Last Updated: Jul 03,2014
Is it worth doing?
I did it! And I have no real regrets. I still really like the nexus 5, just really diggin the M8 so far.
But your gonna get creamed in here! This thread may be better off in the M8 Forums asking if there's any Nexus 5 owners who have switched and how they're liking the M8 so far. Just my 2 cents
Well, if the nexus line wasnt around, my phone would be the m8.
With the new Google camera, I'm glad I didn't use my available upgrade through sprint for the m8.
Perfectly happy with my n5
New Google camera?? Iv just came back after owning a 5s for a while but got a little bored
Google posted the camera app to the play store, with new features.
It also enables them to update it without needed a full android version update
I want to thank sean76 for the cautionary post. Lolol. That keeping us in check
If I didn't have a Nexus 5 I'd sure own an M8. Still....can't beat fast software updates.
This is the longest time of owning a phone where I haven't had phone envy. While new phones are looking nice, nothing is tempting me away yet.
Like others I'd most likely have the M8 if it wasn't for the N5, very nice phone indeed.
As it is I still marvel at the N5, took it out of it's case last night and forgot how beautiful it feels and looks (while obviously performs)
Haha,my thoughts exactly now the phone has settled down.I had a lot of connection/reception issues in the first few months as some of you may recall but at the moment its behaving very well.
I look at my dopey friends that bung out up to
O.K. I'll post something to think about...If the N5, and the M8(GPE) were the same price, which phone would you buy?
I kept my N5 for various reasons, mostly for the ability to work on pretty much any carrier except Verizon, but I rarely touch it anymore since getting the M8. As far as the new Google Camera update goes, I have been testing it out over the past few days and in terms of design and function I feel like it is a huge step back (Not going to hijack the thread with too much here). In so far as that relates to the M8, the added functionality of Lens Blur doesn't even compare to the M8s version in my opinion. It is way too hit or miss and labor intensive. Granted the implementation is extremely clever and will get stronger with updates.
usually GPE phones cost more than regular edition. so both of them will be more expensive than an iphone.
Even more-so the nexus 5.
The GPE M8 won't have any of the sweet sense camera functionality. You're left with a plain old 4MP camera.
It's my opinion that the quick updates, and the price make converts to the Nexus line. Don't get me wrong, the Nexus is a good phone, but there are better phones out there, with better operating systems. They are just held down by carrier bloatware, and carrier delayed updates. I personally find the N5 too light, but if i can find a heavy bumper case that i like, i could see myself buying one.
Well that is not entirely true, the GPE comes with HTC's Photo Edit software that gives you all of the editing features of the M8. You lose the front end camera software which is a huge loss indeed IMO so I agree with you there.
Better phones? Well, maybe. As far as I'm aware, the CPU/GPU/RAM of the Nexus 5 at still in the top-tier. Then there is the full HD (1080x1920) 4.95 inch display, which for me at least, is the sweet spot size-wise. No need for higher resolution than that, plus it matches my TV when I want to connect my Nexus 5 to it. After that, you're left with the cameras and speakers. Camera works well enough for me to use as my main camera (some image professionals and/or enthusiasts may want more from their phones, though at that point they'd probably be better served with a dedicated device). Speakers aren't great, but they're more than usable for typical phone related needs, but listening to music and videos is better served by connecting the Nexus 5 to a headset, external speakers, or HD TV.
Also, the Nexus 5 doesn't have a user serviceable battery, at least not easily, nor does it have expandable memory. Some people may be interested in those features more than others. I have unlimited and unthrottled data/talk/text on my phone and my own essentially unlimited cloud storage for all media types. That being said, in hindsight I probably should have gone with the 32GB version instead of the 16GB one for more room for my apps, as I'm currently using around 9GB just for my installed apps.
In regards to OS/ROM, that of course is subjective, but having the latest and greatest Android version is definitely a bonus for me. I should be getting Sprint Spark enabled with the 4.4.3 update that I'm eagerly waiting to receive. Great thing about the Nexus 5 though - if you want a different OS, just install a different ROM. For me personally, it's either stock Android, or a modded Android ROM with other features I may want. Something running iOS is simply not a viable option for me and my preferences. Maybe as a workstation type phone for an intentionally limited number of functions and capabilities, I guess. But even with that being said, iOS (which I have to support in my profession) is much buggier and problematical, even in regards to security, than current generation Android phones are. (I could give specifics, but that isn't what this thread is about.) In regards to Windows phones, honestly, I haven't really tried them out, nor am I really interested in doing so. Android does what I need it to, including remoting into my Windows PCs for free with the Google Play credit that came with my Nexus 7. So in a sense, I do run Windows 7 on my Nexus 7 and Nexus 5. I'm also not a fan of the "Metro" style interface.
Battery capacity hasn't been an issue for me. Typically I'll get 2 days out of it before needing a recharge and 1 day with heavier use. Aside from that, I can charge at home overnight, at work, and in my car as needed. I haven't needed to charge in my car yet. I have a wireless LG induction charger that I use at work sometimes. I just set the Nexus 5 on it while at my desk at work if I feel it could use a pick-me-up, and I'll sometimes just do that instead of charging the night before. Wireless charging is a very nice feature that I have grown accustom to and would prefer to not be without. I know how to take care of Li-Ion/Po type cells fairly well, and expect the Nexus 5's internal cell to last me at least a couple of years by which time I likely will have upgraded to a newer Nexus model (provided it doesn't have a 6 inch display, or something else similarly ridiculous).
Anyway, the long and the short of it is that for me there still aren't really any better options out there yet than the Nexus 5. I'll probably wait for the Nexus 5 gen. 2 (or whatever they decide to call it) before upgrading. Other people just need to educate themselves about the options and what's important to them and then decide for themselves.
If I was unhappy with the N5 (which I'm not) then I think I would still go for the Sony Xperia Z2.
I bought an M8 and returned it and stuck with my Nexus. Why? Although the M8 is a great phone and has a great build quality I felt the phone was too big for the size screen it was packing! The Nexus is just as smooth and fast and half the price! I could not justify spendeing $300 more for what boiled down to just build quality and front speakers!
I have the ballistic SG Maxx, it is pretty protective and makes you feel confident about protecting it.
If money doesn't matter, the speakers alone make it worth it.
And the built quality
If you hate skinned Android like i do then nope.
That's an easy fix.
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