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Nexus 5 Unboxing

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Well, the Nexus 5 is in house. At this point, we’ll be going all-in on all things Nexus for the next few days as we lead up to our full review. To kick off the coverage though, we’re doing the traditional unboxing with some first impressions on the feel and looks of the device. As you can tell, we went “panda” version instead of the all matte black, something I can tell we are already going to have to get used to. 

For now, enjoy. We’ll be right back with more, including the steps you need to take the unlock the bootloader. Because the last thing we want is to see you get your phone all setup and then go, “Oh sh*t, I forgot to unlock the bootloader and will now have to fully wipe everything.”




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  • feztheforeigner

    I keep reading Nexus 5 as Nexus S…

  • slick

    how can i tell if my nexus is D821 or D820?

  • Cowboydroid

    So, my black Nexus 16GB does NOT have the glossy edge with stickers around the edge, it has the matte finish that looks like the back. Anyone else confirm the same?

  • GentlemanScholar

    I bought both the black 32GB and the white 32GB thinking that they were the same material and that I was going to keep the white, but I’m glad I bought both because I like the feel of the black soft touch back much better than the matte white back. So should I return the white 32GB or put it up for sale on ebay or something?

  • Brett Lister

    I’ve got the 32 gig panda…How loose is your volume rocker? I can her mine click back and forth when I pick the phone up…

  • Liderc

    That white front speaker grill is awful lol, why break up that beautiful black slate front.

  • johntb

    [my G2 lands at my place tomorrow…]

  • Anon

    Someday, when Nexus phones start getting a killer battery, I think I’ll probably think they’re pretty cool.

  • Hatyrei

    Are those really dual Speaker grills? Because in my LG G2 the left grill houses the microphone and the right one is the only speaker.

  • skyskioc

    Kellen, you been down in the Bahamas or something ? you look like you been tanning or fake baking ! Aint nobody in the northwest got a tan like that ! Keep up the great work |! Thanks for all you do

  • TheRobotCow

    I really really want to get a Nexus 5 even tho i can’t use it on Verizon.

  • Chris Amaya

    How is the battery temperature on the Nexus 5? Does it get hot as fast as the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 did? And does it get super hot like said Nexus phones as well?

  • jim

    so far from what all ive read about this thing, im still leaning toward the note 3

  • Kellen I heard that only 1 of the grills at the bottom has a speaker. Is that true?

    • JMonkeYJ

      I also saw that on The Verge. Pretty big bummer for me.

  • a3uge

    I was happy with my camera on my Galaxy Nexus, so it’s going to be hard to be disappointed with this camera.

    • hyperbeatser

      Are you blind?

    • tutaina

      I’m really happy with my galaxy nexus camera as well…a lot of people actually praise the pictures i take with it…..is not the camera that is the problem, is the person who’s taking the picture

  • NYAvsFan

    Got mine today, can not wait to get home, unlock that boot loader and start getting it all set up!

    • ostensibly

      oooh eddie!

  • vincent scala

    get mine tomorrow yay

  • eazyean1

    why cant they just make a all balck and a all white phone ??

    • Payaso

      An all “balck” phone would be interesting.

  • Ted Ockels

    This is definitely like saying I don’t like guns at an NRA meeting, but what’s the big deal with this phone? G2 and N3 are superior devices or am I taking crazy pills?

  • Morbid138

    F***! I regret going for the black instead of the white… Oh well I’ll have mine tomorrow!

    • itsacardigan

      Seems as though Kellex doesn’t fancy the white….maybe he’ll trade ya.

  • ProteinAndIron

    Watched this on my Nexus 5 that I just got delivered. Loving it!

  • rthvk

    Show ’em how to do an ADB Backup and it’s all good – surprisingly useful too, for noobs I recommend doing it with NRT

  • Sporttster

    Nexus unboxing…for all twenty of you that don’t have Verizon, lol….

    • those 20 are very proud of it

    • Steve B

      You mean the mass Verizon exodus that is the Droid Life comment section over the past week?

    • skzion

      Verizon contract over in December.

  • LionStone

    I tell you what, that big fat camera lens bezel looks sick against the white back! I wonder about the notification light? I imagine there’s one since the N7 still has it.

    • Steve B

      It’s multi-colored in the bottom chin.

      • LionStone

        Sweet, thanks!

  • droidify

    Basically every review so far has said the camera is fair at best and the battery poor to average. So basically Google asked for the G2 minus its best features. Interesting.

    • LionStone

      I’ve seen the pics this thing takes, they’re good to go!

      • droidify

        I hope so. After owning a Gnex a bad camera is unacceptable. And yes it has a notification light in the chin.

