Google Nexus 5 review Q&A: post your questions here
0. phoneArena 09 Nov 2013, 03:56 posted on
Well, that didn't take long. It has been only a couple of hours since we posted our Google Nexus 5 review, and the comment section below it has already exploded. And we aren't surprised, to be perfectly honest with you. After all, the launch of the Google Nexus 5 was a highly anticipated event, observed by Android geeks and regular Joes alike. And now that the handset is ready for prime time, the crowd is curious to know if the handset delivers the goods...
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1. x7black7x (Posts: 118; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)
why didn't google put some features of moto x here on their google nexus 5 it would have been great!?
like active notifications it's quite useful?
4. fistigons (Posts: 322; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
Active Notifications on the Moto X take advantage of the AMOLED display which minimizes battery drain. The Nexus 5 uses an LCD display which would drain the battery if it used the active notifications.
68. abdane (Posts: 494; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
Is Camera really as bad as user reviews say ? i heard there will be an update to fix it ? Battery and speaker are bad ?
69. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Nexus 5 camera by itself is not bad, but there is some software problems with focus and all this should be fixed with an software update. Talking about Moto X camera, it is poor and even software updates not helped.
72. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1507; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)
I just got it, and two things:
The camera is quite good, there are a couple of glitches, like time ot focus, but I guess they will be solved by software updates.
The speakers are weak, but depends with what you compare. If you compare with HTC One definitely, if you compare with iphone or S4 they are OK. Also they are located at the bottom and can be easily muffled when gaming in landscape.
The Battery is not bad at all. Last a full day no issues, it isn´t just as great as the LG G2 or Note III, but similar to S4 or HTC One.
103. jimv1983 (Posts: 29; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)
You referred to the speaker as speakers implying that the Nexus 5 has 2 speakers. It only has one. Also, the speaker on the bottom is better than on the back which gets muffled even worse or on the front which requires the phone to be bigger. Plus, don't most people(at least people that aren't rude by blasting their speakers so everyone else can hear them) use headphones anyways?
27. rite2hhh (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)
Or take some from G2, like the double tap on screen to wake the phone. Pressing the power button every time the screen goes dim is annoying. At least on nexus'
51. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)
C´mon lazy boy, why don´t you get up your bed and do someting...lol
60. rite2hhh (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)
In that sense, You should go to a library for any information; why use Google or any other search engine or Wikipedia?
Its a matter of convenience and not laziness. If it weren't introduced, no1 would have suggested. But since its out there, what is wrong if its adopted?
2. sswain (Posts: 55; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
What's the max screen brightness in cd/m2 (nits)? How does it compare to the LG G2 and the iphone 5s?
3. devil888 (Posts: 8; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)
What do you think the battery life would be like with moderate use and no LTE? As I don/t have LTE in my country, do you think it could last the whole day?
6. fistigons (Posts: 322; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
That's a good question. I'm buying the American version but I'll be using it in the UK so I won't be able to use the same LTE bands. Hopefully this will allow the battery to last past 12 hours.
56. fistigons (Posts: 322; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
Because I'm in the military and won't be stationed in the UK forever. Plus it's A LOT cheaper to buy a phone in dollars than pounds. Hopefully those are good enough reasons for you two.
67. Magenta (Posts: 17; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
Depending on your usage but it won't last you for 12 hours that's for sure. Still loving my Nexus 5. A powerful bang-for-the-buck. Thank you for your service. Semper Fidelis!
89. improv (Posts: 96; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
I've been using the nexus 5 since Thursday and I can say that the battery life is... okay. It's not too much of a bother for me because it'll last me the entire day (with moderate use that includes mostly Internet browsing and facebook). I'm still loving it though and it's blazing fast compared to my previous iPhone 4s.
5. Abhaa94 (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)
I heard that nexus 5 has wifi issues on connecting, and also like dropping wifi signals as compare to the other smartphones.
