Introduction and First Impressions
I could sum up my week with the Nexus 5 in one word: awesome. The biggest point of the Nexus 5 is its price point of just $349, compared to every other flagship smartphone on the market, which is $600+. If you directly compare devices, you would compare a Nexus device against the iPhone, as it is the proper, pure Android experience, directly from Google.
The Nexus 4 came out and really turned the smartphone market on its head, but it didn't penetrate the market as much as most hoped. The Nexus 5, will have the same fate, unfortunately. This is due to Google not marketing the phone strongly enough, and it has to compete with the juggernaut that is Samsung.
The Nexus 4's main problems were no 4G LTE connectivity, a sub-standard rear-facing camera, and a few other niggly issues. The Nexus 5 corrects these problems, with 4G LTE connectivity, and a much better camera. I've read some other reviews, and most reviewers don't think the Nexus 5's camera is all that great - but from my time with it, I love it.
I used the Nexus 5 out and about for a week, and on the seventh day, I sat down and wrote this preview of the Nexus 5. It quickly (within the first few hours) became my new favorite smartphone, just from the smaller details that Google and LG have baked into the new Nexus smartphone.
Firstly, it feels, great. It feels lighter than the Nexus 4, which is thanks to its slightly-bigger size, so the internals are spread throughout the device better, thus making it feel 'lighter.' The display looks gorgeous, with a 5-inch 1920x1080-pixel display, which includes Corning's Gorilla Glass 3 technology.
The Nexus 5 features Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 SoC, which is a 2.26GHz quad-core processor, and holy smokes, is it fast. It's the same SoC that is built into a few of the fastest smartphones on the market, including the LG-built G2 smartphone, which is what the Nexus 5 is built from.
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