So Far the Nexus 5 is a Nice Step Up

My youngest threw my (ancient) Motorola Milestone (Android 2.1 era phone) across the room onto a tile floor. Amazingly, the phone still worked, and I've been using it broken for a while now. I almost talked myself into just keeping it, as after all, a few minor cuts on the finger-tip from broken glass don't really affect anything, until all the articles along the lines of "The Nexus 5 is a crazy-ridiculous bargain" started showing up.

I've had the phone for about 6 hours now, so obviously it's still first-blush, but it is definitely a step up from the ancient Motorola.  The biggest improvement is actually the camera; compared to the Motorola, which made every shot a blurred mess that was taken 10 seconds after the action happened, the Nexus produces reasonable photos and videos even in our ridiculously dark living room while the kids are moving (we have chandeliers only and they don't product much actual light).

Google Now, so far, has been a disappointment.  I expected it to immediately fill with my Google Calendar events (nothing so far, though maybe it really is "now" and not "over the next day or so"), and show updates from Feedly/news sources and emails... so far it just shows the weather. [Update] I managed to get it to show the commute to the school, that's nice, though realistically it's something I don't really need a machine to tell me about.

I got an OpenVPN client on the phone, that's nice, but I don't actually have a use for it yet.  Don't have a SIM card for it, so haven't been able to try out using a Wifi hotspot (one of the big things I wanted, as I often need a network connection on my laptop when I'm out and about).


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