20. Fallin (Posts: 69; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)
I have a Nexus 5 and mine has no issues connecting to Wi-Fi at all. I can leave my Wi-Fi range and come back. Phone will reconnect to the Wi-Fi and I can surf the internet or check my email without any issues.
79. frankperez01 (Posts: 11; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
same, no wifi issues. 2 n5 users can't be a coincidence
7. Filly (Posts: 16; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
How are the viewing angles (vertical, horizontal and most importanly diagonal tilt?)
Here they are described as beeing very bad: forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2512095
11. sniper1087 (Posts: 499; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)
The colors do not get washed out, it gets a little dimmer when you tilt it because the light is not facing you, but is as good as the HTC One in viewing angles, hopefully that answered by our question.
25. Filly (Posts: 16; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
youtube.com/watch?v=suV8zuPjpho I saw this video between htc one and nexus 5... unfortunatly nexus 5 doesnt seam to be so good...I will receive mine on saturday and will check it out personaly..
54. arenapirate (Posts: 14; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)
on mine, the colors/black levels gets washed out when viewing from each corner (bottom corners are worse) after 150 degrees. it's more noticable at full brightness during the day and at regular brightness at night.
8. haney.alsaaidy (Posts: 17; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)
is it's touch responsiveness improved over nexus 4 ? for example when you drag the element trailing behind your finger.
9. antmiu2 (Posts: 295; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)
how much of a disappointment is the battery?
78. frankperez01 (Posts: 11; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
hi! i've been using nexus 5 for about 3 days and i can say its a Big disappointment, even at idle the battery drains quick. had 80% at 3pm 5-7 mins of browsing, then left my phone because i had a soccer match checked at 6:30 50% battery (no new notifications) 5-7 mins of talk time, Facebook chat, checking emails, 10 mins of asphalt 8, 2-3 mins of whatsapp chat and battery is already at 15% at 8:40
87. bopicasso (Posts: 3; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)
If you turn off nfc, ok google, some of the syncing that you do not use, and turn location battery saver option on, the battery last much longer.
100. frankperez01 (Posts: 11; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)
hi! yes i turned off nfc, ok google, and sync. i think i might have a bad n5 because i left it 100% at midnight then woke up at 9am and phone had no charge
98. Quito92 (Posts: 6; Member since: 14 Oct 2013)
thats weird..i have all my notifications on all the time and i use my nexus 5 to watch youtube all day and i surf the web a lot as well and my battery never drains that fast. Standby it can last me forever..lol
12. TerryCrowley (Posts: 194; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)
The $350 unlocked price tag is really nice except it won't make a dent at all in the US market. People don't know about buying unlocked or simply don't want to throw nearly $400 or so after taxes up front. Google shoots themselves in the foot again with marketing.
30. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3704; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
He didn't ask a question. Besides, he's got a point. For all the hype of the N4 & the shortages when it arrived, it didn't really sell a very high amount. Not even a decent fraction of other popular high-end phones.
19. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
They can still get it on contract on sprint ATT and T-Mobile if I remember right
110. Ric.B (Posts: 8; Member since: 17 Jun 2013)
With Nexus devices, Google is between a rock and a hard place. Since they don't manufacture these devices themselves, they can't market Nexus devices aggressively against the flagship devices of the nexus manufacturers (Asus, Samsung, and LG) and risk alienating these OEMs. At the same time, you don't expect these OEMs to market Nexus devices because these are really Google products not their own. Furthermore I don't think these OEMs are going out of their way to increase the production of Nexus devices since, again, doing so is not in their own interests. Last thing they want (especially Sammy and LG) is for Nexus devices to outsell and eat a major share of sales of their own flagship products (S4 and G2).
21. Fallin (Posts: 69; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)
I know it supports USB OTG but not sure on MHL. I will have test mine when I get home later and let you know.
Did some research on the MHL and it doesn't according to a user on XDA.
28. Klamba92 (Posts: 210; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)
I supports otg and slimport like the nexus 4, new 7 and 10!
