• Nexus 5: A Phone So Nice I Bought It Twice



    This is a post for everyone still pining for a OnePlus One. For much of 2014 it seemed that every post I read about this thing was answered with a tsunami of invite requests. I was lucky enough to have some quality time with the OPO this past July, and you know what? I went out and bought another Nexus 5 instead.

    This one's in red, so it's presumably faster.

    Don't get me wrong; the OnePlus One is, for most people reading this, an amazing value. But the more time I spent with it the more it became clear that, for me, the Nexus was the better choice.

    Price

    As Howard wrote in his review my $349 USD OnePlus One ended up costing me $479.06 CAD, whereas my second Nexus 5 dinged my credit card for a total of $467.86 CAD. With 64 vs. 32 GB of onboard storage you could argue that the OPO is the better phone, but hang on—I haven't even started my argument that it isn't (necessarily).

    Availability

    The Achilles' heel of the OnePlus One is, as we all know, that it's almost impossible to get. This extends to OPO owners who want to share the love; it was almost a two-month wait for this new owner to score some invites to share here.

    Meanwhile, in Canada at least, the Nexus 5 is still available factory unlocked from most of the major carriers (Bell seems to dropped it from their lineup); Koodo will even sell you the 16GB version in black for only a buck more than what Google charges, and with no extra shipping costs to worry about.

    The availability issue extends to accessories as well. Cases for the Nexus 5 are available everywhere, from Amazon to eBay to my local Chinatown. There are some third-party OPO cases available online but not nearly as many. The WTF moment for me is the OnePlus bamboo cover, which is way too expensive and not even available. Will I need an invite for that, too...?

    ROMs

    Scarcity of handsets means that there's just not the same selection of OPO custom firmware as there is for Nexus. The situation is definitely improving, though, and I'm pleased to report that my favourite ROM now has an official build for the OnePlus One.

    But when it comes to Nexus, you're definitely spoiled for choice.

    Size

    For me, it's not so much that the OnePlus One is big (it is), but that the Nexus 5 is (again, for me) perfect. I don't think that I'd want a phone any bigger and honestly, rumours of a phablet-sized Nexus have yet to stoke the fanboy flames within.

    So you're probably wondering why on earth I would buy another Nexus 5 when I already own one. Reasons include upgrading my girlfriend's Nexus 4 to give her the gift of LTE, and also because my new one is red. :P

    The OnePlus One may prove to be a great bargain should you have the opportunity to buy it. I just wanted to point out that, 11 months after its release and on the cusp of the announcement of its successor, the Nexus 5 is still a pretty great smartphone in its own right.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Nexus 5: A Phone So Nice I Bought It Twice started by acurrie View original post
    Comments 20 Comments
    1. dragon2knight's Avatar
      dragon2knight -
      Couldn't agree with you more, the 5 is a great phone at a great price backed by a great company. It checks all the boxes, not just one or two My only gripe is battery life....made worse by the latest 4.4.4 update and hopefully fixed by the next one. Everything else is just fine and then some.
    1. mikefxu's Avatar
      mikefxu -
      I bought our Nexus 4 used when the Nexus 5 came out, both sellers upgraded to Nexus 5. I will keep the Nexus 4 until Google stops providing the most current Android OS. There isn't anything that my Nexus 4 doesn't do. As a person in the IT field I always have the upgrade bug but I fight it for financial health and early retirement.
    1. acurrie's Avatar
      acurrie -
      Quote Originally Posted by mikefxu View Post
      There isn't anything that my Nexus 4 doesn't do.
      LTE?

      The Nexus 4 is certainly a fine phone—one that I'd recommend to anyone on Mobilicity or WIND—but LTE is kind of a big deal for me...
    1. PaisanNYC's Avatar
      PaisanNYC -
      Quote Originally Posted by acurrie View Post
      LTE?
      Installing one app from the Play Store to my Nexus 4 helped me get LTE to work on T-Mobile US.

