact i prefer on screen buttons of my xperia T to hardware buttons.
11. JunitoNH (Posts: 987; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Agree with battery and design; typical Nexus designs, are just generic and boring. Front panel, from the the pictures, it has a similarity to the Galaxy Nexus.
12. greyhulk (Posts: 124; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)
Kitkat is supposed to make the buttons disappear in apps that are in full screen mode, so other than the launcher, we should always have the full 5" screen real-estate now. I'll be interested to see how that works out.
13. Sharky (Posts: 137; Member since: 24 Jun 2008)
Would be nice if it at least had OTG to answer the expandable storage problem. That is the one thing that really bothered me about the Nexus 4.
The software keys would be a larger problem if they stayed on during media consumption but they don't, so I don't see how they are a major issue. And if it were a problem you could always download PIE from Google Play so that you could take away the semi-permanent software keys. Or if you prefer to root and use a custom ROM then PA also has that feature.
16. dil2abu (Posts: 201; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
For the price they offer Nexus 5, Who the hell will complaint about those extras?
I wish Google price is right in India
17. _PHug_ (Posts: 397; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)
#2 Agree. Agree. If it allows OTG then I can let this slide.
#4 Hate the way the camera sits up off of the back but other than that it looks nice.
#5 Headset would be nice but not necessary, IR Blaster = Agree, Price is the only reason to accept these deficiencies.
18. steedsofwar (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)
These are many of the reasons why I paid for an LG G2. Bigger battery, screen, USB OTG, IR blaster, better camera, unique back plate buttons, built in fm receiver etc.
the poor thing about the G2 is the plastic material could have ben like Lumia or HTC One X quality, the ghastly proprietary LG skin, lack of updates to latest OS and less optimisation as compared to nexus.
20. KillgoreTrout (Posts: 53; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)
I bought a G2 as well. Coming from the Iphone4, I am really happy with it. If it had a better build quality like you said, as well as have better speakers, I would consider it perfect.
21. ilia1986 (unregistered)
1,2,3 and 5 are the reasons I will not buy a nexus phone.
Pulling out the battery is essential in the very rare cases when your phone freezes if you have a custom rom or god forbid - a nightly.
Sd card is more storage for cheap $.
Physical buttons are 5000% more useful when you quickly need to unlock your phone. Which. is. always.
Yes, any earphones with a microphone + 3 button control will work, but not always. There is not standard to this yet on Android.