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Nexus 5: An exhaustive specs review

0. phoneArena posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:12

The Nexus 5 is now live, and many of you will be feverishly lining up behind your monitors, trying to reserve a piece. If the process is anything like last year, and you're eyeing the new Nexus phone, then you should probably head right over to one of the 10 regional Play Stores that should already have the device up for order. That's because the value proposition of the Nexus 5 is off the charts, considering the top notch hardware specs you get at such a bargain price...

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posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:26 2

1. x7black7x (Posts: 118; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)

its really worth it! :)

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:20 3

11. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Better than spending a 800$1,000$ phone that is.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:29 2

2. cyberdude (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Oct 2013)

i expect 3gb ram at least.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:42 23

6. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)

With stock android you won't need it for now. This isn't a ram hungry Samsung device.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:10 3

10. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

great point :)

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 16:53

26. MaryAnn (Posts: 13; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)

Yeah .. I have 3 GB on my NOte3 and I can tell u - this beast needs at lest 5 GB of RAM! I didnt even install anything on it ( maybe 2 -3 apps , like Angry Birds and Timely ) and my RAM is going to 90% taken !!! I was like WTF ?! Where is my 3GB here ?! But I gues only the Samsung apps ( witch can not be deleted ) are taking at least 2 gigs ! :/ But still.. Its working just fine , even with 90% taken ram , no gliches , still fast .. So I gues I dont bother.. ^_^ Love my NOte

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:33

3. cncrim (Posts: 910; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

Oh yeah hug baby, wait for a review before I put my money on it.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:05

9. NexusPhan (Posts: 632; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

If you do that, you won't be able to get one for months. Nexus 4 sold out for almost 3 months after the initial batch was gone. 16GB black is already sold out and the shipping dates on all other models have already been pushed back a week.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:36

4. scsa852k (Posts: 331; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)

Battery life and T-Mo WiFi Calling support are only 2 concerns I have.
Other wise, I'm putting my money into this bad... oh wait, I already ordered mine.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 20:48

24. furlonium (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Nov 2013)

It's a stock Android device. T-Mo's wifi calling won't work with it.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:37

5. speedsypher (Posts: 7; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)

Is it worth it? ..hell yesss :)

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:50

7. Adana (Posts: 6; Member since: 15 Oct 2013)

Probably the best Android phone so far and definitely better than the iPhone 5S:

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:00

8. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

I'm still disappointed at the battery size. In the memory department they will be fine bc I can see Google will try to down size the usage of memory by its OS and other app somehow. So future proof? No need at this point

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:46

12. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

well I guess we'll have to buy extended battery case because this phone is a beast, hopefully some genius out there will add option to add sd support to cases because device manufactures dont like that option which really drives me away from alot of devices one reason why I wont buy apple why pay $100 more if microSD is a fraction of the prices.

This is what we need but to bad its only for iphones how sad is that


Someone has to make this for android devices atleast some flagship devices.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 20:49

25. furlonium (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Nov 2013)

that's a neat device. If the N5 supports USB OTG I don't see why someone couldn't make a similar device.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:15

13. _PHug_ (Posts: 463; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)

#1 Note 3 or LG G2 (which ever you prefer)

#2 Note 3 or LG G2

#3 Xperia Z1

#4 Nexus 5

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:42

17. dil2abu (Posts: 315; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

For me Z1 is #1

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:29

14. Swanidhi (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)

I like the idea of having internal memory than mounting external storage. I lost my Nexus 4 a few days back, and I realize the importance of data security. My phone can possibly be hard-reset only, hence my data is not in the wrong hands.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:39

15. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 217; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)

It will be priced at $350 only in the US. In the Middle East for example, the Nexus 4 was priced at par with S3. Expect this to be priced the same as S4 here.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:42

16. dil2abu (Posts: 315; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

For me Z1 is #1

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 18:27

18. true1984 (Posts: 830; Member since: 23 May 2012)

doesnt the htc one have 468 ppi? am i the only one who noticed that?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 20:15

19. hoangtung619 (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)

Nexus5 is lack of big battery, anyway its a great phone

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 21:25

20. hafini_27 (Posts: 898; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)

Nexus is unbeatable considering it's price range. Wish it had a bigger battery though

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 23:20 2

21. TechBlue (Posts: 80; Member since: 06 May 2010)

why dont you guys wait until the some reviews come out about this phone before madly rushing and hitting the buy button to feed your insatiable appetite for having the latest and the greatest 1st in your town.

also Project Ara by Google ( blockphone) replaceable phone modules. (if everything goes well) will kill the disposable phone model

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 01:44

22. donphone (Posts: 64; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)

Just like custom built desktops killed store bought desktops?..

Stay real my friends ;)

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 12:26

23. TechBlue (Posts: 80; Member since: 06 May 2010)

your logic is totally flawed, both that you mentioned are still upgradeable

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 18:06

27. catcherintherye (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)

After using the Nexus 5 for a few days, I had to return the phone back. I had high expectations but was very disappointed by the quality of the hardware when compared to its peers, particularly, iPhone 5S. I don't like the changes Apple made to iOS 7 which made me look for a suitable Android phone. Perhaps, I should have gone with Moto X instead... now I just don't have enough time to buy and muck around with another phone. Below are some of the issues I had with Nexus 5. YMMV...this was my experience.

- The wifi connection dropped multiple times at the same spot throughout the day and had trouble accessing some of Google's services on N5.
- The camera is poor quality and takes a couple of seconds to focus by which time either the subject has moved or my hand shakes a bit resulting in blurry photos. Not good for taking baby pictures for sure!
- The alignment of volume and power buttons on either side of the screen is such that I invariably change the volume while turning the phone on/off. Really missing the "home" button.
- Don't even get me started on the "phone" app. There is no visual voicemail and am back to the old menu-driven system for checking voicemails.
- Compared to iPhone 5S, the speaker sound at max volume is slightly inferior as well as the screen is less sharper at max brightness level. The "auto" brightness feature has a mind of its own.
- Android UI is clearly seemed to be inspired by Windows as there are multiple ways to achieve the same action on a screen.
- Another major drawback is the battery life which drops down to 20% in about 12 hours with little usage. For a similar usage pattern, iPhone 4S would still have over 35% battery life.
- Citrix Worx and some of the other apps won't install or crash with KitKat 4.4 which is fairly new. I can give the benefit of doubt but Google should have given some heads up to developers otherwise, it kills the user experience.
- Also, I tend to keep the phone on my desk and will check emails once in a while. With this phone, the phone wobbles when touched because the camera eye on the back side is huge and slightly protrudes. The back is not completely even.
- I really liked the large beautiful screen of N5 and slim profile. The screen was less brighter though compared to 5S.
- Even the speaker didn't pack enough volume in a side-by-side comparison with 5S.

Its a bit of a learning curve when switching from iOS to Android. The only strong appeal which is unbeatable is its price point for 32GB. So if you some of the things listed here are not important to you and you would like to be contract free, N5 is the way to go.

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