Bargain Nexus 5 outsmarts its rivals
LG Nexus 5
Price: €420 unlocked, from free on contract Rating: ****
I've always been a fan of Google's Nexus devices. The tablets (Nexus 7) are sleek, fast and very modestly priced. The phones, too, give almost everything you want in a high-end smartphone at a much more pocket-friendly price than rival products from Apple or Samsung.
Over the past fortnight, I've been using LG's Nexus 5. Like others of its ilk, it's a pure Android machine, which means it doesn't have the extra (complicating, gimmick-ridden) layers and (unused) apps that manufacturers like to impose on us.
Like other Nexus devices, LG's Nexus 5 has great power (2.3Ghz quadcore chip) and is superbly designed.
It's also geared to be up to date with the very latest version of Android (in this case, 4.4).
As a phone, this five-inch smartphone is great in all but one regard: its battery life.
I find it to be at the lower end of the scale, regularly requiring a recharge by late afternoon. It's also tough to get on the traditional 'business' operators (Vodafone and O2). But for the money, this is a superb smartphone.