Google Nexus 4 goes on sale (again) today (11-27-2012)

Google appears to have gotten a new shipment of Nexus 4 smartphone in stock. The latest Android flagship smartphone went on sale a few weeks ago, but sold out almost instantly. Now Google says the phone will be back in stock and available for order from the Play Store starting at 12:00 Pacific Time. That’s 3:00PM Eastern.

The phone will only be available in the US today. Google is selling the 8GB model for $299 and the 16GB version for $349.

Update: Google says the 16GB phone will ship in 1-2 weeks, and the 8GB model will ship in 4-5 weeks. Both are listed as available, but many users are reporting they’ve had trouble checking out after adding the Nexus 4 to their carts,

Google Nexus 4 availability

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Google is also notifying customers who had placed orders but hadn’t received a shipment yet that their phones are on the way.

You can also pick one up from T-Mobile for $200 on contract or $500 without a contract. The T-Mobile version is identical to the phone you can buy directly from Google, so there’s nothing stopping you from picking one up from T-Mobile and using it on AT&T’s network.

The Nexus 4 features a 4.7 inch, 1280 x 768 pixel display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB to 16GB of built-in storage. It supports WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, HSPA+ and unofficially it also supports some LTE networks.

Most importantly, as the latest Nexus smartphone, it will be first in line for software updates from Google. In fact, Google is already pushing Android 4.2.1 to the smartphone, fixing the “missing December” bug in the People app.

The phone is also pretty hacker-friendly. Almost as soon as it started shipping, tools appeared that let you unlock the bootloader, root the device, and install custom firmware.

That said, I actually decided after using my Nexus 4 for about two days to sell it on eBay. While the HTC One X I had planned to replace doesn’t exactly get spectacularly great battery life, the Nexus 4′s battery ran down even more quickly.

I also noticed that the phone got uncomfortably warm after just a few moments of use, probably because of the glass panels on both the front and back of the smartphone. And despite the fact that the phone is supposed to have a sturdy scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass screen, I noticed a small scratch after less than a day of use. Other folks have had even bigger problems with the glass panel on the back of the phone.

Hopefully Google can improve battery life, and possibly even heat through future software updates. But I decided to stick with my HTC One X for now. It’s a pretty great phone in its own right, and it’s a lot faster than the Nexus One it replaced… although after spending a few days with the Nexus 4, the One X feels a bit slow.

Maybe I’ll be ready to switch by the time the Nexus 5 comes around.

I would have returned my Nexus 4 to Google, but that would have involved paying a 15 percent restocking fee.

Anyway, if you’ve been waiting to get your hands on a Nexus 4, it sounds like you’ll get another chance this afternoon.

 

  • w_sabillon

    Hi Brad, would you tell us how much did the battery lasted and for that price point do you know of any unlocked smartphone, since those are the selling points for me right now. I was waiting for the Nexus 4 to be available, but I’ll wait for your response before deciding, thanks.

    • http://www.liliputing.com/ Brad Linder

      I didn’t test it extensively, but I noticed that it was running down more quickly than my One X. For instance, the battery level on the One X usually drops about 6-7 percent while I’m reading news over breakfast. The Nexus 4 dropped 1.5x to 2x as quickly.

      For the price, the N4 is still probably one of the best unlocked phones money can buy. But I got a great deal on an unlocked and gently used One X at swappa.com a few months ago. I picked mine up for just $355, which is about the same price as a new N4.

      The One X is going for even less now… but if you’re looking for a new one you’ll probably end up paying $500 or more.

  • leo

    where did you find this page that told you that the phone would be in stock again?
    i can’t seem to find it. thank you!

    • http://www.liliputing.com/ Brad Linder

      It’s an email that appears to have gone to people who signed up to receive information once the phone was available. Google never sent an email before putting the phone up for sale on November 13th. This time they did.

      Hopefully that’s a sign that the company has sufficient stock this time around, and is better equipped to handle thousands of folks hammering the Play Store website at once.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000061686596 Darald Fischer

    I really want one but I’m switching to Verizon as soon as my contract with At&t is done.

  • http://rct.me.ht/ crashsuit

    I wonder how many people are holding out to see if they release a 32GB model.

  • Rafael

    did anyone managed to purchase it?

  • http://twitter.com/EricSeale Eric

    Took about 4 hours but when I saw they wanted 13.99$ shipping I backed out.

  • Erius

    Just go to google……… on the tab on top press Google play … on the search put nexus then “shop Now” theeeeeeeeeeeeen Add to cart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheyCallMe_X Xavier Renteria

    This phone is amazing! Beautiful screen and feels great in the hand. Im just scared to drop it due to the front and back being glass xP Everything runs smoothly, no lag that I have run into yet. Space wise is OK. I have everything stored in the “cloud” so im ok with it. Reception is good, gps awesome. Battery life? It could be better… its not horrible but its not the best. I did read somewhere it may be due to Google Now as it is always learning what you do and location etc.