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Question of the Day: What are Your Impressions on the Nexus 5?

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Now that most of you who ordered a Nexus 5 on its release day have had the device in hand for a few days, it’s time we start talking about our likes and dislikes. While you wait for our full review – which will come next week – we would love to hear your initial impressions on the Nexus 5. What do you like about it? What don’t you like about it? For anyone on the fence about buying a Nexus 5, seeing other opinions might help them either take the plunge or hold off for something else. 

For the most part, the Nexus 5 is a fantastic device, but it has a few flaws that are impossible to ignore. For starters, the battery and camera experiences are very inconsistent in comparison to other devices on the market. For anyone that doesn’t have the ability to be near a charger throughout the day, you might be in for a really bad experience. If you fancy yourself an Instagram fiend, and love taking photos with your phone, then you might be in for a hard time.

It isn’t all bad, though. There are things about the Nexus 5 that make it a dream to use throughout the day. It has a wonderfully minimal design with a soft-touch backplate, Android 4.4 Kit Kat (an incredible version of the OS), and of course the device screams with a Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM.

So, if you have had your new Nexus 5 for a few days and want to share your impressions so far, we would love to hear them down below. In addition, if you have any questions concerning the Nexus 5, throw those down below and we will be sure to monitor and answer to the best of our abilities.

Have at it!

  • fredS

    I find it hard to believe Google would sponsor a Nexus phone which does not have the ability to easily add custom ringtones. After all the hype and many leaks prior to its release, this phone has too many technical problems: wireless connection, battery getting hot, no custom ringtones, etc. This is somewhat of a disappointment.

  • Larphraulen

    Battery I’m okay with since I have a charger at home, work and in the car, if needed. Don’t see why people are knocking the camera. This is more of a testament to the camera than my (lack of) photo skills but my pictures come quite clearer than any of my friends’ phones. Subjective but I’m not alone in that opinion.

    Coming over HTC Sense on Gingerbread, I actually miss a lot more about it than I expected. It was a very well streamlined stock experience. Will have to test out some new dialers but hey, that’s the fun of the vanilla Android experience right?

  • SirCharles

    After figuring out how to get rid of that left screen Google Now annoyance and realizing that the home button to center is not that anymore, it’s a left screen setup WTF…. How to take a step sdrowkcab Google.

    I also realized it didn’t load all my apps I’m used to using under 2 accounts (manually loaded all of them) and setup my new Nexus 5 like my Gnex of past the rest was ok.

    I miss the Market shortcut on the topright in the apps drawer ;( , and miss the link for Widgets that was there to. Making it too much like the Iphone for my taste Google.

    I’m going to hate it when my Nexus 7 ver2 gets upgraded and I’ll have to resetup all my screens and apps all over again.

    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE, LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE, LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the battery, WOOOW it doesn’t seem to need a charge after 2 days and coming from my GNEX Verizon with extended battery that is very nice.

    Like the side buttons now, at first no.

    Larger icons are for Apple hope to come over to Android converts so I miss the old ones that were fine.

    Loaded everything up like I wanted it, then the next day wiped it all out and Rooted. Put my configuration back to how I like it and really liking how fast and nice it all works.

    My GNEX is an MP3 player now I guess.

  • Ralph Basile

    Very pleased indeed. Have had almost a week now.

    The Good:
    The device is significantly lighter than the last 2 Nexus phones.
    The screen is beautiful. It is brighter and, of course, higher res than the Nexus 4. The results is a significant improvement.
    Speaking of the screen, the bigger size is nice and yet, because the phone is the same width as the Nexus 4, the phone does not feel any bigger in the hand. Can still pretty much doing everything with one hand.
    Speaking of one hand, the device feels really good in the hand. The curved back is very comfortable – bit reminiscent of the Nexus S. The device also feels really solid. Not sure how to put this into words, but it just feels really well made.
    It is a beautiful looking device. I have the black one. I have to say, it is by far the nicest looking Nexus so far.
    Of course, having the latest version of the operating system, with all the latest Google enhancements, is the whole reason for owning a Nexus phone, and this one does not disappoint in that department.
    Battery life – while the phone is getting criticism from many quarters about the battery life, I think that criticism comes from comparing the phone to some of the other new top line phones, including the Galaxy Note and LG2, which have much larger batteries and by all reports, greatly improved battery life. I have no experience with those phones. What I can compare the Nexus 5 to are the previous phones I have owned, including the Nexus 4. From that perspective, Nexus 5 is a significant improvement. Have not lived with the phone long enough to put a solid estimate on that, but I would say somewhere in the 10% – 30% range. One thing for sure, the phone is really battery efficient when “idling” – like overnight.
    Another thing I have noticed, the phone seems to charge really fast – faster than any of its predecessors.

    The Bad
    The camera has been panned in some quarters. Have not used it long enough to fully evaluate its performance, but I have noticed that the shutter lag is noticeable, whether in normal mode or with HDR+ on.
    Always listening mode – does not exist on this phone. Of all the features available on other phones (stylus, stereo speakers, etc.), the one feature I really wish this phone had was the always listening feature of the Moto X. As someone who spends a not trivial amount of time driving, the ability to have your phone able to respond to voice commands without even having to touch it, is a very attractive feature indeed. I wish this phone had it. I understand technically it is possible, so hopefully with some future update?!

    The Ugly,
    Not a huge fan of the larger sized icons. I supposed it is better to have larger icons than try to crowd more on the home screen. But I think they could keep the icons the same size, and just have more space between them.

    Overall, in case you can not tell, I am very happy I bought this phone, and hardly recommend it to anyone who wants a new phone with the latest software features from Google.

  • WPR

    Overall great phone. The major issue I have so far is more with Android 4.4 than the N5. When launching a phone call from the calendar, the dialer fails to show the calendar event details. If you need to enter a conference call passcode, you need to switch back to the calendar app, remember the pass code, switch back to the dialer, and key it into the dialer. HTC Sense handles this task perfectly, hopefully Android will soon build in native support.

  • jer85008

    I got to play with one a bit today (walked into work and my coworker had one sitting on her desk). Feels great in hand, the size is near perfect.

    One issue though – she is using P-Tel prepaid and the 3G data isn’t working (voice/wi-fi OK).

    Anyone else having a similar issue?

  • Cody

    I thought the comments were supposed to be about your initial thoughts on the Nexus 5. I had hoped to come and get some great information from those that received there’s, instead all I see if a bunch of people talking about T-Mobile vs Verizon vs AT&T….

  • phynal

    It would be great if LTE actually worked on Sprint.

  • Elliot Kotis

    Contrary to critics, and the tech crowd. This phone has lack of any “short comings”, the camera is “good”, not great, but comparable. And the Speakers aren’t so good. Apart from the camera it is AN AMAZING device, and a huge step up from Nexus 4, small improvements all built up from the N4 has made it a good upgrade.
    The screen, to the battery life, to the speed, to the feel and touch of the phone are all included in these upgrades. I think everyone needs to stop comparing the phone to the best of that catergory, and judge the phones as a whole. I mean:
    Best Screen: HTC ONE
    Best Sound: HTC ONE
    Best Camera: Lumia
    Fastest Phone: Nexus 5
    Lack of bugs: Nexus 5
    best software/hardware optimisation: iPhone 5S
    Most useful innovations: Moto X
    Most feaures: SGS4
    Best Battery Life: Note 3
    Best feeling phone: Most of them
    Best UI: Nexus 5
    Fastest Updates: iPhone 5S/Nexus 5

    Over all. the Nexus may not have the best of it all, and if you compare the whole phones against each other, instead of asking which is best in this area, and judging it based of that, Nexus 5 is an amazing smartphone, and probably has the least short-comings, and the best things about it.

    So, you should judge a whole phone, instead of crying about the small things that EVERY phone will have, no matter what it is. I have not seen a review since ICS/GB days saying that “this has shortcomings, here they are, but the good outways the bad”, now days it is always “good smartphone…but”. Tech journalists used to be different, not hypebeast and then be pessimistic.

    Not you guys Droid-life. But others like AP, The Verge (unless it is Apple), and the tech audience, when did we all become pessimists?

  • paticao

    One thing i should add is that i bought the white version,
    I think the device in white is much more attractive than the black version,
    however i gave the white one to my wife and i ordered the black version for myself.
    The white version has no grip at all and since i like my phones naked this thing will fall very easily if you dont have a case/bumper on it

  • yankeesusa

    I myself don’t have the nexus 5 yet but my partner I own a tech site with has it and he loves it. He says battery life could be better but isn’t worse than the last couple phones he just had, iphone 5s,lg g2. he did d a speedtest the other day on att and got 32mbps download and 13mbps upload. So as far as smoothness and speed this phone can be really good. I’m looking to buy it for the wife on tmobile and maybe i’ll try it on sprint since it can just jump between these services.

  • Simone

    I had iPhones for 4 years so I sold my iPhone 5 and bought the Nexus 5.

    It is an incredible device and battery life for me (used to the iphone) is absolutely stunning, even with intense use I go back home and I still have a good 30%. Android is now getting very solid and the experience is very good while iOS 7 lost a lot of “magic”.

    About the camera, yes, it is not incredible, but absolutely fine to me. In certain light conditions photos are a bit noisy but come on…which phone takes always perfect pictures? No one.

    I am so happy I bought this device.

  • John Hopper

    It’s this thread about the Nexus 5 or the difference in coverage between two companies? Should I get the Nexus 5 or wait for something else? Seems like something better should come out before Christmas.

  • This is getting old

    I believe the question was…”What are your impressions of the Nexus 5?”
    However, I could be wrong…It could have been “what service provider do you think is better?”

  • Vetal

    i like everything but the camera sticking out a little. It would have been much nicer if the camera was flush with the back of the phone.

    A buddy of mine held it and fell in love. He was holding his GS4 with disgust when comparing how solid the Nexus 5 felt compared to his GS4.

  • Micah

    I bought the LG G2 the beginning of Oct and sold it. Got this phone and love it. There is no better phone for the money. Although, for me personally, having pure Android and immediate updates trumps everything the LG G2 does better than the Nexus which isn’t much… (just battery and camera)

  • A Black UI is the best UI

    Its alright, can’t complain much about it since it offers good hardware for the price it comes at.

  • J Dub

    Phone feels great in the hand I think. The buttons I have nice solid feel and stick out well so you know you are touching the buttons. The battery life is just fine. Power users might want to stay away, but for the normal everyday Joe I think it’s fine. Standby battery drain is pretty awesome. I think the camera is just fine. Look at some comparison shots with other phones. In low light, the N5 looks great. There isn’t a perfect smartphone camera. I like my shots way more than I did with the N4. They are also on par with my S3 and I would say better. The HDR+ mode means amazing land scape and stills. I haven’t got to try taking photos of things like live sports so I can’t comment. I like the low light capability as it allows you to capture more natural looking photos inside. Using a flash tends to wash everything out. Pictures at the bar or at a party somewhere will look great. I think the N5 actually feels smaller than the N4. Not sure why. I haven’t found myself straining to reach the top corner of the screen.

  • Skittlez

    Anyone in the Chicago area have this on T-mobile? experiences?

  • parkler

    Loving my N5 so far. My only grovel with it is that the text and app icons are too big for my liking. Any idea why they made everything so large?

  • Louis85331

    Understand that the Google Play Nexus 5 does not work off of WIFI?

  • AndrewScottRox

    After reading some of the initial reviews, this phone went from a “definite must have” to “now I’m not so sure”. The only things that worry me are the camera and battery life. Now I know that there are folks out there that are working on the camera and maybe Google will put out an official fix, but it’s still worrisome. The battery life…..after using a GNex for the past two years, I’m used to a phone that won’t make it through the whole day. The thing is, I’m of the opinion that a phone that’s two years newer shouldn’t suffer the same battery problems as a phone two generations ago.

    With all of that being said, it’s a Nexus and developer support will be phenomenal for at least a year and a half. But with those two key disappointments, I’m not so sure if I want to give up my unlimited data on Verizon for this device anymore. I may just hold out a little while longer and see what comes down the pike.

    • Morbid138

      These are my results after a couple of days. This is with heavy usage. I turned of app syncing, WiFi, and Bluetooth. I set the screen brightness to about 35%. I have an app that turns off data when screen is off. Location is set to battery saving mode. I also enabled ART. I went to developer options and I set it to have no background processing. 4 hours of on screen time with heavy usage doesn’t sound that bad, but then again I should have to disable and tweak a bunch of crap to get these results. It should be that way straight out of the box.

    • Vetal

      13+ hour days on my nexus 5 with about 4 hours of total screen time. Today I am at 58% and I am at 9h 3m. But today is a low usage kind of day. I have been quite happy with the battery thus far. Pictures with hdr+ look really good other wise not so much. From what I understand its all software with the camera hopefully google takes care of us, if not the developers are awesome.

      • Vetal

        screen shot

    • yankeesusa

      From what I have read most reviews are good on the battery life. On the camera not so good. But if your buying a phone for the camera then that is a personal issue. I believe the camera is a bonus if it works good. The specs and battery life are first on my book, and from the reviews on the nexus 5 from various sites it is a “must buy” if you need an off contract phone at a great price. If you currently love the company your with and have an on contract deal available then I would probably go with the note 3 since I love my note 2. But since I’m not renewing my contract with sprint anytime soon I will probably buy the nexus 5 and see how it does. If I don’t like it, the resale value on it is great so I can then just buy myself the note 3

  • edoggy

    Got the 32 gig white version. Unfortunately is has a faulty vibrate motor so I am sending it back. Rather then get a replacement I opted for a refund. After holding it in hand I decided I wanted a smaller phone. I also didn’t quite like the feel. Completely subjective, but to me the plastic body felt cheap. I like the feel of a denser phone. Right now I am leaning towards getting the MotoX.

  • w

    the battery life is only marginally better then the n4. the camera is Meh. It gets the job done but don’t expect professional level photos. kit Kat as expected is great. and fast. the screen pops. although it is a little darker then its g2 brethen. all the flaws are forgiven tho as soon as u remember, its a 5 inch smart phone, unlocked for $400.

  • Amit

    The Nexus 5 is in a league of its own. It may not have the longest
    battery life or fancy build materials, but it does have high-powered
    internals, a beautiful display, and, of course, a stock version of the
    fantastic Android 4.4 KitKat operating systemIs the new Nexus 5 the best
    phone on the market? Absolutely not, nor should you expect it to be.
    But in its price range, there is nothing that can even remotely compete
    with the latest from Google and LG. If you’re concerned about how much
    your next smartphone will cost or if you’d rather not commit to another
    contract with your wireless provider, there is no better option.


