Very few devices have been as successful as the Nexus 5, a phone that made us fall in love with incredible specs and a super affordable price point that seems unbelievable even to this day. This is why it was sad to see the Nexus 5 out of stock until today, when it has made its triumphant return to the Google Play Store.
We previously thought the Nexus 5 may have simply been killed, which seemed like a horrible decision. I am especially happy to see it coming back. While it’s true we shouldn’t stick to old phones and learn when to let them go, some exceptions must always be applied. I believe the Nexus 5 should stay alive and live right next to its successor, the Nexus 6.
The way I see it, the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 could be Google’s dynamic duo. We have spent so much time comparing them and trying to see which one is better, but I have realized one doesn’t quite replace the other. They simply compliment each other and cater to different audiences.
I would go as far as saying that if one of these phones dies without a proper replacement, it would ruin much of the experience that Google has put together with its Nexus line.
Google needs the Nexus 5 to stick around at least until the next Nexus comes around. I have multiple reasons for stayin on this side of the argument, so let’s jump into a few points I have put together.
The Nexus 6 is huge!
Many of you know I love my large devices. This means that if I was being selfish, I would say “sure, kill the Nexus 6”. This is not only about me, though. I know many of you (if not most) are not fans of over-sized displays.
This means the Nexus 6 is not a very enticing phone for you, despite its amazing specs and stunning design. Sometimes ease of use and pocketability simply trumps it all, and for those of you who believe this, the Nexus 5 would continue to be the best option of the two.
The Google Play Edition devices are gone too
It was sad to see the Nexus 5 disappear for such a long time, but we were able to manage that situation. Of course, there were still the Google Play Edition smartphones, which offered a similar experience to the Nexus 5, even if at a higher price.
Sadly, these have been disappearing from the Google Play Store, as well. In fact, the last Google Play Edition phone standing was the HTC One M8… and it was finally retired last month. That left us with no smaller Google devices to choose from (at least until today)!
We can agree that the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 are worlds apart, but they are especially different when it comes to pulling out that credit card and accepting the charge. The Nexus 6 starts at $649, while the Nexus 6 costs a mere $349. That is a huge price difference!
If the Nexus 5 were to die, this means the only option available would be the $649 Nexus 6. This limits Google’s reach, as not everyone can afford to pay for such an expensive phone. And even if we all could, not everyone needs to spend that much on a phone. Some people would prefer the Nexus 5, anyways.
Time to celebrate
With all of that in mind, I can say we have something to celebrate today. It seems Google realized the Nexus 6 didn’t have to completely replace the Nexus 5. They can live together, and the Nexus 5 is now available from the Google Play Store once again.
Now, the real question is whether this will be a permanent thing or not. Let’s hope our beloved Nexus 5 sticks around. But what do you think? Do you agree with me, or is it already the Nexus 5’s time to pass away? Should we just learn to let it go?