Google Nexus 5 (32GB Storage)

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Key Specs
  • Display 4.95-inch (1080x1920)
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
  • Front Camera 1.3MP
  • Rear Camera 8MP
  • RAM 2GB
  • Storage 32GB
  • Battery Capacity 2300mAh
  • OS Android 4.4
  • Market StatusReleased
  • Release DateOctober 2013

Google Nexus 5 Review

  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Brilliant display
  • Great performance
  • Guaranteed Timely Android updates
  • Bad
  • Mediocre camera
  • Battery backup could have been better
  • No external storage support

It caught everyone's fancy from the time it was first leaked in a video, and since then, all Android enthusiasts, and especially the ones who swear by the pure stock user interface of the operating system, have been eyeing this smartphone. No prizes for guessing, we're talking about the Nexus 5, Google's new platform showcase device which has been manufactured by Korean electronics giant, LG. It's also the first time that Google has launched its flagship device in the Indian market just weeks after its international launch. The pricing of the phone and the promise of priority software updates makes it an irresistible proposition. So, how does it perform in real world conditions? We put it to test and find out in our review.

Google Nexus 5 (32GB Storage) Full Specifications

General
Brand LG
Model Google Nexus 5
Release date October 2013
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59
Weight (g) 130.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 2300
Removable battery No
Colours Black, Red, White
Display
Screen size (inches) 4.95
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080x1920 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 445
Hardware
Processor 2.26GHz quad-core
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
RAM 2GB
Internal storage 32GB
Expandable storage No
Camera
Rear camera 8-megapixel
Rear flash Yes
Front camera 1.3-megapixel
Software
Operating system Android 4.4
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.00
NFC Yes
Infrared No
USB OTG No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM No
Number of SIMs 1
Wi-Fi Direct Yes
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) No
SIM Type Micro-SIM
GSM/CDMA GSM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) No
Sensors
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer Yes
Temperature sensor No
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Google Nexus 5 User Review and Ratings

