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Nexus 5 performance over screen size importance

Under: LG, Mobile Phones
By:Peter | August 24th, 2013

We are still none the wiser as to when Google will release the Nexus 5, but we do know that when it comes to its screen size consumers would rather not have a larger screen device, as they feel performance is more important to them.

With this in mind, that means LG, Motorola, Sony, or whoever else is going to partner Google in making the device will need to consider this fact. There are some handsets on the market that have no place being there, such as the Motorola DROUD Ultra, it just seems lost in the wilderness of other larger screen phones and so should never had been built in the first place.

Nexus 5 specs are so important to its success; okay, they could go down the Moto X route and try to be a game changer because of its customization, but we cannot see this happening – especially if Motorola is involved.

If you had the choice would you sacrifice some specs so that you could have a larger screen, or is it just not that important to have such a large screen?

As to the Nexus 5 release, there could be a good chance that LG will still be making this device and those rumors of Motorola involvement has led to speculation that they will be working on the Nexus 4 version 2, which we already discussed.

The thought of a Nexus 4 v2 is an interesting one and is certain to get some negative feedback because they feel this will be lazy of Google, and could be going down the same route as Apple. For years Apple has been ridiculed for launching S versions of their iPhone, which as we know offers a minor update over its previous model.

How do you think the Android community will react to a Nexus 4 v2?

Nexus 5 performance over screen size importance

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  • pacomar

    i want a nexus 5 with a 5 or 5.2 inch!! the perfect screen

    • newsjunkieintl

      Exactly right. This year 5″ is the new 4″.

  • newsjunkieintl

    It better NOT be another 4.7″ phone. That was so LAST year. This year, 5″ is the new 4″.

    Look at the 5.2″ 1080p LG G2. With Snapdragon 800 it BEATS everything else out there and with the super slim bezel, the overall dimensions are great. People WANT a big screen, they just don’t want a “big” phone. LG has the right idea. Shrink the bezel, make the screen bigger. Put in a fantastic CPU..

    • Bjnbenner

      I would agree with you, but every other Nexus device on the market is named after it’s screen size, not it’s generation. Why would they make this any different for the phone Nexus? Or, thinking of it in a different way, what happens in 2 years? We would be calling the Nexus phone the Nexus 7.

      • antwan

        I dont understand why apple has stuck with numeric naming for phones but iPad, iMac etc for its other products, without numeric generation identifiers…Its less confusing to give it a proper name! Or call everything by its product title ONLY, and append the year in brackets on storefront marketing etc.
        I don’t know…

        • rs98

          100% agreed; it’s just not the smartest thing to be calling one iPad the iPad 3 and the next the “New iPad”. What happens when it’s no longer the newest?

      • newsjunkieintl

        By the time we get to the gen 7 Nexus phone, Google will clarify/change their naming system. :)

        But right now, considering the Nexus 4 was NOT the first 4″ Nexus but was the GEN 4 Nexus, that is the most logical reason it’s called the Nexus 4. Also, they used the generation name in the 1st Nexus, so there’s prior example.

  • stinkyfeet

    I just hope we have specs to compete with the Ones and the Galaxies under $400. They managed to do that last year. I don’t care what size the screen will be just nothing below 4.5″.

    • newsjunkieintl

      For the last two years, Google Nexus phones have been over 4.5″. They aren’t going smaller. Up to now they go larger, responding to market trends for top tier Androids. This year most of the top tier Androids are at least 5″ with 1080p display.

  • Prem Halani

    Leaked image spotted of nexus 5 running key lime pie….visit windroidblog

  • GUEST

    4.7″ is plenty for a phone. If I wanted a tablet, I’d buy one. Personality, I don’t think the extra “0.3 to “0.5 of screen size is worth sacrificing one handed use functionality.

    • newsjunkieintl

      You aren’t REALLY holding the screen, you are holding the overall phone. The solution is NOT to limit the screen size but to shrink the bezel so you can expand the screen to larger size without making the overall phone larger.

      For instance, Sony makes the Xperia Z and the Xperia ZL with THE SAME 5.0″ 1080P display. Yet, the ZL is a more compact phone. They slimmed the bezel more on the ZL. Read that again. Sony Z and ZL have SAME CPU, SAME RAM, SAME CAMERA, SAME 5.0″ 1080p DISPLAY — but the ZL is a SMALLER “5-inch” phone.
      ______
      Z: 5.47 x 2.80 x 0.31 inches (139 x 71 x 7.9 mm)

      ZL: 5.18 x 2.75 x 0.39 inches (131.6 x 69.8 x 9.8 mm)
      ________
      So, if the Google did that with a 5.2″ display phone, making the OVERALL dimensions be about the same as the 4.7′ display Nexus 4, you would have nothing against a bigger screen, as long as the overall dimensions stayed about the same? Right?

