Screenshot of my Nexus 4
I know many folks have already experienced the joys of a really good smart phone, especially those early iPhone owners. I’ve had and appreciated the iPod touch since it’s early releases, and I know Apple is top quality. However, I hated being married to iTunes (HATED IT!), and resented the extreme limitations placed on the end users, like not being able to install Firefox, having no Flash support or plugins, and the list goes on. Basically, very very limited customizability. Add to that, when the iPhone became much more popular and accessible in Japan (where I was living), I was also already very much considering The Big Move back to Canada, and at that time, unlocking the iphone was not so simple. At least, not for me. And, I didn’t like Apple anyway, and was already stuck with the iPod Touch.
So there you have my reasons for not getting an iPhone back in the day. But when Android came out, and soon gained popularity, I was happy to give it a whirl. However, being unemployed in Montreal and with no real job prospects, investing in a high-end but unknown phone was not something I wanted to risk. So I got a low-end, affordable phone – the LG Chat. It was my first exposure to Android, and i LOVED it. Loved it like crazy, and then bought my tablet, the Asus TF101. It was much more powerful and more capable than the LG Chat.
Eventually, I really wanted a decent smart phone – one that I could actually install more apps on, and one that wouldn’t freeze and crash because the processor was overloaded with one or two processes running. Sadly, I did NOT do my research, and, still struggling to pay bills, I didn’t want to overspend. When I asked at the phone kiosk about the internal memory on the Samsung Ace, the boys working the counter couldn’t give me any info. That should have been a tip off. I bought the phone, and boy, was I sorry fast. However – I didn’t want to have to pay off the phone ($150) in order to upgrade and spend more money on a better phone. So I bided my time.
And that time finally came last week, when I found a great deal on a ‘certified pre-owned’ Nexus 4. My old Ace was finally almost “paid off”, so I put the remaining $70 on it, then bought my Nexus 4 for $200. I know this phone is just over a year old, and the Nexus 5 is out and taking the world by storm, but it’s new for me and beats my crappy, low-end Ace by a million miles. And I am soo sooo happy with it! It runs really smoothly, has 16GB of internal storage, runs tons of great apps that I really couldn’t enjoy before (like Map My Run and Audible), it browses the web beautifully and quickly, and does everything that I was using my iPod Touch for (music, audio books and podcasts). So, I’m going to sell my iPod Touch, uninstall all Apple bloatware from my PCs, and rock out on my Nexus 4!
Oh, and speaking of bloatware – the Nexus 4, being a Google phone, comes with no real bloatware, unlike so many other phones. This phone comes stocked with only Google utilities – Gmail, Maps, Keep, Music player, etc.
OH! And, it has a super 8-megapixel camera! I installed Camera Zoom, and so this phone now also replaces my small Nikon point and shoot
Good reviews abound. I like this one from CNET.