Nexus 5: Google’s new black incredibly good

New Nexus 5 is pure Android dream with furious good screen and awesome software. Too bad battery life pulls down the overall impression of the Google phone.

Each new Nexus phone represents a new chapter for Google’s mobile operating system Android. From the outset the idea with the Nexus series was to just bring out software before hardware. Android just as Google wants it to be, simply put.

The first phone in the series-the Nexus One, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4-filled while another aim, which was to serve as development units for developers who develop applications and services for Android.

Tablet Asus Nexus 7 from last year have been important from two aspects. Partly it was the Nexus 7 which really paved the way for miniplattorna. On the other hand was a plate a new direction for Google, then Nexus 7 clearly was directed toward consumers rather than developers.

With the new Nexus 5, it is clear that Google continues on that track. Google also has to deepen its partnership with LG, and just like last year (Nexus 4 in relation to LG Optimus G), based on the Nexus 5 LG’s latest flagship, LG G2.

Fantastic software

Just like LG G2 has Nexus 5 a stunning display with 1080 p resolution, even if it is slightly smaller (Nexus 5 has a 5-inch screen, while the G2: ans meters 5.2 inches). But we’ll leave the screen and come back to it later in the test. Instead, we start with another very important detail with Nexus 5, namely that it is the first phone with the new Android version 4.4 (KitKat).

HTC G1 from fall of 2008 was the first Android phone to go on sale. Much has happened in five years. Google has gone from partially be a development platform to dominate the mobile world together with Apple’s competing system Ios.

With is Android 4.4 KitKat, it is also clear that Google is betting hard on making its mobile operating system to an even more consistent experience for users. A problem that Google is plagued by is that previous versions of the operating system has been too costly to update budget phones with modest performance. However, KitKat, go to run on phones with only 512 MB of ram, which is light years away from what most top models are equipped with today.

At first glance it looks the start screen on the Nexus 5 same as, for example, the Nexus 4 when it was released. But when you look closer we find that Google has chosen to implement both small and big changes.

Among other things, Google has introduced a new full-screen mode that allows you to hide the status bar at the top of the screen and the phone’s virtual buttons when some apps are running. So far it’s just Google’s own applications-such as Google Now and Play books-which takes advantage of this. But Google hope that more developers to take advantage of the opportunity to use the entire screen area to their apps.

We also see that Google Now-search giant’s Digital Assistant-now can be accessed by swiping your finger from the left edge of the screen. You can also do a Google search directly from the start screen by just saying the words “Google”. The function is similar to the corresponding part of the Moto X-Motorola’s u.s. comebacklur. But there is a big difference, and it is that you need to have your phone’s home screen open to Nexus 5 should be able to listen for yourself. In addition, you can only use this feature if you have set US English as the language for voice input. At this point in time is, therefore, very limited functionality for Swedish users.

Hangouts default text messages

Another significant novelty is that Google Hangouts now default both text messages and text messages. It’s a smart move by Google to collect all your messages. But the big problem-at least in my opinion-is that still separates from other Hangouts sms text messages. When I try to send a text message to both and Hangouts message to my colleague Erik, it creates two distinct entries in the Hangoutsappen. Google need to hone this because it really should be practical.

Another, purely graphical change is that Google decided to give its app icons-such as the calendar, the Drive and the Chrome one more flat design. In previous versions of Android icons have been provided with shadows to give a 3-d effect, but this has been washed away in favor of a more minimalist design. Google has also replaced the colors on such as battery and wlan-icons from blue in Android 4.3, to white with Android 4.4. Small changes, but it still gives us a glimpse of the direction that Google wants to take the design of Android in the future.

There are far more news in the Android KitKat. Among other things, can display album art in full-screen mode when the phone is locked, the apps running Android 4.4 now can print over wifi, and that Android has received aid for boilerplate emojifigurer.

Overall feels more polished and Android consumer focused 4.4 KitKat than earlier versions of the operating system.

Nice and hearty feeling

Now it’s time to move on to how the phone looks and feels to use. The first thing that strikes you when you pick up the Nexus 5 is how easy the phone is. The handset has a weight of 130 grams-and there is a significant difference if you compare with other femtummare like the Sony Xperia Z1 (170 grams) and LG G2 (143 grams). Nexus 5 is also noticeably thinner than last year’s Google phone Nexus 4-the two phones is 8.6 mm, respective 9.1 mm thick.

