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Nexus 5 16gb Sim Free, Black/Red/White £249.95 @ Carphonewarehouse

£249.95 @ Carphone Warehouse
Been looking at a new phone and searched on HUKD a few times for Nexus, all around the £270 mark. Looked on Carphonewarehouse and saw sim free for £249.95. I know it's only the 16gb version but still … Read More
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Been looking at a new phone and searched on HUKD a few times for Nexus, all around the £270 mark. Looked on Carphonewarehouse and saw sim free for £249.95. I know it's only the 16gb version but still appears to be the cheapest I can find. All specs on website.

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Chouman
I bought the N5 for my son's birthday when it was on offer for £240 at CPW. I lasted 2 weeks listening to him complaining about the battery and I sold it for him and bought the LG G2. N5 battery would be empty by the afternoon, but he can hammer the G2 all day if he's out and has never managed to get it to drop below 40%.
He is 100% delighted with the G2. Very slightly slower than the N5 because of the LG overlay on Kit Kat, but an exceptional phone. Considerably better than my Samsung S4 for the UI, speed and battery life. I am jealous of him!
If you are using this as a smartphone the battery is awful, if you're not going to use it for that, then buy something else because it's a lot of money that could be used on a Nokia 3310 and a weekend away!

Sounds like a brat. :(
66 Likes
Besford
Chouman
I bought the N5 for my son's birthday when it was on offer for £240 at CPW. I lasted 2 weeks listening to him complaining about the battery and I sold it for him and bought the LG G2. N5 battery would be empty by the afternoon, but he can hammer the G2 all day if he's out and has never managed to get it to drop below 40%.
He is 100% delighted with the G2. Very slightly slower than the N5 because of the LG overlay on Kit Kat, but an exceptional phone. Considerably better than my Samsung S4 for the UI, speed and battery life. I am jealous of him!
If you are using this as a smartphone the battery is awful, if you're not going to use it for that, then buy something else because it's a lot of money that could be used on a Nokia 3310 and a weekend away!

Sounds like a brat. :(

He's a very good kid and achieving in his exams at the highest level every time. Brat is one thing he is absolutely not. He paid for the phone himself using money he earned on his evening and weekend jobs.

Thanks for the insightful input.
63 Likes
tranceazure3933
stock android is so boring.

Bah, this is the mentality that leads us to horrible manufacturer overlays.
45 Likes
Chouman
Besford
Chouman
I bought the N5 for my son's birthday when it was on offer for £240 at CPW. I lasted 2 weeks listening to him complaining about the battery and I sold it for him and bought the LG G2. N5 battery would be empty by the afternoon, but he can hammer the G2 all day if he's out and has never managed to get it to drop below 40%.
He is 100% delighted with the G2. Very slightly slower than the N5 because of the LG overlay on Kit Kat, but an exceptional phone. Considerably better than my Samsung S4 for the UI, speed and battery life. I am jealous of him!
If you are using this as a smartphone the battery is awful, if you're not going to use it for that, then buy something else because it's a lot of money that could be used on a Nokia 3310 and a weekend away!

Sounds like a brat. :(

He's a very good kid and achieving in his exams at the highest level every time. Brat is one thing he is absolutely not. He paid for the phone himself using money he earned on his evening and weekend jobs.

Thanks for the insightful input.

Wait, you bought him the phone but he bought it with the money he earned on his evening and weekend jobs?
41 Likes
Chouman
Besford
Chouman
I bought the N5 for my son's birthday when it was on offer for £240 at CPW. I lasted 2 weeks listening to him complaining about the battery and I sold it for him and bought the LG G2. N5 battery would be empty by the afternoon, but he can hammer the G2 all day if he's out and has never managed to get it to drop below 40%.
He is 100% delighted with the G2. Very slightly slower than the N5 because of the LG overlay on Kit Kat, but an exceptional phone. Considerably better than my Samsung S4 for the UI, speed and battery life. I am jealous of him!
If you are using this as a smartphone the battery is awful, if you're not going to use it for that, then buy something else because it's a lot of money that could be used on a Nokia 3310 and a weekend away!

