LG Nexus 5: Still Worth Buying?

Nexus 5, one of the best nexus devices yet which was released in 2013 was considered as a game-changer on the smartphone market! It came with one of the best specifications, features, designs and more over the price. The price was so awesome and cheap that it lured many customer to get that. But now, its 3yrs and hardly anyone cares about the phone anymore. So is it still worth the purchase?

Google’s flagship Nexus 5 is just 3-years old, being announced and released in October and November of 2013. However, it’s still an excellent smartphone that will be a great product for years to come. The Nexus 6, 6P is a huge upgrade, literally, over the Nexus 5, though Nexus 5X even makes a good phone for medium-sized phone lovers like me and many owners don’t want a big 5.96-inch device. Which leaves the Nexus 5(2013) as a perfect middle ground for prospective buyers still because of its cheaper price now. Like 130$!

With devices like the bigger Nexus 6 and 6P, Moto X2, Galaxy Note 5 and many others readily available, the Nexus 5 from 2013 has somewhat been forgotten as a top smartphone option. It may not have all the specs as some recently released phones, but it still has plenty to offer, and below we’ll detail a few of those.

Nexus 5 vs Nexus 6(2014)

When you compare the Nexus 5 to the new Nexus 6 there are a lot of differences that obviously make the Nexus 6 a better choice. That being said, the Nexus 6 is one of the best phones released this year, and trumps most. The Nexus 5 however, still holds its own rather well against most other phones, and does so at a lower price point.


A few phones this year have impressive quad-core processors and massive Quad-HD displays, like the Nexus 6P, LG G5, and Galaxy Note 5. However, most others are still under 5.5-inches in size, has decent quad-core processors with 2GB-3GB of RAM, and 1080p/2K displays. A display that still looks wonderful, and won’t make battery life suffer. The Nexus 5 sits right in the middle.

Nexus 5 Vs Nexus 5X

Well.. That’s a pretty tough comparison. Well both the phones are great and come from same manufacturer which is LG. Though, the Nexus 5X is much better in terms of specs and features, I feel the design of the Nexus 5 2013 is still killing. It doesn’t have the fingerprint sensor on the back but who cares? All I need is a good-looking phone and Nexus 5 does have that till date! 😀 And pretty much nothing more I can compare as both the handsets are great in their own types.

Is the Nexus 5 Still Worthy?

In short, yes! The Nexus 5 still offers an excellent overall package with plenty of power to run the latest Android 5.0.1 Lollipop and future updates, a decent 8 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, a perfectly sized 5-inch 1080p full HD display, and just about everything else owners like in a smartphone.

Google’s flagship device last year may of had poor speakers, and the battery life wasn’t as good as many hoped for, but it’s still a great device. Almost this entire argument comes down to the price. Getting this phone for $349 (or less with Nexus 5 deals or sales) makes it a great buy. In a time where you’ll have to sacrifice specs to get a Moto G, or spend over $599 for a flagship device from most other manufacturers, a $349 Nexus 5 is a great buy, and will continue to be a good option until Google stops making it early next year.

All said and done, this is still a worthy phone of your dollar, but time is running out. It’s still available from a few sources online, but not in official google play! So go and get yourself one if you are interested! 😀

Judhajeet Das

Tech Passionate and Heavy Geek! Into Blogging world since 2014 and never looked back since then :) I am also a YouTube Video Producer and Co-own InMyPlanet Networks. Co-Founder, Tekh Decoded.

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    1. PS: I’m using Nexus 5 2013. But you mentioned “. . with plenty of power to run the latest Android 5.0.1 . . “. Hence, the comment.

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