Google Baits Potential Nexus 4 Buyers with $100 Price Cut, But Should You Bite?

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waynesalt

Damn. SO annoyed the google store online in Singapore doesn't have gadgets (and magazines too ffs, i'd have liked to have max pc on the play store magazine thing...) 249 for 16gb nexus 4 with 2gb ram? this would be a brilliant and cheap ipod O.o

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bjoswald

Amazing gadget for the price. You bet your ass I'd buy one!

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majorsuave

At 200$ there are no competing products.

You could use it as you would an iPod if you don't need a phone.
It features the same CPU / GPU RAM that competing 500$ phones have.

Even with a new edition N4 on the horizon, this one is an amazing choice.

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j_j_montez

With the stock Android OS, there are tons of apps that can play non-ipod formats of audio and video. I'd get it for the sake of not having to convert my media.

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Engelsstaub

AAC audio is not an Apple format. None of the As stand for Apple. The video format (in the MP4 container) used by the iTunes Store is industry-standard and AFAIK about the only one that will play well on nearly every device. It also requires AAC audio (up to 160 Kbps.) I can't think of a single device that will play a video with MP3 audio.

IOW: there are no "iPod formats" other than Apple Lossless which almost nobody uses. DRM in video is an entirely different issue, however.

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j_j_montez

Thanks for clarifying for those who misunderstood me. I didn't mean AAC or MP4 were Apple created formats, I was just identifying them as the format that is commonly used in iProducts. This is a pain for people who have formats outside of the 3 or 4 approved by Apple. Having to reformat a lot of my media, just to play it on a $200 device, was annoying when players half the cost supported more formats right out of the box. With Android devices, I have thrown so many different formats of books, music and videos, and with a selection of a couple free apps, I have been able to open all of them. I was hoping to convey this principle with my previous post, but I don't mind clarifying. Thanks for calling me out.

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Engelsstaub

I agree. Your iPod-idea is pretty sound *if* it supports gapless playback of files other than just MP3 though.

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Rabbanah

It is quite easy to enable LTE on the current Nexus 4 if you are familiar with rooting, it's as simple as flashing an enable.zip from XDA. This is a crazy good price!

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j_j_montez

While it is due for an upgrade, Google's Nexus line seems to be against having any kind of expandable storage. It is the one complaint I have about the Nexus 7. I constantly need to evaluate my stored items before leaving the house. Books, apps, videos, music and podcasts get moved around constantly depending on what my outing is.

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PCLinuxguy

that's due to the average consumer being too inept to figure out where to store files on a device "should I store it internally or on the sd card? does it have an sd card included?" etc. so they "simplified' their flagships with no expandable storage options as these aren't aimed at the geek per se..

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j_j_montez

I'm sure that was a motive, as well as being able to charge $50 for an additional 8 GB. Having expandable storage and a removable battery are now must-have features for me.

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PCLinuxguy

even with the charge, $350 for a flagship that takes on the likes of $600 phones from Samsung and HTC it's well worth $50 for the extra 8GB. Heck even more so with the phone being $100 less now. I'd ratehr 16GB be standard with 32GB being optional but that maybe coming with the Nexus 4's successor.

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stradric

At that price, it competes with an iPod touch. You don't even need a carrier for it to make sense.

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PCLinuxguy

Went from an unlocked Galaxy Nexus (play store model) to an Oppo Find 5. The N4 looks interesting, but my Find 5 does everything it can do and is much more sturdy (steel vs all glass)

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iheartpcs

Google wont be happy until everybody has a malware platform in their hands lol

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Caboose

iheartpcs, you're looking for maclife.

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iheartpcs

Caboose, you're looking for airplanelife.

See what I did there?

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ZX9RDan89

Lemme guess, you are an iPhone user...?

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DeltaFIVEengineer

Soooo.... he's wrong?

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wolfing

yes

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iheartpcs

So Android doesn't have a malware problem?

Is this your first day on the internet?

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Engelsstaub

Or maybe he likes Windows Phone.

With a name like iheartPCs it doesn't seem likely that his needs will be fulfilled at MacLife. Maybe he's just thinking pros/cons for himself and acknowledging the obvious malware problem with Android but not necessarily rattling his lightsaber for some imaginary Apple Empire.

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iheartpcs

Awesome to find someone on this site who actually thinks.

I find a lot of geeks on here don't really think before they speak. Notice how they didn't even acknowledge the malware issue with Android. Just went right to attacking me lol.

For the record, I own a Sony Xperia Pro, rooted with ICS that I installed. (my carrier and Sony have no interest in providing updates). I don't have a malware issue only because I'm not a brain dead consumer.

To the guy who said I'm looking for maclife, you're just plain dumb. Did seeing the "i" in my name get your blood boiling or something? Maybe if my name was "iheartmacs" but no, it says "iheartpcs". Big difference!

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PCLinuxguy

while Android does get malware, that's not any different from other platforms in general. It seems slightly hypocritical to bash Google's "malware platform" while rocking an Android handset at the same time.
I have zero issues with malware simply because I don't download everything in the play store and I also don't allow untrusted installs on the device. most consumers are too stupid to think about these things, however very few average joe's even know what the heck we're talking about (rooting, sideloading, etc).