February 16, 2013 | by Natesh Sood
The intent of the following article is help readers who may be on-the-fence about purchasing Google’s latest Nexus smartphone known as the Nexus 4. In addition, it is also a post to organize my thoughts in a rational manner to discuss why I decided to take the $350 plunge and purchase the latest smartphone when my previous smartphone was still chugging along.
To preface, there is some important background information that should be disclosed before delving into the Nexus 4 purchase. I originally owned an LG G2X on T-Mobile (which makes the Nexus 4 my third consecutive LG phone) through its Classic family plan. As a result, I received a subsidized G2X for free (since I purchased it several months after its initial launch) on a Classic family plan.
T-Mobile has two main postpaid plans: Classic and Value. The idea behind the Classic plan is you pay a higher fee per month over two years but receive subsidized equipment. Under the Value plan, customers pay less per month, but forgo subsidized equipment. In any case, my family plan is eligible to switch to a Value plan by the end of the month, which means our fee per month will decrease significantly. Since I made the decision to switch to a Value plan, I would not receive any future upgrades for another subsidized device, so it made sense to purchase the Nexus 4 from a contract/plan standpoint.
Now, the G2x was a solid smartphone when it was first announced since it was the world’s first dual-core smartphone. However, after a year and a half of usage and a few custom ROMs later, it was obvious that processing power and battery life decreased significantly. I am a firm believer in getting the full value of out a device before tossing it aside, but the temptation of the latest hardware coupled with a very cheap price point was too strong. It also helped that I was able to lend my G2x to my brother who previously used a feature phone, but now had a decent smartphone running stable CM7. This is the second point for buying the Nexus 4; I was able to give my G2x to my brother and I really desired something with style, prowess, and speed.
My only regret with purchasing the Nexus 4 has been not ordering it when it first became available. I decided to wait until after the first wave of production before finalizing the contract situation, and consequentially, I had to wait until the end of January when it became available again. Without going into a full review of the device, I am completely satisfied with my decision in buying the Nexus 4. One underwhelming factor is its battery life, but it is still leaps and bounds what I was accustomed to with my G2x. Another is the fact that onboard storage is fixed at 16GB, but that is something I will learn to manage. However, I have been very impressed with its quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, 4.7 inch HD display, and Jelly Bean.
The moral of the story here is T-Mobile’s Value plans are very attractive, especially on a family plan. I personally do not have a problem with T-Mobile’s network service. Granted, it is not as ubiquitous nor powerful as Verizon’s network, but it gets the job done in my opinion. If you are considering purchasing the Nexus 4 on T-Mobile or AT&T, I would recommend taking a close look at your contract and making sure it makes sense from a financial standpoint. Hopefully, I can muster two-three years of solid usage from my Nexus 4, something I couldn’t imagine doing with my previous smartphone.
As a bit of a teaser, I will have a review article covering two Diztronic cases for the Nexus 4 in the next several days.