Not ANOTHER Nexus 5 Review

Unless you’ve been living under a rock this past month, you’ve heard about the release of Google’s new phone, the Nexus 5. If you have been under said rock, rub your eyes and do a Google search for “Nexus 5 reviews.” You’ll find over 250 million results. Granted, not all of these results are reviews, but you get the picture. Just how many different perspectives do we need to hear?

How Many Reviews Will Compare the Nexus 5 to the iPhone 5s?

Almost every review makes a head-to-head comparison between the two phones. Every new smartphone always gets that initial hype of being the one to take down the iPhone. The Samsung Galaxy line has experienced it, and now the Nexus 5 is getting that title. Don’t believe me. In a review written by Joshua Topolsky of, the first question he wants to answer is whether or not the Nexus 5 can stack up against the iPhone 5s. Over at, they highlight a section in a review made by that compares the Nexus 5 to the iPhone 5s. They say the Nexus 5 “looks and feels great, without any of the flashy, budget-busting bits…like the iPhone 5S.” Then head over to, and their entire review is based on a side-by-side comparison against the iPhone 5s. Highlighting the list is that the Nexus 5 actually has more apps than the iPhone 5s. The list goes on and on. We get it, tech world. It’s the Nexus 5’s turn to take down the iPhone. Thanks for the heads up.

The Apple Detractors

There are plenty of people who want to see Apple be taken down. We’ve seen it with computers, tablets, and phones. My personal favorite was seeing people considering the Motorola Xoom to be the iPad killer. Basically, these types of reviews will take any product and somehow come to the conclusion that it is going to take down its Apple counterpart. Low and behold, we have these for the Nexus 5. The Computer Business Review (CBR) wants to give us the “lowdown,” on Google’s iPhone killer. This “lowdown” includes their top 10 features that they feel make the Nexus 5 better than the iPhone. They start the list with “Google Now,” a digital assistant similar to Apple’s Siri. I’m sure the feature is great, and makes a good addition to the phone, but is this what makes the Nexus 5 an iPhone killer? A program that already exists? The Nexus 5 certainly has better features than this, but the CBR can’t help but proclaim Google’s digital assistant bests Siri. Does anyone even use Siri anymore? Then, there’s an article from Northern Voices Online, titled “LG Nexus 5 leaked service manual makes it look like iPhone 5S killer.” A service manual is enough evidence to prove the Nexus 5 is better than the iPhone? Hyperboles at their finest. Anything to bring down mighty Apple.

So What Exactly is the Nexus 5?

Does anyone write a review about just the phone itself? The answer is yes. Over at Gizmodo, they give consumers an overview of the phone, and how it stacks up as an Android phone. They do mention the iPhone a few times, but it is never a “clash of the titans” comparison. They do a great job of highlighting specs, improvements, and overall capabilities. A product review that actually reviews the product? Who would have thought?

Bottom Line

Will the Nexus 5 take down the big, bad iPhone? Who knows. I do know one thing though. It is impossible to tell at this moment. We only know what the phone is capable of. Reviews should be more focused on that. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. What are your impressions so far? Photo by Hiroshi Ishii

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