[Q & A] Nexus 5 - I've got a Nexus 5, if you've got questions, fire away!

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Feel free to post them here & I'll try to answer any questions you've got about the Nexus 5 & KitKat themselves ... but not about Koodos' pricing, availability or network.
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I know the phone runs well because the Nexus 4 practically flew on 4.3 with a 1.5GHz S4 pro SOC but this thing is probably a speed demon with a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core and running 4.4.

1. How's the camera? Wanna upload some samples for us to look at? I know it's still an 8MP but there's supposedly a lens/sensor upgrade to get better pictures because the Nexus 4's camera wasn't anything to write home about.

2. Battery life? It's only 2300 mah and I know it's a Snapdragon 800 device running KitKat but I don't see it being dramatically better than the N4. I use my phone a fair bit but probably not as heavily as Ivan since he can't seem to get more than a day out of a phone :P

3. Build quality? I know it's got the nice matte back but how's the white? Same material? Does it feel solidly built in the hand? I hear it has high quality ceramic buttons now but I'm still skeptical. I'm not expecting HTC level of quality here but I don't want something cheap and plasticky either.

4. What's KitKat like? Anything exciting or better about it? I would like to see it on an Ace II X or Xperia J. I know it's not a huge upgrade over JB but I like the transparent status bar and touch buttons idea.
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Honestly, after 2 days of use, the battery life (my major issue with the GNex and especially the N4) is a non issue for me.

Yesterday the phone was taken off the charger at 10am and the battery was at 9% by 4:30am. I didn't use my phone as much as on average but the usage was probably 75% of my average. That was pretty impressive for me at least. And the phone charges as fast as my iPhone 5 (which I've always preferred to Androids with larger batteries due to its much faster recharge speed).
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The iPhone 5 does charge really fast, that was pretty cool about it.

I have found that the G2 actually charges pretty fast (about an hour and a half from 10%) despite the monster 3000mah battery... I think part of it is because the OEM charger outputs at 1.8A/hour.
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Is the LG G3 a better cell than the Nexus 5, I'm thinking about swapping?
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Yes Becki the G3 is better in every way
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My Nexus 5 shows the picture as sent but they are not received. Not iphone or android. My son has the identical phone. People were receiving them up till a few months ago. I don't think anything has changed? Help?
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Enjoy it, John! The Nexus 5 looks awesome :)
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My current emotion is anger over Google's "stealth launch".
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By not having a big deal of a launch it saves them a huge amount of money which is one of the reasons they can offer the phone at such a great price & there was enough buzz about the phone that everyone was already watching for it every day.
They've done a great job with the launch this time as those who ordered right away got there's already and those of us that had original shipping dates of 3-4 weeks will be getting ours tomorrow, just 1 day after those who ordered right away. I'd say that's a very impressive launch & that Google has done a great job with it personally.
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I disagree. They don't have to have a big launch event, but an announcement even 24 hours prior would've sufficed for me.
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I think that it also makes it so the ordering process isn't hit as hard as it would if everyone was sitting ready for it. This way the hardest core ppl that are waiting and watching constantly get in first & then it spreads through word of mouth to the rest of those waiting for it. It makes the phone seem more elusive as well and those first ppl feel exclusive, I know I would have if I had of made it in the first shipments ;-)
There has to be a reason Google has done it this way for 2 years
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Two years? It was known beforehand when the N4 would be available.
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I'm looking at it the price is high once the taxes and shipping is calculated the 400$ phones is a 476$ phones which is killing me a little bit because an Iphone has a better Guarantee than Any other company.
Just wondering can you change the screen it breaks can you change the battery if the current one is not enough.
I need something that will last longer than my HTC one V that I own since a years and the screen is close to pop out the aluminum case.
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The One V isn't in the same league as a Nexus 5, Nexus 4 or even Galaxy Nexus from 2 years ago.
The One V was an entry-level device.
By comparison, the Nexus 5 has the highest-end specs in any phone other than the camera & battery.

