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    Default Nexus 5: Blown away by performance!

    So I'm a gadget nerd. I have more phones and tablets than I know what to do with. I've had several Android phones to go along with my iDevices but kept migrating back because of the often jerky and inconsistent experience on the Android phones.

    However, in an unusually spontaneous mood, I bought a black Nexus 5 32GB from the Play store (noticed they were back in stock) and it was delivered yesterday.

    I have NEVER seen Android function so smoothly. I know how this will sound, but this is what Android would be like if Apple made an Android phone. It's simply stunning. iPhone 5S smooth. Even my Galaxy S4 (which I am now going to sell) doesn't come anywhere even close to bring this smooth.

    I honestly am amazed at how smooth and fluid the Nexus 5 is. And this is before enabling ART, by the way (haven't done that yet).

    Wow. Simply wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MBSMD View Post
    So I'm a gadget nerd. I have more phones and tablets than I know what to do with. I've had several Android phones to go along with my iDevices but kept migrating back because of the often jerky and inconsistent experience on the Android phones.

    However, in an unusually spontaneous mood, I bought a black Nexus 5 32GB from the Play store (noticed they were back in stock) and it was delivered yesterday.

    I have NEVER seen Android function so smoothly. I know how this will sound, but this is what Android would be like if Apple made an Android phone. It's simply stunning. iPhone 5S smooth. Even my Galaxy S4 (which I am now going to sell) doesn't come anywhere even close to bring this smooth.

    I honestly am amazed at how smooth and fluid the Nexus 5 is. And this is before enabling ART, by the way (haven't done that yet).

    Wow. Simply wow.

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    The silky smoothness and the speed is what Android is. What you experienced was Samsung's skinned version of Android, which can cause some lag. Glad you are liking the device!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MBSMD View Post
    I have NEVER seen Android function so smoothly. I know how this will sound, but this is what Android would be like if Apple made an Android phone.
    That's what you get when you combine top shelf hardware with an OS that isn't loaded down with extra junk.... Unless you have a GPE phone, that phone you get from your carrier has software that's, well, been around the block a few times. Google releases Android, Samsung gets it and rips its guts out and shoehorns TouchWiz. Then they send off the kit to the carrier (whether it be TM, ATT, VZW)... they then shoehorn their own stuff in there.

    Of course, I think that is really kind of the point. I see the Nexus 5 as Google's Android showcase.... they can say "Here you go, this is how nice it is when you don't layer on all that stuff". I wish the rest of the market would take a queue and start treading lightly.
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    Oh, I'm well aware of TouchWiz's tendency to skip and stutter. But I also had a Galaxy Nexus at one point and it was never this smooth. Nor was the Moto Razr HD Maxx.

    Whatever Google (and LG) did this time, I'm impressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MBSMD View Post
    Oh, I'm well aware of TouchWiz's tendency to skip and stutter. But I also had a Galaxy Nexus at one point and it was never this smooth. Nor was the Moto Razr HD Maxx. Whatever Google (and LG) did this time, I'm impressed.
    Well, two main reasons... The Qualcom Snapdragon 800 platform... it's a beast. The Note 3 and LG G2 also use it, but most of the devices that have it are tablets (which should tell you something). Both the main CPU (quad core) and the GPU are extremely powerful.

    Secondly... KitKat.... Jelly Bean was called 'Project Butter', which was a major push to smooth Android out and reduce or eliminate the laggy or jerky performance. KitKat (4.4) was 'Project Svelte'.... Google wanted to trim down and streamline Android to improve performance on lower end devices. Needless to say, that would also, in turn, improve performance on the high end stuff.

    So combine an OS that has gone through two major performance overhauls and develop it to run on one of the most powerful phones on the market (The Nexus 5 was Google's reference phone for 4.4 I would assume) run it and you get one SMOooooooooOth phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MBSMD View Post
    I have NEVER seen Android function so smoothly. [...]I honestly am amazed at how smooth and fluid the Nexus 5 is. And this is before enabling ART, by the way (haven't done that yet).[...]Wow. Simply wow.
    I agree. I am totally wow'ed by the Nexus 5. It is even faster and smoother than my Nexus 10. Have only had it a month so far, but I have been EXTREMELY happy and impressed by it. One of the best purchasing decisions ever and I highly recommend it.

    Could it be better? Sure- it should have more storage (64GB), stereo front facing speakers, a hard camera button, an IR emitter, a landscape doc, and some other stuff. But nothing has everything I want... this is the closest I have found yet. And for the price, it is a hell of a deal. The fact that it is almost bloat-free, has native Android, quick updates, and works on any carrier (including Verizon if they would let it) all just finishes off probably the best overall phone on the planet right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crxssi View Post
    I agree. I am totally wow'ed by the Nexus 5. It is even faster and smoother than my Nexus 10. Have only had it a month so far, but I have been EXTREMELY happy and impressed by it. One of the best purchasing decisions ever and I highly recommend it.

