Oct 30 AT 1:01 PM Taylor Wimberly 268 Comments

4 reasons I’m buying the Nexus 4, and 4 reasons others might want to skip it


Google finally unveiled the Nexus 4 smartphone after a month of solid leaks, and the device is pretty much what we expected it to be. The rumors were right on about the hardware and Android 4.2, but many of us were surprised to see how low Google priced these devices. Now that everything is official, we can say with certainty that we are buying this phone as soon as it goes on sale on November 13th. Check out our Top 4 reasons for wanting this phone, and read up on why you might want to pass and wait for something else.

4 Reasons I’m buying the Nexus 4

1. Pure Google Experience

If you want the pure Google experience on your mobile device, then your only option is a Nexus device. A pure Google experience means no carrier crapware and no more slow updates from the carriers. You should expect new Android updates in a timely manner and your device will be supported longer than the average carrier branded phone.

2. Unlocked

The Nexus 4 is sold unlocked and is GSM/HSPA+ compatible so it will operate on more than 200 network providers worldwide, including AT&T and T-Mobile in the US. The Nexus 4 supports networks up to 4G HSPA+ 42Mbps, which happens to be offered by T-Mobile, the official Nexus 4 launch partner.

Being unlocked is also a huge win for fans of pre-paid wireless service. Since the Nexus 4 operates on both AT&T and T-Mobile, it can be used with best pre-paid plans from T-Mobile, Straight Talk, Solavei, and Simple Mobile. Users will get the same 4G HSPA+ speeds already offered by those networks, but they will be paying a fraction of the price if they switch to a pre-paid plan.

3. Latest hardware

This year’s Nexus 4 offers top-of-the-line hardware. It has the latest 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, 2 GB RAM, high-res 1280-by-768 4.7-inch screen with Gorilla Glass 2, and it runs the new Android 4.2. Thanks to the combination of the latest hardware and software, it should offer the fastest performance of any Android phone.

4. Price

The Nexus 4 was rumored to cost $399, so we were quite shocked to see the base price of $299 with 8 GB storage, and $349 with 16 GB storage. The best unlocked phones normally go for $500-600, and now the Nexus 4 offers a better experience at half the price.

4 Reasons you might want to skip the Nexus 4

  1. No 4G LTE: We polled our audience and around 27% said they would not buy the Nexus 4 because it lacks 4G LTE.
  2. No micro SD: You can choose a Nexus 4 with 8 GB or 16 GB of storage, but some users will need more.
  3. No carrier subsidy: Even though $299 is really cheap for a high-end, unlocked smartphone, most consumers normally pay around $199 for the latest phone that comes with a 2-year contract. If you are still locked in a contract, it could be expensive to pay the early termination fee and switch now.
  4. Pure Beta experience: Anyone who has purchased a Nexus phone knows that the device is likely to ship with a couple of bugs. Several generations of the Nexus phones had problems with random reboots, poor network connection, and other oddities. The initial experience might be better if you wait a couple months. Google could also refresh the Nexus 4 and add a 32 GB option, similar to what they did with the Nexus 7 tablet.

What are your plans?

Is there a Nexus device in your future? If you plan to buy the Nexus 4, let us know which carrier you want to pair it with. If you are going to sit this one out, be sure to let us know why.

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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  • Shaun Rayner

    I will be getting it for the same 4 reasons.

    • vforvortex

      T-mobile will be selling the 16gb subsidized for $199. Correct me if i am wrong.

    • Anton

      F*ck the LG Nexus. Why there are 8 and 16 gb versions only and no microsd? I wanna take photos, record timelapse videos, listen to music, watch the movies, play games and use a lot of apps… 16gb…are you kidding me? Come on, it’s 2012, not 2008. Google had a chance to make a perfect Nexus phone…One word – disappointment

      • Matt

        Exactly, its 2012. The cloud should be used in almost all of those cases. you can stream music, upload videos directly to google plus, and how many movies do you plan on putting your device at any given time? 300-500 MB a movie on a phone.. thats several hours of play time… I think people getting upset at the 8 and 16 GB option really have not looked to tech to make their devices better.

        • Anton

          Every time you connect to the cloud storage your phone battery is being wasted. As for me, I don’t want to use cloud, because: 1)It wastes traffic. 2) It wastes battery. 3) It wastes my time and my nerves. It’s much comfortable to keep everything on your phone, not on the cloud storage

          • iamXiV92a

            No apologies for “your time and nerves” – You speak as if watching films or accessing gigs of music does nothing to your battery life. o_O

          • Nik

            Yes, watching video and listening music wastes battery. Of course it does. But, that is an actual function with no alternative. The cloud is just waste of data and battery when local removable storage can be cheaply bought.

        • Nik

          The cloud is useless when you are being capped and charged every chance the carrier or internet service providers finds. In addition having a microsd card or physical storage media is more secure especially against goverment intervention if you know what I mean.

          • iamXiV92a

            Ha ha, what are you doing to have the government “intervene” on your phone?!

            I’ll agree with you on the capped data plans – that part is the fault of the carriers AS WELL AS the guy who’s going to stream Pandora 10-12 hours a day. Thank them for the capped plans as well ;-)

          • Nik

            As “government intervention” I am talking about piracy. And, don’t get all high and mighty on me you know a lot of people do it even if it not you. With internet providers now threating to cut you off or make you take a class, and the recent stuff with SOPA act and stuff. I would like to know my data is safe and can’t just be handed over for prosecution or what not. And for some like me I have a huge blu-ray and dvd collection I would like to know that I can just rip those onto a microsd and have them safe.

          • iamXiV92a

            Yeesh, easy now. I was just asking for specifics. High and mighty?!? HA… I’ve got a $2500 program on my laptop that I’ve yet to pay for ;-)

        • uknowme

          Matt first off I’m not going to say you are wrong. I will change one word. You said the cloud “should” be used. That should have been the cloud “could” be used. Everyone doesn’t have unlimited data or access to WiFi at work and home. I for instance work on roofs and mechanical rooms in the HVAC industry. Yes I have Sprint so I have unlimited data but some areas no signal. Plus I happen to keep a lot of games and technical manuals on my phone for reference. Some of those manuals are 500 megs or more. So before anyone claims we need to be using the cloud as a rule need to remember there are always exceptions. I would love to own a Nexus phone, but until they raise the storage I can only be jealous of the people who can.

        • rauelius

          Enlighten me how I could install Wild Blood, Asphalt 7, Horn, Need for Speed, Chaos Ring, Sonic 4 Episode I+II and a myriad of other multi-GB games onto the could? I switch between games pretty consistently and even the 16GB on my Galaxy Nexus is needlessly tight.

        • Ed

          You are telling me to use the cloud service and waste data on viewing my gallery? Music should be the only thing in the cloud, but even then some people like quality sound. No usb storage, no sell. Period!

          • Kme

            iPhone does not have SD support ..

          • avg lurker

            But has 64GB option.

        • ranman

          The cloud is great for storing files you need to access anywhere, but it cannot be used for games or apps, which is what will eat up your space. A lot of the newest games take up 2 to 3 gigs of space. That will destroy 16 gigs in no time. Remember the days of having to decide which apps you wanted installed because of running out of space? No thanks.

        • Lars

          well the OS itself will take up a bit. If you use Amazon kindle for books it will start to fill up pretty fast. a few games Horn, N.O.V.A, Mass effect infiltrator or anything really that wil justify a quadcore CPU and a dedicated GPU, will take up 1,5-2 GB each. My 16 GB nexus 7 is already filled and i dont have a single movie on it. for school i use my phones camera quite a lot and also amazon kindel app. so really 16 GB is NOT enough. sure movies and music is fine cloud based, but simple apps just take up more storage today.

        • V.I

          The thing is in many other countries other than the US, such as Australia, the data plans are puny. On a $29 plan, you get about 200MB per month. On a $49 plan, you get about 1GB per month. This is the reality. Taking that into consideration, it is not realistic to always stream music and videos on the go.

