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Red Nexus 5 Appears to be Sold Out in Both 16GB and 32GB Variants

Over the weekend, the status of both red Nexus 5 models through Google Playswitched to “We are out of inventory.” Typically, we ignore these stock status changes as Google Play fluctuates regularly with inventory levels, but this time the “Please check back soon” message has stood up longer than usual. We aren’t sure if the red variant was a limited time release, if it sold quicker than Google had expected (less than a week), or if we just need to wait for someone to refresh the listing on a back-end to populate it with more phones. 

No matter what, the new colorway of the phone only seems to have added value to a phone that Google has ultimately been very pleased with. I can’t tell you how many times Google execs mentioned during their last earnings call that the Nexus program had done very well in the last quarter. LG even mentioned that the Nexus 5 helped carry their device sales in the final quarter of 2013. Does that sound like a program that Google would like to kill off?

We unboxed the red Nexus 5 days after it was release because, well, that’s what we do with new Nexus products. It’s bright, it’s pretty (to us), and would have made a lovely Valentine’s present. To see the phone in action, hit up our video below.

Did you miss out on the chance to pick one up?

Via:  Google Play
  • Eshay

    Does anyone know where you can order the Nexus 5 in red online (US) ? Best buy etc is only black and white, some on ebay or amazon but they are ridiculously around $500. Cheers!

  • Laulou

    I’m really surprised the red Nexus 5 is so popular – I really didn’t think that people would go for it… now the ChromeCast, that’s a beaut!

  • MotorworldHype

    I ordered mine the day after it was released and I love it. Even with a case on it, the red is so bright that bits of it still come out through the nooks and crannies of the case which actually gives a cool visual effect.

  • Android Mike

    The Red Nexus has been popping to ‘leaves warehouse in 1-2 business days’ status every now and then this morning. I was able to order one (16gb) just this morning with a shipping date of 2/17. If you’re looking for one, head over and start refreshing!

  • The unfortunate result of this (the publicity of the new color release) is that the other colors have gone from leaving warehouse in 1-2 days to 3-4 weeks. I was planning to buy one for a family member, but now we’ll have to wait. Sigh!

  • Capurnicus

    Just got mine in yesterday. It’s basically an orangish red color. Amazing phone so far though, and I had no issues getting it to work with AT&T. Just had to get a smaller sim (my old HTC Vivid took the bigger size), activated the sim, and wamo I was rolling.

  • hiral

    I wishhhh they had announced about coming up wid different color a bit earlier I soo love this red fone bt I already got a black one. A month before cnt do nythng abt It. Now 🙁

  • VBM

    The red Nexus 5 was worth waiting for. Glad I got one before they ran out.

  • n11

    I got mine today! The red is slightly on the orange side.
    Its better in a few ways then my moto X, and not in others.

    -Flat back, no more rolling on the desk!
    -Bright, crisper, bigger and better white-balanced screen.
    -Decent camera, haven’t really compared side-to-side but it seems to hold its own.
    -Body Color

    -Bigger and more difficult to hold, and use with one hand, I’m being honest
    -Volume rocker and PWR buttons both seem a bit high… a bit awkward to use :/
    -Screen colors not as vibrant as Moto X’s and Blacks not as deep
    -No Moto X migrate, which is a great app when starting up on the X
    -Speaker doesn’t seem as crisp
    -Signal Strength seems to be a bit weaker as well.

    That’s more or less it in a nutshell, but navigating the home menu is fantastic. Great phone.

  • TrevorKai

    Just got mine in the mail today. So glad I pulled the trigger!!!

  • Trevor

    I bought a 32GB one right before it went out of stock. Haven’t gotten a shipping notice yet, so hopefully I wasn’t too late.

  • Daniel Jenks

    So happy I ordered mine when I did now I’m just sitting outside waiting for ups

  • Danilo Duarte

    I woke up today and had a heart attack reading this news… I was planning on ordering mine today

  • Trysta

    Just bought a 16gb black one like a week ago before the shipping times started going up. SO HAPPY! I am struggling to leave it alone so I can get work done…

    Not sure I personally get the appeal of the red one but I’m sure it would be an amazing phone in any color.

