Summary: The fifth element. As early as the Nexus 4, Google has offered a price-competitive challenge to the rest of the smartphone manufacturing world. The current hardware flagship puts its direct competitors under powerful pressure, because the Nexus 5 offers extremely high-powered hardware and Google's newest operating system - Android KitKat.
Pros: Price, Android 4.4 KitKat, Workmanship quality, Color fidelity of the display, High display brightness, Updates provided, The price of the Nexus 5 makes for a very clear argument to buy. Google has once again made its price spiral down and made life difficult for its competitors. In addition, the update maintenance is guaranteed for multiple years.
Cons: Storage cannot be upgraded, Non-removable battery, Speaker sound quality, Google should either have made it possible to switch out the battery or provided a version with greater capacity. It is obviously possible, as the LG G2 proves.
Conclusion: Once again, Google has managed to deliver an astonishing package for an unbelievable price tag. The Snapdragon 800 SoC, five-inch 1080p IPS display, LTE connectivity and minimalist yet functional design would all be well suited to a handset nearly twice the price, yet the Nexus 5 brings it all together for just $349. On its value alone it’s easy to convince someone of the benefits of the handset, but let’s not forget the hardware and software that makes this phone a hit.
Summary: Nexus phones have always been about winning over Android purists who detest software skins and carrier bloatware. That's still the case, but Google has managed to broaden that appeal with the $349 Nexus 5. For significantly less money than competing smartphones, you can walk away with an unlocked LTE handset that packs the fastest processor, a full-HD screen and handy voice-search tools in a slim and light package.
Pros: Very fast performance, Handy new features in Android 4.4 KitKat, Easy-to-grip soft-touch design, Much cheaper than competing flagship phones
Cons: Camera needs improvement, Display a bit cloudy
Conclusion: To judge the Nexus 5, we need return to the Nexus 4 for a moment. For all its greatness, the year-old phone failed to break into the mainstream, as regular buyers still flocked to Samsung for their Android smartphone fun. Is the Nexus 5 Google’s breakout device, ready to take on the accepted giants of the industry, such as the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One? At $350 unconnected for the 16GB model, it has every right to popularity; it’s half the price of its competitors.
Pros: Gorgeous screen, Android 4.4 is the best version yet, Nexus phones get updates straight from Google, Tightly integrated voice control, Solid build quality, Ultra-competitive $350 price
Cons: Boring design, Lacks the wow factor, The camera, though improved, isn't fantastic, SMS integration into Hangouts needs work, Battery life is inconsistent
Google Nexus 5 is an excellent smartphone and a better value
1 November 2013
Summary: Strong performance, high-end specs, and an ultra-affordable price make the Google Nexus 5 not just the best unlocked phone on the market, but the best Nexus phone by far.
Pros: The Google Nexus 5 has LTE for multiple carriers, a sleek and solid build, and an excellent price. It makes crystal-clear calls, battery life is long, and integration of Google Now is deep and wide.
Cons: The Nexus 5's screen is dimmer than its competitors' and its camera struggles under auto settings. While an important OS update, Android 4.4 KitKat is more conceptual than feature-rich.
Conclusion: For around Rs 30,000, the Nexus 5 is the most powerful smartphone from a top-tier brand. Plus, it offers that “pure” Android 4.4 (Kitkat) experience. Maybe its design is too safe, but the construction is undoubtedly great. On the other hand, the phone has a few shortcoming such as an average camera and battery. Sunlight legibility is another niggling issue. Still, considering that its 16 GB version costs under 30k, the Nexus 5 is a great deal.
Pros: Android Kitkat out of the box; Impressively sharp screen; Excellent for gaming; Well priced.
Cons: Battery life could have been better; Average camera.
Despite a few flaws, the Nexus 5 offers impressive value for money and comes highly recommended
Good Gear Guide.au
10 December 2013
Summary: The Nexus 5 boasts an excellent screen, powerful internals and runs the latest version of Android, but is slightly let down by poor battery life, and a camera that can't quite match its flagship competitors. Despite a few flaws, it offers impressive value for money and comes highly recommended.
Pros: Excellent screen, Powerful internals and performance, Android 4.4 is a nice update
Cons: Mediocre battery life, Some camera quirks, No expandable memory
Excerpt: The LG Nexus 5 improves upon many of the shortcomings of its predecessor while still remaining well below the price point of a typical Android flagship phone. The smartphone comes in two different colours: black and white. In terms of aesthetics, most reviewers concur that it's unremarkable. According to Engadget, the simplistic design does little to stand out from other smartphones despite some “visual flourishes.
Pros: Excellent screen quality, LTE support, Fast processor, Ships with Android 4.4