At this point, Google has established itself as a true competitor in the market for mobile phones and tablets.

On January 5, 2010, Google released their first smartphone, the Nexus One. This phone was almost a complete flop, and Google knew something had to change. More than three years later on October 31, 2013, the Nexus 5 was released. Mistakes were fixed, upgrades were made, and the public’s hype was tremendous.

The outer shell of the Nexus 5 made up of a polycarbonate material with two available exterior colors choices, white and black. The phone supports LTE networks where available, and runs Android on a new version called “Kitkat.” This new version contains a new interface, improved performance, a new “HDR+” camera shooting mode, native printing functionality, a screen recording utility, and many other new and improved features. One of the better known features of the Nexus 5 is the large screen size. The Nexus 5 boasts a 4.95-inch 445 PPI 1080p display, one of the best screens of all smart phones.

The Nexus 5 is an obvious upgrade from the Nexus 4. Many features have been changed or fixed from the former generation to the later. While the Nexus 5 uses a polycarbonate shell for its exterior, the Nexus 4, which used a glass-based construction was more likely to break or shatter. Contrary to the Nexus 4, which supported LTE through various hidden settings, the updated model uses an improved LTE system and stunning display of the updated model outclasses the Nexus 4 in almost every category. The differences, though not tremendous, are easily noticeable throughout the display. Both phones utilized the most recent and powerful technology of their own times, but the graphics chip has been updated from the Adreno 320 to the 330. In terms of processing and memory, both phones feature 2GB of RAM, but the newer phone uses a faster DDR3 against its predecessors DDR2. Since Google prides themselves on having quality cameras for their smartphones, both the Nexus 5 and Nexus 4 have 8MP cameras, but the Nexus 5 outperforms its predecessor with its increased camera stabilization, color sharpness, and detail. The Nexus 5 delivers an upgrade to the Nexus 4 in almost every aspect. The screen display is improved, the camera quality is much better, the exterior is sleeker, and the overall user experience is enhanced.

A loyal Apple customer might look down upon the Nexus 5, claiming to have the superior phone with their iPhone 5s. In reality, both phones have stronger points than the other in certain categories. Both phones use the very quick LTE network, and have the fastest processors on the market. The iPhone 5s has three color choices as opposed to the Nexus 5’s two, a fingerprint sensor, a slow motion camera, as well as a higher memory storage option. The iPhone’s camera is stronger than the Nexus 5’s, but Google’s option happens to use a much better optical image stabilizer. The Nexus 5 also doubles the amount of RAM in the iPhone 5s. On top of all of this, the Nexus 5’s 2300mAh battery completely outmatches the iPhone 5s’s 1570mAh battery, and the Nexus also allows for wireless charging, the ability for NFC (near-field communication), and is a larger phone overall. In fact, the iPhone 5s holds only 65% of the display size of the Nexus. Another astounding feature of the Nexus 5 is its price. While the iPhone 5s sells for $650 without contract, the Nexus 5 starts at just $350. Overall, both phones have their strong points, but the Nexus seems to have a slight advantage.

If you are in the market for a new phone and do not want to just follow the crowd of iPhone users, the Google Nexus 5 should be a very high contender on your list. It is an obvious upgrade from previous Google Nexus’s, and has also proved to outclass other top contenders.

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