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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, 07:53 18

30. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14177; 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: 14177; 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, 08:37 16

48. troutsy (Posts: 313; 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: 14177; 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, 08:56 3

56. troutsy (Posts: 313; 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: 14177; 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, 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 07 Nov 2013, 07:44

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


I use maps and email heavily, syncs a lot during the day. Believe it or not, I actually use my phone for real work - and the Note 2 was the first android phone that was able to carry me through the entire day. I would much rather be using a stock android device than have to put up with Samsung's crapware and shoddy, plasticy hardware, but at least the phone lasts 18 hours without dying.

posted on 08 Nov 2013, 06:14

160. JC557 (Posts: 1572; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


This is just proof you don't use an Android device. My Droid Razr M can go 2 days moderate usage (2 1/2 screen use) and thats with widgets working in the background (weather, transit, data, battery, social media). Even the widget heavy HTC One can go more than a day with moderate usage and Sense is very widget heavy.

posted on 10 Nov 2013, 20:00

169. 9thWonderful (Posts: 232; Member since: 24 Jan 2013)


2 days on a Razr M huh. so either that's not at all true or you hv the only Razr M in history that will ever go for two days before hving to recharge. based off of the battery performance i've seen on the Razr M...i'd give your claim 25% truth behind it.

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 03:35

142. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


It would have scored 10/10 then insyead of 9.5

posted on 07 Nov 2013, 06:10 1

149. osaFromJava (Posts: 35; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Its not that bad.. look at the custom script battery test. Nexus 5 is slightly worse than iphone 5s (5 hours 2 mnts),, but much better than iphone 5 (4h 22min) or SGS III (4h 8min)

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, 07:26 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, 08:43

50. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14177; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


iPhone doesn't need expandable storage.

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 08 Nov 2013, 05:36

159. kanagadeepan (Posts: 944; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Yes... Just like Nokia 3310....

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:52

72. sniper1087 (Posts: 515; 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, 12:47

117. rd_nest (Posts: 1606; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


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

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: 1437; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


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

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 07:12 2

4. Ninetysix (Posts: 2460; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Battery life.

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, 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, 07:28

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, 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).

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