Finally, after all of this anticipation, the Nexus 5 is here and you will be able to read about it until next week – but we wanted to give you a more in-depth look at some of its specs. If you decide you want one, then you better jump on the Play Store and get one ordered, as they are going fast, very fast.
The first thing you’ll notice when you turn on your Nexus 5 is the beautiful 4.95 (5)-inch display that is a Full HD, 1920×1080 IPS with 445ppi and all of that translates into a dazzling display. It also comes with an advanced in-cell touch technology that boosts a “faster touch recognition, better outdoor visibility, and crisper images.” This is also what is on the iPhone 5, as LG makes their displays as well.
Then next thing you’ll notice is how fast the Nexus 5 moves, and why not, it has the much heralded Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad-Core processor clocked at 2.26GHz. And smooth, buttery smooth – without having to deal with an overlay or skin on its Android 4.4 KitKat; this processor will speed you through any tasks that you throw at it.
The Nexus line is never one to give you a tremendous amount of RAM in their devices, the new Nexus 5 packs 2GB, which is the norm for 2013…only the Galaxy Note 3, with 3GB of RAM will top it at this point.
The more pressing issue with the Nexus line is the internal storage capacity, and with no microSD slot to help us out, we are stuck at either 16GB or 32GB…the latter being okay, but 16GB should not have even been an option.
The camera is another area where the Nexus line never seemed to put much thought – the Nexus 4’s camera just was not up to par with other devices. However, the Nexus 5 may change all of this even though it is only an 8MP shooter; there is a lot more to taking a great picture than simply a lot of pixels. Google has been working on the software end and LG on the lens side. The LG G2 camera was very warmly received and the Nexus 5 boosts that it uses the same, excellent OIS that is on the G2.
Another sore spot on the Nexus line has always been the small battery – the Nexus 4 only had a 2100mAh battery and the Nexus 5 is only slightly larger at 2300mAh. We were hoping that since the Nexus 5 was designed around the LG G2, that it would have a 3000mAh battery, so hopefully LG and Google have this phone optimized enough to get decent battery life. With a larger display, jumping from the 720p of the Nexus 4 to the power hungry 1080p on the Nexus 5, we will have to see just how well Google has tweaked with Android 4.4 KitKat.
The Nexus 5 does have a larger display than the Nexus 4, but like many manufacturers, LG was able squeeze that larger screen in just a slightly larger frame – 137.84×69.17×8.59mm vs. 133.9×68.7×9.1mm, as well as slightly lighter at 130g vs. 139g and were able to make it thinner.
While not servicing the Verizon network, the Nexus 5 has finally included 4G LTE after it was conspicuously absent from the Nexus 4.
The duo of Google and LG have worked fairly well on the Nexus 5 with the specs (sans possibly the camera and storage) that are flagship quality, and the price is always right for a device of this caliber…and let’s not forget the Android 4.4 KitKat that resides on the device. About the only downside will be availability, and this happens every time a Nexus smartphone comes out. Let us know in the comments or on Google+ if you were able to order one and your thoughts on the Nexus 5.