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Google Nexus 5 Review

Google Nexus 5

Call Quality

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.


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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Google Nexus 5

Google Nexus 5

OS: Android 6.0 5.1 5.0 4.4.4 4.4.2 4.4
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Display5.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (445 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz, Krait 400 processor
Size5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 inches
(137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm)
4.59 oz  (130 g)
Battery2300 mAh, 17 hours talk time

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