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Is nexus4 worth picking up for 2015?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by telemike, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. telemike

    telemike Well-Known Member
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    I'm looking at the $200 phones and going pre-paid. Moto G was topof the list over Blu and Posh, etc. I am seeing some refurb Nexus4's for $170. I currently have a 2012 Moto Razr M. Would the nexus4 be any good? I'm plannong on a T-mo MNVO plan
     



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  2. codesplice

    codesplice Elite Recognized Moderator
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    Two big questions for you:
    1) How long are you expecting to use this <$200 phone?
    2) What sort of user are you? (Okay, this is actually a multi-part question...) How important are various variables (heh) like performance, camera quality, battery life, OS updates, durability, etc to you?

    I've had a N4 since they came out (~November 2012, if I remember correctly?), and I'm still using that as my daily driver. I was briefly tempted to upgrade to the N5 (and again with the N6), but for now (at least) I continue to be pretty happy with the N4 - particularly since it has been confirmed to receive the 5.0 Lollipop update.

    That said, it does have some obvious drawbacks when compared with newer devices. The camera can be kind of slow to do much of anything (launching, auto-focusing, and snapping pictures), and the quality may leave a bit to be desired. The battery life isn't anything to write home about. And while the phone doesn't generally lag when performing day-to-day tasks, some more intensive games may lag or stutter.

    Honestly, if you're looking to get ~2+ years out of a sub-$200 device, my strongest recommendation would be for the Moto G, which can be had new for ~$180. Moto G (2nd Gen.)
     
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  3. telemike

    telemike Well-Known Member
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    the 2nd gen Moto G's are out of stock at Amazon,not a good sign about availability. I could get the 1st gen Moto G LTE though....for $30 more than the Nexus 4
     
  4. OcalaFlGuy

    OcalaFlGuy Android Expert

    I've had a N4 for a year now. Were something to happen to it, it would be at the top of the short possible replacement option list.

    Mine is the last generation, was only 3 months old when I got it and still had it's factory screen protector on. It also came with a Rinke Fusion case and has been in that since day 1. It's still pristine and is all I need in a phone.

    Bruce in Ocala, Fl
     
  5. 2prevail

    2prevail Android Enthusiast

    The nexus 4 is a great phone but buying it for 2015 isn't too smart. That will be the phones 3rd year which honestly might mean lollipop will be it's last update set. If you know how to install custom Roms the Dev community may allow the device another year or two worth of updates (with minor to big delays). If $200 is the limit, get a moto g. If the additional features are what you want with first wave updates, get a nexus 5 on eBay
     
  6. telemike

    telemike Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Hmm The N4 still specs out better than other $200 phones. I may seei fwe can affrod the 2013 Moto X too.
     
  7. lion7718

    lion7718 Android Enthusiast

    Depends on how you use your phone...myself, I'll keep using my N4 as long it can do the job I need it to.
     
  8. saptech

    saptech Android Expert

    I just ran across a website having some refurbished N4...which got me to thinking about picking one up.
     
  9. JeffDenver

    JeffDenver Newbie

    If it was a choice between a Moto G or a Nexus 4...I'd pick the Moto G. It probably has better-everything, and it has LTE support. The only thing better about the Nexus is the RAM.

    That being said, the Nexus 4 is awesome. I have Lollipop on mine right now and it is as smooth as my Nexus 7-2013 and Nexus 5.
     
  10. JeffDenver

    JeffDenver Newbie

    A 2013 Moto X will feel like a modern phone. It will be better than either the G or the Nexus 4. It will have better-everything.
     
  11. telemike

    telemike Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Bought Moto X
     
  12. Sento

    Sento Well-Known Member

    Love my n4 got it when it first came out and still running strong! Don't have any plans to upgrade any time soon, don't see any need to yet.
     
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  13. mikec628

    mikec628 Member

    +1 to that
     
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  14. egernant

    egernant Well-Known Member

    I know this thread has been dormant for a while, but it is April 2015 and I'm considering the same thing. My Nexus 5 screen broke and I need something reliable to get me through until Fall 2015 when the next Nexus is released. I found a Nexus 4 16GB in great condition for $120 and it comes with the official Nexus wireless charger, which is a great added bonus. I could sell my N5 on eBay for $80-$100 I'd guess. Is this a good call? Is the N4 the right phone to get me through the next 6 months? I would think receiving Lollipop makes it a good choice. Thanks!
     
  15. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum
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    The N4 will always have a spot on my shelf. It is a great phone within the limits of it's technology (no LTE, marginal camera, et. al.). You could easily get 6+ months use out of it an not be disappointed.
     
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  16. codesplice

    codesplice Elite Recognized Moderator
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    The N4 remains my favorite phone so far. Sure, it's got flaws and shortcomings, but it's the only Android phone that has served me so well for so long.

    PS: mine totally has LTE - assuming you're on T-Mobile and they have Band-4 coverage in your area. ;)
     
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  17. egernant

    egernant Well-Known Member

    Oh wow forgot about the lack of LTE. I can't use T-Mobile unfortunately since they aren't able to transfer my phone number. Not willing to give that up. I suppose for GPS, web browsing, news reading and the occasional Google Play Music streaming, even AT&T's 3G should suffice.
     
  18. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum
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    You do get AT&T's version of 4G with the N4 ... it's more like 3.5G ;) But it's not too bad. :)
     
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