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Nexus 5 Smartphone Preview - the First Week with the New Champion (Page 1)

Nexus 5 Smartphone Preview - the First Week with the New Champion

Google refreshes its Nexus smartphone with the Nexus 5, where it is an improvement in nearly all aspects. Here is our preview, ahead of our review.

By Anthony Garreffa on Nov 29, 2013 11:01 am CST - 1 min, 41 secs reading time for this page

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.

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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.

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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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Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.

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