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Nexus 5 is here: available today on Google Play

Nexus 5 is here: available today on Google Play
The Nexus 5 is finally here. After countless rumors and leaks, Google has finally officially unveiled the new member of the Nexus family and it comes with a 5-inch 1080p display, top-shelf specs and the latest Android 4.4 KitKat. 

Plus, it features an ambitious optical-image stabilized camera that aims to deliver ‘unmatched’ dim light performance.

You can buy the Nexus 5 on Google Play starting from $349.99 right now (Google Play link)

Design and display


The Nexus 5 looks are not a surprise. The new Nexus is made out of plastic and it's lightweight and thin, boasting a huge vertical Nexus logo on its back and a large camera eye. 

It comes in two colors from the start - you can pick between black and white. Most prominent on the front is the very sharp 5-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. That’s as sharp as flagship smartphones get. The display uses in-cell touch, a fancy name for a technology that integrates the part of the screen that registers touch with the actual LCD. This eliminates reflections and makes the screen much easier to read outdoors.

Nexus 5 is here: available today on Google Play

Under the hood


Under the hood, the Nexus 5 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 system chip with Adreno 320 graphics and 2GB of RAM. This is the exact same chip that powers the latest cream of the crop smartphones from Samsung, Sony and LG. We have seen the leaked benchmarks earlier and we have no reason to believe it will perform any worse than those flagships.

The handset will be available with 16GB and 32GB of built-in storage. There is no card slot to expand that.

Nexus 5 is here: available today on Google Play
Camera


We’re excited to see Google pay special attention to the camera on the Nexus 5. Earlier Nexus phones featured lackluster cameras, something that Google promises to change with this device. The main camera is an 8-megapixel one with a single LED flash and it features optical image stabilization (OIS) that is said to contribute for the ‘unmatched’ dim light performance of the Nexus 5. Google promises less blur and noise in Nexus 5 images, and we’re eager to put those claims to the test. Interestingly, the new Nexus uses the exact same OIS tech that is found on LG’s latest flagship, the G2, and we found it worked very well there. The handset also features an improved HDR+ mode that captures a series of images and enhances them.

Android 4.4 KitKat


Android 4.4 KitKat makes a debut on the Nexus 5. The new version of Google’s mobile operating system brings huge optimizations to the way memory is utilized and introduces new camera features like ‘auto-awesome’ images and movies, a compilation that the phone automatically creates using what’s on your camera roll. As with every Nexus, this one is expected to be first on the line for new updates as well.

Battery


The Nexus 5 comes with a 2300mAh battery. We have definitely seen larger battery packs on similarly sized smartphones, so we don’t expect the Nexus 5 to last more than the average smartphone. One cool feature that the phone has inherited from last year’s Nexus 4 is wireless charging.

Release date, price and carriers


Best of all, the Nexus 5 release date is imminent. The handset is going on sale today online on the Google Play store in United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, U.K., Australia, Korea and Japan. Countries in Europe, Central/South Americas, Asia, CIS and the Middle East will get it in mid-November on other retailers. In the United States, the Nexus 5 will be available on Sprint, T-Mobile, Amazon, Best Buy and RadioShack. It will not be available on Verizon Wireless and question remains open whether AT&T will offer it. 

To buy the phone on Google Play you don’t need to sign a contract and the price is $349 for the 16GB Nexus 5 and $399 for the 32GB model.

Nexus 5 specs


Display 4.95-inch Full HD display, 445 ppi
Dimensions137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm (5.42 x 2.72 x 0.34 inches)
Processor2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974)
GPUAdreno 330
RAM2GB
Internal Storage 16GB or 32GB
Camera 8MP auto-focus camera with OIS
Front Camera1.3MP
Sensorsaccelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity, light, barometer, orientation
Battery2300mAh with support for wireless charging
OtherMultiple LTE bands - support for Sprint and T-Mobile; Pentaband HSPA+ (works across the globe), NFC, Nexus 7-like design, ceramic physical buttons

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posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:02 1

1. megaLK (Posts: 5; Member since: 29 Sep 2013)


OMG :O

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:50 9

32. Tommy1960i (Posts: 102; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


A nice phone
And a good price
To Nexus Hello
To iPhone goodbye

No more problems
Now things are clear
We are out of trouble
The Nexus is here!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 17:34 3

42. AceStorm1249 (Posts: 14; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)


u probably made that up on october 24 :P

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:02

2. Gulenkov (Posts: 48; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Woooooow! When do we get an update for our older nexus devices?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 22:59

43. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 703; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


GN is done..... not getting 4.4
but n4,n7,n7(13),n10 and GNe r getting 4.4

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:03 4

3. Jklaz (Posts: 124; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)


Was there even an announcement???

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:03 7

4. kalloud (Posts: 120; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


alhamdulileh! FINALLY!!!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:04 3

5. Takeharu (Posts: 82; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


FINALLY!!!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:05 6

6. ThePython (Posts: 386; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Honestly... It's quite ugly. The attractive here is the price really.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:09

7. greenmunky (Posts: 12; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


So.... the question still remains.... is it Verizon compatable?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:11 1

8. Jklaz (Posts: 124; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)


The verge says no (I googled nexus 5 Verizon lol)

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:11

9. Sakeem (Posts: 304; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


This is what is keeping me from pulling the trigger right now.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:11

10. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3288; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


That was sudden O.o

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:12 14

11. McJobs (Posts: 106; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)


Nexus 5 ~ $349 > iPhone 5S ~ $649

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:13

12. GrapeEyes (Posts: 248; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)


Don't buy the Nexus 5. It has an awful battery and pathetic camera.

You have been warned!!!!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:16 1

13. Sakeem (Posts: 304; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


What do you suggest?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:23 3

19. GrapeEyes (Posts: 248; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)


If you only want android, then get either the LG G2 or wait one week and get the LG Flex with an amazing battery, specs and 6 inch screen.

