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    Default Camera on Nexus 5 has a magnetic ring for bigger lenses?

    Has anyone tried this? I was reading on reditt that the nexus 5 has a magnetic ring for aftermarket lenses. Nice touch Googles! *puts his nexus 5 against the fridge to feel the force* ha ha.

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    Default Re: Camera on Nexus 5 has a magnetic ring for bigger lenses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnly View Post
    Has anyone tried this? I was reading on reditt that the nexus 5 has a magnetic ring for aftermarket lenses. Nice touch Googles! *puts his nexus 5 against the fridge to feel the force* ha ha.
    I'd have to see a link on that. Very cool if true.
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    Default Re: Camera on Nexus 5 has a magnetic ring for bigger lenses?

    Was going to post that. Thank you sir!

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    Looks so ridiculous with those on and I probably won't use it much but I really want these.....

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    Default Re: Camera on Nexus 5 has a magnetic ring for bigger lenses?

    I have some magnetic lenses, and unfortunately they aren't attracted to the Nexus 5 I have here at all.
    Neither is any sort of metal, or any other magnet.

    Either the white one is different, mine shipped without a magic magnet, or someone on reddit is pulling your leg.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand View Post
    I have some magnetic lenses, and unfortunately they aren't attracted to the Nexus 5 I have here at all.
    Neither is any sort of metal, or any other magnet.

    Either the white one is different, mine shipped without a magic magnet, or someone on reddit is pulling your leg.
    I was planning to order a set of those lenses today just for this. As for the white version including the magnet:



    I'm not saying yours is magnetic, but it appears at least some are. I'll definitely be testing it this afternoon. (And yes, via .)
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    Ok i just tested this on my black 32gb and the magnet is in the middle of the phone not the lens. i can get it to look like the pic above cuz it's touching the middle part. it definitely will not only sit over the lens.
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    Default Re: Camera on Nexus 5 has a magnetic ring for bigger lenses?

    Isn't that magnet for Qi charging?

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    Default Re: Camera on Nexus 5 has a magnetic ring for bigger lenses?

    My black 32GB model doesn't seem to have it... I tried putting it near any metal surfaces and it's not attracting.
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    Default Re: Camera on Nexus 5 has a magnetic ring for bigger lenses?

    Only have a staple to test with, but my lens grabs onto it pretty strongly and pulls it to the center of the lens.

    (I have a white Nexus 5)
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    this is quite interesting.
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    Look, there has to be some purpose to that giant black ring around the lens of the Nexus. I became worried that it was a horrible design "feature", but seems like it may be there for a reason.
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    Default Re: Camera on Nexus 5 has a magnetic ring for bigger lenses?

    Black 32gb...just grabbed one of my daughter's hair clips on my headboard and sure enough it stuck.. Cool.
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    Default Re: Camera on Nexus 5 has a magnetic ring for bigger lenses?

    16GB black here. It's magnetic for me.
    Look closely at the little lens inside as you approach the paper clip from one side of the lens. The little lens moves ever so slightly in there. So maybe the magnetics are part of OIS?

    BTW I just noticed that the little lens in there is not perfectly centered with the hole in the back cover.
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    Black 16 GB...a single staple sticks to the camera ring and nowhere else on the device
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    Default Re: Camera on Nexus 5 has a magnetic ring for bigger lenses?

    A paper clip slightly sticks to various sections of the back of my black 32GB model. Just as strong at the lower right as at the lens. I do not believe this is lens specific and just an overall effect on the back.
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    Default Re: Camera on Nexus 5 has a magnetic ring for bigger lenses?

    I once thought that was quite a not-so-nice design on white Nexus5, now I know, there must be a reason there..
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    All mobile cameras that have autofocus are magnetical in my opinion
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    Default Re: Camera on Nexus 5 has a magnetic ring for bigger lenses?

    This is on my 32gig black nexus 5. Just sayin.
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    There atleast 3 magnetic spots on the back of my black 32G Nexus 5.
    If I pass the device over the magnetic closure on the pouch, just right, the device wakes, sometimes.
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    Default Re: Camera on Nexus 5 has a magnetic ring for bigger lenses?

    Quote Originally Posted by JRDEMASKUS View Post
    There atleast 3 magnetic spots on the back of my black 32G Nexus 5.
    If I pass the device over the magnetic closure on the pouch, just right, the device wakes, sometimes.
    Could have something to do with the hall sensor i saw listed in the specs somewhere. If I remember correctly, a hall sensor is there for flip cover cases to give it an auto sleep and auto wake feature like on the nexus 7.

    Edit: Just confirmed with the flip case on my 2013 nexus 7. It will turn on and off the screen on my n5.
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    Default Re: Camera on Nexus 5 has a magnetic ring for bigger lenses?

    First post here, hi guys.


    I've had one of these small wide angle (, or found on eBay.) lying around in my box 'o crap, so I decided to try it. And it sticks on perfectly in place for the lens. There are a few issues, the magnet is not very strong. It can stay on itself but it can be easily knocked off. Another is there is a focusing issue, not sure if its the app or the lens, but the focus hunt is a lot worse with the lens. Hell, its probably the terrible lighting conditions.

    Anyways, pictures below should show more than text.










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    Default Re: Camera on Nexus 5 has a magnetic ring for bigger lenses?

    The N5 lens is the most magnetic spot on my N5. I went searching for the heaviest thing I could find that the lens would hold upside down which turned out to be a small metal bell from my cat's collar. Some small screws also worked but the bell was bigger for the photo. The bell doesn't stick to anything but the lens on the N5. If you put the bell on the glass side of the N5 and let it slide around like a hockey puck on ice the only place that has any magnetic properties on the front glass is just behind the Camera lens.

    This picture of the N5 was taken with my 2012 Nexus 7 that was outside for light under the patio umbrella. My N7 has no flash and this the first time I have found a use for it's forward facing camera.

    Camera on Nexus 5 has a magnetic ring for bigger lenses?-nexus-5-cat-bell-stuck-lens.jpg

    N5 picture of the penny next to the cat bell side view for depth.
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    Default Re: Camera on Nexus 5 has a magnetic ring for bigger lenses?

    Sample video, it really just clings once you match the magnetic ring together.

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