Mobile this week: Nexus 6 review; Nexus 5 runs great on Lollipop

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Credit: Kevin C. Tofel/Gigaom

This was a big week for Google Android as the first official Nexus 6 reviews appeared along with carrier pre-orders for the handset. Overall, you can’t help but be impressed by the newest Nexus phone which boasts some of the latest and greatest hardware. And of course, it runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, along with its new material design look.

Nexus 6 gravity

If you want the big screen and pure Android experience, this a great choice. If you don’t, all is not lost as I noted earlier this week:

“Here’s the thing: Once Android 5.0 is rolled out from handset makers, you’d get much of the same experience in a comparable but smaller phone in either the Moto X or the Motorola Droid Turbo. The Moto X is available for all major U.S. carriers while the Turbo is on Verizon only. But both have high-resolution screens, fast processors, and battery life that’s comparable or better.”

It turns out that Motorola already started releasing Android 5.0 to its phones this week, so there’s little to no wait for the new software.

I’m already wondering if Motorola’s X and Droid Turbo will outsell the Nexus 6, even though this time around Google’s phone is available from all major U.S. carriers, which is a first. In fact, I suspect they well because many people here aren’t yet ready for that big of a phone; evidence appeared this week that the smaller iPhone 6 is outselling the iPhone 6 Plus by roughly a 2 to 1 margin.

From a software perspective, there’s much to like about Android 5.0 and it runs really well on last year’s Nexus 5. I installed Lollipop manually as I couldn’t wait for Google to push the software out to handsets.

Nexus 5 with Android 5

I’m seeing a clean, solid experience on the updated phone: Some of the glitches I noted on the Nexus 6 aren’t happening on the Nexus 5. Performance seems at least as good as before, if not better as well.

Most importantly is the noticeable improvement in the picture quality as output from the 8 megapixel camera might have been the most glaring weakness in last year’s Nexus phone. Overall, I’m happy with the software running on the Nexus 5: It got me to dust off the older model and start using it again.

Images by Kevin C. Tofel/Gigaom

33 Comments

Mary Edwards

I updated my Nexus 5last week. Randomly, my browser window will just minimize itself and sometimes the keyboard won’t pop up when I am trying to access another website. Additionally sometimes the keyboard will interfere with phone calls as it will be in the foreground when a phone call comes in so I have to hit the back button to get rid of the keyboard display. I also didn’t appreciate the loss of easy silent mode with just a push of a button…trying to figure out setting up priorities in order to not get texts but also get an alarm when I was super sleepy was frustrating. Lollipop has not been so sweet to me :(

rahul

some applications are not working like mx player
background whice color is not good

Ashtyn

I don’t know what you’re talking about when you say that the Nexus 5 is better with Lollipop. I just got the update on my Nexus 5 and now my phone is ruined. The internet freezes, the camera is terribly blurry instead of being clear like it used to be, and it now no longer has a silent mode. I want KitKat back. Does anyone know if it’s possible to go back to it from the horrid Lollipop update?

anton

Two flaws so far with Lollipop on Nexus 5: Gmail app; cannot find the report spam function, and it does not default to my “primary” emails; I.e. have to change to it manually all the time.
Second: one of my most used social networking apps, Qq (I’m in China), crashes upon activation. Cannot use it.

Nikhil

Try the L camera for the nexus 5 running 5.0 which helps you take raw images in DNG format! One of the many features of 5.0+N5!

Curt

This phone is too expensive while in a two year contract. It should cost $49 to $99 dollars while in a two year contract. If you price more expensive phones the show $99 to $199, but they are priced at over $800 dollars outside the contract where Nexus 6 is $649. Also this phone does not match the quality of other phones, like the LG or Samsung, so all the more reason to discount this phone. If Nexus waits too long another phone will come along and their will be little to no interest in the 6. So lower the price and try to attract more fans to the Nexus line.

mangareds

Awesome & most awaited review, thanks :)
how about Lollipop on Nexus 4?
Is it a smoother experience like KitKat?
& if not where does Nexus 4 lag as pee hardware?

rahul002

Ma nexus 5 is running perfectly fine with Wi-Fi connections too.. Not a glitch on lollipop.. Cheers

Ryan Lambert

Just wondering, if I manually load 5.0 on my nexus 5 well I still get ota updates when they release new updates and bug fixes?

Wynand

I manually loaded lollipop on my nexus 5 and have noticed no bugs. There is a WiFi issue on some nexus 5’s but I took a leap of faith and it paid off. WiFi is fine and battery life is better than before due to the art runtime.

Nate_ive

I side loaded the nexus 4 factory image yesterday. My nexus 4 is running very well on lollipop.

carmogeddon

Lollipop on the nexus 5 is buggy as anything, various apps still totally incompatible and battery life even more drastic than before. I think Google really need to be getting this sorted as the last two is releases have been awful.

Vikram shekhawat

Mine phn not shown updation for lollipop version. Anybody suggest me that how i can get it.

anon

um .. headline should read “lollipop runs great on nexus 5”. not the other way around.

Virendra Sawant

Yes. Lollipop works fine on Nexus 5. User interface is too good.

sonnyg

Got update on both n5 and N7 (2nd gen) and man is this lollipop sweet. Also other OEMS are just starting soak test not official ota updates yet I think only one will be the nvidia shield will be getting android 5.0 in a week or so

Jose

Thank you for this post.
Regarding nexus 6 reviews, they say battery life is poor.
Kind regards.

steverino

Poor battery life? Not what the last 5 reviews I’ve read are sayin’

IBD E

I’m still waiting for the lollipop update to drop for my n5 & n7 2013, and I gotta say I’m a little disappointed that other non nexus devices are getting it, that’s supposed to be one of the perks of owning a nexus, I’ll just wait and resist the urge to sideload and let the bugs get squashed, besides I’m having a blast with the new galaxy note 4.)

jefke :)

Man you can already install it manualy (the full version not a developer previeuw) so dont be like that it’s easy to update no date wipe and you get all the updates that will follow so go do it dont wait for google!!!

Curt

I would have to say the Note 4 is closer to a more perfect phone. The Nexus is only a good phone at that price point.

Fitnesspro

Dito. All this nonsense talk about Nov 12. Now as of Nov 16, 2014 there is no sign of L 5 for NEXUS 5, which I got in Dec of 2014. However, it is still running on the KitKat quite well. Super fast, charge battery every other day.

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