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Another LG Nexus Rumor: Only 8GB and 16GB Options, Quad-core Processor, On-screen Softkeys and More

Ready for another next Nexus rumor? This time, we have one from Modaco’s Paul, who also claims that LG is for sure making a Nexus device. From what he has heard, the specs of it are mostly based off of the LG Optimus G, however, it won’t necessarily look like that phone. From a previous rumor, we had heard that the device actually looks more like the Galaxy Nexus than anything, something we would be happy with. 

It should sport a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, a True HD IPS display, an 8MP camera, on-screen navigation softkeys, no microSD slot, non-removable battery, and will have wireless charging built in. In semi-shocking news, he is also hearing that the device will come in 8GB and 16GB storage options. According to Paul’s sources, the name has not yet been decided, however, we have heard LG Optimus G Nexus or Optimus Nexus in the past. The targeted launch is set for November.

So, about that internal storage – 8GB and 16GB? I know what you are thinking, “Is that it?” The only thing I can say to defend this move, is related to price. Google will more than likely sell this directly through the Play store as an unlocked GSM phone. If they don’t go with a carrier partner, that means no subsidies, but that also means that they need to sell it at a rock bottom price. People in this country are still afraid to spend $500+ on a smartphone, so by keeping the storage low, they can keep the price low. Are we talking a $299 8GB phone? Possibly.

Via:  Modaco

Cheers Adam!

  • jayisking

    Its street name shall be optinex, That is all.

  • I passed the temptation to get the GS3 so I would get the next Nexus phone. But non-removable battery?! forget it. That’s crapple’s way for their idevices. This is Google, why you have to be like crapple.

  • It’s a nexus. The only advantage to a nexus device is it runs stock Android. The hardware will always be lacking.

  • summit1986

    Only 16GB and no SD? Come on! Even the GNex has 32GB internal. With a quad-core, you’ll want the larger storage for more content-rich apps.

  • sgtguthrie

    It has nothing to do with price. Let’s be realistic here…. Flash storage is DIRT CHEAP!

  • John Simonelli

    I’m pretty stoked about the next Nexus, even though there hasn’t been any Verizon love. But no removable battery… Idk how I feel about that.

  • baldypal

    To save money? Go 8GB only with sdcard slot. If its about saving money I don’t think its Google’s money but LG trying to save. They pay for parts and manufacturing.

  • im sorry but 16gb isnt going to cut it for most users
    Realistically thats like 14.5GB after rom, and tbh that isnt enough for users to have their music collection, movies, ect.

    on my 32gb nexus, i have about 11gb left from offline google music, 2 movies(about 1gb each), 250 apps, custom roms and kernels, offline maps, ect.

    we should at least have a 32gb standard for phones without expandable memory, if its gonna be 16gb, at least make it with an sd card slot or something

  • DainLaguna

    16 gig or bust then. Ive already had an 8gig iphone…never doing that again. But a nice 16 gig 300 buck off contract nexus? Nice. Hope the build quality is good

  • Jamarcus White

    Storage is not an issue to me. Besides my apps, clockworkmod backups and Roms I will eventually install and try out. I have at the moment 23.48GB’s left on my GNex. Music in the cloud, pictures in the cloud, movies, you guessed it, in the cloud. Also all is backed up on my pc at home and work so I actually don’t mind 8gb’s. The way I see it, if it makes the phone cheaper +1 for me. Seriously who needs more than 16GB’s with the wonders of cloud storage and streaming. Sorry I just had a thought….Unless you don’t have unlimited data and no access to wifi.

  • SeanBello

    now I know how iPhone owners feel, having to buy something that they’re already disappointed in. I don’t want this phone, but I want the specs and pure android. ugh.

  • KleenDroid

    This does not even sound possible for a Nexus with such great specs otherwise. 8 or 16 just does not sound right…. also what’s the deal with NON-REMOVABLE battery?

    We don’t need any more junk disposable phones. Motorola has already adopted this nonsense… we don’t need more.

  • i definitely think that the lack of a removable battery is a WAY bigger deal than no microsd.

  • Carsten

    16 GB is plenty. Who needs local storage when you have “The Cloud”.

    • “The Cloud” will go through your 2GB/month data plan in a little over a week.

      • acras

        that depends on what “cloud” you use . Pandora uses less data than some other music streaming options, etc. And data caps are a carrier issue , not a device issue . I’m guessing that development of this phone started before verizon did away with unlimited data , so would you pay more for the phone if they scrapped what they had worked on , and did a total redesign when carriers changed their plans ?

