I’ve been very much into Android for a few years now and have loved every second of it (almost). Android allows you to tinker and customize to your heart’s content and that’s what I love the most about it. My favorite kind of Android device is an Android phone, having the power of an Android phone in your pocket wherever you go feels so good. But one thing I’ve never experienced is an actual “true” Android phone. What do I mean by this you ask? I mean a Nexus branded phone running stock vanilla Android. No carrier bloatware, no heavy UI, just Android.

That all changed yesterday when I picked up my first Nexus phone: the Nexus 5. Sure I’ve owned Nexus tablets but that’s just not the same as owning a Nexus phone, trust me. From the second I powered the Nexus 5 on I instantly fell in love. I was by no means expecting what that phone truly was: it was truly Android and all I could say was wow. I came to the Nexus 5 from an HTC One so I was expecting it to be a slight jump forward but I was very wrong; it was a huge leap forward. I had no idea what a speed and performance boost a phone would get by not having a bloated UI layered over the OS. I was amazed at the huge jump in speed over the HTC One that the Nexus 5 had. It never stuttered, never lagged, and never froze on me at all no matter what I was using it for. Sure the HTC One has a Snapdragon 600 and the Nexus 5 has a Snapdragon 800 but the jump is speed was huge and no processor could have made that happen alone. It was the lack of a custom UI overlay.

Not only did the speed catch me off guard but the beautiful screen did as well. I thought the HTC One had a beautiful screen but I’ve found that the Nexus 5 screen puts it to shame. I really had no idea what I was missing out on during my years of using different Android phones but the Nexus 5 made me aware of that. The most important part of the Nexus 5 that I found to be the most impressive is of course the OS, stock vanilla Android. Sure it has the “Google Experience Launcher” but it is extremely light and in my opinion is visually very appealing and makes Android look better. Using stock Android after using Android with a custom UI layered over it for the first time made me sad because I had been missing out for so long.

If you haven’t had an opportunity to use a Nexus phone as your daily driver then let me tell you from recent personal experience that you are missing out on a lot. May I recommend the Nexus 5?

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Nicholas Terry

Nicholas Terry

(Author) - I am currently attending college to receive my degree in Computer Science with a pipe dream to someday work at Google. I love everything about android and smartphones and always love learning more about them or anything else tech wise. I also love developing Android apps and learning new types of code in my spare time. My current devices I use are my LG Optimus G and Nexus 7, Pebble watch is still on the way.
Nicholas Terry