My Lumia 900 is no longer in use. As the start-up I recently joined is developing an app for Android and iOS (as well as some other platforms, except for Windows Phone), I had to replace my primary phone with a new one – a LG Nexus 5. This is my very first android smartphone and while I was somewhat hesitant at first I have to say, I am really liking the experience. Don’t get me wrong, it is no Windows Phone. But still.
While I love the logic behind Windows Phone and it’s app design, I am slowly getting the hang of what android does. While the user experience is, at times, far from being as logical as Windows Phone, it still has it’s moments. This and also the fact, I have access to so many new apps that I didn’t have before. Not that I have really started to use any of those, just a few.
The 1080p screen is lovely – it really is. Watching videos and images from the 5″ screen is bearable and things look much better on the Nexus. Not to mention the camera. Even though it is also 8 MP, like my Lumia, the quality difference is astounding. Every image I take looks great and detailed – but the camera aspect brings me to a negative side of the phone. There is no physical camera button, unlike the Lumia. You can take an image by pressing the button on the screen, but personally I would really prefer to just have a physical button to press.
I have yet to hold a smartphone in my hand, that felt more solid than my Lumia. Even with a rubbery cover the Nexus still looks and feels like something that would shatter and break into pieces, if I were to drop it on the ground. My Lumia even survived a fall from over a meter onto a concrete floor. No scratches whatsoever. The endurance of the phone is somewhat important to me and I do feel like it falls short in that aspect.
The technical specs for the Nexus 5 are as follows:
4.95” 1920×1080 display (445 ppi)
Snapdragon™ 800, 2.26GHz processor
Android™ 4.4, KitKat®
8MP rear facing camera with Optical Image Stabilization
I have heard over and over again that the phone is supposed to have a very high-end processor and capable of so much. But I can’t get over the fact, that I am dealing with a phone here – I cannot use it to play Skyrim or DayZ. At the end of the day, it is still a phone with a small screen compared to my Lenovo Y510p.
What the phone has (or Android in general) is Google Now. Being able to tell my phone to “remind me to wake up at 9 am” feels very KITT-like. Like a personal Jarvis in my pocket. As someone who is not a native English speaker my pronunciation is what it is, but surprisingly Google Now is capable of understanding me almost always and does what is needed.
Here are a few photos taken with the Nexus 5:
Overall: A well built phone that could have a bit more of a solid feeling when held. Being scared of dropping it or placing it the wrong way is not something I want to experience with a phone. But Lumia is a Nokia – and we all know what a Nokia is. But all in all, I expected more. The two biggest improvements going from my Lumia to Nexus would be the appstore with more apps to not really download and the camera. Basically I think only the camera would make the switch worth it, if that tickles your fancy. While it does allow me access to Android-supporting devices (one that I will be reviewing soon) I wait eagerly to go back to using Windows Phone.