As more and more Nexus 5s roll out of the Google warehouses, including one to my house, I've been seeing more and more ''I'll stick with my Nexus 4'' comments and just as many ''should I just stick with my Nexus 4?'' queries. After playing with Google's new flagship I said the first to myself and then increasingly asked myself the second, before finally deciding to jump aboard the Nexus 5 train as it steams its way into the future. But why did I do it? What's so good (and bad) about the Nexus 5?
Most of this speaks for itself: the Nexus 5 is going to be getting rapid OS updates for years to come, it packs class-leading specs in a half-price handset (that's mostly true, anyway), and as far as display quality and Android experience go it's hard to beat too. In the $400 smartphone market it's unbeatable, hands down. Sure, other flagships might be a little better in some areas, but they cost $100-$400 more. The Nexus 5 is nothing more than a tool: it doesn't look so pretty, it doesn't have bells and whistles, but it gets the job done better than most tools that are and do. I've written previously about why you should buy a Nexus 5.
This is an easy list: the battery life is nothing tremendous, the single speaker is pretty rubbish, the camera is nowhere near good enough to compete with the best of the Android camera phone crop, and of course there is no expandable memory. Many of the editors at AndroidPIT had issues with early experiences of the Nexus 5 and several were not terribly impressed by how patchy the battery was, how unstable the system was, and how buggy it was out of the box. Check out our video review of the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat features below.
Why I ditched the Nexus 4
One word: opportunity. An offer came up to buy my Nexus 4 for almost what I paid for it. So I saw the opportunity to update to the current Nexus without losing any money on the previous model. If no one had been willing to buy my Nexus 4, I would be sticking with it, no doubt about it. Sure, I would have probably bought the Nexus 5 eventually, but I wouldn't have been champing at the bit to get one. If you've got a Nexus 4 and you're happy with it: stick with it and stay happy. The Nexus 5 isn't going anywhere. You may well stay happy until the next Nexus comes out.
But if someone takes an interest in your Nexus 4, why not upgrade: the Nexus 5 is better than the Nexus 4 in every way (except, perhaps, in the looks department). For me it wasn't a ''must have'' impulse, but a slow boil and an opportunistic event that swung the tide in the new Nexus' favor - without the second I'd still be rocking my Nexus 4, guaranteed. The question to ask yourself if you're still considering the upgrade is: do you really need the improvements the Nexus 5 brings? Or is your Nexus 4 still ticking all the boxes?
Are you considering the upgrade? What are your major considerations when upgrading a smartphone?