Look, not everyone looks at technology the same way. If you’re a bargain hunter that is purposefully late to the party while companies work out the bugs in their products, we salute you. This is a good way to really make sure that you’re going to enjoy a new piece of technology. it would be better to look at all of these things rather than just say that you’re going to get something brand new that isn’t really want you’re seeking. After all, not everybody in the world of tech has money to blow without reason. If you’re in that category right now, we completely understand what you’re going through.
So let’s dig in. The Nexus line isn’t really known for being more than developer candy, in many ways, but that’s changing. Google has been hard at work thinking about the tablets in a different way, and this new push has also made the Nexus 4 into something that might just be worth having. Google has also made the price point very attractive, something that doesn’t hurt matters either.
On overview, this is a device that has a nice 4.7 inch HD display, along with a 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. There are also plenty of other components on here, but you’re going to really need to make sure that you dive in and see what’s waiting for you. If you find what you’re looking for at $299 no-contract, then why wouldn’t you want to see what else is in store?
So, let’s start with hardware. You’re getting a smartphone that weights 4.9 ounces and 0.36 inches. It’s lighter than the Optimus G, but it’s a bit thicker.
It’s easier to hold in your hand thanks to the tapered edge that gives your fingers a real place to actually rest. Very cool!
The display includes a full panel of Gorilla Glass 2, which means that this is one tough phone already. It’s very likely that you’ll drop your phone at least once, and this protective glass should keep it looking good for a long time.
There’s a front-facing video camera, but it’s only 1.3 megapixels. There’s a notification light on the front as well, but no buttons — it’s all about virtual navigation here, baby.
There’s also a 1.5Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB worth of internal RAM storage. There’s also a 2100 mAh battery, which provides modest battery life.
The volume rocker hides on the left, and there’s a secondary mic and headphone jack that sit on the top of the phone. There’s the power button right in reach as well. There’s a micro-USB / Slimport socket on the bottom. Slimport allows you to mirror your phone’s display on your TV, but it’s not the only way to do it.
Scratch resistant doesn’t mean that it’s unbreakable. Give your sanity a Christmas present by not dropping this phone. Trust us, it just makes sense.
This is a penta-band phone, which sets it away from the pack. You’ll get 850/900/1700/1900/2100 HSPA+, along with quad-band 850/900/1800/1900 GSM/EDGE. This is a pretty nice world traveling phone, but if you were looking forward to LTE, you’re going to be out of luck there.
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