With last year’s Nexus 4 it was clearly aimed at the premium layer-the back glass was covered with a kind of mosaic pattern. New Nexus 5 has a much more anonymous appearance. The front is protected by durable Gorila 3-glass. Otherwise, the front with 5-tumsskärmpanelen relatively anonymous; There is nothing that clearly reveals that this is Google’s latest flagship.

The “luxury” glass on the back of the Nexus 4 has now replaced by a rubberized plastic material, which directly brings to mind this year’s Edition of Nexus 7 tablet. But the Nexus 5 still feels hearty in their construction, and I hear no ominous rappel when I press along the edges of the phone. On the flip side, there is also a small LG-log, a significantly greater Nexus-marking running vertically and the camera with the Sony-manufactured image sensor. The Rubberised material at the back have a a really nice feeling and gives a good grip.

Unlike sister phone LG G2 has Nexus 5 their buttons on the more conventional places, that is, on the side of the phone. On the right side there is the on/off switch, and volume controls are in the same height on the opposite side. Google has made a big deal out of the keys on the Nexus 5 is ceramic. This may not be the most important part of Nexus 5. But the feeling of pressing the new buttons are nice.

To return to the Nexus 7-when you think about it, it was really weird to last year’s Nexus phone and the Nexus plate had so that different idiom, when both units belong to the same product line. One must assume that Google wanted to change it to in years, and now it feels like it runs a clearer thread about seeing Nexus 5: s and the Nexus 7’s appearance.

Sharpening, Google

Google has previously endured a lot of criticism for flawed camera software in previous Nexus phones. With Nexus 5 would be the appearances of this is fixed, both when it comes to software but also by Nexus 5 equipped with optical image stabilization. Sorry, it has not reached all the way yet. The phone’s camera has a capacity of 8 megapixels. There are fewer megapixels than most other top models. But we all know that it is not the number of megapixels that determines how skilled a camera is. Instead, the interplay between the optics and the camera software that is important. Nexus 5 has a Sony manufactured sensor element with a size of 1/3,2 ″ (just like the Galaxy S4 and LG G2). The camera also has an aperture of f/2.4, which should give better pictures in low light compared with previous Nexus phones.

What about the image quality? Our tests show that Nexus 5 definitely manage to deliver better pictures in dark lighting conditions than the Nexus 4. But compared with the competitors G2, Xperia Z1 and Iphone 5S, we see significantly more noise and grain, for example, if you are shooting at the pub. In addition, it takes a little, a little longer for the Nexus 5 to open the camera app than for example Iphone 5S is capable of.

New in Nexus 5 is also the HDR +, which according to Google will lead to significantly better HDR photos (High Dynamic Range) than before. There is a difference-especially in macro photos-but generally, this is not a revolution.

Photos taken with the Nexus 5 under good light conditions shows clearly approved sharpness, color fidelity and detail. But Google may not be content to be “good enough”-now you have to prove that it is possible to bring order to this. The problem is hardly unknown to Google. As I write this it talks about that Google is working on updating the camera software-although rumor has it that the update will include support for images in raw format and enhanced burst shooting.

Although the camera does not impress, I must say that the video recording at 1080 p resolution with Nexus 5 is surprisingly good. We still see a lot of noise when shooting in darker environments, but both image and audio quality is still good.

A real race car

We’ll move on to the phone’s hardware. LG has received much praise from technology journalists for the IPS panel which is G2 ‘s screen, among other things, by yours truly. 5-inch screen on the Nexus 5 is also an IPS panel. Even in this case showing the LG and Google was. We’re talking top class for brightness, sharpness, contrast and colour reproduction of the screen. It’s a freaking delight to read Web pages, run applications and play mobile games on Nexus 5.

But even the Sun has, as we know, their spots. Nexus 5 does not have the best angle, and is watching you on the phone from this page, you’ll see that the backlit screen is leaking some light from the edges. Sure, a phone’s viewing angle is less important than, for example, a television Panel, because you usually keep your phone right in front of your face. But I would still take it up here in the review when the viewing angle is significantly worse than that of many competitors. Compared to the G2, we can see that the screen of the Nexus 5 does not have the same blacks that LG’s top model. Whatever the shortcomings, I would say that the screen of the Nexus 5 stacks up extremely well in comparison with other Androidkonkurrenter, but also against Iphone 5S and Lumia 1020.

