Nexus 5

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While we prepare our hands-on coverage of LG and Google's latest Nexus handset, why not take a glance over our complete hands-on photo gallery? We've got a dozen or Nexus 5 photos waiting for you in the gallery after the break — enjoy!

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LarryLars says:

Didnt realize how much the camera sticks out!

Sweeet1102 says:

Yeah, watch out for somes scratchs !!

madcrabs says:

I just ordered a T-Mobile Sim. I don't want to lose my Verizon unlimited but desperate times...

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Johnny Z says:

Verizon needs to be sent a message. I'm leaving them as well.

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Me too. Sayonara VZW GNexus, hello T-Mo N5. I'm gonna try out the $30 plan first to see if I like using Google Voice or some other data-based calling scheme. If I hate the change so much I'll just activate the $60 plan.

FailDeadly says:

FYI, Google Voice isn't data-based; it will count against your 100 minutes.

Funny how it uses only data for me....

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Google Voice uses minutes to make calls unless you use a third-party app to route it over data.

tflash says:

You mean like 'Groove IP'?

coolbreeze78 says:

GV is a call forwarding service, not VOIP. Check your sources. You are using minutes.

If you are using VOIP, it's not GV itself, rather some 3rd party app that will be shut down in a few months.

Hangouts should fix this (it does VOIP on the iPhone) but not yet.

cynicist says:

I've been using Groove IP without issue for a long time on T-Mobile's $30/mo plan. It would be cool if GV handled it instead so I wouldn't have to use two apps but it works fine as is.

blakeman7 says:

Dude get SIMPLE mobile.

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akishore009 says:

I am using simple nobile but network connection is not working. Please letme I know if you have tried to tal
thank you

mwara244 says:

It's kind of sad that even though people are voting with their wallets, that the numbers won't even reflect to verizon. Even if 1 million left verizon, they wouldn't even notice in a one hundred million customer use service. Sucks to try and vote with your wallet and the company isn't even tallying the votes.

blakeman7 says:

Simple mobile is cheaper and unlimited minutes, data and text. And SIMPLE mobile runs off T-Mobile towers. You're getting the same exact T-Mobile coverage for a better price.

They don't have all the roaming agreements though, so when traveling your coverage will suck.

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Lbesze says:

What is the size of the sim on the N5? I'm with Tmo but my Gnex uses standard size sim card.

micro sim

etnpnys says:

Yeah, I want this a lot, but I have more than a little concern over getting that lens scratched up like crazy.

LG G2 has a scratch-resistant sapphire glass on the rear camera maybe the Nexus has the same technology..

blakeman7 says:

I want a ten dollar bumper like the NEXUS 4 bumper. Wtf with a forty dollar price tag for a 90 cent piece of plastic for the Google NEXUS 5 cases? I'll wait for Hong Kong eBay suppliers to sell an identical knock off for 10 bucks.

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Down8 says:

The N4 bumper was $20 - also a ripoff.

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tr-1 says:

I think they did it to "encourage" people to buy a case. If the case is crafted the correct way, it'll be almost flush with the camera.

doncoop says:

Look at the images on the play store of the case (with Nexus5 in it).

I makes a nice lip just to ensure the lens doesn't scratch.

Now I'm not sure they've done this on purpose but it certainly makes a huge difference with a case.

Perhaps after designing and with the issues of the nexus4 scratches (pre nubs) / cracks etc they've ensured the case is of good quality / design and in decent supply for the phone.

hpham72 says:

But from looking at the specs of the case it seems like it adds about 4 mm in both height and width to the phone? That seems a lot, especially considering the size of the phone is not so small as it is.

When 4mm seems like a lot, then our technology is starting to have the body dysmorphia issues society does.

hpham72 says:

Body dysmorphia? How about I like to put my phone in my jean pockets and I have small pockets?

npco543 says:

I picked up a Ringke Slim for my N4, and plan to do the same for the 5. It adds maybe 1 mm per side. Yea, I too consider these phones already pushing the size limits, but I can live with an extra 2mm for a degree of protection (the Slim already saved my N4 from a tumble into a tile floor).

