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  # 929202 8-Nov-2013 00:12
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lchiu7: Google phones are great but it's interesting that Google don't seem to put too much effort in their cameras. I haven't seen picture taken with the N5 yet but it's supposed to have optical image stabilisation which would help with a sharper image but does little to help if the original image sensor etc. is not top notch.

How hard can it be to put a decent camera on their flagship device?



Let me enlighten you my friend:

http://blogs.computerworld.com/android/23079/nexus-5-camera

https://imgur.com/a/duL0r

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  # 929363 8-Nov-2013 12:42
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Hardly praise and this is a less complimentary point of view

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/11/nexus-5-review-flagship-hardware-for-half-the-price/2/

I guess that's Google saves - on areas they don't feel are so important.




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  # 929407 8-Nov-2013 13:41
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stuck in "Hodgkins, IL, United States" for almost three days now -,-

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Geek


  # 929453 8-Nov-2013 14:38
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ccpptt: stuck in "Hodgkins, IL, United States" for almost three days now -,-

Me too! Supposed to arrive tomorrow? Was hoping "by 8th November" might mean the 5th or 6th :-(

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Master Geek


  # 929458 8-Nov-2013 14:43
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Just shipped out from YouShop about 15 mins ago. 4-6day wait + customs clearance, so hopefully a week?

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  # 929464 8-Nov-2013 14:49
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mwilcox: Just shipped out from YouShop about 15 mins ago. 4-6day wait + customs clearance, so hopefully a week?


I'd be interested to see what you pay, compared to buying from 2degrees/WHS. Can you post what the final cost is after customs/tax/shipping? More than anything I'm wondering if I'll kick myself for not pulling the trigger on the US youshop order when I had the chance.

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Master Geek


  # 929501 8-Nov-2013 15:09
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Seano213:
mwilcox: Just shipped out from YouShop about 15 mins ago. 4-6day wait + customs clearance, so hopefully a week?


I'd be interested to see what you pay, compared to buying from 2degrees/WHS. Can you post what the final cost is after customs/tax/shipping? More than anything I'm wondering if I'll kick myself for not pulling the trigger on the US youshop order when I had the chance.


Honestly when I ordered I was expecting the 2degrees price to be much higher ($799 not 699) - I don't regret ordering from the states as its still a great deal, but the difference in price is negligible.

Here's my price breakdown:

Nexus 5 (16GB, Black) $349.99 + Shipping $13.99
= $442.19 NZD charged to my card

YouShop = $17.25 + $6.00 for coverage (nzd)

WhatsMyDuty calculates $112.49 for gst + customs charges

All in all $577.93, and depending on how long customs takes I won't get it any earlier than the retail stores will, it doesn't have NZ LTE support (though it would have the option of working in NA if I went there for work, 3G in nz is much more usable than in the states from what I've read), and if there are any hardware issues fixing them would be a pretty big task.

I'm still considering selling (at the same price I paid) to a family member and buying a local version, but I'll see how I feel once I get it haha

 
 
 
 


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  # 929508 8-Nov-2013 15:15
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lchiu7: Hardly praise and this is a less complimentary point of view

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/11/nexus-5-review-flagship-hardware-for-half-the-price/2/

I guess that's Google saves - on areas they don't feel are so important.


Didn't Google say they were going to really focus on the camera this time around?

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  # 929513 8-Nov-2013 15:21
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mwilcox: 
I'm still considering selling (at the same price I paid) to a family member and buying a local version, but I'll see how I feel once I get it haha

So am I! Depending on how customs processing goes, I'd like to sell mine just for the convenience of having an NZ charger and local warranty. If anybody is interested, PM me!

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Master Geek


  # 929576 8-Nov-2013 16:34
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How are people finding the battery life of the Nexus 5?  Compare it to your previous phone

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  # 929599 8-Nov-2013 17:04
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meanderingmark: How are people finding the battery life of the Nexus 5?  Compare it to your previous phone


Haha. You should be posting this question on a US forum. Everyone here is either waiting for it to ship via YouShop, or waiting for local retailers to get it in stock (the 15th of November).

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Master Geek


  # 929702 8-Nov-2013 20:29
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If you have family or friends in the U.S. I would reckon it is waaaaaaaay cheaper if you send it through USPS priority flat rate boxes. I know a phone is an investment and it costs quite a bit but I have had numerous parcels, that had all sorts of stuff -> Computer parts (GPU, CPU, SSD, Motherboard (without its box) RAM), foodstuff, clothes, bulk costco stuff and more. Everything got through in about 4-5 days and sometimes even within 3. Average shipping price is about $40-$50 and my family would just put gifts, books etc. on the customs label. Nothing was damaged, nothing was opened and nothing was missing.

 

Just letting you guys know what I do most regularly throughout the year. Its risky but it has tracking pretty much all the way to your door.


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  # 929758 8-Nov-2013 21:53
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One was just listed on trademe so I purchased it,

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  # 929761 8-Nov-2013 22:02
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johnr: One was just listed on trademe so I purchased it,


Do you mind me asking what you paid for it?

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  # 929762 8-Nov-2013 22:09
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Seano213:
johnr: One was just listed on trademe so I purchased it,


Do you mind me asking what you paid for it?


More than if I had picked it up myself I guess and I fly to OZ on Thursday, $788

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