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Google Nexus 5 Review:A must buy for all Android Lovers

The Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 KitKat carries on the recent tradition of top-tier specs and relatively budget prices from Google, and in this review, we’re going to take a look at whether the device packs the punch.

Hardware

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The Nexus 5 isn’t exactly the leader of the smartphone pack when it comes to specs, but it’s pretty close. Here’s the complete hardware breakdown.

  • 4.95” 1920×1080 Full HD IPS display (445 ppi) with Gorilla Glass 3
  • 2.26 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 4G/LTE and Dualband Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Qi Wireless Charging
  • 1.3 MP Front-Facing Camera, 8MP Rear-Facing with Optical Image Stabilization
  • 2300 mAh Battery
  • 16 or 32 GB of Storage

Display of Google Nexus 5

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4.95-inch IPS TFT LCD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080p), bringing pixel density to 445  (ppi); specifications that are comparable to other  Android flagship devices currently in the mobile market .

The LCD panel found in the Nexus 5 displays fantastic color quality, as you would expect from the IPS technology used. Colors are realistic  and eye-catching, which is exactly what you’re looking for in a smartphone’s display. Contrast from the panel is superb.

The Full HD(1080p )and 445ppi is a fantastic mix of crispness and clarity that allows this display to look like paper, similar to many other high-end phones you can get today. Many people today believe that 720p is truly all you need in terms of display resolution, but once you compare 720p to 1080p and start using it on a daily basis, you simply can’t go back. It provides an extra level of detail that’s especially noticeable when reading text, and no matter how closely you view the display, you won’t notice the millions of individual pixels spread across the 68.9 square centimeter screen. Through using an LCD panel rather than AMOLED  which Samsung nowdays is providing in all of its flagship phones, LG has avoided the issues associated with PenTile subpixel matrices, so this display (like most other LCDs) has your standard RGB stripe. The edges of text are so sharp and so clear that it rivals printed words, while the level of detail you can see in photos is astonishing. Let’s not forget that a resolution of 1920 x 1080 means you can watch Blu-ray-quality videos without a loss in detail from upscaling or downscaling, so the crispness transfers to movies as well.

Performance of Google Nexus 5

The Nexus 5 features this Qualcomm-made top-of-the-line system-on-a-chip (SoC), which includes a 2.3 GHz quad-core Krait 400 CPU, 450 MHz Adreno 330 GPU, Hexagon QDSP6V5A DSP at 600 Mhz, an LTE modem block, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac radios, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS+GLONASS.

Complementing this monster SoC is 2 GB of LPDDR3-1600 RAM on a dual-channel 800 MHz bus, which is standard for Snapdragon 800 devices and provides 12.8 GB/s of bandwidth. Thanks to the guys at iFixit we also know the Nexus 5 has 16 GB (or 32 GB) of Sandisk-made NAND, a Broadcom BCM20793M NFC controller, a six-axis IvenSense sensor that provides the gyroscope and accelerometer, and a tri-axis compass.

Everyday Use

As  expected, for simple, traditional, everyday use (Internet browsing, Email, messaging, etc.) the Nexus 5 works admirably. If it didn’t, there would be an awful lot of angry people out there.

Gaming

Nexus5S gaming

Nexus 5 handled all the games that thrown  at it. Be it simple 2D side scrollers or 3D racing simulators, everything played smoothly and had admirable load times. On occasion, I noticed that the device would get moderately warm, but nowhere near the heat I used to feel out of the Galaxy Nexus.

Dead trigger 2 ,asphalt 8 , real racing 3 and all recent gameloft games ran at a staggering 60 fps.

Audio

The speaker on the bottom of the Nexus 5 (yes, there’s just one, even though there are two grilles) is not terribly powerful, and the sound just isn’t impressive. But according to some other sites, Google is aware of the issue and is planning a software update to assist. That said, if software can fix a weak speaker, I’ll be thoroughly surprised.

Camera of Google Nexus 5

Sadly, this is one area where the Nexus 5 didn’t quite measure up. The rear-facing camera was quite capable of producing nice, crisp images—occasionally. However, the software took so long to capture in most instances that it was difficult to actually capture the intended shot, leaving me with a multitude of blurry photos of nothing.Flash doesn’t work so good.

Software in Google Nexus 5

In this respect, the Nexus 5 does not disappoint. It comes running Android 4.4 KitKat (KRT16M). As of the writing of this article, updates have been released for all of the other Nexus devices, taking them up to KRT16S. But for some reason, the Nexus 5 has not been updated. The good thing about being a Nexus device, however, is that it should receive the latest-and-greatest version of Android for at least 18 months—or until the SoC manufacturer decides to exit the market.

Unfortunately, the software seemed almost incomplete upon release. As mentioned earlier, the camera software is sluggish and caused the device to expose improperly when the flash was used. And according to Google, the software is causing the audio to be weak.

Battery Life-Google Nexus 5

Battery life was another area where the Nexus 5 really didn’t stack up well to other devices in the same spec range. 2300 mAh, while it works decently for some other devices like the HTC One, just doesn’t keep up on the Nexus 5. Perhaps it’s the slightly more powerful processor, perhaps it is software that isn’t optimized for the hardware, but one thing’s certain: Battery life on the Nexus 5 just isn’t upto mark.

That said, I never really had an issue making it through the day. Most days, I’d be at ~20% battery life remaining as the end of the day after casual usage (regular Email and web browsing, ~1 hour of YouTube video over LTE, ~30 minutes of phone calls). With lighter usage (just checking Email throughout the day, very limited web browsing, and not much else), the battery can last a bit longer, but at that point you’re barely touching your device. Under heavy load, from what I understand, you’ll be lucky if it lasts 8-10 hours.

Price Of Google Nexus 5

Google Nexus 5 comes at an attractive price of 28,999 INR. With such astonishing specifications and attarctive price tag, it is a must buy for all Android fans.

Pros

Unbeatable value for money thanks to a low price point. Fantastic display complements a decent design and powerful, high-end internals. Stock Android is a blessing, especially with KitKat’s refinements.

Cons

Our two biggest gripes with the Nexus 5 are its battery life and camera.Battery life isn’t this phone’s strong suit. Camera can be wildly inconsistent and remains a step behind the competition, despite improvements

Our Verdict over Google Nexus 5

The new Google phone offers the latest that Android has, 4.4 KitKat, and has excellent performance by nearly every measure.

Conclusion

The Nexus 5  it’s definitely a device worth buying. Once again, Google has managed to deliver an astonishing package for an unbelievable price tag. The Snapdragon 800 SoC, five-inch 1080p IPS display, LTE connectivity and minimalist yet functional design would all be well suited to a handset nearly twice the price, yet the Nexus 5 brings it all together for Rs 28,999.The Nexus 5, is the slimmest and fastest Nexus phone ever, is powered by the latest operating system, the Android 4.4 Kitkat

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