My 3rd week with Nexus 5

4.4.2 update announcement, which improves the camera.  Ok, in a way
4.4.2 update announcement, which improves the camera. Ok, in a way

Always an iOS fan.  I like the simplicity about how things can be done easily.  How I could control the usage of the phone, tablet and installation of the apps easily.  To access the emails, messages without much troubles.  Ok, I wanna use easily.

I may have overdoing it, with ‘easily’.

Got the Nexus 5 LTE everywhere else in the world edition from Japan.

Took some time to convince a client in Japan to do this for me.  The client was really hesitant at first, I do not blame him.  “Samuel, I thought you are an Apple fanboy, what is this with an Android?” client asked.

I just wanna try, something.  I do not have very good track record with Android.  My last Android phone was a Galaxy Nexus, which it is not safely and happily used by my brother-in-law.  I decided to pass it to him as Christmas gift after using it for less than 4 weeks.

I think I survived really well with that Android for few weeks.  Why I switched back to iPhone?  The Android some how did not work well for roaming.  Again, after dinner with client, we walked about in a mall, then the client bought the latest iPad & iPhone as Christmas gifts for kids and families etc, I bought myself the iPhone5.

The pull down menu
The pull down menu

It is hard to determine what I really like or not, sometimes.  Especially when coming to technology gadgets.

I love smartwatch and I got myself the MetaWatch, then I have to let go after using it for a month.  I liked it a lot at first, then I like my Swiss watches more.

Quite often we are confuse with what we want in life, what we thought is the best, may not be the best for now.

The latest KitKat 4.4.2
The latest KitKat 4.4.2

So, what we think may not work out well at first, may have changed over time.

Very often I am hesitant to do something or meet someone or be at some where etc, but when I did it, the results are quite frequent, surprisingly good.

Ok, to sum this up.  You never know what is in store until you been there, done that.

The standard Nexus branding
The standard Nexus branding

I was away and roamed with the Nexus 5 few days ago and guess what, it worked, flawlessly.

The top, audio input & output
The top, audio input & output

I am going to share with you what I do not like about Nexus 5.

The volume buttons, according to many reviews are ceramic.  But feels and looks like plastic to me.
The volume buttons, according to many reviews are ceramic. But feels and looks like plastic to me.

When I hold my iPhone, the built is solid.  The aluminium body really makes things great for a phone.  Apple has done this right.

However, Nexus 5 may need to lower the price, so plastic, it is.

The side grip, not the best for me.  The phone can slip easily, especially after a long day of working outdoor, oily hair, face, fingers, palms etc.  You know what I mean.

The power on and off button, with the SIM slot
The power on and off button, with the SIM slot

I passed the Nexus 5 to Inez sometimes, so she could try an Android.

Guess what, she spent more than USD10 on apps purchased and in-app purchases in just few attempts.

I have to then contact three app developers to void these payments,  So far, much success.

The charging & data transfer port, standard micro-USB
The charging & data transfer port, standard micro-USB

Will I continue to hold on Nexus 5?

Let’s see.

The technical specifications:-

Nexus 5 Tech Specs

Screen
  • 4.95″ 1920 x 1080 display (445 ppi)
  • Full HD IPS
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
Size 69.17 x 137.84 x 8.59mm
Weight 4.59 ounces (130g)
Cameras
  • 1.3 MP front facing
  • 8 MP rear facing with Optical Image Stabilization
Memory
  • 16GB or 32GB (actual formatted capacity will be less)
  • 2GB RAM
Processing
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800, 2.26GHz
  • GPU: Adreno 330, 450MHz
Sensors
  • GPS
  • Gyroscope
  • Accelerometer
  • Compass
  • Proximity/Ambient Light
  • Pressure
  • Hall Effect
Networks 2G/3G/4G LTE

North America:

GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

CDMA: Band Class: 0/1/10

WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19

LTE: Bands: 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41

Rest of World:

GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8

LTE: Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20

Wireless
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • NFC (Android Beam)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Ports & Connectors
  • microUSB
  • SlimPort™ enabled
  • 3.5mm stereo audio jack
  • Dual microphones
  • Ceramic Power & Volume buttons
Audio
  • Built-in speaker
  • 3.5mm stereo audio connector
Battery
  • 2,300 mAh
  • Standby time: up to 300 hours
  • Talk time: up to 17 hours
  • Internet use time: up to 8.5 hours on Wi-Fi; up to 7 hours on LTE
  • Wireless Charging built-in
Supported Service
  • Unlocked: Use with any provider that offers service on Nexus 5 supported networks
OS Android 4.4 (KitKat)

 

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