LG Nexus 4 E960 Phone 16 GB GSM Unlocked Black
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- Browsing the Web is a breeze with the Google Nexus 4 cell phone, as it has a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor.
- A smart keyboard on this 16 GB Google Nexus predicts the next word to finish the entire sentence, making messaging easy
- A 4.7-inch Corning Gorilla Glass 2 screen brings the images to life
- Featuring Google Maps, 3D Maps, turn-by-turn GPS navigation, and more, this smartphone (unlocked) makes finding places simple
- With Android Beam, the Google Nexus 4 cell phone allows you to share photos, videos, applications, and contacts in a jiffy. And, to capture every detail, you can use the 8 MP camera of this black Google Nexus smartphone.
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The new smartphone with Google Now and photo sphere camera Nexus 4 is the new smartphone from Google. With cutting-edge hardware, the latest version of Android and the latest google apps, Nexus 4 puts the best of google in the palm of your hand. Live in the now Nexus 4 comes with the latest version of google now to bring you just the right information at just the right time. It shows you how much traffic to expect before you leave for work, or when the next train will arrive as you're standing on the platform. With the latest version, you'll see events and concerts nearby, reminders about hotel and flight reservations and even nearby attractions and popular photo-ops while travelling. All automatically. Learn more you ask, google answers voice search allows you to speak your query and get a response immediately. Google can speak back to you, delivering a precise answer powered by the knowledge graph. Nexus 4 navigate your world with Google Maps.
Nexus 4 Black - 16GB - Factory Unlocked - 2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 3G Network: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 - HSDPA 900 / 2100 - DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps - Corning Gorilla Glass 2 - Video: 1080p@30fps - Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon
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Purchased NOV 13:
This was a nightmare, anybody who was waiting for this phone to come out, knows this. I was up at 3 A.M. and I saw that the Nexus 4 sold out in about 20 minutes in Australia and Europe, I knew the US later that day would have the same result. So, 11 A.M. central time rolled around and the sale had started 30 minutes early, and all the Nexus phones had "Sold Out", you would refresh the page to find a notice saying "Coming Soon." I was mad. This was so frustrating, I had signed up with Google to receive a notice when the phone would be put up on sale, and in return I got squat. I started to go about my day, disappointed of course. I came back to the Play Store about two hours later, and started hitting the refresh button out of frustration, no other reason. Out of nowhere another 10-15 minute window popped up, for anyone to order this phone. I jumped across my room and grabbed my credit card and successfully placed my order. This was Tuesday, the next day an article came out, saying that people started receiving e-mails claiming that the phone was back ordered and they would have to wait 3 weeks for their phone. I sat waiting, I had a feeling that I would receive the e-mail. Finally, Saturday @ 4 A.M. I got an email from Google, my Nexus 4 had finally shipped from Google. The following Tuesday I finally had my NEXUS 4, and it felt like Christmas morning. The reason I included this in the review was due to the fact that GOOGLE, is a GIGANTIC company, this was such a terrible release for their product. Many people sat in front of their computer like myself saw the "add to cart" button, but when they proceeded to check out, all you would get was a constant error. It was so frustrating because here you are trying to give Google your $300, and they couldn't handle the traffic. This is the company who owns google DOT com!!! the company that created Android, the same people who upload 48 hours of videos per minute on YouTube, you get the point. I got a Nexus 4, and I feel like it was pure luck.
Finally about the Nexus 4
-What I love-
* Pure Android Experience: The fact that this phone is made by Google, your phone won't feel outdated anytime soon. Owning a Google phone will assure you that you always have the latest and greatest Android version. In case you're wondering, I enjoy Android and iOS equally, the only thing I can say about Apple is that I can't ever justify spending the $$$ that Apple puts on their products.
* the SCREEN: The screen is beautiful, I love the size it's pretty big running at 4.7'' as you probably already know. There's not much more to say
*The Price: There is no other phone that can compete with the Nexus 4 and also comes close to its $300 price tag. Dollar for dollar, the Nexus 4 always wins.
