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Google Nexus 5 Review
9 May 2014
Summary: At $399, the 32GB Nexus 5 is easily the best value for money on the smartphone market today, but it’s not even close to being the best smartphone. Whether that crown is worn by the more premium LG G2, the compact and intuitive Moto X, the vastly-improved Note 3 or the gorgeous iPhone 5s is up to the buyer, but the Nexus 5 forces too many compromises to make me a permanent convert.
Summary: All said and done, if you want a smartphone that is well built, has the latest specifications and runs apps well, then the Nexus 5 is the smartphone for you. If the camera is a high priority or you want a smartphone that's perched at the cutting edge of chic, we think you should look elsewhere (for instance, at the HTC One or the Xperia Z1).
Pros: Quality build with the right ergonomics, Great performance, Vibrant display, Android 4.4 KitKat
Cons: Lacklustre camera, Simple design, Average battery life
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: Working with the Nexus 5 over the past few weeks has been a pleasure. Performance with Google's new Android showpiece always felt speedy and responsive. Google's Kit Kat UI tweaks also offered a cleaner representation more often than not, though we did have to fumble for speech-to-text input in the Language and Input Settings menu, since Google disables Voice Typing in Kit Kat by default.
Conclusion: Google has delivered an impressive smartphone with the Nexus 5 from LG, an unlocked powerhouse with a palatable price and solid performance, and the new Android 4.4.1 KitKat update largely fixes the phone's initial camera problems.
Pros: Killer price for an unlocked smartphone. Fast next-generation CPU and GPU. Beautiful full HD display. Android is better than ever with 4.4.1 "KitKat," and the camera is much improved. Solid battery life.
Cons: Hardware still isn't quite class-leading on all fronts. Middling voice quality through the microphone.
Excerpt: The Google Nexus 5 represents a number of firsts for the company’s mobile family and promises to deliver more to customers than any Nexus device before it. The design story of the Nexus 5 is one of two halves. For starters, you have a piano black, gloss frontage, which is fairly unimaginative, save for the earpiece which colour matches the model of Nexus 5 you’ve gone for, whether that be black or white.
Pros: Android 4.4 KitKat is excellent, Stellar hardware, Great camera w/ OIS
Cons: Clunky design elements, SMS via Hangouts is awkward, Stock Android still playing catch-up
Summary: The Google Nexus 5 is available on the Play Store for Rs 28,990 for the 16GB model and Rs 32,990 for the 32GB model. At these prices, it’s hands-down the best value-for-money, flagship droid you’ll ever find and even more so if you can source one from the US. But is it the best Android smartphone? Definitely not.