Sounds like a brat. :(

He's a very good kid and achieving in his exams at the highest level every time. Brat is one thing he is absolutely not. He paid for the phone himself using money he earned on his evening and weekend jobs.

Thanks for the insightful input.

OK, my apologies - just sounded that way in your original post. Good luck to him!

Added: Looks like I wasn't the only one who read it that way!



Edited By: Besford on Jun 14, 2014 15:35: added

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#2
Thanks raj.
1 Like #3
I was considering this or the LG G2 but the battery life comments on this has put me off.
#4
Been looking at these for ages. Gutted I missed out the last time CPW had these on offer, don't think Ill pass on it again.

Thanks, have some heat! :)
#5
darrenanderson1984
I was considering this or the LG G2 but the battery life comments on this has put me off.

If battery is your thing then G2/G3 without question.
3 Likes #6
I've had no bother with battery life (just got the 4.4.3 android update last night too.

Got mine (white) from CPW for £270 in store and am delighted with it.
1 Like #7
Excellent phone in a lot of ways, no SD card is the biggest bummer for me. Camera is average/good, battery is average. Speaker is quiet. But for the money a bargain.
3 Likes #8
I bought the N5 for my son's birthday when it was on offer for £240 at CPW. I lasted 2 weeks listening to him complaining about the battery and I sold it for him and bought the LG G2. N5 battery would be empty by the afternoon, but he can hammer the G2 all day if he's out and has never managed to get it to drop below 40%.
He is 100% delighted with the G2. Very slightly slower than the N5 because of the LG overlay on Kit Kat, but an exceptional phone. Considerably better than my Samsung S4 for the UI, speed and battery life. I am jealous of him!
If you are using this as a smartphone the battery is awful, if you're not going to use it for that, then buy something else because it's a lot of money that could be used on a Nokia 3310 and a weekend away!
1 Like #9
Its a great phone :) i paid £284 a while back. Really like it. The new camera app has made the camera much better over the last month or so. Still not the best but very usable.
#10
darrenanderson1984
I was considering this or the LG G2 but the battery life comments on this has put me off.

Get the G2, the battery is epic :D i've managed 3 days
1 Like #11
I paid £298 for mine near its release. No complaints about the battery from me, it is definately better than the life I used to get from the HTC phones I have owned in the past.

As Chripa mentioned, it has just been upgraded to 4.4.3. Would much rather have a phone where I know updates will be pushed out ASAP.
#12
If you can afford the £30 more get the G2, it really is a low priced flagship device, rather than a reasonably priced mid range phone like the N5 or a high spec budget phone like the Moto G.
6 Likes #13
Chouman
I bought the N5 for my son's birthday when it was on offer for £240 at CPW. I lasted 2 weeks listening to him complaining about the battery and I sold it for him and bought the LG G2. N5 battery would be empty by the afternoon, but he can hammer the G2 all day if he's out and has never managed to get it to drop below 40%.
He is 100% delighted with the G2. Very slightly slower than the N5 because of the LG overlay on Kit Kat, but an exceptional phone. Considerably better than my Samsung S4 for the UI, speed and battery life. I am jealous of him!
If you are using this as a smartphone the battery is awful, if you're not going to use it for that, then buy something else because it's a lot of money that could be used on a Nokia 3310 and a weekend away!

troll somewhere else
114 Likes #14
Chouman
I bought the N5 for my son's birthday when it was on offer for £240 at CPW. I lasted 2 weeks listening to him complaining about the battery and I sold it for him and bought the LG G2. N5 battery would be empty by the afternoon, but he can hammer the G2 all day if he's out and has never managed to get it to drop below 40%.
He is 100% delighted with the G2. Very slightly slower than the N5 because of the LG overlay on Kit Kat, but an exceptional phone. Considerably better than my Samsung S4 for the UI, speed and battery life. I am jealous of him!
If you are using this as a smartphone the battery is awful, if you're not going to use it for that, then buy something else because it's a lot of money that could be used on a Nokia 3310 and a weekend away!