  • niuguy

    I MUCH prefer the Nexus 5 over the HTC One. I actually prefer the simple clean design of the N5. Its much lighter and easier to hold. Oh, and I friggin hate Sense and really like the Google Experience launcher.

    Not a fan of the speaker, camera is serviceable.

  • CensoredByU

    A lesser lord to greater kings.. A hail the Nexus One..

  • Much lighter than expected. Despite its size, it’s not particularly uncomfortable to hold. Screen seems nice. Similar to the Nexus 4, but slightly more vibrant.

    MicroUSB port is upside down. Pet peeve.

    Launcher looks really good, but I miss having a Play Store shortcut in the top right. Might go back to Apex or Nova.

    Had it less than a day, so no idea about battery life.

    Look forward to trying Wallet.

    Fewer stock ringtones than I expected. Will have to copy some over from my previous Nexus.

    Speaker is at the bottom left. A little worried I might accidentally cover it up while holding it, but being right handed, I don’t think it’ll actually be a problem.

  • Mallahet

    I switched from the Vz Gnex to a Nexus 5 on prepaid Tmo, and this thing flies. Vz data speeds in my area are awful, and I’ve done a lot of side-by-side speedtests that confirm that. (Or it’s possible that the Samsung radios in the Gnex are actually just that terrible. Since I can actually make phone calls indoors and not have people ask to repeat myself 4 times, I think it’s the radios were actually that terrible.)

    It’ll be great for me travelling overseas next year. 400 for a badass unlocked phone that I can use anywhere is perfectly fine by me. 600-700 just didn’t seem to be worth it. Yeah, I wish the battery were bigger, but honestly I’ve not had nearly the issues I had with my Gnex. Sure, I sit and play games on the bus, surf the web, listen to music, etc, and have had no issues. When the phone is off, it doesn’t drain as if I’m running 5 apps! Amazing! It acts like my n7 (2013) in that regards. My Gnex was a piece..

    Can’t wait to get off contract when my Vz plan is up in December! Excited that the device will work wherever I go! Hello local prepaid sim cards, how you doin’?

  • p0k3y

    Love it so far – battery lasts a whole day, which is enough for me. It charges quickly though in about 1.5 hours from 10% to full. Camera is not great, but hopefully it will be fixed via future updates. Just switched from VZW to Straight Talk AT&T. Data speed is a little slower in my area (Beaverton, OR), but still plenty fast for me. So far so good…

  • Daniel Flores

    Only good thing about the N5 is the price. The G2 and Moto X are going down in price which will make that argument invalid. G2 is clearly a better phone as well as the Moto X. But if you’re looking at G2 vs N5. G2 is obvioulsy the better choice. I.M.O. Better battery life, better camera, better sound, larger screen size, better build quality. And, despite what people think, the Knock On feature with buttons on back are ALOT BETTER than given credit for. Being a Lefty myself, I found this to be a great selling point of the G2. After playing with the N5 for 3 days, I was screaming to get back on the G2. Getting the Moto X for the wife on MotoMaker once available on Verizon. Unlimited Data on Verizon is the best, and I have never had any issues with them that people always complain about. Verizon is really the best carrier in my eyes. N5 on T-mobile was fun, but nothing compared to G2 on the best network.

  • Daniel McKenzie J.

    Love my N5 but Google Now won’t respond when I say ‘O.k, Google’ any ideas how to get this working?

    • LionStone

      Is G Now enabled?

    • niuguy

      Need to be on US english and screen on. It can be finicky.

  • Iziris

    Damn, I dont know if I should get the white or black version, help me!
    I don’t like the white earspeaker but like the two-tone colour.
    Moving from the Galaxy S2 to the Nexus 5

    • yankeesusa

      It’s all about preference. But one thing I have noticed, the black version sells higher on ebay. So maybe you should think about resale value when making your decision.

  • Marcus

    I am with Sprint and I didn’t know Sprint network could go this fast!! I am getting 15mbps in Atlanta. The best Android phone by far!!! Great job Google and LG!!

    • yankeesusa

      That is good to know. I was getting really close to dropping sprint but I decided to give them a month or 2. Maybe I’ll try the n5 or note 3 and see if it makes a difference.

  • Steve

    expensive… in 3 months it will be worth less than 2/3 what was paid for it.

  • Phil Hyde

    I really love the phone. I like the weight and how it feels in your hand. I like the revised launcher, and KitKat is smooth as ever. Dislikes are camera app (fixable) and speaker. You cannot beat the value for $400 (32GB).

  • jim

    after past experiences with a Nexus, never again will I buy one , I’ve learned my lesson , cant believe people are still buying in on them, fool and their money are soon parted

    • niuguy

      I’ve owned many an android phone. N5 is a great device.

      • jim

        Ive had many droids also but a Nexus phone is a joke, all hype. Everyone you have to buy and make it work yourself, fools purchase

  • And why the hell on every article commented someone has to bring up Verizon. I wanted to actual read what other ppl thought about the 5, not “oh I can’t wait to jump ship” or “screw you Verizon” ahhhhhh drives me crazy.

  • Came from the Moto X to the Nexus 5…(72 hours later)… Sold the N5 and went back to a Moto X. The battery life on the 5 in unusable. I will not go back to two-a-day charges. Also the phone was very unpleasant to hold. Not very ergonomic. And the speaker, I’ve had flip phones that produced better sound quality. KitKat is nice, and it’s gonna be nicer on my Moto X.

    • niuguy

      Just curious, how much time a day do you spend on WiFi vs on LTE?

    • seryozha

      I’m worried this is going to be me. I want to love the N5 but i really miss my X. Problem is I ported to T-Mo and i cant get my X unlocked.

      • yankeesusa

        Sell it on swappa. you’ll get the most money for it. There’s always craigslist but then you have to deal with lowballers and lowlifes

    • yankeesusa

      I think the reason is the bigger screen and more things working in background. But battery life is definitely a reason not to get a phone. That is why I can’t get any other phone other than a note.

    • decidedtochangename

      This is why I’ve managed to hold onto my X. I need at least a full day battery however I want to use it (outside of gaming) and decent pics. Though the camera on the X is its weak spot too.

  • Tim Eddy

    I love everything except the mono speaker. Screen is amazing, camera is perfect for me, vanilla android is still the best, just the damned speaker gah!

    • niuguy

      I love the phone too but that speaker is right where my hand sits when I play a game. Speaker gets muted from my hand. Ah well.

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    love this phone but then i start to realize how much more i love my note 3…i’ve been spoiled by a massive/all day battery..huge screen and an extremely solid camera..other than that i give the nexus 5 an 8.5/10

  • needa

    in comparison to the n4… does the n5 get as hot when wireless charging. when polaying games? as in… is the battery going to get exponentially worse because of the heat?

    • niuguy

      I’ve had much warmer phones when playing games. N5 doesn’t get too hot, imo.

  • Chandra

    Nexus 5 feels good in hand, it feel so light, weightless and the silky smooth surface is good. The display is really amazing and I personally like it.
    Android 4.4 feels much better, however, I would like it be enhanced further wherein it is much more smoother, navigating from one screen to other the icons can just glide thru’ rather than feeling they are attached to a screen/page.

    The phone speaker is terrible and feels cheap. I wish if it can be improved with the software update, not sure if it is the hardware or software issue.

    I would loved the phone, and considered it a game changer if Google had integrated the “always listening” in stand by mode like in Moto X and included active notifications. Also, include few more TD-LTE bands like, 38,39 & 40. Not sure if Google plans to enable them in coming months, as it would launch the phone in India. The TD-LTE band 40 is being used in India and China, definitely, this would make this phone a truly global LTE capable phone.

    Battery life is not good, I would expect it be improved. With an amazing high-end hardware and most advanced android 4.4, can’t believe the battery life of phone is so bad and not optimized.

    I wish Google makes it a truly game changer…..

  • Dan Whalen

    Switched from a note 2 on Verizon.. Now on T-Mobile with the n5. I have to say I love everything about it besides the battery life. Although I’ve found it charges really quickly!

    • niuguy

      Aw man, having had the N2 myself, any phone you go to is going to have disappointing battery life. Maybe my favorite thing about the Note!

  • Feels better than the Nexus 4 – lighter, thinner and the smooth back makes a big difference. Bigger, bolder screen and FAST. And wireless charging works – I could never get it to work on the N4.

  • BCoils

    Considering my previous phone was the galaxy nexus I feel like the nexus 5 battery is actually pretty “OK”. I’m happy the battery life as it stands right now. Camera does need help. MY biggest issue is with how slippery the phone feels. I have the white version which apparently has less of the soft touch feel to it? I also have larger hands than most (I’m 6’4″) which might be a factor.

  • John T. Wildman

    leave Verizon. . You’ve lost your mind! You want the best be willing to pay for it. A camry may be reliable and will get you where your going, but it will never be as fast or look as good as a corvette. Both cars, but really no comparison.

    • yankeesusa

      That is not good comparison. I think you meant to compare a camry with a ford. Verizon being the camry which is a little more expensive and ford being a little cheaper but not as reliable. But in the end if where you live tmobile or att give you great coverage, why spend 3 times as much for verizon? Unless you travel or verizon is the only company that works for you there are other options.

  • After reading all the reviews, I am glad I got the LG G2 and preserved my unlimited data…

  • Sean Bello

    Obviously everyone coming over from a Gnex will be floored. I’d like to hear from somebody that’s had a more recent device such as an N4, S4, Moto X, etc.

    • randpost

      I had a note 2, LG G2, Note 3, and finally settled on the Nexus 5 as my daily driver. The phone is just smoother than the rest, both in software and hardware. I will be happy for the next year. I get through my average days with battery to spare. thats all I ask for.

  • Phill_S

    Battery is way better than people assume it would be. Screen is awesome. Its super fast. Camera is decent enough, its no dedicated camera but its good enough for posting to social media. Only issues I have had is the speaker is often really quiet and I had to install a different app and plugin to get USB OTG to access a flash drive because it doesnt mount them for some reason.

  • Morbid138

    Alright guys this the absolute best I can do on battery life. This is with disabling WiFi, bluetooth, Google now and 30% screen brightness. I also installed an app to turn off data when screen is off.

    • needa

      that is amazingly bad for a 2013/2014 phone. at least last year there were competitors for worst battery life.
      just sayin.

      • Skittlez

        3 and a half hours on screen time is what i usually get on my G2 running CM. sounds ok to me. it just depends on how you use it

      • LionStone

        Cannot say that… So much info missing… Signal strength looks solid but what network? How many widgets? How many accounts syncing? Also he had Wi-Fi turned off, yet it still used 5% battery. In Advanced wifi Settings, if it’s checked ‘Scanning even when Wi-Fi turned off’, is going to use some battery.

    • Peter Sommerfeld

      Not the phone’s fault in this case. I’m very sure of it. Turn off tilt scrolling in Google Chrome. That google chrome is using battery life as screen is dead give away. Known bug with Chrome. Tilt scrolling is turned off in developer’s menu. Same bug killed my GS3 battery. (ps. Why doesn’t google fix their own bugs? crazy)

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  • RGiskard

    I’m very impressed so far (coming from a Verizon GNex). The screen is great, the phone flies, and wireless charging is very convenient. I am happy with my choice and feel this is the best fit for me. I tried out a G2 in a Verizon store today and couldn’t stand the glossy case, odd buttons, and crazy, cluttered UI.

    • Skittlez

      did you switch carriers? who did you go with? how do you like them?

      • Someone

        Yes, please share! I am *THIS* close to leaving verizon and buying 2 N5’s, hopping on the TMo wagon.

        • get the G2. at least try it out

        • needa

          get on straighttalk with at&t sim.

  • Ogami Itto

    Loving mine so far. Went from the N4 to N5 and the difference is night and day. It’s a combination of Kit Kat and that awesome new 1080 screen.

  • Lunkman

    Reading the mixed reviews makes me feel good about sticking with Verizon and ordering the Moto X via Motomaker come Monday…and for those of you who have the Nexus 5 and love it- enjoy!

    • needa

      considering the x is only 130 more (at&t), i assume verizon will do the same… maybe not, it should be an easy decision for most anyone.

      wise decision lunkman.

  • Michael Contreras

    I wish I can get the Nexus 5, but the Nexus 4 does the job just fine and the coverage is enough for me on tmobile.

  • Keith0606

    Random question. Anyone else have the chromecast share icon getting stuck in the center of the video in the YouTube app during playback? It jeeps happening to me repetedly.

  • AndrewSchuster

    Wanted to just throw in my 2c. I came from a Motorola Droid Bionic (sad I know).. So everything about this phone to me is amazing.. I cannot complain about the battery life or the pictures the phone takes. I do have one problem though and that is with “google now”… Randomly I will be on my homescreen and try to do the “ok google” and the function won’t even react to my voice. I even go as far as clicking the voice icon and try to speak and it still won’t pick up ANY noise. The only way to re-enable the function is by powering down my device and restarting. Anyone else having this problem or know why?

    • needa

      try going to apps and clearing cache for search. just a shot in the dark.

  • ezpotato

    i’ll stick to the g2, but i also used my wife’s upgrade, and it wasnt 350$ out right.

  • etche

    It might have better battery life than the GNex.. the problem is that the battery isn’t removable. I bought the extended battery life for my Gnex so I swap batteries and can get to the end of the day. One Nexus 5 battery can’t beat two crappy Gnex batteries.

    Is it so hard to have decent battery life instead of being measuring how long it suffers till it dies? I would definitely pay $50 more for a decent battery! Damn google, I will still buy the N5 but damn you!

    • Skittlez

      i upvoted cause you said you would still buy the phone, but seriously, i’ve heard more people say that the battery life gets them through the day than not. and of course, thats subjective to use

      • etche

        Ok, but my point is that we shouldn’t even be having this conversation. If they kept the G2’s battery it wouldn’t be a matter of subjectivity. I know they need to keep costs down but its the same story over and over again and it makes me mad cause I know I will be buying this phone and praying to reach the end of the day with some juice left.

        • Joe Mihalich

          Just gunna throw this out there, cuz it worked for me. I got myself two of these for the family to grab if they need one, and i no longer worry about battery life. Whether i’m in the car, on a trip, in the airport. I know it’s something else you have to lug around, but for me, it’s a solution that works. Works it a standard USB/Micro USB cable.


      • Jon

        People saying they make it through the day never means anything to me. I’m the power user type that needs two batteries on a Note 2 to get through the day sometimes. I’m on an S4 now, and I can get through 2/3 of the days some days. Other days I only get through half. Swapping batteries is a necessity that I don’t mind at all. But having a fixed battery that won’t make it beyond 10 hrs, 3.5 hours of screen on time, is just not going to cut it for me on even a light use day.

