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Google's red-hot Nexus 5

Red around the edges

8MP camera in the back

Black keys that stand out

Smooth matte texture

Still compact and light

A view from the top

Ships with Android 4.4.2

Same powerful innards

Sizeable battery inside

No expandable memory

Big Red customers seeing red

Initially launched in black and white color variations, Google's popular marquee smartphone, the Nexus 5, is now available in a searing shade of red. Still priced at $349 (16GB) or $399 (32GB) at the Play store, this unlocked 4G LTE handset is also sold through Sprint and T-Mobile.

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Appearing more orange-red or neon-red than crimson, the Nexus 5's new color variant is vibrant. It also has a 4.95-inch Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display with a 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution and 445ppi.

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On the back is a 8-megapixel camera that can record 1080p full HD video.

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The control buttons are made out of ceramic, and unlike the previous Nexus 4, they don't have soft, rounded edges.

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With the 5, Google has done away with the lustrous, tile-patterned back that we saw previously, and replaced it with a matte material.

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The device measures 5.43 inches tall, 2.72 inches wide, 0.34 inch thick, and weighs 4.59 ounces.

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The top edge houses the 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Of course, a Nexus just wouldn't be a Nexus without it running the latest edition of Android. When we received our unit, the red unit shipped with Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

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The handset is powered by a quad-core 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, and a 450MHz Adreno 330 GPU.

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Additional features include a 2,300mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, and support for 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz) dual-band Wi-Fi.

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It also has Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC, and built-in wireless charging. Like most Nexus phones before it, the Nexus 5 doesn't have a microSD card slot.

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Unlike its predecessor, the Nexus 5 also supports multiple bands for 4G LTE. While this makes it compatible with AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, the device is unfortunately not available to Verizon customers.

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