    • Detonation

      People who don’t have constant access to internet. I get no signal at work and there is no wifi so if I want to listen to music it has to be on my device.

  • alex drum

    I just keep losing interest in this phone… first I find out its not going to be made by HTC or someone who uses premium materials, now I hear that there is only 16gb maximum of storage? Whats next? they decided to put a 3″ screen (to keep cost down and battery life up), no LTE (to keep cost down and battery life up)… its just stupid! Doing this isn’t making android look the more affordable option, it makes it look the cheep option that you only get if you have to… but seriously how much more can 32 or even 64 be if you buy in bulk…50$?

    • SeanBello

      we’re on the same page. not happy at all. I just want that processor and ram on a nexus built by a reputable company. not this phone.

    • acras

      What are you talking about “premium materials” ? polycarbonate , like Samsung uses ? Htc isn’t using titanium and adamantium in their phones , they just market the materials like they are something special . Build QUALITY , you could have an argument , but material , no .

  • JG

    I don’t understand all of you. I have the 32GB gnex and 16GB nexus. I have 22 free on my gnex and 8 free on my nexus 7. I dont see a problem with running out of storage. I stream everything. Theres wifi everywhere. I have a mifi. I have an unlimted data phone i can tether. Unless you dont have ANY of these I dont understand why you would run out of storage.

    • La2da

      So then you do understand.

    • Install a few high end games and find out. Also, I want to be able to listen to my music offline while I’m flying or camping where there’s no wifi or there’s flaky public wifi.

  • 32Gb storage costs just 12 Dollar more than 16GB. So why don’t you offer this version for a higher price too? Let the customer decide whether or not he’s willing to pay a few bugs more.

  • alex drum

    if google is doing this really to save money why would this decision make up go spend much more money? it makes no sense. Its like buying an old Rolls Royce, yes you can get one for around 10,000 but you have to cut off an arm an a leg to make it work, its not saving money if you have to spend much money in the long run. At the very least make a 32gb or (prefferbly) 64gb options, you can still have the cheep option!

  • Paul

    Google makes money from people using their cloud music and drive. It makes sense business wise for them to not give us huge amounts of storage space. Not having unlimited data makes a lot of us want more space though…

  • Franz

    I’m totally fine with an 8GB…

    My problem is this. I can live on 4GB or even LESS of storage. The only thing I care about is my music, which is well over 150GB…

    So between 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and even 128GB. They are all useless to me.

    I’ll gladly take the lowest possible storage available for the cheapest price.

    Off course this is because I don’t play games on my Android device (besides emulators), so my views are different then others.

  • Detonation

    Really sick of the Google’s stance on no sd slot. That was one of the main selling point of the android over the iphone in the past. My 32GB Nexus is always full between music, videos, and rom/backups. I don’t care to use cloud for everything, which makes your phone dependent on having a signal or wifi.

    • Trevor

      Agree. I don’t have access to the internet at my job, so the only way I can listen to music is internal storage on my phone. It’s nice not needing to rely on an internet connection 100% of the time.

    • Jeff Tycz

      I have said it time after time, get use to it because all phones will eventually go this direction. take a look at ddevito’s post above as to why they do this

  • acras

    OK , why is it that people don’t seem to remember what the Nexus line is for ? Nexus is a DEVELOPER phone , not a top tier , every bell and whistle thrown in it device for the masses . Do you need 32 or 64Gb internal storage on the phone to develop ? No . Was the Nexus groundbreaking when it released ? It was , and still is a great device , but it didn’t bring anything new to the party when it was released . My old Droid X could carry more storage , and there were already phones out or announced that equaled or beat the specs of the Gnex .
    I would love if the Nexus line had removable SD , but it seems that G doesn’t want that on developer platforms . If the LG does indeed not offer a removable battery , that does seem to be a negative for the purpose the Nexus line is designed for , and will effect my interest overall and for my personal needs , 16Gb storage is the least I can run , if it comes with 8 , then this line is not for me.
    If you want 64Bg , a 13mp or better camera , 3000mha battery and every other top tier spec. , then realize that you aren’t the target demographic for Googles developer platform, move on and please stop trying to change the focus of the program . If you aren’t a developer , but the Nexus fits your needs then enjoy.

