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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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  • 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

    DL: “What’s a bigger deal – Nexus 5 or Kit Kat?”
    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.