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Smartphone is like a small LG G2, is available on all U.S. carriers except Verizon

Google Inc. (GOOG) today began shipping its Nexus 5, an Android smartphone from LG Electronics, Inc. (KSC:066570).

As the name suggests the new smartphone is the fifth generation model in the Google-branded line; previous models include the Nexus One (March 2010) by HTC Corp. (TPE:2498), the Nexus S (Dec. 2010) by Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930), the Galaxy Nexus (Nov. 2011) (also Samsung), and the Nexus 4 by LG (Oct. 2012).

Here’s the Nexus 5's spec list:
  • Price :
  • Form Factor
    • Size:   69.17 x 137.84 x 8.59 mm (2.72 x 5.43 x 0.34 in.)
    • Weight: 130g (4.6 oz)
  • Hardware
    • Screen
      • 4.95 inches
      • 1080p (1920x1080 pixel)
      • 445 ppi
      • Full HD IPS
      • Gorilla Glass
  • SoC
    • Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) Snapdragon 800
      • 2.26 GHz quad-core ARM Krait 400 CPU
      • Adreno 330 GPU
  • RAM: 2 GB DRAM
  • Battery
    • 2,300mAh lithium-ion
  • Storage
    • Internal: 16/32 GB
  • Camera(s)
    • Rear: 8MP (with optical stabilization)
    • Front: 1.3MP
  • Wireless/Cellular
    • LTE*
    • Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
    • Bluetooth: v4.0
    • NFC
  • Other
  • dual microphones
The Nexus 5 is compatible with all major U.S. cellular carriers besides Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) subsidiary Verizon Wireless (it doesn't support the LTE or CDMA bands that Verizon uses).
Nexus 5

In terms of its spec, the Nexus 5 closely resembles LG's G2, with a slightly smaller, higher PPI display and a lower resolution camera. Like its predecessors, the new Nexus is an aggressively priced unit which showcases strong hardware and a utilitarian to showcase the mid-range capabilities of Google's Android operating system.

In this case that means KitKat.  KitKat also technically becomes "available" today, although it may be weeks -- or months -- before many Android users receive updates, as OEMs and telecoms are typically sluggish at pushing Google's updates.


Kit Kat brings a number of features including:
  • Access
    • Quicker Google Now access:
      • Swipe left on launcher
      • Or say "OK Google."
    • Widget cleanup/hiding
      • Widgets tab vanishes
      • Long click to add widgets
  • Visual
    • Bigger icons
    • More readable "Roboto" font
    • Translucent menu bar
    • Full screen apps (make buttons/status bar vanish)
  • Features
    • Chat
      • Hangout SMS support
    • Camera
      • HDR+ photo mode (burst photography compositing)
      • Auto Awesome -- auto-generated photo collages
      • Auto Backup -- syncs photos to private cloud storage
      • Photosphere -- 360 camera mode
Perhaps the biggest single change is that the Chromium engine is now running the Java apps.  This essentially unifies the internals of Chrome OS and Android OS, although apps in each remain non-portable due to the lack of common APIs/a common SDK.

Source: Google



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Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By OnyxNite on 10/31/2013 5:37:04 PM , Rating: 2
I thought it was supposed to launch alongside the Nexus 5.

I'd really like to see what it brings before I pull the trigger on the Nexus 7.




RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By retrospooty on 10/31/2013 5:39:22 PM , Rating: 3
Just that its still coming. Likey same 2560x1600 10 inch screen with a Snap800 CPU. Sweet!

As for the Nexus 5, this thing rocks for $350! Hands down the best value of any smartphone out there.


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By Reclaimer77 on 10/31/2013 7:46:59 PM , Rating: 2
That phone just crushes. Wow!

I just checked, sold out already lol.

I LOVE that it's only $50 for the memory upgrade, instead of the usual bend-you-over $100+.


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By retrospooty on 10/31/2013 8:18:51 PM , Rating: 2
Yup... All Google stuff is that way now. The Nexus 7 is only $40 more for 32 over 16. At least that is reasonable. $100 for a $3 part is irritating as hell.


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By corduroygt on 10/31/2013 8:35:22 PM , Rating: 2
Nexus 5 is the only Android phone that can make me leave Apple. However, unfortunately it doesn't work with Verizon :(


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By retrospooty on 10/31/2013 8:36:40 PM , Rating: 2
The LG G2 is better than it's little brother the Nexus 5 and is on Verizon.


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By Omega215D on 10/31/2013 11:21:47 PM , Rating: 2
Except they kinda gimped that one in comparison to the other G2s.


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By retrospooty on 11/1/2013 1:02:42 AM , Rating: 2
Depends on what you want. I like the addition of wireless charging.


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By Rukkian on 11/1/2013 10:31:49 AM , Rating: 2
Not sure how it is gimped, the buttons are arranged differently and they added wireless charging.

