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Sunsenista

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Jul 22, 2012
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Dear XDA community,

i wish to share with all of you my experience about the Nexus 4 from Google.

Bought it two weeks ago and as far i used it there is lot of issues about that phone :( i was thinking Android need more time to understand and to finally find stability in an daily use...

First my experience with smartphone mobile :

Iphone 4 for 2 years > galaxy S3 > Note 2 > Nexus 4

Well first why change between a Note 2 to a N4 because of portability and not convenient for sport as i use my phone also as an MP3 and also in the pocket of a suit well look not that good and can disform ur pants or trousers for jeans baggy jogging is ok but not for SUIT! and try to run at gym with a > 5 inch size :cyclops:

I wanted a pure android Google experience so sold the note to get a nexus 4 16GB and some exra money for sure.

First:

The look : i really enjoy it with nice back glass very Cute and screen size is perfect but when u look more closer you can see some square when you change phone position nothing bad but it's a detail. With google case the phone look awesome!

The sound : too low and not crisp i just compared it with some other phones and some mp3 it sound very low and need to put poweramp with using preamp to have a correct sound at gym but distortion make it sound like Crap!
During conversation with audio headphone people have some trouble to hear me and same at my side need to put the sound to the top.
So as i am an audiophile very very sad about that!

Battery life : well another disapointment, can run a day with listening music with the audio boost of poweramp, phone call for work like around 20 phone call a day at minimum, some whatsap like apps surfing the web and playing a little bit games.
It s not an heavy use but need to put in charge very quickly especially if i dont put Juice Defender to cut my 3G data network.

The ecosystem : Well, it's another something i like to focus on, i live in a country ( China ) where google market is just open for free app so you cannot have all the app market to you, plus need to install some other market to get what you want to because google want you to use another country simcard to buy and download the most useful apps >>> that sucks cause sometimes it s full of bugs and virus!

My daily life use : need sometimes some reboot cause call cannot give a sound, for work it's painful.. Some app if you not careful drain your juice as hell like google plus 2 days ago with 45 pourcent of total battery use! Some crash and needed to back up reinstall everything cause get an error msgs every 2 minutes.

So today was really pissed by that phone and i m looking to have something else..

Iphone
Blackberry
Window Phone

Well as it's use for both personal life and work i need to balance but in my side i need Stability, Good sound quality for call and also music, portability i dont need a very big smarphone but like 4inch around..

Well i will be waiting a little bit before make my decision but that phone is not suit my need even if i was so happy to get it here in China but experience tells me that it's not for me.

Thanks and any advies is consider or comments...:crying::crying:
 

CrazyPeter

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LOL "Windows Phone and blackberry".

Good luck with that. If you were disappionted with your N4, prepared to be REALLY disappointed with those phones, costing ALOT more...

I love my N4, it's the best phone I have ever had. Does everything I need, the battery life is good.

I'm wondering if all your problems aren't related to the dodgy apps that you get in China. Perhaps there is a battery drainer there or some malware.
 

Exodian

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Jun 28, 2011
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LOL "Windows Phone and blackberry".

Good luck with that. If you were disappionted with your N4, prepared to be REALLY disappointed with those phones, costing ALOT more...

I love my N4, it's the best phone I have ever had. Does everything I need, the battery life is good.

I'm wondering if all your problems aren't related to the dodgy apps that you get in China. Perhaps there is a battery drainer there or some malware.

Just because we prefer android does not mean that he will be disappointed in another OS. Some people do like and prefer other devices and operating systems. I agree I would be suspect of some 3rd party apps in chine though.

Sent from my Nexus 4 using xda premium
 

calyxim

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May 31, 2011
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What you need is an iphone. It doesn't matter how bad it is, you'll love it because you paid a fortune for it.
 
a lot of battery issue can arrise from poor wifi / 3g signal. It can eat all battery in 2h if it is really bad. I know it doesn't help as you can't change the phone masts!

The sound is probably dependent on the software. I would be tempted to root and put custom rom, but sadly there is no stable version of cyanogen mod yet. I just have no idea...

but why did you get rid of S3?!
 

Crisisx1

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May 8, 2011
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Battery life is awesome on the n4. Root it n flash harsh Franco or matrix kernel.. I get about 4-5 hours screen on time.

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Sunsenista

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Jul 22, 2012
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i get rid of S3 cause i got the sudden death syndrom ... so i ask samsung to give me a discount on their note 2 and they accept

Well i dont want use custom rom kernel i tried that before and you dont use your phone always trying something better and faster but appears some bugs in the end ... i tried already paranoid didnt like and for me the best one
RASBEAN + trinity kernel

so well i will try to think about keep or sell it ... just need some suggestions
 

Exodian

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i get rid of S3 cause i got the sudden death syndrom ... so i ask samsung to give me a discount on their note 2 and they accept

Well i dont want use custom rom kernel i tried that before and you dont use your phone always trying something better and faster but appears some bugs in the end ... i tried already paranoid didnt like and for me the best one
RASBEAN + trinity kernel

so well i will try to think about keep or sell it ... just need some suggestions

What is comes down to is are YOU happy with it or not. If yes then keep. If not then sell.

