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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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Might want to check this out if you waited on the phone so long...

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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Quote from Bagira View Post :
Not bad at all.
What do I need to get something like this?
2 Nexuses and 2 dumbpnones.
I am switching from Sprint, 5 lines, just one line w/Evdo data, 800 minutes, free Sprint-to Sprint.

I am going to own all 4 phones.
Appreciate any tips.
It wasn't a special deal. Just go to T-mobile store and ask for the plan.
I got 2 nexus 4, 1 sensation and 1 nokia lumia 710. Bought the sensation for $150 and nokia for $100 on ebay for Dad and Mom. Me and my sister both have 16gb N4.
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Quote from Zanthexter View Post :
I don't have anything to suggest beyond what's on T-Mobile's family value plans [t-mobile.com].

BUT, they do offer discounts that are pretty easy to qualify for: http://slickdeals.net/f/5036672-T-mobile-12-or-10-off-total-bill?v=1
Thanks, much appreciated.
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It wasn't a special deal. Just go to T-mobile store and ask for the plan.
I got 2 nexus 4, 1 sensation and 1 nokia lumia 710. Bought the sensation for $150 and nokia for $100 on ebay for Dad and Mom. Me and my sister both have 16gb N4.
Thanks, repped! Smilie
I've got two dumb phones for $21 each for my parents and mother-in-law, I am cheap Smilie
Well, they wouldn't know what to do with the smart phones anyway.
Me and my wife got Nexuses, mine is 16GB, hers is 8.

Does your plan include free t to t calls?
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Thanks, repped! Smilie
I've got two dumb phones for $21 each for my parents and mother-in-law, I am cheap Smilie
Well, they wouldn't know what to do with the smart phones anyway.
Me and my wife got Nexuses, mine is 16GB, hers is 8.

Does your plan include free t to t calls?
Yea, every plan other than prepaid has free t to t.
I think your bill should be a lot lower, probably around $125 after taxes.
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Quote from max1001 View Post :
You sir are full of bullshit.
You are telling me you can tell the difference between 326 ppi and 320 ppi.
Also, iPhone 5 is brighter but has worse black and contrast ratio.
Source,
http://www.anandtech.com/show/644...4-review/6

So I do have two nexus 4's, and they both have this screen door effect.
The iphone 5 is brighter, thanks for supporting me on that. Someone else just called me a different name, and all I can tell you is that it is not subtle. The iphone 5 is easily brighter, but they are both bright enough.

B/c of the screen door effect, which I am saying is present on some screens, but not on others, it appears that you can see pixels. It's a piezo electric or vibratory effect, like a fritzing. The reason I said that I believe that it depends on which actual screen OEM you get, is b/c it's not only this screen door effect, but the white balance is much more yellow. I compared my Nexus 4 with a Nexus 4 from two t-mobile stores. These screens did not show his screen door effect. In fact, I saw two Nexus 4's from two different stores before hand, and that's why I ordered--b/c the screen while no iphone 5, was acceptable to me. The two Nexus 4's came two days later in the mail, and immediately upon opening, I thought, what the heck is that screen door effect? Again it's visible on aqua blues and light grays. I noticed it right away.

OK, found some semblance of support for what I am talking about: http://forums.macrumors.com/showt...?t=1457659


Short answer is that not all LCDs are created equal and there may be some QC issues. But some people are more sensitive to this than others. I also have very good eyesight, so there's that. Asked my friend "look at this do you see anything?" and for what it's worth, they noticed it as well. How much it bothered them, though, was not as much as me.

With the screen real estate, it's possible to not use 1280x720 very efficiently. It's the same reason why on an ipad mini, despite it being 1024x768, you can actually see more lines of text in safari than in chrome. Apple highlighted this in their presentation. It's not a huge deal but what I was trying to say is that I did not gain nearly as much screen real estate as I expected moving to a 4.7 inch screen. Yes, things were bigger, but I wasn't seeing that many more lines of text due to differences in the way chrome renders text. Maybe it puts more space in between divs or something.
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If anyone is looking for a bumper, I'll sell mine for $18 shipped. I bought it and didn't like it, so it's only been used for a few days. PM me if interested.
Specifically, why did you not care for it?
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So I do have two nexus 4's, ...
You can improve your credibility by easily attaching two screenshots, one from the N4 and one from the iPhone of a web page (to prevent cherrypicking, choose this thread on SD and scroll down until both are lined up at the top of the first message and don't pick large font in the settings). Try both landscape and portrait. Also a screenshot of the about device on the N4.

One, you will show you at least have access to a N4 and two why you think the screen estate difference is insignificant. If you cannot, then you just confirm what most suspect and I suggest you go troll somewhere else.

You can always pick a web site whose layout wastes real estate, a lot of forced empty space so cherry picking is possible. So pick the above as suggested.

It will not verify your claim of the screen pixelation issues, of course, but at least people will give you some benefit of the doubt if you at least have access to a N4.
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Quote from arpiggies View Post :
Specifically, why did you not care for it?
Not enough drop protection. It just covers the sides of the phone, and I don't think it's thick enough to absorb shock in case of a drop. I'm trying this out:

http://www.amazon.com/Diztronic-M...ds=nexus+4
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I see CC charge pending. I suppose they've shipped my second Nexus.
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Not enough drop protection. It just covers the sides of the phone, and I don't think it's thick enough to absorb shock in case of a drop. I'm trying this out:

http://www.amazon.com/Diztronic-M...ds=nexus+4
Being honest, neither one is going to give you excellent drop protection. The TPU case, while flexible, is still fairly rigid and thin (1.4mm).

It is an excellent fit and I highly recommend it, but it's not a fat brick of an otter box if you're looking to toss it down a flight of stairs bounce
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It is an excellent fit and I highly recommend it, but it's not a fat brick of an otter box if you're looking to toss it down a flight of stairs bounce
That was my favorite thing about the Galaxy Nexus. The low-density plastic combined with a thin Diztronic-esque TPU case allowed it to survive drops down flights of stairs without damage (mine anyway). I'm talking bounces of 2-3 feet off the floor here.

The heft and materials of the LG paradoxically confer a higher-quality feel while being significantly easier to destroy.
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Track info plz Google!!
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Anyone return the Nexus they got delivered for which they were not charged?

The people who's order was cancelled yet the product still shipped.
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I have a 8GB and a 16GB Nexus 4's willing to give up for the cost in chicagoland area for fellow SDer Cash. PM me. You have to come into my area to get it if you are interested. Will show you a reciept and take the exact same amount. Brand new sealed never opened.
chicago is the murder capital of the US. i wouldn't risk this.shake head
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Anyone got their 8GB shipped and ordered within the last one or 2 days?

It saids 2-3 weeks shipping time now. Want to know what the real shipping time is.

Thanks,
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