If you're looking for a phone that will last you 2+ years you can't go wrong with the Nexus 5 - it's by far the best device for the price.
Compare the iPhone 5S, Galaxy S4, HTC One, LG G2, Xperia Z & Moto X - they're the flagships for each of the major manufacturers and all cost 250$+ more than the flagship from Google.
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yeah well I just made the transaction for the nexus5 32GB white now do you have a site for case that are dust proof (for audio jack) and anti-shock
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There's not many cases out for it yet and I have yet to see any that have covers over everything. Spigen has some great cases for shock absorption as well as glass screen protector you might want to check out that will protect it and there all alot cheaper than any Otterbox case which I'm a huge fan of but they're twice the price as spigen and quite a bit thicker usually.
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I found some silicone anti-dust to put in my audiojack and in the usb plugs but for screen protector I got a guys who can maybe sell me a few pcs for 0.50$ each.
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I'm jelly! My nexus 5 won't be here till friday! However, my ultra slim fit spigen case arrived today.
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Nice, my Slim Armour spigen case hasn't shown up yet, hoping it shows up tomorrow with the phone. So how do you like it & what color did you get?
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I got black. It's alright. Pretty plain but I wanted something plain and non flashy with no designs on it. I thought it would be a soft case, but it's actually a really hard case.

Some people say this isn't as comfortable due to the cutouts at bottom where the usb port is as it has sharp edges, so people who rest their pinky finger there complain about it. I however never rest my pinky at bottom of phone and hold my phones from the sides always so that's not an issue for me.

I debated long and hard over ultra slim fit or slim armour and am still not sure I went with the right one, but I wasn't going to buy both just to compare as that would be a waste of money. I'm really careful with my phone so I think this case will be good enough.

I got overnight shipping on case too, but only because it came locally from richmond to vancouver. I assumed it would be coming from the east so was happy and surprised they have a richmond warehouse too.
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I got to play with a Nexus 5 and it feels fantastic! Plus getting the latest software helps. There's a new Android runtime option in KitKat too! I wish I had more money...
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How is the 3g/lte signal strength on the Nexus 5? I'm thinking about buying one but if reception is anything like my Galaxy Nexus, I think I'll look elsewhere.
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I would think that's more of a Samsung issue. I've found Samsung's to be lacking in that regard. I've had a couple of Motorola's that I've been very pleased with in terms of reception, but never had an LG. That's a good question.
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Solid on the Nexus 5 - I consistently get LTE coverage.
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Thanks a bunch for both answers, I barely see any info regarding the matter in online reviews. You guys are blazing fast too.
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Does your phone sometimes switch to hspa? For some reason mine does, even with 3 bars. But it will switch back to lte in a few min.
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I have not had any issues with the reception on my Nexus 5 like I had on my Nexus 4. The N4 would tend to not allow me to make any phone calls or send and receive any text messages when I would be around any major amount of metal and the N5 has given me constant connection to the cell tower for flawless reception. The best purchase of my life.
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When can you send me one for free? :P
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Do you know if you can add more apps to the quick launch? When you hold down the home button it comes up with the quick launch for Google now, But I want to see if I can add other apps to that quick launch tray.
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You cant stock but there is an app that you can use from the PlayStore that I think you can use to achieve what you want, it's call Google Now swipe disabler & you can use it to disable that swipe gesture or assign an app to it with a few easy steps.

Here's the link https://play.google.com/store/apps/de...
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Does the N5 have touchless voice control like the Moto X?
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It has the whole "Okay Google" voice command, but apparently the screen has to be on, which isn't as useful.

Wish it had active notifications, but I suppose they have to keep the Moto X distinct from the Nexus line.

Although, am I the only one that thinks the Nexus line will eventually merge with the Moto X given the prominence of the letter "X" in both?
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I'm kind of happy that "OK, Google" isn't listening when the screen is off though I have mixed feelings about it. A main reason I haven't committed to the Xbox One is the Kinect 2.0 always listening for a startup command. Sure, it's not "supposed to" listen to anything else...

I'm not a fan of Telescreens, no matter if they come from Google, Microsoft, or Apple.
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Is the Nexus 5 worth the extra $200 compared to the Nexus 4?I was comparing the phone specs and there's not much difference. I mean both quad core and slightly different OS. But when looking on the surface of the specs is the $200 really worth it?Let's be honest with the replies because I was going to get the Nexus 4
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Honestly, I'd go with the N5, but not from Koodo. It's not worth the $134 premium (I factored in Play Store shipping costs, but not taxes).