          • Agret

            I live in Australia, on a $15 plan i’m getting 2gb/month of data. Although maybe you are quoting Telstra plans which are definitely not value for money – except in quality of service =(

        • avg lurker

          Let’s say, taht I’m about going to business trip – 3 days, 4h long flight.
          I’d like to have few movies, some music and books, and possibility to record few minutes of HD movie with my phone.

          My basic music library has 5 GB.
          Single 720p movie has ~4 GB – N4 has 720p screen, right?

          So… tell me more about streaming my media on the plane, while roaming or just during the morning/evening commute using undergroung transport (common in big cities!)?

          Where is your cloud now?

        • ifightforuser312

          Doesn’t work that way. Not everyone lives in the US. streaming from the cloud here in INdia on a daily basis would mean that I will have to sel myself in a few months time just to access my music. That is how expensive internet is in other parts of the world.

      • woody

        you are sacrificing the performance of your phone with a piece of junk that slows your phone over time. maybe you should look into another device.

      • nipun

        one word for you

      • kasper

        1 word

      • damambt

        What the heck is up with all these guest being @$$holes?
        if you dont want to be here, then go and browse elsewhere.

    • http://gplus.to/winkx droidguyuk

      I’m getting this phone, people bitching about LTE which is not in the UK Well apart from one carrier and its expensive so fuck rhat i use my wifi mostly so i dont care. The price and specs are fantastic its a little low at 16gb but i have a nexus 7 too so between the 2 devices and cloud storage i think ill be fine…

      • andmeuk

        Agreed. I’ll probably get this on a sim only package on 3 as their network is the fastest in the uk for price and unlimited data (ee is pricey and everyone else will roll out lte in the next year anyway). Been trying to leave Vodafone for years. Cloud for music is fine, my nexus 7 gets used for it daily. Its a shame about the look oft though, I think the sgs3 is more attractive and the one x even better but the hardware is what I’m really interested in and at that price I’m not complaining.

      • avg lurker

        eew… what is expensive in UK? data?
        For £10 you get 1GB in giffgaff, for 15 or so – unlimited.
        Three has similar plans, etc..
        Nothing is as cheap as data plans in UK :)

    • masterpfa

      Exact same 4 reasons. Storage is not an issue for me personally, well it can’t be I have managed with my GNex for nearly a year now and my Desire HD (with it’s 32Gb SD card) has gone unused.

      But we all have different needs and for those who need more space they will choose other phones.

    • thechad

      What other reasons could you possibly need. Excellent clean software. Check. Unlocked. Check. Best hardware. Check. Reasonable price. Check. Done! I’m getting one!

    • lephilwld

      To be fair, you could say that about some other phones as well AND have LTE implemented correctly from start on.

  • redraider133

    I would have gotten it even if I had to pay full price if it were on verizon. There being no carrier option eliminates those of us on cdma carriers. Maybe we will get a nexus later on because I would take a nexus even with slow updates over skinned devices. Can’t beat the dev community for nexus devices.

    • LukeT32

      Agreed. I bought the Gnex knowing Verizon would slack on updates. I rooted it a few months in like my OG Droid. I was planning on buying it outright so I could keep unlimited data. I saw the pricing for the unlocked and was super pumped…. then no LTE came about.

      • Wesley

        People keep saying “No LTE” but it isn’t what is really going on. What’s really going on is “No Sprint or Verizon” because Google isn’t even launching the phone on those networks even without LTE. If AT&T and T-Mobile had their LTE ready across the nation, I’m willing to bet that the Nexus 4 would have LTE. Even then, you still wouldn’t be able to use it on the CDMA networks. Tell your CDMA carriers you want an open network by ditching them. Maybe that would convince them to change.

        • J. Mc

          I wish I could upvote this 1000+ times.
          Yeah, Verizon’s got great coverage, but at what cost? They’re expensive, Customer Service sucks, they adulterate all of their phones, they don’t update, they have shitty data caps, etc. etc.
          Help me understand what there is to like about them? Oh, yeah – LTE. Because you didn’t need your battery. Or the spectrum that you should legally be allowed to access as part of the lease agreement Big Red made with our gov’t, but doesn’t have to honor because sometimes that same phone call is on a different frequency that they also lease from the gov’t…know what? all too complicated. Straight up truth is that non-carrier LTE is a bag of hurt.
          People need to quit their carriers, quit contract extensions, quit accepting anything less than dumb-pipe infrastructure provisioning and MVNO-style retail side.

          • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

            Oh, man. Both of you. You guys are in my brain, speaking my thoughts. Thank you.

        • Jaywrayson

          I wouldn’t hold your breath on any CDMA versions. First off, Google didn’t like that Verizon delayed the Galaxy Nexus launch so it wouldn’t interfere with Verizon’s Droid Razor Maxx. Then Verizon put bloatware on the Nexus which removed Google’s ability to update the software when Google wanted to. Thanks to Verizon, updates from Google had to be reprogrammed by Verizon. This took month for Verizon to complete. The end result was a big mess. Google’s clean OS got Verizon’s fingerprints all over it. Updates took forever. This is now what Google wants, but the carriers have the all of the control. I think all future Nexii will be GSM. Sad but true. I’m just glad I’m with T-Mobile :)

          • Leo209

            T-mobile… unlimited 4G data… cloud storage… I’m good with 16gb. That’s what I have on my GNex anyway :) Hurry up 11/13! :D

    • NamelessTed

      It isn’t like you are locked to only using Verizon. You do realize that if you bought the Nexus 4 you could just walk into T-Mobile, AT&T, or go online and buy a SIM card for a dozen different pre-paid carriers and still have cell phone service at half the cost, right?

      I just don’t understand what keeps people on Verizon. What is the appeal of paying a minimum of $100 of Verizon? And that is only if you are using 2GB of data. And the data speeds on Verizon aren’t really that much better. Yes, they are a bit faster than T-Mobile on average, but that doesn’t mean T-Mobile is slow. And the speeds that data is at right now, the phone itself tends to make a way bigger difference than actual data transfer speeds. A fast phone with 5mbps of bandwidth will do pretty much everything faster than an older phone with 8mbps with maybe the exception of downloading a single large file.

      • Brian

        Two words, rural coverage. AT&T and T-Mo are getting better, but there was a time, within some people’s current contract cycles, that VZW had a defacto monopoly on entire regions.

        Forget LTE, some folks are on Verizon for signal. Remember the “Can you hear me now?”. It had a lot of truth to it.

        • NamelessTed

          What about now, though? Just because Verizon used to have coverage where Tmo or AT&T didn’t doesn’t mean that is still true. Yeah, they might still lack in more rural areas, like way way rural. But, that is probably only applicable to a couple % of the population. And in those cases those people aren’t going to have 4G LTE anyways.

          If you are looking at all of the areas that have 4G LTE, a vast majority of them (if not all) are going to have HSPA+ on Tmobile and/or AT&T.

          Also, the “Can you here me now” commercials are at least 8 years old at this point.

          • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

            True, and I agree that I don’t see the appeal of staying on Verizon, but Verizon is very, very, very good at one thing: brainwashed marketing. Why do you think so many people call Android “Droid”? It doesn’t matter what the truth is, Verizon’s marketing department will make you think their version of the truth is so much better.

          • Aaron Sua

            No, it’s still true. Where my Grandmother lives in Arizona and where my Mother lives in Texas don’t have coverage by any GSM carrier. On the flip side where my Mother-in-law is in Atlanta only Sprint and AT&T work. What’s with old people and living in the middle of no where?

      • ferntree

        I was able to upgrade right before they got rid of unlimited data. So now I have a 4G phone for 2 more years with unlimited data :D The speeds vary on Verizon so much its ridiculous. Sometimes is 4mbps then its 30mbps. Then it will lose all service and only get 3G. Not reliable for me. If I didn’t have to pay to get out of this contract I would get this next Tuesday!

