A Brief Overview of the Hardware and Software Specs of the LG Nexus 5

LG released what’s considered the first affordable flagship, the Nexus 5, in October 2013. At a starting price of $350, this smartphone costs half the price of most high-end smartphones. Powerful hardware and brand new software proves a winning combination for LG’s version of the Nexus smartphone, which is backed by Google. Consumers won’t find a better mix of affordability and high-end features in another smartphone.

Hardware Specs

The Nexus 5 features a 5-inch screen with a 1080p resolution. A new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 system-on-chip and 2GB of RAM powers the device. For storage, users receive 16GB or 32GB, depending upon the model, with no expandable memory. NFC, wireless charging, and Bluetooth technologies are included here. LG’s smartphone features the antennas required to run on three of the four major networks in the US.

Operating System

Android 4.4 KitKat is the newest version of Android OS, and the Nexus 5 is the first device to run KitKat. In the near future, Google will provide multiple updates to the operating system as they’re released. KitKat features Google New, multitasking improvements, and a variety of other new features for the OS.

Camera Performance

LG’s latest smartphone comes with 8MP and 1.3MP rear- and front-facing cameras. For the most part, shots from the 8MP shooter are adequate. The front-facing shooter is only good for selfies and video chatting, though. Users will notice that image and video quality are somewhat inconsistent, which could be improved in future OS updates.

Battery Life

With a 2,300 mAh battery, the Nexus 5 doesn’t feature the largest reservoir of juice. Most users will see 12 hours of mixed usage with 3 to 5 hours of screen-on time. Multitasking and heavy gaming will affect those numbers dramatically. Still, some smartphones achieve better figures, and others manage worse usage times per charge. Lowering screen brightness and using Wi-Fi can help keep the phone running longer.

The Verdict on the Nexus 5

Recent, powerful hardware and the latest software make the Nexus 5 an incredible smartphone. However, something that sets the device apart from other flagships is its price. A $350 high-end phone is all but unheard of today, but LG and Google have managed to create that exact device. Perhaps the only weaknesses of the Nexus 5 are its below average cameras and average battery life figures. Otherwise, this device brings more than enough processing power and new features to the table.