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Nexus 5 hardware review

Nexus 5 Phandrizzle
Nexus 5 Phandrizzle

We’ve had the Nexus 5 for a small over a week today, ensuring we’ve had enough time to receive perfectly acquainted with all the device. During this time, we’ve taken the Nexus 5 out about dates, slept with it, got real good plus schmoozy with all the telephone. While I can’t explain to you movie of the terrific lengths I took in getting a wise “feel” for the device, I can describe my experiences with all the telephone over the previous week. Like any initially date, I’ll be judging the Nexus 5 based entirely found on the physical: its hardware.

Design

Nexus 5 back 1
Nexus 5 back 1

First factors initially, the Nexus 5 is dead sexy. Sure it has which strange, overly big, camera areola about its back. However it’s the small quirks which provide an otherwise boring, matte black slab certain defining character. Especially because design-wise, we kinda receive the sensation LG tailored the telephone to not stand out. It’s completely potential this was an intentional move by Google to keep the spotlight about Android, plus not the tool which delivers the goods (Google services). The “ceramic” buttons were a good touch, plus the most premium aspect of the Nexus 5′s shape.

Nexus 5 back angle
Nexus 5 back angle

The telephone is amazingly much leaner plus lighter than I expected, measuring inside at 8.59mm thin along with a feathery four.8oz. This, together with the silky smooth soft touch finish, makes for a telephone which feels perfect inside the hand (or anywhere else for which matter). It’s surely the obvious departure within the gaudy, glittery glass support of the past model.

The ideal element regarding the soft touch finish is the fact that the telephone sits whenever we lay it: the lap, vehicle seat, couch arm rest. It wasn’t till I revisited my HTC One — that somehow constantly ends up sliding onto the floor or between sofa cushions — which I realized how much I had been lost this.

LG created it thus the soft touch finish completely extends about the device, even over the rim where it meets with all the glass show about top (white adaptation attributes a glossy plastic rim). I observed which this creates an uncomfortable feeling whenever dragging the finger off the sides of the show. It moreover traps a crazy amount of lint/debris inside the crevices where the rim plus glass meet. As much because knock the Nexus 4, those smooth beveled edges found on the show are sorely missed inside the Nexus 5.

Nexus 5 speaker mic
Nexus 5 speaker mic

Speaker location found on the Nexus 5 is odd. It’s found over the bottom of the device — yes, simply like the iPhone — with another grill appropriate alongside it for the microphone. While utilizing the telephone with 1 hand plus inside land, I found my hand might really cover, muffling the sound. Pretty annoying for those whom observe a great deal of movie or do several gaming about their smartphones.

Can’t state I was too crazy regarding the speaker standard either. The speaker does receive very loud, it’s only not clean or well-defined. In the finish, it appeared to work. Apparently there’s a software bug inside KitKat which makes sound output inconsistent plus Google is addressing inside a future update, thus we’ll be found on the lookout for which.

Nexus 5 upside down
Nexus 5 upside down
Nexus 5 proper side up (left), Nexus 5 upside down (right)

My largest problem with all the Nexus 5′s shape was the big chin (bezel) over the bottom of the device. Sure, LG may have built a small total device by chopping off the bottom chin however they didn’t. Gotta leave space for improvement inside upcoming year’s Nexus, appropriate? What I can’t for the existence of me figure out is why Google didn’t have LG flip the telephone upside down, thus which the extremely tiny bezel was at the bottom of the telephone.

This might create infinitely more sense provided the bottom software buttons absolutely remove certain screen property plus might create for a telephone which looks more balanced. Lastly, it’d moreover let the thumb extend further over the screen, generating it simpler to hit those difficult to reach corner UI buttons inside single handed employ.