    • Scott

      See im on Sprint and wouldnt mind a sprint carrier branded nexus but i simply just cant wait that long for it to come out. Im just going to end my contract hopefully with Sprint and get this and go to straight talk. sounds good to me

  • Alex

    I’ll just wait and see if they offer a 32GB option. They really should go to 64GB what with the price of memory being so low these days. I’d surely pay $400-450 for that.

  • co.ag.2005

    I’ll be getting it as well. My wife and I will be switching to pre-paid this upcoming spring anyway, so the lack of LTE won’t matter to us.

  • GreenyO

    Living in France, we don’t have 4G right now, it won’t be available until next year and not everywhere, so that’s not a deal breaker.
    I’m totally used to the non expandable 16GB on my GNex and actually I don’t need more on my phone.
    With this cheap price I’m not even looking for a carrier subsidy, I’m just like ” Shut up and take my 349€”

    But the last point might be a concern, if the phone is sell trough Google Play, if I’ve a radom problem with my device, who should I contact ? Google ? LG ?

    • AndyH_STi

      I believe support is via Google. Taken from the Google Play help section:

      “Call Google Play device support
      To talk to a member of the Google Play team, call 855-836-3987. Our support team is available 24/7.”

      • avg lurker

        “Call”? with broken phone? ;)

  • themetatron

    The last point of con 4 is why I’ll wait. Hoping that’s what will happen.

    • Mix

      I am thinking that a little bit as well but how long of a wait is a different story.

  • AnthonyRyan

    Those are the 4 reasons why I want this phone also even though I just bought my G-Nexus day 1 of Google I/O but a device with better hardware will satisfy my need of a newer phone. It was either this or the Note 2 and well I’d rather get this over the note 2 I don’t even care if I get the 8Gb over the 16Gb I don’t need much onboard storage at all but I like the idea of having more.

    • shadhussain

      i think this version of nexus serves two purposes:

      1. appeal to pure android enthusiasts (a large majority of those following this blog) like yourself who want to see what google can squeeze out of android and latest hardware. because of the price, many of us are willing to upgrade from an otherwise perfectly functional GNex.
      2. appeal to the average mobile user (noone following this blog) by blasting out the competition on price and specs. this is already generating more buzz than any of the previous nexus launches.

      what the nex4 doesn’t do, is cater to the small percentage of power users (a fair number of users on this blog) who have specific games, music, movies and speed needs. most power users know they have other options anyway.

      i don’t blame google for *trying* to be more popular (see Verge video with duarte, barra, etc on nexus line).

  • shadhussain

    the 4 listed reasons listed also combine to provide the maximum value for any phone out there in the market. and for me, overall value trumps any individual mobile feature.

  • Meister_Li

    The non-expandable storage is a bit of a deal-killer for me. I absolutely love my GNex in almost every way, but the lack of storage is actually pretty terrible. I had to buy a separate MP3 Player when I went on a flight to the US because I just didn’t have any space left on that thing and Google Music doesn’t work over the Atlantic. And with (Game) Apps pushing 1 GB in size, 16 GB is quickly becoming really tiny for me.

  • hopscotchjunkie

    If nothing else significantly better comes out (or is announced) between now and Jan/Feb I’m having this. Much as I love my One X I’m growing weary of locked bootloaders, and the Nexus 7 has convinced me of the merits of a Nexus device. LTE doesn’t matter to me in the UK at present, and I’ve never been bothered by removable storage. No downsides for me so far (though I’ll wait for the usual host of reviews before I commit to it).

  • Gabe

    I wanna get the T-Mobile (42Mb HSPA+) version, but I’m afraid it won’t get updated in a timely fashion as the Google Play (14Mb HSPA+) version.

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      Pretty sure there is just one version, and it supports HSPA+ 42 Mbps. Google had listed different specs on different pages, but it is believed that 42 Mbps is the correct spec.

      • Gomez

        Google finally changed it back to:

        Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+
        GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
        3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
        HSPA+ 42 <—— 42 BABY!

  • Arthur

    As important as LTE is to a good number of high end smartphone buyers, to me it is not a deal breaker especially in this case where this set of specs and overall package make this the undisputed best pure Android experience on the market from a software and hardware perspective.

    The only processor that theoretically can keep up with the S4 Pro is probably the Exynos 5 5250 in the Chromebook and soon to launch Nexus 10. When benchmark numbers are posted for the Nexus 10 and 4, seeing as they are both running vanilla 4.2 JB, we will see which SoC is the true king but regardless, both will offer as flawless of an experience as you are going to find on an Android device. I will be getting both, Nexus 4 and 10.

  • Nader

    I plan on getting the next Nexus, I hope 16 gb will be sufficient. And I think I’m going to do straightalk due to T-mobile’s terrible coverage. Does ATT do 42 Mbps or just 21?

    • Frank Pilone

      Straight Talk contracts w/ both carriers depending on the phone and your home coverage. AT&T doesn’t support HSPA+ so a Max of 21MBPS. You’re not guaranteed that speed though.

      • Jordon

        AT&T does support HSPA+, if i remember correctly, so this is a legitimate option for straight talk to get the network you need

    • Michael S

      Just 21, they skipped the 42 and went LTE instead.

      I use T-Mobile because the speeds in NY where I live are far superior, and the coverage is decent. If I’m planning on traveling during any given month, I’ll get AT&T for just that month.

  • Ben

    For me, it’s an easy buy for the same reasons outlined. The listed cons are at most minor annoyances for me and sometimes not applicable. At the moment it’s hard to find a better overall product, and this likely costs half the price. It’s an easy buy.

  • martinkem

    I would love to buy this phone but i need a phone with a 5 inch screen or more

  • Poppy bros

    I hate phones made out of complete glass anyway. Too fragile.

  • txbluesman

    I couldn’t imagine ever switching back to anything that wasn’t pure Google. It is a given for me. I will be getting it, but it will be after the first of the year, due to contract. I am thinking about just paying the etf and moving on down the road. For me, there is nothing else, but Nexus.

  • TheRobotCow

    Not having Lte is perfectly fine with me, and I’m leaving Verizon with my unlimited 4g data for pre paid. Once you go nexus you don’t need anything else!

  • golfpedaler

    I’ve had the Nexus One and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and just purchased the Samsung Note 2, I’m not sure that I would be missing out on much by not going with the LG Nexus. Looks great but so does the Note 2. I do like the idea of expandable memory, however I haven’t missed that feature on my GNex.

  • victor

    The cons are pretty weak. Pure beta experience – since when has a carrier released phone been bug free? The carrier subsidy in this case could potentially cost you more depending on your current plan. The subsidy in this case is roughly $6.25/month. I’ll concede on the small memory solutions and the LTE (even though I think they’re right that it’s not fully mature yet).

  • OnIn2

    On your 4 Reasons to skip…Re: #4 “problems with random reboots, poor network connection, and other oddities”

    I call that my LG G2x

    I was an early adopter last purchase. I’ll let someone else lead this time.

    • woody

      ok but this is google software, not LG

  • Leandro

    Is there any news to the Audio part of this Nexus? My GNex seems to be a tad.. quiet. Another phone at it’s most silent volume is louder than my GNex. (Please tell me I’m not the only one with that)

    I’m already considering getting this LGNex, if it had a better audio system than my current GNex I’m sold.

  • Nate B.

    I am getting this day one. 16 gigs is more then enough for me. I don’t slap a bunch of heavy files on my device. Google Music is in the cloud and just fine for me on the go. I also have a 64 gig iPod for that if I don’t want to drain battery on my phone because I am a heavy music person. I will eventually need my phone as a phone in some point of time in the day and I need battery. I have 60+ apps like I’ve mentioned in previous post on other articles mentioning the storage. That doesn’t even take a gig. I don’t do heavy gaming on my phone. Not into when it comes to that. I will stick with console gaming with my PS3. I don’t keep that many pictures either. Any video I record will eventually be uploaded to a social network site or and to my laptop and then on an external hard drive for safe keeping. I am very excited to get this device.

  • Alex

    I still have my Nexus One as my daily phone, so I need an upgrade, and this is it. I love the look and the price!

