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Monday Poll: What New Feature has You Most Excited for the Nexus 5?

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There is no denying that people are excited for the Nexus 5. We recently ran a poll asking what the bigger deal was – the Nexus 5, Kit Kat, Google’s reported smartwatch, a new Nexus 10, or something else? The Nexus 5 led the poll by a long shot, so now we want to know exactly why that is. What makes the Nexus 5 so special?

This Nexus device, as I put it in last week’s Droid Life Show, is the first Nexus phone since the Nexus One that really competes against all of the other top tier devices on the market in terms of specs. None of these specs are completely official, but thanks to many leaks and reports we have done, we can pretty much assume that the Nexus 5 will feature a 1080p display, a Snapdragon 800 processor, finally have 4G LTE connectivity, a hopefully-improved camera sensor with possible OIS technology, and of course feature Google’s latest Android OS installment, Android 4.4 “Kit Kat.”

All of these things should add up to one serious Android experience.

Tell us down below what has you most excited for the Nexus 5. If it’s something other than what is listed in the poll, tell us in the comments section.

What new feature has you most excited for the Nexus 5?

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  • Tran Nguyen

    Nexus 4 didn’t have 4G LTE that’s big mistake that Google did. Android 4.4 KitKat and 4G LTE Those are Google should have even you don’t care or worry . Only the Snapdragon 800 processor that you need to care about because it is newest processor. Therefore, this feature I fell more excited. Don’t be excited about improved camera experience because Google and Motorola had not been beat opponents before. 1080p display! If Google don’t want to waist their money.

  • Joshua Bailey

    Wonder what the hold up is with the Nexus 5 announcement.

  • Jamesc7393

    how about a camera worth using ! especially that atrocious $.99 sorry excuse for a front facing camera that is on my N4

  • SDouglas47

    I was very satisfied with the Nexus 4…….EXCEPT the glass back, which cracked after 6 months. (Not spontaneous crackage, I dropped it) I also like my N7, and would buy the 5 just for the case design.

    Unfortunately, my wife’s favorite dog dislocated her hip, now our vet has enough of our money to buy TWO Nexus 5s,

    And I will wait till next October, when maybe Google will lower the price of the 5 like they did the 4.

    • SDouglas47

      In the meantime, I will have to be happy with whatever improvements KitKat can make in my Nexus 4.

  • A nu start

    How about, low price!

  • Montalbert_Scott

    all of the above?

  • matt_helm

    Sorry, no microSD, no interest at all. OK, well maybe if it had 256GB flash.

  • duckmanbill

    Something else: coming to verizon! (wishful thinking)

  • Kishan

    Where is the choice “All above”?

  • Tyler Kevin Powell

    how about availability???? I am beginning to think I am dreaming and that this is not coming.

  • Paddington

    I voted for Kit Kat, because the immediate updates are why I have always favored the Nexus line. Really, though, I just want to get rid of this god awful Moto X. I don’t know why everyone seems to like it. I can’t wait to upgrade to the Nexus 5.

  • ChrisCorp

    What I want in the Nexus 5? For it to be on Verizon. Is that too much to ask?

  • Raven

    For us stuck on Verizon due to coverage reasons the Nexus 5 is more more frustrating than exiting. Come on Google and Verizon, work things out and play nice.

    • jimmd

      It’s really Verizon, with their CDMA 3G network and control-freak attitude to firmware updates. Basically Verizon wants to control everything to jack up the price and disable features built into the OS- like mobile hotspot. Instead of allowing customers to use this Android feature “freely” (subject to data plan constraints), they want to charge $20 more each month to enable it.

  • hi ok pls answer question, will video camera on Nexus 5 be better than Samsung Galaxy S2???? also when is release in India?

    • Steve B

      Yes dude.

  • I only wish the Nex 5 will be available in my country via the Play store, but alas no support for the Netherlands yet. So guess have to wait a bit longer and pay a bit more

  • noddaz

    I just want a price to see If I am going to buy it…

    • Steve B

      We already know: $349 for 16gb has been confirmed by Google.

      There will most likely be a 32gb version coming in around $399. Most believe there will not be an 8gb version.

      • Vincent Marino

        It did say “starting at $349” in the Play Store. That’s most likely for the 16gb model, which pretty much rules out an 8gb option.

        • Steve B


  • bob

    Lack of apt-X codec ?

  • Zubair

    there is nothing new to it to offer apart from incremnetal 4.4 update over useless 4.3 update. all other hardware imporvemnets are already available

    • Jeff

      Not all in one phone with the benefits that come with it being a Nexus device.

      • Zabih Jan

        Really what benefit can you name one? If you talking about ugly interface and useleee updates which fragments android world even further then seriously you need to think again. Still some apps not compatible on my Nexus 4 which is running 4.3.

        • Jeff

          Direct updates from Google. Pure Android without garbage from carriers. Low price for a contract free, unlocked phone. High end specs and features like an OIS camera.

          If you don’t like the interface, change it with a launcher or a theme, install a custom ROM, nothing is stopping you, which is another benefit of it being a Nexus.

          Who cares if there is fragmentation in Android, which is still a decreasing issue. Does it matter that someone elses phone doesn’t have the latest version of Android while mine does? That’s just more reason for people to buy a Nexus phone, the more people that have a Nexus instead of a phone provided by a carrier, the less Android will be fragmented because more people will be getting direct and fast updates.

          Apps not being compatible isn’t the fault of Google or Android, it’s the fault of the developers that made those apps. I think you need to ‘think again’.

          • Zabih Jan

            Since i have Nexus 4 i have only seen to bug fixing updates. 4.2.2 and 4.3. 2nd point, ppl who always want the latest are in minority. I sm looking forward to my G2 to arrive tomorrow. Lets see if Nexus 5 will match 2 month old G2 looks features and usefulness. App compatible issues are Google’s for bringing useless updates just to increase version number.

