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Why Google’s New Nexus 5 Could Be the Coolest Phone Out
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Why Google’s New Nexus 5 Could Be the Coolest Phone Out

by January 29, 2016
Positives

We love the HD retina display

Negatives

Phone seems a bit fragile in your hands

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Bottom Line

Great phone. The standard apps that work with Android are great starters.

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After months of rumors and leaks, Google’s Nexus 5 phone is here and it’s nothing short of spectacular. With a nationwide release last Friday, it is available at the Google Play Store,  & from Sprint and T-Mobile retailers.

You can buy an unlocked version At $349 for 16 GB or $399 for 32 GB,  which is  a good deal for an unlocked phone. You can also get it with the usual 2-year contract from Sprint or T-Mobile for $49.55.

Like the iPhone but unlike many Android phones, the Nexus 5 doesn’t have a MicroSD slot so you won’t be able to expand the memory. But the 32 GB version is only $50 extra,  compared to $100 on an iPhone.

The phone’s 4.95 inch 1080p touch screen is quite vivid and this is the first phone to come with the new Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.  As CNET reported, KitKat is Google’s answer to the long-time fragmentation problem in that it’s expected to work on all Android smartphones.

Unlike the Nexus 4, the new phone supports high-speed LTE. I tested it with the Speedtest.net app and got an astonishingly high 46 mbps download and 10 mpbs upload speed with AT&T. I had to double-check to make sure WiFi was turned off.

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Overview
Specifications

137.9 x 69.2 x 8.6 mm (5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 in)
Weight 130 g (4.59 oz)
SIM Micro-SIM

Details

MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 16/32 GB, 2 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, f/2.4, autofocus, OIS, LED flash, check quality
Features 1/3.2" sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR
Video 1080p@30fps, check quality
Secondary 1.3 MP

Features

Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
- Wireless Charging (Qi-enabled)
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- MP4/H.264 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
- Photo/video editor
- Document editor
- Voice memo/dial/commands

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Stephen Brown
Stephen Brown @SteveBTech is a Technology Entrepreneur, Programmer, & Int'l CES Judge. Along with being the founder of DigiLyfe, and Nubby.co, he is the founder of DigitalAfro.com, & StemStars.org an organization that teaches K-12 Students Science & Technology.

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