    • shadhussain

      i wonder how many nex1 owners have passed over the last two iterations and have finally found a worthy upgrade. i’m one of those.

      • Wes

        I still use the n1. This is going to be a massive performance upgrade. I can’t wait.

        • shadhussain

          did you geekily engrave ur name on the back of your n1 like me too? i think that makes it doubly hard to part with …

  • Lequon Robinson

    I’m with sprint so 4g never had any and 3g average at best so not really missing any thing and 4g just a waste of battery

  • nitrog7

    I am def looking into buying one to get off this contract with my RAZR. But now that Forestall is gone, I might want to wait to see what iOS will look like. Hmmm… decisions decisions.

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    It would be a no-brainer for me if it had a removable battery.

    • James

      This is the main sticking point for me. Phone batteries just are not good enough, you need to be able to use a 2nd battery.

      • iamXiV92a

        I imagine we’ll see a case with an enclosed battery like the Mophie Juice Pack for the iPhone

  • http://thomashunsaker.com thunsaker

    Your points are valid, and given the price+features, It makes this a great buy, today and for a few months.

    The storage is a little disappointing, but considering I’ve been living with the only 10GB on my current phone (w/SD card) I don’t see it as a big deal.

  • Adam

    The low price of the phone combined with the low price of the data plan I can choose ($30-40 a month on t-mobile) make the Nexus 4 an easy decision. I would prefer to have more storage available, but I can work around that for the price. There’s no real downside if you have disposable income. Even if I hate the device (as I’ve come to hate WP), I can go in a different direction without a huge ordeal. This is a win-win for me.

  • Pleirosei

    Taylor, you done with that Solavei experience yet? Trying to see if they paid you yet so i can make a decision in the next few months :P

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      I’m still using Solavei and I just got my first bonus payment. It’s a nice service and I will continue to suggest it to others.

  • Melvin Garcia

    I think I’ll sit this one out. I’m in the middle of a contract and by the time it finishes, there might be a newer, better Nexus on the market.

  • jenskristian

    Maybe not so interesting for all of you, but I plan to buy the 16 GB model and pair it with my OneCall (cheap Norwegian carrier) subscription. I pay just under $50 per month for 150 minutes/text messages/multimedia messages and unlimited data (capped after 5GB).

  • boooooooo

    So this phone won’t work for more than half the US population that uses cell phones. Google, leave America now.

  • Wesley

    I’m going to be holding onto My GNex for now since I don’t need that much power in my phone just yet. I’m sure Google will keep it updated for a couple more versions of Android at least. I’m going to get the Nexus 10 though and probably the the next Nexus phone a year from now.

  • DM

    You forgot… “I like new and shiny” so that’s why i am getting a Nexus 4!

  • Louis A

    The only reason that will hold me from ordering this phone will be the lack of LTE. I don’t mind paying the early termination fee. But the HSPA+ that T-moble offer in my city is too slow. I am on Verizon now and I don’t think I will want to go back to 1-2mbps speeds or other times less. What I can’t wait to get my hands on will be the Nexus 10.

  • UMA Fan

    Taylor, You should correct your article since T-Mobile IS offering a carrier subsidy.

  • Max.Steel

    I’m waiting for the initial reviews and to hear from the first few buyers before diving in for the 16GB.

  • noriega713

    I’m getting the Nexus 4 8GB version 16GB seems too much for me. I have the G-nex (16GB) and only use around 4-5 GB, before that I had a G2 with 32 micro sd. I use cloud storage for my pics and stream my music. As for my games I use my N7… Just my thoughts, I don’t want to bash on anyone who needs more storage.

  • Nathan D.

    I’m getting it with t-mobile of course :-)

  • Stav Dor

    My carrier is PELEPHONE the big carrier in Israel
    i’m joining the waiting of more revies and hear from the first buyer what they think about the new LG Nexus 4

  • chris

    LTE is not a deal breaker for me. The connection in my area is very weak. I used an iphone 5 and it sucked on LTE. I also have the Nexus S and I need a new phone because I dont have enough ram or storage. I dont need an SD Card because most of my is in the clouds. I will continue to use pre paid service because its is ten times better than any carrier I ever had and I had them all except verizon. I also like their $50 unlimted talk,text, and web. They run on tmo HSPA network. The coverage is very reliable.

  • connie lingus

    No 4G LTE? Pass.

  • M3rc Nate

    I love the pricing, that really temps me to get it. My reasons being i have a G2, on Tmobile contract, and my family and i dont want to ever re-new our contract, cause then your 2 years in contract and it costs like $500 a person to cancel if we want to get out of contract (so $1500).

    I bought the Asus TF700T cause i wanted a tablet and to satisfy that “i want jelly bean, i want quad core!” desire. And it has for the most part, but a sucky slow phone is a sucky slow phone.

    I know its dumb of me cause my G2 has 8Gb SD card and i have 1.5Gb left, but i cant help but be pissed that theres no removable battery and no SD card slot. I know 16Gb will be enough but..it just annoys me. Overall this might be the phone i get to upgrade from my G2, considering the price is $350, not $500-600 like all other non-contract phones.

  • Mike C.

    Too little internal storage and no microSD is a deal breaker for me. This has been the story of every Nexus device since the Nexus One – Google is headed in the wrong direction.

    • Mix

      If the 16gb version of this phone was $450 or more, like it was rumored, I wouldn’t have given it the time of day.

      I just can’t pass up the $360 price point and at that price I am willing to spread music and movies over to my my 32Gb iPod.

  • foggyflute

    There’s one reason for me: this phone is not a good looking one, I dislike the design.
    I like angular one like xperias or droids.

  • Mix

    Is the only difference of not having 4G LTE the decline in download speeds?

    If that is the only thing 4G LTE offers than 1 version of a phone that works in over 200 places is a far more realistic option than 10 versions that work in far less locations.

  • M.J.

    I have a galaxy nexus and its so fast, everything it does is so quick and its gonna be getting updates for at least another year. But I think I am going to purchase this outright near Christmas because my girlfriend wants a new phone cus shes stuck with the atrix, So i might give her my Galaxy Nexus or buy her the Nexus 4.

    A question for you guys, If I am under contract and buy the phone and dont have a mini sim, What do I do? Buy one from my carrier?


    • bhan87

      You could see if an AT&T store will let you switch to another SIM card (cost you a few bucks) or you could try cutting it with a tool like Noosy. Make sure you get the right size though! The Play store doesn’t seem to list the SIM card size on the Nexus 4 page.

      • M.J.

        Thanks man, I am in Canada but its all the same. Bell has micro sims and regular sims. Either way its not a big deal to just purchase an extra sim card to switch for the nexus 4. I just wanted to know ahead of time so I can be ready.

        Ill be checking back to see if anyone updates with confirmation of there being a micro sim.

        Thanks again man!

  • GrendelJapan

    I’m probably going to pick this up, but the lack of a micro SD card is a bummer (although I expect to never see this offered on Nexus devices, since the cloud is Google’s obvious revenue stream for mobile).

    One thing you didn’t include in your list, but is something I’ve enjoyed several times with my Nexus S is a removable battery. Having a backup battery to swap out has been essential several times in the past for me; not being able to swap in a fresh battery does give me a bit of pause (hopefully the battery life will be tested to be vastly superior to the NS battery life).

  • Jay

    I’m not getting it because of the non-removable battery. That’s a very Apple thing to do. I hope I’m mistaken, can anyone correct me?

  • Justin Ziemba

    Eh… in day to day use, I just don’t see this as being that much better than my Galaxy Nexus.
    On paper, yes… but I haven’t hit top speed on my GN.
    I’ll stay put for a while.

  • Heatfan

    does anyone know if the Tmobile version will be bloated or will it be like the one Google will have on sale?

  • DimiBoy

    I would really like that phone, but the only down side for me is the lack of the Micro SD slot. You create a beautiful phone with brilliant display and everything else but no place for me to carry all my music i like? and that’s before mentioning that i would love to play those hard big games on it and probably watch movies!!!
    for now, i will stay with my Nexus 1 that runs Jelly bean.
    Probably will get myself the Asus Padfone 2 i really loved it.

