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Monday Poll: Are You Buying the LG Nexus 4?

If the LG Nexus 4 had LTE and was going to be available on Verizon, I know that this poll would probably be completely one-sided towards “Yes.” But since it’s an unlocked GSM phone that runs HSPA+ only, many of you are going to have a difficult decision to make if you want to make the next Nexus your next phone. You would all have to give up unlimited data at Verizon (or just keep that account live too), and choose a tiered AT&T plan or the interesting coverage that T-Mobile can bring.

There is no doubt that the specs on this phone are unreal. You also know that it will receive updates before any other phone because it’s not tied to a carrier. Is that enough for you to make a monumental switch? Tell us, is the Nexus 4 your next phone?

Are You Buying the LG Nexus 4?

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  • kzoodroid

    Going to buy this off contract and get the pre-paid $30 Monthly 4g plan from TMo (100 minutes talk, unlimited texts, unlimited data to 5 gb). Then ride out the last 18 months of my Verizon plan with my Rezound.


      Funny: Unlimited data…with a 5gb cap. I know what you meant!

  • Jim McClain

    lg wasted a lot of money building this phone, it wont sell, once people get a taste of 4g lte, they wont go back to a slower phone

  • Alex

    as a german i dont care if it does support lte or not because the carrier options are too expensive. furthermore the lte availability is a joke. so yes Nexus 4 here i come! 😀

  • First Prime

    being in the UK makes that worth it. So I’ll be getting one.

  • I like my G Nex better!! 😛

  • Justin Swanson

    I would probably get it, if I hadn’t gotten my Gnex a few months ago and my N7 a few weeks ago…

  • That % of “NO” would be insignificantly low if this were a worldwide poll.

    • panicswhenubered

      It is a worldwide poll on the worldwide web. lol

  • TheUI

    Lmao! I remember when Droid Life was a fledgling young blog with a hard-on for Motorola and when the GS1 came around everyone here talked smack about it. Fast forward two years and nothing has changed except the toilet.

  • blerch

    Why is tmobile’s coverage interesting? I was planning on switching since my AT&T is done but is there something I should know?

  • Jared B.

    I would buy this phone tomorrow if it was on Verizon. No Verizon? No purchase.

  • AndreGSNE

    Totally getting this phone. LTE is not really big in my country yet, so i don’t care about the lack of LTE. I have a GNex, and i am really impressed by the Nexus 4. The hardware is simply top of the best, and best part is the price!

  • John Lane

    If this was the price point and would work on Verizon I’d be throwing my money at them. It’s sad too when soo many people were getting fed up with iPhone this would have been the phone to switch to and also jump to Verizon’s coverage but that won’t be happening

  • interstellarmind

    i switched to t-mobile from my unlimited data vzw for the Note II. pretty happy so far. Getting same speeds (actually better, believe it or not) than the spotty LTE i got in NYC – on avg I get 2.1 megabytes/sec down on tmobile and I used to get on avg 1.8 megabytes/sec down on LTE. (If you factor in that I stayed on 3g most of the time to save battery, then the HSPA+ is a HUGE difference, obviously).

    There’s an added bonus, too. I am on a GSM network and I have more choice in getting phones. Google mentioned awhile back their betting money on GSM carriers (this non LTE move seems to prove that). if the next nexus is phablet (fingers crossed) than i will take advantage of being able to get an unlocked phone. I decided my “allegiance” is more to cool phones than carrier (I’ve had 9 phones in the past 5 years) and now I feel the freedom to be able to get any phone I want. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a speed freak, too. I had no idea HSPA+ would work so well for me (in NYC, at least) and finding this revelation is what pushed me over the edge to finally say adios to big red.

  • Sean

    Why would I want to give up my 4G LTE? Has Google lost their mind? I will stick with my Galaxy Nexus until something better comes along. Bad move Google.

  • dsass600

    I’m jumping off Verizon to go to AT&T and get this off contract.

  • Jesse Miller

    No Verizon = not interested. Love my Nexus 7, but it’s a shame that the Nexus line is more of a hobby than something Google takes seriously. What, it’s too difficult to deal with various networks and carriers? Welcome to reality.

    • Nathan

      It is too hard to deal with carriers like Verizon when they pull the crap they did with the Galaxy Nexus. The goals of the Nexus line are for Google to have some control over Android, to show what “true” Android is supposed to look like, and for faster software updates. Every single one of those goes down the drain when you have a carrier like Verizon telling them what they can and can’t do. I am a Verizon customer and really do want the Nexus 4, but if this shows Verizon that they can’t just roll all over Google and gets us a completely unlocked Nexus down the road, I’m all for it.

  • Palmer Nyako

    On sprint.

