That doesn’t mean we should dismiss the hardware the Nexus 5 has to offer. Packed with the lightning fast Snapdragon 800 processor and an Adreno 330 GPU we can say for sure that this phone will be fast. To support this speed, 2GBs of RAM are installed into the phone while a 2300mAh battery keeps the phone juiced up and ready for action. The frame and screen of the Nexus 5 is a tiny bit larger than it’s predecessors, which is supported by an upgraded 1080p touch screen. Altogether, the phone has a definite “classic” feel to it that will ease the minds of the Nexus faithful.
However, hardware doesn’t mean a thing without the software to run it. Luckily, there have been a slew of upgrades and updates to the software packed into the Nexus 5. However past the (marginally) improved camera quality and the responsiveness of the device itself. There is only a single feature that has impacted any notable change and excitement for the device. That feature is the new operating system. Android 4.4 “Kit-Kat.
The Google Nexus 5 will be the first phone to launch with the much heralded android system. So what does it bring to the table? Well it’s very light on the system, only taking up 512 MB of memory to keep it running. That is quite a bit smaller than Android Jelly Bean. This also comes with plenty of minor updates to the responsiveness of the OS. All meaningful in it’s own way, but the most important, the promised solution to the fragmentation problem and greatly expanded device compatibility, won’t even be felt by the Nexus 5.
More importantly, The Nexus 5 is compatible with the LTE network. Something that previous iterations of the Nexus line have not attained at launch. This 4G network is a strong and perhaps standard network and any flagship phone should be able to launch with this network as the default. I’m not saying that lacking the compatibility with this network could break the device, but being able to hook up with the LTE network is something that the other devices already. For quite some time now as well. Now that the compatibility issue has been fixed, the Nexus 5 can be considered competitive with all the other phones that are connected to this network.
Speaking of which, we must remember that the Nexus 5 is a phone before all other things. Knowing that, I am sure that owners fo the Nexus 5 will be very happy with their new phone. Calls are crisp and clear, with a minimum of static and a sharpness of quality that speaks highly for the phone. Even outdoors and in crowded areas sound quality is resilient and a testament to how good the phone is.
In all, the phone is a powerful piece of technology that serves the needs of the buyers that purchase this great product. The software is top notch and the new Android OS brings a bunch of things with it to smooth out the rough patches of the last generation. It’s a beautiful piece and the casing itself draws the eye with it’s understated simplicity. However even after all of this I can’t shake the feeling that the Nexus 5 is just one big update to the Nexus 4 at an exorbitant price. There isn’t much of a “wow” to the product as no one feature stands out. Maybe more will come in the next years that makes securely places the Nexus 5 on top of the list for smartphones. Maybe not. Either way, right now the Nexus 5 is one heck of a phone, and at only $350 MSRP, it’s a great time to get one.