* x4 1.5 Gz Snapdragon: I love going around saying I have a phone with a quad core processor. I know it's stupid but it makes me happy. Also love having 2 gigs of RAM. I used to use Advance Task Killer App to clear out application and have more open ram. I downloaded it the first day, and every time I cleared running apps, I still had over 1,000 Mb free. So I just went ahead and uninstalled it.
*The 3rd Virtual Button: You get 3.5 virtual buttons on your phone. 1-> Return 2->Home 3-> A bunch of squares? 3.5-> Setting/Info. So whenever you press these squares you get all the applications that are open, all you must do is swipe them away and they're gone! I love this feature.
*Unlocked benefits: No bloatware, no need to root my phone because I don't any bloatware from T-mobile or ATT, etc...
*Gorilla Glass 2: I didn't think this was big deal but after using a week or so, I love the feel of it. You can also Youtube Gorilla Glass 2, and you can see this is some great engineering. I'm probably not going to get a screen protector for a while.
*Wireless Charging: I haven't used this yet, but I'm glad it's built in and I will order a charging pad whenever Google creates a pad meant for the Nexus 4.
-What I don't love-
These cons, are small precise bugs I have found with the phone. These items don't take away the love I have for this phone.
*Buttons, lack of: There are no buttons on the phone, they are part of the screen. I know there is a technical term, but I'm tired, so lets just call them virtual buttons. I prefer real buttons so there's more screen space for me to enjoy. For Google's defense, the virtual buttons go away when your watching videos.
*Responsiveness: Around 25% when I press the unlock button, the screen will not register my finger trying to unlock my phone. I must press the lock button once or twice then it will allow me to unlock my phone. Some days are better than others. After the phone is unlocked I have NO problems with phone registering my finger movements. This makes me believe it's a software issue.
*Sending Pictures: I send a ton of pictures, I have noticed if I have the Wifi on I tend to have failed messages. Turning off the wifi and re-sending the picture tends to fix this issue. I don't know if having AT&T would change this issue.
*Text Messages (This is an Android problem, but it's driving me nuts): Whenever I start a serious texting session, I would say 10-12 outgoing texts a minute, the phone will start giving you alerts saying that the "Messaging" App is sending large number of SMS messages. Do you want to allow this app to continue sending message?...Then you must hit ALLOW, for EVERY single outgoing text for a while, until you start slowing down. I hate this, I have to figure out a work around soon.
*Screen Capture: Not a big deal but is pretty difficult to capture the screen compared to previous phones. You must press the lock button and lower volume button at the same time. I have noticed I can't always do it on the first try. Grr.
Nexus 4 Vs. iPhone 5?
Only you can answer this question. It is a preference due to the following reasons.
*Price: Do you mind spending $650 for an iPhone, or signing a contract?
*Screen size: Some people like myself need a bigger screen, others can't stand big screens because you can't really operate with one hand on top of other reasons. AND some people just can't make up their mind, this may be you!
*OS: Do you prefer the iOS or the Android experience, only you can answer this question.
*Carrier: If you have Verizon, the Nexus 4 is not for you due to no LTE. If you have T-Mobile you will have to buy an unlocked iPhone.
The Nexus 4 is not the best phone out there, it does have its flaws, but at $300 it puts a big fight. I love the value in this phone, and I can't wait to use this phone in the next months to come, when more accessories and phone cases come out.
I didn't mention the built in storage. Most people already know it comes in 8gb and 16gb versions, doesn't bother me so I'm not going to talk about it.
My previous phone was a Samsung Exhibit II
I will update this post if I think of anything else.
