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Another Android … Nexus 5

Posted in Uncategorized by iamscience on November 7, 2013

I was lucky enough to get a Nexus 5, I am sure everyone who wants one will receive them within the next few weeks. We’ll see if Google learned a thing or two with the Nexus 4 debacle.

I had the Nexus 4, and the Galaxy Nexus before that. I am addicted to Nexus .I had the original Nexus 7, which was by far the worst Nexus device I have owned, requiring two RMAs, and generally just being slow and low quality feeling. Google support was great in getting them replaced, but that device was awful.

I always toyed with the idea of getting a Nexus 10, but never did, perhaps I will after the refresh.

So the Nexus 5, well , the initial impressions are good. The phone feels great in your hand. It is thinner than the Nexus 4 by a good margin. The construction materials feel great as well. The soft touch polycarbonate¬†‘silk’ back has a high quality feel to it. This is the first plastic phone I do not mind.

KitKat is great. It feels smooth, it has a cleaner more professional look. I am sure you guys have seen many screenshots of the OS itself.

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The first thing you notice about the Nexus 5 is the screen. It is beautiful, at 4.95″ 1920×1080. The ceramic buttons do feel quite nice, gives the phone a better premium feel.

For an Android phone, this feels fast. Android inherently just feels choppy and slow in some areas. Chrome is awful, ironically Firefox (Android) feels fine. Windows Phone , Windows RT, and iOS have much better touch responses with lower spec’d hardware. I had the Surface RT at the same time I had the Nexus 7, both ran Tegra 3, the Surface was much more responsive.

I think the Nexus 5 is a steal. Unlocked, you get a 1920×1080 screen, LTE, and arguably one of the best mobile SOCs out there. The only downside or upside of this device is Google. Google is becoming more evil everyday. From backtracking on promises of openness (Hangouts replacing XMPP / Jabber) , controlling open source (http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/10/googles-iron-grip-on-android-controlling-open-source-by-any-means-necessary/) , moving to proprietary protocols (Chromecast in favor of miracast) , to shutting out competitors (http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/16/4627342/microsoft-google-battle-over-youtube-windows-phone). Google still provides value, and they win me over still, despite being more and more evil.

I’ll comment more on the battery life and camera when I have had the device a bit longer.

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