I do hope in the future we'll have a choice of high-end hardware in a smaller size, but given the specs and the price, the Nexus 4 and 5 really are impossible to beat, which makes living with the size a bit easier.

rits2011 says:

4 mm in W and H? Are you sure about that? That's a lot of thickness for a standard case that's not ruggedised or anything.

SoreAintya says:

Now that the nondisclosure is lifted can you say how long AC has had this device?

dataquestAC says:

No picture of the L.E.D. notification light?

Madmech says:

I'm pretty sure it's in the earpiece.

jimbo says:

Guessing? Or evidence based?

ludesleep says:

I don't think it has one in the ear piece . I think people(including myself) were mistaking the earpiece from the white edition for a light because it is painted white.

wajd says:

no, its actually in the bottom bezel. its kind of a nexus "trademark" thing. like most or all nexus phones had it at the bottom.

jonathan3579 says:

You know, I've been wondering about this. Where is it located? What colors will it show? Etc...

fchowd0311 says:

its the same setup as with any previous nexus device... Bottom of screen with full rgb spectrum.

jonathan3579 says:

Awesome. Thank you very much. :)

iMattGreat says:

You can see it in the 3rd to last photo.

This simply seems a reflection.

iMattGreat says:

It's circular and in the exact center of the device, though.

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Skittlezgti says:

not saying it's not on the bottom, but thats a reflection.

JpArcher says:

I was wondering the same thing, if you go to display you have to turn it on in the settings. I love my nexus 5 it's ace.

Loving the all black. I didn't order one. Still enjoying my N4. But I am sure I will upgrade down the line. I am also a big fan of the new Nexus branded cases.

jimbo says:

The phone like all phones is naturally encased with ascribed materials and design.

I can't get over the teeny bopper type infatuation, girly obsession, and expense over encasing beautiful designs.

I realize a few engage in rough environments and there are always the subset of admittedly natural dropsy spazoids.

Many do not cover great designs and materials with cases!

Slimy Samsungs excepted because of necessity even when double encumbered by the zealot battery swap psychosis obsession.

I guess I am a girly teeny bopper, because I prefer a phone with a case. Sorry my taste is different than yours.

havesomejoe says:

I'm also a "enjoy the uncased beauty at the risk if damage" kind if guy, but I'm actually considering a case this time around. I'm curious about those quick covers. They look like stiff plastic which is kind of weird IMO.

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jimbo says:

For over three years I've enjoyed "immediate" visual and tactile access to my beautiful informative uncovered display without a flappy to finagle that would likely make it easier to migrate to the dropsy spazoid subset.

Would one feel better finagling a flappy over a smart watch display? Kinda reminds me of the anachronistic pocket watches with spring loaded covers when personal time pieces became publicly available two centuries past, although less practical.

Heck, if a manufacturer can make a little profit margin in the highly competitive smartphone market, why not double down or better with less price sensitive need for personal adornments.

hodan says:

You're on fire Jimbo!

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hodan says:

You're on fire Jimbo!

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jab0321 says:

You seem like the type of person who likes to hear themselves talk while providing no useful information.

Ha.

jimbo says:

As you, providing opinion.

NoNexus says:

You breaking in a new dictionary or thesaurus today?

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estebancam says:

Agreed.

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Amorican23 says:

This

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Amorican23 says:

This

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Sometimes a sentence (or two) that's direct and "to the point" goes a long way.

yankeesusa says:

Just get the Spigen hybrid case. It will protect phone and still show it off.

jonathan3579 says:

That's what I did from eBay last night. I bought two of their cases actually.

Alex can you confirm if the phone has an LED notification light?

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mattjopete says:

I've seen pictures somewhere and it looks like its just like the nexus 4; on the bottom front of the device.

revtech says:

Its in the 3rd picture from the last, the white glow on the bottom center is not glare it is the notification light.

it is glare, the notification light is more centred

Jamaar White says:

This is my last month with Verizon. Then going to T-Mobile to get this! YES!

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Johnny Z says:

+1000. I'm going to /try/ T-Mobile while on my last month of Verizon. I expect to end up on AIO though.

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Josh McFly says:

Looks great!!!

jimbo says:

Is there a dark blue metallic back cover version shown as the first picture?

No, just reflected light.

jimbo says:

Also my first thought until I saw the black LG mark center bottom. Picture #5 throws me off.

