Nexus 5 review - Now in red with Android 5.0 imminent
Android 4.4 (KitKat), 5.0in 1,920x1,080 display
As usual, Google launched its current own-brand smartphone with little fanfare - despite the fact that it represented incredible value at the time. 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; 4.4.4 KitKat. 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. It's now available in a stunning bright red finish now too, plus it will soon get an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop, giving it a nwe lease of life on Google's latest OS.
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, which we think feels classier than the shinier Samsung Galaxy S4. You don’t get the super-classy build quality of the metal-and-glass Sony Xperia Z1 or the metal unibody HTC One, but the phone's chassis is classy enough to match its internal components.