6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

How To Video: Get the most out of your Nexus 5

About Video Transcript

How To Video: Get the most out of your Nexus 5

2:34 /

CNET's Dan Graziano shares with you tips and tricks for Google's latest flagship smartphone.

The Nexus 5 is one of the best smart phones out there and it ranges 50 bucks, it's a real steel. I'm Dan Raziano and I'm going to share with you some tips that will make you a Nexus 5 All Star. Google really emphasized camera performance with the Nexus 5. It features an eight megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization. While its performance was shaky but an updated Android 4.42 fix most these problems. So, be sure you're running the latest version Android. But did you know there's also a new feature that promises even better looking pictures. While in the Camera app, click the circle icon next to the shutter, it's like HDR plus. This feature promises to deliver more vivid photos during the day and sharper ones at night. You could actually take photos by tapping either the volume up or volume down button or simply using the shutter icon. On most devices, [unk] the app drawer, but with the Nexus 5 they could be added with a long press on the Home screen to be enable widgets on your phone's lock screen go to Settings and to Security and select Enable Widgets. Make sure you never miss a notification by enabling the phone's RGB notification light. This can be done by going to Settings selecting Display and choosing Post Notification Light. The light can then be customized with an app like Light Flow which is available in the Play Store. Google recently added SMS Support to hangouts and made it to the Default Messaging App in Android 4.4. However, you can still download an alternative app from Google Play. Once you've done so, enter Settings, click More, select Default SMS Option and choose the app you would like to use. The Nexus 5 is a completely revamp dialer. The top search bar can be used not only to search for contacts but also local businesses. For example, typing in Pizza will reveal the numbers from nearby pizzerias. The phone also includes an advanced card feature that will display the names of people and businesses that aren't in your contacts. If for some reason, you aren't interested in these features they can be disabled by clicking the three dot icon in the lower right corner of the phone app, selecting Settings and clicking either of the Card ID or nearby places option. And there you have it, you are now a Nexus 5 All Star, like always feel free to reach out to me on Twitter with the questions, comments or to share some of your own tips. I'm Dan Raziano for CNET, thanks for watching.

New releases

Philips adds a 75W Replacement SlimStyle LED to its lighting lineup
2:17 November 22, 2014
This bigger, brighter version of the original SlimStyle LED looks like a strong value in its class
Play video
2015 Acura TLX V-6 Advance (CNET On Cars, Episode 54)
16:28 November 21, 2014
Acura hopes the TLX is what it will drive into the future, we explore the head-up display coming to your car soon, and check out the...
Play video
Los Angeles Auto Show 2014: CNET's editors choose their favorites
5:55 November 21, 2014
The press days are over here at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Before we head off into the Hollywood hills we took a moment to re-cap...
Play video
Watch Tony Hawk do endless 360s on a hoverboard, Ep. 184
5:36 November 21, 2014
This week on Crave, we can see sound waves. We might get to see an unexplored part of the moon. But most of all we get to see Tony...
Play video
The $199 HP Stream 11 wants to be as cloud-friendly as a Chromebook, but with Windows 8
2:18 November 21, 2014
If you keep expectations in check, this bargain-basement Windows 8 laptop has good battery life and a decent design.
Play video
Yamaha SRT-1000 gives good single-speaker surround
1:44 November 21, 2014
The Yamaha SRT-1000 sound base offers discrete looks, an astoundingly wide soundstage and plenty of features in a package that is still...
Play video
Hate ads? Pay Google to block them for you
2:50 November 21, 2014
Google is testing an ad-blocker service, Amazon may be inserting ads into streaming video, and Comcast lets you track the cable gu...
Play video
The 404 Show 1,584: Google Contributor, JFK has a drone problem, San Francisco's poo map (podcast)
30:08 November 21, 2014
We're back in the studio today! Join us for a very special episode complete with a full tour and the start of our Call of Duty: Advanced...
Play video