Unlocked mobile phones that are also affordable are somewhat of an anomaly in the U.S., so when Google announced the Nexus 4 smartphone would not only be unlocked, but also carry a reasonable price tag of $299, consumers took note.
What no one expected though, was how fast the phone sold out. Within minutes of going on sale in the Google Play store eager shoppers were greeted with a “coming soon” notice when they tried to buy the Nexus 4. As of this writing, the phone is still sold out in the Google Play store with no clear timeline for when inventory might be restocked.
So what makes the Nexus 4 such a hot item? Well, besides the price point and the fact that it’s unlocked and contract-free, it has many desirable features in terms of both hardware and software.
The phone is LG branded and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU. It sports a 4.7” screen with a 1280 x 768 resolution, and that large screen is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2 – an ultra-thin, ultra-strong glass that helps protect against scratches and other types of damage. 2GB of RAM allows for fast system performance and internal storage options are your choice of 8GB or 16GB. The phone’s 2,100 mAh lithium polymer battery can also be charged wirelessly with a compatible charging mat.
Built-in cameras include an 8 MP main camera, and a 1.3 MP front-facing camera. The main camera has the ability to capture full 360 degree panoramic views, the first smartphone to do so, and it can also record full HD 1080p video. And when you want to share a photo or video you can beam it to another NFC-enabled Android device instantly by touching them back to back.
In terms of software, the Nexus 4 runs the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS. As one might expect, all the popular Google apps are pre-loaded on the phone (Maps, Chrome, YouTube, Gmail, etc.) and of course the entire Google Play catalog is available for additional apps and games. The phone is also loaded with Google Now, an app that features “cards” appearing throughout the day to help keep you organized and up-to-date. For example, a card may appear with information on traffic conditions before you leave for work, and later on another card will pop up with live sports scores. It’s totally customizable so you only see the information that’s important to you.
With such a strong feature set, the Nexus 4 has a bright future ahead of it so hopefully Google is able to ramp up production to meet the demand.