        • LionStone

          Yep, seen pics compared with new iphone… N5 was better, it has a smaller f/stop, but did better letting light thru and gave better exposure.

    • Adam Truelove

      In The Verge’s review:

      Representatives from the Android team say that software is to blame for the weak performance, not hardware, and reps tell me that a fix is coming to deal with the issues in the upcoming weeks.

      • flosserelli

        Software won’t turn a 8MP camera into a 13 MP camera, nor make a 2300 mAh battery perform like a 3000 mAh battery.

        • Albert

          Oh, I’m pretty sure that statement is wrong. The pictures on the moto x were increased quality with software update, and Mac OSX also received battery life increase via software. I think both can be done. Optimization is key.

        • hahashahahahahahaha

          you’re stupid to think picture quality relies on megapixel higher mp does not mean better pictures

          • flosserelli

            Lower megapixels are fine as long as the pixel size is large and captures adequate light. We will soon find out which camera system is superior.

        • turdbogls

          the main gripe i hear with the camera is the speed, not the quality.
          that being said, i think speed, and quality can be adressed with a software update. same goes for battery life.

          writing this as i wait for UPS man to deliver my package.

        • Adam Truelove

          Holy crap!! What do you need a 13 MP camera for?!?!?! Do you regularly print poster size pictures? 8 MP is PLENTY for a smartphone camera. Quality has more to do with the sensor and lens.

          • flosserelli

            I don’t need to print poster size prints to see the difference between the 13 MP camera of my Note 3 and the 8 MP camera of my Note 2. Yes, the camera app has been tweaked, including a new software OIS, but I doubt the difference in photo quality is solely the result of software enhancements.

          • Stephan Sch

            Running KK on my N4, I can tell you that different software provides different quality of images. Furthermore, talking about MPs, my old Nikon D5000 has 12.3 MP and I’m damn sure it takes way better images than your Note 3’s 13 MP camera is ever capable of.

          • flosserelli

            I am comparing the cameras of the Note 2 to the Note 3, and the LG to the N5. I never said anything about DSLRs. You are talking about an entirely different beast.

          • Stephan Sch

            I was comparing “an entirely different beast” on purpose – but just to point out that the Megapixels by itself says “nothing” (not to be taken literally) about the image quality. And, on the other side, that software can make a huge difference.

            And initially, you were not comparing the Note 2 camera vs the Note 3 camera. All you said was that software “won’t turn a 8 MP camera into a 13 MP camera”: And I was addressing this statement.

            Of course it doesn’t. But who cares about the MPs, as long as the resulting images are good for regular use (watch on PC/TV, regular sized prints)?

          • George264

            Take the 8MP on even the 4S and that is leaps and bounds better than the 8MP on N4. Samsung improved the sensor on the Note 3 that’s what makes it better. Not the upgraded MP count. The 5S camera is also 8MP, it’s really good. Lumia with 8MP, really good. MP count is not always key.

    • turdbogls

      and minus $200. people keep forgetting about that. and minus their skin….dont forget that.

    • mgamerz

      I have a galaxy nexus, poor battery life is nothing new to me

    • AbbyZFresh

      the G2 had nothing to do with the Nexus 5. Google asked LG to design it based on the G2 with the specs and camera Google sees fit for the price to stay cheap unlocked.

  • Vetal

    out for delivery!!! this is taking way to long!

    • jamdev12

      Mine just shipped today, so don’t call yourself unlikely by any means.

    • Bowen9284

      I am the last stop for UPS 🙁

  • JDMendiola

    left Verizon for the nexus 4 last year , haven’t looked back since . my N5 gets here tomorrow ! :’)

    • JeffColorado

      Ditto. Verizon was that demanding and needy and emotionally abusive girlfriend that you were afraid to leave at first, but in hindsight are SOOOooo glad you did.

      I kinda miss Verizon’s better coverage, but I don’t miss their bloat or expense or bossiness or bad service.

  • jim

    typical nexus, camera sucks and battery like is bad, wont they ever get it right

    • Steve B

      Camera is actually excellent. Battery is unknown.

      • jim

        not what he just said

        • Steve B


          • jim


          • Steve B

            When? Must have missed it…

          • jim

            first part of the video

          • Steve B

            Yeah, he didn’t say it was bad, but that he had heard some reports of it being bad. There’s actually test shots all over the place showing that it’s actually a great camera.

            They haven’t even tested it yet. Review this: http://www.androidcentral.com/nexus-5-initial-photo-and-video-samples

            Enough said.

          • jim

            cnet was not impressed with it either (camera)

          • Steve B

            Hah, figures. Cnet is the last place you should go for reviews. They’re horribly biased against Android in general.

