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Last Edited by slowpokeG November 27, 2012 at 06:32 AM
Received an email from google this morning.

Nexus 4 will be available for purchase later today!
Order yours from Google Play starting today, November 27 at 12:00 noon PST (U.S. only).

https://play.google.com/store/dev...exus_4_8gb

https://play.google.com/store/dev...xus_4_16gb
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Last Edited by bineeshav January 29, 2013 at 09:29 AM
BACK IN STOCK AS OF 29 JAN 2013 (US)

1) Many users report cracking the glass on their Nexus 4. Here's one such thread and pic related.

*This link shows two cracked phones: one from a waist high drop and the other from a motorcycle crash. Doesn't seem like many users are reporting unwarranted cracks.

http://forums.androidcentral.com/...4-yet.html

2) Users report that their phone gets pretty warm at times and that their charger is defective

http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=2004976

3) Battery life is no better than the Galaxy Nexus. Screen-on time seems to be between 3 and 3.5 hours. (I get 4 if I use a custom rom and kernel on the Gnex). Just wanted to add that I've had the phone for about a week and battery life was really bad, It seemed that google maps was taking up a lot of background data. After disabling location services battery life increased drastically.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=1992627

4) Reasons why the Nexus 4 is not worth upgrading to if you already have the Galaxy Nexus

http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=1964138

5) Glass around speaker on the Nexus 4 seems to the most prone to breakage. Probably a design defect.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=1999345

6) When the Nexus 4 gets hot, and it can do this easily, the screen will turn yellow at the area on top of the CPU. It does this every time the phone gets hot.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=1990276


Ships (not so) soon.
16GB: Ships in 5 - 6 weeks (Update 12/15: SOLD OUT)
8GB: Ships in 8 - 9 weeks (Update 12/1: SOLD OUT)


Link to previous thread, there is a lot of useful information in the wiki:
http://slickdeals.net/f/5402284-Nexus-4?v=1&p=54296516#edit54296516

Cancel your pre-order by entering your order number at this link:
http://support.google.com/googlep...order&rd=1

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FREE STUFF with purchase (I noticed this when I logged into youtube and it showed up as " Purchased " but there weren't any charges to my account.

http://support.google.com/nexus/b...&ctx=topic
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#4336
Quote from fyu View Post :
I've never payed for an att sim at att stores.
and there is no need to cut because you can just get the size you need.
did you have an att account? or they knew you by name? i want an att micro sim card so i can use it to unlock the S3.
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Quote from microkelvin View Post :
maybe you have never experienced any $100+ android phones before? this nexus 4 phone has terrible camera sensor. this is the fact. unless you are too blind to see.

google "nexus 4 poor camera sensor" and read the first 4 reliable sources. even my $100 pantech burst handled low light 5x better than nexus 4's.
You are comparing a $300 phone vs $650 one... It doesn't come too shabby, does it? Read on...

http://www.knowyourmobile.com/blo...ssion.html

http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/0...-4-review/

We did some comparison tests with the Nexus 4 and the Galaxy S III, one of the best 8-megapixel mobile cameras we've had the pleasure of using. There are a few areas in which the Nexus 4 bests the GS3, and others in which it's still very good, but loses to its Samsung competitor. The Nexus appears to be slightly better in close-ups and when zooming in at full strength. We also prefer HDR on the Nexus. Colors, however, seem to be more naturally saturated on the GS3 and the sky shows a more realistic blue hue. The LED flash on the Nexus 4 is bright -- in fact, it's almost too bright. This is a rare problem to have on a smartphone, no doubt, but many of our shots taken with the flash on end up washing some of the color out. The GS3's flash, by comparison, is softer, but at least we were able to see all of the colors the way they're supposed to look. In general, low-light performance was acceptable on the Nexus, but we noticed more noise and less light than on the GS3.
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Lol @microkelvin I think you got a faulty device dude. I dont have any prob with my nexus 4. Previously I was on HTC Hero. Super BIG upgrade. Hero does take a good pic ...but thats it.The good ends there. I hardly took any pic in low light. The camera is decent. Photo Sphere is superb. Apps run smooth. I skype, netflix, messaging and pretty much everything on it. No intense game. For $400, my 16gb is worth a device.

I hate when people try to compare s3 with this or even iphone5. Try searching for similar price phone (brand new, unlocked). Or if your pantech is better at taking pic, how is it compare to the rest of the spec? Of course, make sure you got a working nexus 4.

ps: Why would anyone want to take pic is super low light (that you need super x-ray eye vision) or try to capture movement of a virus or those kind of stuff? It is a friggin' phone.
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Quote from Grayson73 View Post :
You should see them in you Play Movies app.
Infact i dont see it at google Play Movies app. Frown
All the "preloaded" content doesnt seems free for me.
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Quote from brotherjoe View Post :
Infact i dont see it at google Play Movies app. Frown
All the "preloaded" content doesnt seems free for me.
I can see the Transformers for free, but it's an old movie anyway. Smilie
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Quote from RainGater View Post :
You are comparing a $300 phone vs $650 one... It doesn't come too shabby, does it? Read on...