On2Vegas says:

Have to admit, that would have been an awesome color choice. I would have ordered that in a heartbeat.

Rendy Putra says:

So cool !! I really want it !!

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tsaguna says:

has it LED notification light?

neonworm says:

Yes, it does have a notification light.

codejinchu says:

I'm pretty sure the led notification is on the top from pictures I've seen. The light actually seems to be brighter like other phones.

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XzombieX66 says:

The Usb port looks a little jacked up..

quailallstar says:

Nice phone but something about the way it looks just doesn't jive with me. Liked the way the N4 looked when compared to this. I'll have to see this in person to make a final verdict.

mlynch01 says:

I am pretty sure the LED is on the bottom just like it is on the Nexus 4.

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austriak says:

I really want to see a picture comparison of the size of the Nexus 5 against a bunch of different phones (S4, HTC One, iphone 5S, etc...).

Josh McFly says:

I agree

NoNexus says:

Find a picture that compares the s4 to whatever. They are about the same size

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ludesleep says:

It does have an led notification light . Somebody posted a Pic in the Nexus forum . It amazes how almost every person who has reviewed this phone has ignored this topic. Especially when the comment section is blasted with this question everywhere

tsaguna says:

can u link that picture?

dataquestAC says:

I agree completely! I have seen a picture showing it lit up in red earlier this morning. :)

tsaguna says:

and how can i find that picture?

tsaguna says:

thanks i also seen it on video

jimbo says:

Please provide a link to an everyone review.

rhoth1973 says:

So the camera sticks out pretty far, so now the phone will not lay flat and it does that awkward/annoying table tip thing when one leg on the table is shorter then the other. Other then that the phone looks really nice and its refreshing to see that its not a G2 body with a Nexus label.

Looking forward to seeing photos taken with this phone and hearing where the 56% more light claim comes from.. Also agree with others - hope that lens doesn't scratch easily!

Whyzor says:

I'm interested too, as far as I can tell, it might just be the half stop of extra exposure gained from going from f2.6 on N4 to f2.5 on N5. But hopefully I'm wrong and the sensor has improved also.

junglejunkie says:

Link to N5 Notification LED

http://i.imgur.com/fmrv9oBl.jpg

This is by far one of the most beautiful smartphones to date

Does anybody know if this will work on band 4 LTE for verizon for data at least? It has the radio support and in my area i have great Verizon Band 4 LTE...i guess ill find out soon enough

jackwagon06 says:

Huh huh,,,,,you said verizon...

TexasNexus1 says:

I'm also on Verizon and have researched -looks like the answer is not only no but 'hale no'! :(

CyaniCs says:

Network
2G/3G/4G LTE
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA: Band Class: 0/1/10
WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
LTE: Bands: 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41

(source: playstore)

ashraf1190 says:

Can't wait to get this phone especially with sprints tri band LTE.

sibeans says:

Great looking phone!

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GuyWith4Kids says:

Does anyone know if it has trusted bluetooth?

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jakeuten says:

that screen

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fam617 says:

Google making phones for NBA players I guess...Moto X and N4 were good sizes...why is this bigger!?!?!!?!

hodan says:

Bigger = better! 'Murica!

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On2Vegas says:

It's barely bigger than the N4. Two reviews I've read said they really didn't notice much difference. Also, it's thinner and lighter than the N4.

slosh74 says:

the camera sticks out pretty far, so now the phone will not lay flat, bummer :/

moosc says:

Yep looks like a developer phone. Nothing exciting

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cubskru says:

Damn this phone is beautiful. I still prefer the design of my One but this is a very close second. BTW anyone realize that the bottom of the phone looks most identical to an iPhone 5/5s? Hope that doesn't become an issue.

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galactic23 says:

apple lawsuit in 3....2...1...

ken512 says:

Is there a difference in phone on play store and one ordered with sprint.
which is unlocked or are they both unlocked

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shaggie04 says:

According to Sprint, they're the same phone. Only one version of this, except for different storage and color options.

ken512 says:

Thanks for the reply

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stab244 says:

Since none of the specs anywhere mention it, this does have a notification light right?

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neonworm says:

Yes, it does.

flipmburu says:

Is there any way that I can download any of these images. They would make such great wallpapers on my laptop??

