As expected, Google launched their Nexus 5 on October 31 and although the inventory issues were significantly abated, the device a still had an over one month weight time at the end of launch day, although it was still a major improvement over the Nexus 4’s launch during which the device sold out within 11 minutes and caused site instability. Nexus 5 was available for hours after its launch with a predicted ship date of within a week. While the device’s availability wasn’t perfect, the phone itself certainly does not disappoint.
It boasts a gorgeous 1080p 5 inch display with a PPI of 445, one of the highest on the market. For comparison’s sake, Apple’s iPhone 5S has a PPI of 326 with a significantly lower screen size and resolution. Nexus 5’s interior is just as impressive. It speeds along on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad core processor clocked at 2.3 Ghz paired with 2GB RAM. Google also increased the flash storage to 16GB and 32Gb on the $349 and $399 models, respectively. Perhaps one of the most prominent changes, however, is the addition of LTE. This allows the device to access many of the high speed networks across the US and finally gives it the potential to become a mainstream, flagship device. Also, Nexus 4’s fragile glass back was replaced with a more durable matte plastic back which ensures the device is comfortable to hold. Likewise, Google managed to slim down the device and reduce its weight while increasing screen size. Although Nexus 5’s camera performs on par with many modern smart phone cameras and provides a significant improvement over that of the Nexus 4, it is notorious for performing poorly under certain conditions. However, this is largely due to a software issue that can be fixed through rooting the device and installing a third party app recently created by the Android developer community. Hopefully, Google will provide an official update in the near future. As far as battery life is concerned, Google advertises a talk time of up to 17 hours and a standby time of up to 300 hours. This is likely on minimum brightness and while not not having any applications on open, but based on personal experience the device lasts the entire day with moderate to high usage while on medium brightness. As with all Nexus devices, Nexus 5 receives all operating system updates upon their release and currently runs Android 4.4 Kitkat, an intuitive yet customizable OS. With all things taken into consideration, Nexus 5 has what it takes to be Google’s flagship smartphone.