Nexus 5: all you need to know

Overview

The Nexus 5 is Google’s latest Nexus device, and has really got the people talking with its addition of the new Android 4.4 KitKat update.

The Nexus 5 is slightly bigger (and in many ways better than the Nexus 4); it has a 5-inch screen and a smooth, slick-looking rear plastic casing, available in either black or white.

It also has a similar 8MP rear-facing camera, packed with the same Nexus camera features as you would expect, including the editing suite, photo sphere and panoramic. One improvement of the Nexus 5 compared with the Nexus 4’s camera is the addition of the HDR+ mode, which really brings your photos to life.

Under the hood, the Nexus 5 has a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, which is a big step up from that of the Nexus 4. It is also available in either a 16GB or 32GB variation, and, despite its 5-inch display, is Google’s slimmest and lightest Nexus smartphone yet.

What makes the Nexus 5 stand out most, though, is its operating system. Being the first device to sport Android 4.4 (KitKat), it has got everyone talking about it. Although the general Jelly Bean user won’t notice that many changes with KitKat, Google has ensured that the icons, user interface and navigational controls make Android devices even easier to operate.

So why not take a browse through our Nexus 5 review, or check out our Nexus 5 deals which start at a jaw-dropping £21/month?!

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LG Nexus 5 16GB white Review

We’ve waited for it for months now, and finally, after all the rumours, leaked specs and images, we have our hands on the Nexus 5. And to be quite honest, it’s the first time that I have been this excited about a new Android phone in some time!

And as a Nexus 4 owner myself, you can expect to find lots of comparisons with the Nexus 5’s predecessor!

So will the Nexus 5 match up to my expectations? 

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Our Rating

Build Quality
16/20
Phone Set Up
18/20
Features
16/20
Camera & Video
17/20
Battery Life
16/20

LG G Watch and Moto 360: Hands On With Android Wear

Everywhere you look, Google is lurking; whether it’s behind your computer screen or in your smartphone, Google is always there.  And with Google’s latest venture, Android Wear, the web giant is set to take over yet more of our lives. But surely this doesn’t have to be a bad thing?  

What is Android Wear?

Android Wear is Google’s latest operating system designed especially for smartwatches. The smartwatch trend is a craze that’s been building momentum for years, so far culminating in just a few devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Gear and the Pebble smartwatch.


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However, with Android Wear, Google has enabled a whole host of manufacturers to get in on the smartwatch action, providing the software for companies such as LG, Sony and Samsung to flex their muscles in the hardware department.

Love Android? Find out more about Google’s upcoming version, Android Lollipop!

What does Android Wear do?

 To put it simply, Android Wear connects your phone to your wrist, allowing you to do anything from pause, skip and play your favourite tunes, to answer calls and send text messages.  

But, knowing Google, the software doesn’t just transfer functions from your phone to your watch. Android Wear actually picks up on your favourite places or hobbies, journeys you do regularly, and sports teams you support, in order to suggest information you’re interested in before you even have to ask.

Android Wear is designed to guide you in your everyday life rather than acting as a gimmick that you only use once. That’s why all of the software’s features have a purpose to your everyday life, displaying information on the weather where you are, the traffic on your usual commute, the times of your impeding flight, and even your upcoming appointments. You can store notes and lists accessible from your wrist, and can even navigate from A to B without having to get your phone out!

Where can I get Android Wear?

At the moment, Android Wear is available on a number of devices, including the LG G Watch, the Moto 360 (expected this summer) and the Samsung Gear Live.

Moto 360

Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch

The Moto 360 looks much more like a traditional analogue watch, with its round face and analogue display. The device mixes timeless design with modern technology to bring us an all round impressive smartwatch. The watch itself isn’t on the shelves just yet, though Motorola has promised we’ll see it this summer…

LG G Watch

LG G Watch

The LG G Watch is a stylish device sporting a square watch face and removable straps for users to make the watch their own. It’s water and dust resistant, and lasts for the entire day with a single charge.

Samsung Gear Live

Samsung Gear Live

Just like the Samsung Galaxy Gear, the Samsung Gear Live features a similar sporty design, with a chrome-look fascia and rubber strap. You can track your fitness performance with the touch of a button with the Gear Live- and don’t worry about sweat, because it’s water and dust resistant!

Interested in smartwatches? Check out our head to head battle between the Samsung Galaxy Gear Fit and the Sony Smartband

Written by Charlotte Kertrestel

Android: L is for...

Aside from the great features of the Android operating system, and its compatibility with multiple handsets, one of the best features of Android has got to be its many names!

Rather than simply calling each version by its number, or just a letter, Android uses an alphabet of delicious deserts. Perhaps Android wouldn’t be as popular as it is today without these fun names!

The alphabetical sweet treat names only began at C for Cupcake, which was the third incarnation of Android. Since then we have had Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and the latest version, Android 4.4, which was released in October 2013, is nicknamed KitKat.

So what’s next? Rumour has it we may be seeing the next Android dessert in only a couple of months. Whether it will be Android 4.5 or 5.0 is contested, but we can be pretty certain its initial will be L.

Got an Android but not sure how to use it? Check out our video on all the Android basics!

The most common prediction for Android ‘L’ is Lollipop. But we think Google can do better!  

Android Lollipop?

Plus, with Android 4.4 we were all led to believe that it would be named Key Lime Pie, but when it was released it was actually KitKat. So perhaps Google will throw another curveball, leading us to believe we are getting Android Lollipop but surprise us at the last minute.

So we have come up with some alternative suggestions for the successor to KitKat

Lemon Meringue Pie

Android Lemon meringue pie?

After not going for Key Lime Pie in the end, Google could make L a pie instead, with Lemon Meringue Pie.

Liquorice Allsorts

Android Liquorice?

A love it or hate it sweet could spark some strong opinions if the next Android incarnation is named after it.

Love hearts

Android love hearts?

One for the romantics perhaps?

Lady Fingers

As a key ingredient of hundreds of desserts, perhaps Lady Fingers deserves a shot?

Life Savers

Android Lifesavers?

Maybe there’s a double meaning here? Perhaps Android 4.5 or 5.0 will be so fantastic it will be described as life-saving?

Lemon Sherbets

A sweet shop classic, you can’t go wrong with a good old lemon sherbet, so maybe neither can Android!

Something more unusual?

Android Lasagne?  

And what about those of us without a sweet tooth? Why not go for a savoury nickname such as Lasagne or Lamb Kebab? Now that would be a real curveball! 

Let us know

We'd love to hear your suggestions! 

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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.

Emoji

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

Get your Nexus 5 today!

The Nexus 5 was finally unveiled to an eager audience last week, and now you can get yours delivered to your door as soon as tomorrow!

The Nexus 5 is Google’s latest collaboration with LG, and offers some of the best features and hardware specs seen on a phone with a price tag smaller than £400!

The device has a 5-inch screen, an impressive 445 pixel per inch display and an 8 megapixel camera which offers an improved photography experience from the Nexus 4.

And with deals for the Nexus 5 starting at just £27, you’d be crazy not to add the Nexus 5 onto your wish list this Christmas.

Hot Nexus 5 deals

O2 is offering an incredible Nexus 5 deal, comprising of unlimited texts, unlimited calls and 1GB of data for just £27 per month.

Alternatively, for another £10 you can get a free Nexus 5 with an unlimited package of texts and minutes with a whopping 2GB of data, which comes in at £38/month.

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