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Nexus 5 first impressions: It's the software, stupid

Armando Rodriguez | Nov. 4, 2013
It's very nice hardware for the price, but you could throw it in a lineup with a bunch of other black Android phones and not notice much of a difference.

Even as someone who's used Android since the very beginning, I couldn't help but feel overwhelmed as I poked my way around the OS. There's a lot to take in, and I have a feeling people (who don't read change logs or have already taken apart the KitKat AOSP image) will still be finding surprises for several months after KitKat makes its way out to the general public. In many ways KitKat is the defining feature of the Nexus 5, as the phone itself feels very run of the mill. It's very nice hardware for the price, but you could throw it in a lineup with a bunch of other black Android phones and not notice much of a difference.

Be sure to check back early next week for our review of the Nexus 5 and my final thoughts on the phone.

 

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