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Google Nexus 5 Review  

LiLing KimReviewed By: Rating: ★★★★☆ (4) Updated On: Aug 26, 2014

Those who love to search the web for interesting information or simply want to enjoy chatting with friends can take a look at Google Nexus 5. This handy and friendly smartphone for people of all age groups allows users to download game apps, wallpapers, screensavers, ring-tones, and many entertaining stuff – easily. No wonder, it is a popular gadget in Google Play store. Find out if it matches your budget before you pick it up.

Google Nexus 5 Review


The angular-edged body and modestly slim looking smartphone, Google Nexus weighs only 130 gram. A handy gizmo with dimension (69.17×137.84×8.59) mm can be easily tucked in pockets. The glass back and soft-velvety plastic cover is good enough to give a firm grip on the hands.

Google Nexus 5 Review

The mobile phone is black colored with an impressive 4.95-inch capacitive touchscreen display that allows various touch gestures. The resolution of the IPS-built LCD screen is equally matching. It is (1920×1080) pixels with a pixel density of 445 ppi – so, images are naturally Full HD. The in-plane viewing option ensures that more than one viewer can check the display without getting any distortion in the color or the image. The display is made up of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 technology that is resistant to scratches and cracks. The tough display can withstand minor pressures and drop.

Google Nexus 5 has an Android 4.4 KitKat operating system that allows the users to perform many tasks, such as changing the home page, widgets, icons of the buttons, and more. It seamlessly allows activities to go on smoothly as well.

Internal Specs

The superfast processing speed of the mobile phone allows it to perform multiple tasks simultaneously. The robust CPU is made up of Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with four cores. This combination allows it to download and showcase 3D games easily. The processor provides a processing speed of 2.26GHz.

Added to these specifications, the mobile phone has an efficient GPU with Adreno 330 graphics card and accelerates a speed of 450MHz. Google Nexus 5 is sold in two varieties, depending on the amount of storage capacity it has got. One model has 16GB storage option while another has 32GB. The internal memory of 2GB RAM allows the mobile phone to conduct non-stop downloads and uploads with ease.

Battery Life

An impressive 2300mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery offers an excellent battery life. The talk time allowed by this battery is 17 hours while the battery lasts only for 300 hours in the standby mode. When the net is used, the user can use the mobile phone for only 8.5 hours with Wi-Fi connectivity. The battery runs out of juice within 9.88 hours when a video is viewed.


The HD 8MP camera offers a resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. Video resolution is at 1080p. The camera can take 30 frames per second (fps). Equipped with an LED flash, geo tagging, and dual recording, the camera suits those who love to click images or shoot videos. The photographers can take the help of specific camera properties, such as auto focus, touch focus, optical image stabilization, face detection, HDR, and photo sphere utilities. There is a front-end 1.3MP camera that allows video recording at 720p resolution.


Google Nexus 5 is compatible with 4G networking. It accepts bandwidth, like LTE 700, 800, 850, 1700, 1900, 2100, or 2600 under North America version and LTE 700, 850, 900, 1800, 2100, or 2600. Users can also connect wirelessly through Wi-Fi connectivity at 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac bandwidth. The smartphone can accept connectivity through dual-band, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hotspot, and Wi-Fi Direct. There is NFC, Java MIDP emulator, USB, microUSB2 (SlimPort), USB Host, and USB On-the-go options. There is however, no option for HDMI connectivity or FM (radio) facility.

The beautiful mobile gizmo has many sensors, which work as a gyro, accelerometer, barometer, proximity, and compass. However, the gadget is not water resistant nor does this model have fingerprint scanner. The smartphone is equipped to display Youtube, Google Talk, Picasa tools. There is a loudspeaker and a 3.5mm jack.


Potential buyers can get a fresh piece from Google Play store at around $350. This variety is the one with 16GB storage space. Those who want 32GB need to pay $399. Customers are allowed to choose either black or white variety.

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Review Overall

Summary: Surprisingly, Google Nexus 5 does not have and external storage option. In fact, it does not have an FM radio option either. Nonetheless, there are other ways to entertain oneself with this gizmo. It has a wonderful display resolution and a good camera to churn out eye-catching photos or HD videos. So, if you get all this and more with the said price, it is worth buying.


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