  • InvaderDJ

    I’m buying it eventually. I knew it wasn’t coming to Verizon so I’m not worried about that. I’m not hugely worried about LTE either, if it has pentaband GSM radios I’ll be good enough. So tired of Verizon’s BS.

  • DerkaDerka

    Add option for “Would buy if offered on Verizon”

  • mezy1

    I dont see why you wouldnt get this phone. Looks amazing and its a beast. I domt meed that much storage because ill just delete what i dont use lol. This nexus amazing the best one made yet simple as that. 300 bucks how could you past that up aha.

    • Justin Swanson

      Because I got my Gnex in May for $400… 😉

    • peacekeeper05

      Because most of the people who visits this site are either locked on an existing plan, Has carrier loyalty, and most already have phones like the GS3.

  • HotRodJohnson

    This will be my new burner phone!

  • Web pages load up at practically the same speed even with a mediocre connection on HSPA+. And videos stream without delays with the HSPA+ connection is decent as well.

    Then there’s that huge bump in battery life which is a big plus for HSPA+.

    LTE has some perks if youre really into streaming HD videos and downloading large files; at the cost of battery life.

    Pretty fair trade off IMO. Its just not a deal breaker for me.

    Left Verizon 4G LTE for AT&T faux G and have been completely satisfied.

  • Geronimus

    I’m on T-Mobile and I’m getting the 16gb version. I don’t know why LG bothered with an 8gb version though. Ram is cheap these days, give us a 32 and 64mb phone for pete’s sake!

  • Nazzi_Muhammad

    I dumped verizon and paid the ETF for this very reason. I can buy any GSM phone and use it. Don’t care if it’s LTE or not. In fact, had I not just bought the International version of the Note 2, I may have bought this

  • Trevor

    Add LTE and a memory card slot and my answer would be yes. But for now, I’m waiting to see how the DROID DNA saga unfolds.

  • Nathan

    I don’t care so much about 4g. If it were on Verizon just as a 3g phone, I’d still buy it. Unfortunately, doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. 🙁

  • Dr_Abc

    No, the phone looks very good, but running BugDroid, not Windows

  • No verizon no sale. No way I’m leaving unlimited LTE for any particular phone. Perfectly content with my GS3 till GS4 is released.

  • Theres No way …

  • No Verizon, no LTE = no deal

    • Destroythanet

      Agreed. After owning the GSM GNex, then getting the LTE Verizon GNex, there’s no way I’m ever going back to HSPA+.

  • i want it so bad /:

  • Jim McClain

    Why would anyone spend money
    on a 3g phone

    • peacekeeper05

      Because majority of the smartphone market doesn’t have LTE? Verizon is not the only carrier in the world you know.

      • Jim McClain

        verizon is the largest and speed is the name of the game my friend, if I wanted old tech,i’d buy an iphone

        • peacekeeper05

          Verizon is just one carrier out of probably a thousand in the whole world. Google did the right thing focusing first on what is the world’s standard w/c is HSPA. USA is not the only country in the world. Heck even in the US LTE is not everywhere. There are still a lot cities that don’t have LTE.

          Now going back to your statement.. “Why would anyone spend money on a 3G phone?” Because majority of the world still doesn’t support LTE. So HSPA or 3G is still the best choice possible for us.

  • Art Carter

    This is why I left VZ and Sprint. GSM is the way to go. I agree that LTE is a handicap but its not an Achilles heel. Considering that LTE is still low in user base,worldwide. I think VZ and Sprint not having the Nexus is Huge Mistake, I hope Google will change this in the future. Choice is always Better! And even though I’m use AT&T and T-Mo. I would like for my CDMA friends to experience The Nexus 4 along 4.2, and who knows how long it’ll take to get that update(4.2). I personally think ALL Carriers in the US Suck! Because they hinder the end-user, Us!

  • I think its a fantastic device, and i love the price. I hope google keeps with it next year and comes up with LTE and HSPA+ under 1 chip with better battery life. If that happens, i will get it. But for now, i’m sticking with my wonderful Galaxy Neuxs and my unlimited data on Verizon.

    Side note. Say it did happen, Say the next phone they release has LTE, would i even be able to take it to Verizon and use it? or am i restricted? i know with CDMA i was, but i honestly don’t know now.

  • Southrncomfortjm

    The N4 is a great deal!

    If I were to get a Nexus 4, I’d get them for the whole family then sign up for a T-Mobile unlimited 4g family plan for $140. That’s $40 cheaper than I pay on VZW.

    So, basically:

    On VZW: $600 for 3 on contract phones + $180 a month for 24 months = $4920

    On T-Mobile: $1050 for 3 Nexus 4s (16gb) + $140 a month for 24 months = $4410 ($4260 for 8gb phones)

    Total savings: Over $500!

