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86
Engadget
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An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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The Nexus 5 offers the best bang for your buck, with amazing specs and the latest OS for a very reasonable price.
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Scores

Engadget

86
 

User Reviews

100
ImTheStig
Had an great experience using this device and is defiantly my new daily drive....read more
100
RhymeBub
Love it! Keep in mind this phone is us $350 before complaining about every little...read more
100
lucassou
very good phone, at this price we can't have better, a little bit sad for the...read more
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Model
16GB

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
4.9522
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes
Talk time
3G

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Talk time
3G (up to17 hours)
Standby time (max)
300 hours
Battery type
Li-polymer (2300 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 ac, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
UMA support
No
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Ogg, Wav, Wma) (Avi, Divx, H264, Mpeg4, Wmv, Xvid) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Stopwatch, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Europe, North america (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
Gsm, Cdma, Lte (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (Hsdpa, Hsupa) (Yes)
Subscriber identity
Micro-SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.95 inches
Screen resolution
1920 x 1080
Pixel density
445 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes) (No)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
2.3 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (Usb charging, Usb on the go)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
FM tuner
No
FM transmitter
No
Infrared port
No
Kickstand
No
PictBridge
No
Ruggedized
No
Model
32GB

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
4.9522
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes
Talk time
3G

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Talk time
3G (up to17 hours)
Standby time (max)
300 hours
Battery type
Li-polymer (2300 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
32 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 ac, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
UMA support
No
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Ogg, Wav, Wma) (Avi, Divx, H264, Mpeg4, Wmv, Xvid) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Stopwatch, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
North America (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
Gsm, Cdma, Lte (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (Hsdpa, Hsupa) (Yes)
Subscriber identity
Micro-SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.95 inches
Screen resolution
1920 x 1080
Pixel density
445 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes) (No)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
2.3 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (Usb charging, Usb on the go)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
FM tuner
No
FM transmitter
No
Infrared port
No
Kickstand
No
PictBridge
No
Ruggedized
No
Model
Sprint

Key Specs

Type
Smartphone
Operating system
Android
Screen size
4.9522
Internal memory
161
Camera
Yes
Talk time
3G

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Talk time
3G (up to17 hours)
Standby time (max)
300 hours
Battery type
Li-polymer (2300 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Video, Auto focus, Digital zoom, Flash, Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc, Wifi loc, Compass)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 ac, 802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Yes)
UMA support
No
Bluetooth
4.0 (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp, Avrcp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Ogg, Wav, Wma) (Avi, Divx, H264, Mpeg4, Wmv, Xvid) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps, Notes, Stocks, Stopwatch, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Europe, North america (US)

Radio type

Comm standard
Gsm, Cdma, Lte (Gsm, Gprs, Edge) (Hsdpa, Hsupa) (Yes)
Subscriber identity
Micro-SIM card

Display

Screen size
4.95 inches
Screen resolution
1920 x 1080
Pixel density
445 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes) (No)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
2.3 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (Usb charging, Usb on the go)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
FM tuner
No
FM transmitter
No
Infrared port
No
Kickstand
No
PictBridge
No
Ruggedized
No
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