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Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 — Google's 'pure Android' mobile devices

Google's Nexus devices are sold directly from the Google Play Store, unlocked and running the latest version of Android, 4.4 KitKat. The Nexus line consists of three current devices -- the Nexus 5 smartphone, and two tablets, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10.

LG Nexus​ 5

Nexus 5

The current Nexus smartphone, launched on Oct. 31, 2013 along with Android 4.4 KitKat and made by LG. Prices start at $349 in the U.S. for a device with a 5-inch 1080p display and a Snapdragon 800 CPU with 2GB of RAM. It's also got an 8-megapixel rear camera with Google's novel "HDR+" camera, and a 2300mAh non-removable battery. The Nexus 5 supports 4G LTE in North America and the rest of the world across two models, the D820 and D821.

Check out our review for more on the Nexus 5.

ASUS Nexus 7​ (2013)

Nexus 7

The second-generation 7-inch Nexus tablet, manufactured by ASUS. Compared to the 2012 original, the 2013 Nexus 7 sports a higher-resolution display at 1920x1200 pixels, a thinner chassis and faster CPU — a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro with 2GB of RAM. The Nexus 7 launched at $220 in the U.S. for the 16GB Wifi model, with more expensive 32GB and LTE-connected models also available.

We've got more on the 2013 Nexus 7 in our full review.

Samsung Nexus 10

Nexus 10

Released in late 2012 alongside the Nexus 4, the Samsung Nexus 10 remains the current 10-inch tablet offering from Google. It comes with 16 or 32GB of storage and a high-resolution 2560x1600-resolution display and a dual-core Samsung Exynos 5 CPU. As of early 2014 it's been updated from Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which it shipped with, to the latest version, 4.4 KitKat.

For our take on the Nexus 10 when it launched in November 2012, check out our review.

Legacy Nexus devices

  • The Nexus 4, made by LG and released in November 2012 with prices starting at $299 for the 8GB version. It ran Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, and has since been updated to version 4.4. It's got a 4.7-inch 1280x786-resolution display and a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core CPU with 2GB of RAM, and was available globally as a HSPA+ (42Mbps) device until mid-2013.
  • The Galaxy Nexus, released in late 2011 with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, was the last Nexus phone made by Samsung. For much of its life it was exclusive to Verizon in the U.S. Elsewhere a HSPA+ version was sold with a slightly smaller battery and slimmer chassis. In mid-2012 this unlocked version was sold through the Google Play Store in the U.S. The Gnex, as it's sometimes called, was updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, but not the newer 4.4 KitKat.
  • The 2012 Nexus 7, the first Nexus tablet. Manufactured by ASUS, this device made waves due to its low price point — $199 for the 8GB model — and relatively high specs for the time. It included an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 1280x800 display. Later a version with HSPA+ cellular data was made available for an additional markup.
  • The Nexus Q, Google's ill-fated streaming orb. The Q was announced at the Google I/O 2012 developer conference, where 5,000 of the spheres were given to attendees. However due to its high price ($300) and limited functionality (it could only stream stuff from Google's ecosystem) the Nexus Q never saw widespread release. Those who pre-ordered were shipped a Q free of charge, and it was eventually replaced by the Chromecast dongle in 2013.
  • The Samsung Nexus S, released in late 2010, showcased Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Only the second Nexus handset to launch, its hardware was based upon Samsung's original Galaxy S. It was also the first Android phone with NFC, a new feature in Gingerbread. A Sprint version with Wimax data, the Nexus S 4G, emerged in mid-2011.
  • The Nexus One, the original Nexus sold by Google online, made by HTC and released in early 2010. With a 1GHz CPU, a high-res (for the time) display and Android 2.1 Eclair preloaded, the N1 established the combination of vanilla Android, timely updates and high-end hardware for which the Nexus line has become known.

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Nexus phones and tablets


Sigh, time to again find ways around Google's stupid decision not to allow everyone buy from Google Play Store. Come on google, us Swedes love new tech and gadgets. Open up the Google Play Store for us too.


Not sure what you mean. I can buy Kindle from Amazon (but weirdly only from, not UK), I can buy all sorts of gadgets via Amazon, Expansys, Apple etc. etc. so I do not see any reason for google NOT to start offer this to Sweden and other countries especially since they now are offering it to Uk, France, Germany and Spain ...

I'm heading to CES though in January so I can pick one up there or get my uncle in Germany to buy one for me I guess ... except he isn't the most tech-savy so to get him to get a Google account is not easy ...

Though I live in the US, I thought that 3 was carrying the Nexus 4 in Sweden (for like 4595 Kronors or something). That's high compared to Google Play price though. That's like around $800 US dollars if my calculations are correct! Damn. I'm glad I'm in Texas.

AFAIK in Europe Google ships from Ireland and they charge outrageous fees for S&H, I had to pay 10 pounds for S&H to Germany when I bought my Nexus 7. That's a lot specially when we are used to not paying anything from S&H when ordering from Amazon. I see no reason why they can't ship to Sweden, maybe they don't like pirates.

Wtf. I literally just got my 16gb for 250. -.
why does this keep on happening to me :/

If you read these blogs you usually get a nice heads up for this kind of thing. Gotta come here more often maybe.

I could try..but I got it in Malaysia and returning things policy isn't that common, it's been officially released here recently, and until the 32gb comes around its also going to lag compared to US. Also officially here its actually 350 USD instead of 250. Different worlds we live in :/.

this r scary times.. each compnies are out for our money.. one product after other is being launched.. so many new categories have been launched.. smart phone, phablet, tablet, tablet mini.. things sometimes u dont need.. things which u buy n get out dated within 6 months.. i mean this a mad war between google n apple to prove who is better than other.. i know the end result will be good for the consumers when u have so much variety to choose from. but if i m buyin something i dont want it to b out dated in 6 months or so. if this continues soon or later ppl will get fed up b'coz every month or week each company will launch something new n out class the other n we will feel we missed out on something.

The next big thing is always coming out every six months true. But the power in these nexus devices basically future proofs them for at least 1 year maybe 2. Yes better ones will come out next year. But these ones *should* have the power to do everything they can do assuming there is no new tech being added.

Hi, Alex! The names you wrote are inconsistent. Some with manufacturer name & some without. Maybe you should just write "Nexus" without manufacturer name or "Google Nexus".

It's not a Nexus, so why should it be included in an article titled "Nexus Phones and Tablets"? If it was merely "Google Experience" devices you'd want to include the Motorola Droid and Xoom as well.