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The best specs for 15,000 baht

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If you're thinking of replacing your old feature phone or want a blazingly fast smartphone which costs considerably less than a Samsung Galaxy S4, the LG Nexus 5 will definitely interest you. 

This phone hosts many top-of-the-line components: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, NFC, Bluetooth version 4, 4G enabled, Android OS v4.4.2. To be more specific, its CPU is as good as 20,000 baht-plus smartphones which you can run any kind of app on without any hassle at all.

It also has a very responsive and smooth 4.8-inch Corning Gorilla Glass 3 touchscreen, which gives a great experience due to its extremely fast response and can also withstand a lot of abuse and impacts.

Personally, I would prefer dedicated buttons at the bottom of the screen to offer common commands such as pulling up menus, but this phone doesn't feature any and you have to use screen buttons instead and, while they do the job, they come and go depending on what app you're using and are not always ready.

This phone has been marketed towards developers, both big and small, saying you'll get great specs and features for less pay. And because this is a Nexus device, it comes with the latest pure and unaltered Android OS.

Currently, its running pure Android 4.4.2 with no special features integrated (e.g. duo camera, nice-looking themes, user customised swipe recognition). This gives you an unbloated operating system and a speedy experience.

This may be good for geeks and developers because they can find ways to add apps and features or even install a different OS altogether to get the special functions they want, but typical users, who do not want to bother, will find the experience on this phone a bit bland.

This phone is relatively easy to root to greatly modify whatever functions or looks you want. I often root phones to overclock the CPU for better performance and add an easy restart function _ I can simply touch an icon to do it.

But if you like bling, this phone may disappoint because it has a very bland and clean look with no detailing to make it stand out from the crowd.

And although it's very fast, the battery can't really keep up with the horsepower. This phone will barely survive a full day of emailing and Facebooking on 3G. If you are out and about a lot, this can pose a problem.

You can take adequate photos with its 8MP camera but its nothing to brag about. And not being able to expand the phone's storage with a micro SD card is kind of strange, when most phones these days can do so. So, you are stuck with the storage depending on what model you have chosen and don't have the ability to just pull out your SD card and give it to your friends to share your photos.

So those who want to pay less but get more will find this phone very attractive indeed.

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