Today we met the Nexus 5 for the first time and like all those who ordered the Google phone, we couldn't wait until this awesome piece of machinery was finally delivered to our doorstep. Here we will show you the Nexus 5 from every angle and go over how to get set up step-by-step. Welcome to the Google Nexus 5 club!
Unboxing of the Nexus 5
When holding a new smartphone for the first time, most people just want to get started as quickly as possible. But before setting up your home screen, before making your first phone call, picture or app install, you need to prep your handset first. Here’s how it’s done.
1. Choose language and Wi-Fi
First and foremost you’ll need to choose the core language and connect to Wi-Fi. If you’re currently not in a Wi-Fi network, then feel free to skip this step (you can set this up later).
It’s advisable with the Nexus 5 to take a little bit of extra time to get set up. The next step involves an update: after you have chosen your language and connected to Wi-Fi, your smartphone will install a system update of about 139 MB. After it has rebooted, you can finally get to the next steps.
3. Select language again and insert SIM card
4. Set up Google Accounts and sign up for Google+
The next step is to set up your Google accounts. Sign in with the account which is already connected with your contacts. Other contacts can be added later on. If you don’t have a Google account, you can jump over this step or make one then and there. After a successful registration, you’ll be asked whether you want to sign up for Google+. It’s the same process here: if you don’t have an account or don’t want one, you can skip this step. But Google+ is awesome, so you should get on it.
5. Google Services: check or uncheck boxes
Now you’ll need to confirm which of the so-called Google services you would like to use with your account. The options are pretty self-explanatory: you can backup and restore your information and activate or deactivate your location services. This setting can be changed at a later point in time as well.
6. Wait for backup and enter name
If you have checked the box for backup and restore, your account will be backed up and you will need to wait until the restore process is finished. Then you can enter your name. Many apps use this personalization feature. You can also leave this part blank.
7. Set up Google Now
Then comes Google Now: with the new Android version and the Google Experience Launcher (in case you have many launchers after restoring, the Google Launcher is called ‘Overview’), Google Now is more integrated into the system than ever before and has received its very own dedicated home screen. The next setup step is therefore installing Google Now. This process can also be postponed to a later point in time.
Now you get can started!
Setting up your Nexus 5 is now complete! Now you can get started, add more accounts, install apps and call or send your friends an SMS (via Hangouts) from your shiny, brand-spanking new smartphone.
Please note: if you need more tips and tricks, take a look in your email inbox: Google sent you an email when you were registering which also explains the first steps to you as well as provides you with many useful pointers.
So! Did you get a Nexus 5? If so, what do you think so far?