Nexus 5

28 / 02 / 2014 | S.A. Degueurce

Launched on the Play Store on the day before All Saints’, the Nexus 5 will for once not been a specific conference by Google .
Successor to the Nexus 4, this new smartphone seems to have been designed following the same logic : creating a powerful product, offering the best possible Android experience, while being accessible at an attractive price.
As one of the main features of the Nexus 5, Google has come up with a robust configuration : a Full HD screen of 4.95 inches, the latest generation Qualcomm (Snapdragon 800) processor clocked at 2.3 GHz with 2 GB RAM, an 8 MP sensor , a 2300 mAh battery ... The new Nexus has high-end features, similar to those of LG G2.

• Ergonomics and design

Out with the Hull Glass Nexus 4, featuring "grid" copper-colored pixels. Some may criticize this new Nexus lack of originality in design while others, on the contrary, will appreciate its minimalist look. Sober in all its glory, and with a good finish, except for the sensor’s imposing back, the phone remains very comfortable to hold.

• Screen

This is not because the Nexus 5 is sold at an attractive price that Google has neglected the quality of its screen. Benefiting from an IPS Full HD (1920 x 1080p or 432 dpi) screen, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass coating 3, it enjoys an excellent finesse. Needless to seek visible pixels on the screen, you will not see any. As for text rendering, it is sharp and easily readable even without zooming.

• Multimedia

The Nexus 5 headphone output provides accurate sound reproduction. If the external speaker has limited maximum power, it does not saturate.

• Advantages And Drawbacks

To summarize my experience with the Nexus 5, here are the "Pros and cons" that may be underlined :

The design of the new smartphone has really been improved. In other words, it is light, slim and you can get it in black or white.
The device is affordable for any consumer looking for a high-performance and convenient smartphone (349€ for the 16 Go version and 399€ for the 32 Go one)
It offers multitasking services. You can answer a phone call and return to a website in the wink of an eye.
However, this smartphone is ideal if you like touch display screens because the high definition of the screen definitely is a very attractive asset.
The drawbacks can all be overcome with software updates, so if it happens one day, and I’m pretty sure this will be the case for some, I could raise my grade up to 9.5 / 10.

  • Pros :

Low price and high-end specs
Recent internal specifications
Latest version of the Android OS
Very fast performance
Well manufactured

  • Cons :

Average battery life
Slow auto-focus and shutter lag of the camera
"Beta" version for Android Apps (Camera, Contacts, Hangouts)

• Conclusion

If you want to buy a Nexus 5, I recommend the black model. While it looks attractive with its black front and white back, and shiny rims, the original speaker grid top and plastic sliding back are less attractive. With matte soft-touch finish, and a black speaker grid, I think black is the most convincing option.
Is the Nexus 5 worth it ? Absolutely, because it is the best price / performance ratio at the moment. This smartphone has indeed many assets, beginning with its screen, superb responsiveness flawlessness and the new version of Android. It also yields good results as far as photo and audio are concerned.
It remains that it fails to compete with the most enduring smartphones. However, the Nexus 5 is an excellent option for those wishing to acquire a powerful and versatile smartphone without spending too much.

Julien B., 1BTS.