          • Jeff

            If you think updates to fix issues with Android are a downside and that it’s Google’s fault that app developers aren’t providing timely updates to their apps to make them work with newer versions of Android, then I guess I’ll just stop replying to you now, because you’re not making any sense to me.

  • eazyean1

    Is the nexus 5 Going to verizon??

    • Steve B


      • eazyean1

        i have to get off vzw !

        • Steve B

          Yes sir.

          • eazyean1

            sooo could it work on their network??

          • Steve B

            Theoretically, data could work on the couple Verizon compatible LTE bands, but it’s impossible for voice to work.

      • eazyean1

        Will it work on vzw?
        I have to get off Verizon!

  • chris_johns

    Ima go with kitkat…since being on Verizon we won’t be getting this phone…custom moto x it is for me it seems

  • Itchy_Robot

    hands-free voice command API’s for all apps to use … pretty please!

  • cns2007

    Interesting that the MotoX has been bashed for having a 720 display, yet in this list the 1080 display is the least important feature people are craving.

    • Michael Pahl

      its a given. not so much of a feature as it would have been a year ago.

    • Jeff

      I would personally rather have the Nexus 5 with all the same specs but a 4.7″ 720p display, and maybe be the size of the Moto X or smaller. I still don’t understand why people need their phones to have giant HD screens.

      • Vincent Marino

        Some people just prefer a bigger screen. I have pretty big hands, and I like having a big screen without the phone being too big.

  • makapav

    I am still holding out for the 3000mAH battery rumor.

    • Steve B

      You will be old and grey.

  • Chris Choncek

    For all those complaining that Verizon won’t carry this, except for 4.4, I have all of this with my LG G2.

    • fauxshizzl

      That is a huge “except” in this case. Unless of course it is rootable and has a good developer base.

      • Chris Choncek

        Really? What exactly is 4.4 bringing that is so groundbreaking? It doesn’t seem that big of a jump from JB to me.

        • Vincent Marino

          It’s not meant to be a huge jump, hence it only being 4.4 instead of 5.0 like we all thought. It’s just been improved and optimized in a few areas. We should wait to pass judgement until it’s released.

        • fauxshizzl

          I can’t tell you for sure until Google lets us all know. But I can tell you I will have it on my new phone out of the box and every update it gets immediately thereafter. That is worth it to me.

    • Steve B

      Yeah, but your phone is fugly.

    • Jeff

      You also have a lot of junk piled on top of Android and have to rely on the carrier for software updates.

      • Chris Choncek

        You definitely got me on the carrier updates (or lack thereof). However, I am surprisingly very happy with the LG software. I use their basics (keyboard, music player, sms, etc.) over third party. And, this is from someone who had a rooted Gnex for 2 1/2 yrs.

        • Jeff

          Then I have to take back not having stock Android as a negative, since that’s all opinion, and despite it being the internet I still can’t tell you you’re wrong for liking the LG software… Although I might think it… 😉

        • Vincent Marino

          I hasn’t been out that long (I’m guessing you meant 1 1/2). I do love my GNex, though. It’s almost sad to replace it with a Nexus 5.

      • duke69111

        Maybe so, but I have always run stock android and I’m loving this G2. The user interface is not all that bad and I actually kind of like it. There’s a lot of useful features, not included in stock. If you freeze or remove the bloat its then its not really a big deal.

        I would like to have an unlockable bootloader though and will probably buy the Nexus 5 if it had a 3000+mah battery and a magical fairy drops by Verizon.

  • Gf1fanatic

    The best Android phone is already out there. The Moto X and the entire Motorola Droid line, all with Active voice control is amazing. My Droid Maxx has a killer battery and runs as smooth as butter. Can’t think of anythng another phone would give me.

    • Jeff

      It may be the best Android phone already out there, but that’s only because the Nexus 5 isn’t out there yet. Don’t get me wrong, I really like the Moto X, and kinda want one, but it can’t compete with the Nexus 5 on price, update availability and speed, and value for your money, which in this case is better specs (which matter for being future proof and apps, not necessarily how well Android runs), a larger and higher resolution screen, OIS camera and pure Android people can customize how they want.

      Again, not saying the Moto X isn’t a great phone, I actually prefer the looks, size and screen to that of the Nexus 5 and recommended it to my Mom for when her contract runs out, but to imply it’s better than the Nexus 5 when the Nexus 5 has so many advantages over it and hasn’t even been officially announced yet?

  • iamnotfan

    I am excited abt the price , for all above specs

  • As a Sprint subscriber, I am excited for a device that supports all 3 LTE bands that Sprint uses, especially since 2 of those bands are already active in my neighborhood.

  • TK

    This looks really nice and what not, but the specs don’t match up with other phones out on the market such as the S4 which I own. I still don’t understand why there’s so much hype for this phone. Only + I see is no bloatware, and kitkat, I actually like touchwiz UI from Samsung more then the nexus experience. I cant imagine why you people would buy this phone over the S4, Note 3, HTC one, and Lg G2.

    • PhantomGamers

      maybe the fact that it costs half as much?

      • M3D1T8R

        Exactly. Costs about half as much and is better spec’d than S4 and One. S800 anyone? Wish I didn’t have to be on Verizon..

    • joejoe5709

      K. More for us then.

    • Vincent Marino

      It has better specs than the S4 and HTC One (for the most part), and about the same as the Note 3 and LG G2 (save for the Note 3’s 3gb of RAM, different cameras, and overall size). I understand that you like TouchWiz-I know a few people who do-but it undeniably slows the phone down.

      You basically stated why we would prefer the Nexus 5 (“no bloatware, and kitkat”), so why wouldn’t you be able to imagine it? A lot of us prefer stock Android to TouchWiz the way you prefer TouchWiz to stock.