Sounds like a brat. :(
3 Likes #15
The battery is not a real issue with this phone, I get a couple of days from it with good use. I tend to find the people have everything enable by default, 3G, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, full brightness etc... Whic will of course kill the battery quickly.
#16
bought the g2 last week mainly due to battery life.
1 Like #17
Chouman
I bought the N5 for my son's birthday when it was on offer for £240 at CPW. I lasted 2 weeks listening to him complaining about the battery and I sold it for him and bought the LG G2. N5 battery would be empty by the afternoon, but he can hammer the G2 all day if he's out and has never managed to get it to drop below 40%.
He is 100% delighted with the G2. Very slightly slower than the N5 because of the LG overlay on Kit Kat, but an exceptional phone. Considerably better than my Samsung S4 for the UI, speed and battery life. I am jealous of him!
If you are using this as a smartphone the battery is awful, if you're not going to use it for that, then buy something else because it's a lot of money that could be used on a Nokia 3310 and a weekend away!

"Using this as a smartphone?" - what else are you going to use it for? The battery life is fine. I've used mine for all sorts, I never manage to get it below 15%, even watching Netflix and the like. Just don't hammer it like it has an endless power supply and you won't find it lacking.
1 Like #18
Bought one a little while back and can't fault it. Various software updates and settings can improve the battery life (search on GPS and data, etc). It is fair to say that using it does get through the battery, but the standby is much better than equivalent phones. I just picked up a cheap USB battery to put in my bag on the odd occasion I'm not near a socket. Charging is nice and quick.
#19
So, using this as a wifi hotspot 4hrs a day plus normal phone usage is likely to not happen with the battery life is what I'm hearing, is that right?
#20
get a g2 its got a battery that lasts twice as long.a fantastic camera and stock android is so boring.the g2 is the phone to get.I sold my g2 to my gf for 300 six month ago and just bought it back off her after selling the z2 brick for 400.the g2 is the best android phone.the new g3 is going to be flawed.it won't even be as capable as the g2 with that silly screen to power.specs haven't went up.the difference between the 600 and 800 was massive but between 800 and 801 its tiny.
#21
Do I get this or continue to wait for the OnePlus One?
3 Likes #22
Worth noting that Google I/O is in two weeks time - this is when Google typically cut their device prices.

Last year they cut the Nexus 4 from £300 to £200 (iirc). Might not happen this time, but it's a very Google-y thing to do!
#23
grewstar
Do I get this or continue to wait for the OnePlus One?

Depends how long you have to wait, if you are not bothered about getting a new phone this year then by all means wait for the O+O...
66 Likes #24
Besford
Chouman
I bought the N5 for my son's birthday when it was on offer for £240 at CPW. I lasted 2 weeks listening to him complaining about the battery and I sold it for him and bought the LG G2. N5 battery would be empty by the afternoon, but he can hammer the G2 all day if he's out and has never managed to get it to drop below 40%.
He is 100% delighted with the G2. Very slightly slower than the N5 because of the LG overlay on Kit Kat, but an exceptional phone. Considerably better than my Samsung S4 for the UI, speed and battery life. I am jealous of him!
If you are using this as a smartphone the battery is awful, if you're not going to use it for that, then buy something else because it's a lot of money that could be used on a Nokia 3310 and a weekend away!

Sounds like a brat. :(

He's a very good kid and achieving in his exams at the highest level every time. Brat is one thing he is absolutely not. He paid for the phone himself using money he earned on his evening and weekend jobs.

Thanks for the insightful input.
1 Like #25
cheers - the G2 battery sounds tempting but "stock android is so boring" I'll disagree with. if I want anything extra I'd rather add it, than have to put up with someone else's customisation (i.e. I've hated having to put up with HTC/samsung overlays in the past)

Maybe I'll wait til after IO and see if that changes anything. Is there a successor to this expected?
#26
My girlfriend has this, blazingly fast even on 3G but the battery is awful. About 4 hours heavy usage. Speaker sucks, even her old Nokia had a better speaker. Camera is alright but not as good as my RAZRi. All in all I would say get a G2 or wait for the OnePlus One.
63 Likes #27
tranceazure3933
stock android is so boring.

