Last year Google released the Nexus 4, to go along with their Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets. The smartphone was a success despite its lack of LTE connectivity. Those with cellular companies that used the GSM standard (AT&T and T-Mobile in the US and most of the rest of the world) were able to buy an unsubsidized smartphone for the relatively affordable price of $299 for the 8 GB model. This year in a silent rollout, Google released the Nexus 5 (Nexus devices are typically named after their screen size).
The Nexus 5 will come in both black and white with two size configurations, 16 GB and 32 GB, for $349 and $399 respectively. When you compare this to high end smartphones like the iPhone 5s ($649) and Samsung Galaxy S4 ($550), the Nexus 5 is a good option for those that still want a quality product but getting a device subsidized from their carrier isn’t an option.
Should you buy?
One of the biggest reasons to buy this phone is for vanilla Android 4.4. Other Android Manufacturers like Samsung and HTC put their own skins over Android software and it can make for a worse experience. Since the Nexus is put out by Google (made by LG) software updates will be easy and straight forward.
Do you have a grandfathered unlimited data plan? Most carriers did away with these plans in 2011 but there are still some of us out there who avoid using carrier subsidies in order to keep our unlimited data. If you buy the Google Nexus 5 you are paying a similar price as to other high end phones without signing another contract for two years.
We won’t know how great of a product this is until it reaches the hands of consumers. Already as of this posting some models are sold out, while others don’t ship for over a week. Are you interested in the Nexus 5? Let us know if you will be ordering in the comments!
edit: This model will work with all major US carriers except Verizon.
In the meantime here are the specs: