Nexus 4 soon, thoughts current/prospective iPhone users?

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    thadoggfather

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    I have an iPhone 5 32GB and I love it and have no plans to deviate from it I hope for at least 2 years, but I gotta say if LTE weren't in my area or country and I couldn't be bound to a contract or pay a ton for the unlocked, contract free price, this would be a serious alternative:


    http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/29/google-nexus-4-hands-on/ <-- hands on
    bit.ly/V0kzM7 <-- link to Google Play site

    Only in 8 or 16GB though but $299 and $349 are the unlocked prices for HSPA models.

    LG also seems eh as a manufacturer but I guess they just used the same 8MP Sony cam that's been in 4S/5/GS3/Optimus G/making its way everywhere essentially, a quadcore S4 snapdragon is dropped in there I think that has the radio in it too as the SoC, 4.7" 1280x768 16:10 IPS screen that should be nice as long as it isn't as washed out as the Nexus 7 IPS display, wireless charging is a neat bonus but not a big deal imo.

    Thoughts?

    I did try a Galaxy Nexus for a little while and liked it but ultimately went back to iPhone for iOS and such. I think the Nexus 4 offers a much more competitive package overall, however.
     
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    No LTE, no comparison.

    I was disappointed with the update honestly, it was a minor bump.
     
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    I also think they missed the mark on lack of SD card expansion slot.

    Not including expandable storage is one thing, but offering limited and small amount of internal storage options (16GB is the max?) sort of screws anyone who needs it and wants to go Pure Google. Plus, it'd be another nice selling point away from Apple products.

    And 1080p video recording on 8GB? Have fun :D

    Steering consumers away from contracts while having fresh hardware at a decent price is something I approve of, even if I'm not in the market for that particular product.
     
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    Agreed, the lack of LTE is disappointing.
     
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    Will be returning my Iphone 5 before the 30 day period and ordering a Nexus 4. IMO LTE only becomes a player if you constantly stream videos, HSPA+ is fast enough in Los Angeles for anything else, plus no contract is a no brainer for me. Iphone 5 has been good though :)
     
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    Waiting for the LTE model... hopefully in a few months?

    $300 for a unlocked top end smartphone is really great though.
     
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    Isn't the 'Nexus' line promoted as a Dev phone, not really targeted to the average consumer?

    No LTE is kind of baffling...but, for it's purposes, there's no need for crazy amounts of internal storage.
     
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    I'm buying one, actually. Fact is, I still can't upgrade from my iPhone 4S to a 5, iPhone 5 still hasn't hit $300 and below prices on eBay (The Nexus 4 is $299), and I tried to switch into Android with the Motorola Atrix a few years ago but made a horrible decision. Plus, I've always wanted a Nexus phone. It's running on Micro SIM which is perfect, too.

    ...But there is no worry! This phone will be a holdover until the presumptive iPhone 5S. I'm not one to go on these forums and be like "ALRIGHT THE NEXUS 4 IS BETTER SEE YOU ALL LATER" like I see so much.
     
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    I like the Nexus 4 overall. I would consider buying just to use as a backup device or to use from time to time. Although, with the lack of LTE it's gonna be a tough decision. I've gotten use to these 58mbps download speeds on LTE. And it wouldn't replace my iPhone 5.
     
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    Best phone of the year with the comparison in PRICE !! ;)
     
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    Makes you wonder what you're paying for with respect to other manufacturers. Good price for what is probably one of the best unlocked phones you can get.
     
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    Nexus devices are the only Android devices I'll be willing to buy. Personally, if I wasn't locked into contract with my iPhone 5, I would get a N4. I loved my GNex. LTE is not a deal breaker for me. We survived with the iPhone 4S. Heck, I actually turn LTE off on my iPhone 5.

    Debating on getting the N10 over the iPad Mini.
     
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    Only $299 contract free? :eek: Wow...

    HD IPS display
    8mp camera
    S4 Pro quad core
    2GB Ram
    Pure android

    Guess I'm going Android it seems :p
     
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    Who cares about no LTE? 5-10 Mbps download speeds are already more than enough to do daily things on the phone like web browsing or download apps, streaming vids too.

    For that price point, the specs are pretty impressive. What's more, given that its a nexus & LG device, I trust the quality of the phone.
     
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    I dont care for it. Would never leave my iPhone 5 for this.
     
  18. macrumors newbie

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    Considering you can buy two for the price of one iPhone, and it comes with excellent specs, gorilla glass front and back this phone is a steal. The no LTE sucks but I wouldn't call it a deal breaker given its price point.
     
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    LG? Lol no thanks. Would consider if it were Samsung.
     
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    Blorzoga

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    Isn't there a different section of the forum for non-iOS related discussions?
     
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    boomhower

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    No LTE makes it a non-starter. How they can do that at this point in time is beyond me. That said, I expect we will see a Verizon LTE model at some point.
     
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    No interest here whatsoever. Already upgraded from a Nexus and there is no way I would go back.
     
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    Rather buy an LG fridge.

    Considering 3G speed in the states are like 1.5Mb download, don't really wants to go back to that from LTE.
     
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    thadoggfather

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    The more I think about it the more I find this to be an excellent deal
     
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    What network are you on? I know HSPA+ is fast, so I'm not worried about that or the lack of LTE. But I'm moving to Los Angeles soon, and I'm kind of hesitant to leave Verizon right now because of how good the coverage is.

    I think the Nexus 4 looks great. I'm only hesitant to get an iPhone 5 because I need transit directions.
     

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