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      You sound like I did when I got chastized because I spoke out about so many people who own the current Gnex but haven’t unlocked, aren’t rooted, and were all pent up about the VZW OTA update to JB. I was shocked to see how many people bought GNexs but did nothing with them and were running locked and stock. I don’t expect every Nexus user to develop an app or tweak their kernel settings but come on, not even try and flash a theme? Usually I would say ROM there, but some people are freakishly scared to play with Roms so, while I am not one of them, I understand the reluctance to the new guys. Themes though are just some flash to personalize the device a little more. Many claimed they simply bought the Nex to have a stock android phone while others claimed that they could not root or unlock the device because it was their work phone, as in, their employer bought it for them. I will say this as honestly as I can, when I bought my Gnex in January, it was the worst device I had ever owned. Poor battery, poor radios, poor build, but that wasn’t forever. I unlocked, rooted, flahsed roms and radios, and then tweaked away until 2 of 3 of my problems went away. I could live with the build quality once the damn thing worked. I can’t imagine having put up with this phone stock until now. No way! At any rate, the Nexus name has become synonymous with high performance unlockable devices to the average Android fan on the street. As far as being a developer device, it seems some just want to use that bragging title for street cred but they don’t even know what that means, or how to do anything with it.

      • acras

        A few differences between our opinions . I think that IF the Nexus fits ones needs , then cool , and if someone never unlocks , roots , flashes , or develops on it , no big deal . If they by it because it works for them , theres nothing wrong with never using it to its full potential. I’m not a developer , I will probably never contribute to the community in the way dev’s do . I researched phones , did lots of homework , and decided that the Gnex was my best bet . I had previously decided that my phone requirements included a removable battery and sd slot , because I hated Apples model of predetermined storage. When my phone needs changed ( getting the blank away from Verizon) , I modified what my requirements were . I weighed paying $600 for an S3 against paying $350 for the Gnex and decided that while an sd slot would be nice , it was not essential.
        I’ll argue that the Nexus line has any meaning to the vast majority of android users , realistically it probably has less meaning to the average android user than any other line , because it is not really marketed toward the average user.
        Toward what you did to make yours functional for you , it looks like you know what your doing , or at least knew what you were getting into , and I agree with you , all the Verizon adopters should have known what they were in store for. CDMA in general , and Verizon in particular isn’t , and never will be the place for development on android , or any platform . Google had it right when they pulled support for CDMA development , at least in the U.S. If you are on Verizon , and buy a “Nexus” , you are not EVER going to have the freedom or updates that GSM unlocked has.
        People that don’t like the way the Nexus program runs , buy something else , there are a lot of great devices that fit what everyone seems to want . Realize Nexus might not be for you , it’s a specialist device for a very limited demographic . Would you bitch at Freightliner if you bought your rig from them because you wanted to be able to do 202mph and carve corners like a lambo? Pick the right tool for the job.

      • Jim McClain

        I put up with it too,waiting for them to fix it,then gave up and did it myself,now it runs like it should have when I bought it, but if you unlock and root the GS3, then it would be twice as good and the Gnexus at least

    • kervation

      Good point! I think people lose sight of the purpose of a Nexus device. It is a “reference point” for devs meaning it is not going to be everything for everybody. It is a great device for me but it will never be the ultimate in terms of specs and features. But it will offer the best hardware to compliment the software that comes from Google. A developer device is a reference point for the low end Android market as well as the high end sector. That’s why so many developers who have apps in Google Play use the Galaxy Nexus in troubleshooting their respective apps. If it works for the Nexus, it should work for a large percentage of Android devices in the ecosystem.

  • HerroMoto

    Wow I was so excited until I saw non removable battery and no SD card… the 8mp camera doesn’t help either. But seriously no SD card? My number one complaint on the gnex

  • andrew galvin

    I hope the battery and storage specs aren’t true. The GSM unlocked G Nex has 16gb while the VZW model has 32gb. This was probably a test model and the carrier version will have more storage.

    I feel like there are parts of different android phones that are great but there has yet to be a device that combines them all. It would break my heart to have such an amazing nexus but with two massive flaws. Just give people the option to pay more to get more storage!!!

    And are people seriously considering getting a phone that is GSM only??? Have you tried 4G LTE? Having an amazing phone like the VZW Gnex to a GSM only nexus with non removable battery and small storage would be a HUGE step in the wrong direction.

  • radiohead14

    didn’t android and me just report that manufacturers looking to make a nexus device now has to adhere to their “strict standards” of which include 64gb of storage?

