Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




1010 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 98


# 213902 18-Apr-2017 12:39
Send private message

My trusted and much loved Nexus 5 has reached the end of its life.
I'm on a tight budget and after looking around at replacements in my price range I've decided to replace it with a refurbished Nexus 5.
I currently have the D821 (international model) . . . but I have noticed that the D820 supports  LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 17(700), 19(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 41(2500)
Would this not be better suited to NZ than the 821 which I purchased when living in Japan?


Create new topic
1259 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 147

Subscriber

  # 1766686 18-Apr-2017 12:48
Send private message

I only ever wanted the D821 for 4G coverage on Skinny/Spark. I had a D820 because it had 32GB but I don't remember it doing much 4G at all.

 

Great phone the N5. I have an N5X now but the N5 would still be my phone of choice I think.




1010 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 98


  # 1766691 18-Apr-2017 12:58
Send private message

martyyn:

 

I only ever wanted the D821 for 4G coverage on Skinny/Spark. I had a D820 because it had 32GB but I don't remember it doing much 4G at all.

 

Great phone the N5. I have an N5X now but the N5 would still be my phone of choice I think.

 

 

 

 

yeah - I think I jumped the gun with 

 

17(700)

I think NZ is actually 28(700) 

So I best stick with the D821


 
 
 
 


297 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 52


  # 1766706 18-Apr-2017 13:35
Send private message

I understand wanting to keep the N5 - I keep mine as a backup phone, although I've replaced the battery and the screen (twice) to keep it going.

 

It is a bit long in the tooth now though, so may be worth looking at other options - I've recently been using the Global version of a RedMi Note 3 Pro, which I picked up for around NZ$260 primarily because it was the only cheap Chinese phone I found which had 700MHz B28 support.  I'm impressed with it - definitely a step up on the N5 performance-wise, with good battery life and storage.




1010 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 98


  # 1766709 18-Apr-2017 13:47
Send private message

tieke:

 

I understand wanting to keep the N5 - I keep mine as a backup phone, although I've replaced the battery and the screen (twice) to keep it going.

 

It is a bit long in the tooth now though, so may be worth looking at other options - I've recently been using the Global version of a RedMi Note 3 Pro, which I picked up for around NZ$260 primarily because it was the only cheap Chinese phone I found which had 700MHz B28 support.  I'm impressed with it - definitely a step up on the N5 performance-wise, with good battery life and storage.

 

 

what's their version of android like? I was looking at a Huawei P9 which seemed like a nice piece of hardware but I just couldn't step away from pure android that you get on the Nexus / Pixel devices.


297 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 52


  # 1766751 18-Apr-2017 14:46
Send private message

Took a bit of faffing around to set it up initially, but now I've got it looking and feeling basically the same as my N5. It's the global version so it came with Google Play preinstalled and working, and it was simple to install and adjust Nova Launcher to my preference (MIUI8 seems polished and frequently updated, but I didn't like the lack of an app drawer etc in the standard launcher).

 

It's only running android 6, but so is my N5. The most annoying thing is adjusting to the back button being on the wrong side (to the right of the home button rather than the left). It also doesn't have the OK Google always-on hotword, but I had already disabled that on my Nexus devices a while ago when it got too annoying interfering with my Google Homes.


130 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 60


  # 1766792 18-Apr-2017 15:06
Send private message

farcus:

 

 

 

what's their version of android like? I was looking at a Huawei P9 which seemed like a nice piece of hardware but I just couldn't step away from pure android that you get on the Nexus / Pixel devices.

 

 

 

 

I went down the Huawei P9 path last week after my Nexus5 got the stuck power button issue they are renowned for.
I was looking for a Nexus 5x or a pixel as a replacement, but could not find any N5x, and could not afford a pixel.

I also had no end of trouble getting my hands on a Hauwei P9 through a spark store, and ended up getting a P9 plus for the P9 price through JB Hifi.

Battery life when just using it for calls, and emails was the whole easter break. When using it 2.5 hours a day on my commute to listen to music and play games, as well as phone calls and emails, it lasts 2 days. And the ability to fast charge is awesome!