  • rauelius

    Reason #5 Not enough Storage options. People WILL pay for more storage…Hell I don’t care if I have to spend an extra $100 over the 16GB model to get a 32GB version…hell, I’d even pay $200 over the price of the 16GB one for a 32GB version…Why not provide the option and have a limited run? I’d guarantee if Google had a limited run of Nexus 4′s with 32GB of storage for $550, they would sell out day one…I’ll take bets…I’m never wrong.

  • Ed

    One issue “Expandable Storage”…makes no sense whatsoever no matter what reasons you have!!!

  • DJ

    I do believe I will still be getting one but what really bothers me the most are 2 reasons which kind of intertwine with each other first is that they only have a 8 or 16 gig option and no expandable memory. That is some BS, I have 11 gigs of music currently I will ony have about 2-3 gigs of space left for more music and games. Now some people will through there BS in and say well take advantage of google music. Which I actually do use on my tablet the reason I don’t on my phone is because it is not convienent to have all of my music in the cloud when data is not unlimited, I should not have to wait for my music to buffer, I take the LA Red Line for about 40 minutes of my commute(for those of you that do not know the red line is a subway) and there is 0 coverage for that 40 minutes, what am I supposed to do?, the last issue of that leads to the last reaso I am skeptical to buy, and it’s data speeds and coverage since the phone won’t take advantage of LTE, I will never have fast data speeds because AT&T’s HSPA+ blows.

  • DJ

    Also by the time the 32g comes out this phone will not be the best of the best. And the resell Value is going to be nonexistent because anybody can go buy it cheaply

  • Mark

    Gotta have that 16gb but would love a 32. Solavei or Simple mobile for HSPA+ at a fraction of the cost of the big three.

  • runekey

    Hoping that this will be offered through AT&T sooner rather than later, since they use the same towers as T-Mobile anyways. I know I can buy it unlocked, but I plan on having this phone for 2+ years, so it would be nice to get the contract discount on the phone.

  • Yitz

    I want to get it. Verizon 16GB

  • Devil

    It is really strange that all authors think that there is life only in US, and rest of the world is still in dark ages. All these articles are written with just focusing on US. Expand your vision, don’t be so narrow-minded and explore the world. We people know how to operate a phone.

    Hint: US only accounts for portion of total smartphone market. China has already surpassed US as largest smartphone market. US accounts for less than 20% of total smartphone share, and it is declining. By the time India/Brazil joins the race, it would be less than 10% within next few years.


    4G/LTE doesn’t matter to world’s 80% population (hypothetical number)
    Carrier subsidy is relevant only in US. EU and other Asian countries, most people buy phone unlocked at full price.
    Question that many US folks would ask is why people buy unlocked phones at full price? Answer is simply — call rates, data charges are very cheap if you buy unlocked. Overall you save a lot. I can use any phone on any carrier simply because they most/all operate on standard GSM frequency. I keep a standby SIM just for emergency purpose. The rental I pay every month is hardly anything.
    I won’t even think twice before getting the Nexus 4 – I may also even gift my brother and gf. The price and google support is enough to justify the purchase.

    Though I will definitely get N10 before I get the N4.

    • Piqutchi

      I don’t see complaining about a US-based, US-staffed website holding a US perspective as “open-minded”.

      “.com” doesn’t necessarily mean “Everyone gets an equal share of the coverage.

  • http://about.me/barontankhe Ton Habraken

    Guess I’ll have to skip this one, and wait for another Nexus. My experience with LG has been really bad (hardware and software) , and I’ll never ever give them my money again.

    I’ll just wait for a new Nexus comes next year or I’ll get the ASUS padfone which has better specs, a nicer design and almost vanilla android.

  • Robert Alexander

    Ill be waiting a few months. I feel only slightly shafted that I bought an 8 b nexus 7, for my model to be discontinued a couple of months later

  • jayant25

    I never really liked the design of Nexus 4 but after the official release, price and features i really wanna buy this phone but i will probably wait for the reviews to come in and for 32 GB model to arrive in the market.

  • h0ruza

    The reasons not to get this phone are weak at best.

    LTE will come at some point.

    SD Cards haven’t been a feature since the Nexus one. What don’t we get about that. Even the reasoning is weak because goggle doesn’t want to sound greedy by telling the true reason.

    Now off you go to the play store and keep buying content without space to keep masses of media permanently.

    In time the carrier’s will be selling this phone as well as it being available directly.

    And every single phone has bugs and the general public get on with there lives and in two years time get a new phone with new bugs.

    I wasn’t even thinking about buying this bland looking phone but now it’s cheap enough to skip a night on the town, save my head from a hangover and buy the phone out right.

    Buy two for the lady in your life so they can double as ear rings.

    Buy ten of them and glue them to your belt to look like batman from the future.

  • Chris

    I have to prepare and move all my new music to Google music. LG Nexus is good enough for me.

  • Sean K

    even though this is an unlocked phone will it still work on cdma carriers like sprint and verizon

    • DragonPhyre

      No. This is a GSM phone.

  • jian9007

    I’m not sure they will offer a 32GB version of the Nexus 4. The galaxy nexus had a 32GB before they pulled it, but remember that it was originally offered in 16GB and 32GB options. The Nexus 4 is already being offered in 2 options, 8GB and 16GB. So although the Nexus 7 got a 32GB version, I’m not convinced Google will offer 32GB versions of the Nexus 4. Hopefully I’m wrong. As for my 4 reasons I’m buying it and not something else-

    1. Touchwiz makes me stabby.
    2. Sense is more bloated than a full-term pregnant woman sucking on a fire hose.
    3. I’m already on T-Mobile so HSPA+ is fine, as we don’t have LTE yet anyway.
    4. It’s a Nexus that has great hardware specs, for only $349 unlocked. $349!!!

  • DragonPhyre

    Your reasons:

    1. Pure Google. I can get this with CyanogenMod–which is on darn near everything–so this isn’t really all THAT big of a reason provided you can wait until the phones have support… Which is usually fairly quick. Not ASOP quick, but within a few days once the devs get a good handle on it.

    2. Pre-paid SIM. Fair enough. I would switch to prepaid if I saw a significant cost savings. For me, that doesn’t work out. It’s just a simple fact of the matter.

    3. Latest hardware. I do want that latest hardware, but I think I may be able to wait for the PadFone2 and get almost the same thing but possibly have LTE in it.

    4. Price. Yeah, you got me there. No denying that price is delectable as Jelly Beans themselves. But I currently pay extra for all these minutes and whatnot, so I might as well get the phone subsidised you know?

    • Jayvan Santos

      Running SuperNexus is not the same as hardware accelerated AOSP.

    • drcmda

      cm is nice, but it will never, ever be the same. you seem to miss that these guys are fighting with lacking sources and vendor files. even on highend devices like the s3 you’d have to make compromises like oops, no project butter. on other devices like the s2 it took almost half a year to get a somewhat stable version but that one’s still on crutches and jerks and lags so much its driving you nuts. worse, if you go that route, everything will be hand down second rate shit youre flashing. ports. no new roms, no fresh features, no innovation, no inventions. even cm is in a contant nightly process, things break daily. they reach a stable when google brings out a new OS.

      still worse, youre driving money into the pockets of these bloodsucking companies that would do everything to keep things as they were a decade ago. the carriers dont want you to swap so they’re forcing manufacturers to unlock your phone. the manufacturer hates the dev scene because it makes your handset last longer, so the will do everything in their power to make it harder. instead they will provide you with a nicely outdated version of android, break pretty much every sdk rule imaginable, refuse to go with googles vision and add shitty homebuttons because it reminds people of apple, not to mention the abominable crimes they commit to the UI … and its your money that makes it possible. meanwhile you’d get good enough speeds with hspa which does not have the same limitations.