        • Skittlez

          i guess for me being an android enthusiast, i’m a pretty light user. i LOVE android and i LOVE cell phone technology, but i dont use my phone so much. mainly texting and social media checking, and some video. i’m sure the nexus 5 will be great. i’m gonna actually use it for a month on a prepaid sim before i make the decision to switch fully and sell the verizon G2

  • Joe

    Its a good device if you’re into specs, otherwise I think the moto x wins overall. The only thing really better about the nexus5 is the hardware and screen size/resolution. Otherwise, personally the moto x offers a near stock experience with many more benefits.

    • HarvesterX

      You honestly think the X is better than say, the G2? If we aren’t going by specs then the 5s’s A7 smokes every android out there with a cpu clocked a GHz lower than the SD800. Too bad it’s on a crippled iOS7 5s instead of an android phone.

      • ⓂMarikel Lika

        If you’re going by experience, then yes the Moto X is 100 times better than the G2. It runs smooth at ALL times, and has an almost completely stock Android experience out of the box. That seems like a pretty huge advantage to me.

  • Pawv

    My n5 is so frickin fast! I love it. It was kind of hard to figure out where to add contacts at first. And I didn’t even give hangouts a try I just downloaded textra as my main SMS app. It sucks that I can’t see gifs in my gallery! Also I think its so stupid to have the third on-screen button as the task manager. It is so pointless to me. I wish they would have had it as the menu button or if u can change the functions of the buttons :[ the stock keyboard is very accurate and have not found a need to download swiftkey yet. Coming from an s4 with no major complaints. Can’t wait for my spigen case to come in next week! Keeping the screen protector it came with till it comes too :p overall, an amazing phone.

  • eddy

    Paid Verizon $200 and now I am free… feels great…!!!! Pre-paid On AT&T now. Big difference coming from a Galaxy Nexus with extended battery. Kit Kat feels as smooth as the soft touch back-plate, it’s amazing. I can’t seem to put this phone down, it feels so go on hand.

    Battery life is good, averaging around 3 to 3.5 hours of screen time and 12- 15 hours before i hit 12 % and I need to charge. I usually send messages, Facebook, web surfing, stream music and watch 30 minutes of video.
    Pictures are good, I just wish Google would update the camera app since it’s still feels slow but feels better than the GNex.

    Google needs to work on the screen Dim, it’s just too bright on auto, 15- 20 % feels great for me. It doesn’t last as long as the NOTE 3 but im happy with it.

    • Tim242

      3 hours screen on time is not good.

      • Skittlez

        show us another android phone that costs $350 retail, brand new with similar specs, that does better

        • Tim242

          In my original comment, I said that I wouldn’t knock the camera, based on the price. But, that battery is inexcusable. Nexus buyers are just accepting mediocrity.

          • Tyler James Edward Hills

            Agreed 100%. The N5 is a fantastic deal for the price. Those specs with that price make it the best phone you can buy. But all phones have issues. His battery stats are not what most would consider good. They’re average. But beware all ye who speak any ill of a Nexus right?

          • eddy

            i would love to have the NOTE 3 battery life, but touchwiz is not for me.. the first day i had the N5 i got close to 4 hours onscreen time and that was good for me. my Gnex would loose 50% battery streaming 30 min of Netflix at the gym.

            i know its not the best, but it got me until i got home.

          • Skittlez

            i don’t think they’re accepting mediocrity. you just can’t expect insane battery life when the phone is half the price of a note 3. that being said, battery life isn’t bad. just not GREAT

          • Peter Sommerfeld

            Why? How much does an extra 500 mAh or something of charge really cost the bill of materials? Maybe $20? They could have done it.

          • jim

            I think the meaning of nexus is ‘ mediocrity ‘

      • Scott

        What gets better than 3 to 3 1/2 hours screentime? Other than a Maxx?

        • Tim242

          The Gnex got more than that. My S4 gets 5-5.5 hrs of on screen time.

          • Sharkh20

            My Gnex got maybe an hour and a half of browsing before the battery died. I don’t know what magic Gnex you were using.

          • Tim242

            I had the Gnex on Verizon LTE for a year. I constantly got 4-4.5 hrs screen on time, until the battery aged a bit. Then it was 3.5-4. My screen brightness was set to about 30-40%. I had great signal.

        • needa

          moto x is 4+ hours of screen with 24-30 hours use. and thats with a mic on at all times. everything running, including bluetooth. along with pic uploads to g+ in the background. did i mention i am always searching for signal when im home?

          and that is for $130 on top of the price of the n5. its totally worth the money to know that there is literally no way to drain the battery down to zero in a day. with normal, medium, or heavy usage.

        • Pretty much any other flagship device.

      • HarvesterX

        G2 … I can wake up and play Dead Trigger 2 for 5 hours easily off the charger with hours of normal use left

    • flosserelli

      Battery life took a nosedive once you actually started using it :/

      • eddy

        i was pounding on it …Lasted way longer than my Gnex would off, it was really bad..

    • how much u pay a month at ATT and for how much data?

      • eddy

        $60 for 2 GBs .. but will try AiO next month for the 7 GBs for $70.

        • As much as I want to leave Verizon. I pay $60 a month for unlimited data. $450 for the lg G2. Not economical for me

          • eddy

            I see, it was just worth it for me. i was paying around $120 just for me..

          • omg thats ridiculous. glad u made the switch

        • needa

          staighttalk uses att lte and unlimited. throttled at 2.5 gb i think. $45 a month.

          • HarvesterX

            Starting I think last Wednesday or so, when I’d be on the phone with a straight talk friend, a recording popped up informing us that the call was being recorded. This happened 5 times. I haven’t talked to them on tje phone much since ane no clue what was up.

  • Tyler Rynberg

    Do not have the Nexus 5 but my thoughts are that this is no longer a “cheap phone for developers” but is being sold straight on Google Play as a consumer device. Therefore, the old excuses for poor battery and camera are no longer valid (if they ever were).

    Let’s face it, if this phone didn’t get immediate updates from Google (for 18 months anyway), this phone would not have nearly the interest.

    • flosserelli

      Correction: If this phone wasn’t $350, it would not have nearly the interest.

  • jbdan

    The only weakness I’ve experienced with mine is that it came with a DOA vibrator motor. New one en route. Otherwise it’s an amazing device specifically the OS. My camera is a hair shy of my gs4 (still own) overall. That’s good! The screen is superb, the outdoor legibility is head & shoulders above an amoled panel (of any kind), and the colors beautifully real. The volume level of the speaker is on the lower side but the quality is better than my s4. Signal strength is consistently stronger on the N5 vs the gs4. I got the black model with a Ringke slim so it’s an all blacked out slab of matte that looks pretty cool 🙂 I get a new phone every 6 months or less and the N5 with 4.4 has been the best yet

  • Wes Thomson

    I’ve had mine for nearly a week now and I’m completely happy. It almost defeats the purpose of having a Nexus, but there is so little I want to change these days with the OS that I haven’t even tried to root it.
    Yes the battery and camera could be better but they are an improvement over the N4 and neither is THAT important to me. The screen and notification led are much better than the N4. The signal and voice quality seem a bit better too, although I was using old/modified radio’s to enable 4G.
    Short of a few things I’d like to change that a third party launcher will take care of, I can’t think of anything I’d like to change about it now or in the immediate future. The next Nexus phone will need something pretty revolutionary to make me feel like an upgrade is worth it. Also I know it is barely bigger than the N4, but the size is definately at the extreme of what I would want. It is a personal preference though so I can’t knock it for that.

  • imHOWIE

    My thoughts are that it’s tye G2’s littler weaker brother eith a worse camera, worse battery life, smaller screen, and less features like being able to put the phone to your ear to answer and running multiple apps at once. I guess it’s cool that it has kitkat already, though.

  • joejoe5709

    Perspective from a Verizon customer:
    I’m starting to do the unthinkable. With all the reviews I’ve seen I’m starting to get onto the bandwagon of the G2 being almost as good, if not better than the Nexus 5. Updates and dev support are hard to replicate, but other than that I think I’d be happy with a G2. And who knows maybe the Nexus 5 replacement in 2014 WILL be compatible with Verizon and I can buy that off contract. For now, I’m almost certain that the G2 is my GNex’s replacement.

    • SplashMTN

      The free G2 from Verizon is very tempting right now, but I told myself I wouldn’t stay with them so I guess I’m going to end up with a G2 on AT&T. At least I’ll be able to use the Nexus 5 later down the line if I decide to pick one up.

    • droid209

      I would tend to agree. I’m still using my gnex on verizon, but the battery/camera is really getting to me. I just got a G2 from at&t for work, and it is amazingly fast and the battery/camera made me very happy.

    • Patrick

      I’ve been on a rooted/rom’d gnex for the last 18 months. Two weeks on the G2 and I am quite happy with it. Screen, battery life and speed have been a welcome upgrade, and so far, not hating the stock LG rom. Bloatware seems not as big a pain when the phone is specd hightly enough that it gets out of it’s own way. $99 bucks w/2yr term.

    • G2 is actually amazing

  • Amorel79

    Forgot to mention…. Camera is on average Ok and sometimes really good. Speeds are fantastic on T-Mobile in Nyc.

    • Skittlez

      can’t wait to move to NYC and use their t-mobile!

  • JeffColorado

    Even without ART enabled it was the fastest and smoothest Android experience I have seen so far. With ART enabled it even makes iPhones look laggy. Screen is beautiful, and the camera is way underrated. It’s main weak spots are battery life and the lack of SD/removable battery. If it were not for those things, this would be a perfect phone.

    • Skittlez

      how do you enable ART?

      • Alex James Simon

        Developer Options > Select Runtime, can’t wait to try this on my Nexus 7 (2013)

        • Skittlez

          does it do anything to the battery life at all?

          • Alex James Simon

            Not sure, I’m hearing it improves it, I don’t own the Nexus 5, I just use a Nexus 7(2013) and am waiting for an update, if I was looking for a smartphone the Nexus 5 would be my first choice, and it would be on the T-Mobile $30 dollar 5GB plan

    • Skittlez

      did it do anything different with battery when you enabled ART? bettered? worsened?

      • JeffColorado

        Too early to tell, but I am not expecting a big difference.

  • Amorel79

    Here’s my honest take on it (Please keep in mind that I’m slightly ocd)… Love the black model’s silky grippy feel. It’s simply fantastic. Love the fact that it’s a nexus! Kit-Kat is almost perfect. Phone is super fast and responsive. The battery is good (average 14 hours on single charge with moderate-heavy use). The screen looks nice head on. The email app is the best around. Now for my gripes which led me to return the phone until a later batch comes out…
    1. Washed out screen (bleeds on the top and sides) on any angle other than straight on which otherwise is bright and sharp.
    2. Speaker leaves much to be desired. Very distorted sounds at high volume setting and extremely low on low to medium settings.
    3. Sharp bottom corners don’t sit nicely on the hand. (if 1 and 2 were better, I can overlook this)
    4. Wobbly power button. (if 1 and 2 were better I would totally overlook this).
    5. This one is minor and I’m sure it’ll be changed with an OS update but there are certain blue hues throughout the settings that should be white to keep things consistent. Also, they integrate SMS and Hangouts. Oh and why two photo galleries? Again, easy fixable things.

    • JeffColorado

      I am not getting light bleed or the wobbly button. My speaker is not distorted either. Maybe you got a bad unit?

      The Screen is not washed out, it just isn’t oversaturated. People seem to think heavy saturation = better quality, and that is not necessarily true.

      • Skittlez

        i actually watching the Nexus 5 review by MKBHD on it, and the sound was super clear. really surprising

  • Will Brown

    Much better than my old Droid X! Gave up Verizon unlimited data and went to a T-Mobile MVNO

    • Someone

      Which one?

    • Someone

      Which MVNO?

      • Will Brown

        Solavei. They go through T-Mobile. Friend at work has them and recommended them. They had a buy a month and get a month free deal going right now so I thought it was worth a shot. If this doesn’t work out I was told to go to ATT. Not sure what to do with all this freedom of being able to choose where to go.

  • Eric

    Great phone but G2 better.

  • Roog

    Bad battery life and a not-so-great camera? Both, especially the battery life issue, are deal killers. I was hoping to buy the Nexus 5 to replace my Galaxy Nexus. I don’t want to make the mistake of buying a so-so phone just to have Kit Kat.

    • Tim242

      Be prepared for the sheep. They will call you a troll for not having a favorable opinion of their baby.

      • a3uge

        Why are you here?

        • Tim242

          To post my opinion of my three day use of the phone. What about yourself?

      • HarvesterX

        Unfavorable there Tim :-} I felt like I’ve warned people of this for a long time. Hope it helped some out.

    • I have a Galaxy Nexus and a Nexus 5 and I’m telling you that the camera and battery life has improved greatly.

    • cheese

      if you’re coming from a galaxy nexus it’s a huge upgrade still. and definitely better battery life than the gnex.

      i came from a verizon gnex and on nexus 5 now. i had a 4000mah battery on my gnex and only got 2 hours 45 minutes of screen on time. standby time was atrocious as well on the gnex.

      the nexus 5 on the other hand sips battery during standby and the display is a huge upgrade. the gnex had a very cold, blue color to it. the nexus 5 seems to have the best color accuracy, and not overly saturated like AMOLED displays.

  • flyinggerbil

    I switched from Verizon unlimited plan for this phone and it was well worth it. Best thing is, after doing some research, I found a way to keep my Verizon unlimited line with a different number so I can sell it by AoB.

    So to recap:
    Previous bill on Verizon – $85
    New bill on t-mobile – $32
    Selling my unlimited plan thanks to easy workaround – profit

    • Jim Trayer

      My bill on Verizon $192 for 3 phones,

      New bill on T-Mobile $110

      I will save $82 a month which is $984 a year!

      • flyinggerbil

        Yea buddy! Suck it, Verizon!

      • ⓂMarikel Lika

        192 for 3 phones? 😮 We pay $160 a month just for two phones, 700 shared minutes, unlimited Verizon to Verizon texting on both, 500 texts each to phones on other carriers, and 4 GB’s of data for $30 a month each.

    • endlessglory

      What is AoB?

      • ROB

        AoL…assumption of liability

    • wish i could do the same but i need good service and tmo service is poor in my area 🙁

  • Joe Mihalich

    I love it. No complaints with it for my use. And as others have pointed out, TMobile in my area is fast, and i have yet to drop lte service where i’ve driven with it so far. Right now i have the GNex, and N5 with me everywhere i go and the signal strength has been equivalent to or better than verizon’s signal. $30 100 minutes/Unlimited Text/5GB of data. I’m moving my whole family off verizon to this TMobile no contract service.$120 a month instead of $365 on verizon who can now kiss my ENTIRE a$$..