http://www.knowyourmobile.com/blo...ssion.html

http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/0...-4-review/

We did some comparison tests with the Nexus 4 and the Galaxy S III, one of the best 8-megapixel mobile cameras we've had the pleasure of using. There are a few areas in which the Nexus 4 bests the GS3, and others in which it's still very good, but loses to its Samsung competitor. The Nexus appears to be slightly better in close-ups and when zooming in at full strength. We also prefer HDR on the Nexus. Colors, however, seem to be more naturally saturated on the GS3 and the sky shows a more realistic blue hue. The LED flash on the Nexus 4 is bright -- in fact, it's almost too bright. This is a rare problem to have on a smartphone, no doubt, but many of our shots taken with the flash on end up washing some of the color out. The GS3's flash, by comparison, is softer, but at least we were able to see all of the colors the way they're supposed to look. In general, low-light performance was acceptable on the Nexus, but we noticed more noise and less light than on the GS3.
Quote from jasper16512 View Post :
Lol @microkelvin I think you got a faulty device dude. I dont have any prob with my nexus 4. Previously I was on HTC Hero. Super BIG upgrade. Hero does take a good pic ...but thats it.The good ends there. I hardly took any pic in low light. The camera is decent. Photo Sphere is superb. Apps run smooth. I skype, netflix, messaging and pretty much everything on it. No intense game. For $400, my 16gb is worth a device.

I hate when people try to compare s3 with this or even iphone5. Try searching for similar price phone (brand new, unlocked). Or if your pantech is better at taking pic, how is it compare to the rest of the spec? Of course, make sure you got a working nexus 4.

ps: Why would anyone want to take pic is super low light (that you need super x-ray eye vision) or try to capture movement of a virus or those kind of stuff? It is a friggin' phone.
it's a well known problem with both the camera app and the camera sensor.
google "nexus 4 camera freeze" and "nexus 4 bad camera sensor".

skype is almost useless under low light condition. iphone 4 camera handled low light very well. S3 is much better than Nexus 4's for low light but still can't beat iphone 4 camera on any low light conditions.
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Quote from GIRay View Post :
I can see the Transformers for free, but it's an old movie anyway. Smilie
Actually what i'm interested is the Planet Earth. Do you know if it is a full collection is free or only a single episode
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Quote from SlickPickSlim View Post :
Thanks, I see my phone charging now if I leave it alone, but still slow compared to 2.5 - 3 hours for full charge using the wall charger. I guess to be expected with this kind of beast of a device since my iPad 3 takes even longer to charge.

Also heads up for those who missed out and plan on using this on a contract, T-mobile is selling this as well as the Galaxy S3 for $0 down from 12/21-12/31. You do pay an extra $20 a month for that though.

Edit: Just checked their website, apparently they decided not to include the Nexus in the lineup for the $0 down deal. You can still get an S3 though.
Quote from microkelvin View Post :
it's a well known problem with both the camera app and the camera sensor.
google "nexus 4 camera freeze" and "nexus 4 bad camera sensor".

skype is almost useless under low light condition. iphone 4 camera handled low light very well. S3 is much better than Nexus 4's for low light but still can't beat iphone 4 camera on any low light conditions.

It doesn't really prove anything. You can google "samsung galaxy s3 camera freeze" , "iphone 4 camera freeze" , "iphone 5 camera freeze" and you will still get a bunch of threads and results from it.

I cant even skype at night with regular desktop web cam, or laptop web cam without any decent light around the room.

And again, unlocked brand new iphone 4 cost around $450 for 8gb version if you buy directly from Apple compared to 8g N4 $299 brand new from google.
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Quote from jasper16512 View Post :
It doesn't really prove anything. You can google "samsung galaxy s3 camera freeze" , "iphone 4 camera freeze" , "iphone 5 camera freeze" and you will still get a bunch of threads and results from it.

I cant even skype at night with regular desktop web cam, or laptop web cam without any decent light around the room.

And again, unlocked brand new iphone 4 cost around $450 for 8gb version if you buy directly from Apple compared to 8g N4 $299 brand new from google.
maybe you are too lazy to search. let me give you the direct link [xda-developers.com]

it's all about sensor. if you can't skype in low light condition, get a more expensive webcam with the better sensor. a FAR logitech c260 will not do any good. while the more expensive c310 will give you a very bright picture even in a very low light surrounding.
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Quote from brotherjoe View Post :
Actually what i'm interested is the Planet Earth. Do you know if it is a full collection is free or only a single episode
Only one episode :
Planet Earth
From Pole to Pole
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Quote from microkelvin View Post :
maybe you are too lazy to search. let me give you the direct link [xda-developers.com]

it's all about sensor. if you can't skype in low light condition, get a more expensive webcam with the better sensor. a FAR logitech c260 will not do any good. while the more expensive c310 will give you a very bright picture even in a very low light surrounding.
You claim that you SOLD all the Nexus 4 that you bought and still post on this thread bashing Nexus 4 as if people buy the phone for the camera. To me, panoramic sphere is amazing and the camera takes great pictures. When I need to take important, high quality pictures, I use a real camera.