  • violator702

    This phone is dead in the water if that internal storage rumor is true. People want bang for their buck, not just a phone at a specific price point.

  • i do hope they get rid of that LG branding on the front too, keep it jet black like the g-nex!

  • damn, i will bite for that price AND switch off of Verizon. make it happen el goog !!

  • i dont mind 8gb of storage as long as the system files have dedicated storage. *wishful thinking*

  • Matthew Merrick

    more reason for me to get the Note II… i need either 64 GB internal storage or an SD card. on my current phone i have 2 GB internal, still have 209 mb left. but i have 30 GB of music and i do carry it with me always. and no, it would not all fit on 32 gb phone.
    honestly, i would PERFER 64 gb internal, kniwing what i know about the android filesystem….

  • Droidz

    I wouldn’t consider this an option unless the phone has at least 32GB of storage or if it offered a SD slot. Without either option it’s likely an option I’ll need to pass on. In reality I probably don’t need to worry about a Nexus since they seem to want to go back to the way the nexus one was sold. If this ends up GSM only I’ll just end up keeping the Galaxy Nexus for another year and look to switch providers then.

  • FrenchPhone

    You should look at http://mobile.free.fr/ to know what’s happening overseas (how much you pay and for what kind of phone plan). It should give you some ideas…

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    Honestly, if i were in the market for a travel phone (i am if it comes in early november, by mid november they’ve missed my window) i would seriously consider a new, nexus phone for $300. 8GB on board or not. As a travel phone, i need less. I don’t rely on my phone as a camera although some shots would be nice. Plus many prepaid sims in the places i travel are unlimited data for so much money per day.

    I would consider this. Not as my main/regular phone though.

  • Realistic87

    how much can 32 gig chips cost? like 3 or 4 dollars more per unit? comon. Guess I shouldn’t care there’s no way verizon will get one

  • chris125

    8gb with no sd card? Fail always something to ruin an otherwise great device

  • moozicmon

    This is sounding less and less like a device worthy of the “Nexus” title. LG has done nothing to earn this honor. I can honestly say I’m not excited for this phone. At all.

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      This phone sounds as boring as it looks. Seriously, just think, you can get an unlocked RAZRM for about the same cost (contract free) as this thing.

  • Southrncomfortjm

    The difference in price between a 32gb and 16 gb SD card cannot be deal breaking for anyone. We are talking about $5 based on the size of the orders.

    Also, is it not possible to have 20gb of space? Why does it always have to be in 8gb increments? 16gb is the absolute minimum I could deal with. 20gb would make things more comfortable. A 16gb option would probably just mean I stick with my GNEX until a solid 32gb Nexus comes along.

    • SeanBello

      or even 24 since we’re doing 8gb increments. 16 isn’t enough, but I don’t need 32 either

  • Not surprising as Google wants to promote the play store cloud music and movies. Just like with the nexus 7

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      And while Google is promoting cloud computing, our mobile carriers are cutting our throats with data costs. That’s the one-two combo knockout.

  • Syrio35

    LG Optimus is a handsome phone. Galaxy nexus on the other hand is not, and that’s putting it mildly. I do hope LG goes for a distinctive look. And Verizon picks it up.

  • ArrTooDeeToo

    That non removable battery is going to be a real pain for anyone who likes to hack, mod or flash!

  • Dan

    What a disappointment if these are the specs. And unless this phone has iphone 5-like battery life, then it MUST have a removable battery. No sd card and 8gb/16gb only? No thanks.

  • paul_cus

    Lack of storage doesn’t bother me, but I know it’s a big deal breaker for most.

  • AlexKCMO

    I’m confused. Why is it that the N7 costs $250 for 16 GB and a 8 GB phone would cost $300? It seems backwards. I would think the cost of a smaller screen would offset the cost of a radio.

    • Sam

      You would think. Unfortunately we’re at a time where IP >> raw materials.

      • AlexKCMO

        Wouldn’t the N7 include the same IP?

        • Sam

          IP for the radios. Good money in patented telecom tech. See: Qualcomm’s stock price since 2009.

    • whosaidwhat

      Why are you confused? Can the Nexus 7 make cellular calls? Is it as portable as a cell phone? Does it have a back facing camera? Does it have a better SOC? Don’t you think all the above should be worth at least $50 more than the Nexus 7?

      • AlexKCMO

        A smaller screen and would reduce the cost. I’d have a hard time believing that the smaller screen costs just as much as the larger one.