      There’s also to consider quick updates, great dev support, and the fact that it only costs $350 unlocked.

  • woooooo

    Google has really done a great job shaping everyone into mindless consumers addicted to the incremental update process. This community is starting to look just as bad as the iSheep. There is nothing all that interesting about the Nexus 5, and the same goes for 4.4. What exactly is everybody obsessing about? White icons? A few readjusted app integrations? That 8mp camera and 2300mah battery are gonna be sweeeeeet.

    As a social experiment I’d like to see Google announce 4.5 with absolutely NO changes to anything and see how crazy people go over it. Maybe change the white icons to a shade of gray. Or maybe a Nexus device with a VGA camera and no battery, just a 9v power brick. GOTTA HAVE IT. IT SEZ NEXIS. Why aren’t they making a limited gold one?

    • M3D1T8R

      Ah, ignorance.

    • jimbob

      You mad bro?

  • RXG9

    I’m dissapointed at no removable battery. That’s a deal breaker.

    • mjmedstarved

      I totally agree with this.

      Now, if it had a 3000mAh+ battery… I just might be able to live with that.

  • MikeCiggy

    Have we seen if there is a notification led? Active display would be awesome.

    • PhantomGamers

      if this is going to use an lcd screen (which is most likely), active display would be very bad for the already shaky battery life

    • Steve B

      Bottom center like the Gnex. Zero chance this has active display because of the lcd.

  • Sporttster

    No sd card, removeable batt, no sale…..period.

    • joejoe5709

      Then purchase a Samsung because well… That’s practically your only choice.

      • Sporttster

        I did 8}

  • hi will this be good for taking selfies?

    • Steve B

      You got it dude.

  • Vincent Marino

    I think a lot of people here would appreciate an “It’s not a Verizon Galaxy Nexus” option.

  • slick8125

    That it’s not an Optimus s

  • Battery

    How bout an improved battery?

  • Lennon Barnes

    I voted Kitkat because I’m most excited about running stock 4.4. I returned my Nexus 7 to stock a couple weeks ago and have been using xposed modules and this thing has never run so smoothly. I’m a huge fan of stock rooted Android. I’m also thrilled about the upcoming Hangouts! I’m also on VZW so I can’t wait to be back on AT&T.

  • Lugnuts McGruff

    I’m convinced it will make me more appealing to large chested women…

    • Lugnuts McGruff

      That having been said, it should be known that I have no real empirical evidence to back up that claim.

      • Jeff

        Pfft, I just read it on the internet, I believe it.

    • Vincent Marino

      Well, I’m sold now. I need this phone.

  • rocs_macho

    Would this be compatible with aio lte (at&t I think)?

  • MK17

    Something Else = A reasonably priced top notch device that will get me off of Verizon.

  • TJ

    If this is going to have LTE it should work on all carriers with LTE correct, including Verizon? Will they sell this on the play store for 349.99 and being able to work on Verizon ATT and T-mobile?

    • D.B.

      Oh boy.

    • Vincent Marino

      It doesn’t support Verizon’s band. So no Verizon (it’s almost a guarantee).

  • robert alexander

    I’m looking forward to the class of phone your getting for the (rumored) price.

  • jnt

    I’ll believe the improved camera experience when I see it – though I guess it wouldn’t take much to improve it, technically speaking.

  • joejoe5709

    What am I most excited for in the Nexus 5? Uhhhh it’s a Nexus. 🙂

    I love that it’s got a larger screen than the N4/GNex with higher resolution, but overall smaller. That screen will probably be one of the best of 2013. Moto X aside, I would almost expect 1080p in a late 2013 flagship rocking a large 5″ screen. Sorry Moto, but that’s nearly a deal breaker for me…

    I love the LTE connectivity and I really really really hope it comes to VZW. Again, that’s really expected in 2013 and I’m almost always on Wifi anyway so not really excited for it.

    Kit Kat is guaranteed awesome, but it’s a no brainer. Even my lowly GNex will have 4.4 within two months via the devs. Worst case scenario I’ll enjoy 4.4 on my Nexus 7. Meh.

    The improved camera is great and much appreciated in a Nexus phone. If it comes with OIS, that will be huge. But I have a suspicion that it could still be a weak point given Google’s software. Time will tell and perhaps Kit Kat changes that. Even then… it’s a camera. Who cares?

    I voted Snapdragon 800 because that really is the heart of the thing. Supposedly the S800 is efficient so that the weak-ish battery shouldn’t be *too* much of an issue. It’s super powerful, won’t have a problem pushing all those pixels, and is likely to be future proof for at least two years. It’s also built with something similar to Moto’s X8 processing and now you’ve got potential for Touchless Controls right out of the box. Moto X who? Throw in the fact it’s a cutting edge processor that hasn’t yet made its way into a lot of devices and you’ve some very serious bragging rights here. To me, the S800 takes this phone from an enthusiast phone to a real contender in the flagship market – especially with that low price. Incredible.

    To reiterate, that QUAD core processor running 2.3 GHz and 2 GB of RAM means this phone literally has TWICE the specs my GNex has. Jeebus. Makes me giddy just thinking about it. Yeah I’d say that’s the most exciting part by far.

    • Vincent Marino

      The only thing that irked me about this was “Moto X aside, I would almost expect 1080p in a late 2013 flagship rocking a large 5″ screen. Sorry Moto, but that’s nearly a deal breaker for me…”
      Don’t get me wrong, having a nice big 1080p screen is awesome, but the least necessary of all these. It’s hard to tell the difference between 720p and 1080p at a normal viewing length until you bring them side-by-side, or of course look really close. Plus, it takes a lot more battery power. Everything else you said is pretty much spot on.

