Nexus 5 – Value and Performance
At $349 unlocked, the Google Nexus 5 is priced far below competing flagship smartphones. Apple (AAPL) is charging $649 for its latest, for example. Despite the bargain-basement pricing, the Nexus 5 has impressive specs, including a quad-core Qualcomm (QCOM) Snapdragon 800 processor and a 5-inch, 1080p display.
In its Google Nexus 5 review, Phone Arena put the Nexus 5 through various benchmark tests and reports that it’s a serious performer, despite the discount price. While topped by the Apple iPhone 5S, the Nexus 5 comes out ahead of much higher-priced Android competitors like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony (SNE) Xperia Z1.
Google and manufacturer LG clearly did not cut corners on the horsepower of the Nexus 5 to keep prices down.
Some cost-saving was realized by going with a plastic case. The 8MP camera is also a bit underwhelming. In a Nexus 5 review that was otherwise highly positive, Tech Radar found the camera produced photos that looked washed out, describing the photo performance of the Nexus 5 as “just adequate for day-to-day use.”
Nexus 5 owners can expect call quality to be good and battery life to be average. Google claims the 2,300 mAh battery is good for up to 17 hours of 3G talk time but a sampling of Nexus 5 review results shows that 7-10 hours of mixed use is the norm. Unlike the Galaxy S4, the battery is not swappable so Nexus 5 buyers can expect to be doing what most smartphone owners do –recharging nightly.
Despite the lackluster camera performance, the Google Nexus 5 makes for an impressive value proposition.