PSA: Some Google Nexus 5 orders are being fulfilled much quicker than expected

Google Play shipping emailIf you really want to pick up a shiny new Google Nexus 5 by LG, but you’re put off by the long wait times that Google Play is giving most people, don’t let that dissuade you. No, I’m not suggesting that you order the phone from Amazon or pick it up at Sprint (and pay at least $100 more than Google’s asking price), but I am suggesting that you go ahead and place your order in the Google Play Store – you might be very surprised and pleased to see your order shipping much sooner than expected.

Since the Nexus 5 was only a rumor, I had been going back and forth about whether or not I wanted to upgrade from the Nexus 4. On its release day, October 31, I did finally decide to go ahead and bite the bullet; however, I wanted to wait and see if Amazon would sell the phone unlocked at the same price Google was. After it was revealed that Amazon would sell it as a Sprint device at a $100 markup, I ordered it through the Play Store – it was last Friday night when I finally placed the order.

The expected shipping date I was given for the 32GB white Nexus 5 was November 22, two full weeks after the order was placed. However, last night, I got an email from Google saying it has already shipped – and it’s expected to arrive tomorrow. To sweeten things even more, I didn’t pay for two-day shipping, but it looks like I’m getting it anyway.

This was a very unexpected and pleasant surprise, and it turns out I might actually get to play with Android 4.4 KitKat sooner than I thought I would.

The moral of this story? Go ahead and order the Nexus 5. Don’t worry about the longer estimated shipping times – it looks like Google is under-promising and over-delivering. Of course, your mileage may vary depending on the precise color and storage combo you select, but I’m very pleased.

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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7 thoughts on “PSA: Some Google Nexus 5 orders are being fulfilled much quicker than expected

  • Avatar of Loren

    Amazing. It was from you guys talking about off contract set ups that I decided to make the jump as well. I still have to ride my contract out with sprint but still bought a N5 and selling my evo lte. So much better, in my opinion. Hope you enjoy it. I think I will like it so much better once I am on a better network at a better price.

  • Avatar of Calob Horton

    Can’t wait to read your first thoughts and impressions, John! I’m particularly excited to hear about your thoughts on the battery after you’ve played with the device for a while…

  • It is great, mine wasn’t supposed to ship on the 18th and I bought it on release day. I had it the following Tuesday. Very pleased.

  • Avatar of Samy Farrow

    May get one of these if you like it after the new year…although the HTC One max looks amazing. HTC really has the best hardwarde!

  • Avatar of moliverkc

    The phone is worth the price. But the nexus 5 is fast and fluid, but to the everyday user it’s useless. My HTC one is a better phone all around. Sold no e on EBay

  • Avatar of qzik7777

    I was hoping this would be the case. I ordered the black 32gb on November 5th, where they stated it ships in 2-3 weeks. Since then, it’s said it will leave the warehouse on November 26th. I keep checking to see if they move it up, but no luck so far.

  • Avatar of Ashok

    Thats promising. I placed the order on Decmber 8th and the delivery date showing is Dec 20th. I am happy as mine is less than two weeks, and now its 2 to three weeks delay. But still 9 more days!!
    I hope it goes smooth like in your case..


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