Will this phone beam movies and other content to tv like samsungs can with all share?

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jimbo says:

Yes

Thank you

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Sean Burns1 says:

Battery too small for 1080p quad core device. Design is boring and camera will be average as usual. Video recording on Nexus 4 was terrible surely this should be better

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jimbo says:

Qualcomm's Snapdragon A800 SOC is why significant power consumption efficiency is achieved.

This information has been available on Qualcomm's Website for about 6 months. Look it up yourselves and learn.

slosh74 says:

also why do the icons look so huge now for android 4.4? O.O

XavierMatt says:

I don't really like it...

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luikiedook says:

Yeah yeah. I want to see pictures FROM the nexus 5 not OF the nexus 5.

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biggbrother2 says:

I ordered the white 32GB. I do like the black as well (looks like a mini-Nexus 7) but I wanted something different from all the black phones I have owned.

I also think the white back makes the Nexus logo stand out a bit more and hids that "CE" crap at the bottom a bit better.

deibed says:

problem with a white phone is, that unless you're super clean and never get your hands around dirt, you're gonna have to cover that puppy cus dirt will be all over that thing..

Looks like the notification light is located on the bottom. To me the third picture from the bottom of the half blue circle on the bottom is the notification light. Doesn't look like a reflection or anything

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Benilorac says:

With the notification light at the bottom, using one of those flip cover cases will kind of stink because you won't see a notification with the cover closed, if your phone is on silent... I like the idea of that flip case but it should have a small cutout for the notification light. I passed over the last Nexus and didn't realize that the notification light was at the bottom. I may not have ordered this one had I known that. Stupid maybe but that is weird to me. I loved my old N1 multicolored trackball notifications though :)

On2Vegas says:

I've always like the industrial-design look and feel. The N4 was a very attractive phone, but this more my taste. I too will likely leave VZW for this phone, but will wait a month or more for hands-on reviews.

SKI_K2 says:

I agree. It's the minimalism and clean lines that attract me.

CTRebel53 says:

I'm a sucker for that 2001 Space Odyssey black monolith school of phone design. No frou frou. Just clean, well tailored lines. Nothing to distract your attention from the screen. Colors look bright, well saturated.

dmissirlian says:

Beautiful, but too big! Think its the moto x for me! Maybe n5 2014 will have much smaller bezels.

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ace8707 says:

Something I haven't quite been able to tell - is it made of hard plastic, or is it kind of rubberized? Im curious about the build quality.

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On2Vegas says:

It keeps getting described as "soft touch" plastic. Durable and easy to grip. Similar to the N7 apparently.

matwu37 says:

Can you confirm that N5 doesn't remember your voice like the Moto X

So when you have two N5 in the room and want to use voice command - "Ok, google"

It will be awkward......

Imagine three N5, four N5....altogether..."beep.."

nwaves says:

Specs on US Google Play store show N5 running on LTE Bands 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41. Is there a EU version of the phone with LTE bands 3/7/20/38?

kembry says:

My wife and I will probably be getting this, but my big questions are:

How is battery life? The Moto X has blown me away on this front. I convinced my dad to get the Moto X because he was a long time iPhone user and he loves the OS, but the battery is consistently lasting him two days of moderate use. My N4 can go about 8 hours of moderate use.

What differences will be on the T-Mobile version? I am currently AT&T but am going to jump ship because the coverage here (Tampa) is about the same, and the price is WAY cheaper on T-Mobile. I would much rather pay up front for the phone, but I don't happen to have an extra $800 laying around and the ability to pay $20/phone/month is doable. But would I then have a phone locked to T-Mobile?

patruns says:

Alex, no LTE in your area or doesn't the icon show when you have an LTE connection?

Feroze says:

It says 4G when it's on an LTE network in the UK.

MetalMike901 says:

While the glass on the n4 may be more fragile, from what I see of the n5 I think the n4 is actually classier looking.

So, like the specs, don't love the design....

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SpookDroid says:

I still think it's an ugly phone... ¬¬

ScottJ says:

I was just listening to Nirvana on the drive to work. A line comes to mind from Lithium: "I'm so ugly...that's OK 'cause so are you"

MunMaRu says:

But I think that curve are magnificent.

awilisch says:

I was contemplating the white one, but it looks like it's not white on the back and front, so not sure what the purpose would be.

