Google Nexus 5


Google Nexus 5 phoneIf you are an Android aficionado, you must already know about the Google Nexus 5 smartphone and you’re expecting its triumphant entry on the market.
Well, things are not easy for the Google phone, built by LG and powered by the latest and the greatest in the tech industry. The public has high expectations and the market is saturated with high end smartphones.
What will determine your average Joe Android to buy the LG/Google love child? Well, in my opinion, the best reason to own a Nexus 5 will be its price tag.
For a full HD 1080p 5 inches wide display, running on the latest Snapdragon 800 system on chip, with 2 GB of RAM and a 2.26 GHZ quad-core processor, the price tag (off contract) of $350 for a Nexus 5 will be a bargain, regardless of the competition, don’t you think?
Just a quick reminder, an off-contract iPhone 5s will cost you $650, the legendary Samsung Galaxy S4 will cut a $640 hole in your wallet and the HTC One sells for ~$600. With the LG Nexus 5, Google will make a killing, it will be the deal of the century, best bang for the buck, or whatever you want to call it. To be honest, I’m already sold! I must admit, I’m always looking for the best value for my money and in this department, the Nexus 5 plays in a league of its own.

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Google Nexus 5 back sideLet’s take a deeper look at what the Nexus 5 has to offer:
Firstly, I must say that Nexus 5 is the first Android flagship shipped with the latest OS version, the 4.4 KitKat out of the box. Being a Google device, it comes fully integrated with goodies like Google Now, Google maps etc, also with a new and improved user interface.
So much for the operating system, let’s take a look at the hardware platform, the playground for geeks everywhere.
The Nexus will be shipped in two flavors : a two-tone white version and a black one. The white version uses a different type of plastic around its edges, a glossy variety, while the black version comes with a matte, rubbery plastic on the back and sides.
We can safely presume that the white Nexus 5 will be the first choice for the female audience, while the black version will appeal to us, serious cats.
The build quality of the smartphone is good, the Nexus 5 feels solid and fortunately the glossy plastic is gone (in the black version). Even so, I must tell you that in terms of “premium” appearance, the Nexus 5 is still lagging behind devices like HTC One or iPhone 5S, those slick unibody smartphones, made of aluminum. But hey, keep in mind the price tag, alright? The Nexus 5 is almost half the price of an iPhone and its build quality is excellent, just the “bling” is not there. In terms of durability, I will always go for a polycarbonate body instead of aluminum, which bends and scratches fairly easy.
The hardware buttons on the Nexus 5 are made of ceramic, and that’s a nice touch, don’t you think?
Google Nexus 5 backThe design is utterly minimalistic, there are no “cheap shots”, no fake chrome/aluminum/whatever, everything is following the utilitarian design, and I love it!
The display is one of the best on the market, a 4.95 inches wide 1080p IPS LCD, with a cool 445 pixels per inch density, very bright and with beautiful colors. Compared to the over-saturated AMOLED displays out there, this IPS LCD unit is a breath of fresh air, I mean the reproduction of colors is far superior to AMOLEDS.
Google Nexus 5 frontThe front of the smartphone is made of glass, which is also present on its back, around its giant glass camera cover, hiding a 13 megapixels camera sensor.
The camera on Nexus 5 is a huge leap forward, when compared to the previous generation, but it’s still no match for the Lumia flagships out there, but still, keep in mind the price tag folks! The best word to describe the performance of the camera is “average”, it gets the job done and that’s that.
The CPU in the Google Nexus 5 had already seen action in other high end devices. The Snapdragon 800 SoC means business, it’s a high-end platform and offers everything you’ll ever need in a s smartphone : a quad-core Krait 400 CPU, clocked at 2.26 GHZ, 2 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 16/32 of internal (non expandable) storage, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, LTE support, everything you’ll ever need is there folks.
Due to its improved hardware/software platform, the Nexus 5 is about 50% faster than the previous generation (Nexus 4) .
In terms of battery life, the Nexus 5 has a very good standby power management; but if you’re using the phone in “heavy mode”, with the Wi-Fi on and intensive web browsing, the phone will last you for about 7 hours. To be honest, the battery is not the strong selling point of the device, it’s nothing spectacular, just an average Joe.
Bottom line, what sets the Nexus 5 apart from its competition is the price. For a ridiculously low amount of money, you will receive a LOT of smartphone, a bargain flagship, sort of speak.
The only things Google sacrificed to achieve an affordable Android flagship are the camera quality and the battery life, which are average. The rest are top notch, especially the pure version of Android KitKat, stripped of any ugly skins other OEM’s are using on their devices, which slow down the smartphones and waste resources.

-By Alex Sherrod


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