What’s this Google Nexus 4 that the internet is crazy about and why would I want it?

While much of the world is in a blitz to buy the next high powered tablet, it should come to no surprise that many would have no clue about Google’s latest attempt to curveball the mobile market with its newest product, the Nexus 4. The truth is it’s the the biggest phone news to come out of Google since the previous Google flagship, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. But why haven’t you heard of it yet?

Google hit all the cellular service providers with a sidestep this time around. The Nexus 4, on launch date, was only available directly from Google through the Google Play Store (formerly Android Market). It wasn’t made available for purchase through the usual means of AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, etc. Because of this, we didn’t see any commercials from any cell phone companies. However, we did see endless commercials playing about the Samsung Galaxy S3, but that would just be an prime example of how a well-marketed phone gets exposure to the masses. The technical specs speak for themselves in that the Nexus 4 is superior to the US-version S3 (dual core/2gb versus quad core/2gb), but most would probably choose the Galaxy S3.

As with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the LG Nexus 4 would be the most vanilla form of Android you can get avoiding all the bloatware that mobile providers usually fill their phones with.  The Nexus 4 comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean installed. You don’t have to worry about Verizon Navigator getting in the way of Google Maps.

The only way that Google would be able to pull this off would be to sell the phone usable on all carriers, and they did just that. The phone comes factory unlocked to be used on any GSM providers (sorry Verizon and Sprint customers, not you guys, not yet). That’s not even the last kicker. The 8gb version is sold for only $299 and this comes with NO CONTRACT. Let me repeat that again: there is no 2 year contract that you must sign, nor is there a 1 year contract. Rumor has it that Google loses money for each Nexus 4 sold. Keep in mind that a similarly spec’d Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S3 is sold for more than $700. Have I perked up your ears yet?

 

TECHNICAL SPECS:

Screen

  • 4.7″ diagonal
  • 1280 x 768 pixel resolution (320 ppi)
  • WXGA IPS
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2

Dimensions

  • 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm
  • 139g

Cameras

  • 8 MP (main)
  • 1.3 MP (front)

Connectivity

  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • NFC (Android Beam)
  • Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+
  • GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • 3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • HSPA+ 42
  • Wireless charging
  • SlimPort HDMI

Processor and memory

  • 8GB or 16GB (actual formatted capacity will be less)
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro CPU

Features

  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Accelerometer
  • GPS
  • Gyroscope
  • Barometer
  • Microphone
  • Ambient light
  • Compass

 

UPDATE: The phone is actually now being sold from T-Mobile for $199 with 2 year contract (Tip: buying it from Google unlocked for $300 is probably still preferred for the flexibility)

SOURCE: Google Website

 

 

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JR Cajigas is a foodie by day and...foodie by night. In between meals he is a tech writer and photographer. Yummers!