On October 31 Google announced a new version of its Android mobile platform and new Nexus 5 smartphone as the first device to run the new OS. Android 4.4, has faster multitasking and full voice control, according to Google, and a smarter caller ID system so that if the number dialing in isn’t on your contacts list then Android will take a guess at who it is using businesses listed on Google Maps. KitKat devices can now send documents to printers directly using Google Cloud Print or HP’s ePrint system, and Quickoffice has been redesigned to make finding files easier and editing documents and spreadsheets more simple. The email application has also had a facelift, as has the download function.
The new Nexus is the slimmest one yet at 69.17 x 137.84 x 8.59mm and weighs in at 130g. Google claims the 2,300mAh battery is good for 17 hours talk time, 300 hours of standby and 8.5 hours of use with Wi-Fi, or seven hours on LTE. Wireless charging and NFC is also built in.
Nexus 5 sports a 5in (or rather 4.95in) IPS screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. Pulling out the calculator, that equates to a pixel density of 445ppi – higher than the iPhone 5S (326ppi) and LG G2 (423ppi), and roughly the same as the Samsung Galaxy S4 (441ppi), Sony Xperia Z1 (440ppi). The HTC One has it beaten (barely) with 469ppi.
LTE and dual-aerial Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) is built in and the handset has two cameras – a bog-standard 1.3Mp front facer for videoconferencing and an 8Mp rear camera. For auteurs, there’s also a new HDR+ mode that takes multiple shots quickly and combines them into a single photo that takes the best features from each image.
The Nexus 5 screen is fronted with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which should mean a high degree of toughness.
4.95″ Full HD IPS display, 1080p,
Gorilla Glass 3
Snapdragon 800 processor 2.26GHz
2GB of RAM
Android 4.4 KitKat
8 Megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization
4G/LTE and up to WiFi AC 2300mAh battery
Black or White color
69.17 x 137.84 x 8.59mm, 4.59 ounces (130g)