I just purchased a Nexus 5 and so far I am delighted with it.
Here is why:
- I was able to easily root the device, install MultiROM Manager, and then make it dual-boot (triple boot, actually, since I installed Ubuntu as well) with Firefox OS. I will be using Firefox OS as my main OS, and I'm happy to say that the version v2.2 pre-release image I found here is working great. The only app that doesn't work is the FM radio, since the Nexus 5 unfortunately doesn't have an FM chip. What it does have that I really wanted was 4G connectivity. Browsing the web or loading a location map through the mobile data connection are quite pleasant now.
- Alex Hirschberg completed a wonderfully successful "Summer of Code", delivering the LibriFox app to the Firefox OS Marketplace. For me this is a "killer app" that alone makes having the phone worthwhile. That's why I setup the "Summer of Code" in the first place, and I am completely satisfied with the results that Alex delivered. I would not hesitate to fund "Summer of Code" again next year, provided I can find another graduate at least half as good as Alex. Here is a screen shot of LibriFox running on my phone:
- As a regular Capital Bikeshare user, I thought I was going to have to boot into Android to use BikeShare! Not so. DC Bike Finder will serve my needs nicely, and keeps me from having to reboot. Here is a screenshot of DC Bike Finder running on my phone: