Suggestions for Nexus 5?

SuperPolli

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So I currently have an iPhone 5S and my brand new Nexus 5 should be arriving sometime tomorrow, (Friday, February 28, 2014). I've never owned an Android before. I have some friends giving me pointers but I wanted to know if there were any suggestions anyone on the MacRumors Forums had.


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As to why I'm switching: It's not a permanent switch. If I don't like it I'm switching back to my iPhone 5S and I plan on purchasing the iPhone 6 when it gets released later this year.
 

Lava Lamp Freak

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My advice is to put the iPhone away when you get the Nexus 5 that way you can get used to the new OS. Go all in and start exploring and learning how to use Android, and then after you are comfortable with it you can get the iPhone back out to compare and decide if it is for you.

I think it is important in the beginning to not do side-by-side comparisons with a completely new experience. I've done that in the past and then I end up focusing on the flaws or things I don't like rather than being truly immersed in the experience to decide if it is right for me.
 

SuperPolli

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My advice is to put the iPhone away when you get the Nexus 5 that way you can get used to the new OS. Go all in and start exploring and learning how to use Android, and then after you are comfortable with it you can get the iPhone back out to compare and decide if it is for you.
That's my plan. I'm going to shut it off and probably put it back in its box. I want a full, unbruised, Google experience.
 

WhackyNinja

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For me the transition from iOS to Android was pretty smooth. Thanks to Stock Android the Nexus 5 is pretty basic to master. Still I would search up some Android tutorial videos on Youtube
 

jplusc

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So I just did this starting on Monday myself. I have a 5s and have been an iPhone owners since the 3G and having every generation since. I've become impatient on the screen size primarily and like what I saw in the N5.

My initial impressions:
Cons:
The N5 signal is a bit weaker for me compared to the 5s.
I miss the 5s camera.
Battery life has been a little rough at first, this is hard to get an accurate read on though since I'm always tinkering with the phone.
The auto-brightness is way off (I downloaded a 3rd party app that seems to do a better job).
I have an Apple eco-system at home that I can no longer control from my phone.

Pros:
Screen size
Notification management
Overall flexibility

The first day I was itching to get back to my iPhone. The second day I missed it a bit less but still found myself focusing on the shortcomings of the N5. On day 3 I had to use my iPhone in the morning while I worked through rooting and which ROM I wanted to run, I found myself oddly missing the N5. At day 4 now, so long as I don't find myself dropping calls due to the weaker signal I'll be sticking with the N5 until the iPhone 6 comes along (assuming the larger screen rumors are true). Ultimately it was the screen size I missed when I used my iPhone and I can't go back to the 4" display at this point. When I grab my iPhone after only 4 days, the screen seems so small and unbearable (first world problems).
 

WhackyNinja

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I miss the 5s camera.
Tbh I miss my iPhone 5's camera. The Nexus 5's camera isn't bad, its actually pretty good in my book. I just think that the iPhone 5's camera is better but like I said, the Nexus 5 takes amazing pictures and I have had no problems.
 

Fernandez21

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Turn off iMessage on your iPhone so you will get your texts from iPhone people. If you have iMessage on any other devices (such as an iPad or Mac) go into the settings of each one and disable your phone number. If they are still logged in then text will still go to those devices instead of your phone.

Go to settings, then about phone, and repeatably tap on Build number until developer options becomes available. Then go to developer options and change runtime from Dalvik to ART. Makes the phone run just as smooth and fast as the iPhone.

Go to settings, then about phone, and check for any software updates. It should be up to date.

Download evolve SMS if you don't like hangouts, its free and has no adds, but it has some extended features you can purchase if you like it.

Setup a Google voice account to get your voice mails. Then download the Google voice app and after you have logged in go into Google voice settings and set "View and display voice mails in call log" to on. This way you can see all your voice mails in the phone app just like on the iPhone.

Download NiLs and NiLs Floating panel from the app store. This will show your notifications on your lock screen and allow you too open right into them or even take actions (such as deleting an email) right from your lock screen.

If you listen to podcasts, get pocketcasts. It is a great podcasting app and is cross platform, so if you do go back to your iPhone you can download the app there and keep all your podcasts in sync across devices. They also have an iPad app.

Get isync if you want to continue syncing with iTunes. You'll also have to download a companion app to your computer, but after its set up you can sync over WiFi or USB with iTunes.

You can also open a Google Music account and import your iTunes library there, it'll just take a while depending on how many songs will have to be uploaded to Google.

You can also sync your iCloud mail and contacts. Check this guide:
http://android.appstorm.net/how-to/synchronization/keep-android-and-ios-in-sync-part1-data-email-contacts-and-calendar/

If you don't want to do that, you can import your contacts into gmail by logging into your iCloud account at iCloud.com, then go to contacts, select all, then export. Once the file has been exported go to gmail, contacts, then import and select that file and everything will be ported in. These step are to be done on your PC browser.

