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Nexus 5 round-up: 5 awesome new features, release date, price, specs and all we know so far

0. phoneArena posted on 31 Oct 2013, 02:19

We’ve seen it all - the Galaxy Note 3, all new Android flagships, the new iPhones, and there is just one more big thing to surprise us this year - the Nexus 5…

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posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:00 31

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

You are worrying about the ram? I'm more worrying about battery... near 5 inch screen backed up by a 2300mAh isn't really enough in my view. Especially when I'm out in the field... that would only last for 2 hrs of use...

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 09:28 10

17. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

RAM is the most underrated phone component, cheap ones can ruin a phone never mind capacity. The Nexus 5 needs 2 gigs of fast and reliable Samsung DDR3 RAM, which is unconfirmed, which is why the posted asked about it.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 11:15 15

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

I understand the importance of the RAM, but the late flagship is 2 GB and the Nexus 4 has that already. So i'm not worrying about the RAM size. It needs about 3000 mAh for me to stay

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 12:29 3

36. kanagadeepan (Posts: 979; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

Yes... Atleast that tiny 2300mAh battery (for a 5" HD screen on snapdragon 800) should NOT be locked like in Nexus4...

posted on 28 Sep 2013, 17:36 6

62. sckortyman (Posts: 23; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)

you guys got to remember that the screen is probably going to be more power efficient, the snapdragon 800 is MORE power effiecient that the s4 pro, and that kit kat will likely bring some battery improvements too. Combine these factors and you should be getting at least an hour more of screen on time the the n4. Not great but should be enough to get you through a day. For me that is enough.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 08:16 3

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

Yeah for an everyday usage might be enough. But when i'm out in the field, I used my phone to record location. My phone could die as soon as 2 hours... And sometime I need to be out there more than 6 hours.... Just enough isn't enough... More is always better.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 10:56 5

71. improv (Posts: 96; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

Though I understand your desire for a larger battery, you do have to realize that you're not representative of the average intended audience of this phone. Most users aren't likely to be out on the field, tracking their location constantly, so it wouldn't make sense to sacrifice hardware space and price to suit the extreme user. Most likely, the average user will be checking their Facebook or playing games at work or at home, where they will likely have access to a charger.

If it's really a problem for you though then I would consider a battery pack or case, which adds bulk but you may deem it necessary.

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 06:58

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

Yes I understand... if you want to bring up average users then you will probably know most of them are probably just switched over in the past year or two. That means they went from a phone can last them about 3-5 days to lets say... 10 hrs? That's pretty hard adjustment, don't you think?

posted on 25 Oct 2013, 23:01 1

151. mattkl (Posts: 234; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)

My Droid Maxx lasts all day in any field.

No one held a gun to your head and made you switch from a non smartphone to a power hungry smartphone. So if the adjustment is too hard for you or you don't research phones enough (Droid Maxx) then maybe you should go back to your flip phone or old Blackberry.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 13:50

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

I understand no one is holding a gun to my head to have me switch. However, I have been using smartphone for a while now (almost 5 yrs now). It's hard to switch back to a regular cellphone. Battery life has always been my 1st concern. I always have done my research before I get a phone. However, being on AT&T I don't have Droid Maxx to choose from.

I went from
BB Storm 2 (Verizon) to
Motorola Atrix (AT&T) to
HTC One X (AT&T) to
LG Nexus 4 (AT&T) (Current)

Only reason I went from Verizon to AT&T was bc I had no signal at apartment I used to live. Now, my contract is going to be up beginning of the next year, I will watch out for a phone with great battery life. I really don't think I'm going back to Verizon... Bc having 3 smartphones on the plan... it could be costly...

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:58 1

68. troutsy (Posts: 319; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)

The screen and processor improvements are probably offset by the addition of LTE.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 13:57 1

87. lifeyourlive (Posts: 126; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)

Now, let's take the fact that i agree with you and imagine this... you have all those power efficient components and now try to imagine more how much it would last with whooping 3000mAh... or maybe 3200mAh. Google once said even before the nexus 4 that they will bring something innovative in terms of battery. I remember this news very clearly. They also said that they understand how people have to recharge the phone all the time (everyday or every second day), how uncomfortable it is. And where is that innovation now?

