When the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 arrived last year, it was a nightmare to say the least. Not only did stock on the Nexus 4 dry up nearly instantly, the entire purchasing process was full of errors and other issues along the way.
So how is the Nexus 5 holding up in comparison? Considerably better. Having one device on sale instead of two likely made things easier for Google to handle, and it seems that Google learned more than a few lessons from last year’s launch.
We can’t yet speak for all Google Play markets that saw the device launch yesterday, but at least in the United States Google has brought their A-game in terms of handling the traffic and demand of the Nexus 5. Not only did Google Wallet handle all the orders with relative ease, the first batches of Nexus 5 units have already started shipping!
Google did a great job keeping things in stock throughout most of yesterday, besides a brief period of time at the beginning where the 16GB white Nexus 5 showed it was out of stock. Shortly after that it returned, though the shipping times had slipped.
Of course we knew the stock would run dry eventually. Now that almost a full day has passed, the 16GB models are currently listed as sold out. The white and black 32GB models are still available, with shipping times pushed back to 2-3 weeks.
With a high-demand device like the Nexus 5, it’s not a surprise to see stock run out or shipping dates slip. The real shock is just how smoothly the process has went when compared to past endeavors.
We can’t say for sure when the Nexus 5 16GB models will return to stock, but so far it looks like Google is doing everything in its power to meet demand and ensure a smooth delivery process. Still, for those still interested in nabbing the Nexus 5, you might want to hurry and grab the 32GB while it’s still available.
Were you able to get your order in for the Nexus 5? Did you run into any problems or was it all smooth sailing?
Update: As of the time of this writing (4:15PM EST), the 16GB Nexus 5 is available for order again, though the dates for the 16GB models have been pushed to 3 – 4 weeks. The 32GB models are still expected to arrive in 2 – 3 weeks.
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got mine at 1:05, in the mail (maybe)! WOOOO!
16GB version is out of stock first, that means people don’t care about storage as much as some geeks put it.
I agree with you. I ordered the 32gb but I’d say most people just want the cheaper phone and will use cloud services for the rest if they run out of storage.
I care more so about expandable storage, I don’t ever see me using 16 GB internal, But I have a rather large music collection I keep on a micro sd, if only the nexus 5 supported that :(
cough google play music cough
Cough on sprint lol!
What does sprint have to do with it?
When you live in an area with terrible 3G….using a music streaming service (that needs good data) is difficult.
Sprint service sucks, im suprised everyone doesn’t already know that by now.
What about when you aren’t on WiFi and have a data cap on your data plan. Or what if your internet reception is horrible? Nothing can quite replace enough physical storage.
Best Google service
People don’t have unlimited data outside the US. For some, if not most, that’s simply not an option. Also, given the fact Play Music isn’t available everywhere.
I am a geek but never ran out of space with my 16GB GNexus. But i ordered 32gb to because 50€ Mord ( or in your Cass $) is a great deal
There are many different usage scenarios. Personally, I was feeling the crunch with the 16 GB N4, so I splurged for the 32 GB Panda Edition, without even blinking.
I got the same capacity and color. First white phone I’ve gotten since the white T-Mobile G1.
My G’Nex served me fine with 16GB of space, but apps and games aren’t getting any smaller, so I grabbed a 32GB. This should last me a long while.
You are correct assuming that equal numbers of 16GB and 32GB phones were available. However, I’m sure Google forecasts the sales and according to the forecasts, not equal numbers of each model. In the forums I’ve looked at so far, people reported ordering the 32GB model about 3:1, but that’s just anecdotal.
*manufactures according to the forecasts
I think storage capacity does matter to people, but like me they are not willing to hand over 50 extra bucks for 16GB.
I’m also pretty disappointed that there is no 3000mAh battery. I think if the 32GB had that it would be the one sold out.
16gb is more than enough storage for a phone. Tablets in the other hand…..
possibly a lot of people do not use media stored on their devices, or they listen to a few albums at a time and have found it convenient to live by syncing often. and the low price for a fantastic device in a difficult economy is pretty enticing isnt it ? people have learned to cut corners
Anyone know where UK orders are shipped from!
ireland. but mine hasn’t shipped yet :(
For $9.99 I would expect a better service.
Some phones ordered from CPW last night have already been delivered apparently.
