TLDR: I returned my Nexus 5
On paper, the Nexus 5 is a stunner. It comes with the latest CPU combined with the newest version of Android, plus a big battery, a camera with OIS, a high-PPI display, and a fantastic price tag. And indeed, we’ve determined (along with the rest of the Nexus 5-buying population) that Google’s latest Nexus is a fantastic piece of smartphone hardware and deserves serious consideration if you’re looking to buy a new Android phone.
As has been the case with all previous Nexus releases, I bought a Nexus 5 for personal use, hoping that it’d replace my iPhone 5S (which is already starting to feel boring) as my daily driver. So I pre-ordered one.
When it arrived, I liked the hardware design, found the performance to be perhaps the best of any phone I’ve ever used, and even determined the camera to be passable, unlike all previous Nexus devices.
Then, I carefully looked at the screen. The display on the Nexus 5 is so pixel dense, like most flagships available today, that it’s nearly impossible to see individual pixels. But pixel density isn’t all that matters. I was expecting the display on the Nexus 5 to be as fantastic as on the LG G2 in terms of contrast and color saturation. But, that is not the case. The Nexus 5 has poor color saturation, to my eyes anyway. Every time I picked up the phone I was reminded of this flaw. And being a “display guy”, I knew what I had to do next: I returned my Nexus 5.