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Google Nexus 5 Review

0. phoneArena 06 Nov 2013, 07:04 posted on

As expected, this pure Android smartphone is endowed with the most cutting edge hardware – while featuring the latest version of the platform, Android 4.4 “KitKat.” Thankfully this time around, it’s now outfitted with 4G LTE connectivity too, which was one of the sore points of the Nexus 4. All told, there’s something amazing brewing here, since the Nexus 5 itself is stickered with another impressive cost of $349 for the base model...

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posted on 06 Nov 2013, 07:06 7

1. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)


would it be hard to give a perfect 10 for this beast or am i missing something ?

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 07:10 57

2. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Battery Life should have been better

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 07:11 18

3. YuLeven (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 May 2013)


I think that 9.5 is quite generous. It's a great phone, but not a perfect one. Specially for it's battery life.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 07:12 2

4. Ninetysix (Posts: 2511; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Battery life.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 07:12 1

5. remtothemax (Posts: 260; Member since: 02 May 2012)


I don't know, maybe underwhelming battery performance might be part of that?
there is no swappable battery and this thing performs batterywise like it's 2007. I personally think that is a pretty big flaw as enormous batteries become more and more common across the market.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 07:26 9

11. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


That's the only obvious flaw i think this phone has. Score is actually right given the price of this phone. Ow i forgot expandable storage. But hey, iphone. Hahaha

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 07:28

16. apple4never (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 May 2013)


you know what i didnt see the last page, but with the easy ifix it or whatever their called score cant you remove the battery and swap in a beefier battery ?

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 07:53 18

30. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15696; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


There's many things that could always be better.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 08:25 10

41. DanielBeaver (Posts: 4; Member since: 09 May 2012)


But battery life is a very big deal. I can't expect to get through a day of heavy usage, which is a dealbreaker.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 08:30 2

44. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15696; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


What the hell could you be doing that causes the battery to not last all day?

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 08:31

45. DanielBeaver (Posts: 4; Member since: 09 May 2012)


It wouldn't be as trivial as just swapping a battery. A higher capacity battery would be physically larger, and so you would need a modified case with a new layout for the antennas (which are integrated into the bottom case).

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 08:37 16

48. troutsy (Posts: 316; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


You can do a lot more on Android phones. It's actually quite easy to run through the battery with all the extra capabilities that we enjoy.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 08:42 3

49. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15696; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Just because you can do more doesn't mean you should, subtle unfunny potshot aside.

Those widgets you all love so much, they eat battery life. The dynamic live backgrounds, they eat battery life.

A lot more isn't better than just working.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 08:43

50. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15696; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


iPhone doesn't need expandable storage.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 08:56 3

56. troutsy (Posts: 316; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Trying to turn it into a debate on which is better, Android vs. iOS. You must be hungry today.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:01 3

59. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15696; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You took the potshot up above by saying Android can do more. So if anything you must be hungry.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:05 12

60. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


100 Things iPhone 5S - 5C Can't do Android Phones Can:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVTrazT99Ps

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:07 12

61. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


no because why have expandable storage when you can pay $100 extra for 16Gb more!!!

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:35

68. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 408; Member since: 24 May 2011)


Battery life could have been better. On a side note. Why is the review over at verge shows the Nexus 5 as ok-ish and phonearena rates it amazing here. I rather think phonearena's is more acurate.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:52

72. sniper1087 (Posts: 526; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


Only flaw? Nope, speakers are lower than those available on the Z1 is almost impossible to hear in a loud environment. And well developers still haven't updated apps to work well with kit Kat, so whatsapp, fiber and line just to name a few constantly crash, viber and line you cannot register because everytim you try it crashes, it might not be the phone but that is a deciding factor for a lot of people when they want to use certain apps and they just don't work.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 10:10

80. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


You can always buy a nokia 3310 with no feature at all and be very happy.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 10:11 5

81. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 812; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Only battery life.. Other than that it is something which everyone will crave for. only $350 and you get everything great.
Apple told the world that these kinda touchscreen phones can only be purchased by rich, leaving middle class & poor only dream about any such devices.
I'm so thankful to Google that it has given people like me (who cant afford such high pricing $700) so much at such low costs. Not only the Nexus, but people can afford to have Android devices at as low as $50-$100.....
Keep it up Google... God Bless u

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 10:12 3

83. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


PA should stop focusing on price. This site is viewed from people all around the globe, and you know that Google Play sell the nexus phone in quite a few countries. So this argument is not valid for us

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 10:33 6

97. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Consider the price and tell me what else you can get for $/EUR 349.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 10:42

98. Evil_SaNz (Posts: 259; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


It's a good review. If you don't consider the money factor would be an 8...sadly value/price is the most important thing so 9.5 is fair...if its battery was in graphite and lasted 2 days then 10.

Anyway, The Verge: awful camera; Rest of the world (6-7 sites, yt comparisons) above average/good. Oh I love that site

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 11:08 2

105. monkeytown (Posts: 125; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


a 10 would mean that it´s the PERFECT phone, which will NEVER happen....

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 12:13 2

106. miket247 (Posts: 81; Member since: 16 Apr 2013)


Lets wait for GSM Arena to do a full test to get the battery life details. It looks no better or worse than an iPhone 5s though, but I wish it was at the front of the pack, instead of the middle!

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 12:19

107. miket247 (Posts: 81; Member since: 16 Apr 2013)


+1 Buddy! Even though most in North America don't think about cost, in many parts of the world, people have to buy their phones before they can get a cell plan. So Google has done something that no other company can claim --- bring a flagship phone to all people of the world, at a honest price! Thats a champion move on there part!

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 12:39 2

111. rd_nest (Posts: 1626; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


It's not even that good. 9.5 is too much for it considering what it does. Nexus 4 was also hyped by media. I got it, and now I am suffering from it.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 12:47

117. rd_nest (Posts: 1626; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Camera quality isn't tht good either. Many people in verge forum have also mentioned uncomfortable ergonomics.

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