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LG Nexus 5 / Google Nexus 5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9387 reviews of LG Nexus 5 / Google Nexus 5. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers really like the portability and price. The size and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some negative views about the apps and connectivity. Views about the reception and battery are mixed.

performance, usability, size, price, portability

connectivity, apps

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the LG Nexus 5 / Google Nexus 5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for LG Nexus 5 / Google Nexus 5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 596 user reviews of LG Nexus 5 / Google Nexus 5 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers really like the screen and portability. The usability and price are also appreciated. The apps and reliability get critical reviews. Views about the size and battery are different.

performance, price, usability, portability, screen

reliability, apps

93% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: LG Nexus 5 UK Smartphone - Black (16GB)LG Nexus 5 UK Smartphone - Black (16GB)

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for LG Nexus 5 / Google Nexus 5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1985 user reviews of LG Nexus 5 / Google Nexus 5 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Views about the screen and portability are generally positive. The usability and price are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the connectivity and GPS navigation.

performance, price, usability, portability, screen

reliability, reception, GPS navigation, connectivity

84% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: LG Nexus 5 D820 Unlocked Gsm 4G Lte Quad-Core Android Smartphone, 16GB, BlackLG Nexus 5 D820 Unlocked Gsm 4G Lte Quad-Core Android Smartphone, 16GB, Black

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for LG Nexus 5 / Google Nexus 5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 user reviews of LG Nexus 5 / Google Nexus 5 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.ca. Reviews about the screen and design are on the whole positive. The price and performance are also appreciated, but the reliability and size get negative reviews.

portability, performance, price, design, screen

size, reliability

69% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: GOOGLE NEXUS 5 16GB 4G LTE ANDROID SMARPHONE BLACK FACTORY UNLOCKEDGOOGLE NEXUS 5 16GB 4G LTE ANDROID SMARPHONE BLACK FACTORY UNLOCKED

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

LG Nexus 5 review: Back to the future

 

Nexus phone releases are timed to let Google have the last word - and what a way to have it! A phone that matches any flagship on specs and premieres the latest OS version, but costs barely half as much as some of them. The Nexus 5 promises a great...

Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support ; Penta-band 3G with HSPA; LTE cat3 ; 4.95" 16M-color 1080p True HD IPS Plus FullHD capacitive touchscreen ; Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display protection ; Android OS v4.4 KitKat ; Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 CPU, 2 GB...

Non-expandable storage ; Poor video and audio codec support out of the box ; Non user-replaceable battery ; Comparatively poor battery life (except for calls) ; Loudspeaker is on the quiet side ; Limited availability at launch

It's a year since Google made a splash with an impressively spec'd smartphone at a bargain price. The Nexus 4 wasn't a financial success perhaps but making a profit off selling hardware is rarely the first thing on Google's mind. The pure Android...

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Brad Molen (engadget.com)

Nexus 5 review: the best phone $350 can buy

 

When you're shopping for a smartphone, what do you expect to get for less than $400 without a contract? Certainly not a top-of-the-line device, right? Un

Beautiful 1080p display ; Quad-core processor delivers top performance ; Amazing value and price ; Android 4.4 brings welcome software enhancements

Battery life could be better ; Doesn't work on Verizon ; Doesn't offer global LTE

The Nexus 5 offers the best bang for your buck, with amazing specs and the latest OS for a very reasonable price.

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Eugene Kim (pcmag.com)

Google Nexus 5 (Sprint)

 

Sprint's Google Nexus 5 remains a blazing-fast, pure Android smartphone with support for the company's budding Spark LTE network, but it's not as good a deal as its unlocked counterpart.

Sprint Spark LTE support. Fast next-generation CPU and GPU. Beautiful full HD display. Android is better than ever with 4.4.1 "KitKat," and the camera is much improved. Solid battery life.

Hardware still isn't quite class-leading on all fronts.

Conclusions When Google took the wraps off the unlocked Nexus 5, the $350 price tag made it a no-brainer for Android enthusiasts unencumbered by carrier contracts. On Sprint, though, it's a bit more complicated. You have two options for buying the...

Jan, 2014

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Expert review by : Jamie Lendino (pcmag.com)

Google Nexus 5 (Unlocked)

 

Google has delivered an impressive smartphone with the Nexus 5 from LG, an unlocked powerhouse with a palatable price and solid performance. And the new Android 4.4.1 KitKat update largely fixes the phone's initial camera problems.

