Starts at $350 off-contract.
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Pro Sleek design with solid build quality
The Nexus 5 has great build quality and a nice overall look and feel. The rear of the device is built from a soft touch matte plastic. The design is conservative but attractive with the brand Nexus embossed on the rear.
Pro Great performance
The Nexus 5 has a Snapdragon 800 2.26Ghz quad-core processor, Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM. It's snappy to use and benchmarks show it has fantastic overall performance.
Pro Multi-band LTE support
The Nexus 5 supports LTE on the following bands: 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41. This means it will support LTE on pretty much all major carriers worldwide.
Pro Clear 4.95" 1080p display
The phone has a 4.95" 1920x1080 IPS display with 445 ppi surrounded by very small bezels. It's sharp, has great color accuracy and good viewing angles.
Pro Pure Android experience
Nexus 5 comes with the latest stock Android. There are no OEM reskins or carrier bloatware to change the way the device is used or slow it down.
Pro Good 8MP rear-facing camera
Nexus 5 has a 8MP rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization and is capable of taking HDR photos.
Pro Priority support from Google
As this is a stock Android device and a flagship Google phone, it receives priority support for updates and any new functionality developed by Google.
Pro Great value for money
Traditionally the top-end phones command at least $700USD+ to buy off-contract, at $350 unlocked the Nexus 5 is fantastic value for money.
Con No microSD card slot
Con Poor battery life
N5 has a 2300 mAh battery that according to Phonearena drains in under 5 hours of typical use. A large contributing factor is the Snapdragon 800 chip that's not as power efficient as later models.