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Nexus 4 available 9am PST 01/29/2013 in Google Store

Amel 671 631 January 28, 2013 at 08:56 PM in Tech & Electronics (4)
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Per Droid Life tweet

Droid Life ‏@droid_life
Little birdie just told us that the Nexus 4 will return to the Google Play store at 9AM Pacific tomorrow.

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 ffly45 March 4, 2013 at 01:12 AM
02/04/2013 - Rumor N4 coming to Walmart, contract or no contract not known yet
http://www.tmonews.com/2013/02/wa...s-say-yes/

If you do nothing else with your new N4, at least unlock the bootloader (not the same as unlocking from carrier which has been in the news recently); unlocking the bootloader wipes your phone so I highly recommend doing it on a fresh install so less to restore/reconfigure. That way, you have the option of rooting your phone down the road without having to wipe your phone again. I used NEXUS 4 TOOLKIT [xda-developers.com] to unlock and root. I learned the hard way, and I unlocked/rooted 45 days later. It's more of a hassle then.
Please PM whoever has written the above comments. I have few questions-- Ravwal

Even if you don't ROOT or unlock Bootloader, it's perfect just the way it is.

BTW, check out some of these customized Nexus 4 home screens [androidcentral.com].


Nexus 4 White:
http://www.androidpolice.com/2013...oto-shoot/

Qi Wireless Charging Mat for anyone needing one, proven to work:
http://www.fasttech.com/products/...46/1215400 - Kenjiwing

Alternative case recommended by some, $9.95:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009Y12MCU/ (Editorial note: Or you could get the same thing from eBay for much, much less. And yes, I do have this case from eBay, and it's great. -C64K)

More Nexus 4 accessories:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/f...php?f=1910

Seems to be flat rate $13.99 shipping for up to 4 phones (2 8GB and 2 16GB) per order and up to 5 bumpers.

Note: Order fulfillment is NOT handled in-house. It's all outsourced to UPS Logistics. The inventory goes from the factory to some warehouse owned by UPS, not by Google, and it's all packaged, labeled, and shipped by UPS, not by Google. Altering an order is much more of a hassle because Google's customer support, since it is handled by an entirely different entity than the entity handling order fulfillment, don't really know what's going on and don't have the ability to do much for you. So keep this in mind and make sure to double-check things like your shipping address before submitting the order, because once submitted, corrections are difficult, if not impossible!


Potential battery life bugs, keep an eye out for these. They are likely software related, though a few people have said getting an RMA device has helped/fixed it:
http://code.google.com/p/android/...l?id=40660
http://productforums.google.com/f...GkT5gjEY0J
https://productforums.google.com/...0-false%5D << This guy got an RMA and claims it helped..
http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=1999368


Wirefly has Nexus 4 for $149 for both new and qualifiying customers - Bad_Boy (but you're still better off buying it off-contract from Google and switching from a Classic T-Mobile plan to a Value T-Mobile plan)

1. buying this nexus 4 phone from t-mobile, wirefly, best buy....etc WILL involve a contract. For anyone thinking of breaking t-mobile contract after purchasing from wirefly, please note of additional wifefly charges, in addition to t-mobile break up fees.

2. there is NO CONTRACT if you buy this phone directly from google play store .... Big Grin

3. The reason this is a slick deal is that you can use this with those cheap unsubsidized plans. Like pre-paid plans or T-Mobile's Value (not Classic) post-paid plans. Those kinds of plans will save you around $20 per month, so over the course of a couple of years, you just saved $480 in month costs, which more than makes up for the higher upfront cost of the phone. If you buy this phone and then use it on a subsidized plan (AT&T's regular plans or T-Mobile's non-Value plans), then you're missing the whole point of getting a non-contract unsubsidized phone.

4. NEXUS 4 will only work with gsm networks, ie (AT&T, t-mobile, and their mvno) ...will NOT work with Verizon and Sprit, and their mvno

5. Micro-SIM. Not mini-SIM, not nano-SIM, but micro-SIM. If you are an existing T-Mobile customer, you can exchange your current SIM for a micro-SIM for free at any T-Mobile store.

6. No LTE support (there is unofficial support for LTE on the AWS band, which is the band that T-Mobile will use to deploy its upcoming LTE service, but there is no guarantee that this unofficial support will remain in future updates, and AT&T uses the AWS band in only a few areas). The phone does support HSPA+42, which in real-life usage, is just as good as LTE.