  • Kroms

    I’m gonna wait. I’d rather get an HTC J Butterfly or ( DLX ) whatever they end up calling it here in North America . To be honest the LG is nice but ………

    Iphone 8GB or 16 GB only
    Iphone Battery ( as in non removable).
    Iphone internal Storage ( No SD CARD)

    Basically Google is starting to look allot like APPLE here. I Loved Both the NEXUS S and GLALAXY NEXUS . It is why i purchased both on each release. This time GOOGLE really dropped the ball and I will not be getting this phone.

    So here we are waiting on HTC and Samsungs NEXT releases .

  • Kroms

    Leaving out SD CARD and telling people to use CLOUD storage is the most dumbest idea EVER.

    The Cloud sucks and if you Data conection is down or having issues then you are impacted!!!
    SD CARDS do not suffer this issue and most of ALL , you don’t need to worry about how using the Data ( movie) (Music) Pics, whatever it is on your devices will end up costing you MONEY on your PLAN !
    No folks , cloud is just about making money everyone else except YOU !

    • Pachi72

      People that rely on the cloud that their head in the cloud. The carriers will throttle them. It doesnt make sense that they have music on their PC and they refuse to put it on their phone locally. And what happens when you are in a bad area with little reception or your battery is about to die? it’s like having cyber sex with your wife in the other room.

      • Wilson Lara

        I’ve had no problems using Google Music and Dropbox for all my stuff since getting the GNex.
        It just takes a little getting used to.

      • Jayvan Santos

        If you’re so worried about storage get the 32GB version!

    • drcmda

      google’s never said they do it to push people into the cloud, thats the dumbest accusation ever. mattias duarte has explained why, but of course, reason, better not listen to it.
      they dont want that kind of patchy hacky 20st century OS that predominated for so long. android, official android, will not mess with temporary mounting points. allowing it now would drive app developers to rely on it – so even if ssd prices are high and 16gb is not really much, they’d rather go that route than seing their OS erode. basically same thing they did to the menu button – which aswell was a clever design decision they had to make in order to unclutter android.
      what you people dont seem to get is that they have a responsibility for 700.000 apps and more.
      having said that, 16gb is o-k, i have countless of apps and games on mine, books, personal stuff, and several nandroids. it would be nice if i could bring like my entire music collection but my goodness it doesnt kill me if not.

  • Wilson Lara

    There is almost no reason not to get this. It’s pretty awesome.

    • Jayvan Santos

      Losing .8″ and removable battery. Coming from an I9300 owner with no SD card. What happens after a year? You won’t be able to pay $30 for a new battery..

  • Jayvan Santos

    Thinking really hard about selling my S3 I9300 on Craigslist and buying this. I want it for all those reasons. SD is not holding me back because I don’t use one. What’s holding me back is the screen size. I’m not sure I can go back to 4″..

    • jian9007

      It’s 4.7″ so it’s just 0.10″ smaller than the GS3 so it shouldn’t be an issue. The battery is custom designed by LG Chem to last for 800 full charging cycles. That’s double what most other batteries have. After a year your battery will still be good and there will be a new Nexus out then as well. Try the Nexus 4 out in a T-Mobile store when it comes out and see if you like it.

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  • mitcoes

    No microSD is a DEAL BREAKER
    I would like to see a future version with microSD because almost NOBODY buys it.

  • Voliam

    I would rather have a Samsung than an LG (have always had great experiences with Samsung- just a personal preference). I went on Google Play the morning of 10/29 thinking I could get the previous Nexus, sub $349.
    While I suspected they might already be sold out, I didn’t expect to see “This item is no longer available for sale” (unless that means they are sold out). What a BUMMER!

  • pinyin_samu

    I ‘ll buy one! If you use Android & all the Google tools like Google Drive than 8GB of data is enough on your device. I’m storing my data in the cloud. I live in Belgium, Europe, here is no LTE available @ this moment & it will not be the first years. When 4G LTE becomes available here, I’ve already a new one.

  • Paul Atreides

    Won’t get it because I don’t like it besides the latest OS version and price. An additional reason would be my GS3 with Jelly Bean is fast enough and I have no need to constantly monitor my memory. Looking forward to see what appears early 2013.

  • Aj

    No microsd slot ..
    No removable battery to hard power cycle phone when custom roms freeze bad…
    No Verizon version as im still on contract with them.

    Guess Note II it is.

  • Noel

    I will buy the 16GB/$349 N4 even tho i would have preferred a 32/64GB model. Google should have just made these options available from the jump…you know many of us will be fuming mad when a few month down the road they come out with a 32GB model. For Google to avoid burning/pissing off their LOYAL EARLY ADOPTERS, they should just make these options (16/32/64GB models) ready to go from initial launch or just include an SD card slot on the devices. One thing i give Sammy credit is making sure ALL THE KEY SPECS are included on their flagship devices and their sale numbers are proof. This is something i will like to see on my Nexus device. HTC also look and learn from Sammy…ALL KEY SPECS and make the flagship devices available on all major carriers

  • NeoJesus

    Most carriers except for Verizon have limited and unreliable 4G which makes for a cloudy cloud experience.

    More internal memory or put in a microSD memory slot.

  • deel

    I’m thinking the exact same way – it’s kind of a bummer that there’s no SDcard slot, but that’s not a dealbreaker for me. And I don’t care about LTE either, so a pure Google experience is very appealing. Especially at this price, unlocked!

  • melloburger

    I’ve never had a smartphone, and for this price unlocked with the ability for T-Mobile Monthly4G, this is an absolute must-buy. I admit I’d like to see a 32 GB version, but the next best thing (for prepaid) in my opinion is the Samsung Galaxy S III — which doesn’t agree with my budget. I’m also excited for a pure vanilla Android experience.

  • DroidPower

    still locked onto a contract for now, but if i could buy one right now, i would absolutely buy this. The absence of a sd slot doesn’t matter that much to me (prob. not how others feel though). This is definitely a premium device, and since it’s tested by Google, I expect it to have less compatibility issues with certain apps. For all the reasons that you mentioned, this is a great phone to get. And it looks pretty good too! I definitely dig the back.

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  • bastardowski

    Definitely top of my wishlist. I really hope the low price is not changed for the India variant. There’s actually very little to dislike about the 16GB model. In my opinion, Google should have ditched 8GB and only gone with 16GB for $329. That would have been ideal.

    Any idea where one can order this online besides the Play Store? Someone that delivers to India preferably…

  • Y314K

    Well I am debating whether to wait till a 32GB or SD version is release… But I think that will be until IO next year… Might be to long of a wait…. Might have to go with a 16GB Nexus 4…

    Anybody stated up petitions for SD card slot for Nexus 4 to show Google how serious of a problem it is for us that want a Nexus 4 ??? Or for some $400/$450 32GB/64GB Nexus 4 ??? versions???

  • Macky Evangelista

    Hope I win one. Have yet yo own a tablet.

  • Oscar Ortega

    im definetly getting the 16 gb nexus 4 :) i cant wait

  • gorillazz

    i was about to buy s3 for sure…but after looking at nexus 4 with that insane price i will buy nexus 4…but i have to wait till it comes to my country :(

  • wmasci

    I’m getting it. I have a 16gb iPad and I’m not even hitting 4.5gbs. While I think an 8gb would be fine for me, I assume i’ll be snapping more pics and videos so the 16gb will be perfect.

    I’m also not worried about LTE. From what my brother says about his iPhone 5, the LTE drains his battery really quickly and he almost always has it turned off.

    Plus, I’m usually at work or home or somewhere with WiFi access.

    This is a no brainer! So pumped. I had a blackberry curve two or three years ago but have been on a cheapo flip phone since, t’will be exciting to have a smart phone again.

    Now the only question is which pre-paid carrier should I chose.

  • LukeinDC

    Screw the SD Card and 32GB. Give me a battery that lasts all day like the Droid Razr Maxx. I’m sick and tired of buying extending batteries because the regular battery barely lasts half a day. I browse the internet for an hour and work in a low coverage area so my battery is dead by 2pm. Can I get a phone that lasts me until 6? If Motorola can make a phone that is the same thickness as an iphone 4S but lasts 22 hours in continuous talk time, why in God’s name can’t anyone else??????

