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With the first reviews trickling in, its about time we had a discussion thread. More so considering the different approaches from the various reviewers.
Some simply pit it against the flagships, where the nexus 5 might not come out on top. Personally I think it is the most kaboom-for-your-budget phone that puts up a good fight with the very best.

I will update this post as new reviews pop up. Probably reserve a section for reviews/quotes by OCNers

[PhoneArena] Google Nexus 5 Review
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There’s a lot to be said about the Google Nexus 5, mostly good things quite frankly. First and foremost, we can’t help but to mention yet again the killer pricing that’s attached with this high-end smartphone – something that continues to be the trend setter. Come on people, we’re talking about a $350 no-contract priced smartphone that’s oozing from head-to-toe with many lovable qualities. And we’re not talking about an inferior spec’d smartphone here, oh no people, much like some of the crap in the prepaid space that we tend to see. Rather, the Nexus 5 shows us what’s possible in a $350 outright device!
Besides the hardware, Android 4.4 KitKat brings forth a refreshed experience that doesn’t try to overpower us with several new features, but instead, it focuses in providing user with a simplified experience that’s easy to learn, operate, and navigate. Other Android experiences try to win people over with their expansive set of features, but there is none of that redundancy here with the Google Nexus 5, as it merely places a lot of emphasis on the core experience.
Indeed, all is not 100 percent perfect with the smartphone, like its underwhelming battery and call quality performances, but the positives with this one easily outweigh the negatives. And to reiterate it again, there’s so much value seen in this handset – hands down, the best bang for the buck and an absolute bargain! Going forward, you should really think deeply what you throw your hard earned money into.
Seriously, the Nexus 5 is very much like that person at the gym who wears an oversized t-shirt to hide the results they’ve been working hard on for some time. There are other smartphones that might be bigger, badder, and better looking, but regardless of that, the Nexus 5 is a humble little fella that doesn’t feel obligated to “show off.” Instead, its modest approach and one-of-a-kind pricing is an effective combination that shows us that it’s a force to be reckoned with. Timing couldn’t have been any better for this smartphone, since it’s already a home run heading into this holiday season.

[Engadget] : Nexus 5 review: the best phone $350 can buy
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A phone like the Nexus 5 would get our blessing even at a higher price, but the fact that you can buy it for as low as $350 makes it that much sweeter. We can't point our finger at any one feature that was clearly the victim of cost-cutting, with battery life being the only possible exception. And even that's somewhat of an improvement over last year's Nexus 4. We love the high-res display, overall performance and the enhancements brought to us by Android KitKat. Most of the problems we saw in the Nexus 4 have been addressed here. All told, we can think of very few things we find fault with.
In addition, though, the Nexus 5 isn't just a really nice phone; it's also a welcome harbinger of where smartphones might be headed. That you can purchase a smartphone with such incredible specs for less than $400 -- without being forced into a contract in the process -- is a shot across the bow at manufacturers who sell similar devices for an additional $200 (at best). Whether or not it was the company's intent, Google is sending a message to smartphone makers that it's possible to make high-quality handsets without costing consumers the proverbial arm and leg. Now we just wait and see if that message will be warmly received.

[The Verge] Nexus 5 review : The ultimate Google Phone?
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At the start of this review, I posed a question — can the Nexus 5 be the flagship phone Google wants it to be? The short answer is... maybe. Just not now.
The Nexus 5 is an excellent phone in many ways. It's solidly built and feels great to use. It's got serious processing power which means it can handle pretty much anything you throw at it. The phone has an absolutely gorgeous display. The KitKat update is polished and refined, and cements my belief that not only is Android leading the charge in mobile OSs from a functionality and user interface standpoint, but from a design standpoint as well. The battery life, while not perfect, appears to be good enough to get you through a day of work — which is certainly on par with its competition.
More importantly, Google is blazing a new path in the way we buy our phones. A device of this quality for $349 is something to take notice of. It's impressive, but more than that, it's a crucial step towards offering consumers more control over how and when they buy their phones and phone service. It's also just kind of a cool idea — a great phone, no strings attached.
I would love to be able to recommend this device wholeheartedly, but I can't do that until Google sorts out the issues with the Nexus 5's camera. If the company can make software changes large enough to materially and noticeably improve the performance of its shooter — to make it competitive with other top-tier phones — then this becomes a different story. Even now, Google's working on fixing its issues, and someday we might see the Nexus 5's camera upgraded from problematic to usable, or even good. When that day comes, the Nexus 5 will be a killer package I'll happily recommend. But that's not today.