      Oh, look at this!

      _________

      5.2″ LG G2: 5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches (138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm)

      4.7″ Nexus 4: 5.27 x 2.70 x 0.36 inches (133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm)

      ___________
      The G2 is a little taller, but only 0.09″ wider and only 0.01″ thicker. For comparison a U.S. nickel is 0.08 thick. Because LG really shrunk the bezel, due to new technology, they are putting a 5.2″ 1080p screen AND Snapdragon 800 CPU in a case about the same width and thickness as last year’s 4.7″ 720p LG Nexus 4. Why wouldn’t you want that?

      IF Google took the LG G2 as the blueprint for the Nexus 5, that is what you could expect.

  • GeorgeB

    I don’t understand why the writer knows that we don’t want a big screen. I for one am hoping for the nexus 5 to be based on the LG G2 at 5.2 inches. I’d rather not sacrifice any performance either. Why can’t we have both?
    The only thing I hope if it is LG is that we don’t get another glass back as on the Nexus 4.
    Of course this time around it also needs to be LTE.
    The truth is however that there are so many rumours and no one really knows who’s going to build it or what the specs are. Google’s good at keeping a secret. I for one can’t wait!

  • mjpado

    5 inch “Nexus 5″ to go with Android 5.0 on Android’s 5th birthday. I’ll put money where my mouth is. Done.

  • flombusromtub

    5 inch display for the Nexus 5 would be perfect. I currently use the Samsung Galaxy Player WiFi-only device with a 5 inch screen and it is just the right size for me. I will also use the Nexus 5 as a WiFi-only device.

  • hguidwa

    I still feel 4.7 in is the perfect size. The v2 thing for Google is COMPLETELY different than apple, eg Nexus 7 v2

    • newsjunkieintl

      No, 4.7″ display is NOT the “perfect size” screen. What you mean is the Nexus 4 overall dimensions are good for you. Think about it…

      You aren’t REALLY holding the screen, you are holding the overall phone. The solution is NOT to limit the screen size but to shrink the bezel so you can expand the screen to larger size without making the overall phone larger.

      For instance, Sony makes the Xperia Z and the Xperia ZL with THE SAME 5.0″ 1080P display. Yet, the ZL is a more compact phone. They slimmed the bezel more on the ZL. Read that again. Sony Z and ZL have SAME CPU, SAME RAM, SAME CAMERA, SAME 5.0″ 1080p DISPLAY — but the ZL is a SMALLER “5-inch” phone.

      ______

      Z: 5.47 x 2.80 x 0.31 inches (139 x 71 x 7.9 mm)

      ZL: 5.18 x 2.75 x 0.39 inches (131.6 x 69.8 x 9.8 mm)

      ________

      So, if the Google did that with a 5.2″ display phone, making the OVERALL dimensions be about the same as the 4.7′ display Nexus 4, you would have nothing against a bigger screen, as long as the overall dimensions stayed about the same? Right?

      Oh, look at this!

      _________

      5.2″ LG G2: 5.45 x 2.79 x 0.35 inches (138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm)

      4.7″ LG Nexus 4: 5.27 x 2.70 x 0.36 inches (133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm)

      ___________

      The G2 is a little taller, but only 0.09″ wider and only 0.01″ thicker. For comparison a U.S. nickel is 0.08 thick. Because LG really shrunk the bezel, due to new technology, they are putting a 5.2″ 1080p screen AND Snapdragon 800 CPU in a case about the same width and thickness as last year’s 4.7″ 720p LG Nexus 4. Why wouldn’t you want that?

      IF Google took the LG G2 as the blueprint for the Nexus 5, that is what you could expect.

  • pure77

    I would rather see LG make the Nexus 4 v2 and just update the phone, makes more sense. Moto needs to jump up and say i can rule once more with the Nexus 5.

    • Rambir

      Motorola need to release the Moto X outside North and South America. I was so looking forward to it and now I can’t get it because i don’t want to buy a contract I would be unable to use…

      • newsjunkieintl

        A 4.7″ 720p phone is nothing in 2013, when all 2013 top tier Androids have 1080p and almost all are 5.0″ – 5.2″. The 5.2″ 1080p LG G2 with quad core Snapdragon 800 (which beats everything else on the market) and 720p 4.7″ dual core Moto X were officially announced within 7 days of each other, and the G2 makes the Moto X look pitiful. Oh, but it has such pretty colored cases! The Moto X was hyped so much, but is a mid-range phone with an expensive price.

