Nexus 5 review - now Marshmallow flavoured
Android 4.4 (KitKat), 5.0in 1,920x1,080 display
The Nexus 5 is offically over, having been removed from sale on the Google Play Store earlier this year. It was a sad day, to be honest, as the Nexus 5 was, and continues to be, an excellent handset for those after a vanilla Android experience. It's not all bad news, though, as Google has just unveiled the brand-new Nexus 5X, which is also made by LG (the masters behind the old Nexus 5) and is the first handset to come with Android Marshmallow straight out of the box.
With the Nexus 5X on the way, there's now very little reason to hunt down a Nexus 5, unless of course you're dead set against paying full price for a new Nexus 5X. The old Nexus 5 is still available via a handful of retailers, but with stocks rapidly falling, you'll need to be quick if you want to pick one up. The offical price ended at £299 but you can find one on eBay for less than £200 new. At these prices it's still a serious contender if you're looking for a SIM-free handset.
There are faster chipsets around now, but we've seen a law of dimishing returns of late, and the SnapDragon 800 used here is still impressive stuff. The Nexus 5 is available in a stunning bright red finish too, plus it's now been updated with Android 6 Marshmallow, the latest version of the operating system.
It may be competitively priced, but the handset doesn’t feel cheap. It's a simple slab with rounded-off corners and a pleasing rubberised rear. While other phones have come-and-gone the Nexus 5's simple utilitarian styling has actually come into its own with time, it looks great alongside Android 5.0's material design ethos, and it won't ever clash with whatever you have onscreen.
Android 6 Marshmallow
Google has rolled out Android 6 Marshmallow to the Nexus 5 as an over-the-air update, meaning it's running the latest version of the operating system. One of the most useful aspects of the latest update for Nexus 5 devices is the introduction of the Doze feature. This drastically improves battery management by putting the Nexus 5 and its apps in a low-power state when they're not needed, meaning you're not draining the battery needlessly. Many Nexus 5 users have noticed a significant increase in battery performance, which is great news as the battery life was one of the poorer aspects.