#1 Dear Amazon customers, we need to get something straight. I encourage people to write reviews for products they love or hate, it really helps people decide whether they should buy something or lets them be aware if flaws found in products. Please understand that when you leave your rating [1of5stars][5of5stars] ect. It should really reflect your opinion of the product itself and not of Amazon or its sellers. The reason why I mention this is because people are giving poor ratings due to the price of Nexus 4, this is not Amazons fault and has nothing to do with the phones performance. People are crying over the price of the Nexus 4, here on amazon. What they don't understand is that the only place you can buy a Nexus 4 for 299 is the Google Play store, the only other way to get it to walk into a T Mobile store, that's it. The phones you are seeing here, are just people who bought if from the Play store, and are trying to resell it for a higher price, just like on ebay. Don't blame Amazon, because they are not the ones selling you this phone for $500, and don't give a 1 star rating, due to something beyond anyone's control. Amazon is not a Nexus 4 vendor so don't expect a 299 price!
#2 Someone asked about the phone heating up. If you start using your phone non stop, after 10 minutes the phone does get warm. I don't consider it hot, but you will notice it.
#3 I can't get around this text message warning windows, I have tried other sms apps and still receive this stupid error. Also, pictures are still inconsistent (When I'm not connected to HSPA+).
#4 I've noticed when compared my Samsung Exhibit ii, my connection has a harder time connecting to 4g. I've written the percentages of how much time I'm usually connected to 2g, 3g, and 4g.
2g (Edge)=> 25%
3g => 10%
4g HSPA+ => 65%
2g Edge => 20%
3g => 40%
4g HSPA+ => 40%
Hopefully this made sense.
Sometimes restarting the Nexus 4, raises my connection from 2g up to 4g...I do this when I'm stuck not even being able to load google. I'm considering lowering my rating 4 out of 5...
Ok so currently I have 8 cases, the one I love is one that is being sold on Amazon, made by Diztronics. It shouldn't be hard to find because it has so many positive reviews.
I have had one instance where my phone was burning hot... I was surfing the metra schedule for chicago. I believe it was the combination of using the GPS, and Data connection on the phone. I haven't felt any heat since then, but it could possible be the case I have on it.
Please Please put a screen protector on it. This is my fault, I guess Gorilla Glass 2 isn't as great as I thought
it was. I usually place this phone by a stone/clay water fountain (Not filled with water). So last week, it slipped and fell probably less than 4 inches. But the screen hit one of the corners of the fountain. Now there is a small scratch on this gorgeous screen. I guess now that I think of it, I should be glad that it didn't crack.
My connection hasn't gotten much better, in case anybody was wondering. Also the picture message problem, I was having earlier, I can go 2-3 weeks where all my pictures go through perfectly. Then, I will have one week where I can't send a single one. I don't know what to think about this anymore.
For $300 I STILL believe no phone comes close. That's why I'm leaving this phone at 5 stars.
Ok so the wireless charger was released a week ago, so I had to order it day one. I love it, I think its super cool. I don't like that the charge time is longer than with a cord, but I knew what I was getting into. The price was $70 after shipping and taxes. This definitely is not a necessity. If the price bothers you at all, please don't get it, because even I don't feel like its worth $70 but regardless I am enjoying it. The only case that I have gotten to work with the charger is the case made by Diztronic, I was hoping that my Poetic bumper would work but it doesn't.
I don't believe I have talked about this but Google Wallet is awesome. If you look it up online there are only 10 phones that support this feature. The only con is that there are very few places you can use it. The only big place I have found is my local Walgreens. You put in your Credit Card info in the app and you can pay by touching the Card Reader with your phone. It is awesome and gets everyone's attention.
Please don't buy the wireless charger. The phone constantly slides off the charger. I've owned it for over a month I believe and have only really used it the first couple weeks. I rarely use it now because its such a hassle.
If anyone has any questions please feel free to ask, I'm constantly checking this thread.
1.Dialer crash ( frequency: 3 times since I purchased)
The phone basic dialler crashes the OS.
Solution: Have to restart the phone to fix it.
