Technology is a train that stops for no one. It moves faster and faster every day, leaving our relatively new devices in the dust as the next stop quickly approaches. I find myself hearing a certain quote a lot during my time browsing for the latest tech news. “The Next Big Thing is Here” as Samsung famously advertises. Truthfully, the next big thing is always around the corner. Devices that I still consider “new” like the 2014 Moto X and LG G3, are silently being brushed aside while Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and HTC’s One M9 now hold the spotlight.

Thankfully, Android hardware is finally at a point where it is going to take quite a bit of time before a user will actually need an upgrade due to deterioration or software crashes. Unless you break the device yourself, modern smartphones (at least the flagships) will hold value for a long time.

But if there’s one phone I’d like to call out for aging so well, it’s my handy dandy Nexus 5. To the average consumer, the Nexus 5 is barely considered old. To an Android enthusiast, a smartphone that’s a year and a half old can be considered outdated. At its launch, the Nexus 5 offered premium, modern specifications that every Android user wanted. Full HD screen, the latest Snapdragon 800 chip, enough memory for great multitasking and a pretty solid camera that featured optical image stabilization.

A couple weeks ago, My beloved Nexus suffered a tragic fall from the heights of my hands into the unforgiving depths… of the sidewalk beneath me. The screen was shattered, and my heart was broken.

As you would expect, I have been searching for my next daily driver, conveniently at the time the Galaxy S6, S6 edge and One M9 were announced. These phones are fantastic, and I’ve got a heavy eye on the S6 edge as my co-writer Matt Kinne states it’s been an incredible phone so far despite the battery life. While my brain is telling me to get this phone, I can’t help but hold my crippled Nexus 5 still as I believe this is still one of my favorite phones of all time, and I want another one.

Nexus the Fifth, you have excelled in every way I needed you to.

Your 1080p screen that fit perfectly in my palm is exactly what I wanted. Your CPU is still blazing fast with Android 5.1 and easily compares to mobile CPU’s today in every day use. Your battery performs well throughout the day, with the help of a quick mid-day rest stop on my wireless charger. Your camera’s HDR and OIS capabilities served me without issues, as I am no photographer, and I do not require perfection in smartphone photos. Your light, minimal build and emphasis on small bezels caught many eyes as I used you in public. You have been a fantastic smartphone with very few faults, Nexus the Fifth.

While I probably will upgrade to a newer flagship, I’m impressed by how much I want a replacement Nexus 5 instead. This mainly has to do with the size of the device, as flagship smartphones just keep growing in size, slipping away from my not-so-big hands. I am thrilled that Samsung and HTC have kept the screen size the same from last year’s flagships, however. Companies would be stupid to ignore the customer base that prefers one-handed use.

Regardless of them, the Nexus 5 will be held dearly to me as I move on to the next big thing.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. I read this article on my Nexus 5 and I am writing this comment on it, as well. I, like you, love my little Nexus 5. I am a Google guy and this is, by far, the best phone I’ve ever had… and the price was incredible at less than $400 unlocked.

    I am going to keep this phone as long as I reasonably can… Glad to see I’m not the only one so passionate about this little engine that could.

  2. I’ve had my Nexus 5 since it’s release and I can’t imagine buying another phone. The new flagships are too big and contain too much clutter. The OnePlus One is a feasible replacement, but still too large and no updates. I replaced the battery of my N5 to increase standby time and I’ve had to replace the screen once after I dropped it, but I still love the device more than I have loved other devices.

  3. With the Nexus 6 being such an expensive phone, for many, it became a moot point, at it relates to upgrading after just one year. I’m completely happy as well, with my Nexus 5, and see no reason to spent such a large amount, for example, on the Nexus 6. Here’s to hoping the next iteration in the Nexus line provides the same level of value and utility the Nexus 5 has. Only then will you be able to pry this phone out of my hand.

  4. Since I bought my 32GB Nexus 5 from Google Play 9 months ago and use it on T-Mobile’s prepaid MetroPCS, I plan to keep it for at least 3 years. So far, I have had none of the major problems other owners have suffered.

  5. I loved my nexus 5 with Android 4.x.
    Lollipop update isn’t perfect. It comes with terrible memory leak. Android 5.1 doesn’t fix this issue.

    Th e only benefit for nexus 5 is faster update.

  6. Nexus is so amazing and google knows that !
    So i hope they are thinking to build another one like many forum say…

  7. Maybe you don’t realize this, but you can buy and replace all of the broken parts on your nexus 5 for a fraction of the price of a new one. I’ve done it, and I couldn’t be happier.

  8. I love this, i dont have a Nexus 5 but im a Galaxy Nexus lover, for me that was the best Samsung phone ever, but now my gnexus its dead and also he cant hold all new Android stuff. So i think my new friend will be The fifth
    And its great to find reviews like this and feel the love and loyalty that i feel for muy old gnexus

  9. I feel you, Jack. I held onto my Nexus 5 even after the WiFi crapped out (bad motherboard) because I have an unlimited data plan with Sprint. Then, the phone fell out of my pocket at the post office and was the screen was no more. I’ve even continued using it for the past two weeks because it’s somehow retained touch sensitivity. It’s incredibly difficult to decide on a new phone when you really don’t want a new phone. I’ve been delaying the inevitable expense of replacing a great phone that was gone too soon. I can only hope that the next phone I buy (most likely the S6) will not make me miss my N5 too terribly.

    • Hey mark,

      Have you tried contacting google customer service directly about your nexus 5 issues? If you’re polite and explain your situation google has been known to replace nexus 5’s for free even when people crack their phones. If you want to check for yourself search Google for ” google replaces nexus 5 for free.” Even if you do decide to go with a nexus 6 at least you might get your hands on a new nexus 5 as well.

  10. my nexus 5 doesn’t feel any slower than my nexus 6
    my friend have a 6p and I don’t think it’s worth 700$
    thank you marshmallow!
    Google made a good job there!

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