Happy Birthday to the Google Nexus 5 – Google’s last and greatest smartphone

Google Nexus 5

On the last day of October 2013, the LG-made Google Nexus 5 was unveiled to the Android fraternity and today marks the phone’s fourth birthday.

It’s true each and every time there comes a gadget that leaves a huge mark in people’s lives, but many will agree that the Google Nexus 5 is something else. The LG-made phone was the first to come with the best Android experience the market had ever seen at the time. For a price of just $350, many were impressed with the specs combination, build and the stock Android 4.4 KitKat that powered it out of the box.

In 2013, the Nexus 5 had plenty to offer – the kind of stuff that we expected to see on high-end phones only that it was about half the price. But is this everything that made so many people fall in love with the phone? Definitely not.

We all know the pleasure of owning any device comes with using it and the Google Nexus 5 didn’t disappoint on this front. For starters, the design was great, although some people did not expect to see a plastic body, considering that the previous Nexus 4 had a more premium design featuring a reflective glass back. Interestingly, this phone even supported wireless charging, yet this feature isn’t available for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL users.

If you have been using Android for more than five years now, you’ll agree that the OS has undergone massive changes. However, the best of this OS started showing up with the Google Nexus 5. Android 4.4 KitKat debuted the Google Now Launcher, Google Now cards and a cleaner, flatter design that breathed a new life into the OS since going commercial in 2008.

One thing that made the Google Nexus program such a success is the ton of custom ROMs available – and the Nexus 5 wasn’t short of them. In fact, there haven’t been many active development communities than the Nexus 5 – and it’s one of the reasons you’ll still find quite a good number of people out there donning the phone.

If this is you, feel free to tell us what you still love about the Google Nexus 5 four years down the line in the comments below. For those who have the phone in a drawer somewhere, how did it get there? For some, the Nexus 5 is Google’s last and greatest smartphone. Do you agree?

Over to you in the comments section!

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2 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to the Google Nexus 5 – Google’s last and greatest smartphone”

  1. Hi, I bought my nexus 5 in 2014, and I am still using it till now. It is simply one of the greatest devices I have ever used. It is still as fast as the first day I got it. Since software updates were stopped, I upgraded my device to Nougat using the Dark Rom. Waiting for the Oreo now!!

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