LG Google Nexus 5

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The LG Nexus 5 arrived without the usual blaze of glory surrounding a new premium smartphone. So do Google have nothing to shout about for once?

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  1. Excellent spec at a great price
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by Mike Leader

That Google made little fuss about the new Nexus 5, which like the Nexus 4 is manufactured by LG, is a little unusual. Most top end smartphones are introduced to the world in a blaze of publicity, international press conference, worldwide TV advertising and so on. Not so the Nexus 5, it almost appeared totally unannounced

"But it's just a mobile phone, why do we need all that fuss anyway?", we hear you say. Within the trade however, it is important because it is the networks that the manufacturers will be selling it to rather than selling it to the general public.

After all, most of us will buy our phones directly from a network. It is also generally accepted that manufacturers play down a model when they know it doesn't quite cut the mustard when compared to it's rivals. The important question here then: "Is the Nexus 5 any good?"

First of all we have to say it is an uneventful looking black casing, although we have often maintained than when you are designing what is essentially going to be a case containing a screen your options are pretty limited. But pick up the 5-inch screened Nexus 5 - if we're being picky it's actually 4.95 inches - and it instantly conveys a quality feel to it.

The rear cover has matte soft touch finish with a large embossed black 'Nexus' logo spread lengthways and an 'LG' logo at the bottom. This cover curves gently around the side and along with it's coating makes it easy for you to grip despite it's size.

Superb screen

Around the front, the whole of the the part you will be looking at is covered from top to bottom with scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Turn the screen on though and it bursts into life. A 1080 x 1920 resolution screen offers true 1080p HD viewing at a resolution of 445 pixels per inch, on a par with the best and most expensive smartphones out there.

In fact this is said to be at a point where the human eye cannot conceivably detect a higher resolution. In otherwords it's as good as it gets. LG/Google have used an IPS LCD screen, like the one in the Samsung Galaxy S4, which is bright and vivid without glare and is easier to see in bright sunlight and at a wider angle than a TFT screen.

This type of screen is now gaining in popularity and on the Nexus 5 it is simply superb.

Unspoilt Android

Perhaps one of the best things about a pure Android handset is that it offers you the best experience of the operating system. It is clear of any manufacturer or network added customisation, known as "bloatware", so you get to use Android exactly as the designers intended it to be.

It also saves on memory space some of the manufacturers tweaks do eat into your available memory space. In the early days of Android this may not have been such a bad thing but as the operating system has developed over time it has improved almost beyond recognition from what it once was.

The Nexus 5 features the very latest Android version 4.4.2, known as 'KitKat' which really doesn't need tweaking at all and scores highly for ease of use. Of course there are no end of customisable screens, widgets and systems offered on Google's Play store, many of which you can get completely free.

8 megapixel camera and full HD video

Most of us probably expect more than an 8 megapixel camera on a flagship mobile phone, but at this point it is probably worth noting one of the most important aspects of the Nexus 5 - not the camera, but the price. On Pay As You Go this handset is available for just £300. That's a full £200 and upwards less than any other phone in this class.

The Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z1 and HTC One M8 will all set you back at least £500. So we can forgive a camera of "only" 8 megapixels.

You will find features such as LED flash, autofocus, touch to focus, face detection, geo tagging and HDR, which improves the quality of objects in the foreground when there is a strong backlight, so it is not lacking in features.

Full HD video

As a point and shoot - what most of us use our phone-mounted cameras for - the quality is excellent in bright natural light though we did find lower light shots to be slightly grainy though this is not unusual for low light shots. Phone cameras have come of age though in recent years and this is as good as any other 8 megapixel camera overall and your shots will not disappoint.

You also get full 1080p True HD video recording at 30 frames per second, and remember it's a full HD screen so you can watch them in all their glory too. Video recording also appear to be a little brighter and sharper than still shots, though we are not sure why.

A secondary 1.3 megapixel front facing video camera is also available for videocalling with apps such as Facebook.

Power and memory

At this price point you might be concerned about inferior specification in other areas, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with the pocketful of power the 2.3 GHz quad core processor has to offer which, coupled with 2GB of RAM again is up there with the best.

In fact in tests it actually performs better than Sony's Xperia Z which is no mean feat. Internal memory is more than ample at 16GB but it is worth bearing in mind that there is no memory card slot.
This hardly matters so much these days with so many online storage options, such as Google Drive, cheaply and readily available.

There is nothing lacking in the connectivity department either with dual band Wi-Fi, with Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi hotspot included along with DLNA, NFC, stereo Bluetooth and GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS support.

Our summary

If you want a top end Android smartphone then quite simply you can not buy more phone for your money than the LG Google Nexus 5. It is well constructed, fully featured, has a superb screen and all the power you will ever need at a seriously budget price.

It has an understated look rather than the instantly recognisable square-jaw look of, say, a Sony or the instantly recognisable curves and physical home button that the usual Samsung handsets sport, but inside it's a seriously good smartphone, and at this price, easily the best phone you can buy for your money bar none - and by some distance. Highly recommended.



Model: LG Nexus 5 D821 ® LG, Google and Nexus are registered trade marks

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