Google Nexus 5 Complete Review

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Google’s line of Nexus devices comes with stock versions of the Android OS giving the freshest product right from the producers. This means by using this device, you will get an experience set by Google’s standards with no UI tweaks, simpler layouts, minimalistic theme and most importantly, no bloatwares – you probably must have seen apps provided by other manufacturers that serves no purpose to you, yet hogs down your storage space, and can deplete your battery as well. But with owning this device, you will save yourself from this headache.

What’s more? Nexus users are also entitled to the latest Android updates, meaning you will be able to update to the current Android version, as of this writing, Marshmallow. The Nexus 5 is one such iteration from the Nexus family, unveiled on 31 October, 2013, being the first smartphone to come with Android KitKat (4.4). Let’s delve into what the Nexus 5 has to offer.

On the surface

The Nexus 5 has a minimalistic exterior design, made out of polycarbonate, with a 4.95 inches LCD screen providing a high screen estate within the device’s boundaries. There are only two physical buttons: a longer volume button on the left, and the power button on the other side. Navigation buttons are present in the touchscreen display itself. The Nexus 5 has True HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) providing rich display experience and the screen is protected by breakproof Corning Gorilla Glass. It supports one micro SIM card slot for 4G LTE connection, present below the power button. It also features a multi-colour LED notification light. The exterior shell comes in three shades: black, white and red.

Camera

The Nexus 5 has a 1.3 megapixels front camera suitable for use in video chatting and an 8 megapixels rear camera with optical image stabilisation for jerkless captures and LED flash. It features auto focus, white balance and comes with a new shooting mode called HDR+ standing for high dynamic range.  The camera works under low-lighting conditions and can also record videos in HD.

Hardware and Software

The device is powered by the 2GB Snapdragon 800 with a quad-core 2.26 GHz processor and also has the Adreno 330, 450 MHz graphics processor. It comes pre-loaded with a revamped Android interface, newer technologies, most notably Google Now which accepts voice for searching. It is recommended to upgrade to the latest Android build to get new features, facilities, and improved security. The Nexus 5 lacks expandable memory support and is available under two versions: the 16GB and the 32GB versions. It also features a built-in battery with a capacity of 2300mAh which provides a decent battery life.

Verdict

Although an old device, the Nexus 5 has been reasonably priced at a starting price of Rs 25000 (16GB), against other competing brands at the time and still features to be a top favourite amongst the hardcore Android lovers.  It has plenty of built-in features such as the NFC support for easy device connection, and the step counter and detector for keeping track of your fitness regimes. With easy availability of Android updates from the makers themselves, one need only to update the OS and not feel left out with current smartphones with new Android versions.

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