If your syncing your favorites with your desktop and are not using chrome, download chrome and import your favorites from your current browser into chrome. Then log into your account from the chrome browser on your nexus and they will be imported automatically to your phone.

Enjoy your phone, then Nexus is probably the best overall android phone out, though the Moto X is very close and has some great features. The software on these two phones are light years better than what the other OEMs are using with the exception of Sense on HTC which is still pretty good.
 
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khha4113

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Go to settings, then about phone, and repeatably tap on Build number until developer options becomes available. Then go to developer options and change runtime from Dalvik to ART. Makes the phone run just as smooth and fast as the iPhone.
For the beginner, I wouldn't recommend running ART as it's still in development state.
 

BlueGoldAce

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Turn off iMessage on your iPhone so you will get your texts from iPhone people. If you have iMessage on any other devices (such as an iPad or Mac) go into the settings of each one and disable your phone number. If they are still logged in then text will still go to those devices instead of your phone.

Go to settings, then about phone, and repeatably tap on Build number until developer options becomes available. Then go to developer options and change runtime from Dalvik to ART. Makes the phone run just as smooth and fast as the iPhone.

Go to settings, then about phone, and check for any software updates. It should be up to date.

Download evolve SMS if you don't like hangouts, its free and has no adds, but it has some extended features you can purchase if you like it.

Setup a Google voice account to get your voice mails. Then download the Google voice app and after you have logged in go into Google voice settings and set "View and display voice mails in call log" to on. This way you can see all your voice mails in the phone app just like on the iPhone.

Download NiLs and NiLs Floating panel from the app store. This will show your notifications on your lock screen and allow you too open right into them or even take actions (such as deleting an email) right from your lock screen.

If you listen to podcasts, get pocketcasts. It is a great podcasting app and is cross platform, so if you do go back to your iPhone you can download the app there and keep all your podcasts in sync across devices. They also have an iPad app.

Get isync if you want to continue syncing with iTunes. You'll also have to download a companion app to your computer, but after its set up you can sync over WiFi or USB with iTunes.

You can also open a Google Music account and import your iTunes library there, it'll just take a while depending on how many songs will have to be uploaded to Google.

You can also sync your iCloud mail and contacts. Check this guide:
http://android.appstorm.net/how-to/synchronization/keep-android-and-ios-in-sync-part1-data-email-contacts-and-calendar/

If you don't want to do that, you can import your contacts into gmail by logging into your iCloud account at iCloud.com, then go to contacts, select all, then export. Once the file has been exported go to gmail, contacts, then import and select that file and everything will be ported in. These step are to be done on your PC browser.

If your syncing your favorites with your desktop and are not using chrome, download chrome and import your favorites from your current browser into chrome. Then log into your account from the chrome browser on your nexus and they will be imported automatically to your phone.

Enjoy your phone, then Nexus is probably the best overall android phone out, though the Moto X is very close and has some great features. The software on these two phones are light years better than what the other OEMs are using with the exception of Sense on HTC which is still pretty good.
Couldn't have explained it better myself.






For the beginner, I wouldn't recommend running ART as it's still in development state.
I would still recommend art. If you have problems revert back. I don't have any problems, and it's pretty great.
 

Fernandez21

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For the beginner, I wouldn't recommend running ART as it's still in development state.
I don't think it would be that bad for a beginner. It either works with the apps he gets or it doesn't. If it doesn't he can just revert back to dalvik by selecting it in settings. There are no additional tweaks or stuff he would have to do, just if the apps he wants don't load then switch back.
 

Lloydbm41

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I would still recommend art. If you have problems revert back. I don't have any problems, and it's pretty great.
ART doesn't work with some ROM's and it doesn't work with certain customization mods like Xposed Frameworks. I wouldn't recommend a newbie to do much on the customization side until they have a better grasp of rooting and rom'ing. Having someone unfamiliar with Android runtime, ADB code, TWRP, etc... can't determine if it is runtime screwing things up or the customizations they make. Education is the first step to loving Android's capabilities.

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I don't think it would be that bad for a beginner. It either works with the apps he gets or it doesn't. If it doesn't he can just revert back to dalvik by selecting it in settings. There are no additional tweaks or stuff he would have to do, just if the apps he wants don't load then switch back.
Reverting back means a full restore. Not a big deal on a Nexus with ADB and a Nandroid backup for some, but maybe not for someone new to Android. Just a thought.
 

Fernandez21

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ART doesn't work with some ROM's and it doesn't work with certain customization mods like Xposed Frameworks. I wouldn't recommend a newbie to do much on the customization side until they have a better grasp of rooting and rom'ing. Having someone unfamiliar with Android runtime, ADB code, TWRP, etc... can't determine if it is runtime screwing things up or the customizations they make. Education is the first step to loving Android's capabilities.