    • Like @d03bae15a65cfa2ee188b0f829cddab4:disqus said, it’s because of the cellular radios (which I’ve heard are around $40-50.)

  • I hardly use the storage on my 32gb Gnex. Having unlimited data I just stream all my music with Google Music, Slacker, Pandora etc. TV and Movies are the same with hulu and netflix. Only big files I really have on my gnex are a couple of FLAC albums and nandroid backups

  • Zach Armstrong

    The Non removable battery and only 16GB storage space is very dissapointing. That’s not nearly of enough space for anything.

  • Greyhame

    Tired of the “trying to keep the costs down” argument. We ALL know memory can be had on the cheap. ESPECIALLY in bulk.

    Come on Google, haven’t you learned anything from the N7?

  • br_hermon

    That’s still concerning for me with the storage. 8 is definitely not going to cut it. 16 maybe? But that battery is a concern for me. The only way it would console me is if its huge 3000+. With these specs it will be a battery hog, plus I’m starting to get the feeling that batteries might only have a good shelf life of 12 months, then buy a replacement. I understand slimming a phone down and making the most of the space you’re given but a built in battery… no.

    • Not only is the battery a bit bigger than the gnex, but the Super Amoled Hd was a prototype screen and as such used MUCH more battery than it should. Lg’s new screen is more crisp, displays more pixels, and uses 40% less power than your average amoled panel.
      Also, the new s4 processors barely sip battery. The Sgs3 can get 4-5 hours of screen use on LTE with its 2100 mah battery and if the N7 showed us anything its that quad core can be about performance or longevity.
      The storage space thing, not an issue I dont think. In my opinion, if an app ‘caches’ my music or whatever, I probably wont use it. I use my phone as efficiently as possible, which includes extensive wifi and I stream music 15-20 minutes a day without going over my limited data plan. (4gb) If an app is going to clog up my phone I dont need it so I have 16-20 gb of storage on my Gnex still lol. 16gb phone is not so bad.

  • Greyhame

    Limited storage works better for a phone than a tablet, which is strictly a media device.

    That said, I’ll wait the three months after release for them to release the 32 GB version (semi-disgruntled N7 owner here).

    • moelsen8

      yeah really. it’s like, just as we thought google was maybe learning their lesson on the space thing with a 32GB N7 showing up..

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  • Jacob Svonavec

    Unless this puppy is sporting a 3000mah+ battery I’m going to pass…no more small battery phones for me.

  • Robert Jakiel

    Make it a minimum of 16 gig at a 32 gig option. I don’t see this as being a huge issue as emmc memory is coming down in price rapidly and you can get 16 gig retail for about $18. So in bulk for production runs it shouldn’t cost more than $15 per 1k lots so when buying in the tens or even hundreds of thousands your looking at maybe $10 – $12 per lot.

  • I was hoping for increased storage with the death of unlimited data. This new trend is troubling.

    • Sven Enterlein

      Indeed. But unfortunately it makes perfect sense from a carrier perspective. I wouldn’t be surprised if the wireless carriers made a pact with handset manufacturers in that regard.
      EDIT: And of course Google wants people to use their store front to access online media.

  • ConcernedCitizen

    This day and age, I’m more concerned with the battery life than storage. I can always stream and/or save from the cloud. However, I’ve been spoiled with the battery life of my MAXX.

    Let’s see at least a 2500mAh + battery!

  • non-removable battery and no microSD card slot? Ouch

  • dc3mech

    DOA with that internal storage and no micro SD. Nexus was supposed to be the top dog… guess it’s going the way of the Droid branding.

    • Sam

      The nexus was never meant to be the top of the line wrt specs. Quite the opposite actually. It’s meant to set the floor for the coming gen.

      • violator702

        The first two had top of the line specs.

  • Alchemy08

    I just hope its not only LG Making this phone, please A SONY Nexus pleasssssee

  • moelsen8

    companies need to stop selling phones and tablets in the 8GB option, period. i’m sick of this crap. i wouldn’t even settle for a 16GB unless it had a microsd. i don’t live in the cloud, i need space. why are we going backwards?

    • noc007

      I think you mean $100. 😉 I do agree that it shouldn’t cost so much. If I can pickup a 64GB microSD card for $50, there’s no reason to jack up the price $100-$300 for internal storage. Really, I just want a microSD slot so I don’t have to get price gouged or screw around with limited storage.

      • moelsen8

        it is price gouging. especially with mass production.

