Considering Nexus 5

bookspinner

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Jan 23, 2013
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Hi, I have been using my iPhone 4s for nearly two years now. This phone is still working fine (since I changed my battery but the home button is getting slightly unresponsive, although it works most of the time). I am actually waiting for iPhone 6 but am tempted to try Nexus 5.

I used to have a galaxy S4 for few months as my secondary phone, but I do not like it for some reasons:

- The 5" screen is very hard to hold in S4 body
- The phone is always overheat! I rarely feel my iPhone getting hot from normal tasks like browsing or texting
- Scrolling and pinch-to-zoom in android browser (either stock or chrome) is somewhat laggy. Well to be fair it is not actually laggy, but it is slightly not as responsive as what I always do on iPhone, where scrolling/zooming is done as fast as I move my fingers
- Too many bloatwares that I do not use, I have to do a lot of work in order to get it working the way I want it to work. Well probably I would want a stock experience like iPhone provides

I have not really tried Nexus 5 on real life, so can someone post his/her thoughts on whether this phone will suit me as an iPhone user?
 

appledes7

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Hi, I have been using my iPhone 4s for nearly two years now. This phone is still working fine (since I changed my battery but the home button is getting slightly unresponsive, although it works most of the time). I am actually waiting for iPhone 6 but am tempted to try Nexus 5.

I used to have a galaxy S4 for few months as my secondary phone, but I do not like it for some reasons:

- The 5" screen is very hard to hold in S4 body
- The phone is always overheat! I rarely feel my iPhone getting hot from normal tasks like browsing or texting
- Scrolling and pinch-to-zoom in android browser (either stock or chrome) is somewhat laggy. Well to be fair it is not actually laggy, but it is slightly not as responsive as what I always do on iPhone, where scrolling/zooming is done as fast as I move my fingers
- Too many bloatwares that I do not use, I have to do a lot of work in order to get it working the way I want it to work. Well probably I would want a stock experience like iPhone provides

I have not really tried Nexus 5 on real life, so can someone post his/her thoughts on whether this phone will suit me as an iPhone user?
My last iPhone was an iPhone 4S too, and I have been using a Nexus 5 for months, ever since it first came out. Its a nice change, but I run into all those problems with the only exception being bloatware. But know, it does take a long time to get set up the way you want.

I'd say if you are just looking to try something new, give it a shot. If you don't like it, send it back with no harm done.
 

fchowd0696

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My last iPhone was an iPhone 4S too, and I have been using a Nexus 5 for months, ever since it first came out. Its a nice change, but I run into all those problems with the only exception being bloatware. But know, it does take a long time to get set up the way you want.

I'd say if you are just looking to try something new, give it a shot. If you don't like it, send it back with no harm done.
Do you have ART enabled? If you do I doubt you notice any inconsistencies with scrolling or lag relative to the iphone 5s. In fact I would go as far as to say that ios 7 has worse load app times/lag than the Nexus 5 with ART enabled.
 

frag2

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I switched from iPhone 4S to Nexus 5 and have no issues with it.

I don't root/hack/whatever to my phones and it does the job well enough, especially after switching to ART.

There are some quirks but for the most part, I prefer the experience so far over iOS. iOS may have a more consistent [arguable though] experience but it's nothing Android can't fix/emulate
 

appledes7

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Do you have ART enabled? If you do I doubt you notice any inconsistencies with scrolling or lag relative to the iphone 5s. In fact I would go as far as to say that ios 7 has worse load app times/lag than the Nexus 5 with ART enabled.
I have tried ART on my Nexus 5, 7, and Moto X. In all cases Chrome and other apps still show signs of lag. It isn't an issue of ART vs. Dalvik. If you need proof, download Boat Browser and feel how much smoother it is than Chrome. The issue is just that Chrome, although feature rich, just isn't all that smooth. I use Chrome because of the features and how well it integrates and syncs with all my devices, not because of performance. However, Chrome on iOS is noticeably smoother, and by a large margin, at least to me. But everyone has different eyes so I can't say how obvious the differences are for others.
 

mattopotamus

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Hi, I have been using my iPhone 4s for nearly two years now. This phone is still working fine (since I changed my battery but the home button is getting slightly unresponsive, although it works most of the time). I am actually waiting for iPhone 6 but am tempted to try Nexus 5.

I used to have a galaxy S4 for few months as my secondary phone, but I do not like it for some reasons:

- The 5" screen is very hard to hold in S4 body
- The phone is always overheat! I rarely feel my iPhone getting hot from normal tasks like browsing or texting
- Scrolling and pinch-to-zoom in android browser (either stock or chrome) is somewhat laggy. Well to be fair it is not actually laggy, but it is slightly not as responsive as what I always do on iPhone, where scrolling/zooming is done as fast as I move my fingers
- Too many bloatwares that I do not use, I have to do a lot of work in order to get it working the way I want it to work. Well probably I would want a stock experience like iPhone provides

I have not really tried Nexus 5 on real life, so can someone post his/her thoughts on whether this phone will suit me as an iPhone user?
You cannot go wrong with the nexus 5. It is a fantastic phone; however, if you thought the s4 was difficult to hold the n5 will feel even more awkward. It is literally a "slab" and slightly larger than the s4. I personally find the s4 to be one of the more comfortable 5" phones to hold.