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 13:37 1

86. madmikepr (Posts: 138; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)

if the battery last me more than my ip5 in a Day IM SOLD :) if not i will carry my car charger anyway lol :)

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 00:28

108. phissith (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)

Yeah, I echo this. I though Nexus 4 has battery problems and that is only with 720p!!

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 07:38

124. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Energy efficiency should be better than the nexus 4.

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 04:29 1

66. Hager_Peng (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)

I hope is 3G RAM

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 15:01 2

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

If you're hoping for 3GB you better look elsewhere. Note 3 is the only 3GB phone around

posted on 05 Oct 2013, 23:45

106. Vertigo (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


posted on 20 Oct 2013, 02:59

145. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 449; Member since: 26 May 2011)

It should have at least 2GB, but what a disappointing battery capacity for a smartphone with such nice specs in all other areas.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 08:55 5

4. roldefol (Posts: 4364; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

I'm loving the design and features of this device, but I have two questions:

1. Will there be a 32 GB version? This is a showstopper for anyone like me who wants to load a large music library onto their phone.

2. Will it really be available on Verizon with updates direct from Google? The Galaxy Nexus experience soured a lot of us on the prospect of a Verizon Nexus.

If I can buy a Verizon-compatible Nexus 5 32 GB this fall for under $400, it's worth waiting for. If not, a shiny new G2 or Droid Maxx awaits me.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 13:21 3

39. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

This article touts its availability on Verizon, but if you click the links claiming proof, it states the D821 was a LG G2. Color me confused. I wish it was coming to Verizon, but I won't hold my breath.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 14:06 1

42. roldefol (Posts: 4364; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)

Yeah, I'll believe it when I see it. I think the Play Store will stay unlocked and while the device supports Sprint bands, I don't expect them to get it either. CDMA and unlocked Nexus devices don't mix. And with the Moto X, Droids, and G2, I don't think Verizon needs the Nexus, even if we want it.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 16:20

46. a_merryman (Posts: 749; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

They include all 3 LTE Bands that Sprint supports. One of which is exclusive only to Sprint (LTE on 800MHz). As well as CDMA radios that follow Sprint.

It is most certainly coming to Sprint. Hopefully Sprint users can buy it through the Play Store too....but I'm not as hopeful about this. It could be that Google made Sprint agree to certain terms (Ability to buy it on Play Store, access to all Google services...which Sprint does already, and allow updates at the same time as other nexii) to allow this device on Sprint's network. Sprint and Google usually have friendly relations (as far as corporations can be concerned).

posted on 14 Sep 2013, 00:14

51. hallucinogenius (Posts: 19; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)

I think my words just came out of your mouth

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:52

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

No Verizon. Sorry. Zero chance. The D821 just passed by Brazil's equivalent to the FCC (Read: the D821 is not going to be for the US market). The D820 for US markets doesn't include Verizon bands.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 13:08

83. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)

Under $400 for 32 gigs? The Nexus 4's initial pricing was $349 for 16GB, IF they make a 32GB model it will be at least $400...

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 14:05

88. lifeyourlive (Posts: 126; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)

I dont get it why there is just this option to separate models into variants for 8GB 16GB 3GB 64GB... why isnt there option like:

2300mAh = 299$
2600mAh = 349$
2900mAh = 399$
3200mAh = 449$


posted on 03 Oct 2013, 18:18 9

96. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

I'm guessing because adding extra memory doesn't affect the manufacturing process as much as adding larger batteries.

Charging for extra memory is the biggest ripoff in mobile.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 18:56

113. jimv1983 (Posts: 56; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)

Actually, charging that much for the larger battery is a bigger ripoff than the memory. Doubling the memory from 16GB to 32GB will cost them about $10-12. The increase in battery will cost them like $4-6.

posted on 18 Oct 2013, 07:40 2

125. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Try a couple $ more for a 3200mah battery and like $5 more for 32gb of storage.

Storage is the largest ripoff in the phone industry Apples iphone 64gb cost $200 more and only cost them ~$15 to more to make it over a 16gb 5s.

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