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Google Nexus 5 Smartphone Review - The Best Android Phone Currently - What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts

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

What's Hot

 

The stock Android experience: I cannot live without the stock Android experience anymore; it's just too damn beautiful. TouchWiz UI, Sense, and all of the others can all jump into a river and be washed away for all I care.

 

We are slowly seeing manufacturers offering Google Play Edition devices, with stock Android on-board, something that I pushed for when I first started reviewing smartphones for TweakTown.

 

I hope this spreads like wildfire, because it will provide Google the chops to better compete with the iPhone, as it will have more devices with the stock Android experience, which I believe is the closest experience you'll get to a true iPhone vs. Google fight.

 

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Android 4.4 KitKat: Android 4.4 "KitKat" is a culmination of the best work of Google, streamlined into a mobile OS that simply kills iOS. It's beautiful, fast, and Google Now (which I loved so much with Android 4.x) is even better on KitKat.

 

There are some subtle changes that make KitKat stand out, with Google Now being accessed by swiping up from the home button, or swiping all the way to the left of your home screen. I got used to swiping to the left, and it changed the way I used Google Now.

 

Wireless Charging: I actually reviewed the Nexus Wireless Charger and loved it. This is an essential piece of the Nexus experience, something you simply can't live without once you've tried it.

 

The ability to just plonk your smartphone onto a wireless charging pad and have it perform magic, is, well, magic.

 

SlimPort support: Analogix's uber impressive technology is something I simply cannot live without now. Being able to plug in a tiny microUSB to HDMI cable, and hook my Nexus 5 up to my TV for some Full HD glory is awesome. The fact that it's super smooth, and requires no drivers or setup, is even better.

 

The price: Come on, $349? There's simply no competing with that, when the closest smartphone is at least $600. Samsung, LG, Apple, and everyone else simply cannot compete with this price right now.

 

If Google could push the marketing on the Nexus line, it could do some serious damage to Samsung and its Galaxy line going into the future; this is something I think the search giant will do when Samsung starts pushing its Tizen OS on its devices.

 

What's Not

 

The camera still isn't perfect: The 13-megapixel camera, while adequate and an improvement from the Nexus 4, is far from perfect. I expect Google to provide a world-class camera on the next iteration of the Nexus smartphone, and nothing less.

 

No expandable storage: This is an area that the Nexus devices always lose out to, and with LG manufacturing the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 smartphones, is this going to be a trend going into the future for LG? I hope not.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

Google has spent countless hours on building the best smartphone on the market, in my opinion of course. At $349, you're getting one of the most powerful smartphones on the market, with some of the best out-of-the-box features, such as wireless charging, and the stock Android 4.4 KitKat OS.

 

There's not much that the Nexus 5 does wrong, apart from the rear-facing camera, which needs to be amped up in the next Nexus offering.

 

The display is gorgeous, the price is perfect, and it seems like Google has now created the perfect storm of a smartphone. It lacks in the camera department, but it more than makes up for it in every other aspect: hardware and software wise.

 

Right now, it's Google versus the world, and more specifically: the Nexus 5 versus the world. Unless you're a diehard Apple fan, or Galaxy/One fan, you should grab the Nexus 5. You will not be disappointed.

 

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