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    Default Is the Nexus 5 still worth getting?

    I made the mistake of getting a phone on a 2 year contract 2 years ago (never doing that again!) and it recently ended. I've looked at various phones and I'm having trouble deciding what to go for. I know specs and features and stuff, but I don't actually own any of the devices that I'm looking for, nor do I know anyone who does (iPhones everywhere where I live). Besides the Nexus 5, I've been looking at the OnePlus One (of course, it's extremely hard to get). If I can get my hands on the OnePlus One, I'd probably go for that, but if I don't (very likely), is the Nexus 5 still worth getting or should I wait longer?
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    Hope you don't mind me asking some questions here instead of starting a new thread but we are basically asking same question.

    My nexus 5 went thru the washing machine (from start to finish) and is now inside a bowl of rice. I do not know if it will turn on but if it does not should I buy another nexus 5 or are there better alternatives out there? Max I would want to spend is probably $400-450. When is the next nexus coming out? Should I buy a cheap smartphone to hold me over till then?
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    I think its a really good phone to get if you decide on going with a Nexus 5. It'll be receiving updates from Google for the next year or two and and has great hardware. I don't think you've disappointed with whichever direction you go. However, if you do get your hands in a One Plus One be sure to let us know how you like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nexus89 View Post
    Hope you don't mind me asking some questions here instead of starting a new thread but we are basically asking same question.

    My nexus 5 went thru the washing machine (from start to finish) and is now inside a bowl of rice. I do not know if it will turn on but if it does not should I buy another nexus 5 or are there better alternatives out there? Max I would want to spend is probably $400-450. When is the next nexus coming out? Should I buy a cheap smartphone to hold me over till then?
    I love my Nexus 5. In addition to that in your price range would be the Moto X, Moto G (good choice while you wait for the next Nexus), and some of the Chinese phones. Also the OnePlus if it becomes available. And the next Moto X is due probably in August.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsmumbles View Post
    I love my Nexus 5. In addition to that in your price range would be the Moto X, Moto G (good choice while you wait for the next Nexus), and some of the Chinese phones. Also the OnePlus if it becomes available. And the next Moto X is due probably in August.
    But out of all those the nexus 5 is better than all correct? I noticed there had been some deals on nexus 5, a 32gb for as low as $385 total and a 16 gb for as low as $256 total not too long ago. Hopefully one pops up soon and I can get another N5. If I were to buy new from a store on ebay would I still have warranty thru google? My original n5 was bought thru google play and I got an exchange a few months ago due to gps not working, does that only apply when bought thru google?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nexus89 View Post
    But out of all those the nexus 5 is better than all correct? I noticed there had been some deals on nexus 5, a 32gb for as low as $385 total and a 16 gb for as low as $256 total not too long ago. Hopefully one pops up soon and I can get another N5. If I were to buy new from a store on ebay would I still have warranty thru google? My original n5 was bought thru google play and I got an exchange a few months ago due to gps not working, does that only apply when bought thru google?
    Yes, the warranty is only if you buy through Google. You're on your own if you buy from eBay (although I've heard some people were still able to get replacement through Google but don't count on that). For me it's the best, but I've never had an X so I can't really compare from experience. Spec-wise it's the best.
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    If my phone (a Nexus 5) broke in the next month I would either buy another. If you're really worried about what is coming in October/November (when the N6 will likely go on sale) you could always grab a Moto G for ~$200 and save your money for the next big thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ottscay View Post
    If my phone (a Nexus 5) broke in the next month I would either buy another. If you're really worried about what is coming in October/November (when the N6 will likely go on sale) you could always grab a Moto G for ~$200 and save your money for the next big thing.
    I had no problems with my Nexus 5 but was wondering if for the same price there had been better phones released that might be worth looking at.

    As for something to hold me over until the N6 I was thinking something just for receiving emails, web and gps navigation so a $100 phone like the optimus F6.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Matei View Post
    I made the mistake of getting a phone on a 2 year contract 2 years ago (never doing that again!) and it recently ended. I've looked at various phones and I'm having trouble deciding what to go for. I know specs and features and stuff, but I don't actually own any of the devices that I'm looking for, nor do I know anyone who does (iPhones everywhere where I live). Besides the Nexus 5, I've been looking at the OnePlus One (of course, it's extremely hard to get). If I can get my hands on the OnePlus One, I'd probably go for that, but if I don't (very likely), is the Nexus 5 still worth getting or should I wait longer?
    Were you only looking in the price range of the oneplus one and nexus 5? If so it looks like the nexus 5 is still the way to go unless you can hold off until oct/nov for the N6
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    I only bought my Nexus 5 a month ago, when my Galaxy S2 died. I looked at about six phones, including S5, Moto G and X, HTC One, and Xperia. Bang-for-buck, I could not fault the Nexus 5. It isn't the best phone out there... but it's pretty darn good, and punches well above its weight in value for money. I'd buy another Nexus 5 in a heartbeat.
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    I'm pretty sure the warranty will only be covered by Google if purchased through them. If you buy new elsewhere, LG should still pick up the warranty service for 1 year from purchase.

