January 29, 2013
Nexus 4 Is (Finally) Back In Stock
The excessively long wait is over for those who want to buy an unlocked Nexus 4 from Google Play. The device went back on sale Tuesday in both storage configurations: $299 for 8GB and $349 for 16GB. As has been noted several times in this space it is a solid deal for an unlocked phone, especially one that runs the latest version of Android without any carrier bloatware.
So should you get it? It depends on your needs, lifestyle and carrier options.
If you are an Android geek like myself, wishing to experiment and tinker while having access to the latest updates from Google, there is really no question. Android is considerably more powerful and extendable than iOS; this is especially the case with Nexus phones. There are no annoying Verizon apps or ugly carrier logos. The hardware is excellent; the phone excels at running Jelly Bean and resource-intensive apps. I am currently using Chrome Beta as my browser and SwiftKey Flow Beta as the default keyboard. Running beta apps and trying out different default applications is something only possible on Android.
Additionally, it is impossible to get a new, unlocked phone with the kind of specs the Nexus 4 offers. Even if you are new to Android, it is the best unlocked handset, allowing you the freedom to move amongst carriers or to use while travelling internationally. Just pop in a SIM card and go.
However, it may not be the right Android phone for everybody. The biggest drawback to the Nexus 4 is the lack of LTE. Personally I feel this is overrated, as I get great service on AT&T’s HSPA+ network, regularly getting between 10 and 15 Mbps. But if you live in a major, metropolitan city with strong LTE service and want the fastest speeds then the Nexus isn’t your phone. The best option then is probably the Motorola Droid Razr MAXX HD on Verizon. Reviews have shown it gets excellent battery life, is well-built, and has a minimalist Android skin. It also runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, so it will have the major features of the Nexus 4, such as Google Now, Photo Sphere and gesture typing.
Those on AT&T or Sprint can always go for the LG Optimus G or Samsung Galaxy S3. Both have excellent specs, large screens and offer LTE connectivity. While they both run a custom ROM their substantial processing power make it less likely to slow things down.
Those who still may want to pull the trigger on a Nexus 4, however, should do so soon. No telling when it will go back to being unavailable.
Image Credit: Google Play