Processor

Nexus 5 games
Nexus 5 games

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 (2.26GHz) plus Adreno 330 GPU (450MHz) very frankly haul ass found on the Nexus 5. It’s very noticeable whenever moving up from a Snapdragon 600 telephone plus is a lot more obvious from an elder SoC. With 2GB of RAM, it’s virtually like Android four.4 KitKat merely stands from the technique plus lets the Snapdragon 800 do its thing.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU

What’s interesting is within a some side-by-side tests with all the LG G2 (housing the same Snapdragon 800), you saw the Nexus 5 consistently beat the G2 whenever starting apps or loading webpage. Not by much, nevertheless it was absolutely there. This cause a telephone which felt more snappy plus sensitive than any alternative telephone we’ve come over — bar none. If speed is what you’re following, there has not been an Android device quicker than the Nexus 5. Ever.

Nexus 5 benchmarks
Nexus 5 benchmarks

While you not put much fat inside benchmarks, you feel obligated to offer the normal tests, because it provides you anything a little more concrete than subjective opinions. Yes, several OEMs like to doctor their results in the finish benchmarks do measure anything, whether or not it’s nothing over the potential of the hardware in.

Also value noting is the fact that when you were operating these benchmarks the Nexus 5 stayed cool, not achieving “hot” temperatures which you observed from additional equipment throughout these same tests.

Storage

Nexus 5 storage
Nexus 5 storage

The Nexus 5 comes inside 2 storage options: 16GB plus 32GB with no choice for expandable memory (micro SD cards). On the 32GB model you found which following formatting as well as the loading of the OS, there’s regarding 26.78GB of total area left for apps plus media. Last year’s model just available 8GB/16GB of storage, thus this year’s 16/32 had been a definite upgrade.

32GB isn’t awfully confining, however, following loading up just a some apps plus games, we’re absolutely right down to 22GB of free storage. Because Google would like to keep bills of the the Nexus 5 to a minimal, you receive which storage is really 1 of those specs they require to cut corners about. It merely doesn’t mean you need to like it (or wouldn’t considering paying a high premium for a 64GB option).

Camera

Nexus 5 camera
Nexus 5 camera

A big aspect of the phone’s hardware is its camera. Given which we’ve covered which detailed inside a past post, we men may read up about which here. To create a extended story brief, you found which whilst the Nexus 5′s camera was lacking, you think a advantageous part of which is software based — not hardware. That being mentioned, the Nexus 5 wasn’t the greatest smartphone camera we’ve shot with, yet it’s additionally not the worst (an continuous theme inside the Nexus 5).

Nexus 5 camera review

The 8MP camera’s optical image stabilization assists out a lot when taking movie, nevertheless the camera’s slow focus plus performance create shooting within the cool feel like a chore. Additionally, movie was good, nevertheless for any cause, Google’s camera software just uses the single microphone whenever recording movie rather of the accessible 2 (though rooting will help both).

Don’t receive you incorrect, there are cases where the Nexus 5 camera will deliver a actually good image. Give it enough light, plus it can do perfectly. Whenever utilizing HDR+ mode, you are able to shoot inside even the lowest of light conditions plus deliver a fantastic image. Simply advantageous chance getting the Nexus 5 to focus properly.

Display

Nexus 5 front
Nexus 5 front

Lets speak regarding the show standard. The Nexus 5 attributes a four.95-inch Gorilla Glass 3 1080p show. Many of you might learn from past critiques, however I’m kinda big about displays. Because the Nexus 5 isn’t available at the premium price-point of additional smartphones, I anticipate LG might skimp out about a limited components, the show being 1 of them. Believe it or not, the 1080p show utilized for the Nexus 5 is the same 1 selected inside the HTC DROID DNA (that I loved).

That’s to not state there aren’t variations. Google/LG tweak the color saturation plus gamma differently than many other OEMs, thus what you’re left with is a really true to lifetime, exact color representation. Needless to say, for certain people, which may be too boring or “washed out” at initial glance, incredibly whenever comparing it to alternative equipment. Like the Nexus 4 before it, watching angles were very bad. A wise argument is produced by how how usually anybody actually utilizes their telephone from an angle.