    Yeah, I’m sold. Heck, I could switch to all N4s now, pay the VZW early termination, sell my old phones and *still* save money. Yeah, totally sold.

    • Take those Nexus 4’s and go prepaid and save thousands instead of hundreds.

      • Southrncomfortjm

        I’m not sure there’s that much more savings between T-Mobile and a prepaid plan. I need three lines for my family and Straight Talk is $45 a line, which is $135 so that only saves $5 over T-Mobile. What plan would you recommend?

        • He’s probably thinking about the $30/month prepaid unlimited T-Mobile plan. 100 minutes/month with 10cents/minute if you go over, and 5GB of 4G (HSPA+) speeds, throttled if you go over, and unlimited texts.

          • Southrncomfortjm

            Yeah, I figured. That plan is amazing except that I do actually make a lot of phone calls.

  • DanWazz

    I just got my Galaxy nexus six months ago, so no. If i was in the market I would definitely get this phone. T-Mobile get pretty good coverage where I live, and not being tied to a carrier is what I want, plus the specs and knowing that I’d be getting timely updates are worth the loss of LTE. luckily I don’t need to make that decision now.

  • KreeTerry

    Tempting to just grab a 16 gig, and just switch from verizon when my contract expires in december. Can anyone vouch for straight talk in the pee dee area of sc?

  • Nope. Verizon. BAM.

  • Zoloft_User

    I really wonder how this is going to play out for the remaining Nexus devices that are supposedly in the works….something tells me they will be lacking LTE and will not be supported on a CDMA network…

  • dee

    whats it with you guys in the USA with all this verizon/sprint nonsense

    in the uk all our carriers use the same GSM network . The same phone will work on any network (apart from 1 network which is so far behind it doesnt matter)

  • Nexus 6

    This is why I left VZ and Sprint GSM is the way to go.

  • Ram K

    I was really disappointed that this phone doesn’t support LTE, which means it won’t work with Verizon and Sprint. If it had supported LTE/Verizon, I would get it now.

  • I’ll wait for it to come to Sprint, but yes, I”m buying one. I’m certain it’ll go to Sprint just like the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus before it. My Nexus S is getting tired. I would only switch to this if, and only if, my Google Voice number was still the main phone number on my phone since I ported my number to Google Voice a long while ago.

  • Steve Benson

    For me LTE isn’t the issue, HSPA is more than fast enough. I’ve still got over a year on my Gnex contract and I’m not about to pay an ETF. If I wasn’t on a contract, hell yes, I’d leave Verizon and their aging cdma network in a second. Here’s hoping Vodaphone kills cdma for good and all carriers in the world go GSM (LTE).

    • Southrncomfortjm

      Check the math. Depending on your monthly payment on VZW compared to a T-Mobile value plan, you may save money even if you pay the ETF. You’d definitely break even if you are willing to sell your GNEX.

  • blerch

    I’m planning on buying this as an upgrade from the iphone 4… but anyone have any idea as to how to cope with the 16GB max storage?? D:

    • The cloud? I’ve barely taken up more than 5 gigs on my phone. I’m pretty sure it has 16.

    • Southrncomfortjm

      Just have to spend a bit of extra time managing storage is all if you don’t have unlimited data. If you have unlimited data, just use Google Music to stream your playlists, store your photos and other stuff on Picasa, Google Drive or Dropbox, then use Netflix, Hulu or Google Play Movies for TV shows, movies and other media. All set!

      The key is the high data cap or unlimited data. Other option is to set your phone up to use a USB drive.

  • Stephen Freeman

    Nexus 10 for me!!!!!!! Aftter the wife gets her Nexus 7 of course…

  • MrWicket

    if my contract was up I would be on this in a heart beat, even losing Verizon LTE this is worth it. I understand why they don’t have LTE and luckily more than likely by the time I can upgrade the next Nexus will be coming and probably will have LTE since more standards will be in place and more markets have it. Face it people, Verizon is the only carrier in the world with worthwhile LTE at this point and is also the carrier that you all hate for “ruining the Nexus” so who cares if it doesn’t have LTE?! the majority of GNex don’t either!

  • Question could also be, “would you move to att/T-Mobile for this phone?”

    • Southrncomfortjm

      Yes! Since doing so would get me unlimited data *and* save me money. I’m totally on board.

  • Brian Walker

    I almost didn’t even want to vote since my answer isn’t a slight against the phone, but I’m happy with my Galaxy Nexus and switching carriers just to get this phone would be a huge hassle. I’ll see what they have next year when my contract is up with Verizon.

  • TheRobotCow

    Bye bye Verizon!! Good thing my contract is almost over, I had to buy my gnex off contract and I’ll hand my gnex to my gf and pick up the Nexus. Yes it means giving up my unlimited data but I’m sticking with the Nexus. Greatest devices for me!