LG Nexus 5 review: A plastic smartphone worth not experimenting

Nexus 5 smartphone is made of plastic. It is a costly device considering most of its main features and material quality. It is not worth experimenting.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 2.26GHz quad core processor is a true value addition because this chip or its upgraded version is currently available only in premium smartphones that cost around Rs 40,000. Here’s what we like and don’t like about LG’s Google Nexus 5.

Quick Specs

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 2.26GHz Quad-Core Krait CPU
  • Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Display: 5-inch (actual 4.95-inch) Full HD IPS (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • Memory: 32GB / 16GB ; RAM: 2GB
  • Camera: Rear 8.0MP with OIS / Front 1.3MP HD
  • Battery: 2,300mAh Li-Polymer (embedded)
  • Size: 137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59mm; Weight: 130g
  • Others: Wireless charging, NFC

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Apart from this Qualcomm processor, you may not find anything new in Nexus 5 which is available in the Indian mobile phone market for around Rs 28,999 (16GB) & Rs 32,999 (32GB). I am not considering Google’s KitKat 4 operating system as a value addition because the latest operating system will soon be available with all smartphones in 2014.

But my recommendation for not opting for Nexus 5 smartphone is based on the price and features it brings to the table.

You may read: How Google Nexus 5 makes a better deal than Nexus 4

There are several brands available in India which are less costly and feature rich for the domestic phone users.

There are two examples – Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and Gionee Elife E6.

Priced at around 24,000 in India, Samsung Galaxy S4 mini features 1.4 GHz Quad Core processor, 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED Display, 8 MP primary camera, Wi-Fi and 3G enabled, Android (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS and 2100 mAh battery.

Gionee Elife E6 priced at Rs 21,000 features 13 MP primary and 5 MP secondary camera, 1.5 GHz Quad Core processor with 2 GB RAM, Android v4.2 OS, etc.

If you compare these two smartphones with Nexus 5, the outstanding feature of LG Nexus 5 is its new processor.

There is another school of thought. Several smartphones featuring Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 2.26GHz quad core processor are priced well above the price of Nexus 5.

Priced at Rs 40,990, Sony Xperia Z Ultra with 6.4-inch full HD display is a sound example. The phone has 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad core processor, 8 MP primary camera with auto focus, 2 MP secondary camera, 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad Core processor, 16 GB internal memory, 2 GB RAM, Android v4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS and NFC enabled.

Though several other smartphones including HTC Desire 600C feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 2.26GHz quad core processor and 2GB RAM, price is almost the same compared with Nexus 5. These phones have less number of good features. On top of this, HTC Desire 600C has compromised on battery at 1860 mAh. Nexus 5 features 2,300mAh Li-Polymer battery.

I am not sure whether Nexus 5, Google’s new platform showcase device manufactured by LG, is making into the top 10 smartphone list for 2013. It will be not be a good bet to own Nexus 5. The new device will not encourage rivals to bring high quality devices at cost effective prices. Their usual comment is that they will not compromise on features to cut down the price.

Nexus 5, which has a 4.95-inch screen, does not have a very attractive design. It is a single-SIM phone and you have to use the SIM ejection tool (provided in the box) to insert it and vice-a-versa. Since the phone is made of plastic material with soft touch matte finish, it doesn’t have the strong look of a premium smartphone. However, the lightweight phone with 130 grams will easily fit into your pocket and hand.

Google did not attempt to innovate on the number of colours. Nexus 5 is available in the traditional Black and White colour variants. However, you can get a bumper case (black, gray, red or yellow) or a LG QuickCover (black or white) for this device.

It is good that the 4.95-inch full-HD display dominates the front of the LG Nexus 5, and there are no capacitive-touch buttons. A round LED notification light is placed below the display, while the sensor array and the front camera sit above it.

Display

Nexus 5 comes with an IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and pixel density of 445 ppi. The display comes with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 protection making it resistant to scratches. Indian mobile phone users will love the display quality. You will find crisp letters coming on the display.

OS

Though Nexus 5 is the first smartphone to ship with Android 4.4 KitKat, I will not give very good importance to the new OS. You will be the first in line for software updates if you own a Nexus. That’s a nice part of Nexus 5. The primary factor for avoiding the 4.4 KitKat feature is that it will be available in other phones as well.

You may read: Top 10 features of Android 4.4 KitKat

You can say that it is made for pure Google experience.

Camera

The most interesting fact about Nexus 5 is its camera. Google did not even make an attempt to offer better camera features. Nexus 5 sports an 8 MP rear camera with Optical Image Stabilisation, and a 1.3 MP front facing camera.

Battery

The Nexus 5 comes with a 2300mAh battery which will be good for Indian mobile phone users who love to make lots of calls and send SMS. If you are going to use lots of video and surf the net, the battery may not give enough support.

What LG says about Nexus 5

With a stunning 5-inch Full HD IPS display, Nexus 5 boasts an expansive screen for an unrivalled visual experience. The lightweight smartphone comes in both 16GB and 32GB versions and is the perfect combination of powerful performance, functionality and convenience thanks to LG’s proven hardware and best of Google software and services.

Google Nexus 5 is the slimmest and fastest Nexus phone to date and puts the latest platform innovations of Android 4.4, KitKat, right in the hands of consumers.

The camera in Nexus 5 features LG Innotek’s acclaimed optical image stabilizer technology which was first introduced in the LG G2. Mated to an 8MP camera with longer exposures, less blur and less noise, Nexus 5 is unmatched in dim light performance.

LG Nexus 5 also includes Photo Sphere making it easy to capture a series of photos and turn them into a seamless 360-degree experience. Google can create Auto Awesome photos and movies from the content in your library to share with friends and family. Moreover, the improved HDR+ mode in Nexus 5 instantaneously captures a burst of shots and applies computational photography to intelligently fuse these images together into one perfect photo with a greater range of shadows and light culled from the multiple exposure and color data.

Nexus 5 should have come with better features – better display, better battery, better body material, more innovations — in order to justify the price.

Baburajan K
editor@gizmolead.com

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