If you’ve read our Nexus 4 review roundup, looked at Taylor’s 4 reasons he’s buying one, taken a look at the 4 things you may want to consider before making the plunge, and you’re still itching to get your hands on Google’s next flagship device, you’re probably wondering, “When can I buy one?” Allow us to attempt to answer that.
Let’s just get this out of the way right off the bat. Over this past weekend, it was revealed that Google will not be offering any sort of preorder system. That goes for both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10. So you haven’t already missed the boat. According to a conversation between Android Police and a Google PR representative, Google will being selling and shipping the new Nexus devices tomorrow, November 13. But they haven’t said exactly when on November 13.
If the Nexus 4 were to go on sale at midnight Eastern time, you’d have approximately seven hours from now to wait. But that would mean sales on the West coast would open at 9PM, November 12. So perhaps those of us on the East coast will have to wait until 3AM, 12AM Pacific, to begin purchasing? Or maybe Google will just pick a random time in the morning.
Without any official time frame from Google, figuring out exactly when the Nexus 4, and 10, will be available can be confusing to say the least. There is one clue we have from a German Googler that may help us narrow down the window.
In a Google+ post, Googler Stefan Keuchel said (with the aid of Google translate):
Hi - here's an important lesson for anyone interested in purchasing one of the new Nexus device. 4 The Nexus smartphone, the new Nexus Tablet 7 and 10 Nexus Tablet may know, starting tomorrow (Tuesday, 13 November 2012) on Google Play purchased in Germany. I look forward to just as many of you :-) As I learned today, the ordering is, however, only on Tuesday released afternoon / early evening. So it makes no sense today to persevere at midnight in front of computer to buy a Nexus device. I like to keep you informed as soon as I get new information. UPDATE : we pass and so the devices can now but tomorrow morning (breakfast time) purchased through Google Play.Stefan KeuchelGoogle
Assuming the Nexus 4 sees a simultaneous global launch, breakfast time in Germany comes out to an Eastern release time of roughly 12AM to 3AM. If I were a betting man, I’d put my money on 3AM Eastern, 12AM Pacific. That would make it 9AM in Germany, still in time for breakfast.
Why is it so important to pinpoint when the the Nexus 4 will go on sale? There’s a good chance that if you don’t buy one as soon as possible, you’ll be left waiting a couple weeks. Some people may not care, but others will. If we hear anything official, we’ll be sure to update you. Unless we hear otherwise, I’ll be staying up until 3AM Eastern to see if I can get my hands on a Nexus 4.
Will you be staying up to try and catch the initial release of the Nexus 4 and 10?