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Google Nexus 5 Review
Google Nexus 5 Review
It’s not the best thing we’ve used, nor is it the worst, but at the very least we’re able to get through phone calls with some ease. Taking a different approach, the Nexus 5 employs a very peculiar looking earpiece – one that’s circular and tiny in size. It could be the way it disperses audio, but we find its volume output to be lacking. Well, that’s unless we jam it against our ear tightly. Furthermore, voices have a flatter tone, but still audible enough to comprehend voices. Thankfully things are better on our callers’ end, as they’re treated to voices that are rich, distinctive, and clear. Finally, the speakerphone emits a lot of crackling at the loudest setting.


On one side, we’re absolutely thankful that 4G LTE connectivity is in tow this time, but on the other hand, it might be the culprit to its underwhelming battery performance. Stuffed with a 2300 mAh battery, its output ranges between 8 to 12 hours with our heavy usage. And that’s about it folks! Therefore, it’s something that requires constant charging if you really need to use it a lot before calling it in for the day.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
Google Nexus 5
4h 50 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy S4
4h 59 min (Poor)
6h 48 min (Average)
5h 45 min (Average)


There’s a lot to be said about the Google Nexus 5, mostly good things quite frankly. First and foremost, we can’t help but to mention yet again the killer pricing that’s attached with this high-end smartphone – something that continues to be the trend setter. Come on people, we’re talking about a $350 no-contract priced smartphone that’s oozing from head-to-toe with many lovable qualities. And we’re not talking about an inferior spec’d smartphone here, oh no people, much like some of the crap in the prepaid space that we tend to see. Rather, the Nexus 5 shows us what’s possible in a $350 outright device!

Besides the hardware, Android 4.4 KitKat brings forth a refreshed experience that doesn’t try to overpower us with several new features, but instead, it focuses in providing user with a simplified experience that’s easy to learn, operate, and navigate. Other Android experiences try to win people over with their expansive set of features, but there is none of that redundancy here with the Google Nexus 5, as it merely places a lot of emphasis on the core experience.

Indeed, all is not 100 percent perfect with the smartphone, like its underwhelming battery and call quality performances, but the positives with this one easily outweigh the negatives. And to reiterate it again, there’s so much value seen in this handset – hands down, the best bang for the buck and an absolute bargain! Going forward, you should really think deeply what you throw your hard earned money into.

Seriously, the Nexus 5 is very much like that person at the gym who wears an oversized t-shirt to hide the results they’ve been working hard on for some time. There are other smartphones that might be bigger, badder, and better looking, but regardless of that, the Nexus 5 is a humble little fella that doesn’t feel obligated to “show off.” Instead, its modest approach and one-of-a-kind pricing is an effective combination that shows us that it’s a force to be reckoned with. Timing couldn’t have been any better for this smartphone, since it’s already a home run heading into this holiday season.

Software version of the review unit:
Android Version: 4.4
Build Number: KRT16M
Kernel Version: 3.4.0-g9eb14ba


  • Bargain price of $350
  • Simplified approach with the UI
  • Camera snaps sharp photos & videos


  • Modest look
  • Underwhelming battery life
  • Flat sounding internal speaker
  • No LTE support with Verizon

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User Rating:

88 Reviews




Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

would it be hard to give a perfect 10 for this beast or am i missing something ?


Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Battery Life should have been better

Mxyzptlk unregistered

There's many things that could always be better.


Posts: 5; Member since: May 09, 2012

But battery life is a very big deal. I can't expect to get through a day of heavy usage, which is a dealbreaker.

Mxyzptlk unregistered

What the hell could you be doing that causes the battery to not last all day?


Posts: 374; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

You can do a lot more on Android phones. It's actually quite easy to run through the battery with all the extra capabilities that we enjoy.

Mxyzptlk unregistered

Just because you can do more doesn't mean you should, subtle unfunny potshot aside. Those widgets you all love so much, they eat battery life. The dynamic live backgrounds, they eat battery life. A lot more isn't better than just working.


Posts: 374; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Trying to turn it into a debate on which is better, Android vs. iOS. You must be hungry today.

Mxyzptlk unregistered

You took the potshot up above by saying Android can do more. So if anything you must be hungry.


Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

100 Things iPhone 5S - 5C Can't do Android Phones Can:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVTrazT99Ps


Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

You can always buy a nokia 3310 with no feature at all and be very happy.


Posts: 5; Member since: May 09, 2012

I use maps and email heavily, syncs a lot during the day. Believe it or not, I actually use my phone for real work - and the Note 2 was the first android phone that was able to carry me through the entire day. I would much rather be using a stock android device than have to put up with Samsung's crapware and shoddy, plasticy hardware, but at least the phone lasts 18 hours without dying.


Posts: 1910; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

This is just proof you don't use an Android device. My Droid Razr M can go 2 days moderate usage (2 1/2 screen use) and thats with widgets working in the background (weather, transit, data, battery, social media). Even the widget heavy HTC One can go more than a day with moderate usage and Sense is very widget heavy.


Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

2 days on a Razr M huh. so either that's not at all true or you hv the only Razr M in history that will ever go for two days before hving to recharge. based off of the battery performance i've seen on the Razr M...i'd give your claim 25% truth behind it.


Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

It would have scored 10/10 then insyead of 9.5


Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Its not that bad.. look at the custom script battery test. Nexus 5 is slightly worse than iphone 5s (5 hours 2 mnts),, but much better than iphone 5 (4h 22min) or SGS III (4h 8min)


Posts: 50; Member since: May 14, 2013

I think that 9.5 is quite generous. It's a great phone, but not a perfect one. Specially for it's battery life.


Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

That's the only obvious flaw i think this phone has. Score is actually right given the price of this phone. Ow i forgot expandable storage. But hey, iphone. Hahaha

Mxyzptlk unregistered

iPhone doesn't need expandable storage.


Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

no because why have expandable storage when you can pay $100 extra for 16Gb more!!!


Posts: 1184; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Yes... Just like Nokia 3310....


Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

Only flaw? Nope, speakers are lower than those available on the Z1 is almost impossible to hear in a loud environment. And well developers still haven't updated apps to work well with kit Kat, so whatsapp, fiber and line just to name a few constantly crash, viber and line you cannot register because everytim you try it crashes, it might not be the phone but that is a deciding factor for a lot of people when they want to use certain apps and they just don't work.


Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Camera quality isn't tht good either. Many people in verge forum have also mentioned uncomfortable ergonomics.


Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

PA should stop focusing on price. This site is viewed from people all around the globe, and you know that Google Play sell the nexus phone in quite a few countries. So this argument is not valid for us


Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Consider the price and tell me what else you can get for $/EUR 349.


Posts: 2931; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Battery life.


Posts: 81; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

Lets wait for GSM Arena to do a full test to get the battery life details. It looks no better or worse than an iPhone 5s though, but I wish it was at the front of the pack, instead of the middle!


Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

I don't know, maybe underwhelming battery performance might be part of that? there is no swappable battery and this thing performs batterywise like it's 2007. I personally think that is a pretty big flaw as enormous batteries become more and more common across the market.


Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

you know what i didnt see the last page, but with the easy ifix it or whatever their called score cant you remove the battery and swap in a beefier battery ?


Posts: 5; Member since: May 09, 2012

It wouldn't be as trivial as just swapping a battery. A higher capacity battery would be physically larger, and so you would need a modified case with a new layout for the antennas (which are integrated into the bottom case).

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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

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