      But I have to agree, I love my Nexus 5. Looking forward to the next iteration!
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      Having the OPO and previously having the N5 i must say the OPO is better in every way IMHO. the size which i was worried about is actually great for me, due to it's light weight for it's size, it''s thinness and curved back.
      The camera is leaps and bounds better and the battery is more then double the life of the N5.
      Also ROM's? Why would anyone put ROM's over Cyanognmod is beyond me. The updates by CM are fastest i have ever had on any phone as well. Not to mention 3GB RAM, OnePlus One outputs almost 600 nits which is better then some laptops and can be used easily in direct sunlight. There are so many more things better with the OPO that i do not have the patience to write, but most importantly is it will be available sans invites in a couple of weeks according to OPO.
    1. acurrie's Avatar
      acurrie -
      Quote Originally Posted by ijcy View Post
      Why would anyone put ROM's over Cyanognmod is beyond me.
      I think that SlimKat has a much better implementation of Privacy Guard—unlike Cyanogen, tapping the menu icon will take you directly to a screen where you can manage individual permissions for a running app.

      That's the big one for me.
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      Quote Originally Posted by acurrie View Post
      I think that SlimKat has a much better implementation of Privacy Guard—unlike Cyanogen, tapping the menu icon will take you directly to a screen where you can manage individual permissions for a running app.

      That's the big one for me.
      Well as you said there is a ROM from SlimKat now for the OPO.
    1. rogue17's Avatar
      rogue17 -
      I am thinking of getting a phone for my girlfriend. It's between the Galaxy S4 or the Nexus 5.

      I know battery life is something she might be concerned with. Galaxy S4 has a 2600mah battery and Nexus 5 has a 2300mah battery. Both have 5 inch screens.

      But have been hearing different things about the Nexus 5, some say battery life is fine. Others say that it is poor.

      I really don't like Samsung. So I come here to ask those that have tried the Nexus and perhaps the S4, and if they can tell me if Nexus 5 is good.

      I was going to ask OP and ijcy on other threads but you're both here. And you've used many different phones so I value your input. Or anyone else.I hear good things about OPO and other phones but would like to pick between the S4 and Nexus 5.

      Thanks




      I was going to ask
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      Quote Originally Posted by rogue17 View Post
      I am thinking of getting a phone for my girlfriend. It's between the Galaxy S4 or the Nexus 5.

      I know battery life is something she might be concerned with. Galaxy S4 has a 2600mah battery and Nexus 5 has a 2300mah battery. Both have 5 inch screens.

      But have been hearing different things about the Nexus 5, some say battery life is fine. Others say that it is poor.

      I really don't like Samsung. So I come here to ask those that have tried the Nexus and perhaps the S4, and if they can tell me if Nexus 5 is good.

      I was going to ask OP and ijcy on other threads but you're both here. And you've used many different phones so I value your input. Or anyone else.I hear good things about OPO and other phones but would like to pick between the S4 and Nexus 5.

      Thanks




      I was going to ask
      So my wife has the Nexus 5 and my daughter the S4, before lollipop the S4 outlasted the N5, now the N5 has great battery life! My wife gets 6-7 hours screen time with it! mind you she has the screen brightness at about 15% though. Out of the two i prefer the N5 for timely updates and pure Android. You also need to take into consideration that the N5 has the newer CPU and GPU.
    1. ishldknwbttr's Avatar
      ishldknwbttr -
      Quote Originally Posted by acurrie View Post
      LTE?

