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Nexus 5 Review: The Best Android Can Offer

That last note is somewhat surprising as HDR photos are typically associated with blurriness"since they're actually an amalgam of several images" but the proof is in the pudding. If you're into specs or if you're an Android purist, then this is definitely the phone for you. The Nexus 5 is comfortable, but it's definitely not as comfortable as either of those other devices. It's a smartphone from Google (built by LG) designed to showcase the newest version of Android (4.4,a.k.a. The one place it falls a bit short is in low-light. We've seen it" Read" New Leaked Nexus 5 Shows Off Its Giant Screen and Giant CameraSo a Nexus 5 apparently got left at a bar. Again, we're happy to report that it makes a significant difference, which you can see especially in the video below. As long as you have a credit card associated with your Google account you're pretty much good to go. That doesn't mean bad, just that nothing really stands out. Perhaps most significantly, you can buy it, unlocked, and without any carrier subsidies for $350 (16GB version) or $400 (32GB version) straight from Google. Likewise,the Moto X makes you realize just how small a 4.7-inch screen can feel in your hand. It's also now really easy to share your current location from within the app. So, when we pitted the Nexus 5 against the under-powered Moto X and had them race to open a giant app like Dead Trigger 2, the Nexus only won by about 1.25 seconds. Why is there a Gallery app and a Photos app? Who knows. For starters, it has its own panel on the desktop, so you can just slide over to it. Speaking of the latter: that IPS Plus display is sharp and plenty bright, even in direct sunlight. There's built-in support for using your phone as a pedometer (while using less power to do so) and for cloud printing, and of course the OS is less resource-hungry, so it will run on lower-end phones. Things look cluttered, it's too easy to accidentally archive a conversation, and it's not very clear who's really online and up for a chat, or who's asleep because it's 4am their time but their phone is turned on. Reception has been solid (testing in and around L.A.), and phone calls (remember those?) have been loud and clear on both ends. No LikeThere's really only one thing about the Nexus 5 that we absolutely hate: the speaker. It feels solid all the way around, and fairly scuff-resistant. However, when you use KitKat's new HDR+ mode, that all changes. We did some head-to-head comparisons with the stock version of the Galaxy S4 (running Android 4.3) and the Nexus a lot closer in quality than we would have expected. There's a new, very sweet "immersive mode[/img]The Nexus 5 Accidentally Pops Up Early on Google Play for $350Google's worst kept secret and possibly best upcoming Android phone has just unofficially revealed itself in the most official way possible..." Read" The other much-touted camera feature on the Nexus 5 is its optical image stabilization (OIS). It's most definitely one of the best phones you can buy, even if it doesn't quite meet its inflated expectations.. They're built to show off the latest and greatest version of Android. I was also directed toward Connecticut for waffles, so, there's that. Or don't arrive. [Google] Should I Buy It?Probably. Hardware manufacturers can't help but pollute their offerings with skins, which almost without exception degrade your overall experience. From the image above you'd think it's stereo, but nope, the grill on the left is the speaker and the grill on the right is the mic. The latest is the first set of what appear to be press images, that come to us by way of Mobile Syrup. It's a slightly rounded rectangle, most reminiscent of a Galaxy S4 except a bit taller (5.43 vs 5.38 inches), a bit thicker (0.34 vs 0.31 inches), and just a hair narrower (2.72 vs 2.75 inches). Great! It's handy for Word docs and PDFs you uploaded to Drive, but less useful if most of the stuff in your Drive was made with Google products. And when you muffle it, you muffle it completely. " RAM: 2GB " OS: Android 4.4 (KitKat) In the normal shooting mode the camera is fast, but the photos are decidedly lackluster. It also has innovation; the touchless controls and active display are features I genuinely missed when I switched to the Nexus, and the rest of the Moto X OS is really very close to stock Android. Plus, you can customize the hell out of it. In fact, it's been eaten by Hangouts, Google's chat app. Read" As for the hardware, it's a bummer Verizon customers can't get it. Even without HDR, the Nexus faired pretty well, despite the Galaxy S4 having a five megapixel advantage. The thing is, that speed isn't always obvious.See, most of the stuff you actually use your phone for doesn't require that much processing power. It's not really much simpler than sliding up from the app drawer, but we suspect a lot of people didn't know it was there before. Unfortunately, the" Read" " Screen: 4.95-inch 1920x1080 IPS-LCD display (445 PPI) Quickoffice is kind of a nebulous app. " Camera: 8MP rear / 1.3MP front DesignOn the outside, the Nexus 5 is unremarkable. It's clear why it's not Android 5.0, though. S Really the Nexus 5's only distinguishing features are an extra-large camera lens (which is necessary for the built-in and fantastic optical image stabilization), and its big bright screen. [/img]Report: These Are the First Nexus 5 Press ImagesAnother day, another Nexus 5 leak. And its predecessors have always been among the best phones of any kind you can buy. But is it the