I actually love the phone, and now that I got all of the apk's from the nexus 5, it seems to run just like a nexus 5. It is a very nice device.


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By Spuke on 11/1/2013 12:52:39 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The LG G2 is better than it's little brother the Nexus 5 and is on Verizon.
Just picked up a G2. Great phone!!! This just blows away my old SGN. I almost feel like I got f$%ked over buying that one.


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By Rukkian on 11/1/2013 1:51:36 PM , Rating: 2
I felt the same, I got mine the first week it came out, went from a GNex and it is incredible how much better the phone is all around. The screen is incredible, battery life awesome. I got it thinking Verizon would put out an update to take away root, and made sure I got to keep my unlimited, so I am all set.

Add on the apk's that are now available from the Nexus 5 (google search, new gmail, new camera, new google home) and the phone is even better imo.


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By Spuke on 11/1/2013 2:25:37 PM , Rating: 2
Can I use the Google Galley app? That's about the only thing I don't like about this phone.


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By Spuke on 11/1/2013 2:25:57 PM , Rating: 2
Opps, that's supposed to say GALLERY.


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By Rukkian on 11/1/2013 3:59:17 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, that is out there as well, and I have it and it is nice.


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By Spuke on 11/1/2013 4:07:33 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks man!!


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By retrospooty on 11/1/2013 4:09:41 PM , Rating: 2
"just picked up a G2. Great phone!!!

Yup... It is one hell of a phone, congrats. Fast as hell, the screen is just luscious and the battery life beats pretty much everything else out there without being at all fat.

Another great thing about it, is the thin Bezels. It's so thin that you can get a thin case link this and it barely effects you. Also, it gets rid of the one thing I dont like about it, the shiny slippery fingerprinty plastic coat. https://www.google.com/search?q=lg+g2+incipio+feat...


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By Spuke on 11/1/2013 5:54:30 PM , Rating: 2
Hey thanks for the link! I didn't realize just how fingerprinty the back of the phone actually was until I got it. Right now I'm just using the Verizon case until I find something I like. That Incipio DualPro looks good. May have to take a closer look at that. The thin bezels are sweet and the overall size of the phone isn't much bigger than my old GNex but I get nearly .5 inch extra of screen. And the screen is just delicious. Battery life is as advertised (I was skeptical).


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By retrospooty on 11/1/2013 6:25:23 PM , Rating: 2
n/p

I gothte Incipio one from Verizon's site... ITs slim and really soft touch plastic. It feels like a perfect upper inner thigh, and I mean PERFECT! LOL.

http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/accessory...


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By Spuke on 11/1/2013 7:10:59 PM , Rating: 2
LOL! Nice!


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By corduroygt on 11/3/2013 1:54:54 AM , Rating: 2
Non-AOSP phone is a complete non-starter for me


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By Reclaimer77 on 11/3/2013 6:32:44 AM , Rating: 2
But an iPhone isn't? Just..LAWL!


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By retrospooty on 11/3/2013 7:54:18 AM , Rating: 2
That is kind of odd. The iPhone and AOSP are as totally opposite ends of the spectrum that exist. It's total walled garden vs. total openness with every option under the sun.

I think he meant "Stock Android" not AOSP. As in no OEM bloat and timely updates. AOSP is entirely different.


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By retrospooty on 11/3/2013 7:47:24 AM , Rating: 2
I hear ya, that is why I am running an AOSP ROM on the LG G2.


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By lelias2k on 11/4/2013 8:48:42 AM , Rating: 2
Neither can take SD cards. Deal breaker for me. :/


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By retrospooty on 11/4/2013 10:43:19 AM , Rating: 2
I actually have a USB OTG cable and I plug in a Micro SD via the Micro USB port. Works like a charm, but I only use it for backups. If you need it to have online media when out and about you are right, you need a different model.


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By Nortel on 11/1/13, Rating: 0
RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By Capt Caveman on 11/1/13, Rating: 0
RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By retrospooty on 11/1/2013 10:32:20 AM , Rating: 2
That would be last years model. All new models have $40-$50 per memory bump.


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By Motoman on 10/31/13, Rating: 0
RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By retrospooty on 10/31/2013 8:35:25 PM , Rating: 2
Huh? Quad core Snapdragon 800 is all I have heard.


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By Cheesew1z69 on 10/31/2013 8:47:42 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
2.26 GHz single-core ARM Cortex-A5 CPU
This is what Jason put in article.


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By ven1ger on 10/31/2013 8:58:04 PM , Rating: 2
Thought the Snapdragon 800 was a quad core? Says on their website also. Misprint?


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By Monkey's Uncle on 10/31/2013 9:01:10 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like Jason's been getting into the crack again ;)


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By JasonMick (blog) on 10/31/2013 9:28:52 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Looks like Jason's been getting into the crack again ;)
Hey it keeps you up :P

Fixed.


