Irony in its purest form: a phone that’s over two years old and was never considered a powerhouse currently runs a newer version of Android than a 2015 flagship, at least outside Korea and Poland.

Even more ironic, not to mention damaging for the reputation of semi-recent high-enders, is Marshmallow software doesn’t seem to be the only good thing going for the 2013 LG Nexus 5. The Google-endorsed 5-incher is also more than 70 percent screen, so it’s got relatively slim bezels, it delivers crisp Full HD resolution, and packs 2GB RAM in combination with an ageless Snapdragon 800 processor.

On top of it all, the Nexus 5X’s predecessor costs a measly $140 on eBay in both black and white, with plentiful 32GB internal storage space. The catch? Well, every unit sold by mobilepros1 is actually pre-owned and refurbished, which some people may consider a risk.

But since it’s the manufacturer that did the refurbishment, you can rest assured the phone looks and works as new. And if it doesn’t, you’re free to return it shortly after your purchase. Bottom line, there’s no reason to not give the original Google Nexus 5 a chance if you’re in the market for a reliable, smooth, respectably powerful sub-$150 handheld.

Keep in mind plenty of non-Nexus 2014 devices, even a few sold at twice as much, will never score Android 6.0 goodies or get them way too late to matter. Also, the product on sale here should work on AT&T and T-Mobile’s LTE networks just fine.

Source: eBay

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