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Google Blows Up the Unlocked Smartphone Market with the $199 Nexus 4

Earlier this week Google cut the price of the Nexus 4 from $299 to $199 for the 8 GB model. The 16 GB version of the Nexus 4 saw its price reduced from $349 to $249. Even before the price cut, the Nexus 4 was the best value on the market for  a high end Android phone. Now its the best value in a new smartphone period.

The Nexus 4 is unlocked with a quad band 2G and pentaband 3G/4G radio so it will work at top HSPA+ 4G speeds with SIMs from AT&T, T-Mobile, their MVNOs and virtually every mobile operator in the world. On top of that, as a Google Nexus device, will be first to get the latest Android OS releases for the next two years starting with Android 5.0, expected latter this year.

It's believed the reason for the price drop is to make room for a new Nexus model to be released in the coming weeks.   So if you want the very best cutting edge Android phone wait for the new Nexus, but it will cost more, probably between $300 and $400.

If you want one of the best current Android phones available right now at the best price ever, head over to play.google.com/store/devices/ and get your Nexus 4 before they are all gone. Here are the key specs for the Nexus 4 from Wikipedia:

  • Networks: GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • 3G UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSPA+ (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • HSDPA 42 Mbps
  • Released: November 13, 2012
  • Dimensions: 134 x 66 x 9 mm (5.3 x 2.7 x .36 in)
  • Weight 139 g (4.9 oz)
  • Operating system: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064
  • CPU: 1.512 GHz quad-core Krait
  • GPU: Adreno 320
  • RAM: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 8 GB or 16 GB (5.67 GB or 12.92 GB user-available) no SD Card slot
  • Battery: 2100 mAh, Talk time up to 15 hours, Maximum Standby Time 390 hours
  • Sensors: proximity sensor, gyroscope, compass, barometer, accelerometer, ambient light sensor
  • Display: 4.7 in (120 mm), Corning Gorilla Glass 2, 1280×768 px (316 ppi)
  • Rear camera: 8 MP back-side illuminated sensor with LED flash and 1080p video recording @ 30 frames/s
  • Front camera: 1.3 MP and 720p video recording @ 30 frames/s
  • Ports: Micro USB 2.0, Mobility DisplayPort (MyDP), 3.5 mm headset
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
  • NFC with Google Wallet support
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with Miracast
  • Qi inductive charging
With state of the art specs like a quad core CPU, 2 GB of RAM,  8MP camera and 316 ppi screen pixel density, the Nexus 4 has specs similar to current flagship devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4, HTC One, LG Optimus G and iPhone 5 that cost three times as much.  There are some trade offs like a non-removable battery, no SD card support, a camera that isn't quite as good as its specs suggest and no LTE (at least not officially), but the Nexus 4 is head and shoulders above any current phone priced at less than $400.

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  1. Well, there is no LTE on the Nexus4. It is the best OVERALL phone for the money, but some people will see more value in giving up some specs or paying more to get LTE. HSPA+ will be around for a while, but how long, what coverage and what speeds will AT&T and Tmobile support after LTE is fully deployed with all the spectrum to make it work well? Including implementation of VoLTE?

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  2. This price cut is just before apple makes their big announcements on September 10th.

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    1. Good point. I wonder what the specs will be on the 5C? For $350-400 it will sell really well.

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    2. I'm more interested in the specs of the Nexus 5 :)

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    3. The price cut is because of the Moto X, not because of the two new model iphones are supposed to be released on 9/10...5S and 5C...

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    1. It's a new less expensive, plastic bodied iPhone that's supposed to be announced Sept 10.

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  4. Is the glass breakage issue still (or was it ever) a legitimate concern on the Nexus 4? It has certainly held me back.

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    1. The back of the Nexus 4 is glass which is prone to breaking if the phone is dropped. Using a gel skin is a good idea.

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    2. But there are 100's of listings on ebay of Nexus 4's with broken screens, and it seems more stories posted about short falls breaking the screen than the back.

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    3. Broken screens are popular now with teens. They paint or dye the cracks to customize the phones. Some of them break the screen right away to be cool or whatever they call it now. Teens will buy these broken Nexus 4s. You can always buy a good case like Otterbox and a high-quality screen protector like Phantomskinz or Zagg.

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    4. Well if you are so afraid of a broken screen, might i suggest a nice circa 2000 flip phone. Galaxy, iPhone,htc, nexus all have the potential for broken screen, it's the nature of the beast.

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    5. There are hundreds of listings of broken screens on all popular phones. Galaxy, yes. IPhone, yes. Htc , yes.

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    6. Is a phone people...u drop it breaks...not because is a certain manufacturer or models....

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  5. I have heard of something called a case that makes the breakage issue a non-factor.

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  6. I think people are afraid of buying phones with no carrier branding, specs and pricing this phone should be out of stock. though you have to pay shipping and tax,adds about $27 to the base price.

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  7. So, why the hell should people buy the VERY "mid-ranged" (in terms of specifications) MOTOROLA X Phone for $575 Off-contract, when they could buy an arguably BETTER phone in the NEXUS 4 for $376 LESS? The IDIOTS who are running the "NEW" MOTOROLA have no idea what the hell they're doing in Chicago ( MOTOROLA Headquarters ) & in Mountain View ( GOOGLE Headquarters )...The only question is will the MOTO X Phone crash & burn as badly as the JOKE-PHONE [ a.k.a. the FACE(BARFFFF)Book Phone ].

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    1. Chicago and California, lol figures.

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  8. Hi Dennis,

    Okay, now some say this NEXUS 4 does NOT support 4G LTE, some say it can be manipulated into supporting 4G LTE...So, which one is it?...If it actually can run 4G LTE, will it support BOTH At&T's and T-Mobile's 4G LTE?

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    1. The Nexus 4 ships with LTE disabled. There's a hack to enable LTE on T-Mobile but not on AT&T.

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    2. The Nexus 4 LTE hack becaume tricky after it was squashed by OS 4.2.2. I think it still locks the phone on LTE so you do not get HSPA+ support. 4G Coverage-killer since the Tmob LTE network is so small.

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  9. nexus4. good phone. but out of date phone. oh well, what do you expect with prepaid phones. lol

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    1. I wouldn't call it out of date, we are talking $200-$250 depending on GB. if it were $500, maybe.

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  10. I found the HSPA+ on Tmobile and in Europe to be so fast that I didn't mis s LTE. I did however miss a replaceable battery.

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  11. 8GB sold out on the play store

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  12. Who cares about Europe.

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  13. I was excited about the Nexus phones. Both the 8 Gb and 16 Gb are now sold out. OTOH it was a big drawback to me that the battery was not designed to be swapped. I really liked the good sized screen on the Nexus also the idea of GSM Quad Band pay-as-you-go because I have a lot of visitors from Europe and my Metro PCS plan doesn't even allow texting to Euro numbers (Lycamobile has pay-as-you-go that can also be used in abroad).

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