Nexus 5 review

 Google Nexus 5 V3
The Nexus 5 offers the top-end performance traditionally only seen on phones nearly twice its price. This and latest KitKat version of Google's OS make it one of the best Android smartphone currently available.
Affordable, great design, good screen, top-end performance
Camera autofocus can be flaky
Overall Rating:
4 Star Rating: Recommended
Price: £300
Manufacturer: Google
Processor: 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
Display: 5in 1080x1920 IPS Plus capacitive touchscreen
Storage: 16GB or 32GB, 2GB RAM
Camera: 8MP rear with autofocus and LED flash, 2MP front
Connectivity: 2G/3G/4G LTE, GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, WCDMA: Bands 1/2/4/5/6/8, LTE: Bands 1/3/5/7/8/20
Operating system: Android 4.4 KitKat
Dimensions: 138x69x8.6mm
Weight: 130g


For the past couple of years, Google has been working to beat iPhone sales by undercutting Apple on price. As a part of this strategy Google has released a number of affordable devices with a specification not typically seen on devices under £400.

The Google Nexus 5 is the latest step in this strategy. It features components on a par with £500 smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, but is priced from as low as £300.
However, with Apple having released its own semi-affordable iPhone 5C smartphone, some have questioned if the Nexus 5's value alone will be enough to win over buyers.

Design and build
The Nexus 7 has a minimalist design and is available in black and white colour options, both of which come with a single-piece, slightly rubberised back. The Nexus 5 is wonderfully free of unecessary design touches, with its front featuring no logos or physical buttons. The only detail is on its back, which has the Nexus and LG logos etched into it.

We found the Nexus 5 comfortable to hold, partly because of its slightly rubberised finish, which made it easier to get a solid grip on the phone. However, the chief reason for this is its slim 138x69x8.6mm dimensions and reasonable 130g weight.

This combination made the Nexus 5 feel very ergonomic and every bit as high end as it more costly competitors, such as the Galaxy S4 and  iPhone 5C.Google Nexus 5 back
Our one disappointment regarding the Nexus 5's design was its traditional button placement. Unlike the LG G2, which has volume and power buttons on the back of the phone, the Nexus 5 has a more traditional placement, with the power button lying  to the top right and volume controls at top left.

While this isn't a serious issue, we're really big fans of the G2's button placement and agree with LG's argument that putting the volume and power controls on the back of a phone makes them easier and more intuitive to reach. But this largely comes down to personal preference and we're fully aware many people have found the opposite to be true.

We're also very impressed with the Nexus 5's build quality. Despite costing just £300, the Nexus 5 is very sturdily built. Its non-removable back offered no give when pushed and, thanks to therubberised finish, is much more resilient to marks and scratches than we expected.

Apple has long dominated the screen technology arena, with its iPhone and iPad's Retina displays offering unparalleled clarity, brightness and colour balance when first released.

Since then, Google has edged in on this area, releasing its latest 2013 Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 was the first ever tablet to feature a display with a greater than 300ppi density, packing a 1920x1200 resolution into its 7in touchscreen, and we found it to be one of the best we'd ever seen on a tablet.Google Nexus 5 three-quarter
We're happy to see Google has kept up the tactic, fitting the Nexus 5 with a 5in 1080x1920 IPS Plus capacitive touchscreen with a density of 445ppi.

While there has been an influx of Android smartphones with over 400ppi displays, such as the Galaxy S4 and HTC One this year, the Nexus 5's wonderfully crisp display is not only able to compete with these phones, it outperforms them at times with its excellent colour balance and vibrancy levels.

Operating system and software
The Nexus 7 comes with the latest 4.4 KitKat version of Google's mobile operating system. Thanks to its Nexus branding, the Android software is also completely unskinned.

Google Nexus 5 diallerThis is a major selling point as it means the Nexus 5 doesn't feature any of the bloatware or needless user interface changes seen on skins such as HTC Sense, Samsung Touchwiz or Huawei Emotion.

Having 4.4 KitKat is also a fairly big boon in its own right, as the version has a host of enhancements that help make it the most business-friendly version of Android to date. The biggest of these we noticed during our time with the OS was its re-designed dialler.
Google has reworked the dialler app to let users search using Google servers for publicly listed numbers they don't currently have stored on their phone.

The feature references your current location and information in your Google account along with your search question to collate and offer relevant contact numbers.

While minor, we found the new dialer was a very pleasant addition, that made it quicker and easier for us grab numbers for local restaurants or other venues we had occasion to visit, without having to fire up the Gmail app or do a web search in Chrome.

Google Nexus 5 KitKatKitKat has all the productivity and security features found in previous versions of Android. These include the Drive cloud storage service and tools for the creation and management of multiple accounts seen in Android 4.2 and 4.3 Jelly Bean.

The KitKat version also features an improved version of Google Now, a key service unveiled on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It's designed to use information stored on the user's Google account and devices to offer relevant updates on things such as local transport links, the weather and upcoming calendar events, for example.

Google Now was originally accessed by swiping up from the device's home button, but KitKat on the Nexus gives it a more central position, making it accessible by scrolling left from the phone's central home screen.

Google Now gets better the more you use it, as it detects and tracks which bits of information you click on and use. While the more central placement of Google Now will be a boon for business users already using the feature, it will take some time for those new to Google Now to figure out what information they want tracked.

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  1. The phone is certainly the best and supports the latest version of Android operating system.

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