      • joejoe5709

        I’d take a 1080p screen if it meant having a crappy camera. The screen is very important to me. The S800 and 2300 mAh battery should handle it no problem. But you’re right in that they shouldnt have a 1080p screen if it hurts all other performance.

  • Keith0606

    It’s the complete package of all of those things that makes me excited. Not any one of them alone.

  • M3D1T8R

    Where is the option for “Top of the line specs for half the price of comparable phones”? I’m happy with my DNA but man I wish this was coming to Verizon.

  • jim

    after the gn, im kind of scared of anything called nexus, still thinkin note 3

    • Vincent Marino

      You must be/have been on Verizon. Plus, anything after the GNex has only gotten better (not that it was bad in the first place).

  • capecodcarl

    I was excited about it until I heard it was shipping with such a small battery. I want a Nexus phone with a 3500 mAh battery that isn’t some third-party brick that adds an inch to the phone.

    • joejoe5709

      You lost me at 3500 mAh. There is zero chance of that. The G2 is 3000. I’d say that’s pretty much the limit especially given the price point. If it had the same 2600 that the GS4 has, I think we’d complain a lot less.

      That said with the new processor and whatever optimization 4.4 brings, this phone should easily last you an entire day. Look at the HTC One and Moto X for comparison. We’ll be fine.

      • capecodcarl

        Well, 3500 mAh is getting in Maxx territory, but I was really hoping for a bit more than 2300 mAh. I guess I’ll hold off and reserve judgement until I start seeing these phones get into the hands of normal people and start appearing in realistic benchmarks.

        • Vincent Marino

          I’m buying it right off anyway, but I’ll only trust real world experience. I know Google doesn’t cheat on benchmarks, but they still mean nothing. Look at the low(ish) specs of the Moto X. Save for the camera, it performs amazingly, whereas the Galaxy S4 has higher specs, but doesn’t perform as well or last as long (TouchWiz…). What counts is optimization and end-user experience.

        • joejoe5709

          True. Reviews after a week or so will be key.

    • Detonation

      The 2300mAh battery should do fine I think. My Droid DNA with a 2020mAh battery lasts the entire day without a problem and it’s powering similar specs with an even less efficient processor.

      Everyone would love a huge Maxx like battery so even power users could go all day without a charge, but phones have become much more battery efficient and mAh go a lot farther than they used.

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    Im excited for all the ish they have yet to announce

  • Brenden Keene

    It will update on time… unlike my VZW GNex… good riddance to the cell phone nazis! Otherwise it’s a toss up between 1080p and the Snap 800.

  • Randy

    My G-Nex is going down hill after a little over 2 years. Need this phone NOW!!!

    • Gnutz

      My gnex went downhill about 2 days after i bought it. The gnex was a POS.

  • Jeremy Gross

    I’m excited for possibly rumored bigger storage options

  • LionStone

    Jazzed about the OIS for the camera but not jazzed about the aperture size a reported f/2.4! Hopefully it will be larger (f/2.0)

  • n11

    The newest feature will allow it to play Blu-Ray discs.

    • spoons

      HDDVD actually

  • Noel

    Would have loved to see a BIGGER BATTERY on the N5….also Kitkat.

  • JMonkeYJ

    i’m really hopeful for a good camera this time, but both the GNex and N4 promised much improved cameras, and neither of them were that great, so i’m skeptical right now. hopefully Google will finally put together a great camera 🙂

  • Dave

    The 3100 MAh battery…oh wait.

  • dcc_tech

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    Everybody: “Nexus 5”
    DL: “What’s the best thing about the Nexus 5?”
    Everybody: “Kit Kat”


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    • mic hael

      Could of added all of the above, having a phone with top of the line specs so you’ll know is at least a 2 year phone is great, i’m guessing a lot of nexus 4 owners will be upgrading to this. Nice to know what ever software is released between now and 2 years from now, your phone will be supported, as long as dev’s upgrade their apps to the current version of android.

      • zepfloyd

        The Nexus isn’t THAT special for top of the line specs, that’s becoming a commodity at this point. There are several Snapdragon 800, 1080p phones already, at least one or two I’m sure will have a better camera. You buy a Nexus to be unlocked, and have the latest pure Android version, period. That’s why Kitkat4.4 is the most voted.

        • Yan Luo

          Os aside, I personally went nexus becausewhat u get for the price! Sure thing there are plenty of snapdragon 800 phones out there, but how many of them can u find at 350? Only two! Or xiaomi if u r inChina or nexus 5 for the rest of the world

  • RoadsterHD1

    I’m cool with my New Droid MAXX, this phone is going to ROCK for years to come.

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    I doubt it means anything, but Spigen are now shipping their screen protectors for the Nexus 5.

  • Destroythanet

    Hard to be excited about this when it isn’t coming to dumbass Verizon.

    • spoons

      wait, isn’t that what makes it exciting?

  • Thomas Westrick

    All of the above

  • imronburgundy

    iOS 7

  • Jordan

    How about a choice that says “Because it has all of the above!”

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I’m saying kitkat. the 1080p screen lte combo has me curious of how the battery will handle.

  • MichaelFranz

    as much as i loved my gnex and would love another nexus. I am so spoiled by moto’s active notifications and ok google now i would hate to leave it

    • jscofi

      this wont have active notifications, but will have “ok google now”

  • Stevedub40

    I voted for Kit Kat, but like you mentioned Kellen, this looks to be a device that will at least meet the bar – if not exceed in terms of specs and looks. I have been dying for another stock Android device since I moved on from my G-Nex.

  • undeadwolfy

    Hoping Google get rid of that piss poor camera app and give us something which at least plays catchup to all the other features flagship phones have.

    • Skittlez

      nah, those other camera apps are cluttered. i like the simplicity of the android app.

