Unlocked Google Nexus 5 without contract is now for sale in the US, Android Kit Kat 4.4 is now official
After months of speculations we can finally cross out the Nexus 5 from the list of phones that have question marks about. As expected, the handset has been unveiled today. Were there any surprises? Frankly speaking, not too many. Numerous leaks and rumors did a great job of painting a pretty clear picture of what we can expect from Google’s next flagship smartphone. Probably the best news of all is that the Nexus 5 is available immediately from Google Play for $349 for the 16 GB version and $399 for the 32 GB model. Both models are unlocked and for sale without contract.
Google Nexus 5 – Arrival Time
It means that if you order the phone now, you will have to wait for it a couple of days only, that is as long as it takes to ship from the warehouse to your doorstep. In addition to the US, the Nexus 5 goes on sale today also in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, U.K., Australia, Korea and Japan.
Customers in other regions, that is Europe, Central/South Americas, Asia, CIS and the Middle East, will be able to grab the handset in about two weeks from other channels. As for the carriers, in the US, the phone will be offered by Sprint and T-Mobile. The device also will be available from Amazon, Best Buy and RadioShack.
Google Nexus 5 – Hardware
Now, let’s focus on the phone itself. The Google Nexus 5 looks exactly the same as the device we have seen leak in some photos with a horizontal Nexus logo on the back, plastic black or white body and ceramic power and volume buttons.
The phone features a 5-inch, or to be more exact 4.95-inch touch display with a 1080 x 1920 resolution which works out to a pixel density of 445 ppi. In the smartphone world it is a good as it gets. The screen uses in-cell touch technology that enhances readability, especially outside.
The performance is controlled by a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with Adreno 320 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. The Nexus 5 offers either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal memory, however, there is no option for expansion, as the handset lacks microSD slot.
Google Nexus 5 – Camera & Battery
With the next-generation Nexus, Google paid far more attention to camera than with its previous Nexus phones. The camera does not packs the largest sensor on the market, but at 8 megapixels it is perfectly capable of satisfying the needs of even the most demanding users.
The camera features LED flash, optical image stabilization and an improved HDR+ mode. The battery is a decent 2,300 mAh unit and offers wireless charging which is still rather an option than a standard in today’s smartphones.
Google Nexus 5 – Software
The Nexus 5 runs the latest of the latest version of Android, that is today debuting Android 4.4 KitKat. The new version of the OS brings significant changes to the platform in terms of both design and functionality as well as deeper integration among Google services. The interface is now simpler and even more intuitive. The whole system was redesigned inside out and is much faster than before, which you can clearly see in how Voice Search and Google Now function.
Messaging also undergone a complete metamorphosis. Now all messaging, be it texting, instant messaging, even voice and video calling, is done through Hangouts. The OS is also capable of optimizing itself to work equally well on huge, powerful phablets as well as smaller, lower-end phones.
This and much more awaits you in the new Nexus 5 running Android 4.4 KitKat.