It was only late last week that Google announced its flagship Android device for 2013, the Google Nexus 5. This is the first Android device officially running Google’s latest version of its mobile OS, Android 4.4 aka KitKat. What’s so special about this Nexus? From the looks of the first Nexus 5 advertisement posted up on Youtube, it looks like it’s all about the camera function.
According to the Google Blog:
The advanced new lens on Nexus 5 captures more light for brighter night and sharper action shots. And with optical image stabilization, you no longer have to worry about shaky hands and blurry pictures. A new HDR+ mode automatically snaps a rapid burst of photos and combines them to give you the best possible single shot. Learn more on our site.
I’m an avid hobby photographer and always wary of any mobile phone manufacturer claiming miracle shots from a device with such small optics. The shots that were displayed in the Youtube video were not realistic with that type of movement, even with image stabilizer built in i.e. jumping up and down to take a wedding show over a crowd or taking photos of granny dancing in lowlight with no flash. The proof will be in real world tests.
I find it ironic how smartphone ads these days sell everything except making phone calls! Don’t worry I’m not just pointing the finger at Google here.
If the camera with multi-shot image stabilisation is the biggest innovation on the Nexus 5, it better be bloody good otherwise it’s just another souped up Android.
Now about the specs of the Google Nexus 5 – it’s quite the beast. Firstly, the Nexus 5 features a blazing fast 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800 CPU and an 450MHz Adreno 330 GPU. You’ll also find 2GB RAM and a choice of either 16GB or 32GB data storage.
Size-wise it’s 69.17×137.84×8.59 mm, which makes it the thinnest designed Nexus yet. The Nexus 5 weighs in at 130 grams which is the same weight as the Samsung Galaxy S4. When compared to its competitor the iPhone 5S, the iPhone wins out in terms of thinness (only 7.6mm) and weight (115grams). If you love the Android OS and want a wonderful 5″ HD screen, then the Nexus 5 is the better choice for you.
Google Nexus 5 Specifications:
- CPU: 2.26 Qualcomm Snapdragon
- GPU: 450MHz Adreno 330
- RAM: 2GB
- Data Storage: 16GB or 32GB
- Camera: 8MP Rear Camera with image stabilisation, 1.2 front facing camera
- Weight: 130grams
- Dimensions: 69.17×137.84×8.59 mm
- 4.95” 1920×1080 display (445 ppi), Full HD IPS, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
- World phone support: GSM:
- 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8
LTE: Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20
- 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
- Battery: 2300 mAh
- Charge Port: micro USB
The Nexus 5 was not manufactured by Google’s Motorola Mobility division but instead by LG. I’m assuming this will change going forward.
Just from the specs itself and without played with a device yet, I don’t see any huge innovations with the Nexus 5. As a good friend of mine said, “with Android phones these days it’s more about boosting up specs than any really innovation, with each release”. Biggest disappointment would have to be the battery capacity. At 2300 mAh, it’s 300 mAh smaller than the Samsung Galaxy S4. Hoping that with Android KitKat there’s also battery improvements.
The best thing that I like about the Google Nexus 5? It’d have to be the price – at USD $349 for the 16GB and USD $399 for the 32GB, you’re getting superb value for money. If it weren’t for my recent swag of tech purchases this month, I’d probably shell out for one myself!
The Google Nexus 5 is the best value for money Android at the moment.
Google Nexus 5 Video