Google Nexus 5 User Reviews
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Captain_Doug has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Overall very worth the price. Has some short comings like battery life and call quality but make up for it with the price tag. The SOC is great, screen is sharp but colors are off, camera is up there but nowhere near the best, build quality is mostly great. One of my favorite phones.
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Nexus 5 - great package!
Lupy17 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I had this phone for less than a year but I enjoied every minute of it. Well... until the upgrade to lollipop.
I could really feel the speed diference between Kitkat's Nexus 5 vs. Lolipop's Nexus 5.
I had friends with Samsung S5, Htc One M8, Iphone 5, 5S, 6, Oneplus One and my Nexus would outperform them in the speed department.
Outspeeding 700$ hardware with 350$ hardware really makes you feel good.
After the 5.0 software upgrade I could really feel the downgrade in speed. The phone wasn't that snappy anymore (It could still outperform other devices like the S5), but (and maybe other people don't share my feelings on this) after having the best possible speed at your fingertips for a few months and then an upgrade slows down your hardware - it is upseting.
I really thought the Nexus 5 was the perfect phone.
The two concerns people have with this phone are camera and battery:
Camera is decent. It's better than people maket it look like.
Battery - well, the only downside for me.
I think of myself to be a power user [ I guess everyone here thinks the same about themsefles :) ] and battery was a constant concern for me. I had to be really careful with my usage in order to reach 6 PM with some juice left.
Some days, when I wasn't constantly using my phone - it performed ok, it would last for an entire day. Maybe a 20% bigger battery was the only thing missing in order for this to be the perferct phone.
Perfection in a smartphone is a utopian thought, but the Nexus 5 was...
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.Report
Google Nexus 5
wolverinexmen9 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I love this phone! My very first Nexus phone. I'm a guy that loves updates and I couldn't stand how slow updates came to my GS3. My neighbor had the GS2 and upgraded to the GS3 and he showed me all the cool features it had to offer, so I went ahead and bought a GS3. It was a good device, don't get me wrong but I hated waiting around for updates. I also found myself turning off about 90% of the dumb features you never use. One, because they waste battery. Two, I never used them. And three, they took up internal memory. I soon heard about these Nexus devices and I saw the rumors about the Nexus 5 coming out soon. As soon as the Nexus 5 came out, I waited two months before buying one because I wanted to read some reviews about it first. I decided to buy one and now I fell in love with my Nexus 5! Pure Google Phone with no bloatware. GS3 had way too much bloatware. Very fast updates that keep getting better every time. I used Google Now on the GS3, and I continue to use it and love it with all the neat features added to it almost every day on my Nexus 5. Google Now is way better than S-Voice and Siri. I finally got my first phone with LTE. At first I wasn't impressed with speeds from T-Mobile and I continued to use HSPA+ for several months until LTE got faster in my area. The build quality is very nice. The soft back feel makes the phone very comfortable to hold in your hand. And it very lightweight too. All the buttons are easily accessible. The screen size is prefect in almost every...
7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.Report
lewis14 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Great phone, will get updates as soon a relased even though you weat a few days for the OTA update. Fast, doesnt lag through games and its anything a person could want for a phone. The only negative would be the battery life because its inconsisity epically with the updates that are coming out but other then that everything else is great. It has anice camera even though the app might be confusing but itll come with future updates
Best Android experience you can get !!!
ash1684 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I got the Nexus 5 becouse i was tired of all that blootware that makes your android phones slow with the time.... it was the best choise i ever made with a mobile device !!! That phone is blazing fast and smooth, the display is really amazing and the camera is (in my opinion) of good quality (especially with HDR+ mode activated).
7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.Report
First Nexus Device
SemperFiV12 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
This is my first Nexus device, and my reintroduction to Android after leaving it for a few years. Previously used Android Froyo and left to BlackBerry, WebOS, Windows Phone 7/7.5 and Windows Phone 8. Definintely miss my Lumia devices A LOT. Windows Phone may lack few apps here and there, but the app gap is closing quickly - if not completely closed for 90% users. Phone is not as stable as I'd like with multiple forced closes and freezes.
6 out of 27 people found this review helpful.Report
Best Smartphone Money Can Buy
chistoefur has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
This is simply the best smartphone anyone can buy for the money, at only $350 off contract. It's even better than a lot of the $550+ phones. With it's amazing specs and pure stock experience of Android, it's simply the fastest Android device available.
11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.Report
The best Nexus phone yet.