2. Low Battery crash (frequency: every time power goes less than 5 %)
If the phone battery charge goes to less than 5 %, the phone acts in a funny way. The screen blacks out or lags out at times.. the program display gets struck etc,.
Solution: Recharging the phone to full battery fixes the problem
3. Zero Battery Restart (frequency: twice since purchase)
If the phone goes to zero battery.. its really hard to get it re-started. I have let it automatically shut down due to zero battery charge many times.. But on two such instances I had trouble getting it started. After charging it for hours, the phone still wouldn't start.. then after some random multiple attempts it will start.
Solution: Avoid phone battery going to zero charge. Keep recharging the phone. (The battery life is really good.. Lasts more than 12 hours of normal use before recharge)
Overall I would still recommend purchasing the phone If you broke your new phone or would want a cheap phone for kids/parents etc.. as a temporary measure.
Bought mine from google play and just to drive the point, this phone is much cheaper when bought via google directly. There maybe some wait (a couple of weeks) while buying via google play, but the wait saves you a hundred dollars or more. Its your pick!
**Update September/2013 ***
The pricing difference between amazon and google play isn't as significant as it was when the phone was launched in late 2012.
Still enjoying the phone, the battery still runs good, the screen hasn't had any scratches and it still feels almost like a new phone. Guess I ll be skipping the upgrade this November and maybe buy a Nexus 10 instead :-)
Ever since the concept of smartphones came out, there has been a talk of this so called 'convergence'; Wherein you own one device which can practically do everything under the sun. With the Nexus-4, I think the so called convergence is here, well almost. The only thing that is still lacking is the camera, since I don't see it replacing my DSLR (or even a really good point & shoot). Of course, this shouldn't be taken as a negative point for the phone since I don't think there isn't any other phone which could do the same (The IOS religious fanatics would disagree, but I don't think the Iphone camera comes close to DSLR quality either). Apart from that, the phone does perform rather well in all the other departments. Jellybean is the best Android flavor so far, the UI is great, the experience is smooth and apps in the google play store are abundant. Battery life is decent, engine horse power is phenomenal (Thanks to Qcom) and the Network data speeds are great. A brief summary of points follows:
a) LTE or Not! : The phone doesn't support LTE, but supports HSPA+ which some (T-mobile) still tout as 4G. If you are on T-mobile, getting the phone is a no brainer, since you will get the best speeds that their network can provide. AT&T is a different story, AT&T supports both HSPA+ and 4g LTE. It has been stated by multiple reviewers that AT&T's LTE is much faster than their HSPA+ network (this makes logical sense since for AT&T LTE is the latest buzzword and they probably want to promote it over HSPA+). The other fact is that AT&T's HSPA+ is slower than T-mobile's HSPA+ network and it is suggested that T-mobile's HSPA+ may be comparable to AT&T's LTE. To keep it short, this phone will give you the best experience on T-mobile although you should be able to get decent speeds on AT&T as well. (The phone won't work on Verizon or other CDMA networks).
b) Cost of the phone: I purchased mine from google where it retails for a standard price of $350 (plus taxes and shipping). Some people may compare this price to the contract price of an iphone (or other android smart phones), but that's not a fair comparison. Most contracts factor in the cost of the phone in the plan and by rough estimates an average customer pays around 20$/month for getting the phone subsidized. Multiply this by 24 for a 2 year contract and you are paying 480$ over a 2 year cycle and that's over & above the initial downpayment of 200$. That's a total price of 680$!! T-mobile for sure gives you a discount if you opt out of the phone and other carriers may have similar plans. The other thing which adds to your monthly payments is the tax on wireless plans. In the great state of Texas the monthly tax for cell phone plans comes to 17%. So if you have a monthly plan which is higher in cost, you also end up paying higher tax on it. (Compare this with 8% sales tax that you pay when you buy the device up front. Even if you assume that the total cost of the device to the customer is the same, whether purchased via contract or by full downpayment, the contract options leads to a higher tax on the buyer. Ofcourse, the contract plans never really disclose the full picture so you never get to do the maths).
