Google Nexus 5 Review, Premium Android Experience - HotHardware
Google Nexus 5 Review, Premium Android Experience

Google Nexus 5 Review, Premium Android Experience

It almost goes without saying that the Google Nexus 5 is one of the most anticipated Android phones to launch in 2013, save perhaps for Samsung's Galaxy S 4. Previous generation Nexus devices from Google, whether phone or tablet, have proven to offer a lot of bang for the buck, excellent design and build quality and a pure representation of the Android OS. Not to mention Google regularly rolls out the most recent version of Android as well with these devices, sometimes well before it's available on products from other brands.

The previous generation Nexus 4, like the Nexus 5, was manufactured by LG, though that smartphone didn't hit the mark like Google hoped it would.  With their latest Nexus device, Google is hoping to rise above the noise in the now crowded 5-inch superphone space.  The Google-LG design team has stiff competition this time around, though.  The Samsung Galaxy S 4, the HTC One, Nokia's Lumia 1020 and even LG's own G2 are very impressive larger screen devices. And let's not forget, Google has the iPhone 5s to contend with this holiday shopping season as well.

So you might say Google has their work cut out for them with the Nexus 5.

With a shiny new version of Android 4.4 Kit Kat to lure consumers in and a Qualcomm's smoking-hot Snapdragon 800 quad-core SoC, did Google and LG tee up Android greatness?  Let's take a look.


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I really like what Google did with Kit Kat. I think we'll likely see more than the usual handset roll outs of this version of the OS in terms of OTA updates. It's that good.

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So Far So Good

Have a Nexus 5 32GB(821) since Nov 5th.

Waiting for the right case and good screen protectors in my region.

Have a Nexus Orb wireless charger that charges the phone quickly.

The battery lasts me a day and a half or more using the Dalvic runtime but using ART runtime I get less battery time.

USB OTG works when different apps installed depending on whether the phone is rooted or not using a micro USB cable or USB flash drives that have micro USB connectors built in.

I didn't root yet so I'm using Nexus Media Importer. for my USB OTG.

Miss not having the removable battery and micro SD card slot I had with my Note 2

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Thanks for reporting in SH. Agreed, those are the two omissions that would have been nice to see built into this phone. That's crazy good battery life. What are you doing during that day and a half? Light use?

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The ART runtime is very fast but Google needs to do a lot more work if they want to use it exclusively so there's no patent problems with Java owner Oracle

This large ART speed gain comes with down sides , such as larger apps hence longer installation times, but the ART experiment seems ripe to replace Dalvik in some of the next major Android versions.

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Experimental-Google-ART-runtime-in-Android-KitKat-can-bring-twice-faster-app-executions_id49139

Oracle sued Google and lost resulting in being ordered to pay Google's legal costs.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/94578158/12-05-23-oracle-google-patent-verdict

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Oracle-ordered-to-pay-Google-1.1-million-for-legal-fees_id34131

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What is it with Google and the lack of micro SD support on it's products?

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Agreed. It is one of the few omissions on this device and others. Good thing a 32GB N5 is reasonably priced.

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This would be my phone if it was on Verizon, but no. Moto X is a good alternative at least.

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Nice, I prefer the 7 but this is still nice

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better than the galaxy s4

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I have been using this mobile for 4 months and its one of its kind. It is an excellent device, with stunning display, nice graphics and awesome power. And it offers pure Android experience and I even installed the Android L developers version which runs perfectly on my device. The only problem I faced with device is about setting custom ringtone. I found the procedure about how to set ringtone in this link and it worked perfectly, http://www.spinfold.com/set-ringtone-in-nexus-5-and-nexus-4/

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