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Thread: Google Nexus 5 Smartphone Review

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    Google Nexus 5 Smartphone Review

    Google Nexus 5, manufactured by LG was launched in India few days back. Google launched Nexus 5 introducing their new operating system as well, Android 4.4 Kitkat. It looks like LG has done a great job by not only designing the product to meet the expectation but also brought it in to market sooner than expected. As you all know the nexus device is launched with the new android OS, Google Nexus 5 runs on android 4.4 KitKat. Nexus 4 had a good success in the market and android 4.3 JellyBean was accepted with applause. KitKat has some improvements over the previous version and features some really new stuff.

    Nexus 5 features a 4.95 inch display slightly bigger that the nexus 4 and powered by snapdragon 800 chipset and supported by 2GB RAM. Like Nexus 4 it has 8MP camera and backed by a 2300mAh battery. The phone is priced at near about Rs.30000. now as you go through the review you get a detailed description of the performance of the phone that would make it easier to understand whether to shell out 30,000 bucks or not.


    Before moving ahead to the testing, lets give a look at Nexus 5 highlights:

    • Android 4.4 KitKat operating system
    • 4.95-inch HD touch Screen display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
    • 1920 × 1080 pixel resolution at 45 ppi pixel density
    • 8 Megapixel rear camera with OIS
    • 1.3 Megapixel front facing
    • 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
    • 2GB of RAM
    • Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ncNFC (Android Beam) / Bluetooth 4.0
    • 16GB or 32GB internal storage memory
    • microUSB, SlimPort enabled, 3.5mm stereo audio jack, Dual microphones, Ceramic power and volume buttons


    Design:

    Nexus 5 is slightly bigger that the nexus 4. It features a 4.95inch display and is very sleek weighing about 130g. The light weight is due to the plastic body; however it has been well designed to give it an expensive look. The matte finished body is hard and durable; moreover it is fingerprint and smudge proof. The front portion is totally covered by the display with no hardware buttons and looks very clean. The LED notification light is located below the huge display. Above the display you would see the front camera and the sensor besides it. The power/ screen lock button is located to the right of the device. Apart from power button you also see the micro SIM slot here.


    To the left you can see the volume rocker whereas the 3.5mm jack is at the top. To the bottom edge, the USB port and speaker grills are located. As you turn around the phone you see the back flaunting 8MP camera with a LED flash.


    Here you also see the Nexus branding engraved in. the phone doesn’t enclose in a microSD slot. It comes powered by a 2.3 Ghz quad core processor with Adreno 330 GPU and is supported by2GB RAM. The phone is available in two different variants of 16/32 GB internal memory. The build quality if great and I would say it’s one of the best designed android handset. handling the device is easy and the matt plastic back feels nice once you start using it.
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    Re: Google Nexus 5 Smartphone Review

    Display:

    As mentioned in the Design, Nexus 5 features a 4.95inch corning gorilla glass 3 full HD screen. It has 1920x1080 pixels and is powered by IPS panel. The screen is very well protected and is scratch proof. The display looked impressive as its full HD and there are no buttons in front, the screen looks vibrant and very huge. The phone gives a good viewing angle.

    We tried looking at the photo from different angle, the contrast remained same and clear. Sunlight readability is not very impressive and reflection is too much, however in dark the display looked magnificent. You can enjoy watching 1080p videos very comfortably without any problem. Every detail was highlighted and crystal clear. The same is with gaming, it provides wonderful gaming experience.


    Operating System and UI:

    Nexus 5 features android 4.4 KitKat, the latest android OS. The speciality of Nexus 5 is that it offers pure android OS. User interface is really good as notable improvements have been made over the previous version of OS. Icons as slightly big compared to the normal one. Also onscreen navigation keys and notification area has a transparency added to it. Most of the other features are like the earlier version only, so if you are used to an android handset then you’ll have no problem using this one. Like before there is a quick glance screen where all notification can be viewed at a time. Also Google Now starts on long pressing the home button. It has voice search enabled in it so now searching is very easy. Quick setting opens when you swipe using two fingers from the top.


    All the Google apps are available in it and you have to make use of hangout if you need to message through your handset. The new interface offers a smoother animation. Since there is no dedicated shutter button, there is another simple option to launch the camera. Camera can be launched through the lock screen widget directly. Also with the new OS you can have as many home screen as you want and place as many icons or widgets you want on these home screens.

    The Google smart option collect data usage information from your phone and offers assistance and information. The google search bar is unavoidable and you see It on all the home screen you create. The newest update seems to be the new way of launching Google from the home screen by saying “ok Google”, for this the criteria is that your chosen language should be US English. Apps open instantly on touch and functions very smoothly. Touch is very smooth and user friendly.

    Hardware and Performance:

    Nexus 5 is processed by a 2.3 Ghz quad core processor with Adreno 330 GPU which is an absolutely fast processor and gives fantastic performance. Apps opened very fast and multitasking was smooth. I tried a few heavy android games in it, there were no issues and game ran smoothly. The 2GB RAM supports the phone to give a decent performance.

    If you compare other phones in the market, for Rs.30,000 its one of the best hardware phone you get. This phone lacks micro SD slot however the internal storage of 16/32 GB is available. As far as audio output is concerned it’s pretty loud and clear. The phone doesn’t support many codecs however you can depend on the third party video players for this.
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    Battery:

    Google nexus 5 is backed up by a 2300 mAH battery. Its non-user replaceable battery however it looks durable and reliable. Under normal conditions, with few hours of calls, messaging, surfing and watching video the phone easily lasts for a day. However if you enjoy too much heavy gaming and spend long hours watching video then It would require charging in 14hrs or so. Battery saver apps are available for the handset. You can manage your battery efficiently with these apps and push the battery life for a few more hours. 2300mAh battery is a good one and you don’t need to worry too much about battery life.


    Camera:

    Nexus 5 features 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera. as mentioned in the hardware part, the phone lacks shutter button. So obviously there is a touch to focus button that you can use to click photos. Settings options are available for adjusting exposure, flash toggle and also to adjust the megapixel count. Image quality was fine; I wouldn’t say it was impressive. There is a bit yellowish thing on the photos where the white colour should have been. White balance of the camera doesn’t seem proper.


    There is superior low light imaging and optical image stabilization in the phone; it looked like fine photography in low light. Setting options come on screen on long pressing the viewfinder. As far as video recording is concerned, Nexus 5 lets you record video in full HD Mp4 format at 30fps. Only mono sound is recorded while in video mode. LG has added a time lapse to the video where time can be set between one second to 20 hours. Both indoor and outdoor images seemed decent to me and pictures are a lot clearer and of better quality compared to Nexus 4.

    Conclusion:

    If you are willing to get a pure android device, then this is a perfect option for you. The quadcore processor and 2GB RAM ensures that the performance of the phone is absolutely smooth and swift. Design part of the phone is very good, though it could have added a shutter button too. Display looks huge and magnificent and offers wonderful clarity to watch videos and for gaming. Sunlight readability is a bit problematic otherwise the display is decent.

    Camera output is average though compared to what other manufacturers offer at the similar price. Battery backup is quite good and reliable. Since it doesn’t have a micro SD card slot its preferable to go for the 32GB variant so that there would be no memory issues. It would result in spending a few thousands more of course.
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