questionsok, nexus 5 owners: how do you protect your…


I like squaretrade warranties. I purchased one for my last two phones. Some highlights:

* You pay only once instead of a monthly fee from your service provider so it saves you money in the long run. Update: They now provide a monthly plan but ends up costing more with that method (about 20% more).
* The warranty is for 2 years whereas ones provided by service providers are as long as you keep paying your monthly fees.
* Squaretrade does not protect against loss due to theft or losing it -- just breaking it.
* The deductible (I believe $75) is more reasonable than those warranties provided by service providers.


Can't help you with the Nexus 5 question, but I'll be interested in any answers because I think we may be buying the same phone soon. And of course I'm interested in your Ting experience.


Honestly, The thinness and beauty of the phone is too hard for me to cover. I used to use the Neo Hybrid as mentioned above, but that case fits too tight and was hard to get on and off. I also have one of the cases that Google sells on the Play Store. These are very well built and keep some of the beauty and thinness, but again, I love not having a case. So...what I do is buy a nice tempered glass screen protector and use a Skinomi skin to cover the rest of the phone. It protects against scratches, but won't offer as much protection against drops. You could always go with a Squaretrade warranty like someone mentioned above.


I use this wallet case:

It does double the thickness, but now I no longer carry a wallet so it balances out. I'm generally not a fan of phone cases, but my wife has already shattered the front on her Nexus 5. That's a $200+ repair. A $20 case and a bit of aesthetic blah is worth preventing damage.

I do have to remove it from its case to use the Nexus 5 Qi charger at work, but I have an off brand one that I use at home which charges with the case on.


I use the one LG (the maker of the Nexus 5) makes. It is very thin and covers the screen completely when closed. When you open it the phone turns on like the iPad does with its cover. It took me a couple of days to get used to it but I love it now.


@mossygreen: Looking at the site it seems as if I'd have to buy a speciflc SIM card from them if I buy a Nexus 5? I'm at the very edge of my knowledge here, but it looks as if the ting SIM is only 16 gb?

So I could buy the Nexus 5 from Google for $349 or $400 and put a $10 ting SIM card in it?


@magic cave: Yep, that's exactly what they want you to do. I watched their unboxing video to make sure they support both models (they do). If you use the link I assume @philmills has already sent you you'll get a $25 credit which will cover the cost of the cards (which is cool). I called them because I forgot to wait for it, and was told that all I have to do is e-mail them the link w/explanation after I've activated my phones and they'll apply it. My cards should be here tomorrow! I'm a little bit terrified.


@mossygreen: Be of good cheer! You now have a brand new toy to play with!

The Spouse just bought a $50 Chinese Android phone to play with. He popped the SIM out of his very old Moto RZR3 (which we use with AT&T's Go Phone service), and the card and phone worked fine. He's happily exploring features, and as soon as he uses up our AT&T balance he'll switch it to Ting.

I expect to buy a Nexus 5 in the near future, so you and I can compare notes. By then, you'll be an expert!

EDIT: I'm really impressed that Ting will apply the referral code retroactively for you.


@magic cave: The REALLY impressive part is that when I called them to ask about it someone picked up on the second ring. They're not kidding about no phone trees.


@magic cave: The SIM card isn't for storage. At least not on a smartphone (it can store a dumb phone's contacts just fine). The 16GB or 32GB is inside the phone you buy from Google Play - and it's not expandable with SD cards. Unless you're a heavy tech user or plan to store an entire music library on it, go for 16GB.

We just switched to Nexus 5 and Ting last month. Great phones. I've looked at every friend's Android phone that has one, and I hate it compared to the Nexus 5.

If you walk into a Sprint store, you can try asking for an LTE SIM card for your phone. You may get lucky and not get charged - or the price might be less. It's more or less the same thing that Ting is selling. It's only needed to get you onto Sprint's LTE network (not technically needed for 2G or 3G) and it has to be Sprint-compatible.


@omnichad: Thank you so much for that explanation! I finally figured out that the capacity was built into the phone, but I had no idea at all how 16 vs. 32 translated into actual need or usefulness. And I'm thrilled to get a first-hand rah-rah about the Nexus 5. It's still all a puzzlement to me.

I also found (finally!) a chart on the AT&T site that gives estimates of kb or MB used up per minute by various actions (streaming music, getting an email with an attachment, web surfing, etc.). That was a real eye-opener; looks as if I'll be avoiding as much streaming video as I can!

Re: the Sprint LTE SIM card: my AT&T Go Phone account has a data plan (which we haven't used 'cause we have dumb phones), and the SIM card from The Spouse's Moto RZR3 seems to work just fine in his new, unbranded el cheapo Chinese Android smart phone. (Who knew?) Given that info, is it possible or likely that the SIM from my RZR3 would work alright in the Nexus until I switch to Ting?


@magic cave: It should work just fine, yes. BUT it will put the phone into GSM mode, which can only be changed by a full reset of the device. Sprint/Ting uses CDMA+LTE. Some of your apps and settings would be backed up by Google. I had to do a full reset as I powered on my phone before putting in the SIM card (with no SIM at all in it, in fact), and the phone would not activate properly until I did the reset. I had to re-add my email accounts and so on, but it did reinstall my apps automatically.

I have wifi both at work and home and have email checking set only to manually on my phone. Very few notifications enabled (Facebook notifications kept to a minimum, especially) We barely popped over 100MB between two phones. But the phone is mostly used as a dumb phone except on wifi.