Goodbye, Nexus 5 | TechTuesday

A while back I was out for a meal with my family in Surrey, but I was greeted with an unpleasant surprise. Whilst shutting a car door, I wasn’t holding my phone firmly enough and it fell on to a concrete floor. I didn’t think much of it at first, but as I turned the screen on I noticed…

…the whole screen on my Nexus 5 had shattered. Despite all my confident remarks, such as “my phone doesn’t break, I’ve dropped it so many times” and “my screen won’t crack, it’s not an iPhone“, I must have gotten cocky.

Whilst the screen still works, to touch & display, the cracks are rather nasty and make it hard for me to see text in the top half off the screen. I was worried about glass bits coming out in my pocket, or if I dropped it again, so I covered it up with a screen protector. A bit late, huh? Bits of glass have come out of the screen under the protector so there’s some ugly, irritating air bubbles right across the screen too. To add insult to injury, I’ve had to use a bit of sticky tape to fasten the top of the protector down as it was peeling away. A bit of a disaster, for a first-worlder at least?

I had the option to get the screen repaired, but that’d cost £100, so I thought it may be more worthwhile paying a little extra and actually getting a new phone. I’ve had the Nexus 5 since it launched in November 2013. High-end spec, fantastic quality, stunning value, pure Android experience; It’s a perfect phone. I’ll miss it greatly.

In today’s second TechTuesday blog I’ve gone through every device on the current UK smartphone market to find a replacement, here’s how I got on.