[Gizmodo] Nexus 5 Review: The Best Android Can Offer (Especially For the Price)
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Probably. Not only is it an excellent phone right now, it's the most future-proofed phone currently in existence. It's got horsepower to spare, and since it's Google's baby it should get updates from the mothership for a long time to come. Plus, $350 off-contract is a really sweet deal for a phone of this caliber.
But is it the best Android phone? That's tougher to answer. It's almost hard to believe, but the scrappy little Moto X, with its comparatively meagre 720p screen and dual-core 1.7GHz processor, gives the Nexus 5 a run for its money. The Moto X has form-factor on its side. It also has innovation; the touchless controls and active display are features I genuinely missed when I switched to the Nexus, and the rest of the Moto X OS is really very close to stock Android. Plus, you can customize the hell out of it. That said, it's not nearly as future-proof, updates will come slower, and if you want it off-contract and customized you're looking at about $480.
We'll let the question of the Moto X loom in the air, but we'd definitely take the Nexus 5 over the HTC One or Galaxy S4 or Droid Maxx. If you're into specs or if you're an Android purist, then this is definitely the phone for you.

[BGR] Google Nexus 5 review
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Bottom line — the Nexus 5 is the only smartphone Android fans should care about this holiday season.
Typical consumers around the world looking for a solid smartphone have dozens of fantastic options from Samsung, HTC, Apple, LG, Sony, Nokia, BlackBerry, Motorola, Xiaomi, ZTE and other companies. But smartphone enthusiasts in the Android camp have only one option: the Nexus 5. This is it. It just doesn’t get any better.
That’s not to say the Nexus 5 will only appeal to hardcore Android fans. Google’s new hero phone is a fantastic option for anyone looking for anyone looking for a powerful smartphone at an affordable price without a service contract. It’s fast, it’s sleek and it affords the best Google has to offer without any of the filler.
The Nexus 5 isn’t perfect. Battery life is poor compared to comparable phones and the camera is easily among the weakest I’ve seen on a high-end phone in recent months. At $349 though? A few extra chargers and bad low-light photos are a fair price to pay for the outstanding experience Google’s latest smartphone affords.

[Wired] Google Nexus 5 : One Week With the Nexus 5
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The bottom line on this phone is that it’s very nice, very fast, has a very sensitive touchscreen, and pretty great battery life (we repeatedly clocked more than 9 hours with moderate to heavy use, and more than 12 when using it casually). It’s also a pretty great deal for an unlocked phone at $349 for the 16 GB, and $399 for the 32 GB. The screen is gorgeous. The camera is flawed. The photo processing is fantastic. It’s loaded up with Google brains. And mostly, it does a great job of just disappearing like a good phone should.

[Ars] Nexus 5 Review: Flagship hardware for half the price
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The good
It's half the price of everything that competes with it.
The gorgeous 445ppi display has bright, accurate colors.
Mature, all-black good looks without any "faux" nonsense. Real care was put into things like the contrasting matte/glossy materials and round earpiece.
The Snapdragon 800 SoC, LTE connectivity, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi are all nice speed upgrades from last year.
KitKat is fast, sleek, helpful, and pretty.
The bad
Unspectacular battery life. You can kill the phone in six hours, but it will happily sit in a pocket all day without draining much.
So-so storage speeds.
The ugly
The Moto X has a much more capable voice recognition system than Google's new flagship.

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Nexus 5 Screen has the Most Accurate Colors Ever
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Nexus 5 Screen has the Most Accurate Colors Ever
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Hey man as you know i have the nexus 5 my whites have a yellow tint like the whites are not whites they have a bit of a yellow tint, do you know any fixes for it? 

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not yet but faux123's kernel will have color adjustment sometime. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2509655
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I am awaiting Anandtech's review as I know Brain will have plenty of details the other site don't cover. But so far my Nexus 5 looks like a keeper, and the comment on the phone lasting forever if you don't run a max brightness screen for too long is certainly true.

My typical day (checking email, light web broswing, take 4-5 photos & 2-3 hour of audio playback), probably a lot less screen usage than most people but I do run it at 100% brightness all day(not sure how bright this is, but based on comment I seen from other reviewers it is one of the brightest LCD android phones).


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