      • undeadwolfy

        Having useful and the latest features doesn’t have to make a camera app cluttered. How the UI is designed is what determines that. The camera app can still be neat and tidy and still have all those features which are obviously missing and with the lack of make the camera a very invaluable feature.

        • Skittlez

          so far, all of them with those features are cluttered, which leave me to believe this would have the same fate. Google has always been about being simplistic, and thats what they offer.

          • undeadwolfy

            Simplistic doesn’t have to mean ‘lacking essential camera phone software’. I love Google’s design philosophy. But sometimes you just gotta face the music and realise they’re lacking in this aspect.

          • Vincent Marino

            I agree there could be more to the camera app, but only a little. Most camera Uis aren’t necessarily cluttered, so much as bogged down with useless features. Google could add a few, but what they should really work on is image processing for a better output.

  • Kree Terry

    if it comes to vzw in any form ill get it, i dont mind vow bull crap “testing” delaying updates bc ill be running roms any way so just give me the phone on my carrier and ill be a happy man.

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  • Rodeojones000

    Verizon compatible.

    In non-pipe dream features, I’m looking forward to what the new version of Android has to offer.

  • Charlie

    f**kin verizon. that is all…

  • Bill Hill

    Sick battery life… owait

  • chris125

    Kit-kat since I am on verizon and have a nexus 7 since we all know this wont be coming to verizon. At least I will be able to have the latest updates right away to get my nexus fix.

  • How about everything cause its gonna be my first phone and birthday gift.

  • Droidzilla

    Been running LTE on my Nexus 4 for a while, and I really don’t see the advantage over HSPA+42. I’m thinking of flashing the radio back once T-Mobile’s LTE network gets more congested and their HSPA+ network gets less so. I’ve found that network congestion means far more for connexion speeds than LTE vs. HSPA+.

  • clay

    needs another option:
    upgrading from gnex and dropping vzw

    • Michael Gillenwalters


    • Michael

      Not leaving verizon, $30 unlimited lte no throttling, $70 monthly bill > New Phone

      • jscofi

        tmobile has $30 a month first 5 gbs at LTE.
        unlimtied texting, 100 minutes (but hangouts has free calling over data/wifi)
        $30 > $70 a month. saves you $960 over 2 years.


    Hope there will be a Full Screen mode in Kit Kat

  • Trevor

    For me, its the entire package as a whole. Can’t wait to get another Nexus device!

  • Pedro

    Availability would be awesome!
    But, at least it’ll work on my network. Which one? Any network but VZW.

  • brkshr

    I’m surprised 1080p is so low in the poll after all the complaining everyone did when the Moto X was confirmed to be 720p…

    • Blue Sun

      I’m sure if the poll allowed for 2 or 3 selections, it would have been higher.

    • Droidzilla

      1080p vs 720p is a complete marketing non-issue for me on anything less than 32″. I’m betting, for all the loudness of people moaning about the Moto X’s “shortcomings,” a lot of people feel the same as I do.

  • Anthony Bottari

    I really want this phone but that would mean leaving VZW and giving up my unlimited data…Not sure if I’m ready to do that yet..arghh..so frustrating!!!!

    • Droidzilla

      I got true unlimited on T-Mobile, LTE, HSPA+, unlimited minutes and text, and I’m saving money over Verizon. Verizon used to be stupid fast on LTE, but since the release of the iPhone 5 their speeds dropped to below even AT&T HSPA+ in my area.

      • John Davids

        Yeah, T-Mobile would be great if they even had 1/4th the coverage of VZW. Their plans are great but mean nothing to the people where they have zero service.

      • Anthony Bottari

        I saw that on their site today actually. I’m just so afraid of having bad coverage and regretting my decision ya know!

    • Coop

      Trade an unlimited Verizon data plan with someone who has an unlimited AT&T data plan.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    What features… After all the leaks we still don’t know about any features.

  • Chris I

    I’m most excited about seeing people post that choo choo motherfucker picture again. That’s funny.

    • Guy Meatdrapes

      well here you go then…. motherfucker

  • Chris

    Am I the only one waiting for Hangouts to take over?

    • No, that is my most wanted feature. I would use GVoice as my main number and make calls through it.

      • mgamerz

        You can already do that with grooveip, its just a bit more work.

        • You can do the same thing with Talkaphone, but the UI is ugly. I’ve tried it on my Nexus 7. I want something deeply integrated into android so it almost feels like using a standard thing. Imagine if the dialer could do VoIP.

          • Brandon Haines

            again you get that with grooveIP. I use it here overseas with my prepaid phone number i had on virgin mobile. All you really need is data and your good, it gets incoming and outgoing calls. The only thing that doesnt work is texting, they just implemented it and its still a little buggy.

  • callumshell1

    And by something else I mean nothing. At this point, a phone is a phone.

  • Hunter

    as a Verizon HTC One owner, I’m super siked about this “Google Experience”

  • Bill Anderson

    I’m most interested in it for NOT being my Galaxy Nexus…

    • Adam Truelove

      Other than the battery, I love my Gnex.

      • Bill Anderson

        You don’t play Ingress, do you?

      • TheDrunkenClam

        The battery is removable… http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-ETC-CPK008GSTA-Verizon-Battery-Charger/dp/B006GBU0SO/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1382393370&sr=8-9&keywords=verizon+galaxy+nexus+spare+battery+charger
        Buy this and stop wining please…
        And before you say it, even huge non removable batteries will wear down after a year.

        • Adrynalyne

          “I am bleeding.”

          –“Get a bigger bandaid.”

          “Yeah, but I am still bleeding.”

          –“Use a another bandaid when that one is full.”

          “But, I am still…you know what? Screw you, I’m going to the doctor and getting stitched up!”

