Seeing as how I am a mobile-first designer, and spend a good deal of time designing for Android, I thought I should sooner than later become as intimately familiar with Android's OS and app ecosystem as I am with iOS'. I put this task off for a while, mainly due to the fact that I wasn't in love with most of the Android hardware. With the release of the Nexus 5, however, I felt the time was right and took the plunge. My impressions follow.
While I am slightly baffled why Google's premiere Android device is developed by LG (and not Motorola Mobility), the hardware is initially quite solid. The casing material has a rubbery texture to it, feels good in your hand, doesn't smudge easily (which is awesome), and at least gives me the impression that it would be harder to accidentally drop. The build quality appears to be quite good, which was always my main complaint coming from Apple hardware -- the Android device's just felt cheap.