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Best phone out
on 11 July 2014
This is my second Android phone and I am delighted with it. I love the vanilla Android with no silly add ons and I am pleased to have 4.4.4 already.
The first thing I noticed about this phone when I opened it up is how lovely it feels to hold. It has a matt back, which is soft and totally not slippy. I decided not to buy the Nexus 4 because of its glass back. The size of it is brilliant, it is not at all too big to use, although I have relatively large hands for a girl, but the screen is massive. The screen resolution is great and it is a real pleasure to watch media on.
This phone is fast and although I only have the 16GB version, I haven't come close to running out of space.
The camera is not reputed to be very good, but I have not found that to be true. It is every bit as good as my previous Sony, which had much better specifications. The Nexus camera doesn't do brilliantly in low light and it isn't hugely intuitive, but for a point and shoot that you have with you all the time, it is great. The photosphere feature (a stitched together picture from all directions), which is new to me, is fun to play with.
The Ok Google function, which is not new to me, works well on this phone, much better than it did on the Sony. You can say "ok Google, set timer for x minutes" and it does it. I've not found a way to get it to play playlists, but you can tell it to play music or to play a specific artist. I have no idea why saying "ok Google, what is the capital of Nicaragua?" is better than typing in "Nicaragua capital", but it is better.
The only downside of this phone is the battery life, it's not good. Average use doesn't see the battery lasting the whole day, it usually needs charging by teatime. To be fair, my average use is quite heavy usage, but the battery on this is less good than the battery on other phones. If this matters to you, then this maybe isn't the phone for you.
Aside from the battery, this is the best phone available for the price. Or even ignoring the price, it certainly compares favourably to my other half's HTC One and it blows any iPhone out of the running.
If you are thinking about buying this phone, buy it. You won't regret it.