Top 5 things about the Nexus 5

Top 5 things about the Nexus 5

The Nexus 5 is one of the greatest Android devices that has hit the market this year, notably because of its appealing price tag. So, money aside, what makes this collaboration between Google and LG so good?

Here are my favourite things about the Nexus 5…

Android KitKat

Obviously the primary draws to Google’s latest Nexus device has got to be Android 4.4, also known as KitKat. And with Android KitKat comes a whole host of new features.

One such feature is the appearance of KitKat. Although in many ways the traditional app and home screen layout remains, Google has made the most of the Nexus 5’s 5-inch screen, making all of your app icons larger and more vibrant, almost iOS 7-style.

Another subtle, but effective, feature of Android 4.4 is the removal of any restrictive black bars behind the navigation buttons and control panel. This might sound like a minor change, but when you’re looking at a beautiful display with a 445ppi, being able to use the full 5-inch screen reall gives it that added extra.

Full screen

And I’m not done with Android 4.4 yet; another key addition which makes the Nexus 5 so great is the full screen mode which is automatically enacted whenever you launch an app, book or movie.

Like I inferred before, size matters; what’s the point in having a 5-inch display if you’re only using 4-inches of it?

Thin and super-light

In at number three is the Nexus 5’s build. At 130g and 8.9mm thick, the device can boast being the slimmest and lightest Nexus handset yet.

Compared to other 5-inch devices, especially the Sony Xperia Z, the Nexus 5 is a dream to hold and operate with one hand.

HDR+ mode

Whilst the camera on the Nexus 5 is still impressive, the main feature which makes it stand apart from all the rest is its HDR+ mode.

Auto Mode HDR+ Mode

Although many smartphones have a HDR mode, Google has stepped it up with the Nexus 5, and the feature really brings your photos to life.


As much as I have resisted the use of emoticons for as long as I can remember, there’s no hiding the fact that from years of using Whatsapp and Facebook, I don’t seem to be able to express myself without the use of a winking or sticky-out-tongue-face…

That’s why one of the top 5 things about the Nexus 5 includes the inclusion of Emoji (Japanese emoticons) to the hangouts app, which now replaces your traditional SMS app.

So now, when I want to make it clear that I’m trying out my stand-up comedy routine via text, I can use a instead of your old fashioned :P.  

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Written by Charlotte Kertrestel

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