7. Will NOT work with T-Mobile's branded WiFi Calling (though any other VoIP solution can still work)
http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=2012468

This only affects T-Mobile's proprietary, branded WiFi Calling feature (extremely useful if traveling abroad or if you are in a building with poor reception), which is available only on T-Mobile-branded phones running the stock T-Mobile-supplied ROM. Since the Nexus 4 is free of all carrier add-ons, this also means that T-Mobile's WiFi Calling will not work. Alternative VoIP options like Skype, Vonage, SIP, etc., are unaffected and will work as usual.

8. Does NOT have microSDHC slot. HDMI (and VGA, DisplayPort, etc.) available with a Slimport adapter or a Miracast receiver

9. goes very well with gsm (at&t, t-mobile and their mvno) pre-paid or t-mobile family value plan

10. No OTG support: google seems to have pulled the OTG support from nexus 4, people who wish to plug usb storage or dongles etc may not be able to do so. It however does support keyboard over bluetooth. Rumors say that there were hardware issues over OTG ( not enough voltage to support OTG gadgets), and some rumors say that google may add it in future via updates...we'll have to wait and see.

11. Yes, the N4 does support T-Mobile's "HD Voice" feature.

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Return & Refund

Still do not see refund after 14 business days. Refused delivery and they received it on Feb.7. Called them twice and was told it'd take another 3-5 business days...

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#2386
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Not bad actually....
Much thanks for that! Those are definitely not bad at all.
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#2387
i should get mine on monday, They have a pending charge on my debit card. released the pending charge when they send me a shipping # and still doesn't charge me the $390, weird.
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good enough for me
Wow, much thanks for that! Man, I have to agree with another poster. Those indoor shots are horrible. There is so much noise. Wow...shoots. Maybe I should have gotten the Sony RX100 instead.
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Quote from ArthurSpooner View Post :
what siM did you order? Have you looked for options? fleabay, CL? (locally)
Being Weds, I'm sure u can work around that delay...


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I went to my local TMobile store and they installed the sim card and set up my phone. Nice as good be and no charge. I am on the $30 monthly charge.
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I don't think there should be stock problems anymore. It hasn't changed status in the last few days.
thanks for the input
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Quote from expansionist View Post :
Back in the Galaxy Nexus days Samsung and Google replaced defective units free of charge with prepaid advanced RMA within 15 business days of shipment date. Of course Samsung's distribution and RMA capabilities are far more robust than LG'S.

After the 15 you could still RMA with the 1 year warranty but it wasn't advanced or prepaid and you'd get a refurbished unit.
You can still do this with the Nexus 4 as long as you bought it through Google Play. It's an advanced replacement, and you get a new, not refurbished, unit. You can do this well after your 15 days and within the 1 year.
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Quote from MSG123 View Post :
Wow, much thanks for that! Man, I have to agree with another poster. Those indoor shots are horrible. There is so much noise. Wow...shoots. Maybe I should have gotten the Sony RX100 instead.
lol. I'm going to keep using my 5d
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Quote from benedict3614 View Post :
I went to my local TMobile store and they installed the sim card and set up my phone. Nice as good be and no charge. I am on the $30 monthly charge.
The only $30 plan available at the brick and mortar I went to was something like 1500 minutes and 100mb data. I guess YMMV
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The only $30 plan available at the brick and mortar I went to was something like 1500 minutes and 100mb data. I guess YMMV
$30 plan is online only.
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Quote from kahluatex View Post :
The only $30 plan available at the brick and mortar I went to was something like 1500 minutes and 100mb data. I guess YMMV
They have to call in the order if you want the T-Mobile Monthly4G $30 Unlimited Web & Text with 100 min of talk

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$30 plan is online only.
They have to call in the order if you want the T-Mobile Monthly4G $30 Unlimited Web & Text with 100 min of talk
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Sure will do...Waiting for my sim...
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Thanks for sharing. The battery issue I've read seems to occur when wifi is off and it's using 3G. If you have a chance to try this, can you post again how long the battery lasts?
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Quote from ttpm15 View Post :
i should get mine on monday, They have a pending charge on my debit card. released the pending charge when they send me a shipping # and still doesn't charge me the $390, weird.

Stop dreaming. There is no free lunch..laugh out loud
How they charge, depend son companies. Once apple didn't charge me for 4 days after pick up. So they wont give you a free phone..
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Quote from unagimiyagi View Post :
Wanted to chime in that they are sourcing different screens for the Nexus 4, and this may have always been the case, but there is a screen that is clearly inferior. It's yellower, and it has a screen door effect. Basically you should not be able to see pixels, and you clearly can at normal viewing distances. It shows up like a high freq vibration or something on light blue or light gray backgrounds.

