If 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.