Trex95 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
In my opinion this the best nexus phone ever made period. Yeah it does lack the quality and Luxury's feel of Nexus 4 but it's blazing fast like IPhone it's even more smoother in some areas. Nexus 5 comes with one of the best phone camera around and the best Nexus camera till date.
4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.Report
Best in the arena.
mobi_user has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
This is my first andriod phone and the best one I like. I wanted to have the pure flavour of andriod without all the top coverings and all. Almost everything about this phone is excellent. Especially the OIS added to the camera gives it a very good performance when taking pictures on the move. The phone comes with most up to date hardware power. It is great at multi-tasking, playing high end games, watching movies.
5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.Report
Google Nexus, the name says it all
shahrooz has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I love nexus line and I thing I will remain loyal to this line for a long long time. except Google take a wrong step or another super great phone comes to the market. but atm nexus 5 is the best imo. Nexus 5 has its downsides but they are acceptable and covered by it's awesomeness in other categories.
2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.Report
Awesome google phone
lonestrider has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
This phone is simply awesome as a smartphone. At a 5" display, the display looks very great and gives an amazing experience for the user. Just, don't compare this phone with another flagship phones. There are phones with better features in almost every aspect. But this phone is just Google. Fast update and pure Android.
Love the phone except for the battery life
dbareis has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
Very good phone, love wireless charging, unfortunately it didn't get the large battery everyone was predicting so we got the low battery file as a result. I'd pay more for a bigger battery option. Why don't manufacturers give us that option? The sound level is also too low, be nice to have decent speakers.
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performance rated google experience
vinayryder13 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I love this phone - a cheap high end mobile. Ofcourse, we have to sacrifice premium image quality but hey! its still a bang for the buck! Only problem i faced till date is the battery backup; it lasts less than 8hrs if you are a mid-power user - that seems quite good but it aint the same everyday, fluctuations!! :(
Best deal on the market
alrightihatepickingusernames has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
As usual Nexus devices are top-hardware and performance for a low price, there is nowhere else that you can get such a deal. Obviously Google had to skip out somewhere on this thing, and the battery is the main loss here, in my experience it isn't terrible, but you won't be writing home about it. The camera may might not suit your needs if you take a lot of photos as well, it's not terrible, but you won't be thrilled. On the plus side you get stock android, and updates until summer of 2015, the device runs smooth and performs great, I can't honestly think of a situation where this thing lagged badly.
If you're looking for a top notch phone but you can only buy a mid-ranged one, this might be your best option, but if you have an upgrade or $600 to spend and you don't mind a lack of updates, look elsewhere. If you have the money, I would recommend the LG G2, but if you have less than $400 to spend, the Oppo R819 offers great battery life and mid-ranged specs in a package lighter than the iPhone 5S. The Moto X also gives nice performance for the cost, as well as a number of customizations from MotoMaker. If you don't even want to pay for the Nexus 5, you could look for a Nexus 4, at this point they will be insanely cheap and will offer similar performance, it just won't be getting updates for too much longer.
2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.Report
Vanilla android is really tasty
Achilis has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
A superb device.Well built by LG.Better built than LG G2.
Kitkat is really awesome. The improvements over jellybean is really worthy.
Camera before update was horrible.After update it is good.
Battery life is not very good.its just ok. power users will suffer.
This is the 1st android phone i feel like not to install other launchers like apex or nova. Kitkat experience is flawless.
7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.Report
Everything is good
omaar97 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
This phone is amazing, IMO it's the best phone in the market right now
Nothing is less than "good"
Camera = 7/10 before 4.4.2, 9/10 after 4.4.2
Pretty impressed by the performance and this is the most important thing for me, VERY VERY FAST !!!
no issues with anything so far
Battery is good, enough for one day usage, still I wanted a better one
I think the Camera and the Battery are the only two things that most owners of the Nexus 5 are complaining about, but after 4.4.2 the Camera is so good, still the battery isn't that good even it's enough for me
4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.Report
Best phone for its price. And one of the best high end phones
BattalBoy has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
I had an iphone 4s before this. and it doesnt even compare. Everything about this phone is better. And its allot cheaper. Everything i want from a phone, this phone gives it to me and way more. I am a heavy gamer, and a heavy browser. And this phone wont lag even on high end games like modern combat or gangstar vegas. Not to mension 4.4 is lag free. I would of liked it to have removable storage but thats no problem i just got the 32 gig one. Dont even think about any other phone. Just get this.
