I have been waiting for the longest time to upgrade my Android phone. It has been in my wishlist since last year. Finally I got myself the current flagship phone of the Nexus units, the Google Nexus 5 (also called LG D820) manufactured by LG. This is a huge upgrade for me because my last android phone was an HTC Wildfire S!
Here’s what I’m lovin’ so far on this gadget running on vanilla android:
Android Kitkat (who doesn’t? :D)
I was not able to experience Android Jellybean. I came from ancient Gingerbread then transferred to the modern and busy Kitkat so I am very very impressed on how the Android platform has improved throughout the years.
I looove the new lock screen! When playing music, it displays the album art in full screen!
Everything Google is Here!
If you are a heavy user of Google’s services, then you and this phone is a match made in heaven. Nexus 5 has all of Google’s products pre-installed (Calendar, Chrome, Drive, Earth, Gmail, Google+ Search, Hangouts, Keeps, Maps, Photos, Play Books, Play Games, Play Music, Play Newsstand, Play Store, Youtube) and a lot of cool features!
Google’s Voice Commands
I feel like I have a personal assistant because I can talk to my phone. xD I’ll just have to say ‘Ok, Google‘ and say my commands. I think my mostly used voice commands are setting the alarm clock (when I do naps) and doing Google searches (when there are too many keywords and I’m too lazy to type). There are loads of things you can do through voice commands. You may want to check out this very informative infographic (redundant it is xD) on it.
I have proven through this feature that this smart phone is indeed smart, maybe even smarter than I am. It takes note the location of your home and work, lists down nearby establishments to check out, and displays related news articles based on your recent Google searches.
Navigation and locating places improved so much in the Kitkat OS. There are lots of new features added (the last time I checked was on Gingerbread haha) and I am very pleased with it. The turn-by-turn navigation works very neat.
The HDR+ Camera
Nexus 5 is equipped with an 8MP Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) camera and has an HDR capability that brings out the best colors of the scenery into your photos.
Below are some of the photos I took during a recent vacation in Boracay.
Note: No editing filters were applied on these photos.
The photos turned out pretty well. The HDR+ feature does its job pretty well. We ended up using the phone’s camera instead of the DSLR camera that my sister bought for the trip. xD
I am totally in love on how the camera captures photos, especially of food! Now I am getting addicted to food photography!
There are just a few things I’m disappointed with the Nexus 5, like the fact that the package doesn’t include earphones (which holds true also on previous Nexus devices), no built-in radio, and no SD card slot. But for a 16GB internal memory, it’s more than enough for me.
I am very well in love with this phone (which I have nicknamed Nexee by the way, haha). I have yet to explore more of its features and I am excited to learn more about the Kitkat platform.