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 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.