If you wanted to get some sort of subsidy, you can do what I did: get a new phone for free from Koodo that is reasonably in demand and that you can re-sell as new for most of the value you put on the tab (I did this with the One V - sold it for $120 in a sealed box).
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I don't have a n4 to compare, but I have the n5 and it's freaking amazing! This thing is so damn fast, it's awesome. I was listening to the latest android police podcast and one of them had a n4 and he said he never thought his n4 felt slow until he got his n5 and now he thinks the n4 is slow in comparison. He also said the n5 screen is a lot better than the n4, which he said had a washed out look to it and less accurate colours. The camera is also better and the battery is a little better.

Just get it from the play store and the difference won't be $200. This phone is well worth it and is freaking amazing!
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If I had the funds, I'd get an N5 over the N4, just based on the specs alone.
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The camera and battery just had to be better, because the N4 set the bar really, really low in those departments, lol.
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The Nexus 5 is definitely worth the extra cash IMO and is one of the best phones on the market with its only shortcoming being the battery if your a heavy mobile gamer although it's still a lot better than the Nexus 4 battery.
The Nexus 5 has a much faster quad core processor & is actually the fastest phone I've used to date including the Note 2, Galaxy S4, HTC ONE, Moto X & more, although other phones have the same processor as the N5 none will be as fast since the N5 runs pure Android without any skin like other phones. It has a much better display at 1080p instead of the N4's 720p display which is not only crisper but much more vibrant while not being over saturated like the LG G2 or Galaxy S4, it actually has one if not they colour accurate displays of any Android phone on the market. The extra display size of the N5 is a huge one as well because a 5" display is the perfect size for a smart phone to enjoy it like a smart phone is meant to be used, Gaming, browsing the Web, watching video's, typing on a virtual keyboard, the extra space just makes it more of a joy to use without being hard to operate with one hand comfortably.
I prefer the build of the Nexus 5 over the 4 as well as I am a huge fan of soft touch rubber coated plastic & it's also much more durable than the glass back of the N4, I do like the look of the N4 sparkly back don't get me wrong but as I use a case your limited of what cases will still show off that cool sparkle.
Call quality is close but I'd give it to the N5 which sounds a little crisper to me & to the party on the other line but they are close.
The N5 has much better sound than the N4 since it's more directed toward you user although I would have liked it a bit louder which could have been achieved if they actually put dual speakers instead of a mono speaker and Mic in the other grill which is my biggest peeve of the N5.
The Camera on the N5 is way way better than the N4 when it gets it right. I say this because the N5 is very finicky when taking pics as you can take 2 or 3 pics in the exact same spot of the same thing and 2 will turn out OK and the 3 Rd will be amazing looking. This will be fixed with an update and give the N5 a really great camera I'm sure, maybe not S4 quality detail but real close & better lights and shadows.
The N5 is also better while gaming it's super smooth with its Adreno 330 GPU over the N4's 320. The N4 is still very smooth while gaming but there's a noticeable difference as the N5 is silky smooth.

I'm probably missing something but you get the just, IMO it's worth the extra $200 or so of even getting it from Koodo as it's very close to a perfect device with only sound & battery bringing it down. If it did have both of those not being an issue then I don't know how they would upgrade next year.
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Ordered a back skin in titanium silver:

http://dbrand.com/purchase/nexus-5/
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Can you tell me the answer to these two questions?

1) Is the phone 'Koodo Branded' in any way? (i.e. is there a Koodo splash screen when you start up the phone, or is it stock Android)

2) Is the phone carrier / region locked at all?

Thanks,
Rob
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The phone has nothing Koodo anywhere on it, it's exactly like every other Nexus 5
The phone is not locked in any way
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I suspected as much, I believe that the 'nexus' program devices don't allow locking or re-branding, but I couldn't find anything anywhere to confirm.

