LG Nexus 5 Review

Published by Marc Büchel on 18.12.13
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Overall + -
With their Nexus 5, LG succeeded in creating a convincing smartphone. What you get is a seriously quick device, which features a surprisingly modest price. Other than that build quality is great and the coating makes the phone very grippy. Apart from that there is the fact, that Nexus phones are the first ones to receive the latest Android updates from Google and this alone can already be reason enough to choose the Nexus 5 from LG.   - Performance - Build Quality - Price - Update cycle  
Design / Bild Quality   + -
LG chose to make the Nexus 5 a high-end device therefore it's important, that this smartphone features a well thought and decent design as well as flawless build quality. The matte finish looks just great and the fact, that this device received a rubberized coating makes it very grippy, as we already mentioned. Since the Nexus 5 is very well built there are no squeaking whatsoever even if you bend the device. In case of the display, there is Corning's Gorilla Glass, which makes it almost impossible to scratch it.
On a slightly different note: there is no headset inside the box, which is one of the few spots, where LG was saving a few bucks in order to achieve very competitive pricing.
  - High quality materials - Gorilla Glass 3 - Finish  
Performance / Battery   + -
Since there is a Snapdragon 800 SoC working inside the Nexus 5, there is definitely nothing to complain when it comes to performance. Althought it was quite surprising to see, that the phone started to throttle in for example 3DMark. Testing the phone in the cold revealed better performance numbers. We would love to see LG paying more attention to cooling the SoC and apparently this also shows, that 2.3 GHz with this manufacturing process as well as with four cores seems to be the maximum, which can be squeezed out of this formfactor.
When have a closer look at the battery we notice, that especially talking time is rather high. Although it's not the battery with the largest capacity, there is still plenty of juice. Overall battery life is on a competitive level.
  - Overall Performance - Throttling
Display / Camera   + -
In case of the display there is a panel that measures 4.95 inch diagonally. Since there is an IPS panel colors are life-like and also contrast as well as brightness are really good. One point where LG was saving a few bucks concerns the camera. There is an 8 Megapixel sensor on the back of this phone. Nevertheless this camera is everything but bad. One thing that is really practical is the image stabilization feature. Especially, when there is bad lighting conditions, this really help. Taking pictures outside in full daylight, resulted in sharp images with rich and life-like colors. The same that goes for foto functionality also applies to taking videos. They are sharp and feature life-like colors.   - IPS Panel - Image stablization - Life-like colors - Sharp images - Strong noise under bad lighting conditions
Recommendation / Price   + -
The Nexus 5 from LG is a great and very well built smartphone. According to Geizhals.at prices for this phone are starting at 395 Euro within Europe. For that price, you get a state-of-the-art smartphone, where the manufactuere had been saving a few bucks by not providing a headset as well as putting an 8 Megapixel camera into the case instead of a 13 Megapixel sensor. Should you be looking for a new phone for under 400 Euro, then the Nexus 5 from LG should definitely be considered.   - Pricing  
The Nexus 5 from LG receives very good 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Page 1 - Introduction
Page 2 - Display / Specifications
Page 3 - Design / Display / Camera
Page 4 - User Interface / Battery Life
Page 5 - Benchmarks
Page 6 - Conclusion

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