Nexus 5 review - Now in red with Android 5.0

On sale for a year, but the Nexus 5 is still a great phone for the money

Our Rating 
5/5
Price when reviewed 
299
inc VAT
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Specifications

Android 4.4 (KitKat), 5.0in 1,920x1,080 display

As usual, Google launched this own-brand smartphone with little fanfare - despite the fact that it represented incredible value at the time and is still a great buy today with stocks now dwindling. At launch almost everything about the Nexus 5's specification was top-drawer, from its Snapdragon 800 processor to its Full HD screen and the very latest version of Android. Phones with this kind of specification usually cost more than £500 SIM-free, but the Nexus 5, astonishingly, is £200 cheaper than that. 

It's held out pretty well over the last year too, the price is now £299 and though it has more competition, it's still a serious contender if you're looking for a SIM-free handset. There are faster chiposets around, but we've seen s  alaw of dimishing returns of late, and teh SnapDragon 800 used here is still impressive stuff. The Nexus 5 is now available in a stunning bright red finish too, plus it just got an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop, giving it a new lease of life on Google's latest OS. 

Google Nexus 5

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 utalitarian 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 5.0 adds lots of new goodies to the phone, though of course they won't be exclusive to Nexus handsets for long. The new notifications system allows you to block all but the most important alerts when you don't want to be disturbed; and the notifications themselves are now Google-Now styled cards, which you can also open straight from the lock screen. The settings menu is improved with easier access to the things you need, plus a built-in flashlight option. Tabs in Chrome are no accessed as individual apps in the new Recent Apps carousel, while GTmail has absorbed the email app into a single stop for all your mail boxes.

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