LG Nexus 5: The Average Competitor

 
LG Nexus 5

LG Nexus 5

With all the hype around the LG Nexus 5, Natasha Desai finds out whether this stock-Android device has a good camera.

The Nexus 5 is the latest offering from Google, complete with the Android operating system KitKat installed. The Nexus phones are the first choice for pure Android as it comes sans the manufacturer customisations. At the time of review, the Android update to KitKat version 4.4.2 had not yet been released. The impressive 4.95 inch Full HD screen promised for great picture viewing, but how did the 8MP camera hold up?

Great To Handle
The Nexus is sleek and the rubber shell feels good to grip. When I held the phone, I felt confident it would not fall out of my hands easily, which is a marked improvement from the Nexus 4.

Camera Performance
The Nexus’s 8 megapixel camera produces lovely images in good light. The colours are reproduced pretty accurately. The HDR+ and time lapse feature produces excellent results. This covers all that I like about the camera, and the rest leaves a lot to be desired. The low light performance is average, with just too much noise, more than competing smart phones. The Sunset preset in the White Balance option creates an alien blue cast over all the images. The focus is slow, and I missed shots, but this has been rectified in the Android update 4.4.1.

The battery life is really good and it is a pretty good cellphone if you do not mind compromising on the camera. If you do not need the latest hardware and stock Android, also consider the Nokia Lumia or the Sony Xperia Z.

When faced with adequate light at night, the camera does a decent job, but is not as sharp as some other phones in this price range. Photograph/Natasha Desai

When faced with adequate light at night, the camera does a decent job, but is not as sharp as some other phones in this price range. Photograph/Natasha Desai

 

The camera metering does a good job when faced with different areas of exposure in one frame. Photograph/Natasha Desai

The camera metering does a good job when faced with different areas of exposure in one frame. Photograph/Natasha Desai

 

At A Glance
Specifications
8MP, Android 4.4.2 KitKat, 1080p video, 4.9-inch full HD screen of 1080 x 1920 pixels, Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 with quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400, 2GB RAM, 16/32GB storage, Rs. 28,999 (16GB), Rs.39,999(32GB)

What We Like
HDR + mode, good screen, good grip, the time lapse mode video is fun.

What We Dislike
The slow auto focus, camera app gives a cropped view of the image.

Why Buy It?
If you want a beautiful screen and the latest stock Android on a fast phone, with a good battery life and do not mind the not-so-great camera.

 

Final Ratings
Camera Features
Slow focus, clean interface, white balance options, HDR+.
11/15

Image Quality
Good colour and full light photos, avg. low light performance.
26/35

Video Quality

Good audio recording, decent exposure, fun time lapse app.
15/20

Handling
Excellent grip and a clean interface
14/15

Speed and responsiveness
Speedy interface and great touch response.
13/15

OVERALL: 79%

Tags: Cellphone Review, LG Nexus 5, March 2014, natasha desai