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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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  • mikeszekely

    Where’s the option for “I got sick of both the way Verizon started getting less top-tier Android phones after they got the iPhone and the death-grip control they have over the software on the ones that they do sell that I got fed up and quit Verizon forever”?

  • It all depends on where you live. Verizon owns every carrier in Iowa when it comes to reception and speeds. As long as I live around here I’m not switching anywhere else.

  • Tyler 

    I would have but I opted for the G2 instead…Rooted and flashed Cyanogen Mod 11 and this battery life destroys the Nexus 5.

  • Marsg

    Too late already got the Note 3, if the Nexus 5 was an option back then when I made my decision then probably would have went with the Nexus 5, still on jelly bean 🙁

  • Dominick White

    We all by now should know what types of comments we will get when you guys post anything about Verizon on this site .. Top comments will be “I left Verizon for T-Mobile and I have never been happier”… Yes I know you all have a hard one fir t-mobile, but the fact still remains their network still Sucks outside of any major city. Yes you are paying less, but if you are paying for service you can barely use in most places then you are paying too much.. My mother lives in NYC and she had T-Mobile, but when the storm hit a few years ago. I couldn’t get a hold of her for two days, but had no issues with getting a hold of family there thst had Att or Verizon. That’s when I said F this and added her to my Verizon account

  • Zach Cline

    Its not going to so this is a pointless question

  • CasperTFG

    I’m waiting for the All New HTC One Max (in blue).

  • [S]unjay Burn[s] Red

    Does anyone remember how Verizon killed the Galaxy Nexus? I won’t get a Nexus 5 on Verizon.

  • LouF_NH

    If it contained no Verizon bloatware, ABSOLUTELY!

  • BeejRich

    I really love my Droid Maxx, so probably not.

  • Nathaniel Otto

    I have a G2. would not be worth it for me at all.

    • Richard

      Same here, the G2 has the hardware the nexus should have. I have mine running cm 10.2 stable release. the camara is AMAZING!!! the G2 running stock android is BEAST OF A PHONE!!!!

  • TSY87

    I would consider buying one as a backup phone… or something to use between my real upgrades, assuming they keep the reasonable pricing.

  • Robert Boluyt

    I also want to point out that Verizon never updated their Galaxy Nexus past 4.2.2. They would undoubtedly pull the same stunt with a Nexus 5, a phone thats several months old already.

  • Robert Boluyt

    As someone who owned a GNex on Verizon, that’d be a firm ‘No’. Verizon’s fumbling of the Galaxy Nexus was the major catalyst towards me leaving Verizon for TMO last May.

  • Brian P.

    I was part of the Verizon Galaxy Nexus fiasco…Never again! You put a Nexus on Verizon, it’s no longer a Nexus!!!

    • Tim242

      That’s a lie. It had the same unlockable bootloader, and no skin. I had that phone for a year.

      • Thomas O’Brien

        It was a good phone… Anyone complaining about updates missed the point of the phone anyway… It was meant to unlock & ROM…

        • Higher_Ground

          what about people complaining about horrible radios and battery drain?

          • Hothfox

            THIS is the fiasco. Not timely updates. By default, anything running CDMA LTE plus GSM radios is going to suck up battery like nobody’s business, though. GSM phones of the same model usually have better battery life.

    • MandrelStraughtrider

      I had that phone for two years and loved it. Had every ROM that came down the pipe on it. Where was this fiasco?

  • cweb69

    No!!! Left big red to get my N5 with tmo! Never going back! Never!!!

  • DanWazz

    I still plan on buying the Nexus 5, just going to activate it on T-mobile

  • gonzo319

    Same left Verizon and switched to T-Mobile.

  • Shadowstare

    Until Verizon agrees to actually let Google handle the updates, it really doesn’t matter.

    • cwillen

      So… never…

  • Jprime

    I have an upgrade in April, now i don’t know what to do

  • MandrelStraughtrider

    Love my Droid Maxx.

  • InvaderDJ

    Only if it was relatively unscathed. If it kept the unlocked bootloader, drivers and images and didn’t have crappy radios and battery life I’d be all over it.

  • Daniel Walker

    I’m still rolling with the Gnex on Shiny ROM. Ftw. I’d definitely get another nexus on vzw. If vzw doesn’t want to play with Google updates then we have dev support. No way I’m giving up my unlimited data.

    • Thomas O’Brien

      Best response.. I loved my GNex with shiny

  • cvhovey

    After having had a Nexus phone on VZW … no thanks!