16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.Report
A High-End Jack of All Trades (Edited 12/7/13)
Commentator has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Confidence. Were I to sum up the Nexus 5 in one word it would be this. This isn't a phone with a world beating camera, or stereo-speakers that will blow your eardrums in. It doesn't feature the latest fingerprint-scanning technology, or intuitive button placement. This isn't a phone that strives to be something it can't. Rather, this is a phone that does everything you'd expect from a modern smartphone. Nothing more, nothing less. It does this unapologetically, with the grace, understatement, and confidence of a device truly comfortable in its own skin.
If you're looking for evidence, look no further than skin-deep. If ever there were a generic-looking smartphone, this would be it. Its face is a clean sheet of glass, with no visual-flare, save for the circular speaker-hole at the top. The sides are equally-clean, sporting the power button, volume rocker, speaker, mini-USB port, headphone jack, and microphones. The rear features nothing more than the camera and LG/nexus branding. The material is entirely plastic, but it is the best feeling plastic I've ever felt. Neither glossy and slippery, nor hard and uninviting, the Nexus 5 features a sort of rubberized soft-touch coating that endeared me to it upon my very first touch.
This design may come off as "boring, cookie-cutter, and uninspired" to some, but in a day when manufacturers are differentiating themselves with all manner of adornment, this simple, solid, clean design becomes a trademark in and of itself.
The software seems...
5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.Report
A Revolutionary Device
miket247 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
This is a device that can change the world. Even people in developing countries can afford to buy a Nexus 5! And it is a Flagship Phone with top notch hardware, not a cheap chinese knock-off or OVERPRICED Rotten Apple! I should know, I have a iPhone 5s 16gb, which I am now selling!
10 out of 15 people found this review helpful.Report
As Good as It Gets
Joshing4fun has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Amazing phone. It feels very solid in the hand. It has a soft silky feel. The battery life could be better but it's not as bad as it people are making it out to be. The camera is awesome. It's not the best in the world but it can take some great shots.
5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.Report
Best bang for the buck but with drawbacks.
improv has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Disclaimer: Despite the minor problems I have experienced with my Nexus 5, I am still incredibly satisfied with it and have no regrets for my purchase.
After almost a week of using the Nexus 5, I am a little disappointed with the call quality. The round speaker grill for phone calls is very small so it must be placed at the right position which is a little hard to maintain. Had there been a standard bar or line instead of a circle, it could have been much better. This is an issue with the build quality rather than the call quality.
The battery life is as expected at 2300 mAh but I was hoping that it would last a bit longer than it does. I am mostly using my phone for Facebook, camera, and browsing the web in between classes and I find myself connecting it to the charger at least twice a day (not to a full charge, however).
Coming from an iPhone to a pure Google experience phone, I expected that there would be major differences. I had been in the Android ecosystem many years before, back when it was still at its inception and trailing leagues behind the iPhone ecosystem, but a lot has changed since then. Now, fast forward a couple of years and Android is easily on par with, and rapidly exceeding, iOS.
I had been looking to immerse myself in the Android atmosphere for the past year while I have been using my iPhone 4S for the past 2 years. I had bought a Galaxy S4 when it was first released but it wasn't right for me. I did like TouchWiz's...
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Best phone for the money
mas11 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
So after being stuck with Verizon for two years I'm finally free and ready to switch. My phone of choice was the Nexus 5. I desired a high end android phone for a mid-range price. With a Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM plus Android Kit Kat this smartphone is buttery smooth.
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silver has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
excellent device with great performance I think the camera not so bad but I think the camera could have been better maybe google can fix it with the next software update the 5-inch display is great as well
kitkat make the nexus 5 even more quickly
3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.Report
the best value smartphone out there.. but..
speedsypher has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
The nexus 5 is a nice phone for it price but unfortunately not the best as I have hoped. It still lags behind the likes of lg g2 or even the HTC one in some aspects ..if u want thebest android phone that is great at almost everything then nexus 5 is not for u.
6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.Report
Best Value for high end spec phone.
scsa852k has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Let's face it.
Reason why you buy Nexus devices are
1. Cheap Price
2. Stock Android
3. Latest Android version installed and updates to follow
Nexus 5 ticks all those boxes.
Design actually takes a step back from Nexus 4.
Battery is a disappointment even if I'm not a heavy user.
Having said that, Android 4.4 is very pleasing.
It's noticeably faster than Jelly Bean and I haven't faced a lagging moment so far.
Web browsing is pleasant whether I'm on T-Mo LTE or WiFi.
Screen is much better obviously compared to Nexus 4.
Camera might not be the best in the market, but it gets the job done, and it's a legit upgrade from Nexus 4 as well.
11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.Report