          Tossing in bigger batteries doesn’t stop the hemorrhaging of battery life in the Gnex, it just slows it down. The fix is to get another device.

          • TheDrunkenClam

            Did someone get a jump to conclusions mat for their birthday? You clearly did not click the link I posted. Its a spare battery charger. It allows you to charge an EXTRA battery without it having to be in the phone. When your battery runs out, you swap in the fully charged one.
            Never did I say that having a larger battery is a solution. In fact, quite the opposite. A non removable battery will lose its life eventually and then you’re stuck with a brick.

          • Adrynalyne

            You missed the point. Let me put it in caps and so you will understand.


            Clear enough? Because I hit every one of those scenarios with my tongue in cheek skit.

          • TheNobility

            Something that lets your phone stay on longer, doesn’t fix the battery life. seemslegit.jpg

          • Adrynalyne

            If you can’t see the fault in your logic…well that sucks bro.

            Being surrounded by gas stations doesn’t fix bad gas mileage in a car…right?

            You just learned to cope with it.

          • TheNobility

            Yes, my logic is at fault. Instead of getting something to help the battery, you want a new phone.

          • Adrynalyne

            Isn’t that what people do when their device is no longer capable of meeting their needs?

            Bandaids, or new device. It is a personal choice, but no amount of carrying extra batteries fixes the FACT that the Gnex has battery life problems that are hardware deep.

            I don’t know about you, but I carry a smartphone to lower the amount of extra things I need to carry to accomplish the task. If you need half a dozen extra batteries to make it through the day, you have defeated the purpose of carrying around ONE device for many people.

          • Disagree, replaceable batteries make all the difference. When your battery stops being able to hold a reasonable charge (every charge/discharge cycle reduces it’s capacity) you can just put a brand new battery in the device and get like-new battery life.

          • Adrynalyne

            Kind of like masking bad gas mileage by constant fill ups, or putting gas cans in your trunk.

            You still have bad gas mileage. You didn’t fix it, you instead learned to cope.

          • Not like that at all, even if you don’t swap batteries on a regular basis you can always replace your battery every year or so.

            The proper analogy would be replacing your fuel filter when it gets clogged and harms your performance/mileage as opposed to just buying a new car.

          • Adrynalyne

            We will have to agree to disagree on that.

            Replacing your fuel filter when its clogged as an analogy would imply that your gas mileage was good before that. Battery life was never good on the gnex. It reminds me of my old chevy truck from high school. Big engine, low power, 8 mpg.

        • Bill Anderson

          I actually don’t have that big of issue with the battery. My issues are:
          – SLOOOOOW. Heavy site in Chrome. Ingress, etc.
          – Crappy Camera
          – Bad radios. Both WiFi and CDMA/LTE. Every other device I have is much better around my house for WiFi, and other Verizon users always have more bars than I do.

          Gimme a Nex5!

        • Skittlez

          thats not the point. the battery used to be great with the stock battery. 17-20 hours were the norm for me, but now even with a new stock battery, i was lucky if it got 8-10. the phone with the updates just sucks battery down now.

          • UniBroW

            Are you using Google Now? Google constantly caching your location will drain your battery, doesn’t matter what device you have you will notice it. Some devices it’s more noticeable on then others.

    • turdbogls

      agreed, not sure what i am most looking forward to.
      better battery life is a big one
      better display is another big one
      better camera is yet another one
      better software is up there…though i am pretty confident i would get it on the Gnex anyway
      Hangouts is another one, but again, will get it over a play store update
      and no more verizon BS. so thankful to get off their slow ass network with a terrible (as in radio signal) phone. i dont even pull down 1Mbps at work on LTE….my neighbor (as in the guy sitting right next to me) pulls down 7-8 all day on T-Mobile HSPA (not even “+”)
      cheaper phone bill
      and a shiny new toy!!

  • NBM

    I am interested in seeing the “always listening” function enabled on capable hardware (at the moment the SD800)
    … but I don’t know if that would be KitKat/independent (like “Beam” for NFC in ICS), or part of the KitKat GPE, or Google Search which currently handles voice-search/Google Now. or maybe it’ll be totally hardware/device dependent.

    • Ian Smith

      that’s a lot of ORS but i agree, i am curious how well that is implemented as well. my ideal situation would be having the N5 in a car dock w/ wireless charging built in, playing music over bluetooth, and being able to be controlled by my voice since it will be charging the entire time.

    • sirmeili

      Does it have “always listening”? I thought it only had it on the home screen and in google now. I’d love to be wrong. This is one of the things that is making me think I want a motoX instead of the Nexus 5.

    • ανώνυμος

      This. I’m hoping the N5 utilizes something like the X8 chip…except with the Snapdragon. It would be so full of wins!

      • NBM

        the SD800 already has the function, in phones already released and everything… it’s just a matter of enabling it. The fact that manufacturers haven’t touched it makes me think it’s going to be part of Android in some way or another

        • ανώνυμος

          Ah, I guess I didn’t do my research. Thanks for the info!

  • afazel

    Sprint tri-band LTE with the possibility that it’ll be sold in the Play store and able to be activated on Sprint.

    One can dream about the latter…

  • brkshr

    O All of the above

  • nvitone23

    800, KitKat, and improved camera FTW!!!

  • Crappy battery life!

    • grumpyfuzz

      A thread on XDA everyone should read complaining about the battery:

      • That’s as much speculation as what I just said, but Nexus devices do have a history of poor battery… And this one is non removable.

        • Skittlez

          i’ve had 2 nexus devices, and i had great battery life for the most part.

          • I’ve owned a Galaxy Nexus and still own a Nexus 7.

            The Verizon GNex battery was terrible. If I made it through 8 hours of a normal work day, I was thrilled. The Nexus 7 is not all that great compared to other tablets. I get a full day out of it, though.