  • sh1fl2r

    This phone is unbelievable. Upgraded from the Galaxy Nexus and it’s night and day. I haven’t played around with htc one, s4, or g2 but if you’re upgrading from anything besides those you will be amazed. I see absolutely no flaws with it. Battery life lasts me all day. Camera is amazing in my opinion but nothing revolutionary. Feels great in the hand and it’s super responsive. No hiccups.

  • Tim242

    The battery kills it. I won’t even complain about the camera, since it is $350. But that battery is about as bad as the Gnex.

    • razorwit

      My experience has been that the Nexus 5 battery is far superior to the Galaxy Nexus. I’m easily getting through the day with the Nexus 5 with plenty to spare, whereas the Galaxy Nexus was just horrible. It’s been a huge improvement for me.

      • flosserelli

        I am sincerely glad to hear the N5 battery life is better than your previous phone. But considering it was a GNex, that is not saying a lot. And I can say that because I had a GNex as well.

    • a3uge

      You don’t own the phone, so you’re just making stuff up. Stop trolling. The GNex’s battery would die on me before before noon. The N5 lasts me all day with even heavier use in the couple days I’ve had it.

      • Tim242

        I don’t own the phone, but I have carried it the last three days in my store. With moderate use, it barely outlasts the Gnex …which I did own for a year. Every review points out its horrid battery life. You are just a blind fanboy.

        • a3uge

          You’re the one that’s trolling a post that asks Nexus 5 owners their impressions of the Nexus 5. Your post was “But that battery is about as bad as the Gnex” which no review has ever has said (if not, feel free to provide a link. So yes, you’re just making stuff up.

          • Tim242

            Having an opinion that differs from yours is not trolling. I have played with the phone for over a week. I have used it as a daily driver for three days. The battery is awful. Every review complains about the battery first, then the camera. You just choose to accept mediocrity.

          • shooter50

            I owned the phone for three days and sold it. Tim is right, the battery life is less than steller. Yes, compared to a 3 year old phone, it may seem great. Try comparing it to other flagships and its another story

    • Ben Morris

      This is BS or there is something wrong with your phone

      • a3uge

        He doesn’t own the phone. He’s just a troll.

        • Tim242

          You are a nexus sheep bahhhh

        • shooter50

          bashing tim wont make the battery any better. dont be blind. its ok, but not great

          • a3uge

            He said the battery was just as bad as the Galaxy Nexus, clearly just trolling. Not sure how that gets turned around into me bashing someone because I’m bitter about my phone. Still happy with battery life, but I guess I’m not supposed to be.

      • Tim242

        Reviewers agree with me.

        • shooter50

          all professional reviewers agree with you. Fanboys hate you for telling the truth

          • Tim242

            Yeah, somebody posted screenshots bragging about 18 hours of battery life. That was with only 3 hours of screen on time.

          • 3 hours screen on time is what I do in a typical day. So at least it looks like it’ll last a day of moderate use.

    • Skittlez

      when did you get a nexus 5?

      • Tim242

        I’ve carried it for the last three days. Each of us has to carry it for a few days to “train” on it.

  • g_what

    Anyone go from a gnex to n5? I’m curious to know how battery life and camera compare. I’m still rocking my gnex and debating between n5 and moto x.

    • paticao

      oh yeah!!!!!!!! you’ll be amazed at every singlle, its an upgrade in everyway battery life, camera, screen everything, the only downside may be the verizon network…

  • DJ

    The 32 GB version of this phone is only 50 bucks cheaper than the LG G2 off contract on verizon, which seems to be carrier unlocked as well. Hardware wise I think you get a better deal with G2, but to each their own as everyone has their own caveats on which phone they prefer

  • razorwit

    Funny, I’ve been really happy with the battery so far. I’m easily making it to the end of the day with plenty of juice leftover. I’m not playing graphic intensive games all day or anything, but I’m doing lots of reading, messaging, some car navigation, and taking photos. Pretty normal use, I think. I never could have done that with my Galaxy Nexus so this has been a huge improvement. It’s a night and day difference between those two phones if you’re making the switch, and I’m really, really pleased with the Nexus 5 so far.

    • Skittlez

      the only people having issues with battery are the reviewers really, and not the owners. makes me think the reviewers are really putting it through some harsh tests. i think it was engadget who said they played a 1080p video on loop for 7 hours before the battery was dying. i would say thats pretty good.

  • Viengkham Sihalathavong

    Is it possible to open the back and change the battery, if there is a compatible battery with higher mAmh.

    • Jim Trayer

      It is easy to open back from what I have seen. I don’t have it yet but in an hour or 2.

  • shecalledmejay

    So I made the right choice by staying with Verizon and getting the Moto X when the Wooden back comes out

    • JT3

      Honestly, I thought about the Moto-X. The truly always listening feature and the active display would be very nice… but, I can no longer live without wireless charging and full-HD screen. If the Moto-X had those, I’d have probably ordered a GP edition of that.

  • JT3

    For those coming from an AT&T S4, how does the LTE reception compare? I pulled the ETF ripcord a while back, and ditched my Verizon GNex for an AT&T Galaxy S4 Active. Basically , I dropped one carrier-and-manufacturer-ignored phone for another. I can’t wait to have a true Nexus device again (ordered the Black 32GB model, but it hasn’t shipped yet).

  • Sporttster

    Not having excellent battery life and a very good camera is inexcusable in this day and age….

  • Jeff

    I love it. As far as the two major complaints (battery and camera), I think the camera is pretty darn good, but I’m not expecting a phone to be taking award winning pictures.

    I also have no problem with the battery (currently at 69% after 9h37m of my regular daily use), but I’m not expecting a phone to last days during constant video watching and video game playing. I think the complaints about the Nexus 5 are overblown.

    (coming from an HTC One V running 4.2.2 and an HTC Evo V 4g running 4.2.2)

  • Nitin Kumar

    Tmobile is good bang for your buck, and i love saving money. But I have tried their service twice, once under contract and once under prepaid recently. All I say is good luck on freeway on the outer edges of the city. I drove to LA and it was horrible service throughout the drive. Mostly Edge. I pay more for verizon and even if I hate doing it. It doesn’t disappoint me when I driving outside town and even if I am on their 3g atleast its faster than edge. I think it just comes down to reliability and individual needs. You stay in the city mostly and rarely go on long drives then it might be for you, but it certainly doesn’t work for me.

    • jer85008

      In SoCal, pretty much have to go with either Verizon or ATT, everything else is spotty. My son has a prepaid Virgin (Sprint) phone, and the coverage is spottier than a pack of Dalmatians.

  • Ben Morris

    Love it. It is so far ahead of my Galaxy Nexus. People keep complaining about battery life? Seriously, buy a Maxx or G2 then, I went 15 hours the first full day I owned it and had 30% remaining. My GN would be 2x charges in by then. 2nd day of use 12 hours light use 60%

    I don’t have a problem with the camera at all, it is better than the GN. Fine for what I use it for. Don’t expect a $700 phones camera in a $350 phone. They have to cut corners somewhere.

    Screen is awesome, no complaints AT ALL.

    I’ve been blown away by the speed of it. It is also incredibly light which is what most people comment on when they hold it.

    Other little stuff I’ve enjoyed, wireless charging is really handy. Some things in kitkat I’ve used “ok google” voice activation is kinda neat. For whatever reason people are really impressed by that when I show them the phone. The caller Id search the phone does is also really cool. Got a call today and where the number usually only shows up I got the business name also.

    I also dumped Verizon for this phone after 10 years. After the GN debacle I’m not dealing with them anymore. Moved to AT&T GoPhone Prepaid and so far no complaints at all. Ported my phone # on the phone with AT&T the same day in 10 minutes!

    • entertainmentopia

      How was the transfer from VZW to GoPhone? Looking at doing this but wanted to see how clean it was to get a SIM and port my existing number(s) over (bringing my wife over too with a new iPhone, I know, I know).

      • Ben Morris

        If you walk into an AT&T store they’ll give you a micro sim for free. That is what I did, I don’t think they sell them on their site for some reason. 10 minutes later my phone was working with a temp number (for me). Nothing temp about the number, but I was going to port my VZW number to that sim. The rep wasn’t sure if I needed another sim so he gave me an extra one. Once I got home and saw my cell reception was great I called AT&T support, they transferred me to porting department. You need your VZW account #, phone #s, and PIN. She called my VZW # to verify it was mine and then called VZW to initiate transfer. After about 5 minutes on hold she said VZW released the number to them and after about another 5 minutes she called my N5 from my old VZW number! So all in all it was really easy to do and they were very nice also.

      • Andromedo

        From my experience, they need to give you an unactivated SIM to port into. I had one with a temp number, and it could not be used to port my number in. Had to go back to the store and get a new one.

        If I could do it over again, I wouldn’t have gone to the store until I was ready to port.

    • razorwit

      Same experience here coming from a Galaxy Nexus. That phone would not last to the end of the work day, but the Nexus 5 has plenty of battery left over when I go to bed. It’s a huge improvement. Yesterday, I went to bed with 50% battery after a mild day of mostly being on wifi at home, but I would have never seen that on my Galaxy Nexus. So I’m really happy with the Nexus 5 battery so far.

    • eddy

      Made the jump myself, i am glad i left Verizon.. its night and day from my Gnex… didnt take long to switch over to AT&T.

  • anehlo

    I got mine yesterday and I’m loving it so far. Battery does seem to
    drain quickly. I’m hoping that can improve with a software update. But
    loving Android 4.4 Kit Kat. The screen is amazing. I like it better than the Galaxy S4 that I sold to get this phone but that’s probably just because of my preference for stock Android over TouchWiz.

    In any case, it’s great so far.

  • Zain Kalwani

    I have had it for 3 days and it is the best phone I have ever owned (granted, my previous phone was the LG L9 but you get my point)

  • Larry Mao

    Depending on whom I read, it is either a great piece of technology, especially given the price, or a “what in the world was Google thinking? and why is that camera so horrible!?

  • Jacob Mustin

    I don’t understand it. I find the camera to be fantastic. Maybe not top of the line, but everyone is talking about it like its broken… Waiting for a ‘fix’ and all. Mine takes fantastic pics, and the ois works wonders. My 2 cents!

    • Ben Morris

      Agree, I don’t get it either about the camera.

    • HarvesterX

      It’s probably because it’s being compared to the G2 which also uses OIS. Which phone are you coming from? Pretty certain that the camera on the N5 is a huge step up…it’s just that the bar has been set higher. I haven’t personaly seen the N5 photo quality.i’m assuming that it should be pretty damn good, but it is a Nexus and Google likes to confuse people.

  • CaptainHowdy13

    I haven’t received my SIM card yet so I haven’t played with it on networks. Design wise I love mine, it’s simple yet fantastic looking. Coming from a GNEX/Lumia 822 (yes I was using both)
    it’s incredibly fast compared to my GNEX. Lumia has amazing battery life and an amazing camera, I’ll miss those (you can’t even turn LTE off on windows phone so I was using it all day and could last two days)
    I love the OS, large icons are a bit weird to get used to, and not having a home screen in the middle is weird though. I used to place specific things left of home and right of home.

  • Have a 32GB all black since Monday. I come form a 5s for personal and a note 3 for work (though I switched it to the N5) since all work phones have to be AT&T and Android. I have used a S3, S4, and HTC one for work as well (I am in a position to get the newest phones from IT regularly. Treat IT like Gods and they take care of you). Take both off at 615am and I am home by 5pm normal days. N5 battery lasts till I get home if I spend at least 4 to 5 hours on wifi at work (I leave the office at times).

    Camera, other than the OIS, is between a S3 and a HTC One when it comes to daylight shots. They are good but contrast and color saturation is off (aka washed) for 8/10 shots so I stick with my 5s for photos. I have hope for the cam because my brother has the Moto X and I have seen this pics now and before the cam update and if that much of an improvement can be done with software, then the N5 cam should definitely be at a s4 almost note 3 level. For the screen, take a Note 3 or S4 and apply a Zagg non smudge screen protector instead of the HD or regular zagg shields and that is what you get. That is the best way I can describe the screen because it is great but something is “blurred” about it. Not much of a blur but one that is very small that if you come from a 720p screen you won’t notice. But if you are use to a retina or a 1080p, you can tell.

    Other than that the pure Google Android and everything else is awesome. One deature that is so boss for me that I can’t put into works is the yellow pages type caller ID provided by Google Now. I get a lot of calls from numbers that I might not have in my phone so seeing the company name pop up is huge. I tell non tech people its almost universal caller ID. The stereo speaker is like all smartphone’s save the HTC One. Good for speaker calls and music and video that you don’t plan on turning it all the way up. For $349 off contract and you are coming from the S3 or below, you have to get this phone though. It would be like saying $10k is paying too much for a $25k truck.

    • Ben Morris

      The caller Id feature is awesome. I got a call today and it filled in the business name that was calling me, very awesome! I’ve been waiting for an app to do that that “just worked” for a long time.

  • Rodeojones000

    Reading through the comments, and various reviews from other tech sites, has validated my choice to stick with Verizon and get the G2. Better battery, better camera, bigger screen. Simply an amazing device. Getting 6GB of data per line for the price of 2GB is just the icing on the cake.

    • My wife has a G2 so I have played with it and other than the software form LG, its a ridiculously awesome future proof phone. The buttons on the back are a lot easier to get use to than people give it.

      • Rodeojones000

        I’ve been the biggest AOSP/vanilla Android fanboy for a long time. With that said, I acutally enjoy the LG UI. I’ve found most of the features helpful. Whatever I didn’t like I fixed with mods.

  • Drome

    It is a 9/10 right now but with a camera update it will be a 10/10 for me. The processor and screen are amazing. The battery is just as good as my HTC One. We are talking over a day battery in normal use but about 4+ hours of on screen time if you are doing some serious gaming or HD video watching. More than enough more me. I consider the G2 and Note to have extra large batteries which are better in theory but I do not think that that will be considered normal as they are sort of excessive if you charge your phone every day or night. On par with iphone 5s, galaxy s4 and HTC One.

    My main gripe is the camera software.I know the camera is capable of taking awesome pictures as it does so with the moto X camera APK I am using. The stock camera apk and focal are having some problems with auto focusing and exposure. I 100% believe this is going to be addressed by google and / or the dev community and this phone will evolve into the near perfect beast it deserved to be from launch. I cannot understand why google shipped the phone with the camera like this. This thing needs to ship with the camera fully functioning as ALL of the tech blogs are going to slam the phone with bad reviews that wont get updated once the camera received an updated APK. This is a solvable problem but I would like to see it work out of the box 100%.

