November 4, 2013
Google’s Android-powered Nexus 5 is now available with many of the features that were leaked prior to its release. The new smartphone includes an upgraded 4.95-inch 1080p display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 2.3Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, and 2GB of RAM. It shows off the latest Android 4.4 technology, also known as KitKat, and it can be purchased on the Google Play Store today in 16GB ($349) or 32GB ($399) models.
The camera is the phone’s highlight, partly due to the sharp, 1080p display. But it also has a redesigned rear-facing camera, as well as optical image stabilization and motion compensation for reduced blur, according to Engadget.
Despite being only 8 megapixels, its fast shutter response and technology that the site says “captures multiple images at different exposures and combines them to produce the most detail possible” delivers true HDR. It also corrects exposure on-the-spot.
Other pluses are the 5’s many inputs for various devices. It has a micro USB port, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and NFC hook-ups. “Basically if there is a method of connecting to another device, the Nexus 5 has it,” Engadget says. Best of all, it can charge wirelessly.
As for the phone’s design, it uses less glass and more durable plastic, though it’s a high quality “silky” texture. Another highlight is the phone’s “snappy” response when launching apps or sliding through menus. Engadget says the Nexus 5 “takes the cake in terms of features, components and other specs.”
The main drawbacks are that the phone isn’t available for Verizon customers, and it may feel awkwardly large in small hands. Overall, however, the LG-manufactured phone is an upgrade upon the Nexus 4, and it’s available for AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint customers.