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conclusion:We like it

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If you don't mind ZTE's custom Android skin, the Nubia 5 is a decent unlocked phone for a reasonable price. While the price is rather attractive, the Nubia 5 is also a good-looking handset, with Ubergizmo noting "the outer edge ... is highlighted by a thin piece of aluminum, which helps accent the overall sleek look of the phone." And, even with that large 5-inch display, Android Community says the "phone feels really good to hold -- it is solid, thin and light." On the back is a 13MP camera with which Android Central "found little grain or noise in photos," making it ideal for capturing memorable moments. Unfortunately, the Nubia 5 fails a bit with its modified Android skin, which makes changes to how Android is used, and PC Mag says "some modifications ... leave me scratching my head." At a MSRP of $449 the Nubia 5 is a solid choice for an unlocked phone, but you may want to consider installing a separate launcher from Google Play if you find ZTE's version of Android too frustrating to use.

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Critic reviews

7.4
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  • Reception and call quality
    8.0
  • Display
    8.3
  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Camera
    7.4
  • Ease of use
    6.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.3
  • Media support
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    5.3

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7.0
PC Mag Oct 25, 2013

The ZTE Nubia 5 is an affordable, well-built, and well-equipped unlocked Android phone, but its half-baked Android skin really holds it back.

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7.0
CNET Oct 24, 2013

With its small amount of internal storage, lack of LTE, and inconsistent video-recording performance, the Nubia 5 isn't perfect. But if you're in the market for an unlocked phone right now, the Nubia 5 is a solid choice.

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8.0
Android Central Oct 25, 2013

The Nubia 5 is basically 2012's flagship device repackaged and sold at the end of 2013, with an unlocked price to match what it has to offer.

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8.0
Ubergizmo Feb 18, 2014

ZTE has built some impressive phones in the past, and the Nubia 5 is yet another great phone it can add to its stable. The majority of the Nubia 5 gives a great premium feel, from its sleek design down to its high-end internal specifications.

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8.0
Android Community Oct 11, 2013

The ZTE nubia 5 was a fun handset to play with. And as we mentioned earlier, we are not quite ready to put it down just yet. Needless to say, while the overall experience was great, there are some concerns and potential issues.

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