Google’s got a new Nexus phone… but not everyone wants a 6 inch phone with a $650 price tag. So even though the Nexus 6 is shiny and new, Google is continuing to sell last year’s model… kind of.
Up until recently, the Nexus 5 was out of stock at the Google Play Store. Now that’s changed, and you can pick up select models for about half the price of a Nexus 6.
The Google Nexus 5 features a 5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB to 32GB of storage, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. It supports 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and 4G LTE.
While the Nexus 6 has a faster CPU, a better camera, and other improvements, Google’s flagship phone from 2013 is still a pretty great phone… especially with prices starting at $349.
Right now I’m only seeing options to buy the 32GB black or white models for $399 and it’s not clear how long these phones will remain in stock. But Google hasn’t discontinued the Nexus 5, so once the current inventory is sold out there’s a good chance the company will restock the store when more units are available.
Just got myself a N5, couldn’t be happier. I would never spend $650+ on a phone.
How is the camera? All the reviews say it is sub-par. That is what keeps me from buying it.
actually you can tweak the N4 to work on LTE it is in the hardware….
Not discussed much is the Nexus 5’s apparent “universal” cellular
radio, in which you can stick any carrier’s (AT&T, T-Mo, Sprint) SIM
in and the Nexus 5 will work on that company’s network. This is a big
change from earlier devices, in which you were locked to one technology
(GSM or CDMA, but not both) and one company (AT&T or T-Mobile,
until the carrier you chose unlocked you), If you chose Verizon CDMA,,
you couldn’t get “unlocked” so you could choose Sprint CDMA later (and vice
Obviously having LTE radios on the device made interoperability
easier (although each carrier’s implementation of LTE is different).
But the Nexus 5 was even LTE-A capable (tri-band or Sprint Spark
capable). What capability is there on the Nexus 6?
I wish someone would go in-depth on this, maybe Apple’s releasing
the iPad air 2 with Apple SIM (where you can choose carrier, AT&T, T-Mo,
Sprint from a pull-down menu) will spur further discussion on this aspect.
I would think this expanded carrier choice would be important to someone.
I’m pretty sure the Nexus 5 isn’t LTE-A capable. Sprint Spark is as you said, just Sprint’s tri-band brand name. Being that the 805 is being used in the Nexus 6, it just may be LTE-A capable if they use the right Qualcomm modem in addition. But still, the Nexus 5 is solid. If I have cash at some point it’s near the top of my list for a phone to purchase because of price and updates.
I cant see how the 6 will succeed at that price,,,very disappointed…
Maybe they have no intention of selling the Nexus 6, the Nexus 6 is there to drive the sales of Nexus 5
Because they don’t plan on selling a lot at that price. They plan on selling a lot with carrier subsidies. That’s why they got all 4 major US carriers (and US Cellular) on board. They want the device to sell, they want people signing up at those services to get this device and they want people using their phone upgrades on the Nexus 6 so they can keep bringing in revenue and make more devices. They’re way more serious about it this time around.
still I thought the nexus 4 and 5 were so popular BECAUSE people are wising up and getting away from the 2 year jail term and bloat ware added to all he carried locked phones….why would you want a 2 year contract plus a hefty cost to buy the equipment,,,to each his own..
I didn’t say I want it in particular. It’s just that conclusion can be reached for why the unlocked price is $650. Every major carrier picked up this device. Google cannot sell at a major discount against that $650 and $699 pricepoints, plus, this is a premium device. The specs are top of the line, the build looks good. It has a lot of features people want out of a high end phone, and Google is going to market this thing heavily to try to earn more. And especially that $650 price, that price is being paid by the carriers to Google and Motorola (or something close to it) for this phone.
Yes, people did get Nexus phones before for things like you mentioned, but also, they were very very cheap. They want to make money on the Nexus now. Nothing wrong with that. There’s still probably a pretty hefty savings if someone buys the phone outright to go to a prepaid plan vs. a few of the major carriers’ subsidies + service price points.
They should offer it for 299. That would help push all the prices down which helps see more smart phones.
Lol. They have no need to. It sells pretty well at current price point.
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