  • Aaron Hearne

    Does the camera still suck on these, or have they fixed that by now?

    • Godzilla

      My buddy has one, we’ve done a lot of comparing and we came up with the conclusion that is a close 2nd to Samsung cameras (note 3, GS4)

      • Ajmobileguru

        I would add G2 to the list. G2 in my opinion currently has the best camera on any Android phone.

  • Godzilla

    I realize that this is just me but I have never understood the whole different colors thing for a phone. You are very likely to put a case on it in which you can decide color. I can understand why they offer black and white options but beyond that I guess I am not understanding.

    • Nikuliai

      Tbh I hate cases, I’m using Xtremeguard right now on the front and the back and tbh I kind of hate it (but since too many of my closest relatives are breaking phones I guess I’ll just have to deal with it), I wouldn’t use a case unless it was something like the Atlas (Incipio), something you can use on the beach or pools, and that’s the only time I would actually use it, I like the feel of the phone and I’ve never been a case kind of guy, and obviously I’m not the only one, a lot of people love cases, but a lot of us aren’t willing to use them, so a customizable phone is a pretty big deal if you care about how your phone looks (in that case)

    • Trysta

      Maybe not everyone, but plenty of people don’t use cases on phones. That could be a reason. I dropped both of my previous phones (GNex and old Mytouch 4g) constantly without a case and they survived unscathed. Not saying it isn’t a risk. Just not quite as big of one as some make it out to be.

      • VBM

        Likewise. I only used a case for my old MyTouch 3G. But I didn’t for my MyTouch 4G or One S and they survived some rough times. I don’t intended on bulking up my Nexus 5.

  • Snowbo13

    I love that the Nexus 5 in Red in my banner add at the top of droid-life today with this story below it!

  • Tim242

    If Google was so pleased with the sales, they wouldn’t be scared to share sales numbers.

    • Nikuliai

      And why exactly would they do that?

      • Tim242

        Because everybody else does.

        • Nikuliai

          and? would they win something with it?, the smart move is to keep their mouth shut

          • Tim242

            Only if they kept their mouth shut, would it be smart. But they are bragging about sales without backing up the claim. That is not smart.

          • Nikuliai

            it actually is, they are bragging but this way the other OEMs don’t feel like they are losing much market since they arent “backing up the claim”, it’s a “well it’s fine, they are selling but there is nothing to worry about” The other companies share the number just because it makes the investors and the general public feel a lil bit of confort (hey look! we’re selling a lot!) but with Google they don’t need to (not their business), they can just say whatever they want and have the investors with the same level of confort, so they can brag without risking to upset anyone but making clear the “stock Android” market is selling so the other OEMs feel a little pressure but not enough pressure to feel like they are being aggressive with their pricing (hell the OEMs were pretty upset with Googorola)

  • dannyWHITE

    Dang it Google I WANT ONE! Someone give me theirs!

  • Matthew Muysson

    We have inventory here in canada!

    • Matthew Muysson

      …but still no Chromecast…

      • Godzilla

        Go to Best Buy, get rewards points. Win win

        • Disqus_n00b

          Taxes > Rewards. Meh

  • Disqus_n00b

    Google never seems to order enough of their new releases.

  • Tony G.

    can just buy a red bumper case and it will be the same thing

    • The Narrator

      What about those that like to live dangerously.

      • El_Big_CHRIS


  • David Castillo

    Ill be so mad if it was a limited edition nd change it with a different color then again if the color is right might jus be (Green, yellow, blue, grey, purple) Basically have every color that’s in the Incan Flag!!!

  • Jacob Mustin

    I just want to find the replacement backs for these online somewhere… thats all. 🙂

  • flosserelli

    Here we go again. But I must admit, if I was in the market for a Nexus 5, that red is damn sexy.

  • The Narrator

    I guess the play store couldn’t handle the heat.