Google Nexus 5 Review: A Fast, Affordable Phone With LTE For All

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Ray Stein

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How do you down load a flash for the 5 since you cannot down load adobe ? I tried photon it really does not work anysuggestions?
 

Ray Stein

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How do you down load a flash for the 5 since you cannot down load adobe ? I tried photon it really does not work anysuggestions?
 

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Nice article and whilst i do aggree that the phones specs are impressive for the price i have to say i dissagree with the statement about google now making high end devices without "glaring compromises"Shortly after (Korean) release i purchased 2 Nexus 5' - one for me and one for my girlfriend.After using the phones for around 6weeks i can confirm google has undoubtedly made GLARING COMPROMISES when putting this phone into production.We had to return one unit same day because of the vibration motor issue.Unit was replaced with another which seemed fine. The next morning the vibration motor started acting strange again.I checked my girlfriends Nexus and it also had the same problem.We had also noticed strange beeps when watching video (also apparent on all phones) and poor battery life.Other problems include very quiet speakers that actually make it quite hard to hear calls (note: we are both in our twenties and have perfect hearing etc.) And general crappy build quality. The volume and power button being such a poor fit they rattle around and make a shitty sound when the phone vibrates.I understand the phone is aggressively priced but it should still work as advertised. Lets not forget we just shelled out $700 of our hard earned!The original plan was to pickup a couple of Nexus 7' for around the office but the experience has left us searching for alternatives! What a shame!I had contacted google about my displeasure but they couldnt be bothered to reply!Great SOC but the phone is still a POS.Just to note : i am a long time daily reader of tomshardware and have never complained about a product before. The article just popped up whilst i was commuting this morning and i thought i should share my experiences too.
 
Non user-replaceable battery is a dealbreaker. I can live without the microSD slot, but have had to eventually replace batteries in every phone I've owned, not being able to do so excludes this device from consideration.
 

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I've got a Nexus 5 and my only complaint is that my Bluetooth earpiece sometimes loses connection when I'm wearing it and the phone is in my pants pocket.
 

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Thermal throttling definitely is the the case and I did the same tests too, only using plastic wrap and a freezer. :) Thing is @ stock the phone should be scoring MUCH higher than 22k in Antutu at room temps and much higher than 29k in the freezer (those are Snapdragon 600 range scores) but due to it being binned so low it just doesn't. With a custom kernel and the same stock OS it scores a lot higher with very minimal heat increase, which indicated to me, at least, that Google/LG are taking the PVS rating quite seriously and are downclocking the SoC aggressively to compensate. I wanted to describe the throttling in more detail but felt it was more simply illustrated with a measurement that anyone could take on a rooted device.

You're completely correct though. What's interesting is now I'm running using Franco Francisco's kernel (R32) and OmniROM and the phone just feels smoother, runs longer on battery and didn't seem affected at all by the awful heatwave we just experienced in Australia last week. I think Google are being extremely conservative with the hardware.
 

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Thanks for the feedback! Yeah, there were definite build quality issues for the first round devices. Not everyone experienced them, I even linked to an article we did which covered the second revision Nexus 5 which came out a little over a month later. My phone is as good as day one, but I've been reading up on issues with the buttons.
 

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There's a custom modded version of flash floating around XDA, it only works with Dolphin Browser.
 

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As someone else already stated, the article does not address the thermal throttling that obviously plagues the Nexus 5. The test is really easy: Run Antutu (or any other benchmark, for that matter) when the phone is COLD and then run Antutu again and again... With each new run you will see a few thousand points disappear. My Nexus 5 scores ~30300 points in Antutu when it's cold. Then, if I run it again, It scores ~ 27000. If I run it for a third time, the score drops to 24000, and the fourth time drops to ~ 19000. Now, believe me, in real life usage you will NEVER see this kind of performance drop. The phone is blazing fast !!! I played games such as Nova 3, NFS Most Wanted, Minion Rush for many hours straight and they ran smooth as butter and the phone was just a little warm to the touch - in a room with a temperature of ~ 24 degrees Celsius.
 

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Just checked the prices here (backwaters EU)... Nexus 5 16GB ~450€, LG G2 ~480€ if both will have LOCAL dealers handling with warranty issues... 32GB isn't even imported to this country AND google blocks purchases from Germany etc... (you can bypass those, but WTF google open up your devices play store to us too!!!)
 

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what is with the lack of an SSD card?does Google want to drive every video experience toan online streaming model/ apologies to this butmy contract has bandwidth limits and i'm not aboutto give up my local trove of highly 1080p res video tosome ISP or a cloud site solution.the S4 has a microSSD - i'll keep it.
 

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Google Nexus 5 Review: A Fast, Affordable Phone With LTE For All(*)(*) Unless you are on the Verizon network. I was all primed up to buy and upgrade my plan with Verizon until I discovered this little problem.
 

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Great article but this comment concerning the under-performing speaker is inexplicable: "This is absolutely fine for talk radio or classical music". Have you ever even heard any classical music?
 

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"wow smartphone companies are bathing in money this is the price of a budget gaming pc why would you pay this for a phone? you could but 3 good tablets instead or a pc or laptop"Because I already have a laptop, pc, and tablet, and wanted to get the Nexus 5 for all that it has to offer at a very good price for those kinds of specs...BTW, I shudder at the thought of the 'budget gaming PC' you have in mind. Thanks, but no thanks.
 

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Great article but this comment concerning the under-performing speaker is inexplicable: "This is absolutely fine for talk radio or classical music". Have you ever even heard any classical music?
Haha! Maybe he means the classical music they play on the customer service hold line.
 

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Great review. The Nexus 5 is an awesome looking device, I'd love to have one. Unfortunately, Verizon seems to have forgotten FCC rules regulating open-access to the 700MHz block.
 

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Nexus 5 owner here, I'd like to check something with other owners of this phone: I can sometimes hear "clicking" noises in the speaker during phone calls (using GSM and UMTS/WCDMA network). I assumed this could be due to lousy implementation of call handover between both network types or between two voice codecs (which is something that used to manifest on certain dumbphones almost one decade ago and the only workaround was to disable higher fidelity codecs). Is anybody else experiencing these with his Nexus 5 ?(and no, I'm not moving/traveling when hearing these, I get plenty of signal indoors so it's no a cell-to-cell handover issue)
 
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So I just looked into getting this phone and found that it will not work with Verizon, but not because it's not compatible.Verizon specifically chose to have Google *block* the frequencies for their network because they didn't want it on VZ.Looks like I'll be voluntarily paying an early termination fee and telling VZ to suck a big one.
 
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