Google launched its Nexus 5 smartphone globally and much to our surprise, the company redeemed itself for the mistakes it made with Nexus 4 in India by bringing the latest Nexus much earlier than last time around (almost one year). The stock Android 4.4 KitKat version is the best way to differentiate between the experience on a Nexus device and other vendor branded devices. The latest Nexus 5 therefore is no different, and gives the experience that Google wants to offer to users on Android.
LG has flourished under the stewardship of Google for its Nexus devices, enabling it to iron out the flaws they have had in their previous smartphones. With Nexus 5, LG has taken the expectations to a whole new level. It is priced at R29,999 for the 16 GB version and R33,999 for the 32 GB phone.
So what’s all the hoopla about Nexus 5 you may ask? For starters, it sports a five inch full high definition display, runs on the latest stock Android 4.4 KitKat OS, packs in a 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU with 2 GB RAM and then the usual culprits—8 megapixel rear and 1.2 megapixel front cameras, plenty of connectivity options and a 2300 mAh battery.
Not the most good looking smartphone, but it’s a definite step up from the glossy looks of the Nexus 4. That said with Nexus 5, you get a well-built sturdy device that comes with Corning Glass 3 display. During our usage, we found the display to be effective and even after some rough treatment the display refused to wither down. The full high definition display is bright, crisp and offers a colourful viewing experience. At 130 grams, the phone is a hair lighter than the Nexus 4, which weighs 139 grams.
The other change in Nexus 5 is the placement of speakers, which are now more conventionally placed at the bottom unlike at the rear as was the case in the Nexus 4. Stock Android version has its hits and misses. The performance is smooth but we did miss some applications that should have been pre-installed.
One really interesting thing is that Hangout is the default app for messaging and SMS on the Nexus 5. So one has to install an SMS app from the Play Store to get standalone SMS capability. Camera is a big improvement over Nexus 4, but it is still well short of other major devices