Nexus 5 – The Best Budget Android Phone?

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Google’s Nexus line has become more than just a toy for developers and the popularity of the Nexus tablet and phone models has made the brand a real market giant. After all, what beats a really powerful device with cutting edge software, and that too at a bargain price? However, where things are cheap, some corners need to be cut, is the Nexus 5 worth the wait? Lets find out.

Specifications LG Nexus 5
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
Processor Speed 2.3 Ghz (Quad-core)
Random Access Memory (RAM) 2 GB
Internal Memory 16/32 GB (No Card Slot)
Display Technology True HD IPS Plus
Display Resolution 1920×1080 (445 ppi)
Screen Size 4.95 Inches
Graphics Processing Unit Adreno 330
Battery 2300 mAh (Non-removable)


The specifications are not really surprising, given how powerful the Nexus 4 was. However, the battery capacity does appear a bit on the low side. The phone itself is extremely light weight and the design is uninspiring, as expected. It is basically a typical candy bar with a speaker on the bottom edge and a camera lens on the back. While there are two grills on the bottom, one is the actual speaker and one is for the mic used during voice calls.

There is now a built-in pedometer in the device, which can basically track all your movements (physical movement) and an app can monitor and record your daily activity levels and give you meaningful feedback.

On the software end, Nexus 5 comes with Android 4.4 KitKat, which has several improvements like unlimited homescreens and makes it easy to add widgets, folders and shortcuts for your customization pleasure. Overall, the software runs great, but then Nexus 4 didn’t have many performance issues either (thanks to powerful hardware).

The camera on the Nexus 5 however, as most people report, is not so great. Nevertheless, it is expected that issues like slow focus are more likely to be software related than the hardware. This means that with updates and different apps you can probably improve the camera results.

Nexus 5’s battery is the major concern here, with only 2,300 mAh to go with, heavy users might find themselves reaching for their chargers soon. However, the Snapdragon 800 is quite power efficient and given the optimizations in Android 4.4, battery life should not be as bad as it may appear.

When you look at the Nexus 5 in comparison with the Nexus 4, it is definitely an upgrade, and a good one at that. However, if you already own a Nexus 4, you might find little reason to switch, given how both phones have the same inherent weaknesses, including the non-removable battery and lack of memory card slot.

At the end of the day, Nexus 5 is for people who want to enjoy cutting edge software and powerful hardware at a bargain price. You will not find it as feature-filled as the latest Samsung outings, but then again, at this price, you are not likely to find anything better either.

Featured image courtesy:

Nexus 5 Images on Android Central



  1. Ronny37

    December 3, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Good info but I want to know how long can I expect nexus 5 to be supported by google for latest android versions?

    • Hunain Naseer

      December 3, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      Like a user said, Nexus devices are first in line for Android software updates and you really don’t have to worry about getting the latest software on your Nexus 5 for at least 2 years I believe.

  2. Terryio

    December 3, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    The Nexus devices always get the updates first and even the old Nexus s was updated for like 2 years. I don’t think you need to worry about android updates on Nexus 5.

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