Google Nexus 5 Review, Premium Android Experience
Nexus 5 Design and Android Kit Kat
High Quality Industrial DesignThe Nexus 5's build, materials and worksmanship are top-notch. The front of the phone is strapped in Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which is pretty common these day. The backside of the new Nexus is sheathed in a matte finish, soft touch, high density plastic that feels decidedly more premium in the hand versus rival devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4, for example.
On the bottom edge is the standard placement of the USB synch/charge port as well. And of course there's the Nexus 5's 8MP rear-facing camera here on the back, with an LED flash. The etched Nexus logo also offers a nice premium style to the backing of the Nexus 5, but other than that it's a fairly minimalistic approach and we don't mind that at all, actually.
Android Kit Kat - How Sweet It Is
Kit Kat is also now equipped with a native printing feature that allows you to discover available printers nearby, change paper sizes etc., and print from any print-enabled app. Google has rolled out an API to allow developers to add print services to apps as well.
And let's not forget QuickOffice. Google recently started bundling the light-duty office tools suite in with Android 4.4 and it's a great way to get some quick work done on the fly. Let's face it, you're not going to pen the follow-up to War and Peace, banging away on your 5-inch display, but QuickOffice allows you to open Word docs, Excel spreadsheets and the like, make some quick edits and send something on its way. Nice.
Underneath the UI, Google has trimmed Kit Kat down in terms of resource utilization as well. Overall, it has a lighter memory footprint and better memory management than previous versions. The new OS is designed to run on devices with as little as 512MB of RAM, so the Nexus 5 clips along nicely with headroom to spare. We only wish Google gave us an easier more elegant way to quit an app, rather than leaving it running in the background as most users likely will. Regardless, in combination with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 SoC, the entire experience with the Nexus 5 is snappy and satisfying.