General Performance & Benchmarks
Ah, benchmarks, something I don't like doing on my smartphone, because at the end of the day, who is going to Google which phone is better, and buy one from that? But, we still want to see how it performs against some of the big rivals on the market.
For day-to-day testing, it was the fastest Android-powered smartphone I've used. It easily beat out the previous speed champ, the G2 (funnily enough), and every other Android smartphone that has come through these labs.
We'll start with Basemark X, and go from there.
The Nexus 5 blows everything else away in Basemark X. Starting with 720p results, where we have 27FPS, compared to the next fastest device, the LG G2, with 21.5. In comparison with the original Nexus 4, which only scored 13FPS, the Nexus 5 simply kicks ass.
Moving onto 1080p and 1080p w/8x AA, we see 14.1FPS and 13.3FPS respectively. This edges out the G2, which scored 12.9 and 12.6FPS, respectively.
3DMark's Ice Storm Unlimited test is another testament to the cheap Nexus 5 being worth your money. We see a total score of 17,883 compared to the next fastest device (which is once again the G2), which scored 15,144. Compare this to the Nexus 4, which scored just 11,313.
GLBenchmark 2.7's T-Rex HD Off-screen benchmark dragged the Nexus 5, kicking and screaming, back to reality. We see 23FPS total, in comparison to the G2's 22FPS and Nexus 4's 15FPS.
Fill Rate Off-screen wasn't much better, with 1,361 total for the Nexus 5. Comparing this against 1,344 for the G2, it is just barely faster. However, it blows away its predecessor, which scored just 853Mtexels/s.
Our last test, Quadrant 2.1.1 Pro saw the Nexus 5 slain by the G2, 8,720 versus 20,369. The Nexus 4 scores just 4,702, meaning that the Nexus 5 is close to twice as fast as its predecessor under this benchmark.