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I didn't believe the specs when I first saw them. Those are some of the things that have always made Android phones a no-brainer over the iPhone for me. I've heard this phone still has huge appeal in the international market, but those are definitely deal breakers for a lot of U.S. users.

1. 4G tethering / hotspot is amazing and doesn't require an additional subscription on previous Nexus phones. 2. 16 GB (13 GB free) is miniscule today, especially for a phone with limited streaming capability due to #1. 3. Non-removable battery also means no extended batteries. One of the first accessories I buy is usually an extra or extended battery.




> 3. Non-removable battery also means no extended batteries. One of the first accessories I buy is usually an extra or extended battery.

That's not entirely true, it's less efficient but you can get charge packs or battery pack "case" which provide USB power to the phone, either on the go or to top up the battery.


Are you implying that tethering is different on the Nexus 4?


No, it's more about the lack of 4G. Streaming full-screen HD videos and playing games on a laptop over 3G is a stretch, but I have no issues doing either with the 4G connection of my Galaxy Nexus. Even loading large web pages was noticeably slower using the 3G connection of my previous Droid.

Verizon's 4G definitely rivals Comcast's cable in terms of latency and reliability, if not in raw speed.


Well it doesn't just support 3G. The Nexus 4 runs HSPA+ 42 (basically non-LTE 4G) which is available in Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa, and on Tmobile in the US. My Tmobile HSPA+ is actually faster than most home internet connections in my area.




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