updated 01:10 pm EST, Fri December 13, 2013
Larger speaker holes, firmer buttons found in newer Nexus 5
The Google Nexus 5 smartphone has quietly received some slight changes to its construction, apparently in order to fix customer complaints. Changes relating to the way the buttons feel, speaker and microphone grills and the SIM tray have all appeared, all without comment from either Google itself or manufacturing partner LG.
Images on the XDA-Developers forum comparing the first-generation of the device and the latest version appear to show marginally larger holes at the base, which could allow for better airflow and a louder sound from speakers. The volume and power buttons also seem to be firmer, or at least not as loose as the original. The SIM tray is said to no longer protrude as much, and the display frame is also claimed to have been tweaked, though there are apparently units of the new model shipping with a warmer display that also has a few stuck green pixels.
Recent Nexus 5 (Top), original Nexus 5 (Bottom)
Launched in October, the Nexus 5 has a 4.95-inch Full HD IPS display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB and 32GB storage options. Running on Android KitKat, it has an 8-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization, a front-facing 1.3MP version, Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC, and LTE connectivity, and a 2,300mAh battery. The 32GB model sells for $399, while the 16GB version sells for $349.