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Monday Poll: If the Nexus 5 Came to Verizon Now, Would You Buy It?

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Outside of the ultra-late arrival for the Nexus 7 (2013) on Verizon, Big Red customers have been without a Nexus device since the disaster that was the launch of the Galaxy Nexus in late 2011. OK, so the launch wasn’t the only disaster there, but you get what I’m saying. The last two phones from Google have not made their way to Verizon’s airwaves, even though the latest (Nexus 5) does just fine on all other carriers, including the CDMA-reliant Sprint.

But what if that changed? What if Verizon launched the Nexus 5 late, just like they did the Nexus 7? What if you could buy the Nexus 5 in the coming weeks – would you? With the Galaxy S5 and “All New HTC One” on the horizon, is Google’s 2013 flagship still worth having, just because it’s a “Nexus” device?

If you need help responding to that question, feel free to read our Nexus 5 review. Then hit up the poll and comments to share your thoughts.

If the Nexus 5 Came to Verizon Now, Would You Still Buy It?

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  • Jason

    Funny this poll should turn up. I busted my Galaxy Nexus over the weekend, so I ended up calling Verizon. I was told that the Nexus 5 is coming to Verizon by Summer.

    • Jprime

      did they really? how did u get them to admit it?

      • Jason

        I just asked them straight up. They very well could be blowing smoke, but I hope not.

  • Tom Koeppel

    no i would not go back to verizon for the nexus 5(moved to t-mobile for the nexus 5)

  • Jprime

    Is this actually going to happen? Because if i buy a moto x and this comes out the following month, I’ll be angry. I want that bigger screen!!!

  • redskins59rocs .

    I have an S4 and if it was still $350 I would sell my S4 and buy the Nexus 5.

  • Chad Stevens

    Already bought 3 nexus 5’s and moved to straight talk. Saving over $100 per month and enjoying unlimited data.

  • Matthew Aaron Flinchbaugh

    I would have considered it, but I’ve already dumped my Vzw account switched to At&t and got a nexus5 of contract. vzw has ruined the nexus line. I stuck with my gnex from launch upto a week ago. Only because of coverage, now though 2 years since lte was launched, my service has slowly degraded, to the point that I live line of sight to a vzw tower, that has had all of the antennas that once pounted my way, completely moved to the otherside of the tower equaling almost no LTE, evdo, or CDMA at my house. Where as my At&t work phone has continuously gotten better and better service.

    I’ve come to expect Verizon to screwup anything they touch, going back to the Motorola E581 dumb phone that they started crippling the Bluetooth standard and not allowing half of the profiles.

    Screw you Verizon and your late nexus releases, and your lack of interest in your users interest.

  • SoMuchDeterminationDoe

    trying to decide my next best phone for me to put cyanogenmod on

  • msm

    I would have except I needed a phone, and ended up with the Moto X. Can’t complain though.

  • pakachoag

    Too late! After 17 years with Verizon, I dumped them just 2 days ago for a Nexus 5 (on T-Mobile for now). They lost me as a customer – only time will tell if they can ever win me back.

  • I would only get it on Verizon if it were bloat free as God intended.

  • William Calderwood

    I have a nexus 5. And would never buy one for a non gsm network. CDMA is dead.

  • sledge3n8

    Too late. I have a Straight Talk Nexus 5 and my Verizon contract expires June 5th. Bye, bye Big Red. I had the GNex, wanted Nexus 4, but VZW didn’t carry it. I patiently waited for the Nexus 5, nope, VZW screwed me there too so I put my Verizon phone on my dresser, set it up to forward all calls and SMS to my Nexus 5. I have been a Verizon customer for a decade and soon to be a, “I WAS a VZW customer for a decade.”

    Thank you Google and LG for the best phone money can buy!

  • gc8

    It’s coming for Verizon. Tests were being performed a few months ago.

