Google Nexus 5 

Released November, 2013
  • Android 6.0
  • 4G
  • 5"
  • Quad core 2.26 GHz
As you'd expect audio sounds better through headphones.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2014)
It has a great mix of features for the price including a very fast CPU, a sharp full HD IPS display and the promise of always running the latest OS.
by MobileTechReview (Nov, 2013)
8.1 Out of 10

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the Google Nexus 5


Processing power and speed

Nexus 5
Xperia Z
Galaxy S4
Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

Nexus 5
Xperia Z
Galaxy S4
GLBenchmark 2.5

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Nexus 5
Xperia Z
Galaxy S4
Talk time, Standby time and Battery capacity


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Nexus 5
Xperia Z
Galaxy S4
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PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Nexus 5
Xperia Z
Galaxy S4

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Google Nexus 5

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Nexus 5
Moto X
Xperia Z

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Nexus 5
827 ms
Xperia Z
1,336 ms
Galaxy S4
804 ms

AnTuTu 3D 3D graphics performance

Nexus 5
Xiaomi Mi-3
Xperia Z

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Nexus 5
57 fps
Xperia Z
38.2 fps
Galaxy S4
41.3 fps

Reviews Word on the street for the Google Nexus 5

It's pretty bright (good enough for outdoor use) and viewing angles are wide but contrast is middling and color calibration and saturation are just OK.

Meanwhile, above the display, we spot its peculiar shaped earpiece, light & proximity sensors, and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera.

Music quality through the speaker is not very good.


8.4 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Indeed, there are several pleasant qualities about it, like how it’s able to produce sharp details with its 445 ppi pixel density and offers better-than-average outdoor visibility, but as a whole, it’s nothing particularly fresh in the space.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)
The colours look accurate and the 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution on the 4.95-inch screen translates to an amazing 445ppi (pixels per inch).
by TechRadar (Dec, 2014)
By dumping widgets from the app drawer and making the app icons bigger, there are now four across a screen instead of five, the interface is easier to navigate and clearer.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2014)


Where previously it would take forever to capture a shot, as you waited for the auto-focus, especially in low light conditions, or with fast-moving subjects, after the update it's much faster.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2014)
The camera really has promise because we did manage to capture some very sharp and colorful images when focus behaved, and macro shots are particularly good.
by MobileTechReview (Nov, 2013)
Reminding us about its close ties to the Nexus 7, there’s a huge border surrounding the 8-megapixel auto-focus camera of the Nexus 5, which feature an LED flash, 1080p video recording, optical image stabilization, backside illuminated sensor, and an f2.4 aperture lens.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2013)


What you are compromising on when comparing the Nexus 5 with the rest of the premium market is the camera, storage options and the battery life, but you get a decent processor with a wonderful display.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2014)
Project Volta, a new addition in Lollipop, is supposed to eke more juice from a charge and help you go longer without reaching for the charger or plonking your phone onto a Qi wireless pad.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2014)
Because battery life is a little unpredictable, it would be wise to charge it as much as you can when you can.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2014)


From the Material Design look, to the new Guest User mode, to the swathes of beautifully rendered animations and the fantastic way it handles notifications, Google's latest Android update is one of biggest changes to an operating system I can remember.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2014)
This OS component scans internal and external storage (note, the Nexus doesn't have external storage) at intervals to ensure that your music, photos and videos appear in their respective apps.
by MobileTechReview (Nov, 2013)
Hangouts is no longer the default messaging app in Android 5.0 Lollipop, replaced by a new Material Design infused SMS only app.
by TechRadar (Dec, 2014)

Operating system

We don't always praise Samsung and their software, but Google should take a look at Samsung's excellent camera application for inspiration.
by MobileTechReview (Nov, 2013)
Android 4.4 KitKit is a sleek OS with improved memory management thanks to "Project Svelte.
by MobileTechReview (Nov, 2013)
One thing that helps is the fact this is a Nexus phone, and that means you'll get OS updates first and you can generally count on two years of OS updates before Google adds software features that they think are too demanding for older hardware.
by MobileTechReview (Nov, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Size 5"
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
PPI 445 ppi


Clock speed 2.26 GHz
Number of cores Quad core
Internal storage 32 GB


Headphone jack 3.5 mm
Supports FM radio No


Operating system Android 6.0
Multitasking Yes
App store Android Market
Adobe flash support No
App store size 850,000 apps


  1. 802.11ac
  2. 802.11n
  3. 802.11a
  4. 802.11g
  5. 802.11b
Maximum data rate 1,733 Mbit/s
Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

Weight 130 g
Thickness 8.6 mm
Size 69.2 x 137.8 x 8.6 mm
Numeric keypad None
Keyboard None


Has an assisted GPS Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes
Has a compass Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes

photo & video

Camera 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 1.3 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps


Generation 4G
  1. GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
  2. EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
  3. HSUPA (7.2 Mb/s)
  4. CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)
  5. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)
  6. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  7. LTE (20 Mb/s)


Talk time 1,020 min
Standby time 18,000 min
Capacity 2,300 mA·h
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The Nexus 5 does not have 32GB of internal storage... Nevermind, there is one that does.
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