The Nexus 5 was originally released in October of last year and it was a great success. I really enjoyed using the phone, but it wasn’t long before it was replaced by the Galaxy Note 3 and other devices. While vacationing for three weeks in Japan, I returned to my trusty Nexus 5. This article will be about my experiences both positive and negative.
The build quality of the Nexus 5 is extremely underrated in my opinion. It’s comprised of a rubbery matte material that combines a blend of grippiness and lightweight components that no other phones possesses. Sure the Galaxy S5 is ultra light, but it’s 15grams heavier than the Nexus. Sure the HTC One (M8) is made of a high quality aluminum, but the slippery scratch prone back can’t beat the grippy scuff resistant finish of the Nexus 5.
To me, the five inch form factor is the sweet spot. I was able to make do with the size of the M8, but one handing the Nexus 5 wasn’t an issue. I can comfortably touch all four corners of the phone which is saying a lot considering my hands aren’t that big.
The battery life was actually a lot better than I expected it to be. I read all the time about users being unhappy with the Nexus 5’s battery life, but I was able to get through most days which would be from about 8am in the morning to 10pm in the evening before it would die. This was with pretty heavy Google maps and navigation usage and the gps constantly scanning. I always had an external battery pack handy, but I only had to use it on extra long days.
I didn’t really do much picture taking with the Nexus 5, but it’s not because the camera is bad – I just have a point and shoot that takes much better pictures. When I did use the Nexus 5’s camera it did a solid job, but I generally found there wasn’t enough contrast in the colors and everything was a bit darker than I would’ve liked it. And while on one hand darker pictures do probably deliver a more accurate picture, I prefer a more lively saturated final product.
As far as the software goes on the Nexus 5, it doesn’t get any better than stock vanilla android. It’s currently running Android 4.4.4 kit kat and it was just as smooth as my M8. That’s pretty impressive for a nine month old phone. The only thing I missed from the M8 software wise was motion launch gestures, which are a pretty big deal once you get used to them.
The display on the Nexus 5 is still pretty darn good. It’s 4.95” and offers the same 1920×1080 resolution that the GS5 and M8 do, but thanks to the smaller display it boasts slightly more pixels per inch at 445. That’s not to say it’s any better than the others displays because I couldn’t tell much of a difference between my M8 and Nexus 5.
For the last three weeks the Nexus 5 has served me incredibly well, much better than any other nine month old phone would at least. And quite honestly, switching out the M8 for the Nexus 5 didn’t feel like a downgrade at all, in fact it was a nice refresh moving away from Sense and getting to experience stock android for a little bit.
Even though the successor to the Nexus 5 is right around the corner the original still breaks my top 5 phone list thanks to its extremely low price tag, solid specs, great display, and trusty battery life.
Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed this article where we revisited the Nexus 5. If you’re interested in checking out my video where I look back at the HTC One (M8) feel free to check it out here, and let me know in the comments whether or not you think the Nexus 5 is still a good buy.