LG Nexus 5
LG Nexus 5

Gizmo Guru | Nexus 5: The best Android smartphone yet

LG has done an amazing job with the Nexus 5, and the pricing makes it hard to resist

The Nexus 5 is the Android phone to buy if you’re in the market right now. It’s got all that you’re looking for on paper—there’s a 5-inch full-HD screen, the latest version of Android, a quad-core 2.3GHz CPU and 2GB of RAM. There’s an 8MP camera on board, and it performs well, focusing quickly and taking accurate pictures. The 16GB model costs 29,000 which is a pretty fair price for what you’re getting here.

In actual use, those numbers deliver, and that is something that can not be said for all new Android devices in this price bracket. Looking at the pricing and performance of other phones, you’d be forgiven for imagining that the MRP of the Nexus 5 was actually closer to 40,000.

On the downsides, the Nexus 5 isn’t a great looking phone, with extremely bland design. The neat, clean lines don’t look bad, and the phone is comfortable to hold, but it’s not something anyone could get excited over.

Secondly, battery life can be a little disappointing—it’s not a dealbreaker, but you’re going to charge your phone as soon as you get home, every day. However, you’re getting a super smooth user experience, possibly the best on Android today, and app performance of both daily use apps and high end games was consistently smooth over a full week of use.

All in all, the Nexus 5 delivers on the promise of its specs, and compared to other Android phones available, is actually delivering value for money, in a market where 25,000 has come to mean “mid-range" for the most part.

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