So, I decided to go to the mall today and at one of the carrier stores they had a Nexus 5 on display. I don't think I need to tell any of you how excited I was to finally get a chance to try it out. I spent about 20 minutes with it to try and see how it held up with what I've been hearing. I am pleased to announce that most of what you guys and others I know have been saying has been confirmed for me. So here's my first impressions on the device.
Design: Having had the Nexus 10 for almost a year I knew what I was getting into when I held it as the Nexus 5 is pretty much built the same way. This is a good thing because like the Nexus 10, the Nexus 5 feels very good in my hand and despite the soft back it feels light without feeling fragile. I will miss the glittery glass back of the Nexus 4 but oh well.
Software: Well what can I say that hasn't been said already? This is a very fast phone. How fast? Well funny enough, right next to this demo Nexus 5 was a demo G2 which before the Nexus 5 came out was pretty much the fastest smartphone available so what better phone to compare to in terms of performance? Now I'll credit this to both the work that Google has done to the new version of it's OS or the fact that the same people that made the G2 also made this phone but while swiping through homescreens, opening and closing apps, etc. on both phones at the same time (left hand on the G2, right hand on the Nexus 5) the Nexus 5 easily matched the G2 and in fact unless it was simply a matter of me not perfectly timing my movements on both phones I could swear that when it came to a few certain actions the Nexus 5 actually did them slightly quicker than the G2. With what I said before about the G2 being the fastest device available when it came out just a short while ago this is impressive. Again, I don't know who deserves the credit more for this but it doesn't matter, what matters is that the Nexus 5 practically dares you to even think of trying to make it lag.
If you try, it will laugh at you and show you the foolishness of your actions.
Camera: Here is where what I've heard hasn't been entirely true. For those of you who have not seen the comparison video Dylan uploaded of the Nexus 5 camera against the S4 camera, the person who does the video says that one thing he doesn't like about the Nexus 5's camera is that you can't tap to focus. If you tap, the camera takes a picture instead. This. Is. Not. True. I tapped the screen, forgetting that this guy had said this and to my surprise, the Nexus 5 didn't snap a picture, it focused. I don't know why things were different here. Maybe there's a box you check off to choose what tapping the camera screen does but know that the Nexus 5 camera does have the ability to tap to focus.
As for the actual picture quality, the results were what I expected: nothing special but perfectly acceptable.
I would rank the camera thus:
-The G2 is the clear winner
-Next would be the Note 3
-Close behind is the S4
-I would put the Nexus 5 here. But not by a huge amount. It comes close to the S4 which itself has a great camera.
-The Z/ZL are pretty much the same phone so I'll put them in their own spot here
-Finally, here's the One's spot.
I was also shown a video comparing the Nexus 5's camera to that of the 5S. Honestly, if I were to add the latest iPhone's camera to the list it would be below the Nexus 5 at best. Honestly, when the two were compared, the Nexus 5 was the clear winner with the only exception being the flash thanks to the dual-LED that the 5S has.
And that's all I can really say right now. I wasn't able to get a good amount of time with it but after a very short time this is what I can be sure of and the Nexus 5 has succeeded where all other Android phones failed (the G2 came close but I don't see myself getting used to the button placement): it made me change my mind about upgrading to the S4.
I know that'll make quite a few of you happy.