Red Nexus 5.

You have to be careful where you show off the new "red" Nexus 5. In the right light — or, more specifically, in the right bad, artificial light, there's a better than even chance that you're going to blind somebody. Outdoors, you risk attracting the attention of nearby search parties.

This is a bright red phone. At times, it's almost neon red. It goes from startling to painful to "Oh, my God, what have I done?!?!" depending on your lighting source. Consider yourself warned.

Otherwise? Same great Nexus 5.

Other items of interest here: The Day-Glo extends along the sides and peeks through the front of the phone, as well as in the earpiece speaker grille. The black buttons look nice. But because the sides are red, the SIM card tray isn't hidden as well, and it looks a little sloppy. The FCC information stenciled on the back is all but invisible, though, so there's that.

Another burning (as in "well, what is it?!?!" and not "oh, my eyes!") question was whether the back case would be the matte plastic like the white Nexus 5, or the more stylish soft-touch black. It's the former. No soft-touch to be found here.

If you're dying for more, we've got video and more pictures after the break.

If you want to give the red color a shot, there's a cheaper option. Just snag yourself the red Nexus 5 bumper case, and you've pretty much got the exact same thing. Same color. Same headache.

There are 83 comments

I didn't know "neon red" existed. I think Google invented this color.

jwyche007 says:

And... Apple already had a patent on it...

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This! Apple first invented colorful phones with the 5C (sarcasm intended).

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Pirate Arr says:

Looks awesome I do love neon colors. Wonder if more color options are coming

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arutemauepon says:

The color of the KitKat paper wrap

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dmagicp says:

You are on to something Sir. A red metallic finish with silver buttons.

Why are these bright colors the rage?

Give me a deep wine color like burgundy with the soft touch please.

zackmack7 says:

Read my mind. I would kill for any color close to a burgundy, maroon, or dark purple. (Its the Ravens fan in me)

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The Sony Z1 has a decently deep purple, but I'd still trade it in a second for a dark red.

NoNexus says:

Larry Page is more than likely a Lions fan...

I could totally dig a phone in their color scheme. My Moto X is royal blue but its kinda dark to me.

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K White1 says:

Honolulu blue would look great, I think...

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eahinrichsen says:

Gross, I can't believe I am agreeing with a Ravens fan. :)

gtg465x says:

Moto X

Being in the t-shirt/garment industry I can tell you the neon colors are all the rage. Personally I don't like them on a phone or a t-shirt. Call me old fashioned :D

thatguy97 says:

I'm all black slate

Sent from my Nexus 7 2013 or iPhone 5

RG129 says:

Now why couldn't the white Nexus 5 have come with white sides and not this glossy black? :-\

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havesomejoe says:

I know right.

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ACADM says:

Probably to hide or prevent gross grime build up showing along the sides.

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What is this? The Nexus 5C?

No, then it would be a plastic, colorful, but over priced Nexus 4.

JFMobile says:

Not even that, more like a cheaply-made, overpriced Moto G.

NoNexus says:

So better than a Nexus 4...

Kit Kat tastes like Jellybeans. Can't tell them apart...


mattopotamus says:

Your description of the phones color is awesome.

thod3n says:

I don't know why people get excited over these things. If you have the choice at the time you buy it, then buy whatever colour you want. It shouldn't be a deciding factor though.

ysbg says:

Top phones are now all powerful enough to do whatever you need to do. So if I had to get a new phone today I would seriously consider the Moto X just because color-wise it would be a welcomed change from the usual black slab.

tdizzel says:

Thank you for telling me what should and shouldn't be important to me. And just when I thought I could make up my own mind as to what the deciding factors in MY phone will be

I like this but at the same time part of me thinks it's just too similar to the iPhone 5c look.

lol how? Because it is a bright color?

NoNexus says:

Nexus 5, now with headaches!

I kinda like red on phones, Rezound Red was perfect and I will reserve judgement on this one until I see it.

Not gonna rush out to take a look, it is not worth it since it is the same phone.

eahinrichsen says:

I would take the color of the red HTC One over this day-glo nightmare any day.

jimbo says:

Although, I prefer the aluminum industrial design in silver (uncoated) without a case.

MarkSeven says:

The Rezound Red was definitely perfect! I've been saying for days I wish the Nexus had the same color scheme! Black with HTC Red trim!

korab84 says:

Everything's the same as the white + black Nexus 5 phones...what's there to show us during the unboxing event?

blazer236ix says:

How it looks on video and to compare it to the white color? Video is better than pictures.

Armada says:

I feel like the Neon article from the Transformers Wiki is relevant here. But hey, fun colors are always great!

zackmack7 says:

"Same color, same headache" LOL

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theintention says:

This makes my eyeballs hurt.

jdbii says:

I think the black is much better. For a color fix like this I would opt for a red bumper instead. I hope any colors that follow are not so neon.

Fishfam4 says:

Knowing Google, the next Nexus 5 update will make the back a screen, which will be brightly pulsing, flashing and swirling colors. It will litterally override the human brain's ability to percept color.