  • tdurden64111

    Man, I wanted the Nexus 5 so badly. I have the Moto X, and the only phone I’d probably take over it is the Nexus 5. And yes, I would switch I believe. I recognize that the G2 is probably a better phone, but the Moto X is all I want/need.

  • Jordan Pt

    I just got an unlocked N5. If i could use it on Verizon I’d definitely be interested.

  • roblightbody

    How quaint. I buy whatever phone I wish and use it on whatever network I wish, on a month to month basis. Isn’t that how it is everywhere? (I’m in the UK). Currently enjoying my £300 unlocked nexus5 on £10/month giffgaff.

  • zUFC

    Really!! I left this site a year ago. I couldn’t take all you idiots saying “I left vzw for this or that carrier”. I just couldn’t take it anymore. How am I supposed to get my advice from clowns that don’t realize if your not on Vzw you don’t have a phone. So I check back in and see the same Crap. Smarten up people! I don’t like them either. But it’s the ONLY one that works. Had them all. Been all over the country. Nothing else even comes close. Maybe someday I’ll be able to return to my favorite site. Either when you dummies Smarten up or a new carrier starts that is equal to Verizon. It’s like having a Ferrari with a Yugo motor in it. Just doesn’t work. Looks good but sits in driveway. And I’m sorry to call you idiots but if you phone genius’s don’t know this by now you are just plain old dopes!!!

  • JSM

    I have been a Verizon customer for many years, but since I really wanted to get a Nexus 5, I switched to T-Mobile last week.

  • guest

    Yes, unless the Z2 is coming to Verizon.

  • Kiritok

    The same people who loves their Moto X are the same people who shun Apple because of the iPhone’s specs. That is all.

    • Trevor

      Or iOS just blows chunks.

  • jimv1983

    After the way Verizon handled the Galaxy Nexus I wouldn’t get it but as long as Verizon is CDMA based I wouldn’t use their service anyways so it doesn’t really matter.

  • TheRobotCow

    Nope. Since the Nexus 4 didn’t come to Verizon i switched to an iPhone 5. So far there hasn’t been an android device that has made me wanna part ways with my phone. I’m hoping that Motorola or the Nexus team create something that does it for me. But no luck so far.

  • BobbyG

    Nope, loving my G2. No need to downgrade

  • Anglave

    I would have, but I already abandoned Verizon late last year in order to get the Nexus 5.

  • Anthony Johnson

    A big yes definitely. According to me my qi enabled Nexus
    5 is the best phone I have ever had in my life and it is much better then Moto
    X. Every phone has some nice features and some drawbacks but please don’t dare
    to compare it with (downgraded) Moto X.

  • caddy197

    I wouldnt touch it. Camera sucks on the Nexus 5. I use my camera on my phone all the time. Need a good camera. Right now my S3 takes great pics. Im looking at the S5 or the HTC all new one.

  • Hothfox

    I voted yes, but only if I didn’t already have my Moto X.

  • wcjeep

    My wife’s GS3 consistently had better coverage and speed than my GNEX. My GNEX was also slow compared to the GS3. Updates were way behind the other carriers. I don’t care who’s fault it was. I will not be fooled again.

  • Raven

    Moto X DE > Nexus 5 > Moto X

  • Liquidretro

    Too late, get a phone within a month of launch and the other carriers or wait until the next one. The market is simply moving too fast.

  • Higher_Ground

    Well, to be blunt, I probably wouldn’t buy any phone that’s more than 3-4 months old. I probably wouldn’t buy a new phone until the end of summer/beginning of fall when the last flagships of the year are announced. Also with that in mind, early releases like the S5 and “all new” One are probably going to look long in the tooth by then.
    My current phone is a galaxy nexus. The reason it’s still a galaxy nexus is that I made the mistake of buying one in June 2012. That was the supposed to be the eleventh hour for unlimited users, the final chance to lock in for two more years. At the time you could have preordered an S3 but that was about it so I decided the galaxy nexus would be the best option give it’s openness even if there were signal and battery issues.

