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Nexus 5 Already Sold Out On Google Play

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 16 comments

Google's newest handset is flying off the virtual shelves.

When Google announced the Nexus 4, it had an awful lot of trouble keeping up with demand. Despite the phone's October 2012 release, it wasn't readily available until the calendars clicked over to 2013. Now, it looks like folks eager to get their hands on the Nexus 5 are facing similar disappointment.

Though the Nexus 5 was only announced a couple of hours ago, the phone is already sold out on Google Play. That is, both the 16 GB and 32 GB models in both black and white are no longer available. The Google Play Store instead asks customers to check back for inventory later. It's not a total lost cause, as the phone seems to come "back" in stock sporadically, so you can still get one if you're willing to spend time watching the Play Store. It's possible that as folks cancel orders, their unit is thrown back on the virtual shelf. All we know is that the Tom's news team was able to secure four units just by flicking through the color and capacity options until the 'Add to cart' button showed up. This solution secured us two 32 GB white models, a white 16 GB model, and a black 16 GB model. We were also able to cancel orders fairly easily.

Google hasn't commented on whether this is an issue with the Play Store or the phone really is selling out in a matter of hours. However, the device will be available through Sprint, T-Mobile, Amazon, Best Buy and RadioShack, so Google Play isn't your only option.

The Nexus 5 is an LG made phone and Google says it's the slimmest, fastest Nexus phone yet. It packs a 4.95-inch 1920x1080p full HD display (though Google is calling this a 5-inch phone), a quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU clocked at 2.3 GHz, support for 4G/LTE and dualband WiFi, wireless changing, a 2300mAh battery, and an 8-megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization. There's also a 1.3-megapixel camera up front for video calling.

Of course, Nexus 5 will ship with Android 4.4, also known as KitKat. KitKat packs improvements to the phone application, as well as a new Hangouts app, a bew camera shortcut on the lockscreen, support for third-party cloud storage in the Gallery application, and hands-free voice search. Read more about KitKat here.

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    eklipz330 , October 31, 2013 1:00 PM
    white is available in both sizes
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    the1kingbob , October 31, 2013 1:21 PM
    They are still available, the shipping date is like Nov. 8th. I doubt it will stay that short of a waiting period for long though, I imagine there will be a few weeks wait time before tomorrow morning.
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    eklipz330 , October 31, 2013 1:34 PM
    who knows, maybe they did an excellent job of stocking up this time!
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    Innocent_Bystander , October 31, 2013 2:22 PM
    For $349 they got a slam dunk on their hands with these specs...

    you have to be a serious Google hater not to consider it if you're up for an upgrade

    IB
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    smeghead4269 , October 31, 2013 2:22 PM
    The only one that appears to be sold out is 16GB black. The rest are in stock (for the moment).
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    lightofhonor , October 31, 2013 2:33 PM
    Only out of 16gb.
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    smeghead4269 , October 31, 2013 3:21 PM
    And now they're all in stock again. This is nuts.
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    house70 , October 31, 2013 5:59 PM
    This is another nail in Apple's coffin.
    If you're up for getting a pure Android experience, it doesn't get any better than that ATM. I would say between this, and the other 2 recent GP Edition phones (SGS4 and HTC One) one has a great choice to make, can't go wrong with any of these.

    LOL at Apple's troll otacon, he just admitted being a serious Google hater, since everyone knows Nexus phones are hardly subsidized, and the prices posted on GPlay are retail for unlocked phones. He's just green with envy, since iPhones are way more expensive and iOS will never provide the vast options available on Android (or Android-based) phones.
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    DarkSable , October 31, 2013 6:02 PM
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    If that's the retail price sure. If that's the subsidized price no way.


    It's a nexus device. Not a subsidized flagship. $350 gets you the full unlocked phone. No extra monthly payments, no 2-year contract.

    No such thing as subsidies for Nexus devices; that's why they're amazing. (Though service providers might subsidize them, it's not like it's needed.)
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    DarkSable , October 31, 2013 6:04 PM
    Quote:
    This is another nail in Apple's coffin.
    If you're up for getting a pure Android experience, it doesn't get any better than that ATM. I would say between this, and the other 2 recent GP Edition phones (SGS4 and HTC One) one has a great choice to make, can't go wrong with any of these.


    Your own counter-trolling aside... what are you talking about?

    This is a nexus device - that means it gets same-day updates to android releases. Google play devices? Do not. They're reliant on the manufacturer still.

    Why would I pay almost twice as much money for a phone that wasn't designed for stock android but is running it, that doesn't get regular updates, that has worse specs than the Nexus 5?
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    house70 , October 31, 2013 6:15 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    This is another nail in Apple's coffin.
    If you're up for getting a pure Android experience, it doesn't get any better than that ATM. I would say between this, and the other 2 recent GP Edition phones (SGS4 and HTC One) one has a great choice to make, can't go wrong with any of these.


    Your own counter-trolling aside... what are you talking about?

    This is a nexus device - that means it gets same-day updates to android releases. Google play devices? Do not. They're reliant on the manufacturer still.

    Why would I pay almost twice as much money for a phone that wasn't designed for stock android but is running it, that doesn't get regular updates, that has worse specs than the Nexus 5?


    When 4.3 came out it was on my phone within one week. Other phones are still waiting for it. Besides, my point was clear about having a choice, not imposing it. Some people still care about additional storage, replaceable batteries, and they have a choice. Simple as that. You personally don't have to buy anything you don't want, but it's good to have choices.
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    darkol , November 1, 2013 6:45 AM
    It's not available anymore, only the 32GB version is available... any ETA for upcoming supplies?
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    gggplaya , November 1, 2013 9:05 AM
    They should do what Iphone is doing and making a cheaper plastic phone for the masses. If they can make it $200 with no contract, you would have a ton of people buying them, especially people on prepaid plans. I think google can do it with a slightly older quad core processor, 8gb of memory, plastic body, and a lower resolution screen.
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    Mayorchapstick , November 1, 2013 1:38 PM
    AWESOME! Now I can update my facebook at 2.3 GHz and still have power left over to make a phone call! Can't wait until this is deemed obsolete next year and trade it in for the next impractical and functionless device.. Seriously people, what kind of candy crush are you playing that it needs a cpu specs as a laptop? unless you can hook this thing up to a monitor and plug in a mouse/keyboard and run a functional OS, I can't justify the need for these kinds of specs or prices.
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    Skippy27 , November 1, 2013 3:18 PM
    gggplaya, being that pretty every iPhone ever released cost about $200 to make and can easily be sold for a nice profit at about $250 I am sure they could do just about the same for this one if not better.
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    Skippy27 , November 1, 2013 3:18 PM
    mayorchapstick, do you really have any clue what you are talking about when it comes to processing power?