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  • the good and bad
    Shrey Gautam (May 1, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    This phone is good in performance and display but weak in camera and battery backup. The battery feature should have been improved before release.
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  • Nexus 5 USB OTG Correction
    Moises Nomada (Aug 18, 2017) on Gadgets 360
    Yes it does support USB OTG. I know this because I use it to control the pointer or do file transfers.
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  • Great phone at an exceptional price.
    Abcd Sdf (May 6, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    First of all ,I will list down the pros of nexus 5. 1. Pure unadulterated android version,although somewhat you feel like its more of Google. 2.Exceptionally fast processor and bright full hd display. 3.First one to receive latest android updates. 4.Last but not the least,Best value for money phone available in the market in this range. The cons- 1.Average battery life. 2.No slot for external memory card, although you can get the 32 GB version also. 3.Not great camera. All I can say is,if you are ok with its battery life and camera,then just buy this phone,I guarantee you will not regret it.
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  • Very dissapointed with Google
    G Morris (Mar 16, 2015) on Gadgets 360
    I bought 3 brand new Nexus 5 from google. 1 1/2 years later two are still working but have had an issue with one from the start. 6 months after buying the phone would not start up. I contacted Google and they said send it back. I did and received a refurbished phone back. Six months after that the phone would try to start up and but never start. Talked to Google on phone, did what they said and it still would not start. Sent it back like they said, this time they said PowerFreeze issue and wanted me to pay $189. They said their technical department said physical damage to phone. Phone was in exact shape when rec'd, perfect condition. Also PowerFreeze is a common complaint for this phone. Will never do business with Google again as long as I live.
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  • 6 years and counting
    Star Status (Sep 21, 2019) on Gadgets 360 Recommends
    It's crazy but I got this phone the day it was launched, payed cash and I am still using it as of 21st Sept 2019. So that's about 6 years. I have never even used the screen protector thing. I don't have a need for another phone and also I wanted to see how long it would last. So 30k was well spent. I don't even want a new phone and I am still rocking this one. My first phone with my own money and no regrets.
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  • Why the Google Pixel didn€™t work in India
    Arvind (May 4, 2017) on Gadgets 360 Recommends
    The Google Pixel is the first phone actually made by Google . It is not a reference design to OEMs like the Nexus devices, but rather a device made FOR consumers, a high end smartphone that is Google€™s vision of an ideal Android flagship, one that is aimed to dethrone the mighty iPhone. It has the best specifications, a compact design( Pixel, not the XL), the smoothest Android experience( optimized by Google themselves) and is critically acclaimed as the best Android smartphone ever. Google has launched a huge advertising campaign (read: spent lots of money), generated a lot of hype, raised consumer awareness, they even have back orders in America. Sounds like a great phone, doesn€™t it? Then why isn€™t selling in India? Well, the biggest problem is the price. At 57,000 INR ( about $750), it is expensive. It is in flagship territory. It is competing with the Galaxy S7 and the iPhone. The price itself puts it way out of the budget of ordinary consumers, people looking for the bang for their buck. Plus the price isn€™t too far off from an iPhone, which apart from being a really excellent phone, is a status symbol in India. Why would someone buy any other phone, if they have the means for it to flaunt an Apple logo? Plus with Samsung pushing out deals and freebies on their range of smartphones, the Pixel is an even tougher sell, since Indian consumers like to get something €œfree€ for their money, not to forget that Samsung has added loads of features to their S7 line, enticing users for their €œyou€™ll use it one time, but hey, it€™s there€ features. Then there are the budget flagships, the €œflagship killers€, giving people the same internals of the Pixel for roughly half the price ( the OnePlus 3) making the Pixel look like a bad deal. Plus considering that people don€™t even buy an iPhone if not for the status symbol, these phones look even more attractive, and are selling quite well. So, the Pixel is not a bad phone, but the it€™s punching a bit above its weight, atleast in a money-centric market like India, where a good deal is always preferred. One thing is sure though, the Pixel will sell if the price is lowered (isn€™t that true for anything else as well?). But for now, there is no compelling reason for people to buy a Pixel yet, so until then the sales won€™t really be the best.
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  • The best Android experience!
    Mohd. Alber Jahangir (Jun 1, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    I had recently picked one Nexus 5 and will share how much it impressed, disappointed or wow?d me. Galaxy phones non standardized, outdated and modified versions of android have always frustrated me, I remember how much I wished my S3,S4 were not having the hardware home button and instead the original nexus style home button. Same goes for the multitasking key. While using the non Nexus phones I was always feeling lagging behind when it comes to software update and not having the real feel and functionality of android as google wanted it to be. So, I picked one Nexus 5 and here is the review. I got a black one and the first thing I noticed about the phone is its very understated design. The front face is all black with no branding and actually I like that as it makes it different from the usual crowd of phones. It gives a sense of uniqueness. The back is a soft touch plastic with a Nexus written vertically. The soft touch goes till the edges of the phone and serves as a better grip when in hand and feels extremely comfortable to hold. The ear piece is unusually round but adds to the uniqueness