Google Offers $100 Discount on Nexus 4 Smartphone

GoogleNexus4Phone_PriceCut_webGoogle announced it’s $100 discount on the Nexus 4 Smartphone in the U.S. and is extending similar savings to other markets.  That means that you’ll now pay $199 for the 8GB version and $249 for 16Gs.  Considering this is an unlocked phone (you can bring to various wireless providers to activate AND even use when you travel abroad and save with lower local rates), that’s a pretty decent deal.  With this price cut and recent discounts on the Nexus 7 tablet, Google may be preempting companies with “cheaper” versions of brand smartphones, like Apple’s cheaper iPhone 5C to be announced on September 10, 2013 (along with other goodies, like the iWatch and more iPad news).

The Nexus 4 includes:

Productivity and convenience:

  • All the great Google apps: Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Chrome, Google Playstore, and now Google Now (app for managing your day locally – weather, traffic, news , events, even popular photos)
  • New 360 camera, the Photo Sphere, editing and unlimited storage
  • Share everything with Android beam
  • Wireless everything capability, even charging (using mat)


  • LG phone (in collaboration with Google)
  • Size: 5.27 x 2.70 x 0.36 inches (133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm)
  • Runs on:  Android 4.2 Jellybean
  • Weight: 4.90 oz (139 g – pretty standard)
  • Resolution: 1280 x 768 pixel resolution (320 ppi)
  • Display: Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 (tough display “glass”)
  • Processor: 1.5 MZ  Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro Processor (latest, fast)
  • Cameras: 8 MP (main); 1.3 MP (front)
  • Camcorder: 1920×1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps), with Video calling
  • Network: Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+, GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz) (GSM = can take it abroad)
  • 3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz) (biggest issue – no 4G LTE yet!)
  • 8 GB internal storage (actual formatted capacity will be less)
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Micro USB
  • SlimPort™ enabled
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Wireless charging
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2×2
  • NFC (Android Beam – NFC allows secure use of your credit card and scans of all types)
  • Bluetooth
  • Battery: 2,100 mAh Lithium polymer (15.30 hours, good, average is about 11 hours)

Perhaps the Nexus 5, rumored to be just around the corner, will be use the faster 4G LTE (and Android 4.3).   Nonetheless, for an unlocked phone with flexbility, the Nexus 4 is a great deal.

Rosa Alonso


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