    • rawson815

      What the unlocked boot loader and the best dev support out there ????I would love that again I guess I’m confused …. Just needed like 4 battery’s to get through the day

  • Richard Giordano

    im loving my 2013 DROID Maxx just fine but a Nexus 5 on Verizon’s network would be nice to see. if the Nexus 6 is on Verizon maybe just maybe ill pick one up.

  • Steve Hadlick

    I would definitely consider Nexus 5 if Verizon were to offer it……. I wouldn’t consider getting one on Verizon, but it wouldn’t stop me from getting a Nexus 5 on a better priced, more customer friendly carrier network.

  • Kree Terry

    Maybe, i have the moto x now but if it came at the right price and i could sell the x id prob get it just for the roms and stuff. Rooting and roming the x is not for the faint of heart.

  • Tyler

    Verizon Nexus does not equal Nexus…

  • ostensibly

    Would have bought one if it was when the 5 was new. I’ve since bought a Moto X

  • crazed_z06

    Also, why was the nexus a disaster? I recall vicious hate directed towards the bionic as the gnex had become DR’S hero device.

  • Dominick White

    Yes, long has i can get it in red

  • Johnny Steele

    Short answer: Yes. As long as they don’t charge an arm and a leg.

  • crazed_z06

    Nope.. Note 3>Nexus

  • Blue Sun

    I’d hit up the poll if it were still open…

  • In. A. Heartbeat.

  • manny108

    If it is 350 off contract I will.

  • Justin Everett

    Heck no, i’m waiting for the S5!

  • Cesar

    I’d be tempted, but I think I love my Moto X too much to give it up.

    • Trevor

      I went from Nexus 5 to Moto X, and I am extremely happy with the X. I agree that it would be tough to give it up.

      • grumpyfuzz

        I did the opposite and love my Nexus 5 haha

        • Trevor

          They’re both really good phones. My only gripe with the Nexus 5 is it is just a little too big. The Moto X is the perfect size for me. I’ve also come to love Active Notifications.

  • CaptainHowdy13

    I bought an N5 and dumped Verizon. Soooo maybe if it came out in November

  • Ralph Bretz

    As a Moto X owner, yes I would. It’s a frickin Nexus.

  • Dorian Brooks

    *If* I haven’t bought it yet, a new carrier jumping in to offer it wouldn’t sway me now.

  • paul_cus

    Um, little late.

  • Such

    Maybe, but I’m leaning towards no. Hate buying phones after they’ve been out for more than a few months.

    Let’s hope the N5 sold enough units to get Verizon’s attention so they realize how much revenue they missed out on. Remember this is Verizon we’re taking about, if it doesn’t make dollars it doesn’t make sense.

    • jimt

      It would have made more of a point if everyone had left, some people stayed and bought Moto x and other non nexii.

  • Michael Suriel

    I’m with the Galaxy Note 3 with Eclipse rom installed. I’m more than happy with what I have.

  • pookietookie

    Only if the radios were still world ready. A CDMA only phone is crap in other countries.

  • Chris

    Moment of silence for my vzw GNEX……liking my G2 on vzw, now if only kit Kat would just hurry up!

    • Thomas O’Brien

      I think a lot of people jumped on the G2 from the GNex

  • snoty

    It would be hard to beat my Moto X DE on Verizon.

    • Maxim∑

      its very easy to beat the Moto X… lets cut the hype from that phone now

      • snoty

        The Moto X DE is practically a Nexus phone and there is nothing better available on Verizon which IMO is the best network ATM and I’m not willing to switch networks. Why would I upgrade from my fairly new phone to a phone that is 5 months old? I’d rather wait and see if a new Nexus comes to VZ.

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  • Chris

    Moment of silence for my vzw GNEX…..but liking my G2, now if kit Kat would just hurry up already

  • Jack3D

    If it had come out around the time of the MotoX, maybe. But I couldn’t do without Active Display or Touchless Control (yea,I know you can hack it).

    And I’m sorry, but it’s almost 20 years later and Motorola still has the best radios…

  • Chewy789

    Although it’s only hypothetical, they shouldn’t even bring it to Verizon already. When or if there should be a next Nexus device, they should work on getting that on Verizon on release or at least close to release date. Verizon customers who wanted the N5 needed to choose another phone if switching companies was not an option. Luckily there were great phones available at the time so it wasn’t a problem unless you really really wanted a Nexus device. Long story short, it’s too late Verizon. Learn from this mistake.