            I have heard the Nexus 4 was better, but I’m on Verizon, so yeah.

      • Pedro

        Hell, the fact that the modem isn’t a USB device will get rid of all the msm_hsic_host kernel wakelocks. The phone will sleep an extra hour.

        • Skittlez

          aw man, i love sleep

  • Brandon Golway

    Honestly I’m not really excited for it.

    • bweN


      • Brandon Golway

        Since when are noobs people that have owned 7+ Android devices over the course of 3 or 4 years and modded the hell out of every single one of them? Go back under your bridge troll!

        • bweN

          It was a joke donkey, don’t get your panties all in a bunch.

  • Danny Dodge

    Just want kit kat on nex 4 😀

  • Setzer83

    I think my favorite thing about the phone is the price (assuming the leak was correct). A high-end Android phone for a few hundred bucks? Okay!

    • Droidzilla

      Same as the Nexus 4 and the Galaxy Nexus; can’t see why they’d change it now.

  • Daniel

    If it came to Verizon, had a MicroSD slot, or even had a removable battery I’d care AT ALL…sadly, the only thing will be 4.4 features I’ll hope trickle down to the rest of us…

    • Pedro

      They will.
      You did say ‘trickle’. And they’ll trickle down in OEM skins. Early next summer.

  • Tim242

    Why are so many excited about KitKat? It is nothing more than a few UI tweaks.

    • Joseph A. Yager

      How do you know so much about it already?

      • Tim242

        The gazillion leaks?

        • Joseph A. Yager

          I was actually hoping for “that’s my point, we know so little that there isn’t anything to be excited about, yet.” Then I would have said, “touche!” And we’d all have shared a good laugh.

          • Tim242

            Over my head ^ haha

          • Skittlez

            i think what he’s trying to say is all we’ve seen is pictures. no one’s explained if anything is different yet

    • Should be much more than just some UI tweaks. Hard to tell without a changelog yet, but Kit Kat should really bring all of Google’s services together in a more fluid and usable package. It’s pretty exciting.

      • Tim242

        I’m thinking that will be more Google Services magic. I’m not sure that KK could affect anybody not on it. The leaks have just shown just UI changes. Maybe they will surprise us. Or…maybe you know something. I will come tickle it out of you…

        • How did you know I was super ticklish? Creepy…..lol

    • David Henry

      I’d agree that all we have seen are UI changes, but that is because so much has been image leaks. Something like ‘Project Butter’ wouldn’t have been visible in those kind of press leaks but it made a world of difference.

      But I also recognize that I’m being hopeful…

  • cheese

    how about data calling so i dont have to rely on carrier minutes?

    • Droidzilla

      If you have a Nexus phone, odds are you’re on an unlimited plan (Straight Talk, T-Mobile, Net10, etc. are all unlimited minutes and text). Only worthwhile one I can think of that’s not unlimited is the T-Mobile $30 plan.

      • Anonymous Coward

        Yup, and guess which plan I have…

  • Shawn John

    I hope it has an infrared sensor and wifi-calling. I need those two features.

    • nvitone23

      if google voice is integrated into hangouts like the iOS app that was released just recently then it will

  • cheese

    i want a sony xperia nexus phone.

    • Alex Boro

      Sony’s displays on the xperia z and zl sucked though.

      • cheese

        Many reviewers have commented how their Bravia Engine display is one of the best they’ve seen.

    • grumpyfuzz

      You don’t even need 1080p, and 1440p would just be a battery killer and you couldn’t even tell the difference between them. Hardly even between a 1080p and 720p screen.

      • cheese

        Ok. By your measure, let’s stick with 720p displays for the next 10 years.

        People can tell a difference between 720p/1080p even on their smartphones. To some it won’t matter, but for tech enthusiasts it’s something that they would want.

        Ever since the Moto X came out this whole ‘720p is good enough’ flavor of the month comment is starting to get annoying.

        • Droidzilla

          I’ve always been fine with 720p on smartphones, and I wouldn’t care at all if it stayed that way until they were able to make GPU performance the same on both 720p and 1080p.

          • cheese

            I’m fine with 720p displays, but then again, I’ve never used a 1080p display on a smartphone myself. When I go to stores and compare my Galaxy Nexus to 1080p displays, I personally notice an increase in sharpness.

            Will I be watching 1080p videos on a smartphone? Nope.

            I will be watching 720p/1080p youtube videos though.

          • Droidzilla

            How much of that is tech difference (i.e. the GNex having an OLED pen-tile)?

          • Skittlez

            i had a Gnex and now have G2. MASSIVE difference

        • grumpyfuzz

          In 10 years mobile processors will be able to push pixels on a 1080p screen easily. But on a 720p screen today, there is a lot less stutter on applications like chrome. As of right now I prefer 720p because applications seem to be smoother. I guess in my opinion I’d rather have smoothness today rather than things being extra sharp. Eventually though, 1080p screens will be extra sharp and extremely smooth, so then I’ll be on board with it, even though personally I can’t tell much of a difference unless I am watching a YouTube video on a 720p phone, then I go watch it on something like the HTC One.

  • Ian Smith

    we all knew this was coming

  • George264

    This post actually has me thinking, why do I want to upgrade my Nexus 4 to a 5? There’s nothing that I really need in the 5 over the 4. Hm. The only thing I’d say is better is the build quality. Glass is great and all, but like the iPhone it makes the phone feel super delicate and when i put it on a table or a marble surface, i place it gingerly. DNA and 8X don’t have this problem because, well, it’s plastic. Even the One there’s no trouble, because it’s all metal. Would love the plastic(first time I’m ever saying that). That is, if it is soft touch or a high-quality feeling one.

