The LG Nexus 5 has a sombre, dare we say boring, shell, but beneath its quiet exterior beats the heart of a surprisingly impressive flagship smartphone. It certainly has the specifications to take on the Apple iPad 5C and priced between £299 and £329 it is going to make some waves. All of the specifications look solid, with some stand out hardware included, but it is the inclusion of Android 4.4 KitKat that is likely to cause the biggest stir – after all, even if you’re not interested in the phone itself, it is carrying the latest version of the most popular mobile operating system.
The 5” full HD display provides a resolution density of 445ppi and this means that absolutely everything will be crystal clear, whether you play games, watch HD clips, or stream TV.
Under the bonnet, you’ll benefit from a powerful quad core 2.3GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. You can choose between a 16GB or a 32GB model, but neither comes with expandable microSD memory slot, which is a shame, but a move that we presume has been taken to encourage people to buy the more expensive model.
There’s an 8mp rear camera and a 1.3mp front camera and users can record full HD 1080p video straight from the phone.
Even if you’re not interested in the phone itself, you may be interested to learn of the features that it offers thanks to the inclusion of Android 4.4 KitKat. This is the latest, and almost certainly greatest, iteration of Google’s mobile operating system to date.
Google Now has been upgraded and it will enable you to perform a multitude of voice commands. As well as being able to search and start calls without touching the phone, you will be able to set alarms and more. The software will be able to detect whether it is you that is speaking, so there won’t be any “hilarious” phone prompt gags from your mates either.
The Nexus 5 is released today and you can pick up the 16GB version for £299 or the bigger and, in our opinion at least, more sensible 32GB model for £329. For the £30 difference, and because there’s no microSD card slot (see what they did there?) you would be better served, and for a longer period of time, with the £329 model.