It's luck of the draw, but coupled with the lack of a return policy (15% restocking) think twice before you get one of these. The iphones had this issue but at least you could return. I went through 5 before I got an iphone without this problem. I'm unwilling to try my luck with restocking fees to get a nexus 4 without the in my opinion faulty screen (there are some threads about this on xda-developers).

Another issue is that I realized that I'm carrying around a much bigger phone for very very very little increase in screen size over an iphone 5. I was completely shocked. I applaud the Nexus 4 for going to software screen buttons, b/c the ones at the bottom of the screen (outside the actual screen) that most android devices have is a usability nightmare that will have you afraid to touch the phone in certain positions, and you'll be hitting the home/back buttons inadvertently. This drove me batty, esp in landscape. With the Nexus 4, you do not have this issue. I've informally asked around and other Android users know exactly what I'm talking about, but they just get used to it. But trust me as an iphone user, I never had this problem. But b/c of the space the software buttons take up, I compared to an iphone 5, and the Nexus 4 has 1/8 of an inch, that is about one extra line of text that you can see. I could not believe it. I couldn't see why I was carrying around a much bigger phone. Very surprised at this, although the increase in usability is very very much appreciated.

My overall verdict is that the Nexus 4 costs as little as it does for a reason, and it is an outstanding value but there are clear, clear compromises.
These tortured spins to justify one's preference really amuse me. Smilie

The N4 with its higher resolution and wider screen provides significantly bigger real estate than what you are trying to portray even with the soft buttons, not just the difference in length. Fit the same web page on the two side by side and you will see the difference, it is not just one line of text. You don't lose 0.7" of diagonal screen size difference to the soft keys. I doubt you have actually put them side by side.

You also have to keep your story straight. You don't want to risk buying a Nexus 4 because of the screen issues yet you are wondering why you are carrying a bigger Nexus 4 phone around. Big Grin

Not sure where you are getting this idea that hard buttons were an usability issue. Having used one for 2 years, pressing those by mistake was never an issue. In fact soft buttons have that problem when using the screen, but the reason to prefer softkeys is the possibility of hardware key failure as happened with many early Android phones, not to mention, the phone looks cleaner without the hard keys.
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Quote from unagimiyagi View Post :
Wanted to chime in that they are sourcing different screens for the Nexus 4, and this may have always been the case, but there is a screen that is clearly inferior. It's yellower, and it has a screen door effect. Basically you should not be able to see pixels, and you clearly can at normal viewing distances. It shows up like a high freq vibration or something on light blue or light gray backgrounds.

It's luck of the draw, but coupled with the lack of a return policy (15% restocking) think twice before you get one of these. The iphones had this issue but at least you could return. I went through 5 before I got an iphone without this problem. I'm unwilling to try my luck with restocking fees to get a nexus 4 without the in my opinion faulty screen (there are some threads about this on xda-developers).

Another issue is that I realized that I'm carrying around a much bigger phone for very very very little increase in screen size over an iphone 5. I was completely shocked. I applaud the Nexus 4 for going to software screen buttons, b/c the ones at the bottom of the screen (outside the actual screen) that most android devices have is a usability nightmare that will have you afraid to touch the phone in certain positions, and you'll be hitting the home/back buttons inadvertently. This drove me batty, esp in landscape. With the Nexus 4, you do not have this issue. I've informally asked around and other Android users know exactly what I'm talking about, but they just get used to it. But trust me as an iphone user, I never had this problem. But b/c of the space the software buttons take up, I compared to an iphone 5, and the Nexus 4 has 1/8 of an inch, that is about one extra line of text that you can see. I could not believe it. I couldn't see why I was carrying around a much bigger phone. Very surprised at this, although the increase in usability is very very much appreciated.

My overall verdict is that the Nexus 4 costs as little as it does for a reason, and it is an outstanding value but there are clear, clear compromises.
It is evident you do not have a N4 and maybe not even an iphone 5. You surely have not compared the 2 screens.
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Quote from Hybrid_Theory View Post :
Off to T-Mobile to get a micro sim card. So far I'm liking the phone. Very fluid and responds fast.



DId you use the Nexus Toolkit for the root and flash ?
Yes, its the one from the wiki post.
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