    • brandnew234

      Because they focus more on performance vs battery life. The RAZR has half as many cores, and a worse GPU.

  • Ardrid

    Those are the exact reasons as to why I’m purchasing a Nexus 4. LTE penetration isn’t prevalent enough in my area for that to be a deciding factor, and an SD card is a non factor because I’m not even using half of my available internal storage. Nor is the lack of a carrier subsidy an issue: subsidies only make sense for prohibitively expensive devices and I don’t consider $300 prohibitively expensive.

    The only potential “issue” is the beta experience, but the same can be said about any device. That’s certainly not enough to keep me away from what I expect many to declare as 2012′s phone of the year.

  • marvin nubwaxer

    thank you for the clear advice. the fors far outweigh the againsts and prepaid options are becoming very popular. google, lg and t-mobile will all be big winners i think.

  • abettisworth

    Pricing is good. Higher selling point for me though is an upgrade in android version.
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  • brandnew234

    I have Verizon, but even if I did have GSM I wouldn’t want this phone, purely for the lack of storage. I wish I could have this phone, but I wanna watch movies&on 6gb a month, thats not enough, if it had a micro SD card slot, then it would be fine. Plus games&music, and it doesn’t have LTE. Sorry, if it were 32GB I could deal with it, but not 16. I’ll be getting the Galaxy Note II, because it has a stylus, larger screen, longer battery life, and an SD card slot.

    • Me

      oh please there are plenty of GSM services that have some sort of unlimited plan for cloud use plus WiFi is everywhere nowadays unless u live in the sticks

  • super fly snooker

    i hope tmobile sell the nexus 4 16gb for 199.99 i dont think 8gb wouldnt do it for me especially since it doesnt have a mirco sd card slot.

    • Me

      it will be the 16 gig for $199 was already announced

  • Dave Matney

    I’ll be getting it for the same four reasons if they ever get an LTE version.

    If the GNex was to tell us anything, it’s that the first iteration of any multi-carrier Nexus device will receive the worst support from both the carrier and from Google, which leads me to hope that when they release the LTE version it will receive updates before this one (one can hope, right?).

    • Me

      Im sure once Tmobile gets their LTE up and running there will be another LTE Nexus because then there would be two GSM companies with LTE in the U.S. and as long as ATT and Tmobile keep the LTE service “open” it will be a win-win situation for Nexus LTE fans.

  • zolikaaa666

    I would really like to buy this phone but i don’t have this much money…so i’m just dreaming about it…*.* :)

  • HardNoks

    Honestly, the 16gb storage isn’t that bad to me considering all of the cloud services available. And since the price is so low on these, I will gladly buy one for now and possibly buy a 32gb version if one comes out (and if I need the extra space). I could always just sell the 16gb version for about 200 – 250

    • jsfacade

      Its not bad, but once you install roms, backups, and a ton of pictures it quickly gets used up. Would like to see the return of SD cards for at a minimum picture storage..

  • FAP

    I would buy it, but I can’t because I always need to carry a spare battery because I almost always need one, even though I have a 2,100 mAh battery now. I’m surprised there aren’t more Nexus fans who would have the same problem.

  • Me

    Im getting it I get unlimited data with Tmo and HSPA+ is plenty fast for me without having LTE eat my battery, Ive been on LTE and in its current state is a bit overrated and seems bogged down in my area(ive got Tmo and Verizon LTE) cant wait to drop Verizon, way over priced….lets go Nexus!! Oh ya and thanks for the cloud I havnt had to swap in a bigger than 8 gig SD card that came with my phone yet :)

  • David

    Getting the 16GB to run on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42 Network!

  • M.J.

    Hey guys anyone know if this has a micro sim? Just wondering. Thanks!!

  • Alroy

    i wonder if any one will buy the new ipod touch, nw that you can own this Beauty here !!

  • Derpanian

    I switched from an iPhone to a Gnex due to that glass on the back. WHY DO YOU HAVE TO HAUNT ME ?!! ‘-’

  • blue

    If I loose it, I won’t be out 700+ USD (e.g. Nokia – don’t even mention to me that Apple thing)! Not sure how strong the case is though if I drop it, but the gorilla glass is nice since my car keys scratch the heck out of my old Samsung. Yeah, 8G is a bit small and without SD – ouch…makes the phone less appealing to some….but the price is so-so…it would be better with a 16GB for only 299 usd though!

  • zolikaaa666

    I Wont buy a Nexus 4 because i dont like the desgin….I dont say that Galaxy S3 or iPhone 5 is nicer but this design is too simple for me…I would like to see a COLORFUL NEXUS!!

  • ohhhh man

    ok this is what im gonna do im gonna buy a 8gb nexus 4 because i already have a 50gb of dropbox storage take pictures and upload it to my account and i should be straight right? and sense im on tmobile i’ll join that value plan and only be paying 59.99 every month.

  • RyanB

    I am very disappointed in the nexus 4, no expandable sd card slot. The 8gb is a joke and 16gb is not enough. Install a few big games, movie or two, then lots of music and watch how fast it goes. Why do Nexus phones continue to have only up to 16gb and there competitors Apple or even other Android devices have much more memory and/or expandable sd slots. So having said this I will pass on this Nexus, I really want a Nexus and was looking forward to it….

  • PhilR

    Reason #5 NOT to buy the Nexus 4: No WiFi calling on the TMo network. Since I can’t get a decent tower signal in my home, WiFi calling is a MUST HAVE. This is a deal-breaker.

  • Abhi

    I planning to buy nexus 4 but i heard that it has some battery issues

  • BigCiX

    Must be a troll around here. Someone keeps giving everyone the thumbs down.

  • http://oceanmedia.net Scotter

    I loved my Nexus One. After that, though, disappointment after disappointment as each time they leave out or skimp on critical features. This time around: [in America] 16gb max internal and no SD card, which wouldn’t be a total deal killer for me but is disappointing. But what *is* the deal killer is the camera. F2.4 seriously? When my HTC Amaze, which is a year old, has a superior camera (F2.2) and the HTC One S and X have cameras with F2.0. Yes, I realize there are other factors, like backlighting, mm, megapixels, etc. But I believe most of those other factors are the same or very close between these phone cameras. So here we have a “flagship” phone coming out yet again and… while I would be tempted to have that processor and screen, I would not step *backwards* with the phone.

  • johnny

    I dont know if half of you are stupid or what or if you’ve never used Google Music app. The first time you play a song on it it will be streamed….the next time you play that song or another song that was played previously, it will already have the song cached thus not using your data or needing WiFi. If you clear your cache THEN it will have to use the cloud again, sucking your data.

    I’ve done that riding the train. Monday the phone will heat up running my music from cloud. Next day, I’m getting better battery life and no hotpocket in my jeans…

    16gb is enough for this phone, maybe not games but apps and music, yes…

  • nonongski

    For all of you complaining….get a phone according to your need. For me this is good enough period.

  • bgssilva

    The positives outweigh the negatives. At least here in Brazil where 4G is not yet reality and I never went over the limit of 16GB of internal memory on my smartphone

  • titanium man

    man why’s there no microSD slot?? just like apple.. everyone needs that for their music lol. i have had an LG G2x for almost 2 years, so every time i see a phone with a OEM UI it turns me off it. i need Pure Google but definitely not getting it, i need my 16 GB sd

  • stephen45003

    To be fair, every phone has its share of glitches to start with so I don’t think thats something that should steer you clear of a Nexus.

  • soul64

    sweeeeet phone!!!

  • Pravas

    No doubt google had put all the amazing piece together but the fact that it did it within an affordable range is what makes it Popular.

  • janK

    Next to the pure AOSP performance and the price I also bought one because of the good call quality. Hope it holds up to that expectation!

