Those who are still holding on to their Nexus 5, or those who have dusted off the unit that they had stored away would typically find that despite being around for 3 whole years, the phone still runs like a champ.

Of course its camera performance and battery life may not be too impressive, but the Snapdragon 800 chipset that’s responsible for its performance is robust and dependable even by today’s standards.

The only unfortunate aspect of the Nexus 5 is that it’s time has run out, at least officially. In terms of software updates, the 4.95-inch stock Android beauty had expired late last year.

But that’s okay thanks to the continual and overwhelming support from developers that have allowed it access to Android 7.1 Nougat. As far as aftermarket software backing goes, the Nexus 5 would not be left wanting for many years to come.


What cannot be remedied is the loss of official security update support. Google’s policy is that past the three-year mark, any device from its lineup would cease to be guaranteed monthly OTA patches.

Though that’s naturally disheartening, it isn’t a sufficiently good reason for Nexus 5 owners to ditch their units. In terms of everyday use, the days ahead are brighter for the device.

It may technically not have a removable battery, but with a decent battery replacement kit that costs about $20, owners wouldn’t have to worry about the phone’s battery dying on them; coupled with a more efficient Nougat launcher and aided by further improvements to Doze Mode, the Nexus 5 becomes a more assured backup phone, if not a daily driver.

The Nexus 5X is still supported by Google, but is an unfortunate phone as it doesn’t offer the consistency of its direct predecessor. Many 5X owners would disagree with this sentiment, but then again many would.


To be fair though, it’s not entirely Google’s fault for the ailments of the 5X, as the Snapdragon 808 has shown itself to be quite a problematic processor.

At any rate, it’s pretty hard to find any user who thinks the Nexus 5 disaster, save for those who had suffered boot loops on the device. So if you have one in your hands, don’t let its lack of official support cause you give up on a good thing.


SM · December 5, 2016 at 11:00 am

I am pretty sure I can use mine on Android 6.0.1 for at least another year without any loss of functionality.

Private · December 5, 2016 at 12:01 pm


~ Nexus 5 Owner

JSP · December 5, 2016 at 11:59 pm

True….its like a little champ. No issues so far.

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