    Well, it was certainly the most open phone at the time and it’s still got a lot of development behind it. But no amount of development can counter the piss-poor reception and the fact that my extended battery now barely lasts half a day.

    The phone I had before that was the Droid X, which I got at launch. I loved that phone and it performed admirably up until about 18 months in. The last 6+ months were quite managable on a custom ROM (apex, liberty) but for those stuck on stock Gingerbread it was a nightmare. I had a friend buy one in February 2011, about 6-7 months after it came out. They were basically in the same situation I’m now – stuck with the phone long after verizon and the OEM have sent the last update.

    Even the best flagships at the time are more/less outdated 6 months later. It’s not that they are outdated when you buy them – 6 months isn’t all that long – but they are 100% guranateed to be outdated before the end of 24 months, and it essentially extends it to 30+ months if you bought the phone 6 months after it was released.
    The only caveat I see is that it’s a nexus and relatively cheap off-contract. Also, less people are getting into contracts now. So it may be worth buying, but I wouldn’t lock into a 2yr contract and I wouldn’t realistically expect to be happy with it 2 years later. Of course you’ve got to factor in how desparately you want a new phone to begin with, as waiting another 6 months could be agony.

  • mustbepbs

    I would if I didn’t already own the best phone on the market:

    Moto X baby.

  • Rob

    Nexus 6, definitely, but not the Nexus 5. Too many phones are (or will be getting very soon or sold) updated to KitKat for it to be a huge advantage.

  • Nope, it’s only got 14 months of support left. Thanks to Google’s paltry 18 months of guaranteed updates, phones are worthwhile only if you get them at launch.

    • David Narada Brown

      what the nexus 5? im sure google will support this phone longer than the 2 yrs average. this phone has a very capable chip n its a nexus rom developers will support it even longer.

      • @davidnaradabrown:disqus That’s a naive conclusion at best. They dropped support for the Galaxy Nexus, an flagship device at launch. Google’s well known for dropping support for devices and services out of the blue: it’s their MO.

        • Hothfox

          For the last time! Google only stopped supporting the Galaxy Nexus because TI stopped supporting the chipset.

          • @hothfox:disqus And what makes you think they won’t use some similar excuse for dropping the Nexus 5? Google always has some story about why they can’t continue to support a product; don’t you see a disturbing trend here?

          • Hothfox

            We’ll find out this fall, I guess, to see if the Nexus 4 is dropped. 18 months seems like a reasonable support cycle to me anyway. 6 months past its warranty date. Nexus users are also not on a subsidized cell phone plan, so they don’t need to worry about being stuck on a contract with an old phone and no upgrade.

            Did you actually try and of the ROMs available for the Galaxy Nexus? Performance glitches galore! It was not doing well on Kit Kat. Had the hardware manufacturers like TI continued to support and send updated software, I’m sure it would have run beautifully.

            Sorry, I don’t buy your conspiracy theory.

          • 18 months seems like a reasonable support cycle to me anyway.

            You’re rich enough to afford blowing $ on a new phone every 18 months? Lucky you.

            Had the hardware manufacturers like TI continued to support and send updated software

            Except this is a Google product, and so Google could have had support contracts in place from their suppliers if they wanted to. Clearly the didn’t.

            There’s no conspiracy theory. Conspiracy implies Google’s trying to hide something. It isn’t. Their MO of woeful long term product support is not only clearly visible, it’s literally written down as policy with the 18 month guarantee. The problem is diehard fanboys and homers who refuse to believe it or blame other companies like TI.

          • Hothfox

            The only point I’m going to reply to is you implying I am rich. I am not.

            Just because a product is no longer supported by the original manufacturer does not mean it is now dead and will not work and you need to go buy a new device. Especially if it’s a Nexus – the dev community will keep it going long after Google drops it. Feel free to donate to your favorite dev to encourage them to keep up their support.

