Last year’s Nexus 4 was a great Android, but the smartphone wasn’t without its flaws: the excessive use of glass was damage-prone, storage maxed-out at 16GB, and the phone’s battery struggled to keep the handset powered. With the Nexus 5 we’ve seen Google take a few steps to avoid some of those issues, but the question of the phone’s battery life remained; even with the slightly larger 2300mAh component this time around, and the power efficiency of the Snapdragon 800, would the Nexus 5 outdo its predecessor, or fall victim to the same middling battery life? As you’ve seen, the first Nexus 5s have been arriving, and we’ve already started hearing about just how well the phone’s battery holds up.
The short answer: it seems sufficient for casual day-long use, but it falls short of spectacular.
Some testing conducted over at Android Central found the phone holding out for about 12 hours of probably higher-than-average use, so you should get a solid day out of it. That said, you’ll be pushing things towards the end, so a mid-day battery top-up might be smart.
In particular, the phone’s camera appears to be quite power-hungry, as is the 1080p display. Idle battery life really does seem pretty good, but when the screen’s on, you’re just burning through your charge. It’s not like that’s a Nexus 5 exclusive issue, but this phone does appear to be a little heavy with the auto-brightness adjustments, so you might want to think about setting that manually.
We’ll be sure to give you some more detailed analysis of the Nexus 5 and its battery as we prepare for our full review, so think of this as a bit of a preview for what you might expect.
Source: Android Central