The Nexus 4 seems to be the it-phone of the Android world right these days. The luster of the Galaxy Note 2, S3, and HTC One X+ seems to have faded away, and this phone keeps catching my attention.
Personally, Android fragmentation is really starting to bother me, as we are still behind for Jelly Bean and other feature updates in Canada for most leading handsets. For example, the Canadian Galaxy Note 2 still doesn’t even support multi-window display. If I could quote one of our readers’ comments, “What the hell?”
As such, I can’t be bothered to support this system any longer, so I’m going to spend my hard-earned money on vanilla Google phones until this situation improves.
As I’m sure you are aware, both the 8GB and 16GB variants of the Nexus 4 are back in stock on the Play store for $309 and $359 respectively. As we’ve heard from you in the comments on this page and over on Google+, many of you have jumped in and ordered yours.
I have decided not to get the Nexus 4 from the Play store, but instead wait for Fido to carry it as I don’t want to wait for Google’s erratic shipping times. I also have $200 Fido dollars I’m looking to burn, so I’m thinking it should save me a little money and time in the long run. Fido hasn’t reported any pricing information about the device yet, but today, Videotron began selling the 16GB Nexus 4 for $500 outright. For me, this is good news as I was expecting Canadian pricing to match the $550 price tag of the device over at T Mobile down south.
If Fido and Wind Mobile plan on setting their respective pricing comparative to Videotron, looks like the 16GB Nexus 4 will be available for $500 outright or somewhere near $150 with a subsidy. I don’t see why anyone else would choose to pay the $500 outright price when they could save $140 from the Play store, but I’m sure a lot of Canadians will choose to pick up the phone with these carriers due to the subsidized discount.
I suppose if more and more people buy the Nexus 4, it will send a strong message to OEMs and Canadian carriers that frequent updates need to be more of a priority for other Android phones.