Pros Stellar screen, no-bloatware, blazing fast, light, voice-control is really nice. If you take the time to use and "train" it, Google Now is very useful. $350 for a high-end, unlocked android smartphone is unbeatable.
Cons Not the best camera on the market, but not that far behind apple/htc/samsung. One (slightly) annoying thing is the lag when switching the front/back cameras and between regular and HDR+ (compared to iPhone 4/5s).
Pros The beautiful screen, good camera, LTE connectivity and of course Android 4.4.
Cons The battery should've been bigger compare to other phones like the LG G2.
Summary This is a great phone overall, I recommend it to anyone looking for a new phone out hereand for the price its a steal.
Pros Just the right size.
Summary I have had this phone for nearly a month. When I first got it the battery drained really fast and charged very slowly. That was one of my first complaints to Google. It seems that that problem was fixed. The battery now seems to drain much slower and charges much faster.
Hangouts takes takes too long to send/receive mms. Sometimes sms just sits there as if it is searching for the path before it finally sends/receives. I have tried different sms apps but they all have the same issue. Hopefully Google will address this issue.
Overall, I really like this phone. It feels very comfortable in my hand. It is light weight, yet solid. The camera is not the best I have ever seen in a phone. It takes decent pictures.
The one thing that really won me over with this phone was the price and that it is unlocked! It is a really good phone even with the flaws, which are not many!
Pros - Highly configurable
- No non-removable vendor/carrier bloatware
- Fast recharge with/without Qi cordless charging
- Great Screen (see summary)
- fast and responsive
- Great phone call quality
- good/great antenna (see summary)
Cons - Needs better/different included accessories(see summary)
- button placement/ergonomics needs shifting
- slightly touchy on default setting. Too easy to swipe/press undesired items
- phone gets warm with extended use
- camera controls need work
Summary Out of the box this is a really good phone. It came with a 70%+ charge on the battery and not having to wait in frustration for it to charge up was a big plus! The packaging was nicely designed and easy to open and protected the phone well. 4.5 Stars out of 5.
Less than five minutes from opening the box, via Wi-Fi it was finishing downloading it's update and then my Google account info. Bookmarks, games, music, books, magazines, etc. were all there. No muss no fuss! The first use of media in most cases requires it to be loaded, but the icons/markers/lists/titles were all present nearly immediately.
Google could have enclosed a set of minimal mike/earbuds as this is a phone! I've had some pretty cheap basic (emergency purchase even) phones that came with at least earbuds as well as a charger. The Charger module is pretty basic as included. A coupon for a discount or special offer for a Qi charger would have been nice.
My largest complaint, and this is true for most smartphones is that they need to come with a minimal bumper or something similar. Certainly the aftermarket will lose a few sales, but a better aftermarket product will sell itself compared to a glorified rubber band that would at least help a new purchaser hang on to the thing a little better. In winter and with the larger phones, an extra band for grip would be better packaging design.
The buttons are a minor point, but it is easy to turn the phone off while changing the volume by accidentally squeezing both sides of the phone!
Positively this phone works well right away. Partially that contacts and apps are loaded from the Cloud, even with the differences w/KitKat 4.4 Android running, it is obvious what to do to use this device, No tricky vendor/carrier app to figure out with flashy stuff in the way. Just press the name or call up the keypad and call. Or just say "OK Google, Call <name>" and you are talking!
One reason for selection of this phone as unlocked was the area where I travel in the Midwestern US, some carriers even now have gaps holes in coverage. Already having AT&T (but not liking their pricing) I'm using T-Mobile as well. A phone that would work with both was the best option. In areas where either one are showing no bars or orange warning in the status menu, most of the time I still can call and text. Data may not work, but that's usually just a mile or two away. Great antenna I'd say! Changing SIM's is a pain but that is a given.
A note on the screen. The one comment I keep getting is, "Hey, I can actually read that one" from even casual observers looking over my shoulder, desired or not. This is contrary to some reviews, a great and bright screen.
**NOTE:** I wonder if the negative review comments about both the screen brightness, and audio/speaker quality have been influenced by what could be an oversight? That is the packaging strips and screen protector that come on the Nexus 5 phone. Until I removed all of the packaging strip over the speaker holes, the sound quality was ordinary. The majority of the holes were covered by a fairly thick piece of plastic. Mine did not remove cleanly. That combined with a speaker that doesn't fire forward may be a review issue??
The screen protector I left in place until I was sure everything was working properly(just in case a return was in order) and once it was removed the automatic brightness worked 'properly'. I wasn't really evaluating the screen until then as it has a big Nexus logo in the middle of it, the screen cover plastic. Again, thick plastic. More than bright enough for me including bright winter sun streaming through a car window and even outside. Mhmmmmm....
Just wondering if some reviewers didn't remove everything at first?
**end of NOTE**
Camera interface does need work. However great photos are possible and the editing software is a good as I've seen for 'stock' app. I'm not using my Camera FX app at all. May have to tweak something to fix the goofy shutter release and AF weirdness.
This is a highly customizable device. It may as a result not be for every user, but with a few minor tweaks and preferences, this is a really good smartphone. It may not start out perfect, but it will do what you want and need.
Oh, its time for another Candy Crush session!
Pros -Fast, powerful
-Beautiful screen, gorilla glass 3 is stronger than 2
-Gets updates from android first
-Classy, matte finish and ceramic buttons
-Android 4.4, which is lovely and a step up
-First device to get updates
Cons -Stock phone and messaging apps aren't great, you will prob want to disable them and customize
-Camera could be more stable, they say its a software issue which will be addressed in updates. We shall see
-No adobe flash, alt browsers are in market
Summary Nowadays the top phones are all on par performance-wise, so making a decision has a lot more to do with carrier and user preferences. What separates the Nexus 5 from the competition is its versatility and customizability. It works on any network (excluding Verizon) including the cheapies. Hardware-wise, it's basically a LG G2 with a slightly lesser camera (13mp vs 8mp),slightly lesser battery, and slightly better screen (higher ppi and better glass than G2). Kitkat is smoooothe, sparse, and very customizable. If you want an intuitive, beautifully designed phone that will still be functional and relevant in a few years, this is currently your most affordable choice. If you're looking for great hardware without a ton of unused apps on it that you can't remove, this is your best choice.