Nexus 5, an owner’s review
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Nexus 5, an owner's review

March 14, 2014

I bought a Nexus 5 months ahead of its official launch here in the Philippines. At that time I was still using an iPhone 4 and was quite unconvinced by the whole new iPhone 5  (and 5s, 5c ) hullabaloo. I was looking for a bang-for-my-buck-better-than-iPhone-5-smartphone. Then I came face to face with a Nexus 5  at GDayX Mindanao. I got swooned.

I’m a gadget guy simply because I need it. I own a smartphone because my job, lifestyle and hobbies need one. Lastly, I am as thrift as the ants and gadgets (when they have no ROIs for me)  is simply the last of my financial priorities.

Here is my owner’s review of Google/ LG’s Nexus 5.

Super thin, super lite 
(137.9 x 69.2 x 8.6 mm; 130 grams)

  • Less than a centimeter thin, this  130 grams of mostly plastic bodied smartphone wouldn’t pass for a paperweight! Yes, sometimes my charts piles up and I use my phone to keep the fan blowing these papers away.  No, I can slid it in my blazers pocket, my jeans front pocket and couldn’t feel a thing. So beware, you might loose it and you wouldn’t feel a thing :).

Android phone on steroids
(Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz quad-core, Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB non expandable internal storage)

  • In english, Nexus 5 is just crazy fast – loading apps more quickly, photo editing faster and more importantly, getting pictures and  “selfies” on your camera is damn fast!

High definition, highly responsive touchscreen display
(4.95-inch Tru-HD IPS+ LCD display @ 1080×1920 , 445pi Gorilla Glass 3)

  • I only care about these: I slide or tap the screen once and it responds.  I can watch a movie or play a game on it like a miniaturised HD TV. Thats how I like Nexus 5’s display.

Camera for selfies!
(8 MP slightly protruding back camera with Autofocus, Optical Image Stabilization, LED flash, Back camera 1.3 MP)

  • Some reviews made me to believe Nexus 5 has ho-hum camera qualities. Pretty serious allegations huh? In my opinion though,  smartphone cameras are for groupies, selfies and damn situations where you realize your brain is the best camera there is! Nexus 5 will bring your cam app in less than a blink of an eye, smartly autofocus before you can touch the screen, and takes photos quite well under low light situations. Most specially, I can take selfies and groupies before everyone posed for the shot! (wide grin)

Minimalist UI and Android Kitkat OS

  • Hands down my best reason to get Nexus 5 at that time. I’m a sucker for minimalist, clutter less, UI design and fast android OS. What I liked most is the absence of useless third party apps from Android phone manufacturers.I tried the Google speak now integration in the home screen but frankly, it’s probably worthless until I get my english twang somewhere near our north american friends

WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac

  • Faster than fast connection to a strong WIFI.  But it refuses to connect to weak WIFI signal. I don’t know, but thats crazy. 🙁

 Bluetooth 4.0 LE

  • Best bluetooth connectivity so far for me. Got no problems connecting to bluetooth enabled devices. Connecting to Jabra bluetooth headset is effortless.

GPS w/ aGPS support

  • GPS localization is sufficiently good in the apps I use. I have yet to try this phone on my mapping activities though. Mapping activities is pretty  intense on GPS.

 HSPA+, 4G LTE

  • Woow! LTE connection faster than I expected. So long as there is a 3G/4G network signal available, net connection is pretty good. In fact, I use Nexus 5 4G connection to tether internet connection to my other devices..including my mac air and iPhone. How cool is that? 🙂

Li-Ion 2,300mAh battery

  • Ugh, just what I’ve expected. A smartphone with such capabilities looses a notch off the grading mark when its packed with a low end battery. Using Nexus 5 mostly for mobile net connection so far I still need to charge the beast at the end of the day.

So what I found wanting on Nexus 5?

    • I fear one day I would accidentally break Nexus 5 glass because its so thin and I’m not used to it
    • More battery life. What would I do with a superb phone when it’s spent half a day of use???
    • What? No headset? First time I bought a phone without a headset.

    So will it pass for an iPhone killer?  For its sleek built, plus how capable it is under my circumstances and for as long as it wouldn’t cost me an arm or leg, yes I’ll get one!

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