Nexus 5 show comparison
Nexus 5 show comparison

Comparing it side-by-side with all the G2, I preferred the show found on the G2 with much brighter whites, darker blacks, plus vibrant hues. We decided to a fast comparison test, pitting the Nexus 5 up against the LG G2, HTC One, plus iPhone 5s inside a dark comparison test. Results is found above plus under.

Nexus 5 show watching angles
Nexus 5 show watching angles

Battery Life

Note: power lifetime about any mobile device may not become the same for any 2 individuals. That being mentioned, I could just provide we my individual experience, comparing it to alternative equipment I’ve own or have inside my possession. This really is inside no technique the final word inside power lifetime for the Nexus 5, plus a mileage will (plus probably will) differ.

Nexus 5 power life
Nexus 5 power life

With which from the method, the Nexus 5 comes built with a sizable 2,300mAh power. While it’s far within the 3,000mAh found inside its cousin, the LG G2, you were hoping a synonymous 23% decrease of the G2′s 2-day power lifetime might moreover be found inside the Nexus 5. Not the case. We found which about average (following tallying up a small over a week’s value of data), the Nexus 5 hit a decent 12 to 14 hours of power existence with light use. Anyone whom is seeking to really use their telephone could anticipate a limited hours less.

Of course you understand a big part of power existence has to do with software functioning together with the processor, thus we’re hoping future upgrades might boost this amount significantly. Battery lifetime is usually a big concern for anybody seeking to purchase a new smartphone plus rightly thus. With choices like the LG G2 plus Moto X that provide incredible power existence, the Nexus 5 is up against several stiff competition.

Other

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DSC01511

There’s a few of additional hardware specs which are value mentioning, thus we’ll round them up here. It’s not constantly stated, yet the Nexus 5 qualities a micro SIM card, not the tiny modern nanos. This signifies we wont be capable to swap SIMs from the Moto X or iPhone 5s with ease, anything you were a small dissatisfied with.

Also, like the Nexus 4, Google again opted for a Slimport enabled micro USB. We’ve not chosen Slimport (that is mentioned to be a greater development than MHL) plus probably not might, thus we’re not certain when this might be a plus or minus. You’ll equally discover the Nexus 5 is capable of wireless charging utilizing a favorite Qi suitable charging accessories.

Like many advantageous Androids today, the Nexus 5 furthermore qualities NFC for tap-to-pay purchases at participating stores plus Android Beam (today Google+ compatible) that is moreover advantageous plus anything we wont discover about an Apple device. There’s furthermore Bluetooth four.0 about board, together with dual-band WiFi 802.11 ac, as well as the Nexus 5 available inside the Play Store provides help for AT&T, T-Mobile, or Sprint networks. How numerous smartphones have we watched which may do that?

Verdict

Nexus 5 no hands
Nexus 5 no hands

So whom, when anybody, is the Nexus 5 aimed for? Naturally, there’s the tiny minority of Android fanboys whom love (plus demand) continual plus unhindered software changes straight from Google. But with all the Nexus 5, Google is truly targeting those fed up by paying steep monthly mobile phone rates, just to receive online with a wonderful smartphone. It’s a method out. Like the all-American Miller High Life, the Nexus 5 is a advantageous telephone, at an honest cost.

Now comes the tough element of figuring out whether the Nexus 5 is value the difficult earned cash. In truth, excellent value is what the Nexus 5 is all about. While it’s true the Nexus 5 doesn’t excel inside each region, this was an intentional move by Google.

Google just would like to receive their goods plus services into because various hands because potential. A Nexus telephone usually offers customers the largest bang for their dollar. At just $350/$400 unlocked, just put: there’s no greater smartphone you are able to purchase for the revenue. Naturally, whenever factoring inside carrier subsidies, there are different — even greater — choices available from different smartphone machines.

Is the Nexus 5 the number one smartphone available? Not. However its not which far from it either.


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