AH Primetime: Top 10 reasons to add the Nexus 5 To Your Holiday Shopping List

November 27, 2013 - Written By Keith Myers

With the holidays just around the corner, most of you are likely getting ready to venture into your local shopping malls in order to snag some great deals on gifts for their loved ones. I love a Black Friday Sale as much as the next person however the biggest value may lie in the newly released Nexus 5. The Nexus 5 makes a great gift and here is why;

10) It is Unlocked

This is a huge bonus for people who like to travel or bounce from Carrier to Carrier. In the past, people would purchase pre-paid “burner phones” while they are overseas but this is a thing of the past. The Nexus 5 will work with any pre-paid SIM card or if they have T-Mobile, it will just work in the 100 countries they support.  Furthermore, It does not matter what mobile carrier the person is on; the Nexus 5 will work with them all.

9) Wireless Charging

Aside from using a standard Micro USB Charging Cable, the Nexus 5 supports the Qi wireless charging standard. This is perfect for those who like to keep the number of wires on their desk to a minimum, the Nexus 5 supports the use of Wireless Charging. You can purchase the official charging pad from the Google Play Store or simply use any charging pad with the “Qi” logo.

Nexus 5 Official press image 4

8) Powerful Phone

The Nexus 5 is one of the most powerful phones on the market. The impressive performance of the Snapdragon 800 and the 2 GB of RAM makes this phone a true powerhouse. Thanks to the beautiful 1080p screen, the Nexus 5 performs amazingly well with some of the most intensive games on the market. If you are someone who loves to watch movies on the go, the Nexus 5 will not disappoint.

7) Easy To Use

The Nexus 5 is one of the easiest phones to use on the market and is often welcomed by those who are switching from another platform. The interface is smooth and very intuitive. All of the settings can be accessed via a simple swipe down gesture and all applications can be found in Android’s App drawer.

Speaking of switching platforms, if you are an iOS user, Google’s Eric Schmidt has put together a great guide to help you make the move to Android.

6) LTE Support

Unlike the Nexus 4, the Nexus 5 supports LTE across most carrier bands. It does not matter if you have T-Mobile, AT&T or Sprint, you should have no problems jumping onto their LTE Networks and enjoy blazing fast speeds.

5) No Bloat

One of the issues with buying a new Android Phone is that many manufacturers and carriers love to load up Android phones with an unhealthy amount of unnecessary bloatware, some of which cannot be uninstalled. Aside from several of the applications being useless and redundant, the bloatware can take up precious space on your device. In the case of the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4, there are over 35 pre-installed applications. Thankfully bloatware is pretty much banned from being pre-installed on a Nexus device.

4) Pure AOSP Goodness

Unlike other manufacturers who use custom skins like HTC’s Sense or Samsung’s TouchWiz, the Nexus 5 opts for the pure Android Experience. This means that there should be nothing new to learn as many of the skinned Android devices still rely on the baseline functions of Android.

If the person you are purchasing this for like to root their phone, Nexus devices are often the easiest devices to root (or unbrick if it fails).

3) Fast Updates

When a new version of Android is released, the upgrades tend to hit Nexus devices almost immediately while phones for other manufacturers normally have to wait several months to get the upgrade (if at all). Nexus devices are normally supported by Google for 2-3 years so it should see at least 4-5 upgrades in its lifetime. With the exception of the Motorola X and Google Play Edition Phones, no other manufacturer has released Kit Kat for their devices.

2) Google Now

Many of us Android users love Google’s smart personal assistant, Google Now. I personally rely on this application to manage my crazy schedule. Unlike other phones, the Nexus 5 has Google Now built into its core. By simply uttering “Ok Google Now” on the home screen will allow you to launch Google Now’s voice service.

Nexus 5 32GB Black Devices on Google Play

1) Price

Aside from being one of the best phones on the market, Google is selling them at cost so you will not have to break the bank to stock up on a few of these phones. It is rare to find a phone (without a 4 year contract or financing fees) with a sub $400 price-tag.

So, feel free to skip the long lines this Friday and head on over to the Google Play Store to grab a few Nexus 5s.