Google Nexus 5 – Hardware, Camera, Specs Review (Everything you need to know)

Alex Bezeau November 3, 2013 1

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The Google Nexus 5 has finally made an official appearance in front of the world. So it’s now time to check out this new Android flagship smartphone from Google and put it to the test!

Today we check out the specs and features of this new Android smartphone in an attempt to find out where it stands in the market today. After the success of the Google Nexus 4, the Android maker has finally come up with its new flagship smartphone and the successor to the Nexus 4. This new device is the Google Nexus 5.

Let us take a closer look at what LG and Google have come up with after such a long time. Are you ready to get acquainted with the Nexus 5 once again? The difference is that this time you will know the smartphone in a much better way.

Google Nexus 5

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DISPLAY
The Google Nexus 5 has a 4.95-inch full HD IPS touchscreen display. The display has a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels with a pixel density of 445 ppi (pixels per inch). The display on the Nexus 5 is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, so you won’t really have to worry about damaging the same.

HARDWARE
The Google Nexus 5 is powered by one of the most powerful mobile chipsets ever made. So if you have not guessed already, the Nexus 5 is equipped with the popular Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset.

The smartphone runs on a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 450MHz Adreno 330 GPU and has 2GB of RAM. The added advantage of this particular device is that it runs on the purest form of Android, hence there is very little cosmetic changes and modifications. So if you though that the Snapdragon 800 performance on your non-Google smartphone was amazing, get ready to be blown away!

OPERATING SYSTEM
We are proud to say this, and we are definite that consumers who have already booked the Nexus 5 or are planning to get one will be equally proud to read it!

The Google Nexus 5 runs on the latest and most efficient version of Android operating system, Android 4.4 KitKat. The Nexus 5 also happens to be first official smartphone to run on this new version of Android and we are sure that consumers are going to love the changes and improvements.

STORAGE
The Google Nexus 5 is available with internal storage options of 16 and 32GB only. And similar to the Google Nexus 4, the Nexus 5 also does not have a microSD card slot.
Hence you will not be able to expand storage as and when you wish, and 32GB is the best you can get for now. If Google does come up with a 64GB version in the future, we would definitely be interested in checking it out.

CAMERA
The Google Nexus 5 has an 8MP primary camera and a 1.2MP secondary camera. The primary camera on the device is expected to be one of the best Android smartphones cameras, and it comes with a number of features that will help improve performance and provide you with better options for photography.

The primary camera comes with features like autofocus, LED flash, optical image stabilization and HDR+ that help you capture some of the best quality photos. The primary camera supports 1080p video recording whereas the front facing camera supports 720p video recording.

BATTERY
The Google Nexus 5 has a decent 2300mAh battery. It is not the best of batteries when compared to most of the new flagship Android smartphones, but there will be similarities in performance. The handset also has built-in support for Wireless Charging.

Google Nexus 5 runs on the purest form of Android and there are no cosmetic changes and no layered UI like TouchWiz or Sense. Hence even though the battery capacity is lesser, the backup should almost be equal. Turn off a few automatic services and features that you don’t really need and your battery backup will be boosted even further.

According to the information provided by Google, you can expect a talk time of up to 17 hours and stand by time of up to 300 hours.

DIMENSIONS
The dimensions of the Google Nexus 5 are 137.8 x 69.1 x 8.6 mm. The Nexus 5 is just 1 mm thicker than the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5S.

WEIGHT
The Google Nexus 5 weighs just 130 grams. So the Nexus 5 is as light as the Galaxy S4 and just about 18 grams heavier than the iPhone 5S.

CONCLUSION
The Google Nexus 5 is definitely one of the best Android smartphones in the market and ‘the’ best that Google has ever come up with. It is the first smartphone ever that will give you Android 4.4 KitKat right out of the box.

In addition to these advantages, we hardly see any disadvantages or drawbacks in the Nexus 5 flagship smartphone. The device has been priced much better than almost every other high-end smartphone available in the market today.

The Nexus 5 packs the best of hardware and components making it a smartphone that can compete with almost every other. It has a crisp clear display, high performance chipset, excellent camera and a decent battery. Everything you might want in a smartphone is already present in the Nexus 5.

So we would suggest you go for the Nexus 5 if you are in favor of the following points:

  • You want a next-gen high-end smartphone for low cost
  • You want to experience the power of pure Android 4.4 KitKat
  • You want the best of hardware at an unbelievable price
  • You do not care about fancy features and UI layers
  • You never want to wait for firmware updates

Here is a specifications chart of the Google Nexus 5:

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One Comment »

  1. MX  November 6, 2013 at 12:24 am - Reply

    that definitely is a good phone
    and good review..
    but is the battery not less at 2300MAH?
    galaxy s4 has 2600MAH and xperia z1 has 3000MAH

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