Damn I’m so torn apart on deciding whether I should get it for stick with the nexus 4 the weird thing is I was disappointed with nexus 4 low storage options. But after being forced to use the cloud I got so used to it and don’t mind having 16gb of course that helps when you have unlimited data! I have 6gb spare still. I’m waiting on battery life usage for n5 and how KitKat runs on nexus 4. I’m sure it will run near flawlessly! Still the nexus 5 is the best phone you buy on the market with that price!
Go for nexus 5… its a better investment.. in a few weeks the value of nexus 4 will drop a great deal
im going to compare both over at http://www.androidenforcer.com
Does anyone know how if the nexus 5 supports otg?
No not out of the box, but there are apps that enable it.
Ok thanks, so something like nexus media importer?
Yes thats a good one.
No problem ordering the 32gig black version. Should be receiving it in Ohio on Tuesday. Very excited!
I have decided that I will be using this phone for the long haul, so going for the 32 gig option for an extra $50 made sense for me.
Same here in regards to the long haul comment. The Nexus 5 32GB should keep me happy for a while.
I’m upgrading from a G’Nex, which I still love and will throw CM11 on and use as a backup phone. Good times.
Same here. .. I’d rather have too much space than not enough.. nexus 5 is a phone that pleases all
Im going to post my review over at http://www.androidenforcer.com
My one has been collected from the warehouse and is in transit :D
Verizon should take note of this.
A major reason I am leaving Verizon is to get the N5.
Google will probably never work with Verizon again.
no WOW factor at all and whats up with that battery size? this isn’t 2012 were moving to 3000mah+
I balked at ordering at first. I closed my browser a number of times just before pressing the “order now” button, but I did eventually order the 32GB version in black. The only downside is that my expected delivery date went from 1-2 days to November 8th because I hesitated.
My 32GB white Nexus 5 shipped this morning. I got the slower shipping, too. :)
Looking forward to receiving it by next week. My case and screen protectors arrived today. ;)
What case did you order?
Really? What time did you order it? Here I ordered it at 2:11 eastern, 32GB Black, also slow shipping, still hasn’t shipped unfortunately :(
I’ve ordered mine earlier today. We can’t buy the nexus via the playstore here in Belgium … so I had to buy it from a online retailer. It was rather fast out of stock but new orders can be taken. I should get mine Tuesday. Yey! … very impatient to get my hands on it.
Maybe a good message for some people:
I ordered my Nexus 5 like 2 hours after launch, when the Google Store said “Will leave depot by the 8th”. Just got the email that it was shipped! Super excited.
(by the way, that is in the UK)
Anyone know any good cases for Nexus 5? What have you people ordered?
I ordered the nexus 5 neo hybrid case…
im going to review it over at http://www.androidenforcer.com
Mine still hasn’t shipped and I ordered within the first 30mins of release!
Both phones were out of stock in Canada less then 2 hours after they went on sale…
Is there someone at Google that will realize that there’s a need for Nexus phones, and there’s buyers also…
I tried purchasing the 32gb model but my order was canceled twice and I have no clue as to why. I emailed customer support and is been over 24hrs with no reply. So fuck it. Must be a sign.
2:10 EST for Black 16GB and White 16GB models.
White 16GB ship date is Nov 5.
Black 16GB is listed as “pre-ordered”. Google customer support told me not to expect it to be shipped until Nov 22 at the earliest.
Pretty terrible shipping estimate for the black version ordered less than ten minutes after release.
Scratch that. Just got an email that both phones have shipped (11/1, 9:35 pm EST)
Just received the UPS shipping label. Will be here Monday! Woot!!
I bought the 32gb model because I would not want to run into a storage problem
Ive reviewed many different phones this month, got to test run them for a few days and the nexus 5 RULES!!..
I love the minimal yet sleek look & the fact that the front of the phone looks like 1 solid black slate when screen is turned off…
im going to post my review & thoughts over at http://www.androidenforcer.com
Battle Of The Titans: Nexus 5 Versus HTC One
Which is the smartphone for you? The newly announced Nexus 5 or the ever reliable HTC One?
How nice of Google to let someone buy six phones when lots of people are just trying to buy one. Retarded policy.
Got mine this morning…
Camera is good,
16 GB has been pushed to 4 – 5 weeks
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