Anyway, I think it would be a lot more interesting to use that bigger form factor to give a phone amazing battery life or to make it super rugged.
We could use robotic pixels, to flip around when you need them on the edges (it would also mean you could embed a camera in the middle of a screen for better eye-communication)
Though CNet review sounded gloomy, as if it were "here's what would have been a really nice phone in 2008" but if that's what I have to give up for a small phone that can run a few important apps I'm happy.
Looks like it's already available but maybe it's just not worth the price for what you get and I should get a bigger purse, and get really good at holding a phone with one hand while pointing with the other. http://www.mobilekiwi.co.nz/android/item/1694-samsung-galaxy...
He quotes from another source: ""Apple has proven quite conclusively that tens of millions of people are happy to have a device they can wrap their hands around. It doesn't mean they don't want powerful processors or high megapixel cameras."
From the iPod Nano to iPhone 4S to iPhone 5 to iPad Mini to iPad to 11" Air to 13" Air to 21" iMac to 27" iMac, doesn't it seem like we're headed to a world where a computer is a thin display panel of arbitrary size with some electronics hidden behind it? And it won't make sense to think of them all as fundamentally different products any more than we think of, say, small pads of paper and large pads of paper as fundamentally different products.
The difference between the Apple product line and the (Android) phone marketplace is that Apple hasn't stopped making the iPod Nano, likewise the paper industry didn't stop making small pads of paper when Trapper Keepers became more popular.
And, "It’s as close to perfect as I’ve seen any Android smartphone get. But the Nexus 4 falls just short of perfection due to one major omission: It’s not compatible with any LTE networks. The Nexus 4 will run on just about any other cellular network outside of LTE (GSM, UMTS, Edge, GPRS, 3G and HSPA+)"
It doesn't work on Verizon or Sprint. So at least in the US, half of the cellular networks actually don't work with the Nexus 4. And it can't use AT&T's ever expanding LTE network. But according to the author, it is the new Android champion? The 42 Mbps HSPA+ only works on T-Mobile. The best you get is half that for AT&T with this phone. So mediocre speeds on AT&T. Nothing on Verizon or Sprint but decent on T-Mobile. Sounds like a niche to me. Only "buy it now" if you are planning on going with T-Mobile. For any other carrier, nearly any other current smartphone is better.
Can you imagine the reaction if Apple introduced a new iPhone at the end of 2012 that only worked on AT&T and T-Mobile without LTE? I'm pretty sure Wired wouldn't call it "nearly flawless".
LTE offers some interesting capacity benefits for providers, but is being seriously over-marketed, as your post proves.
The Nexus 4 is a weird mix of premium components with last years radios.
The Nexus devices have been very popular outside of the USA, also in part because they have defaulted to being unlocked.
LTE or not LTE, everywhere I need to I have a Wi-Fi readily available and Nexus 4 supports phone function over the wi-fi as well, so lack of it is not really important
I am also looking at possibly getting Galaxy S3, it is priced at $50 on black friday but I will have to sign another 2 year contract with Sprint and endure another bout of Sprint useless bloatware being installed by night, endless attempts to charge me for something very basic like voice mail transcribtion, etc.
Do you have a source for this?
The current bootloaders are not secure when unlocked and rooted -- there is no password protection -- so with a removable SD Card anyone can boot into your bootloader and put code on your phone, even if you have USB Debugging deactivated. Removing the SD Card is one step towards solving this.
The next step to hardening the phone would be to provide a security check to access the bootloader. One of the reasons given as to why this hasn't happened is because the keyboard interface isn't loaded in the bootloader so you can't enter a password. However, you can navigate up and down via volume keys so you could have sequence-based passwords like Konami codes in video games.
Being that inexpensive, and off-contract, is a major bonus in my mind. I have until 2014 until my Sprint contract is up. If I was able to end my contract with Sprint right now, I would. My ETF is around $175 IIRC.
I don't like that there isn't a removable battery though. That's my largest issue with the phone.
That said, I'm seldom downloading large files to my phone, and even 1 or 2 Mbps burst is usually fine for the way I use my phone.
The smartphone market in general has a lot of choice and robust competition. And the last year has taught me to worry less and just get on with it. I just bought the Nexus 7 to complement my 4S and iPad. I might just get the Nexus 4 once I get my hands on it. And the Nokia 920 looks appealing. But only one of these can be my daily driver, which is something the product reviews neglect, unfortunately.
I use my phone as a phone about once a week (I just checked by call log - I try to avoid giving people my number). If I'm making an outgoing call, it'll be via Skype, unless I'm away from home. Even for coordinating meeting up when out and about, I'll use Glympse rather than call.
It would be like testing a car and never driving it.
This is simply the biggest shot so far in a strategic war Google is waging against US cell carriers and in the mobile device space against Apple.
I actually prefer the headphone jack on the top, because it's easier to use that way when the phone is plugged in.
As for size, once you get used to a larger screen everything else seems too small.
BTW, Many carriers offer 2 sim's with the same number.
Name a single carrier that does that. In the US, not a single carrier does that. That's not how it works.
Costs ~5$ pr month though..
