Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Dec 2014 19:29 UTC
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Unlike previous years, Google's keeping the older Nexus handset around for the time being, selling it alongside the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 at the same price point it launched at in November 2013. (Though Play Store availability remains sporadic.) So the Nexus 5 isn't quite dead yet. But how does it compare to other handsets running Android 5.0? Is it still worth the money twelve months on? And might we see another smaller Nexus handset in 2015? Read on for our take on the Nexus 5, twelve months on.

Android is at a bit of a strange point right now when it comes to flagship devices. For me, personally, while some of the OEMs make very nice devices (especially Sony), they are all laden with crapware and customisations nobody is asking for, and worse yet, they will not get updates in a timely fashion. I would not buy from them until they Google Play Editions - but those are either not available at all, or not sold in many countries (they are not available in The Netherlands).

Nexus-wise, I am not at all impressed with the Nexus 6 - it's far, far too large for my tastes, and I really dislike the bulgy Motorola designs.

Which brings us back to the Nexus 5: still the best Android phone you can buy right now, in my view. It's relatively cheap, looks decent (the red one actually has the most pleasant material), it's more than up to the job, gets prompt updates, and runs proper Android.

I hope Google keeps it around for a long time - or better yet, updates its internals if needed at some point.

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1+1?
by garyd on Tue 16th Dec 2014 00:04 UTC
garyd
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2008-10-22

Has anyone here tried the Oneplus One? It ships with Cyanogen 11S based on Android 4.4.

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RE: 1+1?
by mkools on Tue 16th Dec 2014 22:48 in reply to "1+1?"
mkools Member since:
2005-10-11

Has anyone here tried the Oneplus One? It ships with Cyanogen 11S based on Android 4.4.


I have one, the 64 GB Sandstone and it's a great device. I'm sure it beats the Nexus 5 in every way possible especially the poor battery.

So yes I disagree the Nexus 5 is the best Android phone, as of now it's the 1+1.

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RE[2]: 1+1?
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 17th Dec 2014 10:06 in reply to "RE: 1+1?"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

So yes I disagree the Nexus 5 is the best Android phone, as of now it's the 1+1.


No updates. Can't be bought most of the time.

So no, it really isn't.

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RE[2]: 1+1?
by oldtimefighter on Wed 17th Dec 2014 13:24 in reply to "RE: 1+1?"
oldtimefighter Member since:
2013-05-07

Once again, the Nexus 5 was not picked as the best phone because it has the best specs (it's over a year old now). The reasons were laid out in the post, by me, and others in the comments.

The company behind the OnePlus One is really shaky... The stupid promotions, still can't buy one directly, and disputes with the OS maker (Cyanogenmod) leaves something to be desired. Are they even going to be able to make a follow up device?

Edited 2014-12-17 13:26 UTC

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