Btw, I am done talking about camera as it goes nowhere. Have a nice life Smilie
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Quote from RainGater View Post :
You claim that you SOLD all the Nexus 4 that you bought and still post on this thread bashing Nexus 4 as if people buy the phone for the camera. To me, panoramic sphere is amazing and the camera takes great pictures. When I need to take important, high quality pictures, I use a real camera.

Btw, I am done talking about camera as it goes nowhere. Have a nice life Smilie
how is it going nowhere? maybe you refuse to see the fact that it's the bug and it has been reported on google support site?
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Quote from microkelvin View Post :
maybe you are too lazy to search. let me give you the direct link [xda-developers.com]

it's all about sensor. if you can't skype in low light condition, get a more expensive webcam with the better sensor. a FAR logitech c260 will not do any good. while the more expensive c310 will give you a very bright picture even in a very low light surrounding.

I am not lazy to search, and I go to xda all the time. My point is, basically you can google anything and everything will pop up , try the galaxy s3 camera freeze and tell me if you didnt find anything.

I don't skype in DARK room that have practically no light at all, my webcam is perfectly fine. If you need a dslr camera, lense on your phone, go build one yourself and sell it for $299.
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Quote from microkelvin View Post :
it's a well known problem with both the camera app and the camera sensor.
google "nexus 4 camera freeze" and "nexus 4 bad camera sensor".

skype is almost useless under low light condition. iphone 4 camera handled low light very well. S3 is much better than Nexus 4's for low light but still can't beat iphone 4 camera on any low light conditions.
take note that the iphone has had a fair share of camera problems as well but it was rectified.

with a new gadget like the Nexus 4, only time will tell when are they going to send a fix to correct that bug....it's not even that widespread since only a few users have reported to Google' support team..

74 reported comments...
https://code.google.com/p/android...ry%20Stars

there's even a temp solution...
http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...st34972549

"The app only hangs when pressing the blue "Take a snap" button while the focus circle is absent. To take a picture in the dark without problems first tap the screen to focus on a subject. When the focus circle turns green it's safe to take the picture."

besides, do you really skype in low light? afraid the other party will see something else?
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Last edited by medbuyer January 4, 2013 at 11:17 AM
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Quote from jasper16512 View Post :
I am not lazy to search, and I go to xda all the time. My point is, basically you can google anything and everything will pop up , try the galaxy s3 camera freeze and tell me if you didnt find anything.

I don't skype in DARK room that have practically no light at all, my webcam is perfectly fine. If you need a dslr camera, lense on your phone, go build one yourself and sell it for $299.
it's a known problem. it's not some bad lemons.
this is a hardware problem (cheap/bad camera sensor). cheap sensor gives bad/dark images on low light condition. the software itself can't auto focus on any low light images, so it freezes up (software bug). its a combination of both worlds. this same v4.2.1 can work better on other better cameras. but for now, there is no quick way to fix it.

to fix this problem for this particular nexus 4 phone, they will have to either:
1. replace the camera with a better sensor. (not going to happen)
2. fix the camera app (software) not to hang up if the auto focus is not working right on low light condition. this is fixable (hopefully on next release). they will have to weight if it's worth it to fix just for this flagship phone. or they wont have to fix it because other phones with better sensor wont have this problem.
3. add new feature to their camera app for auto focus to work on low light condition. i am not familiar with camera flash. maybe something called "pre-flash" where the first flash will find the image/distance, then the software will try to focus it, then issue the 2nd flash for the real capture.

Quote from medbuyer View Post :
take note that the iphone has had a fair share of camera problems as well but it was rectified.

with a new gadget like the Nexus 4, only time will tell when are they going to send a fix to correct that bug....it's not even that widespread since only a few users have reported to Google' support team..

74 reported comments...
https://code.google.com/p/android...ry%20Stars

there's even a temp solution...
http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...st34972549

"The app only hangs when pressing the blue "Take a snap" button while the focus circle is absent. To take a picture in the dark without problems first tap the screen to focus on a subject. When the focus circle turns green it's safe to take the picture."

besides, do you really skype in low light? afraid the other party will see something else?
i have iphone, so i know iphone's camera has its own problem as well. but i took it like a man instead of running around and denying the facts.

i did not see that temp solution before. but the experience was very embarrassing. most of the party pictures are under low light condition. it happened twice on me on 2 different occasions so i said no more on this shitty camera phone. the first one, while everyone was trying to smile, the camera doesn't click. i kept pressing the button like crazy but no response. so it was the first turn off moment with my brand new nexus 4 phone that everyone just talked and touched so much 5 min ago. so i had to use somebody dumb phone (how embarrassing) to take that picture. the 2nd (and the last) is when everyone smiled, the camera flashed on but it's stuck. so i had to reboot the phone.

so much for the newest flagship google phone.

i skype with my friends in India which has different timezone. so most the time i had to skype while driving out of work or after dark. i was happy with iphone 4 or pantech burst's camera.
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