      The Nexus 4 is certainly a fine phone—one that I'd recommend to anyone on Mobilicity or WIND—but LTE is kind of a big deal for me...
      Nexus 4 is defaulted to work with certain LTE bands on lollipop. I know mine works with Tmobile LTE and this was the original nexus 4 that didn't supposed to have LTE, but later on found out it was installed but disabled due to some FCC issues.
    1. rogue17's Avatar
      rogue17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ijcy View Post
      So my wife has the Nexus 5 and my daughter the S4, before lollipop the S4 outlasted the N5, now the N5 has great battery life! My wife gets 6-7 hours screen time with it! mind you she has the screen brightness at about 15% though. Out of the two i prefer the N5 for timely updates and pure Android. You also need to take into consideration that the N5 has the newer CPU and GPU.
      My first question,Pardon the ignorance, Screen time is....? is it the amount of time it lasts while using the phone like playing games, checking out facebook,emails.

      15% is pretty dim for my wife. Her current Samsung phone is set to Full Brightness.

      And 2nd question IPS vs Super Amoled which is brighter and essier on the battery?

      Was going to ask this question in my previous post but was late and was using cell. Not desktop.
    1. futurephone's Avatar
      futurephone -
      Quote Originally Posted by rogue17 View Post
      My first question,Pardon the ignorance, Screen time is....? is it the amount of time it lasts while using the phone like playing games, checking out facebook,emails.

      15% is pretty dim for my wife. Her current Samsung phone is set to Full Brightness.

      And 2nd question IPS vs Super Amoled which is brighter and essier on the battery?

      Was going to ask this question in my previous post but was late and was using cell. Not desktop.
      I get about 3 hours screen on time now, more or less (with the lollipop update). Amoled screens use less battery for darker backgrounds, but LCD is easier and brighter to see outdoors in sunlight.
    1. rogue17's Avatar
      rogue17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by futurephone View Post
      I get about 3 hours screen on time now, more or less (with the lollipop update). Amoled screens use less battery for darker backgrounds, but LCD is easier and brighter to see outdoors in sunlight.
      3 hours with full brightness on?
    1. futurephone's Avatar
      futurephone -
      Quote Originally Posted by rogue17 View Post
      3 hours with full brightness on?
      No, I keep my brightness down. I don't know how long the battery would last with full brightness. The Nexus 5 gets VERY bright.
    1. xperiazthr33's Avatar
      xperiazthr33 -
      You get what you pay for. This is a budget phone. Great compared to others in its class of budget phones, but you can't change what it is, a budget phone. Obviously it's not as bad as say the galaxy light or the alcatel fierce, but in my opinion it hasn't left that class of phones. Battery sucks, screen is awful, no expandable memory... nuff said
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      Quote Originally Posted by xperiazthr33 View Post
      You get what you pay for. This is a budget phone. Great compared to others in its class of budget phones, but you can't change what it is, a budget phone. Obviously it's not as bad as say the galaxy light or the alcatel fierce, but in my opinion it hasn't left that class of phones. Battery sucks, screen is awful, no expandable memory... nuff said
      Wait, are you talking about the N5?
    1. Morphling27's Avatar
      Morphling27 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ijcy View Post
      Wait, are you talking about the N5?
      He's trolling. Don't feed them.
    1. rogue17's Avatar
      rogue17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ijcy View Post
      Wait, are you talking about the N5?
      Oh no he didn't.

      Just to update. They didn't have any Nexus 5 or S4 left so I got the HTC One M8 for wifey. My wife actually was contemplating getting the iPhone 6. Funny how the M8 looks like the iphone 6.....My sister had the M8 too and its a good phone.
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      Quote Originally Posted by rogue17 View Post
      Oh no he didn't.

      Just to update. They didn't have any Nexus 5 or S4 left so I got the HTC One M8 for wifey. My wife actually was contemplating getting the iPhone 6. Funny how the M8 looks like the iphone 6.....My sister had the M8 too and its a good phone.
      The HTC One M7 and M8 are great phones, i'm sure she'll enjoy it.
    1. xperiazthr33's Avatar
      xperiazthr33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Morphling27 View Post
      He's trolling. Don't feed them.
      Don't feed the trolls! Haha. Hey it's my opinion of a phone I owned & operated, although granted, not for a very long time. Great phone for the wife and kids.