These are just a few thoughts from my user experience with the Nexus 5 for almost a year
Design: the Nexus 5 is an underrated design, but it felt very good in the hand. Minimalist, monolithic and clean, it was always good to handle in spite of its width which felt, at times, too wide. Other than that the only complaint came from the positioning of the earpiece. In trying to get most of the real-estate for the screen, the earpiece was to high-up and therefore the phone did not feel the most comfortable on the ear. But other than that, the phone was a great and simple piece of design. Let’s not forget, though, that the Nexus 5 was fabulous value for money, in my opinion the best of the Android flagships at its time of release in terms of bang per buck.
Screen: The screen on this phone is exceptional. Period. Forget about numbers for a second. I loved the Nexus 5 bias towards warmer colors, it was bright, punchy it worked well in the sunlight, brilliant on games and/or apps, responsive, sensitive, the lot. So, all these numbers and specifications mean absolutely nothing, what matters is the experience you get and I was utterly impressed by it. A 4Kdisplay on a screen this size? It may work for some, in the end maybe all smartphones will have them but if you asked me, I'd say it is pointless. What is not pointless is the ability to record in 4k, and sadly Nexus 5 cannot record in 4k.
Operating system: When I got the Nexus 5 it had the "then" new Kit Kat 4.4.2 OS and then I have updated it to whichever version became available from Google, ending with Lollipop and the 5.0.1. version available in my country. I have to say, Kit Kat worked better than Lollipop. But that's just me. Although it ran fairly smoothly, it crashed more and at times it felt slower. Moreover, some elements of the material design did not work for me, such as the "cards" and their respective color of the recently used contacts. The silent mode is gone now and what they've done with the various phone modes was not handy, in my point of view. Some design elements I've liked, such as the look and feel of all Google apps, the new e-mail app from Google, but you can have all without upgrading to Lollipop. It ran (almost) buttery smooth on Kit Kat, not so much so on Lollipop. It wasn't a slouch, but it wasn't as responsive as before. What is not so good about this OS is that it has to work on so many devices that it simply cannot work perfectly. And the user experience suffers: apps crash, more frequently than you want. At least they did on my device. It is a fact, and if someone from Google reads this, they'd know it's the truth. Even Google's own apps crash. A lot. Like the camera app. The only way to go around it was to restart the phone. Another example was the native e-mail app. It simply would not show in-line photos sent on e-mail. I had to install a third party app called Blue Mail (excellent app, by the way) to go around it. Only when Google updated their Gmail app - so that it could support any e-mail account - did they rectify this issue. One more thing: the notification light of the Nexus 5 (and for that matter, of all the Android phones which have this feature) is simply fabulous. Configure it and then you know what type of notification you’ve received, discretely brilliant.
Camera: Well, much has been said about the Nexus 5 quality of pictures, that they are good but not so good, so on so forth.The pictures taken with the Nexus 5 are excellent. Period. They have depth, contrast is great, and colors seem natural and vivid. And another strong point of the camera was the great pictures taken in low light, using HDR and no flash. Yes, there are better phone cameras out there, but I have to say that I have taken some beautiful pictures with this camera; I was very pleased with the results. What are not great and only mediocre are the camera app and the speed of the camera. The camera app, is cumbersome, annoying, I do not know what Google wanted to do with this app. I didn’t get it. From a company that puts out the phenomenally competent app called “Snapseed”, with which you can brilliantly edit your pictures, why did they put out such a cumbersome camera app is beyond me. It is slow; it is annoying to use. The focus is a hit and miss affair. The HDR mode takes a lot to compile a picture. You have to be patient. Panorama is mediocre. Switching from the modes of the camera was a chore. And I do not believe that these are only hardware issues. The Nexus 5 had a top of the line Snapdragon 800 processor when it came out, with plenty of power and RAM, the camera worked as slow with Kit Kat as it did with Lollipop. So, what about a third party app? Sure, got one, a paid version Camera Pro I believe it was called, great to use, but no HDR. And for me HDR is a must. So, I ended up using more the native Google camera app. Video was also mediocre, unfortunately. I didn’t see any of the benefits from the optical stabilization. One more proof that what’s on paper as a feature, doesn’t necessarily translate into a benefit. I got a shaky camera and mediocre motion. Good resolution, though.
