Google Nexus 5 review Q&A: post your questions here

Google Nexus 5 review Q&A: post your questions here
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. (Hint: it does.)

But as extensive as our review may be, there still might be a detail or two that we've accidentally missed. That's why we thought it would be wise to have a Q&A session with our readers. You, guys, are free to ask us anything related to the Google Nexus 5 – anything that we haven't shed light on in our Google Nexus 5 review. Within several days, we'll provide you with the answers in a new post. That said, the comments section below is now ready for your queries so send them in! 

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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. x7black7x

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 19, 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?

4. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 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.

68. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 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 ?

69. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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.

72. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

103. jimv1983

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 10, 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?

27. rite2hhh

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 28, 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'

51. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

C´mon lazy boy, why don´t you get up your bed and do

60. rite2hhh

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 28, 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?

40. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Why not in at&t.

2. sswain

Posts: 56; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

What's the max screen brightness in cd/m2 (nits)? How does it compare to the LG G2 and the iphone 5s?

3. devil888

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 11, 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?

6. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 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.

10. devil888

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Why don't you just buy from the UK?

17. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010


56. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 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.

67. Magenta

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 09, 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!

89. improv

Posts: 96; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

5. Abhaa94

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

I heard that nexus 5 has wifi issues on connecting, and also like dropping wifi signals as compare to the other smartphones.

20. Fallin

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 10, 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.

79. frankperez01

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

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

84. Izoe

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 02, 2010

three, no wifii issues

7. Filly

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

How are the viewing angles (vertical, horizontal and most importanly diagonal tilt?) Here they are described as beeing very bad:

11. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 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.

25. Filly

Posts: 16; Member since: Mar 02, 2012 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..

54. arenapirate

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

8. haney.alsaaidy

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

is it's touch responsiveness improved over nexus 4 ? for example when you drag the element trailing behind your finger.

9. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

how much of a disappointment is the battery?

78. frankperez01

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 09, 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

87. bopicasso

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 07, 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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