Google's Nexus program has a simple goal: make the best, purest, most perfect Android phone. And, beginning with last year's Nexus 4, Google did all that at a remarkable price, charging with no strings attached what most carriers and manufacturers would charge with a two-year contract. The Nexus 4 had a few issues its missing LTE support chief among them but overall it was an excellent phone, a refined and usable example of Android's prowess and possibilities.

That's why Google's new device, the Nexus 5, has been so remarkably hyped. It's been leaking for months, speculated about for much longer and today Google's finally pulling the veil all the way back on the device that it hopes will show the world what Android can really do. The Nexus 5 is here.

The Nexus 5 is available today at the Google Play store. It's a fully unlocked device, priced at $349 with no contract for the base 16GB model. The 32GB version prices in at $399, and both are available in white and black. It will work across a wide array of carriers in the US, it will work on everything except Verizon.

The Nexus 5 is as surprisingly inexpensive as its predecessor. Unlike its predecessor, though, it manages to actually support LTE, a complete necessity in this day and age. But releasing a flagship-caliber phone at that price comes with trade-offs, and Google had to pick carefully what it could and couldn't compromise with the new Nexus.

The good news is that the new Nexus 5 is largely based on the same guts as the LG G2, a phone that is pretty great if you can get past its lackluster software. But where LG added plenty of unnecessary cruft in its eternal quest to keep up with Samsung, the Nexus 5 is pure, unadulterated Android, running KitKat. The Nexus 5 has a blazing Snapdragon 800 processor and a crisp 5-inch display at 1080p resolution. Luckily, Google kept the bezels around the screen to an absolute minimum not unlike the Moto X meaning that it manages to not feel wildly gargantuan when you hold it in your hand.
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--jeremy