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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Dan1942, Oct 15, 2014.

  1. Dan1942

    Dan1942 Newbie
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    My phone is a two year old HOX+, and I was hoping for something smaller than the new Nexus 6, since between my chromebook, desktop and tablet, I mostly just use the phone when I am out, and portability is more important than screen size.

    Should I pick up a Nexus 5 while it is still available and save the $$ over a newer M8 or LG 3? Or go with something like the 2014 Moto X, which costs more than the Nexus, but less than the others, and seems perfectly adequate for my needs?
    I'm hoping existing Nexus 5 owners can provide some guidance.

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  2. Hunter5

    Hunter5 Android Enthusiast

    All I can say is yes, I feel it's the best phone out and the price is right for everything it has to offer, pure Android is a wonderful thing!! LOL! I'm not as techy as others on here so I can't explain all technical stuff but I can say that I compare my N5 with all my co-workers with their S3, 4 & 5's and my Nexus smokes their doors. I was leaning towards the N6 but after looking at my boss's iPhone 6+ with a slightly smaller screen.....I'm starting to talking myself in keeping the 5.

    Edit: Wooow!! Just heard about the $600+ on the N6! Nah, I'm staying with the 5.
  3. mk_ultra19

    mk_ultra19 Android Enthusiast

    The Nexus 5 is still a superb device. There was an article on a tech website that stated, for the money the Nexus 5 cannot be beat. I would have to agree. I was going to pull the trigger on the Nexus 6 until I saw the price. It's not that I can't afford it but it's almost twice as expensive. I'll happily stick with my 32gig Nexus 5 for the near future.
  4. MartinS

    MartinS Android Expert

    Yes, I would. I reverted back to a Nexus 5 a couple of months ago after an Xperia Z2.

    I had an HTC One X for work a while back and the difference you will see is huge. Since the Nexus 5 will have good support through Android Lollipop you also have some future proofing.

    Moto X does look nice though and I'd be tempted by that if metal and "premium" build is your thing. Not that the N5 feels cheap.
  5. JBentleyR

    JBentleyR Android Enthusiast

    Will the Nexus 5 still be available to buy? I suspect that many people would prefer the smaller phone for various reasons.
  6. ItnStln511

    ItnStln511 Android Enthusiast

    I'd get one. Hopefully the price on the 32GB drops soon now that the Nexus 6 is out.
  7. Sc00ter

    Sc00ter Newbie

    Wait and see. Maybe people will want the 5 once the 6 will be out because of the size.
    BRB, selling my TV and buying a N6 instead.
  8. BynoUK

    BynoUK Android Enthusiast

    Still in awe of mine a year on and I'm a sucker for shiny new things. Such a great phone.
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  9. bigt

    bigt Android Enthusiast

    Me too :)
  10. thisISjoel

    thisISjoel Android Enthusiast

    Still a great phone but I think if the N6 isn't what you want I'd be looking at the 2014 Moto X.

    EDIT: G3 is also a really nice looking phone, it's pretty huge in person though (not sure if you've had your hands on one or not) and I'm not super keen on whatever skin it is LG has over the stock android, Motorola seem to give much more stock like experience.

    This is a cool tool for comparing sizes of phones http://www.phonearena.com/phones/size#/phones/size/Google-Nexus-6,LG-G3/phones/8626,8347
  11. zipred

    zipred Android Expert

    I have a second gen 2014 Moto X. It's a very nice smartphone yet it's not as fast day to day as compared to my terrific Nexus 5. The display lacks the crisp fonts and contrast of the Nexus. But you'd probably only notice with them side by side as i have them here.

    After a full year of use, mines still fast and reliable, along with the five others I bought at the request of family members who wanted out of their iPhone 5S models after seeing my Nexus 5.

    That said I still like Motorola and I'm happy the Nexus 6 is being built by them. I'm extremely excited to finally get a 6"display, a size I have calculated after trial of virtually every other size smartphone display available over the last several years.
  12. Hunter5

    Hunter5 Android Enthusiast

    Wow! Just compared the N5 & N6, what a difference in size. The N6 is HUGE!!
  13. Hook

    Hook Ever since DU... ;-)

    Honestly, I would love to have the bigger Nexus 6, but I am quite happy using my Nexus 5 another year. It is still, a year later, a flagship worthy phone, fast and smooth as the dickens. At $400 for 32GB it remains an unbeatable deal for an unlocked phone. I hope Google keeps in available for a while.
  14. Hunter5

    Hunter5 Android Enthusiast

    Yeah I'm with you, my 5 runs so smooth, some days I'm for getting the 6 and others I'm not. I'm probably going to wait awhile, $600+ is a lot right now. I did notice today the Google Play has the 5 back in-stock.
  15. zipred

    zipred Android Expert

    Here's another tool to compare specs

    LG Nexus 5 vs. Motorola Nexus 6 - GSMArena.com
  16. Hook

    Hook Ever since DU... ;-)

    I didn't realize the Nexus 6 has an AMOLED screen. That really ups the ante a bit. We'll see how long I hold out. If I get a tax refund, watch out... :D
  17. zipred

    zipred Android Expert

    At every turn the rumors get better, the Nexus 6 more desirable for my needs and preferences. It's as though I was interviewed by Google and asked what I'd like.

    Oh wait... Oh never mind :D
  18. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    I believe that the N5 will get the lollypop update, and since the N6 is too big, i'll be getting the N5.:p
  19. biggiephil

    biggiephil Android Enthusiast

    Of course the n5 its getting Lollipop :D
  20. chukka63

    chukka63 Android Enthusiast

    If you get a non faulty one then I'd yes it's still worth getting

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The Nexus 5 release date was November 2013. Features and Specs include a 4.95" screen, 8MP camera, Snapdragon 800 processor, 2300mAh battery, and 2GB storage.

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