Google Nexus 5 wishlist

Features Tony Crammond 07:35, Apr 17 2013

We set out our 'must-haves' for Google's next superphone

We’re big fans of Google's Nexus 4 here at The Full Signal, but we’re looking forward to the next-gen Nexus 5 with bated breath. The device is reportedly already in the pipeline, and it’s rumored to feature some pretty tidy features – but it will have to go a long way to beat its predecessor in terms of bang for your buck.

While we wait for Google to surprise us, we’ve been mulling over just what we want to see from the device, and indeed what we think it will have to include if it’s to stand a chance against the massing ranks of big-hitting, top-tier smartphones on the horizon for 2013.


The Nexus 4 does pack an LTE antenna but it takes a fair bit of messing around to get it working, and that’s only if you live in the right location and you’re the sort of person to root your device and run custom updates and tweaks. The Nexus 5 will simply have to feature 4G if it’s to hold its own against Samsung’s Galaxy S4, HTC’s One and the iPhone 5S/6. There can’t be any half measures in this device.

Beefed-up display technology

The Nexus 4’s 4.7-inch True HD display is good, very good in fact, but the Nexus 5’s will have to be better. HTC’s One rocks a Super LCD3 screen with a pixel density of 469PPI and Samsung’s Galaxy S4 weighs in with a 5-inch Super AMOLED with 441PPI – so the bar has been raised. Considerably.

We also have to factor in Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5S and iPhone 6, which will almost certainly take retina display tech to the next level, so a 318PPI screen without any bells and whistles just isn’t going to cut it against that sort of competition.

Rumors suggest that Google is looking to outfit the device with a 5-inch Full HD display with a pixel density of around 440PPI – and that should just about do the trick.

Snapdragon 800

We listed Qualcomm’s impressive Snapdragon 800 chipset in our Motorola X Wishlist too, and with good reason. The hardware will allow the Nexus 5 to operate at a level beyond anything we currently have on the market, Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa included, and it will open the door for developers to do some truly interesting things with new apps and games.

The chipset, which offers a 2.3GHz quad-core Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 320 GPU, is also said to be up to 40 percent more power efficient too, so we can count on a Nexus 5 that runs for longer if it has the tech on board.

Desktop/Mobile Computing

We have mused over the likelihood of Google merging its Chrome OS with Android for the Nexus 5 in the past, and we think that implementing a system in the same vein as Motorola’s Atrix would be a killer selling point for the next-gen Nexus and its Key Lime Pie OS. What we’d love to see is the ability to add a dock, monitor, keyboard and mouse, which would allow you to use your device to work at your desk, or simply grab it and work on the hoof.

With architecture like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset tucked away inside the power would certainly be there, and we can’t imagine anyone would complain about being able to effectively carry a full desktop workstation around in their jeans.

Make it happen, Google!


People didn’t flock to the Nexus 4 just because it was good, they came a runnin’ because it was cheap too, and we think that Google has set a precedent it can’t afford to ignore with that sort of aggressive pricing policy.

The Nexus 5, no matter how powerful or cutting edge it may be, simply has to be the same price as the Nexus 4 was at launch, or better still, even cheaper!

No more disappointing cameras

Let’s not pussyfoot around – the Nexus 4’s camera is so bad it had us on the verge of apoplexy whenever we tried to snap a quick photo. There was lag, blur, lack of sharpness…oh, and don’t get us started on Photosphere!

The Nexus 5’s camera needs to be something special. Not basic. Not workman-like. We’re talking PureView owning class. Google has shown it’s able to innovate and push things forward in the past, so let’s see it with the Nexus 5’s snapper.

Rumors abound that Nikon may be involved and that bodes well for the Nexus 5, but we won’t believe it until we’ve seen it with our own baby-browns.

A Micro SD slot

This one isn't anything special or fancy. We just want to be able to up our memory with a plain old SD card, Google. You did it with the Nexus One, please include it in the Nexus 5.

Sincerely, The World.

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