If this is the Nexus 5, it’s beautiful, and everything I’d hoped it to be… well, almost

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The days of Summer are waning, and here in the United States the trees are beginning to turn lovely shades of red and yellow. You know what that means? Time for a new Nexus phone! Luckily the rumor mill has been running in high-gear for quite some time now and many think they’ve got the specs of the “new Nexus” pretty nailed down. That is, if the Nexus 5 rumors hold true.

I had a whole article in mind following the FCC releases and subsequent renders of what many are calling the “Nexus 5″… then @evleaks had to go and rain on everyone’s parade and conclude that the device in the FCC documents is really just a CDMA version of the LG G2. I don’t know if I’m entirely convinced, though I do respect @evleaks thanks to quite a bit of personal experience with the man behind the moniker.

So, let’s go with it for a little while longer. Let’s pretend like this device could actually be the “Nexus 5”. If it is, I think it’s beautiful, and it’s everything I’d hoped for. Almost.

Screen

By the looks of things, this smartphone has a 5-inch screen and likely has a 1080P HD resolution. That’s a very good thing — especially for those of us who like to read eBooks on our smartphones. If it’s AMOLED and can take advantage of black pixels being “off” (and not using any power in that state) and start to incorporate some Moto X-style notifications and Galaxy-style smart covers, I’ll be ecstatic. Even if it doesn’t, a “regular” screen can still be beautiful and gentle on the battery, too.

Camera

Take a look at that lens! I’m no Adam Lein, but come on, that’s got to be one pretty impressive camera! Well, if the device we saw in the YouTube video is the Nexus 5.

To be frank, I’m really not that concerned with the cameras that adorn the back of my smartphones. They need to take decent pictures. They need to represent colors accurately. They need to include enough resolution to take “detailed” pictures. And they need to do all that in virtually every lighting condition. Moreover, they need to have a fast shutter, never take a blurry shot, and be easy to use. I think a good percentage of smartphone users out there would agree with my “requirements” for what makes a “good” camera.

This camera, however, if it is what it appears to be, has a large lens and hopefully a sensor to match. If so, I’ve got to assume that the resolution will be higher that what we’re used to on Nexus devices, and its performance in low-light situations should be improved. I could be wrong, but I hope I’m not.

Processor

We’ve talked about the Nexus 5 potentially having a Snapdragon 600 processor, and how that falls short of the 800 that we’re hoping that it will include. The FCC documentation, however, points to an 800 nestled inside this device — if it is, in fact, the Nexus 5. Even if it’s not, I hope the next Nexus (we still don’t know what it’s going to be called) will be powered by the 800 rather than the 600.

It’s not that the 600 is a “bad” chip — it’s not. Rather, the higher-end the chip is, the longer we’ll be able to use this phone before it’s outdated. Faster is better if you’re looking for a smartphone that will last you a long time.

Battery

This is one of those “well, almost” areas. If the rumors are correct, the Nexus 5 will have an integrated (read: non-removable) battery. That’s a trend we’re starting to see with devices in the Nexus family. I don’t like it. I want to be able to swap out my battery for a bigger one, even if it means adding some weight and a little bulk. I’ve upgraded all by Galaxy Nexi (all four of them) with the official extended batteries and back-plates — and I’m glad that I did. Sometimes you just need an extra hour or two to get you through your day.

There have also been rumors that the battery capacity will be in the 2,300 mAh range. Let’s hope if that’s true that the SoC is very energy efficient.

The device will have Qi-compatible wireless charging built-in, just like the Nexus 4 and and the 2013 Nexus 7. That’s a good thing, even if you’re not a fan right now. Including this feature reinforces the Qi standard and gives a certain level of confidence to 3rd party manufacturers so they feel “safe” making accessories that include wireless charging built-in.

External Storage

There is none.

I don’t like that. Yes, cloud. Blah blah blah. Give me an sdcard slot already! LTE or HSPA+ does me absolutely no good when I’m on a week long vacation in the middle of nowhere and the children want to watch one of their favorite movies before bed time. Or, worse yet, when I’m on EDGE or GPRS and data is painfully slow. Let me pack my own movies, TV, and music with me, just in case the cloud isn’t available — or if I don’t want to use up all of my data catching up on reruns of Firefly.

I know, I know. I’ve said it before and they’re not going to listen to me. But I doubt that I’m alone in my sentiments. So for those who feel the same way, I’ll keep waiving that banner for all of us.

Conclusions

All in all, the specs (if they’re to be believed) make this out to be one very nicely rounded phone, and the renders look beautiful.

If this is the Nexus 5, I’m buying one — despite its shortcomings. Why? Because it’s a Nexus. It’s Google’s flagship. It will be OEM unlockable. It will get updates directly from Google in a timely fashion. I’ll be able to use it on virtually any carrier and, well, it’s a Nexus.

What about you? Do you think this is the Nexus 5? How close do you suspect the renders are? If the rumors and renders are accurate, will you trade in your current smartphone for a Nexus 5? Why, or why not? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

 

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy".By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video.Read more about Joe Levi here.