Google Nexus 5 Review


When Google created the Android operating system, it didn't stop there; Google Nexus 5 reviews commend the company's handset, as well. This latest version is maxed out with the latest technology, including Android 4.4 (codenamed KitKat) and a blazing-fast 2.26 GHz, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. An expert from Tech Radar is impressed by the speed, saying the phone runs very smoothly with no trace of lag. The 5-inch display is crisp and renders accurate colors. The camera on the Nexus 5 takes good, sharp photos with natural color, but this reviewer found that it can be slow to focus and suffers from a little shutter lag. The call quality, on the other hand, is excellent.

A reviewer from AnandTech took the Nexus 5 (starting at $30, Amazon) for a spin and concluded that the phone should be able to run all day before a recharge. That stands in contrast to the Google Nexus 5 review at Tech Radar, where the reviewer griped about having to carry a charger in case the battery didn't last. The display is bright, with incredibly accurate colors; the contrast is lacking but still adequate. The AnandTech reviewer agrees that the camera's autofocus is slow to respond, but photos have good detail.

The Google Nexus 5 is manufactured by LG. The 5-inch display has a resolution of 1920 x 1080, which makes it full 1080p HD. The camera has a resolution of 8 megapixels and boasts optical image stabilization to reduce blurriness. The front-facing camera is 1.3 MP. This phone supports 4G LTE, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi connections and comes with 16 GB to 32 GB of storage.

The Nexus 5 is the Google ideal of an Android phone, and it certainly has the hardware and performance to rival other top Android models. However, you'll have to pay more for the latest and greatest Nexus. If you buy the Nexus 5 through a carrier, expect to pay up to $99. You may occasionally find the phone on sale. Alternatively, you can buy an unlocked version for just over $300 and avoid signing a contract.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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