best Android phone? That's tougher to answer. We were disappointed that it was just an 8MP camera when LG put a 13MP shooter into its G2 flagship, but luckily the Nexus 5 has some software help to make up the difference. Here's a Closer Look at What the Nexus 5 Might Look LikeAs far as heavily anticipated upcoming phones go, we've got a pretty good handle on what the Nexus 5 will look like. [/img]S There are other improvements, too, like faster multitasking and better memory usage. Its location also makes it all but impossible to muffle it completely when you're playing a game (like Dead Trigger 2). Plus, $350 off-contract is a really sweet deal for a phone of this caliber. We would have liked to see a bigger battery to help fill out that hollow back. S RelatedYou Can Get a Fully Customized Moto X For $100 NowMoto Maker is an awesome website that will let you totally personalize a Moto X. In Google's unveiling video of the new Kit Kat statue of Android, a mysterious Nexus phone appears in the hands of [/img]Moto X Review: The Android Phone for EverybodyWhen we first got our hands on the Moto X last week, we were way more impressed than we thought we'd be. This should make it more obvious to more people, which is a good thing. That said, it's not nearly as future-proof, updates will come slower, and if you want it off-contract and customized you're looking at about $480. Not only is the dynamic range boosted (so highlights don't blow out and shadows don't get lost), but colors are enhanced and you get a lot more detail. Its software is the latest and greatest from Google (and it should get fast updates in the future). Most major US carriers will be selling it as well at significantly reduced on-contract prices, though you have to promise your first born or something. Why does Google Now try to send me somewhere far away instead of down the street? Again, who knows. You can use it to "open and save files on Google Drive[/img]Did Google Accidentally Leak the Next Nexus Phone?Well, would you look at that. It's when things got fast, smooth, and polished. The camera is capable of some terrific shots (still and video), and for an unlocked phone, the price is very, very right. It's not just software, though; Nexus hardware has"in theory, at least"been dialed in by Google to show off the full potential of its platform. Jelly Bean (Android 4.1 through 4.3) was a major leap for Android. It's got horsepower to spare, and since it's Google's baby it should get updates from the mothership for a long time to come. When they build Android devices, they've got to customize. For all that, though, it's still a bit rough around the edges. What's the Point of Android Skins?Manufacturers just can't leave Android alone. An impressive[/img]S LikeThe screen is plenty bright even in direct sun light, and pretty, too. We've been using and abusing it[/img]S RelatedWant to get your hands on the Nexus 5 ASAP? Sprint will have it for $150 starting November 8th, while T-Mobile only has an email update you can sign[/img]S CameraAs good as the Nexus program has been, it's always had a photographic Achilles Heel. But slightly faster than something that's already fast as hell is still fast as hell. We like the increased Google Now integration, easily mobile payments, and the much-improved dialer. Ultimately, it's the closest thing in the Android ecosystem to what Apple is able to offer with its iPhone, where Google has full control of the software and the hardware. You add one of your contacts to a conversation (a Hangout), and the app tells you if they're just on SMS or if they're on chat, or both (it also tells you if they're online or not). Most significantly, there's the new phone app which is much, much easier to use. Left to right: Moto X, Nexus 5, HTC One, Galaxy S4 Google finally stopped waiting for mobile carriers to acquiesce and just went ahead and baked Wallet more deeply into the OS. Google Voice integration with Hangouts is a must and feel very late at this point. Previously, this was the only part of 3rd party skins that we didn't mind so much because Android's stock dialer was so bad. Less successful was the feature that allows you to search by name for "nearby places." For example, when I was searching for Ralph's (a grocery chain), I was given options for three of them that were between two and four miles away, while it completely ignored the one that was half a mile over. That said, this puppy still has a lot of growing to do. Or, to put it more bluntly, the cameras on the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus were awful. Not only is it an excellent phone right now, it's the most future-proofed phone currently in existence. " Storage: 16GB or 32GB " Weight: 4.59 ounces S KitKatIs Android 4.4 the best version of Android yet? Of course it is. RelatedGoogle Nexus 4 Review: Yes, You Want This PhoneNexus devices are Google's brand ambassadors. While the clarity isn't awful, the speaker is way, way too quiet. I missed several calls and texts when the phone was within a few feet or in my pocket. You can also now activate voice search / voice command from anywhere on the desktop (or within the Search app) by simply saying "Okay Google,[/img]This Leaked Manual Lists Literally All the Nexus 5's SpecsNexus nerds, we may have just hit the jackpot. While it's only been a few days, we're happy to report that battery life has been solid thus far. Android Police just got its hands on what appears to be a leaked service manual for the" Read" As you can see, the video quality is excellent

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