of the phone.There is a notification light at the bottom as with all nexus phones although I never figured out why not on top! The phone feels quite light in hand given the size of it. One thing that I always wished is a removable battery which unfortunately is not the case here. So if you take great care of your phones you can have a shiny phone with a worn out battery after a year or so. There are usual sensors on the front and ceramic power and volume buttons on the sides. On the top you have the headphone jack and a microphone for noise cancellation and talking when the phone is on speakerphone. The back of the phone has a rather unusually big camera lens with a tiny flash LED right beneath it.if you notice the camera lens it actually is not flush to the back but protrudes out a bit and is susceptible to scratches if you keep it on its back on surfaces. I am yet to discover the reasons behind not recessing the camera a bit into the phone to save it from scratches! The bottom of the phone has a microphone and a speakerphone with iPhone 5 like perforations. Since the words that I can use here are limited, I will summarize the review. Nexus is a great phone. Its a phone for the people who are android purists. You are always running the latest android sweetness the moment it is served unlike other android flagships like HTC and samsung where you spend more and get an outdated android version with no gurantee of the upgrade. It performs butterly smooth with no bloatware and you get a clean and minimalist interface which in a way relaxes you. The camera is superb as against the reviews as i found pics well focussed and low light performance was wonderful. With each upgrade it makes it better n better. One thing that I wished it has is a removable battery. But between iPhone 5s, s4 and Nexus 5, I use nexus 5 as its a great phone at an unbeatable price
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  • The Boss
    Swapnil Kolhe (May 31, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    This I bought after getting tired of Blackberry 9800 Torch.I bought it because read reviews everywhere,watched shows not a single disappointing response from anyone.this Phone was with for 2 months .then I actually lost It somewhere and after that I could not trace it Flagship phone from Google.. Manutfactured by LG.. Powered by QUALCOMM Snapdragon 800 chipset clocked at 2.3 gHz fastest processor based on the latest Cortex A9 architecture & with Adreno 330 gpu for highly intensive gaming. Its coupled with 2 Gb of RAM for Multitasking and lag free experience. It?s a 5 inch Full HD display 1920 x 1080 p resolution? with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.. The Nexus5 has a unibody design with a nonremovable battery of 2500mAH which shall easily provide a days backup after heavy usage Looks premium.. Camera is a 8 MP shooter with BSI Sensor capable of recording full HD videos. The device runs on the latest version of Android ie Kitkat 4.4.2. and google has already promised the next upgrade: Benchmark scores: AnTuTu: 20306 Nenamark 60.1 fps Quadrant: 8246 Pros: Will always get the latest Android updates Very powerful phone at very low price. Premium looks Scratch resitant Glass with an FHD display Cons: No Memory Card Support Battery Non Removable.. Hence in case the device hangs its not possible to reboot the phone by removing the battery
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  • GOOGLE NEXUS 5- Google's very own Masterpiece
    Vikram Bajaj (May 31, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    The Nexus 5 has a beautiful Full HD(1920x1080) 4.95" display. It has an amazingly fast quadcore processor clocked at 2.26GHz,works as smooth as butter,no lag whatsoever.With the Nexus 5,Google gives us the PURE ANDROID experience, which is wonderful in every way.There is an 8MP rear shooter and a 1.3MP front facing camera,both of which are excellent,especially after the updated camera app.It is capable of recording full HD videos. The phone is sleek and a pleasure to hold and work with.It also has a notification light,a feature not so common out there. Google makes sure it updates all its core apps regularly to give us a wonderful experience. Obviously, being a Nexus,it is guaranteed to receive all the latest Android? updates. But,as we all are aware,every coin has two faces;so does the Nexus 5.There are a few flaws with this near-to-perfect phone:The speakers aren't loud enough at times as tend to get covered while playing games in landscape mode due to their sometimes inconvenient position.Also,the camera fails to focus properly once in a while,but this is being looked into by Google Camera? updates. The good points outweigh the bad ones over all. All in all,the Nexus 5 is a dream come true and I'm very glad to be a proud owner of one.I would surely recommend it to everyone out there! Get one if you haven't already, I'm sure you won't regret it! :)
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  • Awesome Smartphone!
    Gollem Mazek (May 31, 2014) on Gadgets 360
    I lost my Samsung galaxy S4 and decided to look for a cheaper alternative. I got the Nexus 5 32Gb. All I can say is I love it! Simple Android interface without all the bloated apps I had on my previous phone. Pure android experience. The battery is good. To be honest the camera images are pretty much the same as the samsung and gives me no issues especially the HDR mode which works excellent. Love the photosphere setting!. The optical stabilization is excellent too. As for no sd storage it makes no difference as 32gb is plenty(around 26gb available due to OS etc) and I would rather store my photos or whatever on google drive (cloud) as its safer that way considering I lost my previous images that I had on my Samsung. The phone feels faster and more smooth as well. The screen is just awesome and is better. I got the white back version and it looks excellent. Nice build quality for the price and feels lighter than what it looks. The speed on 4G network is outstanding. Everything just runs fast and nothing slows it down. The only downside is the speaker location on the bottom of the phone and general sound level is not as loud as my previous phone but its not far off. Everything else is better...I am overall extremely pleased with the Nexus 5 and I would highly recommend it. Honestly I cant think of any other phone which comes close for the money...
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