  • No VZW!!!! WAHHHHH!!!

  • Phil Austin

    huge fan of the gnexus, if it’s comparable, it’ll be a smash.

  • Butters619

    I just hope it has LTE. I couldn’t imagine going back from that.

  • Will need to see a real picture of it and if it looks sexy I might give it a go. 16GB is not enough storage, more is always better IMO. Or at least give us an SD card slot. 32GB or 64GB or go home!

  • Horrible decision if true. I, and many others, don’t care about cloud storage. I want flash memory that I can load up all my music and videos for trips and when I do not have access to 4G or WiFi.

  • greg

    Non removable battery better not happen!

    • ChuckDz3

      Thats what caught my eye. I would be disappointed if that’d the case unless its 3100+

  • zUFC

    Come on Verizon. Please get this (but i know you wont).

  • MichaelFranz

    I think…for the average user, 16gb is probably fine. With cloud storage for music and all, but apps these days take up alot. The problem is that 32GB like the GNEX is ideal. I only have about 18GB left of space on mine and that is after custom rom, apps, and etc. I have damn near 150 apps. Yes its alot and yes i do use most of them depending on the occasion. And some of these games require additoinal D/L where ti eats up another 500+ MB, sometimes over 1GB. I think they need to make maybe a 16 and 32GB version. That or give a SD slot. I dont think we will see that since no Nexus has had it to date.

    • 8gb is abysmal, 16 is bare minimum. Taking into account carriers being unethical with data rates, the cloud options aren’t as viable as they should be. On top of that, like I’ve said over and over, apps are getting bigger and bigger. 32gb should be normal, with 64 even starting to be an option.

      An extra 16gb of flash memory, or even 48gb, when bought in bulk for mass production would barely increase manufacturing cost.

      • MichaelFranz

        agreed…remember when USB flash drives were bulky and when you had a 512MB one you felt like a big deal, but still paid 90 bucks for it

  • Paradisimo

    Looks like I’ll be sticking with my Galaxy Nexus for awhile. I constantly have to free up space on my 16gb Nexus 7.

  • MikeSaver

    With the whole tabs things and the integration of OEM’s skins and then this storage thing and non-removable battery, I’m not that excited about this phone… Not like it matters because I will have to wait another year before my Verizon is up

  • $299 for an unlocked GSM phone would be incredible.

    • Guest345

      I’d pay $399 for CDMA….haha….that would never happen.

      • aQuickBit

        Qualcomm would ask for $100 of that lol

  • ddevito

    I bought a $3 usb adapter cable from Amazon. Now my GNex and N7 have access to my 500GB USB hard drive.

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    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Take that in your pocket with you I’m guessing?. . . with 16GB atleast half goes to my cached Spotify music… I’ll NEVER buy a 16GB phone without an SD card….

      • ddevito

        I can if I want to – I have the cable and the drive in my work bag actually. I stream everything I use daily, I have movies and such on my drive.

      • Butters619

        It’s hard to get by with just 16GB. I didn’t think it would be an issue when I bought a One X, but it has been.

      • mustbepbs

        I bought a 64GB flash drive that I use with my N7 and an app called Directory Bind. It works fantastic and I get to install all the games I want. It also doesn’t hamper game performance or load times. It was only $30 for the drive!

        • ddevito

          I use StickMount [requires root] but works great as well.

          • mustbepbs

            I use StickMount too to be able to mount it for my N7. Directory Bind allows me to offload the game data onto removable storage.

    • JSIN

      so do you just tape your usb drive to the back of your tablet and run around town?

    • PC_Tool

      Well, I suppose I could tape the 32GB USB stick to the back of the device….


      I have only 2GB left on my G’Nex. I could probably live with another 32GB device, but I cannot go lower than that. I’m not going to “load up” new music to my device every day, nor am I able to stream constantly (My ride to work alone includes several dead-zones).

      I’ll have to start looking at non-Nexus devices again if this keeps up…

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      Hey ddevito. This works with the GNex? I carry a 1.5TB HDD in my camera bag on trips and would love the idea of putting movies and such onto my GNex on the plane.

    • Franz

      @ddevito:disqus I’m with you on that! Except I bought this: http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Satellite-Wireless-External-STBF500101/dp/B004Z0S7K6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349454007&sr=8-1&keywords=seagate+wifi+hard+drive

      I have multiple Android devices including 2 HP Touchpads and my Nexus 7 in the house. This is very useful for these types of things. I use it a lot in the car because I have my N7 mounted there.

