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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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posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:35 1

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?

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:42 11

4. fistigons (Posts: 336; 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.

posted on 09 Nov 2013, 05:43

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 ?

posted on 09 Nov 2013, 05:58

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.

posted on 09 Nov 2013, 06:27 2

72. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1522; 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.

posted on 10 Nov 2013, 01:13

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?

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 10:45

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'

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 13:14 6

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

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 20:57 2

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?

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 11:28 1

40. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Why not in at&t.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:41

2. sswain (Posts: 56; 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?

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:41

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?

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:44

6. fistigons (Posts: 336; 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.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:57 4

10. devil888 (Posts: 8; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)

Why don't you just buy from the UK?

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 10:16 1

17. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


posted on 06 Nov 2013, 15:11 7

56. fistigons (Posts: 336; 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.

posted on 09 Nov 2013, 05:28

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!

posted on 09 Nov 2013, 10:42 2

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.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:42

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.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 10:23 4

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.

posted on 09 Nov 2013, 06:42 1

79. frankperez01 (Posts: 11; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)

same, no wifi issues. 2 n5 users can't be a coincidence

posted on 09 Nov 2013, 09:06 1

84. Izoe (Posts: 131; Member since: 02 Sep 2010)

three, no wifii issues

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:45

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

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:57 2

11. sniper1087 (Posts: 513; 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.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 10:33

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..

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 14:46 1

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.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:46 1

8. haney.alsaaidy (Posts: 18; 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.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:56

9. antmiu2 (Posts: 315; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)

how much of a disappointment is the battery?

posted on 09 Nov 2013, 06:41 1

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

posted on 09 Nov 2013, 09:52 1

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.

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