Friday, 13 September 2013


Is this the Nexus 5?
#Google #GoogleNexus #Nexus5 #HandsetCamera

Good evening, Synapse Circuit Readers! 2013 has been, predictably, an amazing year thus so far! If you love tech like I do the chances are you’re feeling dizzy with anticipation. My goodness, the evolution of the handset has been rapid and amazing! Both Android and Windows are driving this evolution extremely hard!

The major manufacturers / tech houses have thrown down:-

Apple iPhone 5S
MicroNokia Lumia 925
Motorola Moto X (yes, Google Motorola are back with style)
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 & Gear smartwatch
Sony Xperia Z1 (with the Z Ultra to come)

In my humble opinion it’s Apple that’s trailing behind; sure the 64-bit operating system is certainly an advancement – first! But at the moment a 64-bit handset is not a major factor. And you all know what I think of the Touch ID addition. Samsung has recently announced that they are going to present a 64-bit handset for 2014 and is said to be waiting for Google to release a 64-bit version of Android. More proof to squash the odd idea that Samsung will move away from Android. Could this be what Android 5 is all about? Well, it (Lemon Meringue Pie – that’s what I’m calling it) is sure as heck going to be a major release.

The best of each of the handsets listed above could be combined in one badass handset of all handsets! I appreciate how the manufacturers have left each other a bit of the market between them. Samsung and Sony have gone for handset photography in very unique ways with the Galaxy Zoom S4, Xperia Z1 and the DSC-QX100. Why, just the other day I was speaking with a couple of friends of mine about photography. One friend is a dedicated photographer and makes her living from her skills and the other uses mobile camera technology to bypass having to have a separate camera and a bunch of lenses. I side with using mobile camera technology due to the undeniable excellent quality coming from the iPhone, Galaxy S4, S4 Zoom, Galaxy Note 3 Lumia and Z1 for example. They can be used to print up to A3 documents that are pleasing to the eye! I can certainly vouch for the Samsung premium Galaxy range as I have printed documents that include photos taken from the S3, and Note.

Video is a different kettle of fish; as sharp and clear as the full HD quality can be it is always the sound that let such videos down. However, many people – thanks to the YouTube phenomenon – don’t mind the guerrilla nature of mobile phone video footage.

My question is: What will Google add to the mobile phone photography market?

After the release of the Nexus 4 Google’s Vic Gundotra has been promising to deliver a camera with a difference. So far the innovations have been with the camera software – if they could only deliver this sphere option!

Depending on the side of the fence you’re sitting on with regards to megapixels, Google Nexus is either a little behind or holding their own when it come to the 8MP camera on the current Nexus 4.

According to HTC and now Apple, less megapixels is more; the megapixels are fewer but larger to let in more light. So, what you get with these cameras is a clear photo that is smaller in size in comparison to the cameras featuring a higher megapixel value.

HTC One:                             2688 x 1520 pixels
Samsung Galaxy S4:            4128 x 3096 pixels

Big difference! You will almost certainly notice the difference when importing into a document and printing it in a professional bureau. The HTC One takes very, very good low light conditions by using a lower megapixel value that is larger to let in more light; Samsung, LG and other manufacturers rely on a night mode and the use of an LED flash. Personally, because I often use a professional printer I prefer the higher megapixel value as utilized by LG, Samsung and Sony to great effect.

What direction will the Nexus 5 take? It looks very likely that LG will be realizing the Nexus 5 and if that is the case I am anticipating a 13MP main camera with 2 or 3 or perhaps even a 5MP camera for high quality selfies!

4K video? Hmmm... Is 4K video something of importance? Now that’s a question! Apple and Sony do not seem to think so! Will the Nexus 5 go that one better than the iPhone and Xperia Z1? I’d be a little disappointed if Google dropped the ball with the camera.

People seem to be waking up to the potential of using their premium handset as a camera and camcorder. In fact the phenomena of full HD video coming to the smartphone effectively killed off the pocketcam market. See, I can’t even remember that flippin’ pocketcam? What’s it called? Never mind, it is gone!

I can’t wait to see the camera software!

I am expecting a 1.9GHz quad CPU or faster with 2GB RAM and the same 8GB and 16GB storage options. It would be advantageous if there was a microSD card slot! I think the argument against having a microSD card slot is very weak; if non-technical people find the subject of storage confusing it is an indication that Android can be improved upon in that direction.

This time around Google will go for the same 4.7” screen but in full HD. Would Google do a phablet? The Nexus 5.5? Yes, why not? I think this is the one thing that is missing from Google, the phablet. Yeah, come on Google, do a phablet! I wanna see your take on it!

I would want either a removable battery or a power-pack unit similar to that of what HTC has done to extend the life of the One.  

I am also very curious about the design; what will Nexus 5 look like? I thought and still think that the Nexus 4 is wonderfully designed. Could the bezel get any thinner?

I guess it would make sense to release the Nexus 5 in time for Christmas! It would make for a great marketing statement: the Christmas gift that you’d want to give to yourself!

£290 for the 16GB version? Wishful thinking, huh?

It could very well be that Android 4.4, KitKat will be the operating system with Lemon Meringue Pie, 5, to come in 2014.

In the meantime we can enjoy the “leaks” as they appear up until the end!

What do you reckon? What would you like to see on the Nexus 5?

Take good care!

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