Don't know if Google themselves have proclaimed this but it's generally thought that the Nexus devices were never designed to be "industry leading" spec wise.
S4 Pro is one heck a processor, but the Exynos 4412 in the Note 2 can certainly give it a run for the money.
DNA already has a better screen.
Battery life can't be matched by the Maxx series.
Lack of SD Card and removable battery certainly is a bummer (many other high end phones have these).
I think the N4 looks pretty amazing, but my Gnex is working just fine (and it's got LTE). What Google seems to be doing now is relying far less on carriers and providing top spec devices at nearly cut throat prices. They're meant as carriers for Play Store purchases and developers, not the mainstream smartphone user.
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