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Google Nexus 5 Smartphone Review - The Best Android Phone Currently

Google Nexus 5 Smartphone Review - The Best Android Phone Currently
For under $400, the Nexus 5 represents the best of what Google can deliver right now with Android. Anthony takes a close look at it. (NASDAQ:GOOG, KRX:066575)
| Phones in Mobile Devices | Posted: Feb 3, 2014 2:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Google

Introduction

 

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The Nexus 5 was one of my most anticipated tech releases of 2013, and rightly so; it's the best smartphone I've used. This is a big call, and I'm going to spend the rest of my review convincing you why Google and LG have struck magic, again.

 

Google partnered up with LG again on the Nexus 5 (just like it did on the Nexus 4), and it has improved virtually everything that was wrong with the Nexus 4. The Nexus 4 suffered from a low resolution screen, non-premium feel, and a lackluster camera, all of which have been fixed on the new Nexus 5, with the camera being better than the one on the Nexus 4, but nothing to write home about.

 

One of the most interesting things about the Nexus 5 is that it is pretty much LG's G2 smartphone, but slightly cut down. The 3000mAh battery from the G2 has been traded for a 2300mAh unit, which is the biggest change between the two smartphones.

 

That is, if you don't consider the massive price difference between the two handsets, which is an entire issue on its own, and has led LG down a path where its G2 smartphone didn't sell as well as it thought it would. Something I actually mentioned in my review of the G2.

 

 

Specifications, Pricing and Availability

 

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Something Google drove home in the Nexus 5 smartphone was its specs-laden goodness. We have a beautiful, crisp 4.95-inch 1920x1080-pixel display, which provides us with 445 ppi. Splashed on top of the already-impressive display, is Corning's Gorilla Glass 3 technology.

 

Not only is the display technology impressive, but the processor chosen is a champion, too. We have Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 SoC, which is a quad-core part clocked in at 2.26GHz. As for the GPU, we have the Adreno 330 GPU clocked at 450MHz for the graphic side of things. 2GB of RAM fills out the more important specifications of the Nexus 5.

 

One of the serious disappointments of the Nexus 4 was that it was only 3G-capable; well, that's no problem for the Nexus 5, which is a full 4G-capable smartphone. We also have dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0 capabilities.

 

We have a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, backed up by an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) technology baked in as well.

 

As for storage, we have two models: 16GB and 32GB, with no expandable storage option, which has quickly become the norm for stock Nexus devices. We have Analogix's awesome SlimPort technology baked in, ceramic power and volume buttons (which feel and look great), a 3.5mm jack for audio, and dual microphones.

 

You can charge the phone with its included microUSB port, or my new default way of charging, wireless charging. Google and LG providing wireless charging on the Nexus devices is something I've come to truly love, and I find it hard to live without these days.

 

The best part of the Nexus 5, as I said before, is its pricing: $349 for the 16GB version, and just $399 for the 32GB version. You can buy the Nexus 5 directly from the Google Play Store, which is super easy to do, and takes just a few days to have it shipped to your door.

 

Considering the LG G2, which is what the Nexus 5 is made from, is still $729 on Newegg, you can see why LG blames the Nexus 5 for its bad G2 numbers. What did it expect? It's selling a better phone, in my opinion, for half the price. It's not that hard to figure out, is it?

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