Bah, this is the mentality that leads us to horrible manufacturer overlays.
1 Like #28
Yeah heard nothing but good things about G2 battery life, personally couldn't live with LG's skin though, touch close to touch wiz for me. Nexus 5 is a lovely phone but suffers from the same battery life problems the nexus 4 did....

Having owned all sorts of android phones (Z1, HTC ONE, HTC One M8, Nexus 4, Note 2,Moto G, Moto x) I must say I loved the Moto X the most, the camera is okay enough, the actualy experience and handset though are just sublime, active notificatons and always on voice control are amazing. My only gripe was the battery life, had it had the battery life of the G i wouldn't have replaced it. It's what a phone should be, what i mean is, it's a phone first, comfort, fit, experience ... the other bits come after and i loved that ...

I currently have a Z1 Compact, which isn't a bad little phone, locks up occasionally and the screen is a bit crap, but battery life wise, which is a major thing for me, it's the best of the bunch i've owned so far. Just wished the Moto X had come somwhere close (to give you an idea, my commute into work, about an hour, doing the same thing on both phones using the same network, the Sony would be down to 85%, the moto X 73%, thats a big big difference.







Edited By: gsusx on Jun 10, 2014 12:51: update
1 Like #29
PR1
cheers - the G2 battery sounds tempting but "stock android is so boring" I'll disagree with. if I want anything extra I'd rather add it, than have to put up with someone else's customisation (i.e. I've hated having to put up with HTC/samsung overlays in the past)

Maybe I'll wait til after IO and see if that changes anything. Is there a successor to this expected?

i love stock android, admittedly i replace the launcher with Aviate, bur the dialer, contacts and the rest of it are much better looking than something like touchwiz
1 Like #30
I've had the N5 since day one and let me tell you, the battery life is just plain awful.

It's so bad that I'm considering dumping it for the LG G2.

Edited By: 2StepSteve on Jun 10, 2014 12:49
#31
4.3.3 has made a decent camera excellent

The G2 is an excellent choice, if you can live with the skin. It looks very dated, and i find it cumbersome to navigate. The battery, as others have mentioned, is outstanding, and the screen is a little more vibrant than the N5.

There is no clear winner, but I do tend to use the N5 more than the G2.

Edited By: Marekj on Jun 10, 2014 12:52
#32
tranceazure3933
get a g2 its got a battery that lasts twice as long.a fantastic camera and stock android is so boring.the g2 is the phone to get.I sold my g2 to my gf for 300 six month ago and just bought it back off her after selling the z2 brick for 400.the g2 is the best android phone.the new g3 is going to be flawed.it won't even be as capable as the g2 with that silly screen to power.specs haven't went up.the difference between the 600 and 800 was massive but between 800 and 801 its tiny.

Latest G3 reports suggest battery is better than s5 or z2 or m8! And not as flawed as you say! In fact its being touted as the android phone to own. Camera is meant to be amazing too! :)
#33
Sumpte
tranceazure3933
stock android is so boring.

Bah, this is the mentality that leads us to horrible manufacturer overlays.

At least LG gives you backup software.
3 Likes #34
I upgraded to this from the N4 mainly due to OTG support but I'm very impressed overall...
The camera is far superior, it's lighter (forsaking the tarty glass screen) and noticably quicker.

The battery can be an issue (most notably for me when I'm taking video all day) but it lasts longer than a dedicated Sony camcorder I have so I can't complain - I bought myself a portable battery which keeps me topped up all day when I know I'm going to need it.

I can't abide manufacturer-added software and Samsung / HTC are massively overpriced these days so this is the sweet-spot for me.
If I were a more patient (and frugal) man, I'd opt for the Moto G.

I think I paid £240 for this from CPW last year but this is by no means a bad price.
Bear johnsto's comments in mind though - the N6 could be on the horizon very soon which will reduce the N5's price some way.
#35
PR1
So, using this as a wifi hotspot 4hrs a day plus normal phone usage is likely to not happen with the battery life is what I'm hearing, is that right?
Yes, it's not going to happen. I'd be interested to see if many phones could do that, actually. Also, be aware that mobile signal will pay a big part in your battery life here - if it's fringe coverage, the radio has to run at a higher power to operate and thus will drain the battery quicker.