        • Rambir

          The LG G2 fits some niches, but not mine. Also, an 8 core device is far from mid-end and the LG G2 will probably lag more and will obviously have less features, and in worried about battery life. On screen size, that is preference, 4.7″ is good for me, and anything more doesn’t feel comfortable. 1080p screens are horrible for battery life and thermal throttling, and I would prefer the custom made soft touch back of the Moto X to the cheap plastic of the G2, I hated my Nexus S feel with the plastic. And finally, the human eye struggles to notice a difference between 300PPI and 400PPI without a direct comparison, and I doubt that you will carry both and stare at them. Specs aren’t everything, optimisations are.

  • khanman

    would rather have a 4.5 inch screen + with good specs than oppostite, atleast that way ik itll fit in my pocket

    • newsjunkieintl

      4.5″ is SMALLER than the last two Nexus phones. Google will not do that.

      • Rambir

        He said 4.5″ + not exactly 4.5″, inferring 4.5 is a minimum that he would like.

        • newsjunkieintl

          No, he said 4.5″. He said he wants 4.5″ screen plus good specs. I don’t read that as 4.5″+ screen.

          • Rambir

            If he had said 4.5 ” + good specs, you would be right, but because if the word with, he says he wants a 4.5″ + and he also wants good specs.

          • newsjunkieintl

            Either English is not your first language or you went to a poor school who did not teach writing. :) IF he had said what YOU think wrote, it would be “4.5+ screen with good specs”, instead he wrote “4.5″ screen + with good specs” — which means 4.5″ screen plus with good specs”. Especially since he ALSO said he wants it to FIT IN HIS POCKET. He wants it 4.5″ or SMALLER. No other way to interpret it. Sorry, you are wrong.

          • Rambir

            And if he had written what you think he had meant, it would have been

          • inspire

            I’d be inclined to agree with ‘newjunkieintl’, It would make more sense to read as…. would rather have a 4.5 inch screen + (plus) with good specs than oppostite, atleast that way ik itll fit in my pocket.

            4.5inch screen plus with good specs….

            if he mean larger screen I think he would have written…

            4.5inch + screen with good specs….

            the poster has confirmed ‘that way ik itll fit in my pocket’… unless he means mean a smaller phone wont fit into his pocket there is only one way to read that sensibly.

            i guess if the OP would just lay another post to clarify this, we wouldn’t need to speculate.

          • Rambir

            Then ask him, not me.

          • http://www.facebook.com/S2Law Stuart Law

            Rambir – I’m English, you’re wrong. Now shut up.

  • sk8rat

    4.7-5.2 is good. Preferably a 5 inch screen like on my s4. Except not pentile.

    • Rambir

      I prefer pen tile, but then again, I prefer deep, saturated colours, so AMOLED basically.

  • cpawiz

    I think 4.7″ is big enough. Performance over size. I want a phone that will comfortably fit in my pocket and if you get a case, then that adds some bulk and size as well.

    • Ugslick

      According to reports, the Nexus 5 has a 4.96 inch screen, but the phone itself is several millimeters smaller than the Nexus 4 in both length and width. LG’s really cut off the bezel in the G2 and Nexus 5..

  • Ian

    I would be happy with a Nexus 4 Version 2. I like the current LG Handset. Don’t know why?? I ditched my iPhone 5 for it and have been more than happy. (Well storage is an issue as had 32Gb iPhone and the camera isn’t as good.)

    To make it perfect throw in a faster more efficient processor, up the screen resolution, a bigger battery, 32Gb+ of storage 4G and an upgraded camera and I would be a happy bunny with the current shell :-)

    • Rambir

      4G is certain, on all bandwidth, because they just need to use the same radio in the Nexus 7, and that means all mobile carriers LTE and HSDPA+ in one, they must do 16GB and 32GB as they’re the obvious and commonplace, inclusing nexus, and they said that the next Nexus would have a great camera. I just hope that it is a G2 in a Nexus shell (slate with curved edges and the volume on the left and power on the write with no buttons on the face) and to tie things up, a new version of android, whether that be 4.4, doubtful, or 5.0, likely, then with a 4.7 to 5.02 inch screen, and inside a snapdragon 800 at 2GHz, an Adreno 325 GPU and 2 or even 3GB DDR3LLM RAM and a sub £350 (around $430) price-tag and there is no point getting another phone, fact.

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