Gemini is the service for you to use two phones. You get an additional SIM card and can use both phones with the same subscription and the same number.
Both phones ring simultaneously on incoming calls.
Number will appear with any SIM card you use.
You decide whether incoming SMS to be sent to both cards.
However there's a few potentially big features. LTE is one - it's not massively interesting right now but I think if/when network coverage improves it could be. NFC is another - right now it's software that needs to catch up, but after that more phones need to have NFC in them. And I'm sure there will be others that pop up in the near future.
What version of Android do you have running on your device and if it is the latest (Jelly Bean), how is the performance ?
The early 4.1 kept eating the battery but 4.2 is OK as long as I switch of wifi when out and about.
And I don't think UK carriers have any meaningful control about when Android OTA updates are pushed out?
It's also good time to upgrade now, as my current Nexus S is getting noticeably older, but not so old as to be annoying.
At least I'm pretty sure Anandtech controls for screen brightness in nits ["50%" doesn't cut it, just think about how easy that is to game]. Can't anyone do it right?
I don't see why they couldn't make a 32GB version.
And I hate interruptions in my music just because I happened to go into a house without wifi.
Headphone jack on top: Hold phone normally, rotate forearm and place in pocket. Break expensive earbud jack or worse, the female connector on the phone. Alternatively, have your muscles relearn how to place phone in pocket by first gripping the top half of the device between two fingers (greatly increasing the chance of dropping your expensive toy), allowing gravity to rotate the phone between your pincer grip, and placing in pocket.
Your scenario makes sense if you're trying to put it in a cargo pocket at the level of your knees, but rotating your forearm to put the phone in requires a very awkward shoulder shrug to get the phone high enough. That's for a pants pocket. It's even harder with a jacket pocket, which is my standard scenario.
To put a headphone-on-top phone into your pocket, lower your hand until the bottom of the phone is in your pocket. Then release your thumb or your pincer grip to push the phone into your pocket if it's a tight pocket. Otherwise just drop it in.
Does anyone have any experience with switching to a non iPhone? Any issues from AT&T and do they let you keep the legacy plan?
That's a really nasty trend for android phones.
I would rather have an sdcard slot, but I understand google's concern, and it's not a must-have feature to me.
Maybe eventually they'll design some sort of clever unified storage system, but I don't imagine that google-branded devices will see microsd slots return as long as the storage is fragmented.
The real reason why this is happening is because OEM's need something to differentiate within their own line so that they can practice optimal price discrimination. Given that the buyer has already decided what they want, the OEM wants to be able to charge them as much as they'll pay.
The RAZR HD differentiates with the battery (MAXX), which is why they can afford to have a card slot. The Nexus 7 w/ 3G can't possibly cost an extra $100 to manufacture, but if you have $100 burning a hole in your pocket, they'll be glad to sell you an upgrade just because.
The Nexus 4 (and various Apple models) do this with memory.
Galaxy nexus, nexus 7 and nexus 4... I would have bought them all if they had a microSD.
I'd really like to see some side-by-side comparisons of performance on things like web browsing, audio streaming, downloading/installing stuff from the Play store, etc. Does the increased speed of the device make up for the decreased speed of the network?
Also: is it worth considering getting the Nexus 4, and switching to another cell provider that would provide the best speeds for the antennas that the Nexus 4 has?
I still prefer T-Mobile in end though, especially since I'm only paying $50/mo for unlimited everything...
LTE is the one big innovation that is giving smartphones a whole new arena for new apps, high speed data is the cornerstone of mobile.
And Wired says "Buy it now". I though wired is a Science & Tech magazine.
I'm glad I did. About a fortnight back, someone cracked the One X wide open, and and I have stock Jellybean. And I find out today that the One X holds its own against the latest and greatest nexus. It's camera and display is still unbeaten.
Huzzah to the hacker who made it happen.
"It’s as close to perfect as I’ve seen any Android smartphone get. But the Nexus 4 falls just short of perfection due to one major omission: It’s not compatible with any LTE networks... The lack of LTE connectivity will spoil the Nexus 4 for some. But if you don’t mind living without LTE — and you likely currently are, given AT&T and Sprint’s small LTE footprint, and the fact T-Mobile has yet to begin building its LTE network — then the Nexus 4 is a good buy."
"It’s as close to perfect as I’ve seen any Android smartphone get. But the Nexus 4 falls just short of perfection due to one major omission: It’s not compatible with any LTE networks."
"But the Nexus 4 falls just short of perfection due to one major omission: It’s not compatible with any LTE networks."
According to the International Telecommunications Union
(ITU) networks using "beyond 3G technologies" with a path
to LTE-Advanced can be classified as 4G technology.
Considering the peak speed of the dual-cell variant is 42Mbps, that seems a reasonable claim. Real world speeds can hit 22Mbps+ which is ~4x as fast as many older 3G technologies.
The real downside to not having LTE is that upload speeds are better than older 3G technologies, but nowhere near as good, and the latency is also not as low.
But with the right carrier, it's more than workable, and if you're using an older phone (like I am) it will be much faster.
Anandtech and various other sites have started posting reviews: