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Top tech flies off the shelves

Wednesday November 6th 2013

The rivalry between technology giants Apple and Google sees no sign of stopping after their latest mobile devices sold out in double quick time.

Apple's stock of iPad Air tablets was exhausted in two hours after going on sale in the company's Hong Kong stores, according to a report in the South China Morning Post, but tech mag 9to5Google revealed the Nexus 5 smartphone sold out in minutes after it was made available for the first time on Google's online store.

Google's shop changed the shipping time from "1-2 business days" to November 8 before stating it was out of stock. Made by LG, the 16GB and 128GB Nexus phones cost £299 and £339 respectively, but Carphone Warehouse customers can get one on contract from £27 a month.

Powered by the latest Google's Android operating system, 4.4 KitKat, the Nexis 5 is available in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and Korea.

It is 1.3mm thicker than the iPad Air, which weighs less than 500g and is narrower than previous versions. The range starts at £399 for the 16GB iPad Air, while the most expensive is £639 for the 128GB version. Buyers can protect their mobile devices by arranging gadget insurance cover.

Copyright Press Association 2013