Sure enough, it came. While I was safely ensconced within a headset talking to legions of the under informed, the Nexus 5 saw the light of day, and was sold out, and was restocked. In between the waves in the ocean of ineptitude I regularly surf at my day job, I was able to read the really real specs of this phone.
Now, I’m not a hardcore Android guy. My profile lists me as an “Android skeptic”. I’m not really a modder or a customizer. At the end of the day, I want something more than just a grid of icons, but I don’t want to micromanage my phone. This is why I like Windows Phone. It’s a gorgeous UI that is simple enough to use, but customizable enough to make it mine all mine.
I made the switch
I recently switched from my Lumia 920 back to my GSIII as a daily driver. I did so for a number of reasons, most notably because of geocaching, which is arguably one of the stupid reasons someone who is not a tech writer (and therefore generally has a variety of phones laying around) could have for switching phones. As it stands, I already owned both, so I can justify it. The geocaching experience on Android is really gold, especially for my goals, but that’s a different story for a different article on a completely different website.
I think a small part of me also switched over so I could get a good taste of Android now that the Nexus 5 is out there and firmly in my cross hairs. It will be mine, oh yes, it will be mine. The GSIII is a great phone. I have even recommended them to some of my cost-conscious friends who aren’t ready to take the S4 plunge. But the Nexus 5…
Even I couldn’t help but do a double or even triple take at the specs rolling off this monster. I mean we’re talking some real cheese here people. The 8 megapixel camera with OIS. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. The two gigabytes of RAM. These are not midrange specs here, but the price – dear God the price – is downright unbelievable.
It’s all about the benjamins
Now, if you’ve read my editorials, you know that price is a pretty big factor for me. I’m not going to deny it. I’m just as broke as the next guy. But a $350 price point off contract is almost too good to be true.
Of course, this isn’t new to the Nexus line. Last year’s Nexus 4 was the same price. But last year’s Nexus, felt like “last year’s phone.” Looking back it wasn’t all that bad, but that was exactly its problem – it was not bad. The S4 Pro processor was ok, the 8MP camera without OIS was ok. The lack of LTE was….ok, well that was humiliating. But overall, it just didn’t blow any skirts up. There were a lot of compromises in the specs that made it a $350 phone.
The Nexus 5 is not yesterday’s phone. It is the very definition of today’s phone. While the camera, holding steady at 8MP does shy behind most of today’s competitors (except One…ya see what I did there?) the OIS adds a dimension that is hard to ignore. The RAM is right up there, the storage capacity is right up there. The processor is at the tip of the iceberg of SoC’s. AND it’s three hundred fifty freaking dollars!
The highs of lows
Now, keep in mind, being a Windows Phone guy, I’m used to seeing very low price points for a wide range of phones. Windows Phone is home to the $99 home shopping network smartphone. The Lumia 520 is so cheap, most tech writers I know have one because, well, it’s $100.
Even when the Lumia 920 debuted, it came with an off-contract price of $450, which at the time was stupid-low for a high-end smartphone. (Please note that “stupid-low” is a good thing, not a bad thing). Windows Phone knows how to keep a price down. And no, people, that’s not the reason I became a fan. It was just a happy bonus.
Now the Nexus 5 is rocking the power it needs to be a great phone, plus the price I need to make it a no-brainer. I will be picking that puppy up and rocking as a daily driver for some time in the relatively near future. It’ll be nice getting a taste of the much touted “stock Android experience”. Lord knows I won’t mind getting out from under touchwiz. And to have a voice interface that doesn’t poop the bed when you tell it to do something other than “Navigate Home”? YESSSSSSS!
But never fear, my Windows Phone brethren, I always come back. Even the stock Android experience with great specs and a mind blowing price won’t keep me off the Lumia for long.
Oh, I’m just kidding.
Do you have a Nexus 5 on is way to your door? If you do, unbox it, update it, and make sure you carry a charger with you. If you don’t, find out what we love and hate about it, and heck, try and win one yourself!