Only 400,000 Nexus 4's shipped...? -_-

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  1. irDigital0l Guest

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    no LTE and Micro SD slot plus shortage problems (Google basically blaming LG)
     
  2. ChazUK macrumors 603

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    I only know of myself and one other that owns a Nexus 4 in a sea of Galaxy S 3's and iPhone owners.

    Quite the exclusive we have here if true. :)
     
  3. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    That is pretty atrocious that they could not meet that demand since launch =/
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    Is that low number due to lack of demand or inability of LG to produce the phones in quantity?
     
  5. mr.suff macrumors regular

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    I figure it's a combination of the two. People will say it is in demand, but really, how many outside our little technology circle know about this phone? It doesn't have the marketing that a Galaxy phone does, or an iPhone, so the general public are blissfully unaware of it.

    Also, there is a massive void in manufacturing. No matter how you swing it LG is a fraction of the company that Samsung is, as such they will have a hard time devoting large scale production to the Nexus 4.
     
  6. cynics macrumors G4

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    I wonder if they are intentionally making them slowly to help push other Android devices.

    It's not like the sales of these are making manufactures rich at its price point. And since google just wants you to use an android device they would be biting the hand that feeds them to not only undercut its allies but get an N4 in everyone's hand immediately.

    Googles never been the best at launches but they know how to run a business. That's why I think this might be intentional .
     
  7. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    It's funny b.c the mall is filled with billboard for the nexus 4, but i'm sure 90% of the people have no idea what it is.
     
  8. Internaut macrumors 6502a

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    I can't imagine LG are too enthused at selling these phones to Google who then sell them at cost, competing with LG's own branded phones. Perhaps this is why LG is manufacturing the Nexus 4 at their new Rocking Horse ---- plant?
     
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    This is a problem with all the Nexus devices by the looks of it. I'd be interested in seeing the sales figures for the Nexus 7 too because they seem to be a little easier to get ahold of but they still have supply issues. I was able to order one off the Play Store without a hitch (only the 32GB model though, the 16GB is perpetually out of stock) but when I went into John Lewis they told me they haven't had any stock for a while and had no idea when they'd get more in and their website's also been saying out of stock for months. Other retailers have said similar things.

    Google need to see to it that their hardware partners fix this ASAP, regular customers are fickle and if they walk into a shop to buy a phone and it's out of stock they may very well be swayed towards buying a competitor instead.
     
  10. cynics macrumors G4

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    As long as its another Android phone Google still wins. And let's face it if you did all the research on the N4 and want one your more then likely going to either wait it out or get another Android device.

    There will be a few that say heck with it and go iPhone or windows phone but I'd imagine the majority won't.
     
  11. 0dev macrumors 68040

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    You're right that if it's another Android phone Google probably won't care, but with my statement regarding customers being fickle I'm not talking about you or me, the type of people who research gadgets and post in tech forums, but your average consumer who's looking for a new smartphone or tablet. The Nexus 7 has won a lot of awards and has been advertised quite a bit, for example, so Average Joe looking for a new tablet might want an N7, but if it's out of stock he might go screw it and get a Kindle Fire HD or something instead, in which case Google loses since all the content sales will be from Amazon rather than the Play Store.
     
  12. ChazUK macrumors 603

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    Just looked and mine is 211KPSL

    So mine is:
    Year: 2012
    Month: November
    Made in: Korea.

    Production date is: 2012/11/04 (4th November 2012)
     
  13. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030

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    Not sure it matters as one begats the other in either situation. If LG really can't keep up, then they effectively kill demand for the phone over time given how crowded the marketplace is today.

    Personally, I think its just not a popular phone. I own one, haven't been happy with the build of the device, think it scratches way too easily and the performance is just "meh" overall. I think Google needs to up its game next round for the Nexus, and I'm personally hoping this is what the relationship with Motorola brings to the table. Moto has been spotty with their designs but has had far more hits than misses overall. LG is a "shovelware" provider, and the N4 demonstrates this.
     
  14. mr.suff macrumors regular

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    That's interesting. I haven't seen any advertising for it here in the UK.

    Is it Google themselves advertising it? Or T-mobile?
     
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    My guess is they wanted to keep it exclusive. Such a shame. Because it is such a perfect phone.

    I looked for a Nexus 4 for months at a retail shop. I was even willing to pay the $500 T-Mobile price. I wanted the phone so bad! However, I just couldn't find the damn phone. I gave up and went to the nearest Apple Store. I was out with an iPhone 5 in minutes.

    If Google wants to reach mass population with the next Nexus 4, they should improve 2 things:

    1) Distribution channels. (This phone should at least be in Best Buy's. Even for a higher price)
    2) Underproduction

    We'll see. It is not my loss, it's Google's. Another iPhone in the family...
     
  17. dojoman macrumors 65816

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    Too many Androids coming out that's the problem especially with SG4.
     
  18. dalbir4444 macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe if people could actually order it, the number would be higher.
     
  19. Ericcc macrumors member

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    So they had ~70K devices at launch? -.- That is mind-bogglingly out-of-touch. Explains why their purchasing process was so horrible as well.
     
  20. daveathall macrumors 68000

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    Agreed, not seen one advert for it.
     
  21. cheezeit macrumors 6502

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    Love the phone, just disappointed it gets less battery life than my LTE s3....
     
  22. Greg. macrumors 6502

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    Keep production low, I love the feeling of exclusivity :cool:
    I get so many people saying things like 'wow, that's a cool looking phone, what is it?' to me!
     
  23. Mackan macrumors 65816

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    Using Motorola is the only way for them to establish a flagship Nexus phone, with top specs and high production volume. Or something totally new, as there was a rumor about.

    Using existing OEMs will only make Google compete with the OEM's own Android offerings, which is very likely the cause of subpar experiences of Nexus phones so far.
     
  24. CFoss macrumors 6502

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    It is obviously a production issue. So far, for Canadians, it's been on sale twice... both times selling out within the hour (in fact, the first time, it sold out in 5 minutes!). The demand for it is definitely there.
     

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