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NOOOOOOOOOOO! This effectively bars me from this phone! mad.gif
Sigh. I waited all this time just to learn that I can't get one.
Ninja edit: refer to my avatar.
Edit 2: How can your flagship phone-- THE Android flagship, not have LTE? I mean, Verizon is one thing, but GSM networks have LTE too... I just don't know how you can regress in such an important area. Everyone HATED the 4S because it didn't have LTE. And a year later the nexus line goes from 4G -> 3G?

I really dont see the point of LTE, HSPA+ speeds are fine for 99% of people. I've never had any problems streaming anything on Att's or tmobile's hspa+ connections. Also considering the 16gb phone goes for $350 unlocked I can't see any reason to complain whatsoever. If you want LTE get an unlocked phone from expansys-usa and pay twice as much or get one on contract with your carrier. Google never announces the Nexus devices for CDMA networks right off the bat, they come down the line afterwards through the carrier,as its their doing with their network restrictions.
 
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post #132 of 254
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Originally Posted by Sapientia View Post

NOOOOOOOOOOO! This effectively bars me from this phone! mad.gif
Sigh. I waited all this time just to learn that I can't get one.
Ninja edit: refer to my avatar.
Edit 2: How can your flagship phone-- THE Android flagship, not have LTE? I mean, Verizon is one thing, but GSM networks have LTE too... I just don't know how you can regress in such an important area. Everyone HATED the 4S because it didn't have LTE. And a year later the nexus line goes from 4G -> 3G?

The Verge did a good job explaining why Google choose not to go with LTE: http://www.theverge.com/2012/10/29/3569688/why-nexus-4-does-not-have-4g-lte

TLDR: Blame the carriers and the general fragmentation of LTE bands. Google also decided to try and target a lower price point with the Nexus 4. Google got tired of carriers holding phone updates hostage like Verizon does.

IMO this was a good move for people looking for an off contract Android phone that doesn't cost almost $600.


In real life usage HSPA+ networks in the United States reach close to the same speeds that the LTE networks do. The main problem here is that the carriers providing HSPA+ here are doing so on a higher frequency. This can make building penetration of the signal a bit more difficult compared to something like Verizon's LTE network.

LTE matters even less when you look at the munchkin data caps that American's are gladly forking $$ over for. I don't know why we put up with this. At this rate 500MB of super next gen LTE will cost $40 a month . . . but you get it at 100Mpbs! tongue.gif


Overall, I'm quite pleased with this announcement. Personally, I find it hard to believe that people would be disappointed with getting a quad core s4 pro, 2GB or RAM, Wireless charging, solid construction, a good camera, constant updates from Google for Android and a great screen all starting for under $300? And not being forced into a 2 year contract by the carriers is just icing on the cake. thumb.gif

For how I use MY smartphone the 16GB one for $350 would be perfect along with one of the pre-paid plans from T-Mobile. At least they don't try and kill you with the data pricing with their pre-paid plans.
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post #133 of 254
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Adding LTE and a micro SD wouldn't cost $250. LG/Google had to cut costs to hit the $300/$350 price point, and I think they cut too much. Bumping it to $400/450 with 16GB/32GB and LTE would have made the phone a lot more desirable.

Well, not for me. I can't justify spending $300 for a mid-range phone or $600 for a super high end phone.

This a top-of-the-line phone (yea, I know you're gonna say its not) for $300 and honestly I think its great.

I think I'll just buy the 8GB to replace my struggling and laggish Xperia Neo.
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Best smart phone specs ever for 299? Aww yeah
     
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Really want a Nexus 10, but I doubt it has MicroSD card support frown.gif
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post #136 of 254
Nexus 4 will be mine on release date. Looks like a good phone in most respects but if it wasn't for the ridiculous price, I would have serious reservations.

It has the following shortcomings:

- No 4G LTE
- No expandable storage
- 8GB phone is useless
- The back looks funny and a little cheap
- Top and bottom bezels are way too big
- It's made by LG

Otherwise its a decent handset for an exceptional price. Will be very sad to see my iPhone 4S go though - simply sensational phone I must say let down by a mediocre operating system.
post #137 of 254
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lol, hypocrites everywhere. On paper the Nexus 4 is an iPhone, Nexus 7 is an iPad mini and the Nexus 10 is an iPad.
With the exception of 3 people, just about everyone is praising them for this.

With the great exception that they're all Android devices and considerably cheaper and thus worthy of praise.
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Good that they scrapped LTE. Who wants to lose a good percentage of their battery life just to to have more bandwidth that you can sensibly use on a tablet/smartphone? Never had issues streaming 720p on HSDPA, even if I did, I'd rather have my battery last all day thank you.
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post #139 of 254
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With the great exception that they're all Android devices and considerably cheaper and thus worthy of praise.
That's true and choice is what drives innovation. One thing I would like to see with Android tablets is more tablet-optimized apps. Hopefully, with the Nexus 7/10, this will increase those apps (which I have no doubt it will, matching specs with Apple IS great, especially with lower barriers to entry).
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People complain about LTE. But honestly, LTE is still modern technology and not adapted widely just yet. It is becoming popular but to the compromise of a phone's battery and carriers.
VZW wants to approve updates. GSM Galaxy Nexus gets Jelly Bean in Summer, CDMA Galaxy Nexus (Sprint & Verizon) gets it like 3-4 months later? It's not a true Nexus unless its GSM and Google gets to push updates with out carrier approvals.
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