Nov 12 AT 3:02 PM Taylor Wimberly 103 Comments

4 things to consider before you buy the Nexus 4

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The Google Nexus 4 goes on sale tomorrow, and we know that hundreds of you will buy the device on day one. Google is selling the 8 GB version for $299 and the 16 GB version for $349, while T-Mobile will offer the device on-contract for only $199. Many of you have already made up your mind to purchase the device, but here are a few things to consider before you spend your money.

1. Explore pre-paid options, but don’t cancel your wireless contract yet

We are huge fans of pre-paid wireless and the Nexus 4 is the best deal on an unlocked phone. You might be able to save a lot of money by switching to pre-paid service, but you should always have a backup plan when making a switch. We encourage you to test out multiple pre-paid plans, so you can see if AT&T or T-Mobile offers a better experience in your neighborhood. Only cancel your current plan after you have found a new plan that you are happy with. If you plan to swap pre-paid plans frequently, we suggest porting your number to Google Voice.

2. Buy the 16 GB version

I have owned several Android devices with only 8 GB of internal storage, and it’s not enough for me. There are ways to avoid running out of space, but do you really want to worry about managing the size of every app you install? Spend the extra $50 and upgrade to the 16 GB version of the Nexus 4. It will make you happier in the long run and it will increase the resale value of your device.

3. Visit a T-Mobile store

Am I really going to buy a smartphone from LG? If you are on the fence about the Nexus 4 after reading over 25 plus reviews on it, then head to your local T-Mobile store and check it out in person. T-Mobile is the exclusive launch partner and devices will go on sale in stores on November 14th. Some stores are already reporting Nexus 4 demo units have arrived early, but make sure to call your closest location first and confirm they have the device.

4. Prepare for beta experience

Every new smartphone ships with some bugs, including Nexus devices. The last couple Nexus phones launched with various problems, and it normally takes a couple months to work out the most annoying issues. Thankfully, the unlocked Nexus 4 will receive software updates directly from Google, so users won’t have to suffer through delays caused by the carriers. Go ahead and buy if you don’t mind being a beta tester, or wait for Android 4.2.1 if you want to avoid any early problems.

Wait and see what happens

If you are happy with your current device or still saving up for your next phone, keep in mind that waiting a couple of months could have its benefits. Google has a track record of lowering prices, increasing the internal storage, and adding new connectivity options, so we could see some more Nexus options by May.

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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