Nexus 5 unboxing and first impressions

Nexus 5 unboxing

We usually don’t cover too much on the Android side of things, but every once in a while a device comes along that catches our attention. The new Nexus 5 from LG and Google is one such device.

Android has matured greatly over the last two years, and the hardware has done likewise. The Nexus 5 looked like a solid device on paper, and that has been reaffirmed by our hands-on time with the device.

The Nexus 5 is one of the first iPhone 5s competitors to hit store shelves that made us look. Check out the full unboxing video for a brief look into the phone’s form and function.

First impressions:

  • It’s big, but doesn’t feel monstrous
  • It’s cheap plastic, but it feels well built in hand
  • I hate how the camera protrudes on the rear
  • Google Now is a bit scary because it listens for your “OK Google” command, but it’s really convenient
  • The device isn’t a world beater performance wise, and the iPhone 5s still beats it handily in single core performance benchmarks


GeekBench 3 Nexus 5 vs iPhon e5s benchmarks

*Click the image above to see the full benchmark comparison.

We’ll have a deeper head-to-head comparison coming up, but in the meantime, this should be enough to whet your appetite.