Killer price for an unlocked smartphone. Fast next-generation CPU and GPU. Beautiful full HD display. Android is better than ever with 4.4.1 "KitKat," and the camera is much improved. Solid battery life.

Hardware still isn't quite class-leading on all fronts. Middling voice quality through the microphone.

Benchmark scores across the board are very good, thanks to the next-generation system on a chip, and the Nexus 5 positively screams on Browsermark and on 3D tests. Some results still trail the Galaxy Note 3, which has the same processor and GPU but...

Dec, 2013

Expert review by : Mat Honan (wired.com)

Review: Google Nexus 5

 

The new Nexus 5 from Google is so boring that it almost seems to embrace blandness. And that's a good thing.

OK Google, your voice activation and navigation make for a great Bluetooth co-pilot in my car. Auto-just-about-everything, from photo and video editing, to letting me know the latest scores. Simply the best reading and video viewing experience there is...

Exceedingly slippery. Slow shutter. Slurry images. How did this camera ship

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Joshua Topolsky (theverge.com)

Nexus 5 review

 

In this review of the Nexus 5, I will attempt to answer one simple question: is Google capable of making a flagship, best-in-class smartphone it can sell for $349 off-contract? And I don't just...

KitKat is a major and welcome update ; Performance on the phone screams ; Gorgeous display

The camera is frustratingly hit or miss ; Battery life was inconsistent ; Hardware design is unexciting

A killer package... once Google fixes this camera

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Lynn La (cnet.com)

Google Nexus 5 review

 

Finally, we have an Android handset that deserves the Nexus name. The Nexus 5 is fast, gorgeous, and stocked with features (including LTE) and it is the device for showing the true power of the Google universe and the Android operating system. And, at...

The Google Nexus 5 has LTE for multiple carriers, a sleek and solid build, and an excellent price. It makes crystal-clear calls, battery life is long, and integration of Google Now is deep and wide.

The Nexus 5's screen is dimmer than its competitors' and its camera struggles under auto settings. While an important OS update, Android 4.4 KitKat is more conceptual than feature-rich.

Strong performance, high-end specs, and an ultra-affordable price make the Google Nexus 5 not just the best unlocked phone on the market, but the best Nexus phone by far.

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Brian Klug (anandtech.com)

Google Nexus 5 Review

 

Each year, Google picks a silicon vendor, a hardware partner, and releases a new version of Android running on top of them. The result is a Nexus phone, and for five iterations now that process has repeated, resulting in a smartphone that's the purest...

Dec, 2013

Expert review by : Mark Spoonauer (laptopmag.com)

Google Nexus 5 (Unlocked) Review

 

The Nexus 5 delivers fast performance, a bright full-HD screen and lots of new features in Android KitKat, all for a very affordable off-contract price.

Very fast performance; Handy new features in Android 4.4 KitKat; Easy-to-grip soft-touch design; Much cheaper than competing flagship phones

Camera needs improvement; Display a bit cloudy

The Nexus 5 delivers fast performance, a bright full-HD screen and lots of new features in Android KitKat, all for a very affordable off-contract price.

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Daniel Schuster (notebookcheck.net)

Review Google Nexus 5 Smartphone

 

The fifth element. As early as the Nexus 4, Google has offered a price-competitive challenge to the rest of the smartphone manufacturing world. The current hardware flagship puts its direct competitors under powerful pressure, because the Nexus 5...

Price; Android 4.4 KitKat; Workmanship quality; Color fidelity of the display; High display brightness; Updates provided

Storage cannot be upgraded; Non-removable battery; Speaker sound quality

The display and its color fidelity are at the highest level in comparison to other smartphones. We had never seen a mobile device with this kind of convincing panel quality.

Nov, 2013

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Capacity:2300 / 2700
Battery performance:2300 / 2700
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Standby time (2G):300
Standby time (3G):300
Talk time (2G):17
Talk time (3G):17

Call Management

Call divert: Yes
Call hold: Yes
Call timer: Yes
Call waiting: Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call: Yes
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Speed dialing:Y / Yes
Vibrating alert: Yes
Voice dialing: Yes

Camera

Auto focus: Yes
Built-in camera: Yes
Built-in flash:Y / Yes
Camera Resolution:3264 x 1448 / 3280 x 2464
Digital Zoom:4
Flash Type:LED
Front camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3 / 5
Geotagging: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Y / Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):12 / 8
Maximum frame rate:30
Rear camera resolution:3264 x 1448 / 3264 x 2448 / 3280 x 2464
Rear camera resolution (numeric):12 / 8
Rear camera type:Single camera
Resolution at capture speed:1920x1080@30fps
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:1.3 / 5
Self-timer: Yes
Video capture resolution (max):1920 x 1088
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p
Zoom capability:Y / Yes

