Nexus 5 Review – Hands on



The Nexus 5 has been one of the highly anticipated phone releases of 2013 and as this phone has Google at the core and is the first smartphone with Android Kitkat on board let’s hope it hold up to the hype.

We got our hands on the Nexus 5 and here is what we thought.

Nexus 5 design


nexus 5 box


The first thing you notice about the newest incarnation of the Nexus is the larger display which is 5-inches compared to the previous model which had a 4.7-inch touchscreen. The larger display is also much sharper with a higher pixel density giving a fantastic richness to graphics and text.

nexus 5 and 4


The sleek polycarbonate casing is just 8.6mm thick and weighing in at only 130g the Nexus 5 is the lightest Google Nexus yet. This makes the phone very comfortable to hold and doesn’t feel bulky like you might expect from a 5-inch touchscreen phone. The speakers have been moved to the base of the phone while under the hood the Nexus 5 is packing a quad-core 2.3GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and it comes in 16GB or 32GB versions.

Android KitKat 4.4


One of the major selling points of the Nexus 5 was that it would be released with the very latest Android KitKat OS on board and the new OS looks to have been optimised for bigger screens. The UI remains very much the same although the icons look to be sharper and a little bigger and the camera can be launched from the lock screen.


When an app is launched Android KitKat automatically removes the control buttons and notifications bar so you get the full impact of the bigger screen, which works particularly well when watching movies or reading e-books.


nexus 5 reader


Android KitKat has added an easier way to manage the look of your phone with a simple holding down of your finger in the homescreen background you can change the wallpaper and widgets without having to go into the settings menu.

Nexus 5 Camera features


nexus 5 camera


The Nexus 5 was expected to be toting a 13-megapixel camera as seen on other high-end smartphones but the phone has an 8-megapixel snapper on board. That said it still delivers impressive images and video compared the its predecessor and it includes features like Photo Sphere which allows you to capture a 360 degree view of your world.


There is a range of filters to edit captured photos and video mode and panoramic mode are also on board and after a few tests the camera came out better when compared to that on the Nexus 4.

Nexus 5 features


As this is an Android built phone the many phone features are focused on the KitKat OS and one of these is Google Now. Other smartphones are able to download this app but the Nexus 5 comes with it built-in. The Google Now app essentially collates news and information that it gleans is important to you so you get weather, travel and other interests at a glance.


Tap & Pay is also on board which utilises NFC and Google Wallet to allow you to pay for things with a simple tap of your smartphone at the till.


Overall the LG Nexus 5 takes on many advancements when compared to the Nexus 4 and the battery offered a decent usage time and the battery tab on the main menu allows you to switch off power hungry apps to save juice should you need to. Android KitKat has plenty of new features whilst retaining the best elements of an Android so the transition to this latest OS will be easy for any user.


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Written by: Carmel Brown

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