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Google Nexus 5 Android phone (preview)
- — 01 November, 2013 08:35
After over a month of rumours which revealed almost everything about the device, from design to specifications, Google's worst kept secret of all time is finally here. The Nexus 5 is officially official, and it's available in Australia immediately.
The Nexus 5 moves away from the glass construction used on its Nexus 4 predecessor. Its constructed primarily from plastic instead, though Google says it has a "silky texture" rather than the cheap, glossy feel normally associated with entry-level smartphones. The device is available in black and white models, though as with the Nexus 4, the white model is only white on the back: the sides and front remain black.
The Nexus 5 weighs 130g and is 8.59mm thick. Interestingly, the power and volume buttons on the device are made from a ceramic material, rather than plastic.
The Nexus 5 has a 4.95in, full HD display with a resolution of 1920x1080. The phone is among the most powerful on the market. It has a 2.3GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and comes with either 16GB of 32GB of internal memory. As with all Nexus devices, there is no removable storage.
Perhaps the biggest addition over the Nexus 4 is LTE or 4G connectivity. The Nexus 5 will work on all Australian 4G networks including Telstra, Optus and Vodafone. While it will only be available as an outright device for now, 4G compatibility is likely to make it more popular in Australia than the Nexus 4.
The Nexus 5 has an 8-megapixel rear facing camera, and a 1.3-megapixel front camera. The rear camera has a number of improvements, including optical image stabilisation (OIS). It also introduces a new feature called HDR+, which uses a burst mode to take a number of photos and then stitch them together.
The Nexus 5 is obviously the first device to come pre-loaded with the latest version of Android, 4.4 Kit Kat. Most of the changes to the software are minor. You can now swipe to the left to launch into Google Now, the status bar is now translucent, and widgets have been removed from the app drawer. The Google Hangouts app now handles SMS messages, so there's no more Messaging app.
Google also says that 4.4 Kit Kat has been designed to run more effectively on low-end, budget devices, though that obviously doesn't apply to the Nexus 5.
The Nexus 5 is available now in Australia online through Google's Play Store. The 16GB model sells for $399, while the larger 32GB model is listed for $449.
In addition to Australia, the Nexus 5 is also available now in the US, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and Korea.
A promotional video of the Google Nexus 5 can be viewed below.