While I really like and enjoy my Nexus 5, I found it to have developed a small but important issue, at least to me.
As an avid Ingress player, something you really do not want to experience is your phone getting weak GPS signal, or none at all, for that matter. Since the very same error, long GPS fix times, sometimes no fix at all, sometimes no fix in cars, happened not only to me but to a few acquaintances as well, I tried to find the cause for that.
Easily enough, after prying the back cover open (popping it off the headphone jack and moving along the edge carefully with a credit card did the trick easily, it’s not glued) the source of the fault was immediately obvious: For some reason, my guess to keep the interior of the device accessible, the GPS antenna in the back cover is loosely connected to the GPS receiver inside the phone with a small plastic contact bridge. That bridge bent downwards after a while of usage and the contact loosened.
The fix is rather easy:
- Remove the back cover carefully
- Cut a piece of thicker paper (1 * 2mm)
- Bend the GPS antenna connector on the upper left side of the device slightly upwards
- Position the paper underneath to support the contact from below, if necessary use a bigger paper and fold it once
- Close up the device
Easy fix, GPS is working fine now for me and several others, outdoor GPS fix is back to ~15 seconds from 60s, indoor GPS Fix is around 30-60s, back from ~5min before fixing the antenna.