    • JMonkeYJ

      You are just the person I want to talk to! I have the One (GPE) and I’m trying to decide whether to get the N5. What are your thoughts? My biggest concerns are the camera and the sound. I play games and watch videos a lot on my One and the speakers are just so great. I’m very worried about the supposedly mediocre/crappy N5 speaker. Also of course the One camera is excellent, so a step down would be a bummer. Just any thoughts one way or the other would be appreciated. Thanks!

      • Drome

        There isn’t a definitive answer to be honest. The metal body of the One is amazing, I definitely miss it. However, the SD 800 processor and kit kat make the phone feel so fresh and smooth. 4.4 changes the way your phone feels and acts in a very good way. It isn’t night and day different than the GE HTC One but it is definitely higher performing. once the GE HTC One gets kit kat I may feel differently. I found the camera on the HTC one to be less than excellent compared to the iphone or even the Galaxy s4. As of today, the AOSP camera app has some frustrating auto focus problems. I am confident that this will be fixed via an update as I heard on the verge reviews of the phone on launch. Since the phone just came out, there are no great 3rd party alternatives as well. Most of the 3rd party camera apps are dark and out of focus and need to be recalibrated for the N5 / kit kat. The moto X camera apk can be downloaded off of XDA and takes much better pictures than the AOSP however the special HDR+ features do not work with this, just camera and video. With this apk, I feel like it takes sharper pictures than the HTC One, especially the GE version using the AOSP camera. To be honest, I have not really used the external speaker that much but it is pretty safe to say it isn’t going to be as good as the HTC One but wasn’t piss poor or anything. I do enjoy the inductive charging on my nexus 5, something the HTC One doesn’t have, however, I miss the IR blaster and using my phone as a TV remote like the HTC One. Both are great phones, but the #1 thing I look for in a phone is a snappy / smooth UI and the n5 is much faster and smoother. Although it is currently limited, the N5 will also have a better dev community. GPE roms do not have open source so the customization on them is limited. The CM or AOSP based roms had tons of broken features (RE: group text/mms) and werent as smooth as the GPE roms. The N5 will get some awesome mods and roms over it’s life span. I am happy that I switched. You can essentially sell your HTC One for ~$400 and get a nexus 5 right now. If Google, focal or some other 3rd party app makes a killer camera app to replace or fix the current one, the choice for me is a recommend.

        • JMonkeYJ

          Thanks for the thorough input. I’m also gonna play with one this weekend, so that will help the decision.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    i wish the n5 was the moto x and the moto x had a fantastic camera. i’m on the fence about buying it because it’d be a play toy for me. I’m on vz. I want to play with ART and see where google takes this “only nexus 5” direction.

  • MikeSaver

    Ron was…right?

    • Yes but so was anyone with a realistic understanding of a $349 price tag and knows nexus in the past. Camera is good to meh and fitting the pieces together that it is a IPS screen not amoled and a quad core SD800, you knew 2300mAh was not going to be at a 3000mAh battery standard. Ron uses an iPhone but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t know his Android and history of Android OEM’s. The only thing I think shocked people was the very slightly blurred of the 1080p IPS screen. It’s definitely not the clarity of the G2 or Note 2 and at times the HTC One.

      • Skittlez

        i don’t know. i don’t think the screen is blurry at all.

        • See my wife has a G2 and she can’t see it but my other tech buddies who have a 5s, Note 3, S4, HTC One, and a G2 can all see it. We agree it’s not as really bad but we all compare it to a anti-smudge Zagg shield being on a S4 or Note 3.

  • Pdiddy187

    I’ve only had mine one day, but coming from the VZW Gnex I think it’s amazing. T-Mo’s network is better than VZW in the part of Los Angeles I live in. I was absolutely shocked when my streaming music didn’t shut off completely when walking into work today. I even had signal in the elevator. I like the feel, size, screen and battery for me has been great. Currently my battery is at 45% with 16 hours up and an hour and 20 minutes screen on time. I use my N10 for games, so that’s just checking Twitter, G+ and web browsing. It works for my usage patterns just fine.

  • Dooberstein

    were the battery a decent size (at least 3000 mAh) I’d have bought it

  • S2556

    Still waiting for mine to arrive. Was hoping for today but looking like Monday or Tuesday

  • Soji Ojugbele

    I have to say the phone is great. It’s around the same size as the S4 so if your’e comfortable with phones of that size then you wont have a problem. Display does look washed out in my opinion because I’m used to the saturated look of the S4, but that being said, the whites on this phone are much better than the whites on the S4 and comparable to the whites on the HTC one.
    Battery life isn’t the best and I find myself charging my phone during the day. Then again I have over 200 apps installed and 2 email accounts so…plus I’m a heavy user and it’s usually paired to Glass or my Sony Smartwatch 2. Sometimes both. I have an external battery so if I’m ever in a pinch theres always that.
    The phone itself looks and feels great and I have the white 32GB version. I’ve been getting asked “what phone is that” since I got it. Performance is excellent and hasn’t lagged once for me though I feel like some icons aren’t optimized for kit kat yet. They seem stretched out.
    Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a great android phone off contract

  • Brandon

    I think the battery life is great, which means it will last me from the time i go to work until when i get home without NEEDING a charge. Next week, I’ll start plugging it up in the car and at work because that makes sense.

    The camera takes nice pictures, but it focuses too slow. Not sure what’s needed to fix this.

  • MoAxMan

    Moto X it is!

  • Jess B

    Love it! Definitely a major upgrade from the (GSM) gnex.

  • Christopher Webb

    Anyone unimpressed or surprised by the how the vibration function feels and sounds? It seems as though where the feeling is coming from is hollow, and the noise level is quite loud. Just wondering if it’s like that anyone else’s device.

  • Alexander Anteneh

    coming from someone who last used the nexus 4 and galaxy nexus. It is an improvement on all fronts. I like the camera, and the camera ui of stock android, but i have never used skinned ui’s. Its not the best camera out there, but its a good enough improvement. I have the ability to take great photos with this phone, its just not a phone that consistently takes great photos like your s4s and g2’s. Im excited about what kit kat will involve into, its such a clean interface.

  • androuser

    Stepped up from a GNEX on Verizon. I travel out of the country several times a year. I stream Google Music every day. The kids play games on the phone between school, tutors, tennis, whatever in the car. Email extensively. Listen to podcasts on podcatcher several hours a day. Also listen to audiobooks almost daily for an hour or so. I use the phone for talking at least 1-2 hours a day. I take at least a dozen calls a day. On a monthly basis my phone processes about 5-6 GBs of data.

    I will leave it to you to decide how heavy the use is. My GNEX would make it through a 6-8 day with the extended battery only if i did not stream music, listened to about 2 hours of podcasts, no games, and spoke 2-3 times on calls. If I was stuck in an office and went for about half an hour to an hour and surfed the web for news, made a couple of phone calls, maybe played a game for 15 minutes then the phone would lose about 75% of the charge. I would have to plug it in EVERY time I got in the car, house, office, etc. I even carried an external battery that could recharge my phone a couple of times during the course of the day.

    I got the Nexus 5 four days ago and am pleasantly surprised. If you want to nitpick then yes, the battery could last longer but I can do my normal use of gaming, streaming, calling, podcasting WITHOUT plugging it in at all for 6-8 hours. If I dial back the use a little then 12 hours is no problem. This is good enough for me right now. Honestly, if you are not self employed you will not be able to use the phone all day long like mine gets used so the battery should be fine for those random message scheck, break and lunch time, and commute home.

    Not sure how T Mobile will work out compared to Verizon but switched to save 100 dollars a month and for their new international unlimited text and data. When I travel I do not need high speeds, just texts and emails. So far so good with Tmobile from Los Angeles to San Diego the last four days. We’ll see how the rest of the country works out over time.

    Any phone is just a tool and is a blend of compromises and expectations. I find the Nexus 5 to be the best phone I have owned with some minor software bug/quirks that I am sure will be updated and corrected quickly. With Verizon I was stuck to rooting and roming. Not the case with TMobile.

    There are a few good phones out there but this quality phone at this price is impossible to beat off contract.

  • Adam Johnston

    Came from the Moto X and the only thing I’m really missing is the active display. I really really…really like the active display.

    Aside from that, battery has been decent, although I do charge it a bit during the day. Haven’t used the camera yet so need to put that through its paces. Screen is awesome, love wireless charging, 4.4 is such a welcome improvement with Android. I read someplace that the Nexus 5 is the first real “Google” phone vs an Android phone and I really feel that is the case with the N5.

  • My honest impressions of the Nexus 5 is that it’s a typical Nexus. The camera (basing my opinion off sample images taken by friends) are mediocre compared to the Galaxy S4. The hardware is decent but nothing that’s going to set the world on fire.

    In the end, it has the same selling points every other Nexus has…stock Android, fast updates, and good hardware for a great price. No more or less than that. Nexus devices aren’t intended to be top-of-the-line devices. The only Nexus device that was ever cream-of-the-crop at launch was the Nexus One and (arguably) the Nexus 10.

    In the end, you either love Nexus devices or you don’t. I think people who don’t like them are expecting too much for the price.

    • TheDrizzle

      Please explain to me how the N5 is not top of the line.

      • T4rd

        The only thing “top of the line” on it is the SoC. Display is certainly sharp at 1080p, but reviewers consistently mention how it’s washed out looking and has back light bleed. Everything else is pretty mediocre; speaker, camera, battery, etc. But it’s still certainly an excellent phone for the price and I would still buy one if it was available to me.

      • T4rd hit the nail on the head. The Nexus 5 is easily the best bang for your buck in the current smartphone market. No one in their right mind would argue that. But in terms of battery, camera, speakers, etc., the high-end smartphones like the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, (arguably) the HTC One and even the LG G2 have it all over the Nexus 5.

        Currently, I have a Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition, a 2013 Nexus 7, and a Motorola Xoom (Nexus in all but name). At various points in the past, I’ve also owned a Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, 2012 Nexus 7 and a Nexus 10.

        After seeing the camera (a feature that’s pretty important to me), there was no way I was going to let go of my GS4 for a Nexus 5, especially when my GS4 gets updates almost as fast as the Nexus devices.

        When it comes to smartphones and tablets, you get what you pay for. There are better phones out there, but there is no better phone at a $349 off-contract price point.

  • Mike Hilal

    With ART activated, the phone is considerably quicker. I’m a bit disappointed with the camera, and extremely disappointed with the speaker.

  • Daniel J. Peters

    I don’t like the fact that it doesn’t work on VZW.

  • Tony Byatt

    I’m very pleased with my Nexus 5. Nothing to complain about for me with stock Android. The design is second to none for me, as I have the “stormtrooper”. The camera works well (It is a phone after all). The battery is fine, as I’m able to get through a 9 to 5 day with juice to spare. The speaker is fine (Again, it is a phone after all)…

    Depending on where Android and technology are headed, I can see myself with this phone as my daily driver for at least a good year or so…

  • Maxim∑

    LG G2 with Nexus 5’s design and price would be nice

  • rodney11ride

    after reading that battery sucks then im OUT. My maxx hd with AOSPA rocks and gets me a day and a half without a charger. end of story.

  • Keith0606

    Love it (well most of it). I’d give it like a 92/100. By far the snappiest Android device I have ever used. I thought my Nexus 7 was snappy but the Nexus 5 crushes it. It looks good, is easy to hold/use, again super fast, it’s pure stock android (which is the best version imo) and as an additional plus it doesn’t have Verizon bloatware or logo on it. The camera is just “ok”, hopefully software updates can help it a little bit. Battery life for me has been decent. Not really bad nor really good. I can tell on a heavy use day there will definitely be a need for recharge mid-day.

  • Bill Anderson

    Coming from the GNex: This thing rocks. Battery? Better. Camera? Way better. Screen? Better. Speed? Oh yeah better!

  • Adlv

    Anybody having issues with screen i feel like my screen has no oleophobic coating if its supposed to have…which i can get a spigen screen no worries just wondering…

    • Andromedo

      No, my N5 screen is almost just like my N4 screen. Which is to say, very slick.

  • mustbepbs

    Not as good as all these off-contract phones I got for super cheap!


  • turdbogls

    the Greats: screen, performance, Kit Kat ,wireless charging, and looks (its very minimal, but the all soft touch black just looks awesome), notification LED,radio strength seems awesome…then again, i come from a g-nex so take that as you see fit.

    the Goods: battery life, camera, feel in the hand

    the OK’s: speaker output

    the bads: ummm….power button a little too high, sharp edges on physical side buttons, camera focus delays/failed focus from time to time., and top headphone jack….i will never like this….no matter what phone its on.

  • dsass600

    Could’ve been the best phone if it weren’t for that battery life.

    • a3uge

      What screen time are you getting on it?

      • dsass600

        About 3 of my friends have it, all of them with worse stats than my HTC One, which isn’t incredible to begin with. You can’t release a phone and expect it to be good unless it has good battery life. None of your specs matter when you can’t even use the damn thing.

        • a3uge

          So you don’t actually have the phone…

          • dsass600

            I don’t need an iPhone to know it has exponentially better battery life than any android phone I’ve owned (save the Note 2).

          • flosserelli

            Regarding battery life, the Note 2 owns all except for perhaps the original Droid Razr Maxx.

          • Greyhame

            My DROID MAXX averages 8.5 hours of screen on time, and has full touchless control and active notifications. The speaker kicks ass and the camera is perfectly fine after the update. Could not be more pleased. Especially since I get to taste the nexus 5 as a work phone. Spoiled.

    • Jess B

      Check out some of the battery threads on xda for some suggestions. I got 6 hrs screen on time yesterday on mostly LTE with Google Now enabled, location services on, etc although I do keep my brightness at 15% which is fine for me indoors.

  • Capt. Crunch

    It’s pretty damn amazing, coming from a RAZR HD the only thing I wish Google did was include a larger battery and higher quality speaker. Other than that it’s the best $350 I’ve ever spent.

  • paticao

    coming from the gnex this phone is an upgrade in every possible way!!!

  • mv425

    Had 32gb black model since Monday and activated on Sprint but had too many wifi disconnect issues. Searched through google forums and others had same issues yet Google refused to acknowledge. Can’t use phone with flaky wifi so I sadly returned it today. KitKat experience was OK, nothing special – I think once the apps catch up and update it will be much better experience. The Google experience launcher was hard to get used to, especially after using nova. The one thing positive was screen quality and the speed was lightning fast. Going to get Moto-X instead.

  • Daniel

    I wish it was smaller and had MicroSD (and removable battery at that point) and a dedicated two-stage camera button…oh, and worked on Verizon :-

  • Tony Spence

    Will this be your new day to day device, or sticking with the Moto X?

