Nexus 4. Good first android device?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dazed, Sep 1, 2013.

  1. dazed macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007

    I'm thinking about giving android a try and am wondering if an unlocked nexus 4 would be a good device despite its age. It's certainly the right price so if I end up not liking the platform I haven't sunk 700 into it.

    I'm coming from a 3GS so am used to older phones :)

  2. RetepNamenots macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2009
    I still think mine is great, and have recommended it to a couple more people since the recent price drop.
  3. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040


    Oct 12, 2005
    I've got a Nexus4, great little phone for what it is and I would recommend for screen size/quality and overall price.

    My only gripe with the phone is the back, it breaks pretty easily and I'm not that tough on phones either.
  4. dazed thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007

    I'm still waiting to see what apple brings out but would like a larger screen so android is looking more and more likely.

    The fact it's cheap and will do me until i see what the iphone 6 has offer is an added bonus. I'm tempted by the galaxy S4 that screen.
  5. Explicitic macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2012
    The only downside I can see is you will be spoiled with vanilla Android and won't be able to use anything but that in any future Android devices you may purchase.
  6. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    It's a good phone, but it's almost a year old. I'd wait until the Nexus 5 comes out. It'll be cheap also (as that's one of the major goals of the Nexus program).
  7. dazed thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    ok, ive been reading the 5 should be out in a month or so so i'll keep that in mind for sure.

    I think i'll be quite happy with a vanilla android, i just need a phone with a larger screen, not all the gimmicks samsung throws into their phones.

    even if i went for a S4, id be tempted with the google play edition rather than the samsung one.
  8. mizaco macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2013
    Absolutly. Nexus 4 will give you THE BEST Android experience. Highly recommended for the first time user.

    However, today the Moto X is available. So as of today the MotoX is the best experience you can have with the Android. And the hardware is superb I tell ya.
  9. chimpboy74 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 12, 2007
    Hi. I just ordered a nexus 4 after iPhones since the first one. I don't have any major issues with my iphone4 as a device. It's just it's dying now, I don't want to sign a new contract (got a good paygo deal) so want to buy phone upfront. I was hoping for the "lower cost" iPhone that didnt really happen (not knocking apple. I'm sure the 5c will do very well.) it's just my circumstances don't allow me to pay £469 for a new phone. I started looking around (second hand 5, 4s etc) and saw the nexus 4 for £199.

    I just happened to sell an old MacBook for £200 so took it as a sign!!!!

    Nervous about how I am going to get on with android after years of iOS. But I figured if I don't try I'll never know.

    I even took to writing down what I use my phone for most and figured out if it can be done on android. So far, yes. My only worry is iMessage as most of my friends and family are on iPhones. I'm sure other things will come to light that I will miss but similarly I will discover features of android that I find better than iOS!

    Anyway. Wish me luck.
  10. indeyxzq macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2013
    even if i went for a S4, id be tempted with the google play edition rather than the samsung one. [​IMG]
  11. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    I have also been tempted by the Nexus 4 (or 5, or whatever other Google Play Edition phones will be available to me in Canada).

    We all knew what to expect from the iPhone 5S, and while I'm sure I'd be happy with it, that same $719 (unlocked 16 GB in Canada) can buy a whole lot of Android phone. I'm torn...
  12. Failurbydesign macrumors regular


    Jan 17, 2011
    The stock android experience is the best! I went from android phones to iOS because I was always flashing custom roms to get a better performance. Glad to see Google is offering on multiple devices now!
  13. patseguin macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2003
    Only gripe with mine is no LTE. Other than that a great Android phone.
  14. JackieInCo Suspended

    Jul 18, 2013
    I think it's an amazing phone. Had mine for almost seven months now and have been using it without a case since day one. I've never been afraid the glass will break.

    It's the fastest phone I have ever used. Never any lag.
  15. w00d macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2010
    I have a Nexus 4. I prefer it over the iPhone 5 except for the camera. For the price you can't beat it. $200 USD right now straight from Google. No contract. Screen is awesome. Fast!
  16. maxwelltech macrumors 6502


    Dec 29, 2011
    Irvine, CA, USA
    From what I've heard the Nexus 4 had just sold out permanently on Google Play. Didn't get to catch that insane $199 off-contract price, but hopefully the Nexus 5 will be coming soon.
  17. cb911 macrumors 601


    Mar 12, 2002
    BrisVegas, Australia
    I haven't used a Nexus device, but I would go with a Google device for sure, vanilla Android all the way.

    I switched to Android when the Note 2 came out and within a few months I had flashed a ROM. Nothing exactly "wrong" with TouchWiz, but when you're coming from iOS where everything is just so slick and refined, things really stand out to you.

    Even now I still miss iOS, and iOS 7 has pretty much won me back. Now just to wait out the contract on this Note 2...

    For someone who wants to "try Android" I'd say you can't go wrong with Nexus. If it's the hardware you want, don't stress about what OS it's running and just flash the ROM you want to use. Easy fix!
  18. Crikey macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2004
    Spencer's Butte, Oregon
    I first read the thrread title as, "Nexus 4, first good Android device?"
  19. theuserjohnny macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2012
    Yeah for the price it's a great phone, I love mine!

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