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By retrospooty on 10/31/2013 10:31:29 PM , Rating: 1
Crack...best 60 seconds ever! Then for the next 3 or 4 hours how many cores doesn't matter anymore. Lol


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By frobizzle on 11/1/13, Rating: -1
RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By scottb75 on 11/1/2013 9:05:32 AM , Rating: 3
That doesn't make sense since the Nexus 4 has a 4.7" display and the Nexus 5 has a 4.95" display. Its obviously named Nexus 5 because it is the 5th Nexus smartphone.


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By retrospooty on 11/1/2013 3:58:57 PM , Rating: 2
I think they started out that way but then stopped it to avoid later confusion... Otherwise the 2015 Nexus phone would have to be called the Nexus 7


RE: Any news on the Nexus 10 2?
By Treknologist on 10/31/2013 9:09:51 PM , Rating: 2
The Snapdragon 800 is a quadcore processor. Staright from the Qualcomm page: 28nm HPm quad core Krait 400 CPU at up to 2.3GHz per core. The full specs are available here: http://www.qualcomm.com/snapdragon/processors/800


*sigh* another oversized phone
By EasyC on 11/1/13, Rating: 0
RE: *sigh* another oversized phone
By bug77 on 11/1/2013 8:50:47 AM , Rating: 2
You do realize this is less than a cm taller then the Nexus 4, don't you?


RE: *sigh* another oversized phone
By Flunk on 11/1/2013 9:22:50 AM , Rating: 2
That doesn't help if what you want is an iPhone-sized phone.

As for me it's about the maximum size I would buy, but then again who knows.


RE: *sigh* another oversized phone
By bug77 on 11/1/2013 9:46:32 AM , Rating: 2
He said "Google has finally taken the bait", which would suggest Google just started making huge phones, which is not the case.
As for the size, there are and always will be pros and cons either way. And technically, if you want "an iPhone-sized phone", there are tons to choose from. What you can't have is a similar sized flagship phone.


RE: *sigh* another oversized phone
By Spuke on 11/1/2013 12:59:34 PM , Rating: 2
There's never going to be a small screen flagship phone other than Apple and I think the 5S is the last one from them. No one wants it other than the 2 guys here at DT. Not going to happen. GET OVER IT!!!!


RE: *sigh* another oversized phone
By retrospooty on 11/1/2013 1:17:33 PM , Rating: 2
Droid Mini is probably the closest thing to a small but decently spec'd phone you will get. 4.3 inches with smaller bezels puts it pretty close the the iPhone in size... Or he could just buy an iPhone.


RE: *sigh* another oversized phone
By Reclaimer77 on 11/1/2013 1:23:56 PM , Rating: 3
Every time I get an iPhone in my hand, I just cannot believe there's people who prefer to use that MP3 player-sized joke phone.


RE: *sigh* another oversized phone
By retrospooty on 11/1/2013 1:48:04 PM , Rating: 3
LOL... Yes, I want to cram all that great functionality, web, email apps, games, GPS, etc into a tiny little screen so I can scroll all day to put things into view.

There is a reason phones screens are getting bigger and bigger. Because people are using their small phones and thinking, damn, I wish my screen were bigger. I get not wanting something as big a Note, but 4 inches is just not cutting it anymore.


RE: *sigh* another oversized phone
By Rukkian on 11/1/2013 1:54:06 PM , Rating: 2
I agree complete, my wife has the 5C, which is bigger than her 4, but I still hate it everytime I have to help her with something, since the screen is so small.


RE: *sigh* another oversized phone
By Zak on 11/1/2013 2:23:48 PM , Rating: 2
I just don't get that attitude. iPhone 5 is already too big for my liking, iPhone 4 was the perfect size for me. I don not want a larger phone.


RE: *sigh* another oversized phone
By retrospooty on 11/1/2013 2:31:29 PM , Rating: 2
You dont feel totally cramped and constrained in the 3.5 inch screen? If you like it cool, stick with it, but I dont think it will last too long. Even iPhone is going larger based on supply chain rumblings.


RE: *sigh* another oversized phone
By Spuke on 11/1/2013 3:25:30 PM , Rating: 2
Some people just like to be contrary.


RE: *sigh* another oversized phone
By retrospooty on 11/1/2013 3:39:30 PM , Rating: 3
No they don't.


RE: *sigh* another oversized phone
By Spuke on 11/1/2013 3:48:23 PM , Rating: 2
Uh, yeah some do.


RE: *sigh* another oversized phone
By retrospooty on 11/1/2013 3:56:32 PM , Rating: 2
See, we both proved it ;)

LOL


RE: *sigh* another oversized phone
By Spuke on 11/1/2013 6:09:52 PM , Rating: 2
LOL! I guess we did. :)


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