Nexus 5 - £400
Why this smartphone is built for you
The Google Nexus 5
The Google Nexus 5 is a top-end smart phone that runs Android KitKat. It is a collaboration between Google and LG that aims to showcase all that Google's Android operating system has to offer. It is capable of competing on a level playing field with many significantly more expensive handsets.
This phone has a 5 inch HD touchscreen that displays in 445PPI (Pixels Per Inch). The average PPI for a modern smartphone is 255.
The Nexus 5 has an 8MP camera, can record video in up to 1080p and has a 1.3MP front facing camera for taking selfies and making video calls.
Performance is provided by a 2.3GHz quad core processor and 2GB RAM. Based upon its processor speed and memory, this phone receives an unmudlr performance rating of 90 out of 100.
The Nexus 5 has an estimated battery life of around 17 hours. The average smartphone battery life is around 10 hours. It has a battery capacity of 2048mAh (MilliAmp hours). The average battery capacity is 1950mAh. The Nexus 5 is also compatible with some wireless chargepads.
1GB (Gigabyte) is equal to roughly 500 pictures or 250 songs. The Nexus 5 comes with either 16 or 32GB internal storage (depending upon the model) and it has Google Drive installed which gives you an additional 15GB of free cloud storage. This phone does not have an expandable memory card slot.
The Nexus 5 comes 4G ready so can take advantage of high speed mobile Internet in locations where it is available. It has Bluetooth which enables it to communicate with other Bluetooth devices (such as a Bluetooth handsfree kit). It has Wi-Fi which means that it can connect to your home network or public Wi-Fi hotspots such as those available in many coffee shops, cafes or hotels. The Nexus 5 is able to connect to DLNA and Miracast enabled devices (such as a laptop or Smart TV) allowing you to stream content both to and from your phone wirelessly and has NFC compatibility which enables you to make contactless payments and share files with your friends. The Nexus 5 is also able to connect to HDMI enabled TV's or projectors (requires a microUSB to HDMI adapter).
The Nexus 5 has an FM radio and an MP3 player. It is able to integrate with social media via designated Facebook and Twitter Apps and comes preloaded with Google Maps, Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and YouTube. Other apps, such as Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Spotify are available to download from the Google Play Store, along with the latest music, films, TV shows and games.
The Google Nexus 5 is a premium device that competes at the highest level. It is powerful, comes loaded with kit and performs very well in all areas. This phone is considered by many to be the benchmark Android device at the top end of the market. The lack of external storage may prove problematic for the more media intensive users.