December 30, 2012 at 8:37 pm #24848
Unbelievably my Nexus 4 has apparently been delivered! I say apparently as it has been delivered to my office but I am home for Christmas. It’s sitting on my desk waiting for me.
For once Google have exceeded my expectations, they suggest a 6 week wait but it’s been less than four (my expectations were low to begin with!).
So in a couple of days time I’ll be reporting back on the N4 and adding a few pages to the site.
Don’t worry N7 fans, we’re still predominately a tablet site, but this is my chance to upload a few pages.January 6, 2013 at 6:22 pm #25034
I ordered mine same day as you but no sign of mine in bonnie Scotland.
JohnJanuary 6, 2013 at 8:57 pm #25037
Sorry to hear that chap :(
All I can say is that it’s worth the wait, I am not disappointed by this phone!! In fact it has far exceeded my expectations and is now used more than my N7 (I didn’t see that coming!).
Hope it turns up for you real soon. Please post up your own thoughts when you do get hold of it.January 7, 2013 at 9:45 am #25058
What is your impression of the four-inch screen? Is it as usable or user freindly as the N7 screen?January 7, 2013 at 10:07 am #25059
Thanks for your review. I take it you got the 8GB with the price you mentioned?. I could only order the 16GB one although I don’t need it. Maybe that’s why I haven’t got mine.
The screen is 4.7 inches.January 7, 2013 at 1:44 pm #25069
I love the size. I was worried it was going to be a bit big but it is much lighter than my old phone and much slimmer. In fact I barely notice it in my pocket which is a bit disconcerting as I have to keep checking to see if it is still there!
My old phone was 3.5 inch so this is way ahead. Personally I find it very easy to read on the Nexus 4 and have been comfortably reading the paper each morning using the Metro app and keeping up to date with the blogosphere using Feedly. And actually I have stopped bringing my Nexus 7 on my commute, I find I prefer having mobile data to the bigger screen.
How does it compare to the Nexus 7? Well it is obviously smaller and you notice straight away how app design varies. A good example might be Gmail where you lose the menu down the side. But with good design an app should still be usable. So yes, there is a sacrifice to be made but it doesn’t destroy the user experience (perhaps this depends on your own usage though!).
The screen itself is very responsive and the UI is very quick. It’s way faster than my N7 but then I’m one of these people who seem to be suffering from stuttering – I’m considering doing a full reset on my N7 to see if that can bring back the smoothness.January 10, 2013 at 7:35 pm #25167
My shipping date is 16 January.
Did you buy a holder for yours as I heard its slippy and fragile?.January 11, 2013 at 5:29 pm #25180
I don’t have a holder. And I can confirm it is slippy!
I would say it is as fragile as any other phone. The Nexus 7 was supposed to be fragile too, yet in drop tests iPads became unusable after one drop too. Glass is a bit like that.
Get a cover if you are clumsy!January 11, 2013 at 6:04 pm #25181
I sent away for this as a starter.
JohnJanuary 22, 2013 at 1:08 pm #25376
Got email last night it was being shipped and it arrived this morning before 10 am.
I can remove my boxing gloves (feels like it) once I find my way around.
JohnMarch 25, 2013 at 1:25 am #26035
I’ve had my N4 for about 3 weeks now. A friend bought one and I was so impressed that I decided to buy one. I am using the Virgin SIM only £7 monthly deal which gives 150 minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB Mobile Web. I may need to upgrade from this, but before Christmas I bought a MiFi to use with my N7 and used a Three data only SIM which gave me 3GB allowance over a 3 month period. At the end of the 3 months I checked my account and I had used less than 0.3 GB. I had been fairly cautious in my usage (no downloading of large files, mainly using it for net surfing, email and with Google Maps) so I want to see how I get on with the Virgin 0.5 GB per month deal. The minutes and texts don’t really matter as I normally use my work mobile for those purposes – however, it is nice to have that capability in my N4 as well.
The battery on my N4 has been good so far – way better than my work phone (a Blackberry Torch) and as others have pointed out – the N4 is lightning quick. By far the quickest way to check things like email, Facebook etc. One big winner for me has been WhatsApp – I couldn’t install this on my N7 – just got a message saying that it is not compatible with my device. But WhatsApp installs and works beautifully on my N4. This has been very useful since my partner is currently in South America and WhatsApp has provided us with a free (ok – you have to pay after the first year) and easy way to text each other. I also find it pretty easy to read text on the N4 and I think that my N7 is probably going to end up being used less and less. Might think about selling it, or maybe just keep it for watching movies in bed.
I have been in Chile for the last 2 weeks and have been using it purely in tablet mode via WiFi and it works really well – BBC news, Sky news etc all work really well. One thing spooked me a little. When it arrived and I registered it with Google, not only did it download most of my apps from the Google Play store, it also copied over all of my passwords and settings. I didn’t have to dig out and type in my username/password details for the WiFi at home, work or anywhere else – that was all done for me.
So, if and when the next N4 model comes out with a bigger screen and other enhanced features it’s going to be hard to keep from upgrading. I can see myself ending up with a growing pile of no-longer-used Nexus devices. Be a good to have some tips and advice on how to wipe your Nexus device and make sure that it is completely clean (would a factory reset do that?) in the event of deciding to sell on Ebay etc.April 11, 2013 at 12:34 pm #26203
Thanks very much for posting that up Ed. I definitely use my N7 less, there is no doubt about that. In fact sometimes my N7 sits on the shelf unloved for days at a time (although it is still my go to music player now it is hooked up to my HiFi via Bluetooth).
The rumour is that a Nexus 5 (ie a 5″ model) will emerge at some point, possible being annonuced at the Google conference in May but we’ll wait and see.
I really thought the N4 would be too big before I bought it but it’s a great size. The extra surface area is cancelled out by being thin and light. It might be nice to go a little bigger…