    Regarding price, I think the One Plus starts at a price cheaper than the N5. I could be wrong though. Either way, both are good value buys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nexus89 View Post
    Were you only looking in the price range of the oneplus one and nexus 5? If so it looks like the nexus 5 is still the way to go unless you can hold off until oct/nov for the N6
    I'm willing to spend around $500 max. The reason why those two are at the top of my list is because they without a doubt have the best software experiences on any Android phone on the market today and are still pretty powerful. The problem is that the OnePlus One is hard to get, Moto X is getting old (and not sure if I want to wait for the X+1), and the Nexus 5 is also nearing the time when it'll be replaced (and that software wise it's fantastic but hardware wise, there's a couple big problems). Maybe the Find 7a? I'm sure the Nexus 6 and Moto X+1 will be amazing, but I'd prefer not to wait that long. Really, what I want is a phone with great software (either out of the box or has many custom roms developed for it) and has hardware that's powerful enough to do anything I'd like it to do and that it won't drive me insane that I need to charge it every five seconds or that I can't take a good picture with it.
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    Default Re: Is the Nexus 5 still worth getting?

    The N5 is kinda dated now, compared to the newest phones, that have better hardware and screens, so imo, I would pick up a used Nexus 4, for around $150-$200, and just use that until November ish, when the next Nexus or Android Silver phones come out, and besides, the N4 is still a beast of a phone, I have my day one N4 16GB still, and it runs just as fast as my N5, so it's still a good option!
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    Quote Originally Posted by srkmagnus View Post
    I think its a really good phone to get if you decide on going with a Nexus 5. It'll be receiving updates from Google for the next year or two and and has great hardware. I don't think you've disappointed with whichever direction you go. However, if you do get your hands in a One Plus One be sure to let us know how you like it.

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    Nexus 4 didn't get L. If the Nexus 4 gets L, then yes I would agree Google will support the 5 for some time. My impression was, however, that each device is only supported for about 18 months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinIllini View Post
    Nexus 4 didn't get L. If the Nexus 4 gets L, then yes I would agree Google will support the 5 for some time. My impression was, however, that each device is only supported for about 18 months.
    Sundar Pichai responded to a post on Google+ saying Nexus 4 and 2012 Nexus 7 will get L.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AustinIllini View Post
    Nexus 4 didn't get L. If the Nexus 4 gets L, then yes I would agree Google will support the 5 for some time. My impression was, however, that each device is only supported for about 18 months.
    The nexus 5 didn't get L yet either. Everyone who has it is side loading it which anyone with a 4 can do too.

    People with S3 have been getting updates to kitkat. It looks like Google may be extending updates for older phones.
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    Go for it

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    Get the moto g 4g lte from Motorola.com for $219. Then use it and wait for the 6 to come out. You may not even want it after using the G. For my use it's the best bang for the buck out there. Great phone. Amazing price.


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    2 things.

    1. No one has gotten an L update yet. When it happens, the 4, 5, both 7's and the 8 will get it (my assumption, no source other than common sense).
    2. Yes; it's still a top 5 device and some devices released this year are not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Spock View Post
    2 things.

    1. No one has gotten an L update yet. When it happens, the 4, 5, both 7's and the 8 will get it (my assumption, no source other than common sense).
    2. Yes; it's still a top 5 device and some devices released this year are not.
    Sundar Pichai confirmed that on a Google+ post. All currently supported Nexuses get Android L

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    Quote Originally Posted by VAVA Mk2 View Post
    Sundar Pichai confirmed that on a Google+ post. All currently supported Nexuses get Android L

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    Yeah I guess the 8 is the assumption part, but that's awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by parker5011 View Post
    Get the moto g 4g lte from Motorola.com for $219. Then use it and wait for the 6 to come out. You may not even want it after using the G. For my use it's the best bang for the buck out there. Great phone. Amazing price.