    Could it be better? Sure- it should have more storage (64GB), stereo front facing speakers, a hard camera button, an IR emitter, a landscape doc, and some other stuff. But nothing has everything I want... this is the closest I have found yet. And for the price, it is a hell of a deal. The fact that it is almost bloat-free, has native Android, quick updates, and works on any carrier (including Verizon if they would let it) all just finishes off probably the best overall phone on the planet right now.
    Glad you're liking the Nexus 5. I haven't used it much but it did perform extremely well. The Moto X is also lag-free in my experience

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    I have to agree. Got my Nexus on release and its been silky smooth. An overall great device to own.

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    By default the animations are slowed to make it more usable...If you want to make the N5 or N4 faster? Go in Dev options and reduce the 3 animation settings to .05...0 tends to make it too fast. Mix and match to see what you like.
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    This phone is really fast. I can't imagine s device much faster.

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    Right now I'm dangling between a Note 3 (function) or a G Flex (ergonomics and battery) if I get a superphone next.
    I actually do not much enjoy the ergonomics of pure Android. How's that battery, I heard it wasn't so good at launch?

    Does the Nexus 5 have any real key functionality beyond pure Android?
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    Battery is fine for me. Usually around 40% at the end of the day. Not sure what you mean by "real key functionality." The Nexus 5 does everything I want it to do, without foisting useless unremovable stuff on me that I don't want. If I realize that I want it do something more, I can find it on Google Play.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Relgoshan View Post
    Right now I'm dangling between a Note 3 (function) or a G Flex (ergonomics and battery) if I get a superphone next.
    I actually do not much enjoy the ergonomics of pure Android. How's that battery, I heard it wasn't so good at launch?

    Does the Nexus 5 have any real key functionality beyond pure Android?
    Battery life has been fine for me. I can make it home with about 50 percent which is more than enough for me. I wouldn't consider myself a power user though. I typically use my Chromebook for anything intensive. If I were deciding between the Note 3 and the G Flex, I would go for the Note 3. The Flex does seem cool, but I think that I would get sick of the bend in the phone. I know I did with the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S. And the G Flex looks like it has even more bend than those phones had.
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    Actually there's a standard feature I am curious about. Is the GPS actually working? That's an important standard feature which can override even endlessly useful gimmicks like Smart Stay.
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    If you haven't tried a Moto X yet, you will be impressed by it too. Buttery smooth & snappy fast. The N5 & Moto X show how Android was meant to run. Smooth & silky.

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    IMHO....ALL Android phones (flagships) have stepped up their game in the past few releases....just my .02 cents
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    Love the N5's screen way better than the OLED of the Samsung phones. While the blacks may not be as good, I personally appreciate the sharpness and non-cartoonish colors.

    Battery life so far seems reasonable. And while I haven't experimented much with ART, I do notice less awake-while-it-should-be-sleeping system wakelock episodes as shown on the battery use graphs with ART turned on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MBSMD View Post
    Love the N5's screen way better than the OLED of the Samsung phones. While the blacks may not be as good, I personally appreciate the sharpness and non-cartoonish colors.

    Battery life so far seems reasonable. And while I haven't experimented much with ART, I do notice less awake-while-it-should-be-sleeping system wakelock episodes as shown on the battery use graphs with ART turned on.

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    That's the one thing that I miss about Samsung devices, the AMOLED screens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dkhmwilliams View Post
    That's the one thing that I miss about Samsung devices, the AMOLED screens.
    Really? I found them to be power hogs (with anything other than black) and not as sharp as LCD (pentile vs RGB). And yes, for text I can see a bit of a difference. It's not extreme, but enough to notice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MBSMD View Post
    Really? I found them to be power hogs (with anything other than black) and not as sharp as LCD (pentile vs RGB). And yes, for text I can see a bit of a difference. It's not extreme, but enough to notice.

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    AMOLED screens are more energy efficient...

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    Quote Originally Posted by UJ95x View Post
    AMOLED screens are more energy efficient...

    Sent from my Galaxy S4 running SlimKat 4.4.2
    Yes they are. The Moto X takes full advantage of one of the power efficient properties of them with active notifications. Only lighting up the pixels needed to display the notifications. AMOLED & LCD both have their advantages & disadvantages & each have people that prefer one over the other. I am kind of neutral. I like how Motorola used one over the other for a specific purpose.

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    Some one tell me what is ART,been thinking on it for a couple of days now, got nothing

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    Wow you guys get 50% at the end of the day? I'm lucky to get 5% within 5 hours of unplugging it from the charger... I charge my phone 3 times a day, AT LEAST...
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    ART is another Google experiment, this time involving how the core of Android runs applications. Hopefully it doesn't got the way of Gears, Wave and so many other failed projects. In theory ART could be more efficient at running software which is only written in the high level VM code, but it shouldn't do much for anything that already has native code optimizations instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by devchaube15 View Post
    Wow you guys get 50% at the end of the day? I'm lucky to get 5% within 5 hours of unplugging it from the charger... I charge my phone 3 times a day, AT LEAST...
    Depends on what you're doing. Are you playing CPU or GPU intensive games a lot? Are you streaming a lot of videos or music? Remember that the screen time is the limiting factor for the most part, since it consumes the most power. The N5 will give you 3-4 hours of total screen-on time per charge, so if your screen is on all the time, it wouldn't be surprising to me that you have to charge it often.
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