c) Connecting to a TV: The Nexus 4 doesn't have a mini HDMI, what it does have is a micro usb which supports slimport. You can buy a slimport HDMI adapter for under 30$ and connect your Nexus 4 to your TV (In contrast to the Nexus 7 tablet which purportedly doesn't support slimport). The other emerging standard is 'Miracast' which would enable one to wirelessly stream the display to a Miracast enabled TV. (Don't worry if you have an older generation TV, the market will be soon be seeing a flood of Miracast adapters which can convert an old TV into Miracast compliant using the HDMI port).
Once the connection to TV is sorted out, I think the phone can work as a good replacement to a gaming console or a streaming device. You can play high quality games (and the games on google play are much cheaper than their console brethren)or watch movies/tv on Netflix.
The only drawback, there won't be Amazon prime instant videos on this. You can watch Amazon instant videos using the browser of the phone, but Amazon doesn't allow instant videos to be displayed in HD on Android devices. (It does allow that on IOS or custom devices which support the amazon app or on the kindle fire). I guess that's just Amazon's marketing strategy.
d) Camera: The camera is decent, comes with an led flash, but isn't something that would blow my mind away.
Overall, it's a very good phone at an amazing price point. No wonder it's sold out on google and selling at a premium on Amazon. I will continue updating the review as I spend more time with the phone. Do check back later and if you find the review helpful, please vote on the helpful review button. (It gives me the much needed encouragement to take time off from my busy work schedule and write lengthy reviews)
I have had this phone for a few days now and I'm quite satisfied. There are a couple of points to note though, the phone does have a tendency to slip out of one's hands (it maybe the larger size and slippery surfaces), so a protective case is necessary. I use the SF Matte Black - Rearth Ringke SLIM for LG Google Nexus 4 Soft Feeling Premium Hard Case - ECO Package [Revised Version] case. It's a hard back case with a soft feel and covers the back and the sides. It's slim enough to be unnoticeable, however unlike the google certified nexus 4 bumper, this one does cover the beautiful back of the phone. It's also slightly loose around the volume button, but at half the cost of the google nexus 4 bumper and available without delay, its not a bad deal.
Camera Quality: People have commented on comparing the camera quality of this vis-a-vis the iphone-5. I haven't had time to do tests myself, but on doing some research online, it is suggested that the Iphone5 camera is perhaps slightly better than the one on this. This is particularly more for color tint and saturation than for the actual sharpness of the image. I believe this is nothing that cannot be fixed by future software updates.
***Update-2 : Feb/2013 **
The camera app is noticeably buggy. In some cases I have seen that the blue camera button refuses to work till you exit the camera app and restart it again. I've also had the flash freeze while it's on. Issues are not that frequent and easily resolvable, but this now appears to be a genuine bug on Android Jelly Bean. I hope google has a fix soon, it can be a source of potential embarrassment when it hits as you are trying to show it off to the iphone cult!
Some other points which I've noticed which are plus points for the Nexus 4:
a) Wireless charging support; No official charger is out there yet, but some models which support the nexus 4 exist. It's much more convenient to just place the phone on a charging mat/surface rather than plugging it in.
b) NFC tags: The phone supports NFC. There isn't much commercial use of it till now (NFC payments hasn't really kicked in), but there are some nice things you can do with NFC tags. For around 15$ you can buy a set of 15 tags which can then be customized such that the Nexus performs a specific action when it's near them. (For instance you can program and stick a tag in your car, such that when you enter the car, the bluetooth and gps is automatically turned on and the wifi is turned off. Helps in extending battery life by switching the appropriate antennas at the right time). More on these later, when I actually get to try them out.
**** Update-3: 20/Feb/2013 **
With the latest upgrade of JellyBean, the camera bug seems to be resolved. I haven't seen it in a while now.
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This is the oldest phone that checks all the hot buttons for a low-cost phone.