Nexus 5 on sale now through Google Play, starting at £300

Nexus 5It has been a long time coming, but the Google Nexus 5 smartphone is now ready to buy. Should you do so? Well, if you’re after what’s likely to be the best value Android smartphone we’ll see this year, then the answer has to be yes.

As expected, the Nexus 5 has a specification which sees it go up against the top Android phones already released this year, including the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Sony Xperia Z. It has a 5-inch touchscreen with a 1080p resolution, and is powered by the processor-to-have, the 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM.

Google is selling two different versions, one with 16GB of RAM and the other with 32GB. On the rear of the phone is the lens to an 8-megapixel camera, which has optical image stabilization, an LED flash, and HDR+ software. The Nexus 5 also has voice recognition, and an “OK Google” command will see it open a search box, start playing a song, operate the GPS, or send an SMS.

This is a new Google phone, so with it comes Android 4.4 KitKat, the latest version of the mobile operating system. In addition to the voice control, the Hangouts app now takes care of SMS messaging, there’s a new dialer, and new Google Now cards too.

If you want to grab a Nexus 5 for yourself, they’re available from the Google Play store now, with the 16GB priced at £300 and the 32GB at £340. The phone is also being sold by Carphone Warehouse, O2 and Three.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars