Nobody writes a review for a one year old device. But with the Nexus 6 being a huge phone that many people can't (or don't want to) handle, the Nexus 5 has found itself in a rare position. Despite being one year old, it is still a highly relevant device, one that is still in demand to a certain extent (we are getting new Nexus 5 owners joining the Nexus 5 Central community almost every day). So how has the Nexus 5 held up after one year?
QHD displays are all the rage at the moment. But that doesn't mean that 1080p displays are suddenly unacceptable. On a device with a display around 5", a 1080p resolution is still stunning. Text is sharp and crisp, and viewing photos or watching videos is still highly enjoyable. The only area where the Nexus 5 display falls short is colour. Colours on this display tend to look washed out and faded. I've been using Franco's kernel on KitKat mainly for custom colour profiles. The few weeks I used the dev preview reminded me of how lifeless the display kinda looks. Now that Franco's kernel has Lollipop support, colours are looking much better on my Nexus 5.
Well, it is a Nexus, so performance shouldn't be an issue. The SD800 is still a very good chip, and 2GB of RAM is still widely used among other flagships as well. One year on, my Nexus 5 is still as snappy as when I first got it.
Lollipop is a huge update over KitKat, so I'm not exaggerating when I say it's like a brand new user experience. There's a lot of cool new stuff to help make our phones more useful, five of which I wrote about recently (http://bit.ly/11szap1). Of course, there's bound to be teething issues with an update this big, and Lollipop is not without its bugs. But as a whole, the software and user experience is just solid.
I'm not picky when it comes to camera quality. As long as the camera takes good photos for me to enjoy myself and to share on social media, I'm happy. The general consensus however over the past year, is that while the Nexus 5 camera may not be amazing, it's definitely not terrible either.
Compared to other flagships currently in the market, the battery life of the Nexus 5 is definitely not something to shout about. It'll get you through the day with light to moderate use, but anything even remotely close to heavy use will require a recharge before the day is over. Similar to what I said about the camera, it's not amazing, but not terrible either. Definitely room for improvement.
Many users have reported hairline cracks around the frame of the Nexus 5, mainly around the buttons or the sim tray. I've dropped my phone a few times, but other than the back popping off a bit in the corner - which I easily snapped back into place - there's no other visible signs of damage anywhere on my Nexus 5. And my screen is still scratch free. No case, no screen protector. The only thing I have on my device is a dbrand skin.
So there's my one year review. I'm still very happy with this device. Battery life would be the only major gripe I have with it. But since it supports wireless charging, and I have a powerbank with wireless charging, it's less of a problem. If anyone were to ask me if it would still be worth it to get the Nexus 5 now, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
Because I may have, for the first time, soft-bricked someone's (Thai's) phone. I started working on it because it seemed like a terribly slow piece of shit and I wanted to put a better ROM on there, but, by way of factory-resetting, which shouldn't hurt anything, I've gotten myself into a situation I don't have time for, with school and all.
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