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.