Thanks for the reply!
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I am pretty sure my wife has the Nexus 5 for me, for Christmas. I can't wait. I have a HTC One V and I really am sick of it. The battery life sucks. My questions are. Is the phone unlocked. I ask this because I travel and would be nice (My HTC One V is unlocked). And how is the battery life?
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Yep all nexus devices come unlocked, I don't have an N5 so idk about battery, it is significantly better than N4 battery though. :) Enjoy
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The battery life is definitely better than the Nexus 4, it isn't great but it's very respectable . I get on average 5hrs of screen on time during a 12 hr charge before I throw it on the charger. It's a great phone and a huge upgrade from the HTC ONE V you'll absolutely love it.
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i heard that some people are having issues with loose power/volume buttons on the device that shake/rattle when you tap the screen or just pick it up in your hand ?? does any one have these issues, are the buttons on the device loose, there suppose to be firm and in place.

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I just tapped my screen and heard nothing, the only way I can make the device make even the extremely slightest rattling sound is if I shake the sh*t out of the phone & even then I can barely hear it. It's a very solid and we'll built device I just recommend getting a case like with any smartphone & you'll have nothing to worry about.
I have the SPIGEN Slim Armour in Champagne Gold and I couldn't be happier with it especially since it only cost me $25 from their website.
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do u have the 16 or the 32 gb model, which colour also
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I have the black 16gb version and my friend has the white16gb version and & few of my buddies have the 32gb version one in white and the other 2 black all of them I've asked about it have no issues with the buttons at all.
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Hi, how to distinct the notifications volume from the calls volume ? Thanks (a french customer ;-))
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Unfortunately, there's no way to do that in the stock Nexus 5 ROM:



Maybe there's an app that will let you do what you're asking.
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9 months later, I'm curious if you have any additional comments or observations?

Are you happy with your Nexus 5, or are you feeling any regrets?

I assume that you bought the 16GB version (since that's the only version that Koodo sells), rather than the 32 GB version. Given that there's no microSD support, have you found the 16GB (actually ~12GB, since ~4GB is used for the OS and preinstalled apps) to be enough?

Any technical issues?

How's the gorilla glass holding up?

Is the battery still good, or is the charge life starting to go down?
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I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure John Burke got the N5 before koodo started carrying the device so he may have the 32gb model. I don't own an N5 but many of the other MM's do or did so they can probably answer your questions more thoroughly. :)
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He does have the 32 GB version.

I had the 16 GB version and that was enough for me. I can't really say whether it'll work for you or not.
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That's fair, although he can certainly speak to the other questions I raised since any of those issues arising would be common to both versions.
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If people still have a Nexus 4, it's still a decent device even by today's standards, I will agree with battery life being a bit on the poor side. Love the design of the phone and how it feels in the hand. Mine doesn't have the bootloader unlocked, but I am running the Google Now Launcher, and this has kept me from upgrading to the Nexus 5. As rumors have stated in recent weeks, the Nexus 4 is going to be getting Android L, which I'm excited about (as well as the Nexus 6) :).
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That battery though... Whenever someone says horrible battery life, the N4 and Z10 come to mind instantly.

A bit on the poor side is an understatement.
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I find it depends on how heavy of a user you are. I can kill the battery down to like 15% in 3.5-4 hours. On a low to medium use day I can make it about 10-12 hours. So it's not too bad.
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I had the N4 and currently use the N5, and if you're on a fence about saving and getting the N4, I can say with confidence that you should splurge a bit and get the N5. It is a much better device in all categories: screen, camera, battery, design (well, that's a bit subjective), etc.. Even almost a year later, the design of the N5 is simple and it feels great in my hand.

In terms of battery, I had to charge my N4 at least once during the day to give it enough juice to last me to the end of the night. With my N5, I can up my usage significantly and it'll still typically last me on a single charge. Right now I'm at about 5.5h on battery with 3.5h on-screen time, and my battery is at 38%. Usually your screen is what will suck the most out of your battery, and if you can get up to 5 hours of on-screen time, you're in pretty good shape.

Of course, I help the battery along with a custom kernel that's meant to prolong a charge without sacrificing performance. I did notice that once I switched to Koodo from Rogers, my reception hasn't been as strong and that results in my battery draining slightly faster.
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My hangouts on my n5 ain't working right and idk why. I tried signing in and out of hangouts and turned my cell off and on. Still funky. Help please !
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If your using hangs for messaging may I suggest. Going to the app store type. In essence and down load the Google made one it's alot better and runs smoother