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Sunday, November 3, 2013

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Google's Nexus 5 phone is solid one and you can have it at a very good price. You thinking of buying it, May be ?. I think i should get one soon. 

After months of rumors and leaks, Google’s Nexus 5 phone is here and, based on my hands-on time with it, it’s a very nice phone at an excellent price. It’s available from the Google Play Store and from Sprint and T-Mobile.

You can buy an unlocked version At $349 for 16 GB or $399 for 32 GB, which is a good deal for an unlocked phone. You can also get it with the usual 2-year contract from Sprint or T-Mobile for $49.55. Google loaned me a GSM version without a SIM card but it worked immediately when I inserted an AT&T card. It should also work well with T-Mobile here in the United States and practically all GSM carriers around the world.

The phone’s 4.95 inch 1080p touch screen is quite vivid and this is the first phone to come with the new Android 4.4 KitKat operating system. As CNET reported, KitKat is Google’s answer to the long-time fragmentation problem in that it’s expected to work on all Android smartphones.

Unlike the Nexus 4, the new phone supports high-speed LTE. I tested it with the Speedtest.net app and got an astonishingly high 46 mbps download and 10 mpbs upload speed with AT&T. I had to double-check to make sure WiFi was turned off.

The 8 MP rear facing camera now has optical image stabilization and an HDR+ setting that takes multiple pictures in burst mode and puts them together for supposedly better results. I wasn’t blown away by the photo quality, but it was good by Android standards.

Photo taken in HDR+ mode from Nexus 5

At 2.7 inches wide, by 5.4 tall by .33 inches thick, it’s a bit taller than the Nexus 4 but it’s a bit lighter at 4.59 ounces.

Physically, it feels good in the hand for such a large phone, though there’s nothing particularly unique or stunning about the way it looks. Personally that’s fine with me. I buy phones for functionality and don’t expect them to come in a myriad of colors or unique shapes. The phone does have a rubbery soft back which makes it less prone to slip from your hand.

My favorite feature of the new KitKat version of Android is ubiquitous voice search. From any home screen, you say OK Google and search the web, make a call, get directions or launch an app (including 3rd party apps)

Just say "OK Google" and tell the phone what to do

I haven’t had the phone long enough to test battery life. Google claims talk time up to 17 hours (with an asterisk, of course) with up to 300 hours standby time and up to 7 hours Internet use via LTE. Google plans to release a wireless charger for the phone. My evaluation unit had the usual MicroUSB charger.