  • WeaponX

    8 or 16 GB?!!!! Are you freaking kidding me? That is a big HELL NO! 32 is pushing it for me and I’m sure for many others as well. We need devices with at least 64, with as much media as we carry on our devices..it fills up fast, not to mention all the nandroid backups for us rooted folk!

    • MicroSD?

    • ddevito

      Use the cloud young skywalker

      • Paradisimo

        I use the cloud for everything but apps on my Nexus 7 but still run out of space. With the size of the new games coming out it doesn’t take much to fill up 16GB.

        • ddevito

          I agree with you there…

        • Joshua Carnett

          Sorry, this is a terrible argument. First of all, how many games do you need on your device at one time? I have a 16GB Nexus 7 with 21 games, which I think is way too many, and I still have 4.5GB of free space. That includes some of the biggest games released: Horn, Madden NFL, ME Infiltrator, GTA3, Max Payne, Dead Trigger, Asphalt 7. If you’re running out of space because of games, you should probably ask yourself whether you actually play all of them.

          • Paradisimo

            How is that a terrible argument. Because I use my device differently than you do? While I may not play all 70 of my games on a daily basis I prefer to have them at my disposal whenever I feel like playing them. With 32GB’s I can keep all the apps/games that I care about and still have room for music/movies. With 16GB I don’t have room for anything other than apps. I won’t even go into Rom’s and nandroid back-ups…

          • ok, so why don’t we destroy all harddrives in the pc market that are bigger than 20GB as well? Just lets go into the past again.

          • Why do you want technology/storage evolution to stop? I don’t want to have to pay 20€/$ in 2020 for a 32GB SD card. You are kinda away from reallity if you think everything will stay the way it is. In the future they wont even produce 32GB SDs, because 64GB/128GB will be the smallest option, because the price goes so down that its not cheaper anymore to produce 32GB. Or do they still sell PCs with 100GB today? No, they moved to 1TB. 100GB is not in production anymore.

          • Joshua Carnett

            @facebook-1570124804:disqus When did I say I wanted evolution to stop? I’m all for more capacity, but he’s whining that he’s out of space when he has 70 games installed. You have to work with what’s available WHILE you push for progress.

  • Buy This

    you can make 16 GB work with a little frugality but at 8 GB, you are beginning to directly impact user’s experience with the device IMO

    • JoshGroff

      On my phone, under 32 isn’t an option. I use it as a portable media player most of all, for a tablet, I can handle 16 as it’s mostly gaming/streaming.

      • Paradisimo

        Completely agree. The cloud is fine but when I have to go on a 14 hour flight to Hong Kong it doesn’t cut it.

        • Liza_Minnelli

          14 hour flight or not, I don’t understand why people think they need to store so much digital content on their cell phone…buy a 64GB ipad if you must or read (e)books, its better for your brain.

          I guess I am in the minority here though

          • Paradisimo

            Right I shouldn’t buy a device that fits my needs, I should conform my needs to fit the device. Is that you Steve Jobs???

          • acras

            You should buy a device that fits your needs , but the Nexus line isn’t intended for those needs .

          • Buy This


            maybe because some people can’t afford/don’t want any ipad? Or don’t want to buy the same apps and content on a separate store or account that they may already own? Just a couple ideas.

          • JoshGroff

            A phone fits in my pocket, an iPad doesn’t. For a portable music player, I’ll stick to my phone.

          • alex drum

            …you came on an android forum and suggested we buy Ipads… why would you think that was a good idea? At least say transformer pad or something! But no I will not go out and spend 500$ on a product, if google is doing this really to save money why would this decision make up go spend much more money? it makes no sense. Its like buying an old Rolls Royce, yes you can get one for around 10,000 but you have to cut off an arm an a leg to make it work, its not saving money if you have to spend more in the long run.

          • Liza_Minnelli

            Lol, you guys are all soo cute when you get fired up…

            I know its frustrating when you learn the phone you want won’t be able to store your entire porn collection on it.

            Nexus’s are the only way to go in the android world IMHO, I’m sure you can manage just fine with 16GB…..I know, I know “but I shouldn’t have too” blah blah blah

          • @Liza_Minnelli:disqus You’re Steve’s daughter aren’t you?