Under the black plastic on the Nexus 5 hides Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor 800 quad-core systems. The Snapdragon 800 is a true krafttpaket, we know from experience in our reviews of Sony Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra and LG G2.

Our benchmarks show that Nexus 5 is a real race car-even if the phone is not really as fast as other top models with Snapdragon 800 (LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3). Don’t get me wrong now, Nexus 5 is still properly fast, most users will not notice any difference if you compare the phone with LG G2. Multitasking and to open several apps in quick succession works just fine with Nexus 5. The phone system processor is also equipped with graphics part Adreno 330, which makes a really good in from out of game context. Car game Asphalt 8 with advanced 3D graphics floats on just fine on Nexus 5.

I try also to open heavy news sites with a lot of content in Chrome app. Nexus 5 manages to load the Aftonbladet start page much faster than LG G2, and about as fast as the Iphone 5S. But when it comes to the feedback-I try to swiftly scroll with your finger-slips Nexus 5 after a little in comparison with the LG G2. Same thing when it comes to Iphone 5S. But in the specific case, the explanation be that Android is Java based. In the system kernel is Dalvik, a virtual machine that interprets the apps that run on Android. Despite numerous attempts to refine the critics still contend that the Android Dalvik is slower than Windows Phone and Ios. But with a new Google Android 4.4 introduces, experimental virtual machine named ART (Android Run Time). According to Google, ART to that apps will be up to twice as fast at executing instructions. It will be interesting to see what SPECIES will have significance for Android’s continued development.

With Nexus 5 has the Google phones also finally received support for LTE/4 g. During our test we measure up a maximum data transfer speed of 58 Mbit per second. It is a really good result. But as always when it comes to LTE, it’s rather close to 4 g-masts-and how many of them you have near-which is more important than actual hardware.

Weak battery performance

The last stone we should lift on this test applies to Nexus 5 and its battery life. According to LG has managed to extend the usage time-think game, surf and other things that suck the cream out of the battery-from 10 hours in the Nexus 4 to 17 hours in Nexus 5. Good so. But can the LG keep promises? The battery in the new Google phone has a capacity of 2300 mAh. It is certainly an improvement from the Nexus 4 (2100 mAh), but is not particularly impressive when compared to LG G2 (3000 mAh), Samsung Galaxy S4 (2600 mAh) or Sony Xperia Z1 (3000 mAh).

During my time with the Nexus 5 has the phone found it difficult to stay alive during the whole day, but I’ll have to nödladda it before I get off work. Then I have no shared internet access to the entire editorial staff but instead eyeing my favorite apps from time to time, dialed a number, and so on. The results from our battery test confirms my suspicions: in comparison with other top phones have Nexus 5 actually really bad battery life.

We manage to listen out loud out of 4 hours and 34 minutes from it in our video testing. Compare that with sister phone LG G2 (5 hours, 17 minutes) and Sony Xperia Z1 (5 hours, 13 minutes) to get an idea of that Nexus 5 does not keep pace with the competition. Sure, both rivals as mentioned are equipped with a more powerful battery. But because good battery life becomes ever more critical, it may be helpful to know this about Nexus 5 If you are considering buying your phone. Of course you can improve battery life with apps. I have tried to install the Qualcomm batterioptimeringsapp BatteryGuru (works on all phones with Snapdragon processors), and noticed the difference for the better after a few days when the app learned my usage patterns. But it’s downright poorly identified the need for measures of this kind.

In summary, Nexus 5 is a really interesting package from Google that promise the best for future further development of Android. For it is above all the software and user interface that impresses with Nexus 5. It’s also nice to see that Google and LG focused on giving your phone a really, really good screen.

Nexus-series has always been a challenge for Google in terms of performance versus cost. In Sweden is the phone’s target price of approximately SEK 4 500, but in the United States costs the handset only the equivalent of about 2 290 Swedish kronor for the unlocked 16Gbytes-model. To be able to sell a phone to such a price must also include technology giants such as Google and LG do show sacrifices when it comes to performance. In the case of the Nexus 5 is about the battery capacity, which, unfortunately, pulls down on the impression of an otherwise perfectly good phone.

“On the other hand”

Elias Nordling: Phone raises not just any wow-feeling with its design, but the blocky rubber backing are at least a little original. I think the phone apps that the browser feels really much faster than I got used from Android, and hope that it depends on further speed optimizations of Android. The phone feels like a price war aimed at the top of the range, but the battery life is an Achilles heel.