The UI took a bit to get used to, but is infinitely faster than the N5.

It won't ever get a OS update I suspect, but then neither will the N5.


946 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 196

Trusted

  # 1767033 18-Apr-2017 23:37
Send private message

spearsniper: ... It won't ever get a OS update I suspect, but then neither will the N5.

 

Correct, the N5 received it's last security update in Oct-2016.

 

@anyone: If you want to buy a decent condition 2nd hand N5, I'm willing to part with mine.embarassed 

 

 





Please keep this GZ community vibrant by contributing in a constructive & respectful manner.


 
 
 
 


27906 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 7390

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

  # 1767053 19-Apr-2017 07:22
Send private message

Is there any reason why you'll just go for a Nexus 5 again? I'm sure you could pick up something like a Z3 cheaply these days which is a far better device.

 

 




1010 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 98


  # 1767294 19-Apr-2017 13:00
Send private message

Thanks for the advice everyone. I've actually purchased a new N5 from Aliexpress.
I probably should have upgraded to something better - and probably will in the not distant future. It's just right now I'm on a bit of a tight budget, love the N5 and love the Nexus android experience. I'm not a power user - essentially what I mostly use the phone for is managing my T1 diabetes and a bit of messaging so I don't really need the latest or greatest.


mdf

2231 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 688

Trusted
Subscriber

  # 1767578 19-Apr-2017 21:17
Send private message

tieke:

 

I understand wanting to keep the N5 - I keep mine as a backup phone, although I've replaced the battery and the screen (twice) to keep it going.

 

 

@tieke - what was the process and approx cost for replacing the battery, if you don't mind me asking? Do it yourself or send it in? I'm well overdue for an upgrade (hanging out for the release of my current object of affection), but my trusty old N5 could make a good Pokemon Go device if I could get the battery to last for at least an hour.


297 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 52


  # 1767594 19-Apr-2017 21:56
Send private message

It's pretty easy (a lot simpler than replacing the screen, because that basically requires total disassembly and I always have trouble with the earpiece).  Should take less than ten minutes and is pretty cheap -  the batteries appear to be around NZD$17 from ebay at the moment with a few disassembly tools included.

 

A good guide can be found here and using one of the guitar-pick style pry tools is pretty much mandatory for getting the case open, so it's good that they include one if you don't have one already.  The worst bit about removing the battery for the first time is how firmly it's stuck down - definitely a bit of firm effort needed to pry it off that double-sided tape. 


297 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 52


  # 1767597 19-Apr-2017 22:01
Send private message

mdf:

 

 

 

... my trusty old N5 could make a good Pokemon Go device if I could get the battery to last for at least an hour.

 

 

My son has been using it for Pokemon Go and it works well, although as the GPS doesn't seem to pick up an initial lock as quickly as my Nexus 6 he prefers to borrow mine while we're in the car :)


Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Xero announces new smarter tools, push into the North American market
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:20


New report by Unisys shows New Zealanders want action by social platform companies and police to monitor social media sites
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:09


ASB adds Google Pay option to contactless payments
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:05


New Zealand PC Market declines on the back of high channel inventory, IDC reports
Posted 18-Jun-2019 17:35


Air New Zealand uses drones to inspect aircraft
Posted 17-Jun-2019 15:39


TCL Electronics launches its first-ever 8K TV
Posted 17-Jun-2019 15:18


E-scooter share scheme launches in Wellington
Posted 17-Jun-2019 12:34


Anyone can broadcast with Kordia Pop Up TV
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:51


Volvo and Uber present production vehicle ready for self-driving
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:47


100,000 customers connected to fibre broadband network through Enable
Posted 13-Jun-2019 10:35


5G uptake even faster than expected
Posted 12-Jun-2019 10:01


Xbox showcases 60 anticipated games
Posted 10-Jun-2019 20:24


Trend Micro Turns Public Hotspots into Secure Networks with WiFi Protection for Mobile Devices
Posted 5-Jun-2019 13:24


Bold UK spinoff for beauty software company Flossie
Posted 2-Jun-2019 14:10


Amazon Introduces Echo Show 5
Posted 1-Jun-2019 15:32



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.