"My Favorite Phone!"on by PPHaley
Pros + Phone is solidly built and light too
+ Call quality is decent
+ LTE works screaming fast on the phone and it holds onto the signal well.
+ Best screen I've used, colors are pretty accurate and everything is great looking
+ Good camera to me
Cons - Speaker is mono and is rather low on volume
- Average battery life
Summary The Nexus 5 is the best Nexus yet and one of the best phones at that. I've had mine for approximately a week and couldn't be happier. I got the white one and think it looks fantastic. With that note, let's get into a review and we'll start on build quality:
The build - the phone is solidly built and light too - I personally like a heaver phone being a man with larger hands. So, if you like lighter phones and find others too bulky, this may be refreshing for you. Some professional reviews state the phone is good or mediocre build at best which is patently false. Yes, there's a seam on this phone, especially owning a white version but it isn't some huge gap that's ugly or a place where you can push the two pieces together more. The phone has no creaks at all and the glass is flush on all sides. I mention the glass because I've owned Motorola, HTC, and even iPhones where the glass at the edge isn't even across the whole device and it drives me nuts. The new buttons are ceramic - ohhh! They are nice and work well. The sim card tray is next to the power button but I haven't noticed it at all searching for the button as it's very flush with the phone. There isn't an SD card slot on this phone - get over it. 32GB is enough for MOST users. If you are truly a power user who needs to swap out 64GB cards frequently for whatever reasons (I know some of you do exist) this isn't the phone for you. I'm sorry, the Nexus devices haven't had one in a long time and it's a cost saving measure too.
Next is connectivity and calling - the main point of a phone, right? I won't discuss specific networks as that opens up a whole different debate that entire forums can't solve! LTE works screaming fast on the phone and it holds onto the signal well. HSPA+ is a beast on this phone too if your area doesn't have it. Calls connect well and nothing has dropped so far. The call quality is decent, which is a bummer as I'm one who still talks a lot on their phone. I haven't tried any HD voice features yet so that may help the issue. Wifi works well on the phone too both with 5ghz and 2.4ghz - my older router doesn't have all the latest standards but the phone supports any wifi you'll encounter. I'll point out that my house is an old one with huge blocks that love to cancel out any cell signals. This phone holds onto them and keeps them unlike other phones I've used on the same network.
Screen - The best I've used. I have grown tired of the Samsung AMOLED screens and favor the route Apple and HTC and now LG have taken, for the most part. It's super crystal clear and even being a near-sighted blind person, I can't pick out pixels for the first time. Colors are pretty accurate and everything is great looking. The touch portion of the screen is great too with no issues. It works as well as any other top tier phone. Now 'for the most part' means I do notice this screen, as any LCD, cannot do true black unlike AMOLED. It's a feature left to that technology alone but it doesn't detract here as the screen is great and you don't notice unless you have a competing phone next to it.
Battery - It's average on this phone. It isn't a beast like I've had on some Moto phones but it isn't a junker like some Samsung devices I've used too. After the first couple days, it evened out and with moderate use I can make it to 10pm bed-time. It isn't going to blow you away but it isn't the worst out there either. I'd have liked an option to use a removable battery as I don't mind a heavier device or battery - but clearly we are going to wafer light and thin devices.
Camera - It's a good camera to me and leaps and bounds better than any past phone I've owned including other Nexus devices. Pictures come out clear and the HDR+ feature is pretty good as well. Pictures come out sharper and it even works well trying to take a picture of my moving baby. I can still tell it was taken with a phone vs. a stand-alone camera, but it's way more sufficient for my wants than I need. The wife takes the serious pictures, I just take pictures of things to make sure I bought the right item. So, if you aren't a budding photographer, this thing works well and even captures moving people well enough.
Software - The new KitKat 4.4 is here and overall I love it more than the last version, just like I do with every android release. I won't give a comprehensive review of the OS here, but I'll touch on some things. Google added some developer options on this phone that you can enable as an option that make it scream. It moves faster than I can use it now and this is a great step for any phone OS. I've used Windows Phone 8 and many flavors of iOS and many versions of Android. This is by far my favorite OS now, hands down. MS has done well with 8, but this blows that out of the water now. iOS 7 has veered off to me and I personally don't like it. Anyway, this thing is fast! Google now is better than ever, but I had to turn it off as it sucked battery down. I hope Google addresses this as the service is awesome. Hangouts is cool that everything is in one spot, but it's clunky to use for SMS and everything. I wish google would have waited until everything in hangouts was totally done before merging, but they at least give you the option to download another SMS program and set it as the default now. You have got to love choices. Default email is better now and Gmail and calendar are excellent as ever. Overall it's a pleasant step forward and hardly anything I don't like.
That's a basic review of the phone and I'll end with the overall value and point of the phone. Here on this great online retailer, the phone appears to cost more. You can easily go to the source, if available in your country, and purchase it for an incredibly great price. It is completely unlocked so you don't have to fiddle with buying an unlock code, which in the USA is now shady anyway, and waste more time and money. This phone also will get updates quickly without hassles or being left in the dust instantly. It's also priced at a mid-tier value, for almost all top tier specs and experiences. I think many pro-reviewers have worried that things like the camera or battery aren't toe to toe with other phones, but those do cost more. The bigger issue they miss is Android on this phone is unlike it on any other phone. That's worth something too and what I stress is the most important thing about this phone.
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I hope this review is helpful.
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 - Screen is very bright
- Very fast, no lag at all
- Latest Andriod goodies
- Camera is not as bad as people say it is with the fix that came in Andriod 4.4.2
Cons -Battery life is not great
- Takes a while to charge
- Headphones jack is at the top
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 Stock android os, decent camera, decent battery life, great screen quality, great processor, good price
Cons inconsistent reception, no sd card slot, unable to remove battery
Summary If you are in an area that has good coverage, this is the phone for you. See the pros section of my post if you want to know the good qualities of this phone. You can't beat this phone for the price. The problem is that if you are in an area with spotty coverage, the reception is really inconsistent. It will go from 5 bars down to 0 bars in the blink of an eye. Sometimes the bars will show that you have service when in reality you don't. My friends thought I was sending them to voicemail when they called me, but in reality they couldn't get through to me because I didn't have reception. I'm going to have to return the phone because I need a phone with solid reception. I'm disappointed because I loved the Nexus 5, but it looks like they forgot about the most important part of a cell phone. The ability to make calls.My issues with reception actually had to do with T-Mobile and not the Nexus 5. My family members are experiencing the same issues with their phones. I'm still going to have to return this phone because it doesn't have wifi calling and if T-Mobile's service is this bad in this area, I'm going to need wifi calling. Now that I know this, I would give this phone 4.5 stars instead of 3.5.
Updated on Jan 3, 2014