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    The G's a great phone and I'll keep this idea as an option, but if possible, I'd like to try and get something relatively soon, since buying and selling phones is a hassle that I don't want to have to deal with if I don't have to. Like I said, willing to spend around $500 max.
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    I looked at the Nexus 5 when I was researching phones. I also looked at the HTC One M8. For me the reason I went with the S5, was the removable battery and the memory expansion. For me the ability to replace the battery, or get an after market extended battery are what convinced me to get it.

    The Nexus 5 also seemed to break easily when dropped, where as the S5 seemed a bit more rugged. The water resistance was also a big selling point for me. I work construction and am outside most of the time.

    At this point, it all depends on what you want, but I wou;d reccomend the S5.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Matei View Post
    I made the mistake of getting a phone on a 2 year contract 2 years ago (never doing that again!) and it recently ended. I've looked at various phones and I'm having trouble deciding what to go for. I know specs and features and stuff, but I don't actually own any of the devices that I'm looking for, nor do I know anyone who does (iPhones everywhere where I live). Besides the Nexus 5, I've been looking at the OnePlus One (of course, it's extremely hard to get). If I can get my hands on the OnePlus One, I'd probably go for that, but if I don't (very likely), is the Nexus 5 still worth getting or should I wait longer?
    I have mixed feelings about the Oneplus One and the Find 7, but they should help drive innovation and cost controls in the major brand market. I guess they join the N5 on that battlefront :3

    I kept my last main phone for three years, what did you have that was so awful?

    What special features and/or gimmicks are you hoping for here? Is there a killing factor that drives you towards a phone? Away from a phone? The N5 is good but it has weaknesses, without knowing what you need I hesitate to recommend it.

    Quote Originally Posted by nexus89 View Post
    Hope you don't mind me asking some questions here instead of starting a new thread but we are basically asking same question.

    My nexus 5 went thru the washing machine (from start to finish) and is now inside a bowl of rice. I do not know if it will turn on but if it does not should I buy another nexus 5 or are there better alternatives out there? Max I would want to spend is probably $400-450. When is the next nexus coming out? Should I buy a cheap smartphone to hold me over till then?
    A lot of non-galaxy devices can be had new in box or from Swappa for under $400. For example scoring a G2 sold by someone who bought the G3...that would be a camera and battery upgrade over the N5.
    Quote Originally Posted by nexus89 View Post
    I had no problems with my Nexus 5 but was wondering if for the same price there had been better phones released that might be worth looking at.

    As for something to hold me over until the N6 I was thinking something just for receiving emails, web and gps navigation so a $100 phone like the optimus F6.
    F6....maybe? All I recall about F series is the F3 launching well and then gradually making a pile of enemies because it was a poorly set up 4GB phone...no staying power after a few months.

    Quote Originally Posted by Androidn00bie75 View Post
    I looked at the Nexus 5 when I was researching phones. I also looked at the HTC One M8. For me the reason I went with the S5, was the removable battery and the memory expansion. For me the ability to replace the battery, or get an after market extended battery are what convinced me to get it.

    The Nexus 5 also seemed to break easily when dropped, where as the S5 seemed a bit more rugged. The water resistance was also a big selling point for me. I work construction and am outside most of the time.

    At this point, it all depends on what you want, but I wou;d reccomend the S5.
    Thanks very much for your well reasoned endorsement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Relgoshan View Post
    I have mixed feelings about the Oneplus One and the Find 7, but they should help drive innovation and cost controls in the major brand market. I guess they join the N5 on that battlefront :3

    I kept my last main phone for three years, what did you have that was so awful?

    What special features and/or gimmicks are you hoping for here? Is there a killing factor that drives you towards a phone? Away from a phone? The N5 is good but it has weaknesses, without knowing what you need I hesitate to recommend it.



    A lot of non-galaxy devices can be had new in box or from Swappa for under $400. For example scoring a G2 sold by someone who bought the G3...that would be a camera and battery upgrade over the N5.


    F6....maybe? All I recall about F series is the F3 launching well and then gradually making a pile of enemies because it was a poorly set up 4GB phone...no staying power after a few months.



    Thanks very much for your well reasoned endorsement.
    I didn't put a lot of effort into choosing my phone and I was stuck with a piece of junk that I couldn't get rid of.

    As for what I'm looking for, I guess a phone that's balanced on most fronts. Good screen, good camera, battery to last me throughout the day, good performance, and a great software experience (as in the skin out of the box is bearable or is close to stock Android or it has a good selection of custom roms, etc.), essentially a well balanced phone.
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