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Red Nexus 5 Unboxed, Fondled.

The Nexus 5 in red is real, it exists, and it can now be purchased from Google Play. At $349 for the 16GB model, and $399 for the 32GB model, there is nothing different about this variant other than its bright exterior. Like, really bright exterior. If you have picked up any of the official Nexus accessories in bright red, then you’ll know exactly what I mean by that.

The specs are identical to the black and white versions. In other words, you are looking at a Snapdragon 800 processor, 4.95inch 1080p display, 8MP rear camera with OIS, 2300mAh battery, 2GB RAM, a Slimport, and connectivity on Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile. 

So yeah, this is it. It’s red. BRIGHT red, and it’s in house. We actually have two in house, so be on the lookout for a contest in the coming days. For now, enjoy the unboxing, fondling, and comparison to the rest of red’s Nexus brothers.

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  • Simon

    when comparing the back of each color, would u rather say the touch of the red one is closer to the black one or to the white one?

  • Simon

    would u rather say the touch of the red one is closer to the black one or to the white one?

  • Vishal

    Is the shade of nexus 5 red like a nokia lumia 520 red?

  • Duff

    Ok, so this looks like a burnt orange, with some fiery red, rather than actual red. Is there anyone who has actually handled the phone, and can confirm the color of it; perhaps even share a picture with an accurate color representation of what the phone looks like with everyday lighting. Some pictures make it look very, very orange, which I’m not a fan of.

    • Enflu3nza

      u might wanna check your monitor settings. mine looks bright red here. then again it could be the camera too, since some videos of it look orange.

  • HowsTheHope

    With the proliferation of protective covers in a wide variety of colors and materials: So what? No dis intended, I genuinely don’t get the hype. Love my Nexus 5 but what difference does the color make?

  • JR69

    I got one for the wife and wow, it’s bright. It is brighter than the photo on the google play store photos and I would say it’s an orange red in person but it looks like a traffic cone. I don’t know if she’ll like it.

  • Brandon Hinson

    does it have the same speaker set up as the Black and White?

  • Skrewee Lewee

    It would be rad if they made a nexus tablet in this color!

  • Rob Lewis

    I like that you can see the red edge while viewing the front of the phone

  • Mike

    Looks better than I thought it would.

  • JimBurke57

    I personally think the red looks badass.

  • Guest

    How does the back compare to the white and black, in terms of feeling?

  • sweenish

    For those of us that can’t or don’t want to watch the video, is it like the black or white Nexus in regards to texture?

    • Adam

      The video doesn’t describe the texture at all (besides the sides being matte), and I would also really like to know the answer to this question.

    • miri

      According to Engadget, it’s the same texture as the white model.

  • Hijkor

    Does anyone know if Google has a history of putting their nexus phones on sale through their store? I have a galaxy nexus with Verizon and my contract is finally up. I want off Verizon and I want this phone but since it’s been out for a few months already I figured I’d wait for a sale. Am I just wasting my time and I should act now?

    • Cory_S

      They discounted the Nexus 4 by about a hundred dollars right before they discontinued it. That’s the only situation I know of where they discount their phones.

      • Hijkor

        Ahh that’s what I kinda figured. So I guess I’d better jump on this now…. after tomorrow’s contest results of course. Haha Thanks!

    • MistaButters

      The only time it may go on “sale” is when they are clearing stock for a new model. So, in about 8 months you might be able to get this cheaper.

  • chris_johns

    i love red..so i like it…does look a tad bit bright though…i got a moto x black front candy red back and black buttons and love it…reds not as bright as this one

  • LiterofCola

    So it’s the same phone….in red….

    • HowsTheHope

      I don’t understand it either. Do that many people actually NOT use a cover of some type?

  • WestFiasco

    Looks good.

  • Thai

    too flashy in my opinion. if I could afford it I would get the white version, more sleek look^_^
    posted with blu life one x

  • DainLaguna

    47 comments, mostly proclaiming how ugly it is…..flash forward to the upcoming contest and there’s comments into the thousands

  • CaptainHowdy13

    My white one has a zit on its forehead, and this one has a boil. Nice!