Conclusion: the Nexus 5 was a great phone for me; a sincere, honest phone, a great minimalist design with a brilliant screen and a solid camera. It was the software that took a toll on me, I think the word that would describe its need of improvement is “optimization”. It is great to be open and take whatever file you want and put it wherever you want and all that, it is great to have the apps talk to each other and share the open file system, it definitely pays dividends. But I have to say that with all that power and RAM memory, it still doesn’t operate as fast as an iPhone 6 or iPhone 5s even. It ran (almost) buttery smooth with Kit Kat, but not so with Lollipop. And there are many bugs out there that need to be fixed. Too many app crashes affected my user experience with it. I didn’t talk about battery, but in all honesty, the battery “thing” is not a strong point on smartphones unless they are phablets. I have to say that I wished the Nexus 5 was easier to live with. And for me, it was a result of the software.
My wife and I had these phones for 8 months plus, mine will not download pics sent by Apple or Sony My wife's battery last 2 day with very little use, mine lasts 4 days. There are definitely battery problems with some of these phones. Also do not like having to turn Bluetooth on and off, what happened to the auto feature on previous op system
Does anyone else's Nexus 5 shut off for 5-10 in the cold or when its outside?
noooo,not even think about it, batterylife is much much poooor than 5s!! go for nexus 6 or galaxy s6 or htc one m8
Nexus 5 Fun, 15 Mar 2015I have not noticed any bug using KitKat 4.4.4.,only minor issues not worth mentioning... I lov... moreThe ram issues are on 5.0.1... What I mean is don't upgrade to 5.0 or 5.0.1 just wait for 5.1!
battery life in any smartphone can be extended by control the applications. less running applications giving longer battery life.
james79, 15 Mar 2015Don't let the phone get that hot.. It can damage the battery.. Just wait for lollipop 5.1 upda... moreI have not noticed any bug using KitKat 4.4.4.,only minor issues not worth mentioning... I love my Nexus 5 :)
sudota, 14 Mar 2015currently on 5.0.1. I'm experiencing a problem, which is that while using Quora on Wi-Fi/3G th... moreDon't let the phone get that hot.. It can damage the battery.. Just wait for lollipop 5.1 update and pray that problem is fixed. Mine has ram issues.. System sometimes uses 1.3gb ram with nothing running. Hope Google fixes this but basically being a nexus user means you will always have bugs.
the android 5.1 updates are in batches so evryone will get it in about 3 weeks!
Battery quality is so poor. If i keep 100% , backup only 12/13 hours.
have any suggested please I need at least 24 hours battery backup
currently on 5.0.1. I'm experiencing a problem, which is that while using Quora on Wi-Fi/3G the phone heats up too much in ~20-25 mins. It gets so hot that literally I have to keep phone away.
Anyone experiencing same problem?
They may be withdrawn from google site, but plenty available n Dubai,but I assure you that this set will carry you till 2018, with any state of art advancement.
350$ is still rate of 16GB.
SHAME LG I had him and it was ALMOST PERFECT IF YOU HAVE A TALK WHEN distorted I could hear was a joke LED NOTIFICATION RINGTONE PT and the sound was very weak I thought had great success and EVEN MORE manufactured today many people wanted him Most do not know this aspect, I had 2 or 3 believing is my DEFECT BUT I AM clarify entering the sites and 90 percent complain of these three hardware failure SCOT ashamed and untested PHONES ONLY DEFECTS IN desire to DA BIG SHAME And I urge many phone manufacturers who have experience . Not to RADA Chinese WORLD WHO ARE ALREADY BECAUSE THEIR COMPETITORS AND LE large companies do not care about CLIENTS but competition do better PT CONSUMERS
I just flashed 5.1 image and soo far the performance seems to be very good and there is a visible smoothness increase in ui.
Also the memory leak and recent app screen issue has been fixed.
I have encountered a bug if you drop down the notification bar on the lock screen and then again swipe it up irrespective of any toggle use it automaticly opens or askes pattern password in my case. Thats the only bug i found other than that very good and needed update.
I need to restart the phone to activate the camera when I move from one WiFi location to another WiFi location. Anybody else have this problem?
Please let me know what should I do to solve this.. Thank you