Google started the Nexus program in 2010 with one goal: to deliver Android in its purest form — free of modifications and bloatware apps — in a lust-worthy piece of hardware.
In almost three years, Google's created five Nexus smartphones. In 2010 came the Nexus One (remember when it didn't even have multitouch?). Later that year, the Nexus S went on sale. A year after, Google announced the Galaxy Nexus. Last year, Google dropped a bomb with the Nexus 4 and its unbelievable $299 unlocked price. Last Friday, the Nexus 5 went on sale.
Unlike the iPhone, which has only seen two different screen sizes (3.5-inch and 4-inch), the generation leap from the first Nexus One to the Nexus 5 is huge. We've gone from a 3.7-inch smartphone screen to a 5-inch one. A 800 x 400 resolution display to 1920 x 1080 one. A 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM to a 2.28GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. A 5-megapixel rear camera to an 8-megapixel camera. The list goes on and on.
While fast hardware is important, the underpinnings to a solid smartphone is its software. And Android 4.4 KitKat has come a long way since the Nexus One's Android 2.1 Eclair days.
To show us all just how far the Nexus smartphones have evolved, PhoneBuff made a video comparing the performance from all five Nexus devices. Obviously, the Nexus 5 is blazingly fast, but to be honest, the older devices still hold up pretty well — if you don't mind slightly longer loading times when running apps like Temple Run.
What will smartphones look like in another three years? Phablets for everyone? Or will we all be wearing smartwatches?