Google launches flagship Nexus 5 smartphone at a bargain

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
Staff member
Google on Thursday officially unveiled the Nexus 5 smartphone following months of rumors and leaks on par with Apple gadgets. Developed with LG, the handset will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat and will be available through the Google Play store...

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insect

TS Evangelist
Wow, that's a good price. I'm happy with my S3 running CM 10.1 for now though. Would probably put CM on the Nexus 5 also as soon as it's ported in. Don't like the lack of features on stock android and hate the bloat-ware on stock vendor phones. CM is a nice mix for me.
 

backo

TS Enthusiast
This look to be a great choice if you are on the market for a new phone. My only concern is battery life.
 

Panda218

TS Evangelist
Wow, that's a good price. I'm happy with my S3 running CM 10.1 for now though. Would probably put CM on the Nexus 5 also as soon as it's ported in. Don't like the lack of features on stock android and hate the bloat-ware on stock vendor phones. CM is a nice mix for me.
You won't find all the bloat-ware on Nexus devices. I bought a Nexus 4 last year and instantly fell in love with it. Before that I had been using an HTC Evo which was filled with Crap, but CM 7 ran like a dream :D
 

MrAnderson

TS Maniac
The 400 USD 32GB version was still available at 5pm EST.

Any word on a Nexus 10 refresh or did they do that when they refreshed the Nexus 7"

It is hard to tell when they erase all signs of previous models from the site. The devices having the same name doesn't help either. :)
 

p51d007

TS Evangelist
I'm probably getting one within a month, but NEVER buy the first batch of anything. Will wait til the clammer settles down...along with the more than likely "just in time for Christmas" sales.
 
G

Guest

Yeah, me too I release a great phone at a fair price but with limited supply. Screw you Google... what a tease.
 

Arris

TS Evangelist
Placed an order in UK this morning. And I thought I'd resist and stick with my Nexus 4 for the foreseeable future. Guess I'm weaker willed than I thought. Bigger screen (and only 4mm longer), bigger battery, bigger storage. Basically the only things I didn't love on the Nexus 4.
 

Satki

TS Member
The 400 USD 32GB version was still available at 5pm EST.

Any word on a Nexus 10 refresh or did they do that when they refreshed the Nexus 7"

It is hard to tell when they erase all signs of previous models from the site. The devices having the same name doesn't help either. :)
Its not out yet, hint - the New version will have gorilla glass 3. It did appear briefly on the play store though (apparently), so its on the way!
 

Helvetio

TS Rookie
As a Galaxy Nexus owner I am furious that it won't get the update to 4.4 and beyond. This stance by google may lead me not to get the Nexus 5, if it is only supported for 18 months. What bullshit!
 
G

Guest

As soon as I saw it's 5" phone that got me decided to order Moto X developer edition yesterday. I wish they made reasonable size of smartphone too.
 

Arris

TS Evangelist
As a Galaxy Nexus owner I am furious that it won't get the update to 4.4 and beyond. This stance by google may lead me not to get the Nexus 5, if it is only supported for 18 months. What bullshit!
Release of Galaxy Nexus - 17 November 2011. So really that's just under 2 years of support from the devices release. Don't think that is too unreasonable to be perfectly honest. Although looks like most other older Nexus devices received at least one major OS version upgrade so can see how you can be disappointed.
 

Helvetio

TS Rookie
Helvetio : It's an Android... xdadeveloper... get with the program.
Guest: Yes, you're right, I will do that, and thank god for xda. CM9 on my HP Touchpad is still going strong.
Just disappointed with Google on this one, that's all, especially since they are saying how 4.4 runs on 512MB RAM.
 

Arris

TS Evangelist
As soon as I saw it's 5" phone that got me decided to order Moto X developer edition yesterday. I wish they made reasonable size of smartphone too.
It's only 4mm longer and less than 1mm wider than the Nexus 4 model. I too am not too keen on ever expanding smartphones but with the screen having grown with almost no size increase I can live with that.
 

St1ckM4n

TS Evangelist
Where's the 4.4 release? :( Anyone know the waiting time on N5? 4.4 should be available as soon as N5 is available.
 

Arris

TS Evangelist
I've got postage confirmation and tracking information on mines so shouldn't be long before 4.4 should be appearing.

Edit : "Loaded to vehicle for delivery"