I recently upgraded from my old Nexus One to a brand new Nexus 4.  I won’t got into a lot of detail here (there are a lot of in-depth reviews of the Nexus 4 on the internet), but I will say that overall I am extremely happy.

A brief overview of the great and the not-so-great:

What I Love

  • Overall form-factor.  The phone is just small enough to fit in my hand comfortably, but no smaller.
  • Screen real-estate.  The screen is huge.  I can type so easily on this phone that I am sure I will be using my Nexus 4 for stuff that I previously would have grabbed the nearest laptop for.
  • It’s gorgeous.
  • After doing my research, I became convinced this phone is equivalent to, or better than, other phones on the market in terms of overall specs . . . and it’s significantly cheaper.  What’s not to love here?
  • It’s so powerful.  This is probably just because I’m upgrading from a several-generation old phone, but I love that I can have a ton of apps and games running in the background with no lag switching between apps or loading new ones.

What I Don’t Like:

  • It’s a little slippery.  I have ordered a bumper, so we’ll see if this helps or not.
  • No off-the-shelf LTE support (but this is no immediate problem and we may get support for it in a firmware update anyway)
  • Storage.  If there is not going to be an external SD card (I know it’s becoming the standard to not have one), then Google should provide an option with more than 16 gb storage.  16 gb goes fast between music and games.

That’s it for now — I’ll try and post a follow-up in a few months and see if my feelings are still the same.

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