Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Biggest Disadvantages & Cons of Google LG Nexus 4

Biggest Disadvantages & Cons of Google LG Nexus 4

Google just launched three new Nexus devices on October 29th, one of it being the highly awaited LG Nexus 4 Smartphone. The phone is pretty competitive with its amazing specs and can hold its own in a 500$ smartphone market but the best part of it which has every Android user thrilled is that it starts at 299$.

Also Read : Google LG Nexus 4 - Features compared to other Android phones 

LG takes its shot at delivering a Nexus device this time, with the Nexus 4, an Android 4.2-powered handset with a 4.7-inch 1280×768 display, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, an 8MP rear-facing camera and 8 or 16GB of internal storage. It offers has 2 GB of RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, NFC and Bluetooth built in. However, even though the phone offers its value for money, everything comes at a price and once you think about it, there has to be things that Google must have sacrificed to touch the 299$ mark. Here's what we think are the biggest disappointments in the phone.

No LTE

LTE is a big deal for the US customers. In the rest of the world it might not matter much but in the US it is a big disadvantage. Even though the phone does support HSPA+ the biggest fall is in the mind of the Android fan who mocked every iPhone 'zombie' for going with a phone not capable of supporting LTE when Android did.
Google doesn’t think LTE is ready for prime time, but we beg to differ. Optional LTE for the US market would have been great, but Google obviously did the math and concluded that it’s not worth the effort. Lack of LTE will definately be a deal breaker for many US consumers.

Storage

It is understandable that Google had to cut corners to bring down the price but a phone with 8GB is ridiculous. After the OS that leaves about 4-5GB of storage space for the user. This is a big disadvantage at a time when a single game can touch 1-1.5GB in size. The 16GB option might be okay for people who are not hooked to games and media but where is the 32GB option? It is usually the storage size most people prefer and Google doesn't offer it.

No Micro-SD slot

Let alone the fact that Google itself didn't offer many options in the storage department but the user cant use expandable memory? This is another huge con for the Nexus 4 in the pros and cons comparison of the phone with others. By itself it might not have been so bad if the other Android smartphones didn't offer this option.

The Bigger Picture

However the worst problem is usually the bigger picture. With the Nexus 4 phone, Google underhanded the OEM Android makers and showed people that a good and an affordable Android phone is possible. Effectively it made its supporters into its competitors which is never a good thing to do considering that fact that Google relies on them to gain more Android customers.

All this being said, we have to remember that at the price of 299$ more than a few people will be willing to compromise on these points but then quite a few will shift their loyalties too... especially with tempting options like HTC and Samsung. What would you as a user prefer? A Samsung or an HTC phone or the new Nexus 4 and why? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.

Biggest Disadvantages & Cons of Google LG Nexus 4

Google just launched three new Nexus devices on October 29th, one of it being the highly awaited LG Nexus 4 Smartphone. The phone is pretty competitive with its amazing specs and can hold its own in a 500$ smartphone market but the best part of it which has every Android user thrilled is that it starts at 299$.

Also Read : Google LG Nexus 4 - Features compared to other Android phones 

LG takes its shot at delivering a Nexus device this time, with the Nexus 4, an Android 4.2-powered handset with a 4.7-inch 1280×768 display, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, an 8MP rear-facing camera and 8 or 16GB of internal storage. It offers has 2 GB of RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, NFC and Bluetooth built in. However, even though the phone offers its value for money, everything comes at a price and once you think about it, there has to be things that Google must have sacrificed to touch the 299$ mark. Here's what we think are the biggest disappointments in the phone.

No LTE

LTE is a big deal for the US customers. In the rest of the world it might not matter much but in the US it is a big disadvantage. Even though the phone does support HSPA+ the biggest fall is in the mind of the Android fan who mocked every iPhone 'zombie' for going with a phone not capable of supporting LTE when Android did.
Google doesn’t think LTE is ready for prime time, but we beg to differ. Optional LTE for the US market would have been great, but Google obviously did the math and concluded that it’s not worth the effort. Lack of LTE will definately be a deal breaker for many US consumers.

Storage

It is understandable that Google had to cut corners to bring down the price but a phone with 8GB is ridiculous. After the OS that leaves about 4-5GB of storage space for the user. This is a big disadvantage at a time when a single game can touch 1-1.5GB in size. The 16GB option might be okay for people who are not hooked to games and media but where is the 32GB option? It is usually the storage size most people prefer and Google doesn't offer it.

No Micro-SD slot

Let alone the fact that Google itself didn't offer many options in the storage department but the user cant use expandable memory? This is another huge con for the Nexus 4 in the pros and cons comparison of the phone with others. By itself it might not have been so bad if the other Android smartphones didn't offer this option.

The Bigger Picture

However the worst problem is usually the bigger picture. With the Nexus 4 phone, Google underhanded the OEM Android makers and showed people that a good and an affordable Android phone is possible. Effectively it made its supporters into its competitors which is never a good thing to do considering that fact that Google relies on them to gain more Android customers.

All this being said, we have to remember that at the price of 299$ more than a few people will be willing to compromise on these points but then quite a few will shift their loyalties too... especially with tempting options like HTC and Samsung. What would you as a user prefer? A Samsung or an HTC phone or the new Nexus 4 and why? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.


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