32. sorcio46 (Posts: 434; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
It supports HDMI output via Slimport (like the Nexus 4) not with MHL.
15. Samir_Maric (Posts: 87; Member since: 28 Oct 2012)
Why nexus 5's snapdragon 800 benchmark is lower than galaxy s4's snapdragon 600 benchmark ??? its confusing???
34. Samir_Maric (Posts: 87; Member since: 28 Oct 2012)
Not only samsung's s4, also htc one, lg g2, sony xperia z1 all are beat nexus 5 in benchmarks
37. Samir_Maric (Posts: 87; Member since: 28 Oct 2012)
Also i saw that lg g pro and sony xperia z beats nexus 4 in bench although all 3 phones has same snapdragon s4 pro processor? why nexus devices score less in benchmark compare to other manufactures???
44. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Could this answer your question?
49. xfire99 (Posts: 784; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)
U dont have a clue what u are replying to. None of he write is true and S4 isnt faster then Nexus 5.
Hes just trolling.
80. varuntis1993 (Posts: 49; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)
First of all lg optimus g pro has snapdragon 600 and about the benchmarks of the nexus 5, it looks like Google and lg have turned on throttling to save battery life and prevent heating issues because of which benchmarks are not as expected and other reason maybe that these benchmarks apps do not support android 4.4.
Google doesn't optimize nexus phones to that much extent as others.
16. drs.beny (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)
When will it come to South East Asia especially in singapore?
22. rishabh_2795 (Posts: 24; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)
What is the charge time for a full cycle from 0-100%? SD800 has quickcharge v2 which is 35% fast in charging the device compared to quickcharge v1 enabled devices like HTC one,S4 and nexus 5 (SD600 and S4pro). My friend's s4 takes 1 hour and 30-45 mins to charge fully. So how does N5 fare against these devices in charge time?
I believe this( full cycle charge time) should also be of the point included in the review of any device for the proper knowledge of the reader.
23. BattalBoy (Posts: 12; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
how is the speaker quality and loudness? Say compared to something like the htc one, Galaxy s4 iphone 5s etc
55. arenapirate (Posts: 14; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)
well it can't really compare to the HTC one which has two speakers and is the best amongst all the phones. on my nexus 5, it gets pretty loud with minimal distortion at 100% volume.
83. sniper1087 (Posts: 499; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)
On my nexus 5 just like the nexus 4 speakers are crap, if you don't have anything to compared them to, you won't notice, in my case compared to the lumia 1020,iPhone 5S and xperia Z1 , and all of them came way louder than the nexus, evento the Z1 which was supposed ti be lower, played one video with every modelo mentioned at the exact time and the only sound you could hear is e ver y tiger phone except the nexus, sadly they had to cut corners somewhere in order to make it cheaper.
24. s8ntrick (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Can you change which home page you want to be your home screen? Also, if you add widgets to your home screens that are full screen, how can you access the Settings menu normally accessed by a long press?
58. arenapirate (Posts: 14; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)
long pressing on any of the pages will shrink all the pages and brings up a menu with the following options, wallpapers, widgets, & settings. holding down on any of the pages will allow you to rearrange them. the homescreen will be the left most page.
with widgets that take up the whole page, you can still long press at the edges and that'll bring up the options menu.
26. Blue42sethike (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)
how long does the battery last if i am streaming live video from an App such as Sunday Ticket using LTE and how long would it last if i used WiFi
29. Klamba92 (Posts: 210; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)
Can you do a display test to see just how worse it is to the HTC one, s4 g2 etc, also how bright is the phone is it brighter than the nexus 4? People were disappointed with the brightness on that I was fine with it but want to know for clarification as the nexus 7 2013 has the brightest display I have ever seen it blind me lol.
31. AhmoZ (Posts: 7; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)
Hey phonearena... Thanks for the good job and great coverage that satisfies the appetite of all mobile geeks :-D... What I really need to know is: does it support USB OTG? The nexus 4 doesn't, or I don't know how to enable that.