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  • October 29, 2012 12:16 pm

    The Nexus 4: Who needs LTE?

    The things they got right—and there’s a lot of them—look very good. Killer processor, new version of Android with some intriguing-sounding features like “Gesture Typing,” great screen technology, some smart industrial design (although I think I still like HTC’s One X better). But there’s no LTE support. In late 2012, in the “flagship” Android smartphone. No LTE.

    If the iPhone 5 hadn’t had LTE, that would have very likely sent me over into the Android camp a few months ago—and even taking LTE out of the equation, is the Nexus 4 really better than the new One X Plus? Given that LTE is in the equation, were I shopping for an Android phone I suspect it would be no contest. This is a really weird choice on Google’s part.

    Also: apparently, 16G of storage max, non-expandable. This is also a pretty weird choice. Yes, you can buy them for much less than the unsubsidized price of the iPhone (or most comparable Android competitors), but most consumers are probably going to tie it to one carrier’s plan for two or three years anyway—the vast majority of people don’t pay $650 for an iPhone, they pay $200 for it. Even on the one carrier that’s going to offer a subsidized-with-contract price, T-Mobile, the Nexus 4 is no cheaper.

    Oh, and they’ve apparently decided to adapt the worst feature from the iPhone 4/4S: they’ve made the back glass, too. Prettier glass, but still glass.

    Did I mention some really weird choices being made here?