Deal: the original Google Nexus 5 is available for $139.99

Deal: the original Google Nexus 5 is available for $139.99
Manufactured by LG, the original Nexus 5 was a real humdinger. Given its age, it's not quite up there with the best of them anymore, and Google has since added several newer handsets to its famed line-up. Having said that, it's still a very capable quad-core handset, and for less than $140, you can grab yourself a refurbed Nexus 5 on eBay. 

The OG Nexus 5 still has plenty to offer, and while the specs might not compete with modern-day Android darlings like the Samsung Galaxy S6, it's worth noting that the old timer got the Marshmallow software update way back in October. Along with the Snapdragon 800 chip that keeps the device running, there's a healthy 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of on-board storage. The display isn't to be balked at either -- the 5-inch panel is a full-HD 1080p effort -- and there's a 2,300 mAh battery to keep the lights on. 

If you're into your spec-heavy smartphones from Apple, Samsung and the like, then the original Nexus 5 will probably not suffice. Those nonplussed about high performance could do a lot worse than to snap this device up, though, and even if you are an annual flagship buyer, the Nexus 5 could make a great backup for $139.99. 

The mobilepros1 eBay shop has the handset in either black or white color configurations. Since the white version is, quite literally, a half-baked combination of a white back and black front, though, fans of one-color smartphones will probably want the darker variant. 

You can purchase the Nexus 5 at this great price by hitting up the source link after the jump. 

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Nexus 5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(17h talk time)

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19 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Sounds good...but I even would get the xiaomi redmi 3 for under 150 USD if I could (sadly no band 20)

4. Adsr14

Posts: 118; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Yea I'd take the redmi or the meizu metal over the nexus if they had bands 4 and 17

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

nexus 5 just have a step better than redmi 3, but nexus 5 cant compete with their battery life

15. Fellwalker

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Except you then get miui 7 not vanilla Android marshmallow

2. TyrionLannister unregistered

Sounds an amazing deal for a phone like that. Sadly seller won't ship here. I could have used a nexus for experiencing and flashing custom ROMs.

3. Tsrnexus

Posts: 43; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

Is it safe to buy this refurbished phone?

5. TyrionLannister unregistered

It is usually safe. But I don't recommend using it as primary phone. Current midrange devices like redmi 3 are better to use and nexus 5 won't get any more software updates. The bad battery life and camera quality will drive you crazy with nexus 5. If you want a nexus for development purposes, or just to have fun by flashing ROMs, go for it.

10. Tsrnexus

Posts: 43; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

I had a nexus 5 but sadly it got water damaged. I had no qualms about it except the battery. I need a backup phone so I'm deciding whether to buy this out Letv le 1s (Helio X10 vs SD 800)

13. TyrionLannister unregistered

I don't think you care about how beefy the specs are on a backup phone. I would choose the nexus as it's more reliable and nexus 5 runs like a dream.

17. Fellwalker

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

The article doesn't mention refurbished. Web based magazines and their half-right stories!

6. sebstin

Posts: 178; Member since: Dec 03, 2015

Its very tempting to buy.. infact I bought this during 2013 and returned it with 2 weeks mainly because of camera quality....

11. trickster_qc

Posts: 107; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

From memory and experience, the camera wasn't too bad following a few updates, as long as HDR is on. If the USD$ to CAN$ exchange rate wasn't so high, I'd get one just for fun.

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The updates have been amazing The Nexus 5 with KitKat 4.4 was embarrassingly bad On KitKat 4.4.4 it was pretty bad On Lollipop 5.0 it was ok (maybe 2012 flagship level), but unstable On Lollipop 5.1 fixed the 5.0 stability issues Now on Marshmallow 6.0 its about on par with the other 2013 flagships (not quite, but very close)

16. Fellwalker

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

I'm very happy with mine running 4.4.4

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Got my grandmother one of these for $95 in a like new condition.

8. guest

Posts: 371; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Still get my original nexus 5 5.0 killed but 6.0 brought it back to life. It was faster than the 5x which I returned after a week! The 808 is terrible. Nexus 5 flies on 6.0 still use it for gaming.

9. Unordinary unregistered

Still in my top 3 favorite phone designs of all time. This thing is gorgeous

18. Xelief

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

I loved my Nexus 5 and would love to own another for backup. However, working in the cell industry and seeing how many refurbished devices quickly start failing agian, I just can't bring myself to buy one.

19. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Beware of Mobilepros1 shop. I originally bought an LG G Flex 2 Sprint model (prior to the one I have now, an ATT model I got from Newegg) and they lied in their listing about the bands, etc. supported with the device and they also refused to waive the restocking fee when I returned the device. Buy elsewhere.

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