Nexus 5 Revisited: Is This Pure Android Experience Still Any Good?

by Brandon Russell | August 1, 2014

It’s easy to get swept up in the hype of a new phone. As soon as something like the HTC One (M8) hits, out comes a Galaxy S5. Then we get the LG G3, and the balance is thrown off yet again. We always look toward what’s next—that’s why we wait for the next rumor to hit—when really, we should be happy with what we have right now. So we thought we’d look back at one of our favorites from last year, the Nexus 5.

In tech time, the Nexus 5 is nearing the end of its life cycle having come out at the end of last October. By now, it’s nine months old, which is pretty old for most smartphone users. And for us, having the privilege of trying every new device makes the Nexus 5 darn near ancient. But even with all the latest devices at our disposal, there’s something to be said about a phone, whether it’s the Nexus 5 or even something else, that you can go back to without issue.

By today’s standards, the Nexus 5 doesn’t have the most cutting edge specs, the largest screen, or even the best design. But with pure Android onboard, great battery and wireless charging, the Nexus 5 offers a solid experience that works really well for Jon’s needs. It’s not always about specs, or even the very sharpest screens. Sometimes you just need a smartphone to get the simple things right without all the fluff, which is what the Nexus 5 does very well.

Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t be happy with the device you have now. Maybe the Galaxy S4 is your Nexus 5, or something even older than that. The main thing, though, is that we shouldn’t be so quick to discount devices just because they’re a little older. And the fact that the Nexus 5 is just $349 with no contract for the 16GB model ($399 for the 32GB model), makes the device even more enticing.

Despite rumors to the contrary, it sure looks like we’re going to see a Nexus 6 in the coming months, while there are even cheaper options on the market in the OnePlus One. Still, it’s fun to look back and re-explore older devices to see if our opinion on that phone has changed. Even after all these months, the Nexus 5 is still a very solid experience, and definitely deserves a spot in your pocket.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...