        • David Narada Brown

          Naive? not really! Google dropped the Galaxy Nexus because TI stop releasing updates for their chips (they are no longer in mobile chip buisness). thats the chip inside the Galaxy Nexus and it wasnt the best dual core chip when it released. Qualcom chip on the other hand, a snapdragon 800 at that, will have support from qualcom for a while and as i stated its a very capable chip. even if google added to Androids os a good bit im sure this chip would definitely be capable of handling it. Hell, they are finding unused parts of the chip now (Nexus 5 capable of touchless controls as seen on moto X). So a naive statement no.

        • David Narada Brown

          NO actually Google stop supporting the Galaxy Nexus because TI (Texas Instruments) stop supporting their moblie chip. thats the dual core chip inside the Galaxy Nexus. And it wasnt a very good chip at that. Qualcom on the other hand has made a home in mobile chips market and will not be going anywhere any time soon. I cant see them dropping support for this chip when phones that are scheduled for future release will have this same chip. And even if google was to load the Android OS with new features, I think this chip would definitely handle it. so naive? Not at all!

          • NO actually Google stop supporting the Galaxy Nexus because TI (Texas Instruments) stop supporting their moblie chip.

            And what makes you think they won’t do the same with the Nexus 5? All they have to do is blame a chip supplier for that device too. It’s how Google rolls.

            And it wasnt a very good chip at that.

            Thanks for admitting Google uses crap components in Nexus devices. It’s nice to see fanboys be realistic at times.

            I think this chip

            Yeah you think. Unfortunately the only guarantee you have is 18 months, 4 of which are gone.

          • David Narada Brown

            now who is being naive?

  • phinn

    The Moto X is a great alternative, but yea, I’d buy Nexus 5 on VZW.

  • engemasa

    I don’t plan on going back to Big Red because of their update policy… or lack-there-of. That was the number one reason I left.

  • CyHawk60

    I would definitely buy a Nexus 5! I’m in contract with Verizon until June. I’m thinking about leaving for Aio’s $45 plan.

  • Mordecaidrake

    I’d drop my S4 and get it in a heartbeat.

  • Zelrick

    I wish that VZW would carry the Nexus devices, however, I currently have a G2 and a Note 3. If the Nexus would have been there I probably would have skipped the G2, but I’m glad I didn’t. Specs race aside, the G2 is the best device of 2013 by a large margin. I’ve used a Moto X and a couple of Droids, for me they don’t compare to the G2.

    Being stuck on VZW, I just wish that they would get their act together on pushing updates.

  • LiterofCola

    Why would I dump the Droid Maxx for this thing?

  • echeck

    I’m STILL scorned over the 60 days I suffered with the GNex before unloading that turd. Before getting my Moto X I stopped by a Tmo store to take the Nexus 5 for a spin. It seemed sluggish compared to the same test drive I had just done on Moto X at a Vzw store. Moto X smokes the Nexus 5 imo. Specs be damned.

  • Vinay Kumar

    yes i will buy this phone !

  • Brandon Dean

    I’m with T-Mobile, because I live in a place where people live and the coverage is fine. Phones are interoperable and I Dont have to worry about having “the right one” when I take them abroad. Verizon isn’t everything contrary to what Tim kellex and the rest of the crew seem to think.

    In Philadelphia, my LTE speeds are often just as fast as verizon, yet I’m not paying a 40 dollar premium for the luxury of having coverage if I’m magically transported to rural Kansas.

  • Patrick Crumpler

    As much as I like my n4 I will probably get Motolenovo or HTC. The Bluetooth bug is killing me.

  • Dean Milord

    I left VZW back in Oct 2013. And I can say that it has been well worth it. On my plan I’m saving about $100 but am paying an extra $50 for 2 devices. which is still cheaper than what I paid for VZW. Def needs to be a “I would have but I left Verizon already” option!!!