Certificates

Body SAR (EU):0.27
Certification:CE
Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:Y
DLNA Certified: Yes
Head SAR (EU):0.49

Design

Brand color:White
Color of product:Black / Black, White / Red / White
Form Factor:Bar
Product color:Black

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Diagonal:4.95 / 5 / 5.2
Display number of colors:16 million colours / 16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 1920 x 1280
Display Type:IPS
External display: No
Orientation sensor: Yes
Pixel density:423 / 445
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes

Memory

Internal RAM:2

Messaging

Chat: Yes
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM): Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA / AAC, AAC+, AMR, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA / AAC, AAC+, AMR, MP3, OGG, WAV, eAAC+ / AAC, AAC+, AMR, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA, eAAC+ / AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, LC-AAC, MP3, WMA / AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, MP3, WMA / AAC, AAC+, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA / AAC, AAC+, MP3, WAV / MP3 / MP3, AAC, AAC, WAV
Document formats supported:DOC,PDF,PPT,XLS
FM radio: No
Video compression format:3G2, 3GP, MP4 / DIVX, H.263, H.264, MP4, WMV / H.263, H.264, MPEG4 / MP4, 3GP, 3G2
Video formats supported:3G2,3GP,MP4 / DIVX,H.263,H.264,MP4,WMV / H.263,H.264,MPEG4 / MP4,3GP,3G2
Voice codecs:AMR

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS): Yes
Electronic compass: Yes
GLONASS:Y
GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):N / Y
Position location:Y

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):800,900,1800,1900 / 850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS,GSM / EDGE,GSM / GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:800,850,900,1900,2100 / 850,900,1900,2100 / 900,2100
3G standards:CDMA,UMTS / HSDPA,HSPA,UMTS,WCDMA / HSDPA,WCDMA / HSPA+,UMTS / UMTS
4G:Y
4G bands supported:800,1800,2600 / 800,850,900,1800,2100,2600 / 800,900,1800,2100,2600 / 800,900,1800,2600 / 850,1800,2100,2600
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.0 LE / 4.2
EDGE multislot class:12
GPRS multislot class:12
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y / Yes
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:MicroSIM / NanoSIM
Tethering (modem-mode): Yes
WAP:Y
Wi-Fi:No / Y / Yes
Wi-Fi Direct: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Other Features

EDGE: Yes
Google applications:Gmail, Google Books, Google Chat, Google Maps, Google Music, Google Play, Google Talk, Google+, YouTube / Google Maps,Google Play / Google Maps,Google Play,Google Voice Search
GPRS: Yes
Java technology: Yes
Music player: Yes
Ringer type:MP3
Video playback: Yes
Voice recording: Yes

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Battery charger: Yes
Battery charger included:Y
Battery pack:Y / Yes
Bundled software:Google Maps, YouTube, Hangouts, Google+, Google Now / Quickoffice, Chrome, Wallet
Cables included:Micro USB / USB
Headset included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Exchange support: Yes
Flight mode:Y / Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Microphone mute: Yes
Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:4.4 / 4.4 KitKat / 4.4.2 / Android 4.4 kitkat / Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, To-do list
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list / Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Notes, To-do list
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription
Support for contact groups: Yes
Themes:Wallpapers
Video call: Yes

Ports & interfaces

HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL):Y
USB connector type:Micro-USB / Micro-USB A / Micro-USB B / USB Type-C
USB port:N / Y
USB version:2.0

Processor

64-bit computing: Yes
Processor:800 / 808 / MSM 8974
Processor cores:4 / 6
Processor family:Qualcomm / Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.8 / 2.26 / 2.3
Processor model:800 / 808 / MSM 8974

Software

Exchange support: Yes
Office support: Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:4.4 / 4.4 KitKat / 4.4.2 / Android 4.4 kitkat / Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Platform:Android

Storage

Compatible memory cards: No
Internal RAM:2 / 2048
Internal storage capacity:16 / 32
RAM capacity:2
RAM type:LPDDR3
USB mass storage: Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Google applications:Gmail, Google Books, Google Chat, Google Maps, Google Music, Google Play, Google Talk, Google+, YouTube / Google Maps, Google Play / Google Maps, Google Play, Google Voice Search

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.311 / 0.335 / 0.338 / 0.339
Height:5.43 / 5.79
Weight:4.55 / 4.59 / 4.8
Width:2.72 / 2.86