Monday, December 23, 2013

LG Google Nexus 5

It's pretty surprising that I haven't upgraded my phone in such a long time, but the whole "Pure Google" landscape was exactly what I was looking for in a phone and OS. After Google announced that my old Galaxy Nexus would not be receiving Android 4.4 KitKat, I decided to take a look at the latest iteration of the line being that of the Nexus 5.

Software
Native 4.4 KitKat is pretty good, but the changes were minor in my opinion. I'm just glad that I'll be guaranteed a bunch more updates for years to come.

Hardware
Honestly this phone feels like my old one, only with a larger screen and it being much faster. Everything is super snappy to an extent that I never noticed how slow my old phone was. Everything from opening apps to typing to even powering it on takes much less time and it's quite noticeable too...kinda like how adding more memory to an old PC back in the day would make worlds of difference.

Besides the speed factor, the main hardware differences are that the phone can be wirelessly charged, the battery is non-removable, the screen is larger, the camera takes better quality pics, and yeah it's an LG.

The only negative I have with the Nexus 5 is that the power button makes a clacky noise because it physically has too much play. I read an article where it said that newer production runs of the phone would correct this issue by having more fitted power buttons, but current owners are just SOL. Sucks for us early adopters.

Overall
I'm definitely glad with the upgrade. It would've been more of a downer if the phone would've just been a new phone with a new OS, but luckily there was a very noticeable speed increase and I'm all about that.

Update
Sold. Final Comments.