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Reverting back means a full restore. Not a big deal on a Nexus with ADB and a Nandroid backup for some, but maybe not for someone new to Android. Just a thought.
I never had to do a restore. We aren't talking about rooting or rom'ing, I haven't even tried that. Just using art runtime on a stock device. The only places he may have problems is that some app from the play store aren't compatible, in that case he can decide to either go back to dalvik or just not use that app. And it seems most apps from the play store are compatible, I have around 200 apps and I think like 5 aren't compatible and don't load.
 

mKTank

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No you don't have to restore anything to switch runtimes.

I too, having experienced just how nice ART is compared to that tragic JIT, recommend it. And if for some reason some app doesn't work with ART, you can just revert to Dalvik. Doesn't really need somebody advanced to do it; it's just a toggle in the settings.

You can expect better app performance, faster touch response and better battery with ART. Only downsides: apps take a bit more storage, some apps may not work (rarely/never really happened to me), and apps can take a second longer to load. But it's so worth it.
 

SuperPolli

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So I just did this starting on Monday myself. I have a 5s and have been an iPhone owners since the 3G and having every generation since. I've become impatient on the screen size primarily and like what I saw in the N5.

My initial impressions:
Cons:
The N5 signal is a bit weaker for me compared to the 5s.
I miss the 5s camera.
Battery life has been a little rough at first, this is hard to get an accurate read on though since I'm always tinkering with the phone.
The auto-brightness is way off (I downloaded a 3rd party app that seems to do a better job).
I have an Apple eco-system at home that I can no longer control from my phone.

Pros:
Screen size
Notification management
Overall flexibility

The first day I was itching to get back to my iPhone. The second day I missed it a bit less but still found myself focusing on the shortcomings of the N5. On day 3 I had to use my iPhone in the morning while I worked through rooting and which ROM I wanted to run, I found myself oddly missing the N5. At day 4 now, so long as I don't find myself dropping calls due to the weaker signal I'll be sticking with the N5 until the iPhone 6 comes along (assuming the larger screen rumors are true). Ultimately it was the screen size I missed when I used my iPhone and I can't go back to the 4" display at this point. When I grab my iPhone after only 4 days, the screen seems so small and unbearable (first world problems).
Not planning on using custom ROMs or anything but I see your point about separation anxiety. I'm expecting it a little bit.

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Turn off iMessage on your iPhone so you will get your texts from iPhone people. If you have iMessage on any other devices (such as an iPad or Mac) go into the settings of each one and disable your phone number. If they are still logged in then text will still go to those devices instead of your phone.

Go to settings, then about phone, and repeatably tap on Build number until developer options becomes available. Then go to developer options and change runtime from Dalvik to ART. Makes the phone run just as smooth and fast as the iPhone.

Go to settings, then about phone, and check for any software updates. It should be up to date.

Download evolve SMS if you don't like hangouts, its free and has no adds, but it has some extended features you can purchase if you like it.

Setup a Google voice account to get your voice mails. Then download the Google voice app and after you have logged in go into Google voice settings and set "View and display voice mails in call log" to on. This way you can see all your voice mails in the phone app just like on the iPhone.

Download NiLs and NiLs Floating panel from the app store. This will show your notifications on your lock screen and allow you too open right into them or even take actions (such as deleting an email) right from your lock screen.

If you listen to podcasts, get pocketcasts. It is a great podcasting app and is cross platform, so if you do go back to your iPhone you can download the app there and keep all your podcasts in sync across devices. They also have an iPad app.

Get isync if you want to continue syncing with iTunes. You'll also have to download a companion app to your computer, but after its set up you can sync over WiFi or USB with iTunes.

You can also open a Google Music account and import your iTunes library there, it'll just take a while depending on how many songs will have to be uploaded to Google.

You can also sync your iCloud mail and contacts. Check this guide:
http://android.appstorm.net/how-to/synchronization/keep-android-and-ios-in-sync-part1-data-email-contacts-and-calendar/

If you don't want to do that, you can import your contacts into gmail by logging into your iCloud account at iCloud.com, then go to contacts, select all, then export. Once the file has been exported go to gmail, contacts, then import and select that file and everything will be ported in. These step are to be done on your PC browser.

If your syncing your favorites with your desktop and are not using chrome, download chrome and import your favorites from your current browser into chrome. Then log into your account from the chrome browser on your nexus and they will be imported automatically to your phone.

Enjoy your phone, then Nexus is probably the best overall android phone out, though the Moto X is very close and has some great features. The software on these two phones are light years better than what the other OEMs are using with the exception of Sense on HTC which is still pretty good.
I already set up Google Music with my iTunes library and moved all of my contacts and stuff over. So that's set. I knew about the thing with iMessage. As to changing system settings around I'm not gonna touch that yet.

