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Nexus 4

An Android smartphone by Google

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Is Google in the game or intended to be in one?

  • Mar 16, 2013
For the kind of price that Google is selling this in the U.S., it is almost unbeatable... UNLESS, Apple comes up with a cheaper version of the iPhone!

Main Pros:
  • Latest version of the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. This was available in January when I first got hold of the phone. It's not too difficult to grab one outside the U.S. as retailers were selling it at some $50-100 more than in the U.S.!
  • Sleek design and a good size screen. Not as great as the iPhone as far as my experience goes (not because of its size but rather the brightness and contrast of iPhone's screen) but for this price, it's the best in the market.
  • Micro SIM card. Main reason why I got the phone. Certain countries I visited and am heading do not have a prepaid Nano SIM card which renders my iPhone 5 pretty useless!
  • One of the cheapest Android smartphone in the market. Not to mentioned it's by Google and made by LG. 
  • Value for money.
  • Great as 2nd phone for heavy users.
  • Sleek & professional looking design. Good size and great feel.

Main Cons:
  • Battery life. I simply couldn't get through the entire day with it! Sigh... what a hassle to have to bring an external battery charger!
  • Like the iPhone, the battery cannot be replaced.
  • Reading on the browser is not such a great experience! I still haven't found a screen as good as that of the iPhone when it comes to reading on the net.
  • Camera focusing function is too precise which renders strangers bad photographers!
  • Google only sell it on Google Play in the US and my American friend kept telling me it's out of stock! Apparently Google only manufactured a very small quantity for sale!
  • Which also implies that it's extremely difficult to find a case for it!!!

As far as I'm concerned, iPhone still reigns! I'm waiting "patiently" for a 5" screen!
Is Google in the game or intended to be in one?

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March 18, 2013
I think instead of having all these new apps and features, they should begin making batteries that can handle the 4G LTE, synching and other functions...how are you?
March 26, 2013
You are absolutely right! Because we constantly use our phones these days for almost everything, the battery simply can't keep up! I've been traveling and keeping busy! Thanks! How about you?
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