I'll be waiting to see the AC review before buying.

DirkBelig says:

Loving the transparent notification bar. My largest beef with my Nexus 4 was how the soft buttons in the black bottom bar reduced the visual size of the screen a half-inch, making it look greatly smaller than the GS3's screen. Now with the clear bars, it's looking large now.

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Whyzor says:

Yeah but it's only available in the launcher for now, and Apps have to enable a flag & recompiled for KitKat 4.4 to also have this behavior.

Murph5150 says:

I still have yet to see a phone that will pull me away from my S4.

Troneas says:

we want a new nexus htc! i am not getting a cheap samsung or lg thank you very much.

deibed says:

in that case..move along there's nothing to see here. btw..there's a GE HTC One if you weren't aware..same concept..without the Nexus branding.

deibed says:

only two minor things that are bothering me about this phone is 1st the camera lens...what's with the huge [bezel] and the tiny lens...someone explain this to me because I don't get it..the other is the headphone jack, I'd prefer it be at the bottom...just personal preference, but it's not something that's a deal breaker, I'm picking one up ASAP and handing my N4 to my son.

zackmack7 says:

I want to see the white one!

dante501 says:

Those OEM cases are very slick looking. Ordered my nexus in black. The white one looks cheap (IMO) and I order the yellow case when available. Nexus phones are always a steal. Great specs for that price. Matter of fact only one thing I do have to say is. This nexus looks all together cheaper then the nexus 4.

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onsightit says:

I don't care for LED notifications, it's just an annoying flashing light when I am trying to sleep. What bothers me is no mention of an IR blaster, especially since 4.4 has IR enhancements.

mrtouchedme says:

Nice, the more I see it, the more I regret getting a junky Samsung phone.

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dante501 says:

Well that's opinion about the led notification. I for myself like it. To don't have to unlock the phone every few minutes to see if u have a notification of any kind. The light will tell u. Nice and also u can set profiles to have the notification not showing to specific times. Or just turn it off. Easy. And u safe the power button on ur phone if u don't have to unlock every few minutes.

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jalford1978 says:

Will the nexus be sold in retail stores like the nexus 7 ?

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RedLux says:

Almost looks like it can be called a premium phone.

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Duncan1982 says:

It would make a great secondary phone to my Note 3.

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rampage1979 says:

Or vice versa lol

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NoNexus says:

No the Note is the daily driver, the N5 is when the Note is overkill.

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Duncan1982 says:

Nah i'll stick with the versa vice as much as im not taking anything away from the Nexus 5 its great value for the specs, but would take alot more than this to prise my grip from my much loved Note 3 lol

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iamblob says:

I agree with some others that the back, especially the camera lens, just doesn't look appealing. For some reason it makes me think of Tonka Toys. But the front looks fine and that's all I care about tbh. I am so glad they didn't use the camphored edges like in the N4.

Rookie4sho says:

Ah Finally they put it beside a N4! Thank you.

rampage1979 says:

If you want to try the Google experience launcher on your current device, phandroid has the apk along with hangouts 2.0

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so beautiful device...ftw

i agree, looks neat! :-)

fercy bunoan says:

Awesome

law2010 says:

Great pictures. How does the new KitKat Google Keyboard look? Does it look the same as the most recent Google Keyboard that was out prior to KitKat? I have been searching on YouTube and I have not found anyone typing in a URL or anything on the phone, so I have yet to see the keyboard.

And just about a minute after typing this, I found an entire webpage dedicated to it on Android Police. If anyone else wants to see what the keyboard looks like, go here:

http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/11/01/apk-download-google-keyboard-2-0...

pannonian says:

The screen looks punchy and vidiv. Are these shots oversaturated? Because on other sites the screen looks washet out, more like N4 screen.

GadgetDeputy says:

Battle Of The Titans – Nexus 5 Versus HTC One

* http://goo.gl/8mpQpw *

Which is the smartphone for you? The newly announced Nexus 5 or the ever reliable HTC One?

kylecordiano says:

Great looking phone will killer specs but not enough to sway me from my less than 1 year old Nexus 4.

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