The late Google Nexus 4 (together with the 7-inch version) was among the respected smart devices ever, not because it is a high-end device, but simply because it can do a lot of things without a high price. However, though the Nexus 4 was a favorite choice of the many, the fact is that it still is not perfect especially when you compare it to the leading devices that come in higher prices of course. Thankfully, we are now facing a new Nexus experience with the release of the Nexus 5.
As the name suggests, the Nexus 5 of Google (and LG as the manufacturer) is a 5-incher smartphone (4.95 inches diagonally, just to be exact). Available in practically four versions, i.e., white and black, 16GB and 32GB, the Nexus 5 is a smartphone that you can avail for a price as low as $349 (16GB) or $399 (32GB). Since the measure is on how much ROM you get, honestly, I am still a bit disappointed why this Nexus 5 still did not come with a microSD card slot; is it that hard to incorporate one? Or at least, let’s say, there’s a 64GB version, which is absent.
Nevertheless, we are looking forward to a better experience with the Nexus 5. Obviously, Google is trying to join the ‘phablet’ trend by incorporating a nearly-standard 5-inch display. To better compensate its goodness in contrast to leading phones like the iPhone 5s, HTC One, and Samsung Galaxy S4, the Nexus 4 also comes with a full HD 1080p display with a pixel density of 445ppi. As what you’d expect for such specification, the Nexus 5 really has a marvelous display; it is very vivid, clear and crisp, and bright enough to be viewed under direct sunlight. However, when you now try to let this device sit at full brightness with other leading smartphones, you’d suddenly realize that the display of the Nexus 5 is a bit more ‘subtle’ if not dimmer than the leading ones.
Body-wise, The Google Nexus 5 is also a bit smaller and thinner than the leading smartphones of today. With dimensions of 138x7x8.6mm, the Nexus 5 is actually very pocketable and handy despite the big screen size. However, I find myself feeling nostalgic about the more rounded edges and corners; this Nexus 5 now has flat cornered edges and a more pronounced corners. The glassy back covers are also now gone, and thus replaced with a finish that’s rubbery soft matte and is less print-sensitive. The phone is overall well built, but still, it’s not the best build ever.
Of course, I would not like to miss it putting into the spotlight that the Nexus 5’s another hot-selling feature is the incorporation of the latest Android version 4.4—the KitKat. There’s actually a lot to talk about the new OS of Android, and if you’d ask for my opinion, I’d say the OS is not technically new; it’s just a replenishment and refinement to what’s already seen in Jelly Bean and even in some older versions of Android. Some new things about the KitKat are: a screen recording feature, an ‘OK Google’ voice command feature, cloud printing, more customizable home screen, better RAM optimization, a more powerful dialer app, messaging defaulted to Hangouts, translucent notification bar, and so forth.
And to make the Android KitKat more like a perfect standard for the Nexus 5, Google made the smartphone very much capable also by inducing it with the right specs: a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, Adreno 330 450MHz GPU, full LTE support, BT 4.0, NFC, wireless charging, GPS, and the list goes forward as expected. There are still no HDMI ports here so expect to use WiDi instead (wireless display). There’s also an 8MP main camera with OIS (optical image stabilization) that features HDR+, and a front-facing 1.3MP camera. The 2300mAh battery is said to be good for about 17 hours of talk time, and within my first days of trying it out, I think it can really be proved.
The Nexus 5 is really a performer at its heart, and for its price, it’s really tempting to grab it instead of the leading smartphones that offer nearly the same powerful experience. If only it comes with an extra slot for storage, and if the display can get a bit more ‘obvious’, the Nexus 5 is surely a product that everyone would call out this Holiday season.
Google Nexus 5 Android Smartphone Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 20,000.00
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