I am waiting for the Lumia 1520. But that is just my preferrence.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 23:21

44. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1870; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


While the G2 is a nice phone, other than the knock feature most critics are panning it for all the extra software overlay. It is very possible that with a stock build of Android, that the battery will be just fine without all the extra BS LG has loaded on it. As far as the camera who's to say it's not going to be as good as the G2? The main difference is price, and $600 for a G2 vs $400 for a Nexus5 with comparable storage is a big difference. On top of that, there are updates to consider, which LG is horrible at doing with their non-Nexus devices.

As far as the Flex that isn't out and hasn't been reviewed yet, so it's a little early to consider it a better alternative. How about wait until all three are out and then make an educated comparison before claiming which is better than the other.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:20 11

15. roldefol (Posts: 3173; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Everyone completely ignore this guy. You have been advised!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:29 2

21. GrapeEyes (Posts: 248; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)


Why ignore, my friends brother is a manager at one of the Carphone Warehouse stores. He tested one on Wednesday and in less than 24hrs he had enough of it. He said the battery was awful and the camera was a joke.

You can buy a 1000 Nexus 5's if you want. But you will regret it.

If your an android lover, your better off buying the LG G2 or LG Flex

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:21

18. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1870; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


And you know this how?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:44 3

30. Reality_Check (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Troll much? -_-

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:32 2

38. wilsong17 (Posts: 1087; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


you dont even own the phone douchbag

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:16 1

14. cse.vicky (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


From the home screen, say “Ok Google” to start a voice search, get directions or play a song.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:20 5

16. improv (Posts: 95; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


I just purchased a 32gb in black! So excited!! :)

CAN IT ARRIVE ANY SOONER!?

Looks like shipping times are getting slower by the minute!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:32 1

23. SellPhones82 (Posts: 563; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


What did it say when you placed it? Said 1-2 days for mine and did 2 day shipping. Hope to get it next week. Now to get my GS3 on Swappa!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:38 2

25. improv (Posts: 95; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


I purchased mine at 11:03 am (had to make sure I had enough money in my bank account, lol) and the page currently says that it'll ship in 1-2 business days. The status on the "My orders" page says that it'll leave by Nov. 5. I didn't see anything about choosing a quicker shipping so I just went with the normal shipping.

I hope to get it next week too! I'm not sure what to do with my iPhone 5s that'll arrive by December...

(It looks like the 16gb black version is now out of stock :P)

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:10

34. SellPhones82 (Posts: 563; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Yep, I get the same "Ship By Nov 5th", hopefully that means it could ship sooner! My order time was 2:18 EST since I was a good and ran it by the wife first! Sell the iPhone when you get it or cancel the order..you can might be a ble to make a profit selling it if ship time is a month and a half.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:21

17. gauravbhakuni90 (Posts: 7; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


Hello, can somebody tell me if nexus devices support usb otg ?????
thanks.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:28

20. SellPhones82 (Posts: 563; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Order placed! 16GB White!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:29

22. jove39 (Posts: 1327; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Finally...and its out of stock!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:40

27. GrapeEyes (Posts: 248; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)


Just go into carphone warehouse tomorrow morning and buy it from the store. SImple.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:44 1

31. jove39 (Posts: 1327; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I am in canada...anyway I have placed order for 16gb black...ships on Nov 8.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:32

24. Yubnub (Posts: 100; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Out of stock! Booo!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:38 1

26. creepysound (Posts: 1; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


Looks like the 16GB white version sold out in a few minutes tops. :(

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:42 1

28. michael95gt (Posts: 39; Member since: 19 Jul 2009)


Just ordered mine Black 32gb!!!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ME!!!!!!!! :-)

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:43 2

29. Ninny (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Phonearena you made a mistake in "Under the hood" It has Adreno 330 not 320.

By the it is available in India too but no pre-orders just Comming soon....

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 13:53

33. HnT8906 (Posts: 10; Member since: 18 Oct 2013)


when it is coming to india? i can't wait 6 months..nexus 4 was announced in Oct 2012 and released in india after 6 months.. :-(

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:22

36. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 664; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Its way pricey in India. Its showing Rs.32,999 (approx $520) for 32GB.... not worth buying in India...
Ask someone to get it from outside India...

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:21 1

35. Darth_Muffin (Posts: 18; Member since: 06 Oct 2013)


Congratulations to all you mates who were lucky enough to be able to get one.

"The chosen one has FINALLY arrived"

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 14:57

37. The_Innovation (Posts: 567; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Question. Hopefully someone can answer, (maybe the author).

Does it have the wake up Google Search feature like the Motorola X?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:39

39. Victor.H (Posts: 457; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Not exactly, it has something in-between a regular phone and the Moto X. You can say 'ok google' to wake it up from the home screen (when you're not in an app), but if you just try this while it's locked - it won't work.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:43

40. The_Innovation (Posts: 567; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Ah I see. So the phone has to be unlocked for it to work.

Thanks for the reply! Much appreciated.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 17:24

41. greathero1 (Posts: 493; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


I hate Google right now. I checked early this morning and nothing. I go out on the floor at my job to take care of a few things and BAM! Nexus 5 for sale and I have to wait 3-4 weeks. Ain't this bout a b***h lol! Oh well, hopefully it will be in by Thanksgiving and BOOOOO to all of you who actually will receive yours sooner. Don't come back on here and rub it in lol.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 04:45

45. xIJoeyBoyIx (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Oct 2013)


Great to see the nexus 5, now where is my nexus 10 2013 edition??

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 20:48

46. Gamas_K (Posts: 61; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


When this come to my country, it will cost around US$ 500 for 16GB

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