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LG Nexus 5 Review

The search giant is partnering with LG for a second year in a row. Whether the Koreans are offering the best production cost or both sides were happy with the Nexus 4, it’s a choice we don’t mind at all. Anyway, Android 4.4 KitKat on a five-inch full-HD screen, powered by a Snapdragon 800 is a package no one would say not to.

Check out the key specs to see what we’re on about.

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
  • Penta-band 3G with HSPA; LTE cat3
  • 4.95″ 16M-color 1080p True HD IPS Plus FullHD capacitive touchscreen
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display protection
  • Android OS v4.4 KitKat
  • Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 CPU, 2 GB RAM, Adreno 330 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset
  • 8MP autofocus camera with LED flash, geotagging, optical image stabilization, photo sphere, 1080p video recording @ 30fps with continuous autofocus and stereo sound; HDR mode, Dual recording, optical image stabilization
  • 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 16GB/32GB of built-in storage
  • microUSB port, USB host support, USB on-the-go, SlimPort TV-out
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct and DLNA
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Voice commands
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • 2300mAh Li-Po battery, wireless charging

Main disadvantages

  • Non-expandable storage
  • Poor video and audio codec support out of the box
  • Non user-replaceable battery
  • Comparatively poor battery life (except for calls)
  • Loudspeaker is on the quiet side
  • Limited availability at launch

Although there’s almost no physical resemblance to back it up, the Nexus 5 is based on the LG G2 and that’s not a coincidence. The Nexus 4 last year was based on the Optimus G, so history’s clearly repeating itself. At least as far as what’s under the hood.

The latest major release of Android as usual premieres on a new Nexus phone. The Nexus 5 runs Android 4.4 KitKat, which brings even tighter OS integration with Google services. There are a number of other improvements and hints at what’s to come. But before we get to that, we’ll focus on the Nexus 5’s build and finish. The Android 4.4.

Battery life

Under the soft touch back cover sits a 2,300mAh Li-Ion battery, which Google rates to last up to 17 hours of 3G talk time. Naturally, we run the Nexus 5 through our circle of battery endurance tests and it managed an endurance rating of 40 hours.

The color balance is quite good and slightly better than even what the G2 offered. Contrast is a lower though and so is saturation, which means some of the extra punchiness is gone. Those who favor more natural reproduction will certainly be happy with the Nexus 5 screen, though.

Display test 50% brightness 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
LG Nexus 5 0.31 298 948 0.54 526 967
LG G2 0.10 149 1522 0.45 667 1495
LG Optimus G 0.14 197 1445 0.33 417 1438
Sony Xperia Z1 0.38 580 1513
Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4 0 201 0 404
HTC One 0.13 205 1580 0.42 647 1541
Oppo Find 5 0.17 176 1123 0.51 565 1107


The overall screen reflectiveness is very low and the display is very bright. There is some contrast loss when you are viewing the screen at an angle, but it’s minor and won’t take away from the otherwise good picture quality.