  • tylerfoy

    Wow. I have to say a few things impressed me: No carrier crapware, high specs, sold UNLOCKED and the price.
    I think googles starting to put together a real competitor.

  • jnano91

    me toooooooooo

  • gp126904

    If only I could get out of my current contract without paying a boat load, otherwise the Nexus 4 would be mine!!!

  • CaptainDoug

    I’ll be passing. LG isn’t very impressive to me. Neither is the lack of storage and the glass back. C’mon google. If you’re going to pick a hardware partner, pick one that has great hardware like HTC or Motorola. Pick it up Google.

  • thymeless

    I wish the Nexus concept would accept that the cloud is not widespread enough to omit SD card slots. I use my android devices far from cell reception quite often and card access is critical for GPS mapping and entertainment while out there.

  • batom

    Exactly the same reasons why I would like to buy N4…. but it is not available in my country yet :-(
    Anyway, great device :-)

  • cuteandrew21

    love it

  • reevester

    The biggest reason for most people would be the Price and having the latest and greatest version of Android!

  • mares927

    The best thing about Nexus devices is operating system. I really hate UI from another manufacturers, which only slows the device, but the worst thing are updates. If you don’t have flag ship of the company, you have to wait at least half an year for a system update :(

  • jsfacade

    Got the Galaxy Nexus from VZW a while back, good phone, badish camera… VZW is deplorable at updating the software… If and When I can move from VZW for a google data service I sure will.

  • pickledgator

    Add me to the 27% that wouldn’t buy this without LTE. Especially if you live in a current LTE market.

  • parthpatels007

    i’m buying it :)

  • jgrizz13

    I will miss vanilla android the most when I get the Droid DNA…. :(

  • Kaustubh_Adhav

    This costs 400 dollars for the 8gb as opposed to the 300 dollars! This phone would kill the competition in India if it was sold at stock price as well!!!

  • Mattheo

    i need to try to stop myself to sell my sgs 2 for this gadget :(

  • Abhishek 7865

    I am buying

  • Dorkstar

    Eww, no LTE, and no microSD. I’ll pass on this one. LTE is must have now a days.

  • marcus1518

    Yea not sure how they can make something without LTE or microSD…those are must have nowadays…

  • swight

    I love this phone, but LG is not something I think of when I think of a great phone, maybe I need to do some more testing.
    I think I might wait for the next Nexus if I can stand it. My Galaxy S is getting pretty long in the tooth these days.

    • thekoldrex

      its nexus not LG, means google developers…

  • kad3t

    Would love to get one, pity I’m still on contract…

  • me245

    You sold me on the idea of a complete google only experience

  • VipulSehgal

    nexus 4, one x+ or s3.. please help me choose…

    • thekoldrex

      For me it will be nexus 4, cause of its dimensions, android 4…

  • overclockthesun

    I live inIndia and streaming is just not an option. I will have to sell myself in a few months if I keep streaming my music from the cloud.Thats how expensive 3g is here at the moment….oh and 4g doesn’t exist yet. Thats why I hope the next Nexus 5 comes in just one model a 64 gb model. It will streamline the production process and help keep the cost down too at the same time.

  • gumbyshu

    Honestly, it’s between this, the One X+, and the Galaxy Note 2 for me. Though I have been thinking about going prepaid, and this would be an awesome phone for it…

  • juno23

    One X+ 100%!

  • MagikalTrev

    If only If only This android and me could prance around on the big V(erizon)

  • Manroth

    I am in for a Nexus 4 for all the same reasons. I cannot wait to drop Verizon and my Droid 3.

  • shyam299

    For the Price it the Best Phone out there….Wish it gets released in India……

  • mightynaf

    I’d love to buy one of these but its sold out everywhere

  • thekoldrex

    Cool phone!!! Tehs from google developers are better…

  • aryn

    Just ordered one :)

  • adamsaur

    I was half expecting a statement saying something along the lines of
    “5.) Cause it isn’t Crapple ™”

  • almostfrench

    Why they put the photo of HTC phone in here when they’re talking about the Galaxy Nexus? Weird!

  • samyeh

    chose the note2 over this. no external sd card slot was the deal breaker

  • shanaisthoro

    Soon as this comes back into stock. I’m there!

  • klcow92

    seems to be selling like hot cakes, when will there ever be stock over in the UK??

  • melan26

    I will probably wait and see what they will offer in the future.

  • bigserve

    Don’t need LTE and too many positives to my liking not to buy.

  • Diabsoud

    The N4 is a beast… Can’t wait to see what Google IO will bring…yum!!!

  • Stig03

    1 reason im buying a nexus, because its a nexus

  • Luv_android

    I wanna buy this but it keeps going out of stock..what the…. :(

  • tehCylex

    1 Reason I’m not buying the Nexus 4: Because there is a Galaxy Note 2 :D

  • amin888

    i’m waiting patiently here :-)

  • da9el

    i’m going to buy more then only one for me …to share with my friends:) what better could you do for them?!

  • My 4 Reasons I’m buying the Nexus 4
    1st. Android 4.2 .
    2nd. Operate on more than 200 network providers worldwide .
    3rd. 4G HSPA+ 42Mbps .
    4th. Latest 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, 2 GB RAM, high-res 1280-by-768 4.7-inch screen with Gorilla Glass 2

    • Awesome Nexus 4 I will but too …

    • My 4 Reasons I’m buying the Nexus 4
      1st. Android 4.2 .
      2nd. Operate on more than 200 network providers worldwide .
      3rd. 4G HSPA+ 42Mbps .
      4th. Latest 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, 2 GB RAM, high-res 1280-by-768 4.7-inch screen with Gorilla Glass 2

  • My 4 Reasons I’m buying the Nexus 4
    1st. Android 4.2 .
    2nd. Operate on more than 200 network providers worldwide .
    3rd. 4G HSPA+ 42Mbps .
    4th. Latest 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, 2 GB RAM, high-res 1280-by-768 4.7-inch screen with Gorilla Glass 2 .

  • tonyy_247

    plain android..is just fine with me…I hate all SKINS!!

  • gavinb

    Nexus all the way!

  • russieb

    It’s a Nexus. The only reason!

  • sctrait

    The price, the features, this is the best value phone out there.No skins, updates as they happen. The cons are minor and i’ll definitely be ordering one

  • Shazam

    No microsd? Seems like a bad design decision. Not a 4G Verizon so not a viable option for a lot of us. Got my Note 2 (finally) so I should be set for a while anyway.

  • ccn_cristi

    No matter how many reasons we get for buying one we still can’t buy it !
    Guess what….they’re out of stock!!!

  • tallpaul02

    No 4G LTE – ie better battery life…oh noes!
    No micro SD – this is really less of a concern than I thought it would be. I really thought it would upset me not having an expansion slot on my gNex. A couple months in and I’d completely forgotten that I didn’t have one. Overrated concern.
    No carrier subsidy – ie not tied to a contract on a carrier. Even without the subsidy a $300 up front cost plus just $30/month with Tmobile means the cost is lower than getting a subsidized crappy phone for cheaper anyway.
    Pure Beta experience – this one is valid, but I think it is more than made up for by the upside of this same point. You get all the new Android software updates first including new features, optimizations, and bug fixes.

  • wgpeter

    I’ll be getting one, in a few months, when they hopefully add a 32 gig option. No need for me to get one other than want since my employer pays my bill.

  • klcow92

    no 4g lte :(

  • jesusgda

    even tough i still want mine!

  • Kirk Winterrowd

    I have been wanting a larger screen than Apple offers and since I currently have an iPhone 4, I was thinking about the Note II. However, after getting a Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and not being happy with it and taking it back and getting my 32GB Nexus 7, which I am really enjoying, I am putting the Nexus 4 in the mix. I would love a larger screen Nexus though but may not want to wait much longer to pull the plug.

  • Sambit

    To hell with all the reviews. I love the Nexus4 and I’m getting it.

  • laura

    I want to buy the nexus 4 but in Italy it’s more than 400euros for the basic.
    Do you think there is a chance to buy it safely online?