The Nexus buying guide gives you an overview of the current market, we take a look at the current range and provide some context to help you get a view of the top choices to consider.
This site covers Nexus tablets from the likes of Samsung and Asus as well as the Nexus phone range.
On this page we give an overview of what’s available and provide links to more detailed information on each product.
What is the Nexus brand?
The Nexus brand is a line of Android powered mobile devices from Google. The online Internet giant has teamed up with different manufacturers, such as LG, Samsung and Asus, to build tablets and phones.
Buying a Nexus device has a number of advantages:
- Pure Android experience: You get an unmodified version of Android free from any tampering by a well intentioned network provider. No unwanted bloatware or UI customisation is forced upon you.
- Android Updates: Nexus devices are the first to receive updates to the Android mobile operating system. With other brands you may have a very long wait to see a new version, and in some cases you get stuck.
- Customizable: Android devices are released unlocked allowing development and modification for those so inclined.
- Affordable: Whilst this hasn’t always been the case, and may not be in the future. Google have ensured that Nexus devices sold through their Play store offer fantastic value for money. If youre looking for value for money then you’ll want to read on!
Three Nexus tablets have been released with only the Nexus 9 currently for sale in the Play Store.
The Nexus 9 was announced in October 2014, it is a 9″ tablet that will be a big step up size wise from the smaller Nexus 7. If you are looking for a large, powerful tablet capable of playing the latest games and running all the latest apps without a stutter then the Nexus 9 is the one to look at.
The Nexus 9 was also the first tablet to ship with Android 5.0, the latest incarnation of the world’s most popular mobile operating system. The new version offers improved performance, battery life and a whole range of new features.
The first generation Nexus 7, released in June 2012, was the first quality 7″ tablet at an affordable price. Cheap alternatives tended to be underpowered whilst high end competitors priced out the average consumer.
The second generation model was released a year later adding a number of improvements to the exceptionally successful original.
The Nexus 7 (2013) is a great light weight tablet that fits in a (large) pocket and can be held easily in one hand. It makes for the perfect e-reader, portable gaming device, web browser and a whole lot more.
Android 5.0 has been made available for both the Nexus 7 (2012) and Nexus 7 (2013).
Click here for more information on buying a Nexus 7 .
The Nexus 10 was released in October 2012 and was generally considered as the first realistic competitor to the iPad in the 10″ tablet market. The Samsung made Nexus tablet has a superior screen, powerful processor and of course runs the latest version of Android.
The 10″ tablet provides significantly more screen space allowing for easier browsing and great visuals when watching movies or playing games. The trade of is of course a reduction in portability when compared to it’s little tablet brother.
Click here for more information on buying a Nexus 10 .
A follow up Nexus 10 to be made by ASUS has been rumoured.
Nexus Mobile Phones
There have been a number of Nexus branded phones released over the years, but none of them have been aimed at the mass market. The old models include the Nexus One, Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus but these were quickly rendered obsolete by the introduction of the Nexus 4 towards the end of 2012. Since then the Nexus brand has gone from strength to strength with more and more converts to pure Android snapping up the latest models.
The Nexus 6 mobile phone was announced in October 2014. As expected, the Motorola Nexus 6 was confirmed as a 6″ mobile device, the biggest Google phone to date. This is a large device so make sure you have big pockets to keep it in!
The Nexus 6 is a powerful flagship device that competes with the best devices out there. Known for it’s robust specifications and top quality camera. Unforunately this model isn’t priced up as favourably as previous models which makes your purchasing decision a little harder. But if you are in the market for a big, powerful mobile phone that runs “pure” Android then this is for you!
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The Nexus 5 Mobile phone was released in 2013 and was considered an upgrade over the older Nexus 4. A more powerful processor, bigger screen and a better camera made this a much better prospect.
However the extras came at a price, the Nexus 5 was never considered to be in the same low cost category as the Nexus 4 but still managed to undercut flagship models from other competitors.
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The Nexus 4 smart phone is a 4.7″ screen mobile phone from LG. A large, beautiful screen makes this a fantastic device for browsing, watching videos and playing games, but by being slim and light it won’t be a burden in your pocket.
The Nexus 4 packs a quad core processor and this thing absolutely flies! The latest version of Android is as smooth as butter and flipping between apps is effortlessness.
And rumour has it, you can even make phone calls on it!
Click here for information on buying a Nexus 4. Note that the Nexus 4 is no longer available through Google.