Ok, so let’s leave aside the fact that it comes unlocked, thereby allowing me to save close to $1k a year in cell phone service charges. That’s the easy part.
Now, here’s why the Nexus 4 is the best phone I’ve ever owned and why it just may be the best phone on the market.
- Speed-talk about ludicrous speed. I finally have a phone that is as fast as I am. Switching, responsive. Beautiful.
- Battery life—I was worried about this coming in, having had a number of devices that give you 6 or 8 hours. Now, I routinely get 13, 14, even 17 hours on one charge. Yep, insane. Sure, I’ll turn off GPS, Bluetooth, etc., and I do switch to wi-fi when I’m in the house instead of cellular data, but whatever…that’s a ton of time.
- Google Wallet—I actually used my phone to buy a coffee the other day at the train station. Automatically charged my credit card and receipt is stored on the phone. Wicked cool.
- The camera…you can do all the usual stuff. Panoramas, take snapshots while doing a video, but now they have this 360 degree view (they call it Photo Sphere) and you can take huge vista shots (sample, sort of, below)
- Voice recognition/search…it just works really well.
- Google integration…obvious, but critical for Google Docs, Google Voice for me.
- Facial recognition security. You just look at the camera and it recognizes your face to unlock the phone (ok, so this doesn’t work all the time, but it’s still neat).
- Data speed—people were complaining about no 4G LTE support. Frankly, I think it’s all marketing hooey. I have an HSPA+ connection and its plenty fast.
- Oh, and it’s unlocked, so I can make the phone a hot spot for my other devices.
- Ease of use and intuitive. Just across the board.
- Top of the line OS—straight from Google with no extra stuff layered on by a cell phone provider or service company.
- Wireless charging…ok, I haven’t used this, but I’m on the lookout.
- Integration with, well, everything…including Exchange. Finally, Android is mega-ready for primetime.
Now, I’m no Apple-hater, I have 2 iPads, but the flexibility and horsepower of this device…I’ll take it head to head on an iPhone 5 any day.
I joke with my kids that I can’t decide if I love them or the phone more. (Don’t tell them it’s a joke please).
It took a lot of effort to get this phone, but it was worth it.