I would suggest stopping in either a best buy or t-mobile to test one out.
 

bookspinner

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Jan 23, 2013
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Thank you all for the responses.

Probably I will somehow get used to the size (I probably need to, since I think phones are getting larger and larger every year).

Any thoughts on the overheat problem in Nexus 5? That was something I could not stand with my S4, I mean I do understand if the phone overheats because it is doing cpu intensive tasks such as gaming, but if it overheats due to simple tasks like texting or browsing, it kinda lets me down.

I am actually thinking to "fill" my waiting time for iPhone 6 and thinking that this is actually a good option, of being nice phone with slightly lower price than the others.
 

mattopotamus

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Thank you all for the responses.

Probably I will somehow get used to the size (I probably need to, since I think phones are getting larger and larger every year).

Any thoughts on the overheat problem in Nexus 5? That was something I could not stand with my S4, I mean I do understand if the phone overheats because it is doing cpu intensive tasks such as gaming, but if it overheats due to simple tasks like texting or browsing, it kinda lets me down.

I am actually thinking to "fill" my waiting time for iPhone 6 and thinking that this is actually a good option, of being nice phone with slightly lower price than the others.
I have never had an issue with the nexus 5 getting hot. It may get a little warm under intense use, but nothing alarming.

Back to the size of the phone. I actually think we are going to see a shift back to smaller flagships (Z1 compact and moto x). I am sure apple will release a larger phone, but will also keep a smaller phone. It seems like the large fad is calming down. I cannot believe the s5 is rumored to be 5.25" that is nearly the size of the original note.
 

jamezr

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I have never had an issue with the nexus 5 getting hot. It may get a little warm under intense use, but nothing alarming.

Back to the size of the phone. I actually think we are going to see a shift back to smaller flagships (Z1 compact and moto x). I am sure apple will release a larger phone, but will also keep a smaller phone. It seems like the large fad is calming down. I cannot believe the s5 is rumored to be 5.25" that is nearly the size of the original note.
My Nexus gets a little warm on the wireless charger...but nothing to write home about.....
 

albertfallickwa

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I would consider this phone if it weren't for the mediocre battery life. I really dig stock Android a lot.
 

jamezr

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I would consider this phone if it weren't for the mediocre battery life. I really dig stock Android a lot.
The battery life is great for me and my use. I have about 45% left at the end of the day of normal (for me) use. The battery life is the same as my IP5s...no complaints from me......
 

albertfallickwa

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The battery life is great for me and my use. I have about 45% left at the end of the day of normal (for me) use. The battery life is the same as my IP5s...no complaints from me......
True but can you watch 6-8 hours of Netflix via LTE/4G on it without recharging?
 

nooaah

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I own both. Just switched to AT&T so I'm going to swap sims (Nexus 5 for business trips). I couldn't use it as a primary phone - the camera isn't as good and I'm too rooted in Apple's ecosystem (by preference).

As far as Android phones go, I would only use the Nexus 5 or Moto X. If you do want to go this route, it's the best option IMO.
 

Lava Lamp Freak

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I thought the Galaxy S4 felt much better in the hand than the Nexus 5. My favorite Android phone right now is the Moto X because of its size. I decided to stick with my iPhone while I wait for a Moto X sized phone with a 1080p IPS display and flagship specs.

The Nexus 5 is a great phone if you like the way it feels in your hand. If you thought the Galaxy S4 was hard to hold, you'll likely find the same problem with the Nexus 5.
 

bookspinner

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I thought the Galaxy S4 felt much better in the hand than the Nexus 5. My favorite Android phone right now is the Moto X because of its size. I decided to stick with my iPhone while I wait for a Moto X sized phone with a 1080p IPS display and flagship specs.

The Nexus 5 is a great phone if you like the way it feels in your hand. If you thought the Galaxy S4 was hard to hold, you'll likely find the same problem with the Nexus 5.
I just saw Moto X, never really saw this phone before, as I am living outside US. Based on some pics on the internet its size is similar to iPhone 5, but larger by a bit.

I wish manufacturers will sell more "mini" version, the Xperia Z1C comes close, but I am not a big fan of its bezel.
 

BlueGoldAce

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I just recently got a nexus 5. My 5s had been collecting dust as a result. Android has come a long way. I am pretty rooted into the apple ecosystem (apps plus an iPad air). Apple makes the best tablet, but android kit kat on new hard ware is hard to beat. I had no problem messing ecosystems. Android is cheaper to invest in, but many of the paid apps are ever bit as high quality but have added flexibility that is inherit in Android.

I haven't had any problems with battery life or the camera on the nexus 5.