The only way to stop it is to sign up for Google+. ;D

quailallstar says:

I'll stick with liking the white one and just getting a bumper. Now to sell my OGP for a Nexus 5 :)

havesomejoe says:

So is there a ridge line between the back and sides or is it one solid piece of plastic?

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A ridge? It's exactly like the other colors. Two pieces.

havesomejoe says:

Ah. I thought I remembered picking up a black one and seeing the soft touch wrap all the way around with no gap.

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dabotsonline says:

Has the quality of the speaker improved from the earlier variants?

tigerchilly says:

Looks mad... But black is just fine

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Far to bright, of all shades of red they choose something that looks Rudolph's nose...

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hconant says:

I want to know the feel of the back, is it the same as the white or black?

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twolastnames says:

He says it's like the white in the article.


mtkohl85 says:

Not trying to be a ass, but he stated this in the second or third paragraph LOL. It's like the white, i.e. NOT the soft-touch. This was the one piece of info that I read the article for.

vividrich says:

Same here that was my big question; wrong answer for me though. That's ok though as it's a bit bright for me I think. Nice to have the choice though.

htc fan89 says:

I'm so tempted to get rid of black one

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Omayr McAdam says:

There is one difference that immediately popped out at me (except the colour) @ 1:39 in the video.

THE SPEAKER GRILLE is different. The holes are slimmer and it appears they are all actually holes and not just indents in the case.

Phil can you get some close ups? And possibly run some audio tests?

eszklar says:

Red is unavailable at the Google Play Store in Canada yet. Boo!!!!!

kelayz says:

Is it weird all this stuff is happening on the 5th for the nexus 5.

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tigerchilly says:

Rednex look wifeey just saw this and wants one in pink ;-)

Nexus 5 black 32gb

xaml says:

Which would beg the question who would get married to that avatar, but nevermind.

tigerchilly says:

Not an avatar...its me

Nexus 5 black 32gb

tlimon says:

Love this color, being that my college's colors are red and black this phone would be perfect!

wsmather says:

I don't know. Last time I saw that color was at the zoo, on the backside of a baboon :)

RaiderWill says:

LQQKS Orange To Me..
And.. Once You Go Black...

Anon8154066 says:

It's a bit like Marmite you either like it or you don't. I think for the aspect its different then great but if you want colour choices always a case, which I presume many will buy this and slap on a black case defeating the purpose really lol

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I don't need a new phone(still love my HTC one) but I like this color!

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Anon8154066 says:

Is it the red HTC one perhaps? Lol

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No, silver, but I would have gotten the red one if it had been available!

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dante501 says:

Well Hello Sexy.

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willizen says:

I think it's ugly. There, I said it.

Anon8154066 says:

Your not obliged to like it, but glad that you are now at peace in getting that off your chest lol

Its not my colour choice but some are introverts and some are extroverts lol

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I hope the N5 sticks around for a while and more colors come along but I am a simple man and love my black N5....though slate would be edgy.

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Anon8154066 says:

What about space grey? Oh yeah apple patent lol

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Anon8154066 says:

Lime Green would be interesting :-)

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Jmaxku says:

“You have to be careful where you show off the new "red" Nexus 5. In the right light — or, more specifically, in the right bad, artificial light, there's a better than even chance that you're going to blind somebody.”

And yet people will still complain that the front plate isn't red, and therefore this isn't truly a red phone. I'm so glad Google has good design sense. The solid black front plate of the Nexus series is a great feature IMO.

dante501 says:

They certainly did a better job on that color then the white. Because it looks so cheap in white because the white doesn't go all around and it is cheap looking they should have done it like with the red one. All around.

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Osikiri says:

Remember, all those colorful smartphone bodies(or cases) trend these days including Nexus 5 & iPhone 5c is begun by Nokia Lumia Series.

Even though Lumia didn't sell much, they are inspired by Lumia.

unopepito06 says:

Sorry, Google, I love my N5 but this shade of red is no good.

Nokia nailed you. Google looks more like they rescued it... from the ocean... y'know, like a lifeguard?... it's very bright.

Looks like an AirHead candy haha

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Think I'll just get the black one with a red case.

PowerUser says:

Put the LG flip cover case on it either black or white and you will be fine. I have a 32g white Nexus with the black cover and I love it.

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raguram88 says:

Looks nice and i came across the article from, it has nice features.

Chex313 says:

This just in!! They sold 3 so far, Strangely the folks were all from the Color blind .... ;)

Jmaxku says:

Just shut up.

RipperCase says:

It's a shame it's not soft touch like the back of the black Nexus which gives great grip and feels high quality ... also the color is more Orangey like the official "red" case.

If you want a nice red and soft touch finish we have a Nexus 5 Case Accessory Pack - 3-in-1 Combo on Amazon that has this...

You can get 60% off list price till 20th april if you enter coupon NEXUS5X7 at checkout :)