  • Anyone else think this is more orange than red??

  • ba11sy

    Does this mean you’re sending Eric the black one?

  • Jared

    I really like the look of the red one. I may be in the minority here too, but I like it. Also, Kellex, you need to pick up a nice pocket knife for these unboxings instead of using scissors like a heathen.

  • Ry Sav

    feel like im the only person who actually likes this…

    • I like it too. 🙂

      • paulqg

        Would you say it looks like this because I have this tylt vu color? Thanks Kellen.

        • Avril111

          My Uncle Connor got Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG use
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        • Red5

          Nexus Ski Patrol Version

      • MannyLegacy

        Me three!!

    • RozJC

      No, I like it too.

  • Detonation

    Guess I’m in the minority here thinking that it looks pretty bad

    • Adrynalyne

      I don’t like it either.

    • Liderc

      You’re not alone, I think it looks terribad. The color is just awful and I wouldn’t be caught dead with that thing.

  • Eric Wilborn

    Yes: When do you need my address?

  • Trevor

    Do the back and sides feel like that black Nexus 5 or the white?

    • I’d say more like the white, not quite as grippy as the black.

      • Trevor

        Too bad. The black feels hella awesome. And the red looks awesome. Their powers combined could be orgasmic.

      • Adam Truelove

        That is very unfortunate. The black is quality, the white feels cheap.

  • ferrari187

    This actually looks awesome, damn I might buy one

  • Nikuliai

    Probably gonna get downvoted for this but it looks kind of disappointing to me… it’s too bright and it looks odd to me, I have no doubt that many people will dig it but I’m not one of em lol :S

    • It’s definitely an acquired taste or something. Super bright. Could take some getting used to.

      • Nikuliai

        I think Italian red (little darker but still strong red) would had been a much better choice by Google, I would feel kind of weird taking my phone on a meeting or something “serious” 😛

        PS: are you still rocking bamboo? if so, how do you think a Toast back (bamboo or walnut) would look on a Stormtrooper (dev ed) Moto X?

  • Rocketjrb

    I like the quick intro on the video. Nice touch.

  • Joshua Hoffman

    Call me crazy. I want.

  • Colton

    i never thought i would want a red phone, but that just looks so nice…

  • xzombiex66

    I love the speaker grill being Red, The contrast looks awesome

  • marco

    does it have the new style speakers with bigger holes?

  • Agunimon

    Is it as red as the HTC One SV?

    • bd1212

      Looks redder.

    • Yep.

      • Agunimon


  • Cesar

    Well, I guess it’s time to keep an eye on my twitter feed for the eventual “Win a Red Nexus 5” contest.

  • emoney

    i can’t wait to throw a red wallpaper on that

  • Brady KEITH

    is it red, or more of a dayglo/safety orange?

  • RC

    diggin the new intro camera pans.

  • Philip J. Fry

    Like how they did the sides red instead of black

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    So orange. It’s so bright. I like it though.

    • Maxim∑

      its just the camera, my friend ordered one and it looks better in person.

      I personally think the black nexus 5 looks the best

  • John Legere

    It’s a dream come true.

  • Jimmy Baez

    Sex, sex, sex.

    • Adrynalyne

      Please don’t relate this to sex. Sex is so much better.

  • Nobody on this blog has any right to make fun of iOS fans after ya’ll comment on new phone colors.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Troll bait fail. Be quiet.

    • John Legere
    • I fed the troll, sue me.

      I’d agree if Google had just released a red Nexus 4, called it the Nexus 4C, and pretended it was a new product with a matching price tag.

      • John Legere

        I believe Apple does that with all their products.

      • Tyler

        Apple iPhone *insert number here* S(ame)

    • Maxim∑

      I like apple, but no one was making fun of iOS fans so that comment was unnecessary.. because no one cares here this is “DROID-life”

    • Elliot Kotis

      What? Apple didn’t start that…Microsoft and Moto did…

    • LiterofCola


  • Bassenza

    So red. Much wow.