  • zmr333

    Me gusta. I had the battery last about 16 hours on my first full day (yesterday), let’s see if today changes that

  • moelsen8

    haven’t gotten to play too much yet, but as long as battery and camera are an improvement on the n4.. which i consistently hear they both are.. then i’ll be pretty happy.

  • Godzilla

    Those of you talking battery. Download snapdragon battery guru from the store and see if that helps.

    • Morbid138

      On it. Does it help with anything regarding the CPU Or processing?

      • Godzilla

        yes and yes

    • flosserelli

      That app only drains your battery faster and borks your wifi connectivity, but knock yourself out.

      • Godzilla

        I use it and it does not.

        • flosserelli

          Excellent. I’m glad someone got some use out of it.

          • Godzilla

            I am a light/moderate user. Averaging 1 hour screen time per day and my average life for my S4 is 1 day 9 hours.

          • flosserelli

            1 hour screen on time per DAY? I do that by 10am 😉

          • Godzilla

            I dont play games or anything and when im at work i dont have the kind of job where i can use my phone a lot.

          • flosserelli


          • rodney11ride

            Yep ^^^^^

          • rodney11ride

            that aint gonna work for me my average screen on time is 4 hours and 15 min daily. that would equate to charging it every 6 hours or so… UMMMM NO

        • Pedro

          per Sarge?

  • vonbane

    Went from a Verizon Galaxy Nexus running a KitKat ROM and I have been loving it so far. Silky smooth, feels good in the hand, and the battery life is much better than the GNex. Not a heavy user, but I can get through the day on a single charge. The camera is fine for a typical user like myself, and if they improve it with some software updates even better. Looking forward to using it until the next “must have” phone comes out.

  • Carlyle C. Wilson

    I like the phone even though I don’t have it and from what i have heard, it’s one bad boy. I wish i could trade in my LG Spirit to the Nexus 5 somehow.

  • michael bourgoin

    No issues with the battery. It’s what i expected – that is better than the Nexus 4. I get about 1-1.5 hours better than the N4. The camera is also much improved over the nexus 4 and they are supposedly even going to run a patch soon that will make it better.

    Seeing as to me those are the weakest points of the phone, im really happy. Everything else about the phone is wonderful and in my area the LTE on tmobile is fast and strong.

    Hands down its the best phone/network combo ive ever had. and FWIW my wife has the note 3 and i really think the nexus 5 is a much better overall device. Yes the note has better battery and a longer battery, but overall the nexus 5 is just a much smoother, better running phone.

    • I agree. I came from an N4 also and I’d say my experience has been very similar to yours.

    • kronikings

      I have the note 3 and my girlfriend just got the nexus 5….both incredible devices but 2GB Ram vs 3GB Ram…. No comparison

      • HarvesterX

        Especially when Touchwiz alone takes up 1GB RAM. Why do you think they asded another GB?

  • Raj Bhatt

    It was incredible when I received it and now with ART running instead of Dalvik, it is simply unstoppable.

    I don’t know why I waited so long to leave Verizon either. T-Mobile LTE is insanely fast and I have coverage everywhere I go. I gave up VZW unlimited 4g, but this is even better! Verizon took my money, but they’ll never take my FREEEEEEDOMMMM!

    • trixnkix637

      Gave up unlimited??? This.. is.. madness…

      • DC_Guy

        LOL that’s why I’m STILL with Big Red. T-Mo nor Sprint can come close to matching the coverage in my are so if I want unlimited, high-speed data, I gotta stay with Verizon.

        • Raj Bhatt

          Yeah, we kept my wife on Verizon because she drives 45 miles through a Native American reservation to and from work each day. The only service there is VZW. For some people, leaving VZW just doesn’t make sense.

          • RhinoShock

            Wow, lots of people including myself from PHX on droidlife. I also just switched to T-Mobile yesterday and I can’t beleive how much faster the speeds are at my work. I still have my verizon account because I’m in the process of porting my number to GVoice and ran a speedtest today with both phones at my work. VZW: Down:3Mbps Up: <1Mbps while T-Mo: Down: 8Mbps Up: 3Mbps. My galaxy nexus on verizon had reaally bad battery life because of the awful coverage on Dunlap and the 17, but now I think i'll be a lot happier knowing I can fall back on HSPA+ and still have usable speeds.

          • evilstewie23

            I am also a Phoenician lol

          • I’ve been a T-Mobile enthusiast after having gone through all the carriers. So much so, that for a whole year I was a Sales Leader for them back in NYC. I have unlimited everything for $58 a month, but that’s partly because of a 15% alumni discount.

      • Raj Bhatt

        I was so worried when I was doing it. I live in Phoenix so the coverage is awesome and I’m getting 20mbps down on LTE on T-Mo. We are going to North Carolina for a wedding tomorrow, so we’ll see how the service holds up…

        EDIT: I was with Verizon since 1999. I don’t even know what to do with all this freedom. I’m institutionalized.

        • flosserelli

          Nice Shawshank Redemption reference. That is one of my all-time favorite films.

          • OBK1352

            isn’t that a Braveheart reference?

          • HarleyGuy72

            Red: Would you knock it off? Brooks ain’t no bug. He’s just… just institutionalized.

            Heywood:Institutionalized, my ass.

            Red: The man’s been in here fifty years, Heywood. Fifty years! This is all he knows. In here, he’s an important man. He’s an educated man. Outside, he’s nothin’! Just a used up con with arthritis in both hands.

          • flosserelli

            Nope. Check out Shawshank Redemption when you can, it is definitely worth your time. Excellent performances by both Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.

          • Raj Bhatt

            The first post was Braveheart, the second one had some subtle Shawshank 🙂

        • kafka7

          I live in Phoenix too, Verizon was always great here until about 6 months ago. Now for some reason there are dead-zones all over the place, even along Central. T-Mo, here I come.

        • HTTR

          I am also in PHX and I am testing T-Mo with the Nexus 5 and so far it is way faster then Verizon. I am also about to leave my verizon Unlimited plan. I’ve been testing my S4 on verizon and the N5 wherever I go and TMo wins pretty much every time.

          • Raj Bhatt

            I tested T-Mo on prepaid and it was good. I switched to the post-paid unlimited plan and the service became way better than it already was. I don’t know enough about the differences in plans to understand why such a change.

          • HTTR

            I’m on the prepaid now. I am going to vegas next weekend and if i still like it i’m going post-paid with the unlimited as well.

          • Raj Bhatt

            Since there is no contract with the post-paid I figured I might as well try it. I am really glad I did. Glad it is working for you so far!

          • Skittlez

            is post and pre the same price?

          • seryozha

            post and repaid are the same price EXCEPT they require a credit check and they don’t offer the $30 100 Min/5GB data option. oH and you HAVE to pay them directly so you cant sneak around fees buying pre-paid cards

        • Yeah, its more freedom than you even think it will be, isn’t it? All kinds of international phones are now yours to use, if you so wish!

        • I spent a year in mesa/Tempe area and my 4g with Verizon was terrrrrible. 3g phones were pulling better data speeds than I was. Happily back in Michigan its back to lightning speed.

        • As an NC resident who travels all over this state regularly, I can tell you that you’ll have HSPA+ or LTE (depending on city) anywhere inside metro areas. Once you get out of there, though, you’ll either be on EDGE speed data or roaming on AT&T (which is also EDGE speed).

          • Raj Bhatt

            Awesome, thank you. The wedding is in New Bern in Craven County. If my phone doesn’t work that well, that might be a good thing. I won’t be on the wedding video with my nose buried in my N5 the whole time haha

          • In New Bern, you might get HSPA+ within the city, but if you go 5 miles outside town, it’ll be all EDGE. Also, if you end up heading into Pamlico County like out toward Oriental and the coast, you’ll probably hit some spots where you roam on AT&T too. Also, if you’re on T-Mobile’s unlimited data plan, remember that you only get 50 MB of data roaming every month, so if you DO hit some areas where you’re roaming on AT&T, I’d either shut off data roaming on your phone or make sure you’re sipping data. Once you burn through that 50 MB, you’re done with data roaming for the month without so much as the option of purchasing more.

          • Raj Bhatt

            Wow, interesting. I was not aware of that 50mb limit. Thanks for letting me know.

          • Yeah. The 50 MB limit wouldn’t be so hard to swallow if they at least gave you the option to purchase more. But instead, they just shut your data off for the rest of the billing cycle until you get back into T-Mobile coverage. This especially sucks when you travel because there are a lot of places in the US where T-Mobile has no service and you end up roaming on AT&T. But alas, that’s one of the ways they keep costs down.

          • greg5green

            Eh. I don’t know how much time you have spent roaming, but it’s throttled to so slow that you’d have to be very, very patient to get to 50 megabytes…

          • newsjunkieintl

            Nexus 5 works fine on AT&T GoPhone which has uncapped AT&T LTE speeds. $60 per month for 2GB LTE data/unlimited talk/unlimited text. PLUS, you have the option to buy more data at $10 per 1GB, if you need it. I’m getting 42mbps where I live. GoPhone is sold and serviced in AT&T-owned stores/mall kiosks.

          • I’m on AT&T postpaid. I have my phone and tablet on a 10GB MobileShare plan. I wouldn’t go back to T-Mobile if you paid me.

          • Richard Yarrell

            You was not aware of it because what he is claiming doesn’t exist today.

          • squiddy20

            Richard, you’re an idiot.
            1. The correct grammar is “you were not aware…”
            2. These support documents prove you wrong : http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-3299 and http://www.t-mobile.com/Company/CompanyInfo.aspx?tp=Abt_Tab_Government&tsp=Abt_Sub_LegalNotices#DataRoaming International data roaming on the other hand, (going to the UK with a USA T-Mobile S4, for instance) is now “fee-less”.

          • duke69111

            And thats why I dont switch.

          • I don’t blame you. I wouldn’t go back to T-Mobile if you paid me. T-Mobile should be held up as a textbook example of the old adage “You get what you pay for.”

          • NeilGeorge

            been there and done that 😛 😀

          • Hany Solh

            See i have tmo and i live in charlotte with the N4… my service isnt very good. im actually switching to straight-talk att sim… i cant get hspa anywhere i go.

          • Malcolm Love

            I’m glad to see this, was considering T-Mobile for the longest, I’m also in Charlotte, but I work out in Marshville. I also drive around a lot. I actually get 4G on VZW everywhere I am. I stream music from All Access, and I still haven’t ONCE got a moment where i couldn’t stream. This + still having unlimited data with my Droid MAXX, NEVER LETTING GO.

        • entertainmentopia

          In Gilbert/Chandler area and VZW is screaming fast (most of the time) but my house (Higley and Elliot) has no service what-so-ever. It could be the awful GNEX antennas but I’m glad I’m on Wifi pretty much all day. I’m apprehensive about going with TMo after a coworker ran some speedtests around town for me, near ASU he got great speeds, in Ahwatukee it was awful. Looking at doing GoPhone with a 5c or 5 for my wife and N5 for me, figure AT&T’s coverage has to be much better than TMo, with GoPhone I can always switch over to TMo if necessary too since its pre-paid. I’ll be giving up a 4G unlimited on VZW, although I realize I’m only holding on to it to have it, we never use more than 2GB on our current 700m/Unlimited plan.

          • Raj Bhatt

            I live at Pecos and Dobson in Chandler and the VZW coverage is fine here but the T-Mo is better. I experienced dead zones with VZW at Tempe Town Lake/Tempe Marketplace and where I work in Phx at 44th and Thomas.

            So far T-Mo has had good LTE coverage at all those spots except inside my office building. But it is a shielded building and only got one bar of VZW anyway.

        • Michael Novoseletsky

          My issue with Tmobile was that even though I’m in Chicago…it worked poorly in my studio. The reason this is important is because I use wireless tethering to provide internet access to all of my own devices at my photo studio (Roku, laptop and server). With VZN I have full bars and top speed. I use usually 30-60GB per month.

          T-mobile throttles you down to 3G speeds once you’ve gone past the cap. When I returned the phone for a family friend they told me that their data plans did not come close to comparing to VZN in terms of stability if I was using it through the entire day, but they’re more budget econo friendly and have good customer service.

          No Nexus 5 for me is fine…I’m still with my Gnex 3 and mostly what it does is saves me an $80 a month data bill from Comcast since it’s my only source of data while I run my business.

          • cheese

            you get throttled to edge speeds, not 3g speeds

          • shooter50

            Where do you get this craziness that Tmo throttles you? What plan are you on? It’s only 70.00 for unlimited lte, so what’s the problem?

          • Michael Novoseletsky

            Shooter50 it’s not craziness. They do throttle you because they say so right on their site that they drop you to 2G or Edge or whatever slow speed when you go above 2.5gigs. Even the customer service or reps in the store will tell you that when I was getting a line for my mom. Is this news to you?

          • JRomeo

            that’s only if you buy their 2.5gb high speed data plan. but upgrade to the higher data plan, and they do not throttle data speeds on your cellphone.

          • JRomeo

            unlimited data on tmobile has no data caps and no throttling. Unless you’re tethering……. They’ve figured out how to throttle tethering on the Nexus5, yet data on the phone remains fast high speed with no caps. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2518117

        • Tristan the Marine

          PLEASE let me know how the service is in NC. I’ll be returning to the states from Afghanistan soon and my N5 and TMo sim cards are waiting for me. I’d like to know what to expect at least a bit

          • Raj Bhatt

            I’d be happy to. If you click my name, feel free to add me on FB and send me your email address. I’ll send you everything I find. We are gonna be there for 4 days so we’ll probably drive to the Raleigh/Durham area as well. If you want me to get a hold of you in a different way, just let me know. But don’t post your contact information anywhere because you’ll get flooded with spam from shady companies that scan posts for email addresses.

            You may want to talk to @oldblue910:disqus as well because he lives there and drives all over NC.

            EDIT: By the way, thank you for your service. I am former Air Force myself.

          • mbaldwin85

            I’m assuming Camp Lejeune. I tried T-Mobile for exactly 24 hours there. It is strictly 2g. I could not deal with it.

          • Raj Bhatt

            Tristan, I am back from my travels in North Carolina, and I don’t have great news. I was in New Bern for most of the time and there was only “E” (EDGE) service. It was excruciatingly slow. Camp Lejeune had no service except pockets of EDHE. Wilmington has LTE and the outskirts of Jacksonville has 3G and EDGE.

            I connected to Wi-Fi as much as possible, but the mobile data in that area is not that reliable. I’d look into trying AT&T prepaid if I were you just to see if it works any better. T-Mobile needs to shore up its tower infrastructure in coastal NC.

        • Jesse Lear

          I am from Phoenix myself and was wondering if any of you knew how the coverage in flagstaff is? I might be moving there with in the next year and am debating leaving Verizon for Tmobile.

