My 32GB white Google Nexus 5 by LG finally arrived late yesterday evening – I say “finally,” but it actually arrived much sooner than I originally thought it would. I immediately took to unboxing it (sorry for the sometimes poor video quality, but we can blame that on the Nexus 4 camera), which you can view above.
Here are some initial impressions of the device:
- The screen is the perfect size. After using this for only a few hours, I can honestly say that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go back to a phone under 5 inches. At the same time, I don’t think I could stand carrying around something much bigger than this – the Nexus 5 is perfect for me and my big man hands.
- Speaking of the screen, this thing is gorgeous! Google really outdid itself this time, with screens astronomically better on both the Nexus 5 (compared to the Nexus 4) and the new Nexus 7 (compared to last year’s model). Colors are bright, pixels are invisible, and it’s sharper than ever. Color me impressed (pun intended).
- WiFi is good, but my LTE connection is spotty. I blame this on T-Mobile, rather than the device, since it’s the same on my LTE Nexus 7.
- Some of the software is a little buggy – at one point, the Play Store refused to show me my installed apps, even though I had a perfect data connection (it just stayed on the loading screen). I also have a PIN on my SIM card, and one time the phone froze after entering it – I eventually had to reboot it. In the end, I performed a factory reset, which I shouldn’t have had to do, but so far everything is working better than when I first unboxed it.
- The camera is much better than the camera on my Nexus 4. I haven’t gotten a chance to play around with it too much yet, but with the few shots I did take, I’ve noticed that pictures tend to have much better colors and are, in general, much sharper. That is thanks to the Optical Image Stabilization, I’m sure.
Keep coming back for more hands on impressions, experiences, and a full review of the Google Nexus 5.