8 Nexus 5 Features That Make the Phone a Steal at $349 (list)

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So, you’ve now heard about the Nexus 5.  Yet, you’re probably wondering what makes this phone such a big deal?  Why this phone?  Why this much press?  Is the phone worth the price?  I’ll attempt to answer all of these questions by presenting you with a list of features that make the Nexus 5 a remarkable handset.  And yes, the Nexus 5 is (likely) worth every penny.

1. Latest Gen Tech

So the Nexus 4 is a solid device.  However, it’s hardware is getting a little long in the tooth, even though it’s just a year old.  The Nexus 5 steps things up to the latest processor from Qualcomm, a Snapdragon 800 chirping along at 2.3Ghz.  There is also an Adreno 330 GPU at 450mhz – this seems to be standard issue with the Snapdragon 800 as noted by Anandtech.

2. Big Screen More Useful

At 5-inches (truthfully 4.95-inch) the Nexus 5 display, which mind you is full HD, makes the handset perfect for just about everything.  Be it watching a movie, sending an email, or reviewing documents.  At 5-inches the handset isn’t so encumbering it’s not pocket friendly and yet it’s large enough to enjoy media, great if you’re on short flight with no in house entertainment.

3. First Phone with Android 4.4

Truthfully, I don’t know how big an improvement Android 4.4, otherwise known as KitKat, will be, since I haven’t used it.  But Google has been diligent about improving their mobile OS, and so far so good, aside from the marketing deal with Nestle – yes, that is real.  And aside from UI improvements, 4.4 also sees a reduction in memory footprint, which makes the OS and apps more compatible with older generation phones that have 512mb of RAM or more.

4. OIS Camera

Until very recently most smartphone cameras were marketed based on megapixels.  It’s somewhat BS, though 5MP, like the HTC One, is a bit too sparse, though I applaud them for increasing the actual size of the pixels, which translates to better low light performance. And although Google hasn’t said anything about the actual pixel’s size, like the iPhone 5s, they have added optical image stabilization, something often only seen in stand alone cameras.  This means that those with the shakes – be it horseback riding or off road driving – will be able to capture blur free (or reduced blur) images despite the aforementioned circumstances.  Moreover, the camera on the Nexus 5 is only 8MP, so it’s ideal since you’ll likely only be sharing photos digitally.

5. Google Now

On top of Google always on, always reading your email and providing updates in terms of directions and meeting, the Nexus 5 leverages the same “always on and listening” tech found inside of the Moto X and the Droids of recent.  Just say “Ok Google” and the Nexus 5 will react to your voice, even if it’s asleep.  I’ve used the feature, and it’s amazing how useful it can be.  Just be careful not to say “Google” in a conversation, otherwise you’ll find the phone reacting.

6. Wireless Charging

For most handsets this is an after thought.  Take for instance the Samsung Galaxy S4. You’ll need to buy a compatible battery, which mind you increases its thickness, and then you can charge the device on a compatible Qi charger.  The Nexus 5 ships with this feature built-in, though I should note that the battery is not user replaceable.

7. Size Ain’t Bad

It may not be the slimmest handset on the market, but at just 4.59oz and 8.59mm thick, the Nexus 5’s svelteness ain’t nothing to sneeze at.  That said, it’s slightly heavier (.09oz) than the Nexus 4, yet slimmer by .51mm.

8. Connectivity for Most

The Nexus 5 boasts the latest in connectivity.  This includes 4G/LTE, the 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and even WCDMA bands.  And guess what, it will be not only available on AT&T and T-Mobile, but Sprint as well.

GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA: Band Class: 0/1/10
WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
LTE: Bands: 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41

GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8
LTE: Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20

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Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."

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