If Google’s Nexus 5 is not the best Android phone you can buy, it’s the best value Android phone. Or at least it would be if only you could buy it in New Zealand.

At the time of writing you can’t. The screenshot above shows what happens when you reach the Nexus 5 page in the Google Play store from a New Zealand ip address.

The Nexus 5 is clearly popular. According to PC World Australia, it went on sale across the Tasman last Friday. Two days later it was sold out.

Australians paid A$400 for the 16GB model and A$450 for the 32GB model. That would make the phone less than $500 in New Zealand. If you could buy one.

It’s not hard to see why the phone is popular. The Nexus 5 works on fast 4G networks. It has one of latest high-end mobile processors – a Snapdragon 800 2.3Ghz quad-core. Also inside the box is 2GB Ram, a large 4.95-inch 1080P screen and an eight megapixel camera with optical image stabilisation.

For the time being it is the only phone running the latest 4.4 version of Android.

3 thoughts on “Nexus 5: The best Android not available in New Zealand

  1. The pricing is a clear showing of the difference between someone making money of software and someone making money off hardware (I’m sure parts and labour in the latest iPhone is cheaper than this phone).

    It would be interesting to know /why/ things aren’t available in certain countries. I don’t mean ‘it’s a legal thing’ I mean the /actual, specific/ legal thing or contract or patent or rights or whatever it is. I’m sure there’s some pretty stupid reasons for some of these things. (I think I’d get very mad if I knew all of Sky’s deals with content and broadcasting).

  2. If I remember correctly, there was a lag time between the release of the iPhone overseas and the release in NZ. The Nexus 5 was only released at the end of last week and 2degrees have already advised via Twitter that they will be selling it for $699. Google hasn’t released the Play device store here yet, so we get it from LG without the Google subsidisation. Over the past year, they have opened up the music and book stores here, so maybe the device store will be here shortly. Within a couple of weeks I should have 4.4 on both my Nexus 4 and 7, so not long to wait.

    • Yes, there was a time lag.

      To me the huge price difference between here and Australia creates a big problem for Google, because there will be a perception we’re being overcharged whatever the rational. I did the numbers. In Australia the Nexus 5 is 54% the price of a iPhone 5C, in New Zealand it sells for 78% of the price. Those numbers completely alter the relative value proposition.

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