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Google Nexus 5

Announced
Oct 31, 2013
Market status
Released
Release date
Oct 31, 2013

US carrier availability

Discontinued: Sprint, T-Mobile

Pros

  • Lightweight phone
  • Fast mobile data support (4G)
  • HDMI connector for TV-out (via microUSB)

Cons

  • Lacks microSD slot for storage expansion

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Description

The Nexus 5 is an affordable device packing top-shelf specs. Made in collaboration with Google and LG, the Nexus 5 runs on the newest Android 4.4 KitKat. It is a solid performer featuring a Snapdragon 800 system chip and 2GB of RAM. It is also the first Nexus to put the focus on camera performance as it comes with an 8-megapixel shooter with optical image stabilization (OIS).


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Design

  • Device type:
    • Smart phone
  • OS:
    • PopupAndroid (6.0, 5.1, 5.0, 4.4.4, 4.4.2, 4.4)
  • Form factor:
    • Candybar
  • Dimensions:
    • 5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 inches (137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 4.59 oz (130 g)
      the average is 5.3 oz (151 g)
  • Keys:
    • Left: Volume control; Right: Lock/Unlock key
  • Colors:
    • Black, Red, White

DisplayPopupbenchmark

  • Physical size:
    • 5.0 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 445 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • IPS LCD
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 70.89 %
  • Colors:
    • 16 777 216
  • Touchscreen:
      • Capacitive, Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 3)

Camerabenchmark

  • Camera:
      • Popup8 megapixels
    • Flash:
      • LED
    • Aperture size:

      Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

      • F2.4
    • Focal length (35mm equivalent):
      • 30.4 mm
    • Camera sensor size:
      • 1/3.2"
    • Hardware Features:
      • Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
    • Software Features:
      • Face detection, Digital zoom, Self-timer, Touch to focus, Geo tagging
    • Settings:
      • ISO control, White balance presets
    • Shooting Modes:
      • PopupBurst mode, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Scenes
  • Camcorder:
      • 1920x1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
    • Features:
      • Optical image stabilization, Video light
  • Front-facing camera:
      • 1.3 megapixels
    • Video capture:
      • 1280x720 (720p HD)

Hardwarebenchmark

  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

      • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
    • Model:
      • MSM8974
  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Quad-core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400
  • Graphics processor:
      • Adreno 330
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 2 GB RAM (Dual-channel, 800 MHz) / LPDDR3
  • Built-in storage:
    • 32 GB

Batterybenchmark

  • Capacity:
    • 2300 mAh
  • Type:
    • Li - Polymer
  • Wireless charging:
    • Built-in (Qi)
  • Talk time:
    • 17.00 hours
      the average is 14 h (838 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 12.5 days (300 hours)
      the average is 16 days (389 h)
  • Music playback:
    • 60.00 hours

MultimediaPopupbenchmark

  • Mirroring:
    • DLNA, Miracast, SlimPort, TV-out
  • Music player:
    • Filter by:
      • Album, Artist, Playlists
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback
    • Supported formats:
      • MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, WAV
  • Video playback:
    • Supported formats:
      • MPEG4, H.263, H.264, DivX, XviD, WMV
  • Speakers:
    • Earpiece, Loudspeaker
  • Headphones connector:
    • 3.5mm
  • Additional microphone(s):
      • for Noise cancellation, Video recording

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
    • Popup
    • supports:
      • HTML, HTML5
  • Built-in online services support:
    • YouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+

Cellular

  • CDMA:

    CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

    • 800, 1900 MHz
  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 800, 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • FDD LTE:
    • 800 (band 20), 850 (band 5), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2100 (band 1), 2600 (band 7) MHz
  • Data:
    • LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS
  • 2G Data:
    • EDGE, GPRS
  • Micro SIM:
    • Yes
  • Global Roaming:
    • Yes
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Phone features

  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer, Step detector, Step counter
  • Notifications:
    • Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
  • Phonebook:
    • PopupUnlimited entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID
  • Organizer:
    • PopupCalendar, Alarm, Document viewer, Calculator, Stopwatch
  • Messaging:
    • PopupSMS, MMS, Threaded view, Predictive text input
  • E-mail:
    • Popup
      • IMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
  • Instant Messaging:
      • Hangouts / Google Talk
  • Other features:
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • 4.0
    • Profiles/ Protocols:
      • Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP), Audio/Visual Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), Device ID Profile (DID), Generic Audio/Video Distribution (GAVDP), Handsfree (HFP), Headset (HSP), Human Interface Device (HID), Object Push (OPP), Personal Area Networking Profile (PAN), Phone Book Access (PBAP)
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 a, b, g, n, dual-band, ac
    • Mobile hotspot:
      • Yes
    • Wi-Fi Direct:
      • Yes
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
    • Features:
      • Mass storage device, USB charging
  • HDMI:
      • via microUSB
  • Charging connector:
    • microUSB
  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • GPS, A-GPS, Glonass
  • Navigation:
    • Turn-by-turn navigation
  • Other:
    • NFC, ANT+, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 31 Oct 2013

Shopping information

  • MSRP price:
    • $ 399

Regulatory Approval

  • FCC approval:

    FCC approval - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions. Every wireless phone device that is sold in the U.S. has to be tested and approved for sale by the FCC.

    • Date approved:

      Date approved - Shows the date when the particular phone is approved by the Federal Communications Commission

      • 04 Nov 2013
      • FCC ID value:

        FCC ID value - Shows the FCC Identifying value of the particular phone

        ZNFD821 link
  • FCC measured SAR:

    FCC measured SAR - Working closely with federal health and safety agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the FCC has adopted limits for safe exposure to radiofrequency (RF) energy. These limits are given in terms of a unit referred to as the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), which is a measure of the amount of radio frequency energy absorbed by the body when using a mobile phone. The FCC requires cell phone manufacturers to ensure that their phones comply with these objective limits for safe exposure. Any cell phone at or below these SAR levels (that is, any phone legally sold in the U.S.) is a "safe" phone, as measured by these standards. The FCC limit for public exposure from cellular telephones is an SAR level of 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6 W/kg).

    • Head:
      • 0.92 W/kg
    • Body:
      • 1.01 W/kg
    • Product Specific Use:
      • 1.23 W/kg
    • Simultaneous Transmission:
      • 1.46 W/kg
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This device is also known as LG Nexus 5, LG D820, LG D821


Alternative variants

We list only the specs that are different than the main variant

Google Nexus 5 16GB

differences:

  • Built-in storage:
    • 16 GB
  • MSRP price:
    • $ 349

Google Nexus 5 North America

(North American version)

differences:

  • OS:
    • PopupAndroid (4.4.3)
  • CDMA:

    CDMA - Code Division Multiple Access. A technique of multiplexing, also called spread spectrum, in which analog signals are converted into digital form for transmission. For each communication channel, the signals are encoded in a sequence known to the transmitter and the receiver for that channel. The foremost application is digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800MHz band and 1.9GHz PCS band. CDMA phones are noted for their excellent call quality and long battery life.

    • 800, 1900 MHz
  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • UMTS:
    • 800, 850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz
  • FDD LTE:
    • 700 (band 17), 800 (band 19), 850 (band 5), 850 (band 26), 1700/2100 (band 4), 1900 (band 2), 1900 (band 25), 2100 (band 1) MHz
  • TDD LTE:
    • 2500 (band 41) MHz

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