5 things that could have made the Nexus 5 better than it already is

5 things that could have made the Nexus 5 better than it already is
It's been a rather agonizing last month, with all the Nexus 5 rumors playing us fools and whatnot. Well, we finally got the chance to step back and take a deep breath, if for only for a moment, before we get right back into analyzing mode, as per usual.

Now that the Nexus 5 has been out for a short while, and especially considering that a very big chunk of the rumors actually panned out, we kind of feel like we've know the Nexus 5 all along. There have been no surprises, nasty or otherwise, and whether that's a good or a bad thing is up for you to decide in your own time.

As of late, we've gotten into the habit of being critical of new products that come out, especially those with a considerable fanfare. That's not to say that the geek in us isn't equally as excited (yep), or that we think lowly of the products that get into the kind of pieces like this one, rather we feel obligated to voice our concerns and views, if only for that aforementioned geek within. LG, Google, Apple or Samsung can then decide whether they want to listen, though history has shown that they eventually do.

So, without any further ado, the 5 things that could have made the Nexus 5 an even better smartphone than it already is!

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Nexus 5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(17h talk time)



1. jsebago

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

I dont need those extras... I am really happy with my N4 and I will be even happier with my N5 !

3. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

Exactly... and if Google has done as well with battery efficiency as they did with the Moto X (GREAT Battery Life), there's very little to be concerned about with the Nexus 5. Nearly all of the items listed are rather unnecessary to the vast majority of smartphone buyers, and in the case of the '7-Day Battery' - Utterly Unrealistic given the current stage of technology.

15. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Exactly. Hopefully now that Google owns Motorola, they'll be able to borrow some battery life magic from them. I can squeeze about 20 hours out of my Droid Mini (2,000 mAh battery) without trying that hard. 4.4 added some power efficiency optimization, so that should help.

2. Gsizzle

Posts: 39; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

I disagree with all of them, Except for the Battery. But with Android KitKat optimizations hopefully its last a full day with at least 5 hours or more of ON screen time.

7. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

If a phone can last from waking up to going to sleep and still have some juice left (close to 20 hours), it's doing pretty well in my book.

4. orca99

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

Gosh....it's better than most phones costing almost twice as much. Why don't you write articles like this on all the phones that come out.

5. x7black7x

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

i just don't understand that when people are taking about samsungs phones they say they have hardware keys! n when they now talk about google's nexus they say they are wasting precious space! well google has made its own interface to be like that and they have enhanced it too with the immersive mode! so that the on screen navigation keys don't interfere b/w your app usage! i don't feel anything wrong in there?

6. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

1. There are no battery test yet MAH is not everything, it was leaked it had above average parts for power efficiency. 2. Depends on the user, I use the cloud with my unlimited data so I do not care. 3. Also depends on the user. 4. It looks fine, just because it doesn't have aluminum or an apple logo PA will hate on it. 5. I wouldn't use them anyway I have a much better pair already.

10. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Any source for 'above average parts for power efficiency ? P.S. - Just curious as battery is the only thing holding me from buying this device

8. josephnero

Posts: 783; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

infact i prefer on screen buttons of my xperia T to hardware buttons.

9. avasponge

Posts: 44; Member since: May 03, 2012

ir blaster would be nice

11. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Agree with battery and design; typical Nexus designs, are just generic and boring. Front panel, from the the pictures, it has a similarity to the Galaxy Nexus.

12. greyhulk

Posts: 184; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

Kitkat is supposed to make the buttons disappear in apps that are in full screen mode, so other than the launcher, we should always have the full 5" screen real-estate now. I'll be interested to see how that works out.

13. Sharky

Posts: 259; Member since: Jun 24, 2008

Would be nice if it at least had OTG to answer the expandable storage problem. That is the one thing that really bothered me about the Nexus 4. The software keys would be a larger problem if they stayed on during media consumption but they don't, so I don't see how they are a major issue. And if it were a problem you could always download PIE from Google Play so that you could take away the semi-permanent software keys. Or if you prefer to root and use a custom ROM then PA also has that feature.

14. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

What about iOS 7??? ;)

16. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

For the price they offer Nexus 5, Who the hell will complaint about those extras? I wish Google price is right in India

17. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

#1 Agree #2 Agree. Agree. If it allows OTG then I can let this slide. #3 Agree #4 Hate the way the camera sits up off of the back but other than that it looks nice. #5 Headset would be nice but not necessary, IR Blaster = Agree, Price is the only reason to accept these deficiencies.

18. steedsofwar unregistered

These are many of the reasons why I paid for an LG G2. Bigger battery, screen, USB OTG, IR blaster, better camera, unique back plate buttons, built in fm receiver etc. the poor thing about the G2 is the plastic material could have ben like Lumia or HTC One X quality, the ghastly proprietary LG skin, lack of updates to latest OS and less optimisation as compared to nexus.

20. KillgoreTrout

Posts: 53; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

I bought a G2 as well. Coming from the Iphone4, I am really happy with it. If it had a better build quality like you said, as well as have better speakers, I would consider it perfect.

19. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

It has an IR blaster. Hello?

21. ilia1986 unregistered

1,2,3 and 5 are the reasons I will not buy a nexus phone. Pulling out the battery is essential in the very rare cases when your phone freezes if you have a custom rom or god forbid - a nightly. Sd card is more storage for cheap $. Physical buttons are 5000% more useful when you quickly need to unlock your phone. Which. is. always. Yes, any earphones with a microphone + 3 button control will work, but not always. There is not standard to this yet on Android.

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