          • jim

            oh the put it against the iphone,s4 and another one, rated nexus last I believe

          • a3uge

            “Photo quality was great, but it didn’t particularly blow me away.” They also don’t have any side-by-side comparisons, so I’m not sure what would actually blow him away…

          • fartbubbler

            also the Verge’s review said this as well.

          • Keith0606

            verge said it was bad, Gizmodo said it was pretty good, they especially liked the HDR+ mode.

          • JMonkeYJ

            Dang, those shots are pretty disappointing 🙁 I hope a software update can fix it.

          • jim

            1;21 into the video

      • T4rd

        From what I’ve seen so far, the camera is excellent in good lighting and for still/macro photos. But for anything moving and low light, it’s below average.

        • jim


        • JMonkeYJ

          You mean you can’t jump up to take pictures of things in a crowd like in the ad???

    • Adam Truelove

      The problem is…..the thing is $350. You can only do so much at that price. Other flagship phones are $600 – $700

    • shooter50

      lots of thumbs down for someone telling the truth

      • jim

        lots of kids on here that handle the truth

  • Humberto Hernandez

    I dont know if go Black or go Panda D=

    I have to make a decision =S

    • randpost

      Black for the fact that the bezels are matte soft finish. The white has a glossy black finish. Nasty in my opinion.

      • Humberto Hernandez

        Didn’t know that detail! Thanks!

    • Jim Trayer

      And wait 4 to 5 weeks.

  • Jeff C

    this makes me sad. i want one! i want one!

  • EC8CH


  • argeebee99

    would you say that the casing is…. apologetically plastic?

    • nerd

      i hate you

  • droidrazredge

    I’m can’t wait to get my Nexus 5 and do my own unboxing….. o wait, that’s right I’m on Verizon, I’ll just have to settle for watching Kellex unbox and it’ll make it feel like I have one too :/

    • Adam Truelove

      Drop Verizon, just do it. Like ripping off a bandaid, it’ll hurt at first, but the relief after it’s done will be worth it.

      • Carlton Crasher

        If I did that I’d be left in a pool of bloody 2-3g and not LTE

        • Adam Truelove

          No AT&T LTE where you live?

          • Carlton Crasher

            At&t is 2g and 3g at best where I work ten miles away tmobike is 2g sprint 3g

      • JeffColorado

        Bandaid analogy = LOL

  • Philip J. Fry

    Damnit, I’m ready to do my own unboxing!

  • Matt Young

    Always get the ERROR HAS OCCURRED on the videos here at first, it sucks.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    There’s a Day 1 updated 125mb I believe that seems to wipe the device, as a heads up.

    • vippatel

      Do you know what the update entails?

  • Carlos Lopez

    Can’t wait till mine gets here later on today 😀

  • argeebee99

    nice hands.

  • Justin Kos

    This is like porn

  • Shamu

    I ordered panda too!

    • JDub

      You should have got the Shamoo colored one.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    She’s a beauty. Got my Black 32 this morning. BUT…. How come DL didn’t get a day 1 unit? Saw the device on other sites… We need to talk to google about that. THIS IS DROID LIFE FFS!

  • moelsen8

    oh man i can’t wait.

  • How can you guys lay a phone face down on a rough surface…makes me squirm

    • moelsen8

      better yet before you guys show us anything else, bring on the drop test!

    • Adam Truelove

      Gorilla Glass 3 + clean wood surface = no problem

      • DanSan

        they always do it. every tech blog. they take it outside, put it down on rocks, sandpaper, helicopter blades while in motion, in a dirt planter, inside a waterfall.

        makes me cringe.

        i highly doubt the phones natural environment is inside the garden of your backyard.

        • Adam Truelove


        • JeffColorado


        • mgamerz

          The inside of Kellex’s pocket would be a bunch of lint and taters next to the speakers of the Nexus 5. That’d be an interesting photo…

    • MichaelFranz

      everyone thinks this and thing that they just slam and throw a phone on the table. Im sorry but im sure its placed gently on the table just for the photo. Plus it has gorilla glass 3.

    • We do it just to make people cringe. 😛

      • michael arazan

        This was the best Pron Video I’ve seen in ages. Felt like I needed a cig after you booted it up

  • ceejw

    I like the look of the white back but I really don’t like that the sides are glossy instead of matte like on the black model.

  • Steve B

    Dammit, where’s my 720p Kellen? JK 🙂

    • It’s coming! 1080p even.

      • tomn1ce

        How about some UHD….?

  • Video quality will improve, give it a few mins.

    • T4rd

      Unacceptable! =p