          • alex drum

            Lol? what are you a 14 year old girl? PS: I love when people talk crap on the internet, you sound so cool and funny! NO 16GB is not enough! what do you not understand?! if you stream everything you will have horrible battery life! it is good to be able to keep you music and movies on your device! You do realize that all the big manufactures make 32GB versions or more of their flagship phone! Its not just for fun! I know, I know “but you should just stream your movies and songs” blah blah blah

          • PhillipCun

            Liza, its 2012 for god sake, we shouldn’t be limited by storage anymore especially where we are with technology.

            In 2013, I don’t want bitch about my storage capacity or my battery performance. I want a 18 hours of moderate use from my battery and I want 32-64gb of internal storage for my phone. I like to have all my crap on my phone so its convenient especially when I’m in Vegas and can’t get a damn signal.

    • Right because the 8GB is really like what, 6.49 GB?

      • JoshGroff

        7.63-whatever space the OS and included apps take up. and maybe some formatted extra space for OS expansion.

  • Nelly547

    I have used up almost all the storage on my Nexus 7 16GB. I will not buy another product with less than 32GB.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I fully agree… well unless there’s an SD card slot.

      • ddevito

        SD cards slow down Android, particuarly in I/O performance – which is why Google doesn’t use them anymore

        • moelsen8

          don’t care. want sd.

        • Then they need to give us more on device storage. HD apps are getting larger, you can’t stream those from the cloud.

        • noc007

          Please provide a link to some benchmarks to backup that claim. I’ve never noticed a slowdown to the Android OS when I insert a SD card. I’ve had a small delay on the microSD that came with my OG Droid, but I expect that. I have a Class 10 now in a D4 and I don’t see any abnormal lag when reading and writing to it compared to the internal storage.

        • Big_EZ

          Until devices come with 96+ gb or memory I need a microSD slot. my 64 gb micro SDXC is almost full and my 8 gb internal is full

          • user311

            Is that even enough? My Transformer infinity’s 192 GB of total storage is almost full. Granted If I wanted I could just delete my ripped Big Bang Theory episodes and some emags and music, but I still have over 30+ GB of apps installed and you can’t very well stream those….and its a wifi only device.

          • summit1986

            Stop downloading pron on your phone…

          • acras

            Blasphemy! Thats what smartphones were truly designed for , and without flash support anymore , its harder to watch it on the web.

        • PC_Tool

          Then limit it to Class10 only.

          Honestly, they could give us the option, at least. My Fassy worked just fine with my Class10 16GB card, and my Spectrum was slower than molasses even *before* I put any cards in it (much less my 32GB class 10…)

          It may be true, but its still just a lame excuse.

          • michael arazan

            They did the same thing with the new chrome book, only 16 gb of on board storage too, and the N7’s, this is a push to get people to use Google Drive for cloud storage. By lessening the storage in the device, they think more people will just use Drive storage to try and get Drive mainstream and be a dedicated tool for people.

      • noc007

        I think every Android based device needs to take a SD or microSD card. Really no excuse. Being locked down to a specific storage size because the manufacturer deemed it unnecessary to have more storage or one couldn’t afford the larger model is silly.

        Seriously, give me more ammo when the Apple fanboy comes trolling.

    • Bsody

      It seems I am only using about 12 with my GNex, and I stream everything from my computer with the N7, so this would actually work for me.
      Not gonna lie, I would have thought I would be using more space than that.

    • That’s kind of why I’m holding off on getting a Nexus 7 because I want to see if they release a 32gb one in October, if so I’m on it!

    • yarrellray

      The Galaxy Note 2 pimp slaps this senseless. I have 80gb of storage on my current Galaxy S3. I will have the same storage on my Galaxy Note 2.

  • ddevito

    $299 unlocked GSM and I’d seriously considering switching to AT&T

  • mustbepbs

    I’d be down for this to be $250-$300 for an 8GB model. I hardly use my phone anymore since getting my N7. I’m sure many people will be miffed at the sizing, especially if Google pulls a 32GB size out a few months later like the N7 might.

  • Andy

    oh cool. i never thought about putting a folder on the bottom launcher.

  • Laki S.

    The rumors are getting more and more bleak… First the ‘no Verizon’ thing and now only 16g of storage?

    • ddevito

      Remember – this will most likely not be the only Nexus phone this year, but will probably be the first to be announced.

      hang in there

  • ddevito

    Google keeps designing devices with on screen keys but no manufacturers are listening.

  • I don’t believe that storage limitation. Phones with no Micro SD are hard to find nowadays.

  • Rob

    Verizon is digging their own hole if they dont get this phone