      • Mario Lovato

        Madness?? THIS IS SPARTA! *kicks you out of Droid life*

      • JeffColorado

        “Gave up” LOL

        You can get real unlimited on T-Mobile. Not the placebo that Verizon gives you.

        • cheese

          What do you mean? You can get ‘real unlimited’ data too on Verizon. (as long as you’re grandfathered)

          Nexus 5 owner here, I came from Verizon (unlimited grandfathered data) and switched to T-Mobile’s prepaid network.

          I’m loving every bit of it. LTE speeds are fast. Heck, HSPA+ speeds are fast too!

          By the end of the month I will be terminating my Verizon contract (even if I pay the remaining ETF fee, I will save money still) and porting my VZ number to T-Mobile.

          The only time that VZ won out was when I went out to Napa, and went to more rural areas (saint helena) and got weak HSPA signal and reverted to Edge in buildings.

          • JeffColorado

            On T-Mobile I am getting Ulimited voice and text in addition to unlimited data. THAT is unlimited. Oh, and it is $20 less a month than I was paying on Verizon for less-than-unlimited.

            Bonus: I don’t have to jump through hoops and pray I get to keep unlimited every time I swap phones.

      • JRomeo

        Why would you need to give up unlimited? T-Mobile offers unlimited already, no caps, no throttling.

    • TheDrizzle

      Doesn’t Kit Kat use ART out of the box? I’m confused.

      • Raj Bhatt

        It is on Dalvik out of the box. To enable ART, you enable Developer Options, turn on ART and then reboot.

        They say some apps won’t play well with ART but the only FC I had was Plume for Twitter. I read that Titanium Backup won’t work with ART.

        • sb605

          If you have a lot of apps (I have about 350!), the conversion may take some time – mine took 30+ minutes!

          • jerflash

            Hey i wanted to ask since i have lots of apps too…did it sit at the 4 dot screen the whole time? I tried to switch it over and after 20 minutes i gave up and did a full restore…lucky i made one right before!

      • Adrynalyne

        ART is still experimental and therefore unsupported. They would be mad to make it the default.

    • Adrynalyne

      Is ART stable?

      • Raj Bhatt

        I’ve zero negative issues except that Plume FC’d on boot up. It still worked fine but that FC popup bothered me. I switched back to Falcon.

        The speed increase from ART is pretty incredible. I hate the Android FB app because it is so janky, but it is butter smooth running on ART. Everything is so smooth, it was pleasantly surprising.

        • Adrynalyne

          Nice. Thanks for the update 🙂

      • trpsomewhere

        I’ve had WhatsApp crash on me and then refuse to install with Error Code -24 since I started using ART. But other than that, it’s been very stable and fast. I’ve also seen some improvement in battery life!

      • brkshr

        I haven’t had any issues yet

    • Carlos Lopez

      whats the difference on battery life?

      • brkshr

        None that I can tell so far.

      • notechnomo

        running both, my N5 and Gnex, on LTE
        N5 is at 79%
        Gnex at 66%
        medium usage on both

    • brkshr

      Did you honestly notice a difference when switching to ART? It MIGHT be a millisecond faster IMO, but it’s too hard to tell if it’s not just a placebo effect.

      • Raj Bhatt

        With no scientific way of testing it and no real confidence in benchmarking apps, I am not sure of the real answer. Boot up is noticeably faster and FB loads noticeably faster for me.

        • Drome

          I feel like ART is faster as well. the scrolling in certain apps like music is super smooth.

    • Vermin_Cain

      I am getting fu*ked by Verizon…I can’t wait until February, when I can jump on T-Mo pre-paid.

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    • Richard Yarrell

      A major CONGRATS to you definitely. T-Mobile is a wonderful place with great plans and industry leading handsets. I kicked Verizon to the curb in June 2012 and now three lines later on T-mobile all unlimited with Jump on My Note 3 I can’t ask for anything better.

    • angermeans

      I also dropped Verizon (phone) for Tmo when I ordered my iPhone 5s. I’ve been very surprised by how good it is. It’s rare when I even notice a difference in speed here in Salt Lake City. Coverage has been slightly less, but since I’m in a big city it’s rare and has only happened once or twice. Thinking about getting the Nexus 5 for Tmo when they come back in stock (although I’ve got to talk the wife into it as I’m sure she won’t be too excited with me dropping some more cash as I just bought the iPhone 5s and iPad Air within the last couple months). I’m hoping holding the N5 in my hand will look better than in pics as I’m not a giant fan of the hardware design and really liked the Nexus 4 design much better. It does look kind of like my 2013 Nexus 7 just with sharper corners and I’m a fan of that design. Oh we’ll, I really don’t buy android for design more for the excellent OS and can’t wait to use Kit Kat

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    • Aaron Clow

      I was with Verizon for 12 years and paid my ETF when T-Mobile started doing the “uncarrier” thing. I was grandfathered in unlimited and even had a special deal where unlimited data was only $10 more per each additional line. It took a lot for me to leave, and to overcome the common perception that “Verizon is the best.” It isn’t. T-Mobile and AT&T each have their issues (T-Mobile with building penetration and AT&T with horrible speeds), but I never should have waited so long to switch. Verizon and its locked-down network, fees everywhere you look and crazy rate plans (not to mention contracts) can bite me. FREEDOM!!

  • Sankyou

    The screen is amazing and I love the speed. Disappointed with the battery and the camera. I like the overall feel of the phone as well, but I will be returning it. Not really fair though as I’m only returning it due to my $200 G2 from Amazon yesterday (thank you Amazon – prime for life!). It’s a good deal but I wish they would fix the two things I mentioned. Certainly the hardware is there for the camera and I would rather pay $50 more for a battery that lasts all day.

    • M3D1T8R

      Funny, I’m stuck on Verizon so don’t own the N5, but based on all I’ve read I was going to suggest the same thing. They should have just made it $400/450 and had a 3000mAh battery like the G2. The “tech geeks” would still buy it, maybe even more, and it would make a statement for great battery life as a new Android phone standard.

      • Sankyou

        Yep – they really screwed the pooch on that one aspect IMO. Especially because it’s a phone for people that like to mess with stuff. When you’re playing with fire, your battery is bound to get burned. Overall good job though. Amazing phone for $350-400…

    • DanielMena9

      I got my calendar marked for 14 days from yesterday (day I received my N5) and have a lot to think of with that LG G2 coming in with a beast battery.

      Probably need to install a Kit Kat ROM to make that jump though.

      But I am unsure. This phone feels amazing in the hand and the screen is on point. The LG G2 would be too big and if I sell the G2 instead. I could make my N5 money quick. But this is a problem. I really like the N5. I guess I need more time to asses the battery

      • Sankyou

        So you’re in the same boat as me. This is how I’ve broken it down:
        N5 Pros:
        Development is going to be amazing
        Overall feel (I like that it’s slimmer, as you mentioned)
        Wireless charging

        G2 Pros:
        Back buttons (I’m a lefty and this helps)

        My reasoning for returning the N5:
        It will always be there at that price or less
        Since I got the G2 for $200 – I can use it for quite a while and still resell for at the very least a small profit

        We’ll see. My G2 is waiting for me at my house when I get home!!

        • DanielMena9

          You know, you might have just convinced me to contact Google during the return window. I happened to have forgotten about the infared ! I really want to control my tv form my long lasting battery.

          In addition, the N5 will always be there, that’s very true. I guess I hope I get the LG G2 soon (I got free shipping, taking a while [I would pay for prime but after they charge tax for CA, not much advantage to buy from Amazon as opposed to something like J&R]) and I can test the feel in hand plus the LTE signal strength and speed side by side with the N5.

        • Blue Sun

          Sankyou, I too am a lefty. Do find that the N5 is a very right hand biased device with regards to how to hold the N5? I did not feel that way about my previous phone, the GNex.

          • DanielMena9

            I have a slight problem with Sankyou’s statement though. The LG G2 has on screen buttons as well. And the back arrow is in the same place as it is in the N5?

            See: http://www.androidpit.com/nexus-5-and-lg-g2-comparison

          • Blue Sun

            I should clarify a bit. As a lefty, the Power button is really far up the side wall. The Volume rocker is slightly higher than the GNex too.

          • DanielMena9

            I seee. I too hold my phone with my left hand and put it in my left pocket and I have to say that to reach the power button I do have to shift my hand on the n5 to reach the power button. A little annoying. I want to see if the G2 back buttons will make it easier.

          • Sankyou

            Absolutely. Holding the phone feels good but I feel like I’m reaching halfway around Asia to volume and/or power.

          • DanielMena9

            This reminds me of antennagate. “You’re holding the phone wrong.” I guess I should try to become a cell phone user with my right hand.

        • dreadnatty08

          Wireless charging is great on my Verizon G2. Too bad they couldn’t put it in the other models.

        • Andromedo

          Sell that thing on Craigslist. You’ll get your money back (and then some) in cash and some other local Android enthusiast can get his hands on an N5!

  • Lou

    I would have loved to have a 3000mah battery in this thing but I haven’t been as disappointed as others have been with the battery life(coming from a GNEX) and fully expect Google to push out 4.4.1 in a month or so that addresses some issues with the camera shutter speed/camera performance and wakelock issues that are occurring.

  • Morbid138

    Battery life sucks. Mediocre camera. That is all. Hopefully an update can fix these issues.

    • tspx23

      Do you own the phone? Considering it takes better pictures and lasts longer than the iPhone 5s/GS4 maybe your expectations are a little too high.

      • Morbid138

        Yeah. I’ve had it since Monday. My HTC One X+ had way better battery life, and that was LAST year’s flagship. I love Android/Google as much as every person here, I’m just not holding a bias.

        • tspx23

          It’s the only phone that lasted me through the entire day to boot. I’ve had the 5/GS4 GPE/Nexus 4 as my daily this year. Granted I work at a place that gets little to no cell reception which causes more battery drain, the Nexus 5 came out on top. Hard to believe a phone with a custom overlay would last longer. Try resetting and calibrating the battery?

          • Zubair

            try LG g2 it will last you 2 days guaranteed

          • WungFu

            I agree. Love my G2

          • EdubE24

            Two days is a little much, but it does give me a full days worth of battery!!

          • HarvesterX


          • Skittlez

            don’t guarantee that

      • Maxim∑

        Except it doesn’t take better pictures than those phones, nor does it have better battery life overall compared to those phones

        • trophynuts

          watch out now people in here get butt hurt when you speak the truth about the beloved android experience.

          • shooter50

            so true. If it has pure android, everything else can blow and the fanboys will say its the best phone ever.

      • SplashMTN

        This is the first I’m hearing about it taking better pictures than the 5s. Every article I’ve read seems to say the same thing about the camera – It’s not great.


        • Morbid138

          It’s called having a bias.

        • Maxim∑

          it doesnt, if it did no one would be complaining because 5S and S4 have great cameras

        • Sankyou

          I think the camera hardware is there but the software is abysmal. Not even decent – abysmal.

        • tspx23
          • Ben Morris

            Thanks for posting that, that is more my thoughts on the camera. I wouldn’t say the camera is perfect, but it is pretty damn good.

          • MistaButters

            For the leaf pictures I think he has HDR+ on for the Nexus 5.

          • SplashMTN

            Good video, but he called it a draw. Don’t get me wrong, the Nexus 5 did a lot better than I thought it was going to do, but it never says it takes better pictures.

      • Justin Bontrager

        My GS4 lasts all day, I go to bed with 30+% with out even trying to save the battery. 2-3 hours on screen time.

      • No123123

        I’ve seen the 5s last nearly 2 days with regular use before needing a charge. Don’t pull random “Facts” out of your ass.

        • cns2007

          Really? Because there are plenty of reports about poor battery life on the 5S.

          • HarvesterX

            Regular use is subjective. Before anyone grabs anything out of their ass, take into account ‘normal’ for many iPhone users are just phone calls, some texts, and very light internet use. Regular use for somebody who’s a heavy gamer will differ significantly. Regular usage for those on unlimited data will also tend to be higher.

      • T4rd

        I think maybe you’re just high.

        It’s great phone, esp. for the price, but the camera and battery life is not comparable to a 5S or GS4 at all. Pretty much every review I’ve seen has reflected this consistently.

        • Michael McHale

          That’s funny because consumer reports has the Iphone 5s as not reccomended because of the battery life.

          • T4rd

            Good for them.. I hate to think what they’ll say about the N5 then.

      • shooter50

        it doesnt even take pics as good as the 5C. The S4, you’re kidding, right? Fanboyism is one thing, but your insane.

    • Don’t forget, the first few days, most of us will be using the N5 way more than we will on a regular basis after we’ve installed all the apps we want and stop playing with settings, wallpapers, game tests, etc.

      I’m really hoping that the initial battery problems are mostly due to the “new-device” syndrome where they get hammered the worst *hopes and prays*

      • Morbid138

        I played around with it the first day. These last few days I feel I’ve been using it as I did with my old phone as a “daily driver”. I’m sure it’s the battery.

        • TheDrizzle

          It also takes a couple charges for the phone to calibrate and show the correct battery level. That being said, I think it still doesn’t have great battery life.

      • Wyatt Neal

        I feel like the battery life on mine has been great coming from an old VZW GNex (with the extended battery). So far I stream bluetooth in my car on the way to work, out to lunch, way home, use it when I get off work (no cell phones in our building), and I’ve been having a min of 70% battery when I get home. I use it with light – moderate usage (browsing, chats, chromecast) and I think I’ve not put it to bed at less than 40% yet … so I’m pretty damn pleased.

        • BCoils

          Exactly. I feel like some people are thinking the n5 has the g2 battery in it or something. Like you, I consider myself a “normal user” when it comes to the toll I put on my phone and I’ve been pleased with my n5.

          • HarvesterX

            Exactly. People are comparing against either their last phone (much of which are GNex’s) or against the reviews or user experiences of the G2. You either are excited to have a longer lasting battery or let down.

    • flosserelli

      One of these days Google will realize “Nexus” and good battery & camera don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

    • Miguel Angel Portela

      The screen is lovely and more crisp than than the Nexus 4 in its own way but the colors are still too washed out (nothing a kernel can’t fix)

      The battery life is okay but I put Kit Kat on my N4 and the difference is only about 40 minutes. The camera is still atrocious. All in all, I think I’ll keep my Nexus 4 until a Nexus 6 materializes. That or until a perfect port of Kit Kat hits a G2 or Xperia Z: then I’ll just upgrade to that. The 5 is a great introduction to the Nexus line and I’ll definitely recommend it, but it’s certainly not worth upgrading to unless you REALLY crave LTE (which I don’t considering it probably makes for an even worse battery experience so there)

    • Adam Truelove

      Ugh, coming from a Gnex, this is depressing to read. I’m so sick of having crappy battery life.

