Let me get something out the way first, the Nexus 5 is a phenomenal device. There is no beating about the bush here. It is absolutely phenomenal. I have had the device for just over three months and every day I become more and more amazed at its brilliance.
Hardware wise, the Nexus is right there at the top. Its 2.23GHz Quad Core Snapdragon paired with 2 GB of RAM rips through anything that you can possibly throw at it. I have never experienced this much power in a handset. In comparison, my PC that I bought in 2006 had less RAM and was clocked at 2.00GHz Dual Core. The speed of the Nexus is truly mind-blowing. For somebody that loves iPhones, I truly believe that the Nexus is the closest device to the iPhone in terms of browsing fluency. Web pages load in an instant, graphic-heavy games run without a hitch and simulators run better than the actual consoles. The only drawback about the whole thing is the size. For me, it was a massive step up from an iPhone 3GS to a 5 inch behemoth. I admit, sometimes I struggle to press buttons in the corners, but the sheer weight and thickness of the device-or rather the lack of it- make it a pleasure to hold and use.
Like in most things, the Nexus has a down side. And it’s big. Brobdingnagian. Its battery life. I can only find one word that seems fitting to describe it, and that’s abhorrent. For a device of its calibre, the battery life is extremely short. The Nexus struggles to last a whole day on a single charge with very light data usage and browsing. The Nexus chomps through its battery faster than Kim Dot Com goes through a McDonalds. Honestly, if the Nexus had an improved battery that would easily last a day of fair usage, it would be my number 1 handset of all time-narrowly pipping the iPhone 4S.
The camera on the Nexus is a little underwhelming. The 8 megapixel snapper does a reasonable job in outside conditions, but when the scenery changes to indoors, the shots begin to lack a punch in the wow-factor department. The pictures come out bland, and a little depressing to be perfectly honest. Whilst the flash is amazing, and will burn holes in your retinas, it seems slightly too powerful in certain occasions. The actual camera software that Google provides is definitely overwhelming. In a good way. The 360 degree sphere mode is simple to use and yields fairly good images for the quality of the camera. The remaining features are done to a high standard, the menus are easy to navigate and all the settings are literally at your fingertips.
The Nexus has one upside that none of its contenders from HTC, Samsung, and Apple have. A low price. All of the market leading handsets have a price tag somewhere north of £500 off-contract, and that’s where the Nexus’ brilliance comes into its own. At £279, the Nexus is almost half the price of its rivals, whilst possessing market topping specs that are no worse than its competitors. As of right now, I don’t see why people would spend twice as much on a handset such as a Galaxy S5 or an iPhone when I could have a Nexus and still have 200 quid in my back pocket. For me at least, in the words of the all wise Kevin Bacon “It’s a no brainer”.