30 Days of Nexus 5: The Good

Nexus 5: The Good

Since the Nexus 5 has been available for a little over a month now, it is high time that we do a post or three about the Nexus 5, but since there’s so much to tell, we’ve turned it into three. This one is about the awesome Nexus 5 features – the good – and it is the first of three posts you can expect in this series.

Price: One of the best things the nexus 5 has going for it is its price – unlocked or with a two-year contract, for a high end smartphone, its price is nothing short of a miracle.

Available from Google Play starting at $349 for the unlocked 16 GB version, it is a full $150 cheaper than the next cheapest unlocked phone on the market.


Android Kit-Kat: Another point that’s nothing to laugh at is that Nexus 5 sports the newest iteration of Android – Kit-Kat. Android 4.4 Kit-Kat has given even 4.3 Jelly Bean a run for its money with all the new and improved features that offer both a functional and visual upgrade in comparison.

Android Kit kat info

Android Kit Kat Info

Display: The Nexus 5’s display is another good point about the phone – a 4.9-inch 1080 p touchscreen with 445 pixels per inch makes reading text a joy – it’s crisp and clear, not too bright, but not washed out either.  The display is made from Gorilla Glass 3, which is pretty much the standard these days.

Design: The  Nexus 5 looks pretty in black matte, and it looks stunning in its white silk, which means it isn’t extremely reflective or shiny, but it isn’t matte either – you really can’t ask for better minimal design.

While the Nexus 5 is slightly larger and wider than the Nexus 4 because of the increase in display size, that difference is nearly imperceptible to the eye.

Galaxy Nexus 5 on Google Play

Credit: Google

Additionally, the new design is minimally different from its predecessor, except in that its edges are flat and extend at a slight angle to meet flush with the back plate, which in this iteration is curved ever so slightly. However, while the way the back and sides meet on the angle might make some people uncomfortable holding the Nexus 5, it is still much easier to hold onto while talking and playing online.

Power: Nexus 5 features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, which means that it’s a powerhouse and standard of high end smarpthones everywhere. The CPU is a 2.26 Ghz that clocks at 800 MHz on four cores. Additionally, it features an Adreno 330 GPU which runs beautifully in tandem with Kit-Kat.

With 2 GB of RAM, LTE capabilities, and a 2,300 mAh battery that runs up to 12 real time practical and continuous use, you really can’t go wrong – especially the price.

Camera: The camera is the last point we want to touch on – we were going to slap the camera in the “Bad” category initially, but we’ve changed our minds… Why? Because the Nexus 5 update to Kit-Kat 4.4.1 corrected the camera issues.

Nexus 5 white

Nexus 5 White by Janitors

That said, the camera works faster, colors are more vibrant, and contrast is better. Overall, a workable camera that’s not “bad” anymore. We’ll reveal the other side of the camera in our next post, 30 Days of Nexus 5: The Bad, so stay tuned!

What do you like about the Nexus 5? Let us know in the comments!

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