      • Adrynalyne

        I think the N5 on its worst day is twice as good as the Gnex on its best.

      • It’s way better than the Galaxy Nexus. I had the HSPA+ version which had better battery life than the Verizon GNex, and my Nexus 5 is a gigantic improvement over my Galaxy Nexus.

      • Ben Morris

        There is a reddit thread discussing the upcoming Anandtech battery review for this phone. http://www.reddit.com/r/Nexus5/comments/1q6xvm/anandtechs_nexus_5_battery_benchmarks_leaked/

        Here is the image below. I tend to agree with Anandtech’s conclusion. I have a Nexus 5 and the battery life is miles ahead of my old GNex.

        • HarvesterX

          Anand’s battery tests aren’t exactly real world. They’re tested this way to level the playing field so that each device uses the same set of constants (as much so as possible). Battery use will vary person to person in the real world .

      • HarvesterX

        Myself and a number of others havebeen trying to warn people of these bery things for,a while but the hypemachine wouldn’t stop. It’s not like the N5 isn’t a badass phone. Just not a badass long travel phone where you’re never around an outlet.

    • HarvesterX

      Dont count on uodates helping battery too much. If KitKat alone with it’s much smaller footprint and battery optimizations didn’t help it..dunno what to tell ya except to practice good battery saving techniques. A supposed fix for the camera should indeed help there..

  • Vikinglifeguard

    Waiting to break my contract with Verizon before really commenting, but so far, great. Battery isn’t tested yet since I haven’t had it for 24 hours yet. Love the shape and size. Camera is great on HDR+, can’t wait to try out the fixes for it.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    LOVE KitKat…. Battery doesn’t not last as long as my S4 (Sold) or HTC ONE (on Swappa)

    Love the hold and feel of the device, especially the soft-touch back.

    The camera is fine if you ask me, but I’m not necessarily a photography purist.

    Rattling power button and possible volume rocker is a bit annoying.

  • abhele

    battery is the most impressive , would be even better with 200 mah less !

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio


  • Jason

    Thanks for the reviews and comments for the popele who have them. But these comments regarding battery life are really scaring me. I currently have verizon GNEX and that battery life is horrendous. If N5 is anything similar, i cant do it.

    But im confused since some people say battery life is still good?…=/

    • Vikinglifeguard

      If I play PvZ2 on my VGNex on the way to work (30 minutes) I can be well under 50% life. Today on the N5? I think 85% or so? Can’t quite remember, but it was a hell of a lot better and I wasn’t on airplane mode with no service so I know that drained a bit.

    • shooter50

      the fanboys will never admit to any shortcomings. read the professional reviews. The battery is better than past nexus phones ,but not as good as other flagship phones.

      • Morbid138


    • T S

      it’s a standard battery for a phone. will probably last most of the day on a single charge. under heavy usage from me it will probably last about 12 hours if i don’t plug it in during the afternoon. (tweeting, facebooking, texting, droid-life checking, etc)

    • Raj Bhatt

      I came from a GNex and the battery life is nearly double what I got on the GNex. For me, it lasts 14 hours with heavy usage. The GNex only lasted about 6, even on the extended battery.

    • M3D1T8R

      If you’re coming from the Verizon G.Nex, this will be a huge improvement. From gsm G.Nexus maybe a small improvement. My DNA with crappy 2020mAh still gets me at least double to three times what I got with my Verizon G.Nex. But they could still be quite a bit better. On heavy use I definitely still don’t make it through the day w/o a charge. But I’m still happy vs carrying four extra batteries with me for the G.Nex, worrying about keeping them all charged.

    • Sankyou

      Yes I returned my Nexus for the Razr Maxx. Don’t worry this one smokes the original Nexus on battery. It’s just not as good as the other flagships. Definitely manageable though and the custom roms will make it virtually a non-issue.

  • pookietookie

    Coming from a Galaxy Nexus, this is obviously light years ahead. I’m blown away by the speed difference, better battery (though it’s no Maxx), and 1080p screen. But, the bar is low here with the old Gnex. If I was coming from a GS3 or Nexus 4, I might see this as just an incremental improvement.

  • a3uge

    Love the camera, especially the HDR+ mode. Battery has been wonderful as well. The screen is fantastic. The whole phone is fast with no lag, and we can expect a Nexus device to age very well (friends with S4 already noticing some lag). The phone looks sleek and impressive – it’s very light as well. Bezels are very minimal. Also, we get updates 3 months before everyone else.

    Complaints are the white ear speaker for the white model, the protrusion of the camera, the sharp edges on the sides, top headphone jack, and speakers get covered by hands.

  • Futbolrunner

    Just sold it on swappa to hold onto my unlimited data with my new Note 3

    Thanks Amazon..

  • Honestly, the battery is decent. Not game changing, but better than any past Nexus device. And I don’t really know much about photography and cameras, so I think the camera is pretty damn good. For me, the camera is probably my least important spec, and the camera fulfills my needs just fine.

  • Steve

    Coming from Galaxy S3 – absolutely love this phone. Don’t get me wrong, the GS3 was great as well. But the overall design of the phone hardware, KitKat, performance, etc are amazing. Coming from the GS3 as well I don’t notice the battery issues as much as some others coming from newer phones. I also don’t think the camera is as bad as everyone is making it out to be

    • engwalker

      Coming from the Galaxy S2, my thoughts are pretty much the same.

  • Dan

    Battery lasted me 1 day, 22 hours of light use… Not too bad so far. Phone is very fast and the UI is gorgeous on that big screen!

  • JohanV

    Keeping my Nexus 4 til a new Nexus arrives.

    • Maxim∑

      Im pretty sure you might pick something else by then :). Maybe HTC will get the next phone right unlike the one max

  • Out2BKrzy

    Another overrated Nexus like normal as far as I’m concerned. Its nothing special to say the least & the battery life is terrible on it just like the Gnex was. Will keep it for now but be moving on in short order I think

  • Mort

    I’ve had no real issues with the camera, but I’m not really a camera buff. Also, I haven’t managed to kill the battery, even with heavy use. Lowest I’ve gotten is 18%, and that was on day one, before a full charge, with about 4 hours of screen-on time. It’s a little larger than I thought I’d be comfortable with, but I’m getting used to it.

    All things aside, it’s perfect. I’m in love.

  • jwildman16

    I am especially interested to hear about real world battery life. What has been your experience?

  • flosserelli

    TIL “inconsistent” = code word for “sucks”

  • shooter50

    Great phone. Super fast. Screen was not as bright as LG G2 and colors more washed out. Battery seemed “OK”. Very light weight, impressively so. I sold it this morning because I decided I still liked the G2 better. Super phone for the price though.

    • SplashMTN

      That makes me feel better about holding off and getting a G2. Too bad I’m still leaving Verizon otherwise I’d have a free one right now…

    • Sankyou

      Good to hear. Returning my N5 for the G2 which is sitting on my doorstep right now.

      • shooter50

        you wont be sorry. with the G2 you wont even have to think about the battery. its that good

        • pubasnacks77

          I just picked up my Verizon G2 on Wednesday and I’m LOVING IT! Battery life is phenomenal, camera and display are both outstanding. I don’t even mind LG’s skin on top. Plus I’m coming back to the Verizon store on Monday to get my price adjustment now that its falling to $450 off contract. I really don’t get how this phone doesn’t get more love around here.

          • HarvesterX

            Paid $549 for mine when it came out..worth every penny. I’m so happy tonight. I flashed CyanogenMod nightlies and all was awesome except I missed lots of the LG stuff. Just finished flaahing Malladus and so much happier. Finishing setting my passwords, then apps, then bed, then mod mod mod.

    • brkshr

      IMO the N5’s screen is way too bright on auto-brightness. The indoor brightness is what I would think it should be outside in the sun. (Just my opinion)

      On another note, it’s quite interesting that everyone has changed their opinion of LG. This time last year EVERYONE was pissed that LG was making the N4.

      • eddy

        I agree, too bright. I keep it around 15- 20 % brightness.

      • HarvesterX

        LG waa on my s’list before the G2 and N5

    • RadicalPie

      The colors are actually accurate. LG tried to replicate the AMOLED saturation levels in Samsung devices in the G2, which are also inaccurate but they ‘pop’ so people like it. However LG nexus 5 is accurate not ‘washed out’

      • shooter50

        I dont agree. Hold the 2 phones side by side and look at the same pages or photos. The Nexus 5 screen looks good all by itself, but side by side with the G2, it is dimmer with poorer viewing angles. I had them both for several days and the Nexus 5 screen just looked dull compared to the G2. Most reviewers have said that the 5 screen is great, but does not hold up to other flagship phones and I agree as an owner of both phones (until today when I sold the Nexus 5)

        • HarvesterX

          Also disagree, but I’ve never held the N5. It’s just an unfounded opinion based solely on the fact i own the G2..lol come on..both displays are best in class 😛

        • Skittlez

          actually, the Nexus 5 has the most accurate color reproduction of any phone. scientifically proven

  • markgbe

    it is the best phone I’ve used…. relevant past devices that i’ve owned were…. nexus 4, galaxy nexus, nexus s, evo 3d, evo.

    I’ve also had experience with the gs3 and the gs4.

    For me, a non expert photographer, the camera is fine.
    As someone who rarely plays games, and rarely talks on the phone, battery life has been great. I get 28 hours or so out of a charge before it dies. I sync gmail and exchange only. No facebook, or twitter. i watch plenty of youtube videos, and use it to control my chromecast.

    To conclude, for my usage style, this is the best device i’ve used all around.

  • huffimus_prime

    I’ve had mine for a few days and so far I’m loving the crap out of it. I haven’t gotten anywhere near being able to say how good or bad the battery is, but so far I haven’t had to be near a wall charger until I go to sleep.

    My impression so far is that most of the “shortcomings” are overblown, taking negatives that might deliver an annoyance every so often and turning them into huge device problems.

  • Godzilla

    Hard to say without playing with one. But so far this year it is the only phone I would consider over my S4. Being perfectly honest.

  • mrpunk2u

    The battery is woeful and I’m not on my phone all day

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Weird, it’s really hit or miss. It was horrible yesterday, but today, it’s lasting the whole day… very weird. It definitely isn’t dependable

    • Elliot Kotis

      woeful? Why are we comparing to the old nokia’s? I get a full days HEAVY use, with doing things from facebook to playing Asphalt 8 for a while. I had 3 hours screen on time yesterday, lasted the whole day.

      • mrpunk2u

        I’m getting about 1/2 a day of minimal use. Installed Lux and Battery Guru – seems to bring battery life up a little but by around 7pm, the battery is about dead

  • I have color-based buyer’s remorse. I chose white based on Engadget’s comparison saying that both were the same material just different colors. I really feel duped that I now have a slippery phone when I could have a non-slippery one had I chosen black. 🙁

    I like the phone, otherwise. I thought it would be too large but it isn’t. I actually like the white speaker on the front. I LOVE the screen quality! I don’t have issues with rattling buttons and the camera is plenty good enough for me (“crappy cell phone pics” are all I care about). And I love the screen quality! BTW, did I mention how much I love the screen quality? 😉

  • tspx23

    There are no shortcomings. Best phone of the year. Anyone who thinks otherwise has not used the phone or camera.

    • palomosan

      Well I can’t reply since mine hasn’t arrive yet…can’t wait.

    • I DO own and use it and my few gripes are VERY minimal.

      1. It doesn’t rest in my hand as well as my G-Nex (probably the best shaped phone I’ve ever had) — but I’ve already gotten used to holding it a little differently.

      2. When you hold the phone in your right hand and support it with your pinky (the way I think 90% of us hold our phone) your pinky covers the speaker! Also when playing games, your palm covers the speaker. I haven’t gotten used to holding it correctly yet to allow the speaker to play well. So, putting the speakers on the bottom has its pros, but I don’t know if it’s the best place possible for them. (And btw, it only has one speaker even though there are two grills…one is for the speaker and the other is for the mic)

      3. The power button is way higher on the side than it was on my GNex. It was in the perfect place on the GN for my thumb to hit comfortably (to quickly check the time, etc), but again, just something else I’m already getting used to.

      4. Headphone jack on the top 🙂 But we all knew that already.

      That’s about it! Like I said, VERY minimal gripes so far…I still hold the opinion that it’s the best phone made to date! Highly recommended for anyone and everyone! (unless the size is just too much for some people with small hands)

      • Devon

        I feel you on 1 and 2, the radius of the corners is too small and the screen is slightly lower than the surrounding bezel which has a sharp edge feel to it when swiping in from the side edge. The first day my pinky was bothering me.

        I think the Nexus 4 had a great ergonomics except the power and volume rocker did not protrude far enough.

    • MrE

      I think it’s you who hasn’t used the camera.
      It’s the worst camera I have ever used in a phone.
      Go and take an action photo in a low light condition then still tell me it
      is a good camera when you get 2-3 seconds delays and dont photograph
      what you intended to.

      • Is it worse than the Moto X camera?

      • So the camera is awful…in specific cases.

        Well, that’s not weird. =

        I’ve had okay luck with the camera. But then again, I’m not taking pictures of backflips in a poorly lit room…

      • HarvesterX

        Were you using HDR+ whem trying to take quick shots? Gotta tell the camera what type of actions and what type of lighting your yoirr using. With that that said, I hear it’s still pretty meh. Hopefully the software update will alleviate many of those issues.

        • Elliot Kotis

          Put….it on auto…that is what it is for. It works well.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Camera is okay for me…. focus barely works. Battery isn’t good. I can’t imagin ethat the HTC ONe with Sense and the same sie battery lasts longer. It’s just weird.

  • Shamu

    Had for a day now. Love everything so much! Love the low light camera performance and battery life is so far so good.

  • Chippah

    If your on Verizon – get yourself a G2 root-unlock and throw on kitkat = better than Nexus 5.?

    • Travis

      Agree, except I don’t think there are any kitkat roms available for the verizon g2 yet.

    • Rodeojones000

      Great idea in theory. I, too, am a Verizon G2 owner. But there aren’t any KitKat ROMs for it just yet.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      They aren’t anything close to the same device. If you’re on Verizon just get any device you want. They don’t look the same, don’t have the same camera or build materials.

    • dreadnatty08

      As long as I’m still stuck with the crap AOSP camera… no thanks. Sticking with CleanROM for the moment.

  • gokusimpson

    Sounds like the same old nexus story…wonderful device with a few serious shortcomings

    • Maxim∑

      Yeah, Google should release a model for maybe 429$ with no shortcuts. We might be expecting a little to much for a phone that cheap in price anyway