Thanks for all of the advice about apps! Much appreciated!!!!
 

JC17

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Not sure if these have been mentioned but Lux is the best screen brightness app and
I'd also recommend SwiftKey to take over from the standard android keyboard. Sliding around the keyboard beats typing any day of the week.
 

vomhorizon

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Nice thread..I just couldnt wait for the M8 and decided to ditch my note 3 for a nexus 5..Wont have wifi calling but my IT guys had no option..Should ship by march 7 according to google play, hopefully ships and arrives earlier than that...I actually quite like android as an OS and love iOS..will keep both phones until I replace the 5s with 6 and the N5 with N6...Life couldnt get better ! Stock iOS :) and Soon to arrive Stock Android..good riddance with all that touchwiz nonsense and the stutter...
 

SuperPolli

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Nice thread..I just couldnt wait for the M8 and decided to ditch my note 3 for a nexus 5..Wont have wifi calling but my IT guys had no option..Should ship by march 7 according to google play, hopefully ships and arrives earlier than that...I actually quite like android as an OS and love iOS..will keep both phones until I replace the 5s with 6 and the N5 with N6...Life couldnt get better ! Stock iOS :) and Soon to arrive Stock Android..good riddance with all that touchwiz nonsense and the stutter...
I ordered mine a week ago (2/21/14) and it gave me the same "March 7" estimate and the phone got here today. Standard shipping. It left the warehouse Tuesday night.
 

SuperPolli

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Nice, how you enjoying it so far?
I absolutely love it. I'm all set up for the most part aside from a few little things. But if anyone on here can help out I have a few questions.

1) How do I set up widgets on my home screens for weather and sports scores?

2)Is there any way to make the phone not vibrate every time you type a single character?

3) I have Android Media Manager or whatever the program is on my Mac. I put my Ringtones into the Ringtones folder on my phone via that and they didn't show up on the phone. So I rebooted and tried again. No dice.

Anyone have any ideas or solutions for any of those three problems?
 

khha4113

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I absolutely love it. I'm all set up for the most part aside from a few little things. But if anyone on here can help out I have a few questions.

1) How do I set up widgets on my home screens for weather and sports scores?

2)Is there any way to make the phone not vibrate every time you type a single character?

3) I have Android Media Manager or whatever the program is on my Mac. I put my Ringtones into the Ringtones folder on my phone via that and they didn't show up on the phone. So I rebooted and tried again. No dice.

Anyone have any ideas or solutions for any of those three problems?
1) Long press on the screen where you want your widget to stay. It should pop up a list, choose 'widgets'. It'd show a app list, choose the one you want. Depends on the app, it may have more than one widgets and may require setting up.
2) Go to Settings, scroll to 'Language & Input'. Check which keyboard is default (it should be 'Google keyboard'). Tap on its settings (on the right side). Uncheck 'Vibrate on keypress'.
3) Unfortunately, the ringtones of Nexus 5 is on system file that requires root permission. Its path is /system/media/audio/ringtones which is hidden unless you have root access and root-capable file manager like ES File Manager.
 

BlueGoldAce

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Use zedge or a ringtone maker. Those will put the ringtone where It is needed, without root. There are several ringtone maker apps, etc. you can even put the ringtone you want into you music folder, and then use a ringtone app to select to and I insert it into the system.
 

SuperPolli

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1) Long press on the screen where you want your widget to stay. It should pop up a list, choose 'widgets'. It'd show a app list, choose the one you want. Depends on the app, it may have more than one widgets and may require setting up.
2) Go to Settings, scroll to 'Language & Input'. Check which keyboard is default (it should be 'Google keyboard'). Tap on its settings (on the right side). Uncheck 'Vibrate on keypress'.
3) Unfortunately, the ringtones of Nexus 5 is on system file that requires root permission. Its path is /system/media/audio/ringtones which is hidden unless you have root access and root-capable file manager like ES File Manager.
Widgets I figured out late last night, actually on accident. I grabbed the phone wit the screen on and my finger made the thing pop up! So that solved that. Thank you for helping with the keyboard. I've kind of gotten used to it but I think I'll switch that off. Number 3 is tricky. I think maybe what I'll do is just download them to the phone and mess with it a bit. The system ringtones are somewhat lacking in quality.
 

HiDEF

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So I currently have an iPhone 5S and my brand new Nexus 5 should be arriving sometime tomorrow, (Friday, February 28, 2014). I've never owned an Android before. I have some friends giving me pointers but I wanted to know if there were any suggestions anyone on the MacRumors Forums had.


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As to why I'm switching: It's not a permanent switch. If I don't like it I'm switching back to my iPhone 5S and I plan on purchasing the iPhone 6 when it gets released later this year.
What color did you go with? And hows the Speaker phone on it? I hear its not the best compared to the competition.