Nexus 4 and 10 announced. Thoughts and opinions here!
Nexus 4: 8GB for $299; 16GB for $349; available unlocked and without a contract on 11/13 on the Google Play store in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain and Canada. The 16GB version will also be available through T-Mobile for $199, with a 2-year contract (check here for more details).
I did not expect the Nexus 4 to be released off contract at such a price. $299/$350 is usually a price point for a second-tier phone. Now the real question is whether or not LG's build quality is up to snuff.
The Nexus 4 Spec wise: runs OS 4.2 Jelly Bean, has a 1.5GHz Quad-Core processor, 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS Plus display with a resolution of 1280 x 768, 2GB RAM, 8GB and 16 variants, 8.0MP camera and a 1.3MP front-facing camera, wireless charging, NFC, 2,100mAh battery, 139 grams and 9.1mm thin.
It also has wireless charging capabilities. Google/LG will be releasing a charging "orb" that puts the Nexus 4 into "Daydream mode" displaying pictures and other content
Personally, I had just ordered a used Galaxy S3 (I got a steal of a deal) and I cancelled the order, because I find the new Nexus 4 interesting enough to reconsider.
Nexus 10: 16GB for $399; 32GB for $499; available on 11/13 in the Google Play Store in U.S., U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan.
The Nexus 10 can display images at a 2560-by-1600 pixel resolution, which Google claimed is the "highest resolution tablet on the planet,"
As much as I think the screen is fantastic, the non-symmetry of this tablet is something I am not thrilled about (and this is me being really picky). Right now I can hold my Nexus 7 however I want and it works great. With the rounded bezel that looks ever so slightly bigger at the "top" I feel like there would be an awkwardness holding this "upside down". Perhaps this is just an illusion based on the stock image we have seen. I'll have to get one in my hands to tell
Other than the "pure" google experience on this device and the 300PPI display i can't say i have been blown away with this device. for example the Galaxy Note 10.1 is a quad core processor with 2 GB ram and to be honest this device reminds of the note 10.1 similar looks just that the nexus is all black where the note has different colors.
The 16 GB wifi only is $399 and the 16GB wifi only iPad is $499. But the Nexus has GPS and NFC the iPad doesn't. To get GPS on the iPad you have to upgrade to a 4G model thats an extra $130 but it does give you 4G. i Think Apple still has a better ecosystem for tablet optimized apps but the play store is catching up quickly.
Does any one know if Google will be pushing the software updates for this device or will that fall to Samsung? if Samsung then i doubt the device would get any updates after the 1st one.
I am more interested in the 7inch model that i am the 10. i wish the 7 had 4G but 3G/HSPA+ is better than wifi only.
I really do love my nexus 7 (and now that Magazines are available in my country starting today I love it even more).
I think the reason is isn't 4G is the reason the Nexus 4 isn't 4G and the Verge outlined it extremely well. www.theverge.com/2012/10/29/3569688/why-nexus-4-do...
I know I'm not the only one, but I've been waiting for an Android phone with glass on the front and back. The fact that it's a Nexus device is icing on the cake. Personally, no other material conveys elegance and style the way glass does. We all understand the risk associated with glass, but it's one I'm willing to take. I've been envious of glass construction since the iPhone 4. Great job Google.
My primary concern is that the Nexus 4 lacks any form of LTE or CDMA compatibility. This limits it to T-Mobile or AT&T 3G connectivity only - which can be quite a downgrade if you are currently using an LTE device.
LTE and 32GB/64GB storage would've been sweet, though. I can live without LTE for the time being as EE has only just begun to roll out here in the UK (and is exorbitantly priced for the data packages being offered), but only having 8-16GB storage with no possibility to expand in today's smartphone market is definitely a drawback. Most mobile data plans don't offer enough to make constant connection to the Cloud for your music/video/photos viable (especially not here in the UK).
That said, if I'm going to take the Android plunge, it would probably only be with a Nexus device. I've never been impressed with skins like Samsung TouchWiz or HTC Sense, and I like being able to receive mobile OS updates without any OEM and/or carrier-based delays. Looking forward to seeing the reviews for the Nexus 4.
Now with that said i would recommend almost any android device that is running ICS and above. Also i think the Nexus is a great line and i think buying it directly from Google is the way to go as it would get any software updates in a timely manner.
I don't really watch or download movies on my phone and use Spotify/Google Music for my music streaming, so that should be okay!