Earlier today, I upgraded my phone from the Google Nexus 4-16GB to the Nexus 5-16GB. While the Nexus 4 still worked well enough – there are a couple of reasons why I chose to upgrade, and the benefits I have. First, the Nexus 5 is more capable phone which will run more reliably, and in a slimmer package. In addition, the Nexus 5 support LTE bands of service which will hopefully allow for future VoLTE (Voice over LTE). The capacity is the same, so there is no benefit there. The phone cost $30 (sales tax), and will have a monthly charge of $16.50 for 24 months.
As with most Android devices, updating the phone was relatively simple, although not everything as for settings transfers over. The button placement is similar so there should be no learning curve from my Nexus 4. As for the Nexus 4, it will eventually be replacing the Siemens Home Phone as the primary house phone. This will first require the phone to become unlocked, and then using the TruPhone SIM Service. The Nexus 5 has a 4.95” 445ppi display supporting HD resolution and a 16:9 Aspect Ratio. There is a 1.3MP front camera, and an 8MP rear camera with an LED flash. There is a 2300mAh battery, Qi Charging, Bluetooth 4.0 support, Wifi-AC, NFC, GSM-2G/3G and LTE Support. Since this is an North America phone, the LTE bands are 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41. In addition, CDMA 0/1/10 are supported. The phone has a Snap Dragon 800 CPU (2.26Ghz) with an Adreno 330 GPU. There is 2GB of memory, and with my device – 16GB of storage, but there is a 32GB option. A micro-USB (slimport) is at the bottom, and there is noise cancelling microphones. As one might expect, I have the black model.
First, a bit of a faster performance, or so it feels. This might be due to the fact the phone is brand new – but there will be time to test it in comparison to the Nexus 4. There is LTE support which will allow for faster and more reliable downloads. I can attest to this as my Nexus 7 supports LTE. The phone does feel more comfortable in my hands, and I am not concerned of the backing since it is ceramic rather than glass. I will get a cover for it sometime in July, but this is to protect my phone more so than worry of scratches.
There is Wifi-AC, but at this time – my router is an N class, so I won’t get the excelled AC performance. The screen is larger by almost ½” which allows for more viewing. And as a side effect of T-Mobile’s store only offering $20 for my Nexus 4 through my JUMP service – I will be keeping the Nexus 4 which means I will have a competent house phone.
The bad is mostly from T-Mobile. T-Mobile charged extra for the Nexus 5. The only reason I continued to purchase is for the EIP payments which has 0% APR. This of course means that while I am paying the price of the 32GB model for the 16GB model, it is in payments of $16.50/month for 24 months. It would also seem as if the Nexus 4 was locked, so I could only presume that the Nexus 5 will be locked to T-Mobile which means I will have to address that sometime next year. As per my normal gripes – there is no micro-SD card. This will mean that the 16GB is all I have.
Well, the price could have been lower. I feel that we should quit considering smart phones a luxury item, and make it mainstream. It would be nice if there was wifi-capable calling. This is an OS issue though. I will also be disappointed in the SIP client built into Google’s Phone Dialer.
This is a nice phone. I will likely keep it. As well, I will be keeping the Nexus 4. This is definitely, not a necessity as was moving from the G2x to the Nexus 4 was – but it is for the most part worth the acquisition, especially since I do have a secondary phone that can function in the means of backup. If one could go through Google, they should consider the price of the 32GB model.