You can once again purchase the Nexus 5 from the Google Play store

You can once again purchase the Nexus 5 from the Google Play store
Some time ago, the Nexus 5 was pulled from the Google Play Store, leaving many to believe that Google will be replacing the device with the Nexus 6 for good. But hey, as we said – the Nexus 5 didn't get a refresh, but that doesn't mean it's dead – as Google kept it on its official Nexus webpage, proudly placed next to the new Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices.

Well, Mr. 5 is back in the Play Store (woohoo?), available in the previously known colors – red, black, and white – and both storage options – 16 GB and 32 GB. It may be a letdown to some, who expected the device to receive a figure slash, but the price tag is still $399 for the 32 GB and $349 for the 16 GB models.

That's still pretty good money for a pretty adequate Android handset. Especially considering that Android Lollipop (which will be immediately available for Nexus 5 on release) should finally deal with some of the Nexus 5's battery drain problems and add Project Volta, which should extend the juicers life by around 30% (or more). And, to add extra value to one's purchase – Google is working on a replacement program for devices bought off Google Play that allows you to exchange your dropped-and-broken device with a new one, free of charge (only once). Sure, it is yet unknown, whether this program will be taking off, or its current state for that matter (like much of Google's projects), but hey – it's still a plus, until proven to be discontinued.

Nexus 5 on Google Play

via: Phandroid

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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)



1. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Who wants to buy that old version anymore?

3. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

I would buy if it had better battery.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5804; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Only issues are its smallish battery (I get about ~4 SOT, for comparison the latest flagships get ~6H) And its good but not great camera (L's a major improvement, especially raws if you like editing your photos) But if your ok with those, then its still a very good option Especially for $350/$400 Also its basically still as fast as the latest flagships for actual use (e.g. app opening time and multitasking) And will get updates for probably another 2 years or more

6. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

Latest flagships 6h ? Hell no, only LG G3 has that bad battery life. S5 - 7.5h, Z3 - ~9h, and it's ex.flagship Z3c - 10h.. So yeah.. It's good option for sure, but it's not best. I don't wan't to be wired all the time with that phone. OnePlus One is $300 and they managed to put much better battery.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5804; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Aren't those were with power saving mode? I meant with normal use, which from what I've read is actually much closer to 6-7H, unless if you do heaps of reading, then you can probably get ~10H

25. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Nope, without power saving mode that is.

8. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

10 hours screen on time? Hell no. Maybe with extreme stamina mode on and screen brightness at minimum. I get max 5 hours screen on time with Z2. Screen brightness at auto maximum.

26. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

please use my Z3 compact for 1 day. You will be AMAZED. I get 9-11 screen time EVERY NORMAL DAY, 8-9 with LOTSSS of games, and with stamina i got 15H. Stamina modus is btw for standby, not for screen on performance. Just go and try it.

28. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Ya my mom has the Z3 Compact. I've noticed that it sure has a better battery than my Z2. But my mom mostly uses it for calls/emails and a little browsing. She gets over 2-3 days of usage, but only around 5 hours screen on. Stamina mode on, screen brightness at auto maximum.

35. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

I can relate to that, thats because it is so long in standby, ppl forget that standby still uses energy. Its not like screen time is the only reason a smartphones battery drains. If you look into the battery tables you can see on your moms phone that the screen only has a usage of 25%. I get 9 hours screen time while using it like an addict all day, and only get 22 hours of total battery time. It tells me that the screen has 70% battery usage.

10. jellmoo

Posts: 2673; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I just did. Anyone who wants a great price, stock Android, carrier unlocked and bloatware free, in a reasonably sized package.

13. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I purchased mine in May, and I do not regret it at all. Great phone still even if it has 2013 specs.

15. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Somebody that wants to save money and have a good and new phone without needing all the latest hardware bells and whistles. Still, at this point, I'd probably start steering people towards buying the LG G2 on eBay which can be had for under $300 if they don't mind a used phone as it provides a better value and better hardware.

36. SpectreWriter

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Anybody with sense. "that old version" is still the best bargain on the market. But maybe you're thinking Old(er) or Previous=Bad? Your bad.

2. ruwie

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

The spec of this device is still not outdated. It is to soon to release a new nexus 5 IMHO

5. hmd74

Posts: 546; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Hell yeah That means my Nexus 5 is supported for 2 more years :]

9. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

2300 mAh battery again? Come on, at least bring us 2600 mAh or something better.


Posts: 146; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

I got mine when first came out,but if you don't have the nexus5 or nexus4 I'll get the nexus6. Since Google supports their nexus devices longer its a great value.

12. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Too bad, i hoped they would up the RAM and give a snapdragon 801 or at least drop the price $50-150.

18. afraaa

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

good night

14. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

I went and got one on eBay after they announced the $650 Nexus 6. So far battery is better than the Optimus G Pro it is replacing and that had a 3140mAh battery. The OGP battery life did take a dump after the 4.4.2 update.

16. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

QUESTION - have they worked out the battery life issues? Was interested, but the battery reviews were pretty bad. Did they manage to fix it yet?

19. afraaa

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

yes battery in preview was almost 30 better . but u should w8 and see . i have the device . can mail me and ask later

17. sinkster

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 15, 2013

The difference between the 80x chips is minimal in normal use. After trying and comparing the S5/Z3/One M8 with the Nexus 5 I'm happy with it for the next 6 months at least. If I did want a phone with a freakishly large screen like a note or Nexus 6 then I'd probably go for the One plus One.

20. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Only the white ones are in stock right now.

27. andynaija

Posts: 1267; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

It looks like all the colors are available.

31. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Looking right now, the only ones in stock are 32gb black and white...

21. qball

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

Will this phone work on Verizon?

23. andynaija

Posts: 1267; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

This phone is only the GSM version, so it won't be compatible with Verizon's network.

32. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

No Verizon but It works on sprint, t-mo and ATT

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