I've had an N5 since first release and love it. Battery life is ok and typically lasts through a working day, but I find that this is mostly dependant on usage with the big battery killers being screen-on-time, background sync and certain games which cook the CPU. There are a lot of things you can do to improve it (turn off Google's background position reporting is one) but they all degrade the functionality to some degree. Shutting off things like NFC and bluetooth make very little difference as these are super low-power modules.

I run CyanogenMod nightlies and am happy to take the rough with the smooth. That said, just hit v11 Milestone 7 (based on 4.4.2) today and it looks lovely and stable. The nightlies are 4.4.3 and I dare say that the next milestone will be based on this.

Good phone and excellent value. Recommended.
#36
daBluone
At least LG gives you backup software.

Genuinely interested here: What do you need to backup on your phone?

My own phone:
Photos - off to the cloud using either Google Plus sync or some other form of cloud backup. (I like FolderSync combined with the free Box storage that comes with any new LG phone)
Emails - all cloud based
Contacts - all cloud based (Google and Corporate Exchange here)
SMS - Meh, who cares ;-)
Music / media - either cloud based (e.g. Deezer) or copied from my NAS. Either way, phone is secondary copy
Games - Not too bothered about backing up save games.

In short, I don't really care about any data on my phone these days.
#37
daern
daBluone
At least LG gives you backup software.

Genuinely interested here: What do you need to backup on your phone?

My own phone:
Photos - off to the cloud using either Google Plus sync or some other form of cloud backup. (I like FolderSync combined with the free Box storage that comes with any new LG phone)
Emails - all cloud based
Contacts - all cloud based (Google and Corporate Exchange here)
SMS - Meh, who cares ;-)
Music / media - either cloud based (e.g. Deezer) or copied from my NAS. Either way, phone is secondary copy
Games - Not too bothered about backing up save games.

In short, I don't really care about any data on my phone these days.

I have the piece of mind that I can plug a LG G2 to a computer and restore fully, with the Nexus I'd have to manually restore everything.

Edited By: daBluone on Jun 10, 2014 13:03
1 Like #38
There is nothing wrong with the battery - it lasts no longer than other phones like the HTC or the I-phone, which my flatmates have.

If you use the phone a lot it will drain the battery, there are ways to help like turn off things you dont need, reduce screen brightness etc.

Normal usage my phone can last for two days.

It gets the latest operating system updates before any other Android device and it does everything brilliantly. I changed from an I-phone and I love it.
1 Like #39
MusicmanJP
My girlfriend has this, blazingly fast even on 3G but the battery is awful. About 4 hours heavy usage. Speaker sucks, even her old Nokia had a better speaker. Camera is alright but not as good as my RAZRi. All in all I would say get a G2 or wait for the OnePlus One.

Try the HDR mode on the camera - I went on holiday and when I tried the HDR mode I was very impressed, given that I own a Canon 40D SLR with L lens' I'm very critical of my photos.
41 Likes #40
Chouman
Besford
Chouman
I bought the N5 for my son's birthday when it was on offer for £240 at CPW. I lasted 2 weeks listening to him complaining about the battery and I sold it for him and bought the LG G2. N5 battery would be empty by the afternoon, but he can hammer the G2 all day if he's out and has never managed to get it to drop below 40%.
He is 100% delighted with the G2. Very slightly slower than the N5 because of the LG overlay on Kit Kat, but an exceptional phone. Considerably better than my Samsung S4 for the UI, speed and battery life. I am jealous of him!
If you are using this as a smartphone the battery is awful, if you're not going to use it for that, then buy something else because it's a lot of money that could be used on a Nokia 3310 and a weekend away!

Sounds like a brat. :(

He's a very good kid and achieving in his exams at the highest level every time. Brat is one thing he is absolutely not. He paid for the phone himself using money he earned on his evening and weekend jobs.

Thanks for the insightful input.

OK, my apologies - just sounded that way in your original post. Good luck to him!

Added: Looks like I wasn't the only one who read it that way!



Edited By: Besford on Jun 14, 2014 15:35: added

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