Should you still buy the ‘aged’ Nexus 5?

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The nexus 5 came out back in October 2013, which makes the phone 10 months old which, in ‘Phone-years’ a very aged phone.Should you buy an older phone when a new version of the phone is going to come out in the near future? Maybe not, but the nexus 5 is still one of the best phones available right now. Here’s a few reasons for you to still choose the Nexus 5:

  • The Nexus 5 has a 5 inch 1920×1080 screen, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP primary camera and is powered by a snapdragon 800 chipset and an Adreno 330 GPU.
  • It has wireless charging built in unlike most other phones which make you buy other adapters and back panels to enable wireless charging.
  • The nexus 5 runs stock android 4.4 ( the Android L developer preview is out for the nexus 5 too!) Being a nexus device Google promises to keep the phone updated at least for the next few years.
  • If you are a power user and root your phone and install a custom ROM, the nexus 5 has a huge community of developers and a ton of different ROMs,probably more ROMs and developers for it than any other smartphone out there.
  • The display on the Nexus 5 is one of the better IPS LCD displays out there and media consumption on the Nexus 5’s 1080p display is amazing.
  • The Google now launcher comes pre-installed, which is really useful and learns how you use Google and keeps improving. The 5 inch screen may be pretty big for some but then the body feels perfect in an averaged sized hand.
  • The camera on the Nexus 5 is pretty okay. The images aren’t as good as other high end devices but they aren’t bad. They can be improved drastically by software updates. The nexus 5’s video camera probably the best amongst smartphones and the mic. works really well.
  • The snapdragon 800 makes the nexus 5 run like a beast! It shows little to no lag and handles everything from apps to heavy graphical intensive games very well. The Adreno 330 GPU  helps in the gaming department.
  • Battery life on the Nexus 5 is pretty average, but with project Volta on Android L ( tested on the developer preview) battery improves significantly. Even with just Kitkat on you get about 6 to 7 hours of screen on time.
  • The Nexus 5 even with such amazing hardware is priced at only around Rs. 27,499 for the 16GB variant and Rs.32,000 for the 32GB one.


So, should you still get the nexus 5? Yes! it’s an amazing phone and is still one of the best in the market and because android, with updates gets better on lower end smartphones, the nexus 5 should remain on top for a very long time.

Rishi Krishnan