    • If you can live without 4G LTE, then upgrading from the N4 would mean you care about the photos your phone produces, as well as a display with higher resolution. That’s about it. The N4 will get Kit Kat soon after the N5 launches, so that shouldn’t be the reason anyone upgrades from the N4. The addition of the Snapdragon 800 processor could be unnoticed by most consumers.

      • George264

        Definitely forgot about the camera, the camera on the 4 is about as bad as the GN >_< (that's my face just thinking about the GN) LTE is also another factor, hm this might actually be a good upgrade as long as the price is low enough. And the 800 would probably go unnoticed considering how well the Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 performs now.

        • Software optimizations have made current processors perform just fine, thankfully. And yes, the GN produced some awful photos lol

          According to the recent leak, we’re looking at $350 for the 16GB Nexus 5. Not too bad at all!

          • George264

            The larger 32GB version would be really nice too

      • Droidzilla

        If you’re a DL reader and not yet able to use LTE on your Nexus 4, you’re doing it wrong.

        • Justin Kos

          Awesome comment +2

    • Droidzilla

      If my Nexus 4 didn’t get broken, I wouldn’t be buying the 5. It looks to be an upgrade, but not one significant enough to justify the purchase. If I were on a GNex, though, I’d be all over it. Also, I’ll most likely be upgrading my other Nexus 4 next year with whatever the next phone is.

  • TheRobotCow

    That it’s coming to Verizon!
    Oh wait…….

  • Ben Murphy

    DAT camera!

  • grumpyfuzz

    I would have to say KitKat, but LTE is close behind for me.

    • Droidzilla

      If you’re on a Nexus 4, just go flash the radios that allow LTE. It’s stupid easy. Then again, you probably won’t see any improvement if you’re in an HSPA+42 area (might even see a connexion speed drop).

      • grumpyfuzz

        I’m on a GSM galaxy nexus, and on AT&T haha. But assuming your on T-Mobile, HSPA+ is crazy fast. Also, even if I was on a nexus 4, the LTE wouldn’t work with AT&T.

        • Droidzilla

          True; wrong band for AT&T, and they only had HSPA+32 anyway. Then again, after the iPhone 5 clogged up Verizon LTE traffic I was seeing better speeds using AT&T HSPA+ than with Verizon LTE in my area.

          • grumpyfuzz

            Wow, never used verizon LTE but that sounds extremely slow. AT&T’s HSPA+ probably has the same amount of coverage as Verizon’s LTE, and considering it’s faster, the only reason I could imagine staying with Verizon is because of unlimited. I’m glad I have grandfathered unlimited at AT&T haha.

  • Jeff

    I’m just kind of excited to have a Nexus phone that will get direct and timely updates. Never had one before.

    • Blue Sun

      I’m looking forward to a device with timely updates too. I thought I had a Nexus phone (VZW Galaxy Nexus), & a GED tablet (Xoom 4G LTE), but I was misinformed at the time of my purchases.

      • Adam Truelove

        The VZW Gnex does get timely updates, just not from Verizon. I was running 4.3 on it 3 hours after it hit AOSP.

        • I was running 4.2 on mine a day after it was announced at IO. Still moved onto the S3 where even though it isn’t a Nexus I am able to run 4.3 with WAY better battery life.

        • capecodcarl

          So, is the radio firmware open source on the Galaxy Nexus as well or are you guys stuck just running whatever Verizon pushes out?

          • Adrynalyne

            No radio firmware on any phone is open source.

            We are stuck with the radios that Verizon allows, or are leaked.

          • turdbogls

            yup…the difference between my G-nex and my Wife’s Razr HD is just ridiculous.

            verizon network is still slow as %$&* though in 95% of the places i am in. nice strong LTE signal and i cannot pull down more than like 8Mbps anywhere.

      • Adrynalyne

        Timely stock updates, you mean.

        • Blue Sun

          Agreed. That frustration lead to me rooting/unlocking bootloaders. VZW’s slow roll out policy does nothing to prevent poorly working software from getting released in my opinion. It just pushes out the date of the fix.

          • Droidzilla

            Kind of funny that the only phone I didn’t feel like immediately rooting/ROMing was my Nexus 4, the most easily hackable device out there.

      • fauxshizzl

        Same here man, on both devices, paid for in full..

    • Shaggy723

      It’s an awesome experience. Hell, my gsm gnex is still awesome with 4.3 on it.

    • 4g63mark

      Jeff, you should check out sites like XDA-Developers, and Rootzwiki. Both have lots of support for many different phones on all networks. You can download a stock AOSP ROM and get updates WAY MORE frequently than Google could ever possibly keep up with. Plus in many cases it will be a FAR SUPERIOR Android build than what Google offers. Many useful additions, performance tweaks, shortcuts, as well as better UI and call quality…….. Good luck bud. 🙂

  • Shane Redman

    KitKat! A version of Android For All!!!!

  • sc0rch3d

    the fact that ‘5’ is in name is driving me wild

    • Michael Smith

      Same here! I don’t care if it’s the same phone as before as long as there is a version number increment!

      • Morbid138

        *cough* isheep…. *cough*

        • spoons


    • Pedro

      5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

      That’s my name. Go wild.

  • Damian

    All of the posts from just Tim has me to believe Kellen is traveling to an event!

    • I can tell you, he was on vacation this weekend. He’ll be back tomorrow. Sorry, not a secret Nexus event 🙁

      • Damian

        Well that makes sense. I thought there was an embargo going on and I was just waiting for the press release to come out. It is the 21st after all, guess you can’t believe the conspirators!

        • Can you ever trust the Interwebz? Naw.

      • Pedro

        Is he taking Ron’s place for the iPad announcement?

        • You nailed it, because we were totally invited to that event lol

          • Pedro

            So Ron’s in New York. Awesome.

            This KitKat software is totally awesome. I’d download it if I were you. I just updated to iOS 7.1