Google’s Nexus programme can be summarised as a move to put Android OS and Google services in quality hardware and at affordable prices (though one is not sure if this pricing policy applies to the Nexus 6, considering how expensive it is). Nexus devices also get the latest versions of Android updates before other devices do. There are no OS customisations, so updates can be real-time.
I got my hands on a Nexus 5 smartphone a few days ago. That is a device that hit the market in November 2013, so we are looking at something more than a year old.
The Nexus 5 has a 4.95 inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel (that is 445 ppi pixel density), True HD IPS+ capacitive touchscreen. It is powered by a Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400, Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM. There’s an 8 megapixel camera, 16 or 32 GB internal memory (no microSD card support) and a 2,300 mAh battery. There is 4G LTE in there too.
The unit I am playing with has Android 4.4.4 Kitkat and is yet to get Lollipop till now though I keep checking, which I consider odd. However, if you ask me, it is still quite a formidable device. But even specifications and pictures do not do it justice. You need to hold one in the hand and use it to realise how still formidable the Nexus 5 is. Incidentally, a friend purchased a red 16GB unit (it is available in black and white too) for $450 some days ago to replace his broken Motorola Moto G and agrees with me.
A colleague and I had a discussion around it after playing with it a bit and her conclusion was that Google future-proofed the Nexus 5 when it was being designed. That is the only explanation that makes sense, considering how old it is. Nice job between LG and Google.