NOT TOO BIG: The Nexus can be held comfortably, despite its large screen size.
NOT TOO BIG: The Nexus can be held comfortably, despite its large screen size.

Google's Nexus 5 runs laps around the iPhone 5s

I'VE been using the Nexus 5 for three months now and I haven't had a single reason to complain.

The Nexus 5 is Google's current flagship phone and probably the closest thing you can get to an Android iPhone 5s in terms of straight-down-the-line brand purity.

The Nexus is a streamlined, mature and attractive phone that takes the edge off the work Apple put into its latest generation of iPhones.

In terms of screen size, the Nexus is nearly a full inch larger than the iPhone at 12.57cm compared to the smaller phone's 10.16cm. This is more reflective of the iPhone's tiny scale than the Nexus being large, as the Google phone sits comfortably in the hand, especially when holding it to your ear.

Google has also endowed the Nexus with a stunningly crisp and high-resolution screen. It can display movies in full 1920x1080 (1080p) and has more pixels per centimetre than the top-of-the-range iPhone.

When buying the Nexus from Google's Play store, you have the option of either the 16GB or 32GB unit. The 32GB is a comfortable amount of storage, but it would have been nice to see a removable storage slot or at least a 64GB option.

If you're going to use your smartphone for Facebooking, gaming or even watching videos, the Nexus might be a pretty strong option for you, as it packs a powerful Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.3Ghz processor. To give you some context, the most powerful iPhone Apple ever built has only a dual-core 1.3Ghz processor.

Just to rub it in, the Nexus 5 has twice the RAM of the iPhone, meaning apps like Facebook, Tweetdeck and games will perform smoothly so much longer than they otherwise would have.

Both phones have an 8 megapixel rear camera and comparable front cameras, but the Nexus has Optical Image Stabilisation (as opposed to the slow-mo camera on the iPhone), which does a staggeringly good job of stopping your shots from blurring out.

While it might not give you a completely clear shot taken with one hand out of a moving car driving over rough terrain, it'll mean that a cup of coffee won't make your hands too jittery to take a decent photo.

I've been getting about 17 hours of everyday use out of the Nexus 5 since I bought it, though you can run the battery down in about eight if you use it as a miniature television. The iPhone's battery life is reportedly better, but you're doing less with it.

The main reason to love the Nexus 5 over the iPhone is the standalone price. Off the (Google) shelf the 16GB version costs $399 compared to $869 for the standalone iPhone 5s. You're getting a better phone for less than half the price with the Nexus 5, and it's far and away the best Android phone I've ever used.

The Nexus 5 is available for purchase unlocked at play.google.com 



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