Sent from my Nexus 4 using xda premium
 

tweaked

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i get rid of S3 cause i got the sudden death syndrom ... so i ask samsung to give me a discount on their note 2 and they accept

Well i dont want use custom rom kernel i tried that before and you dont use your phone always trying something better and faster but appears some bugs in the end ... i tried already paranoid didnt like and for me the best one
RASBEAN + trinity kernel

so well i will try to think about keep or sell it ... just need some suggestions



You don't like roms, you dont like stock, you didnt like the s3 you didnt keep the note 2, So I assume you didnt like it either. Moved on from Iphone 4, so I assume you got sick of the baby hand hold interface.

Get a basic phone and move on. Something that flips open and has really big keys and no display. You don't want a smartphone. :silly:
 

arzbhatia

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This is actually very weird. After owning about 5 Android phones in history and guessing that I've experienced all (Have a Galaxy Nexus too), after using the Nexus 4 I was like.. I've been using Ancient Technology. The speed, the stability, the screen.. Everything is perfect for me!

No offense to the OP at all.

Everyone has different views :)

A
 

Sunsenista

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Jul 22, 2012
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i will give a try until March to see if get better stability and so on ...

Of course there is lot of good things about android but the non-stability bothering me a lot ...

If battery drains and too many crash still got one today well for me no more android

Before that i will still give a shot.

But my eyes is also on new blackberry system and their q10

i just give my experience that s a fact the phone is just kind of a disapointment..
 
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nokkenas

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If you have a lot of crash, I think the best bet is to fully return to stock and see if crashing persists. If returning to stock fixes all crash, the next step is to try a custom kernel for a better battery life. Use wifi whenever you can to improve battery life. Personally I try to avoid too many mods, tweaks, and system altering applications to ensure stability. I agree that speaker output volume is somewhat low. Not sure on headphone though as I never tried it.
 

K0v4L

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This dude complaining about effect visible in the light at the back of the phone? lol troll alert. And he is from China, installing Chinese apps (if you know what I mean) probably, causing battery drain.

Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk 2
 

namas87

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Feb 8, 2013
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I was a hardcore blackberry user, last I had BB 9900 then jumped ship to iPhone 4s. Both phones are amazing but have a very restricted Eco system , no apps in case of blackberry and boring iPhone software.

Nexus 4 has the ease of a blackberry's and apps of an iPhone , plus extreme customization abilities.

I've had no issues to date with this phone , iPhone 4s used to crash a lot and blackberry I always had to reboot numerous times a day because third party apps used to cause problems within blackberry's software. No such issues to report for nexus 4 though.

Extremely satisfied

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Sunsenista

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I think I will keep it and take a BB 9900 for work issue at lease I think I need just time to get used to it but I hate those troubles will see with updates coming :) I keep hope with people who get good feeling of it !!!
 
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dreamerAxe

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I am sure its got to do with the apps installed on the phone. I got all my apps from PLay Store and no problems at all. Running Stock.
 
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Android is very much dependent on what you use on your phone. I use very few apps really, I think I have about 60 installed. Only the main ones, and only through the play store. I tend to avoid games as they always have dodgy notifications and background services running which eats battery, and sometimes face book and maps can drain battery, so best to disable these until they're needed.

Best experience I've had with a phone up til now. The volume and sound can be fixed with Beats Audio Installer from the play store. It really is excellent and the only real answer to low volume on Nexus 4.

Call quality and volume through ear piece on Nexus 4 is excellent and very loud and clear!
 
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dreamerAxe

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Android is very much dependent on what you use on your phone. I use very few apps really, I think I have about 60 installed. Only the main ones, and only through the play store. I tend to avoid games as they always have dodgy notifications and background services running which eats battery, and sometimes face book and maps can drain battery, so best to disable these until they're needed.

Best experience I've had with a phone up til now. The volume and sound can be fixed with Beats Audio Installer from the play store. It really is excellent and the only real answer to low volume on Nexus 4.

Call quality and volume through ear piece on Nexus 4 is excellent and very loud and clear!

Agreed.
 

jtwlbz

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I came from HTC one x. I can say HTC screen is a little better than nexus 4 but for everything else, nexus 4 is da best.
 

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    i get rid of S3 cause i got the sudden death syndrom ... so i ask samsung to give me a discount on their note 2 and they accept

    Well i dont want use custom rom kernel i tried that before and you dont use your phone always trying something better and faster but appears some bugs in the end ... i tried already paranoid didnt like and for me the best one
    RASBEAN + trinity kernel

    so well i will try to think about keep or sell it ... just need some suggestions



    You don't like roms, you dont like stock, you didnt like the s3 you didnt keep the note 2, So I assume you didnt like it either. Moved on from Iphone 4, so I assume you got sick of the baby hand hold interface.

    Get a basic phone and move on. Something that flips open and has really big keys and no display. You don't want a smartphone. :silly:
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    I think I will keep it and take a BB 9900 for work issue at lease I think I need just time to get used to it but I hate those troubles will see with updates coming :) I keep hope with people who get good feeling of it !!!
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    I am sure its got to do with the apps installed on the phone. I got all my apps from PLay Store and no problems at all. Running Stock.
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    Android is very much dependent on what you use on your phone. I use very few apps really, I think I have about 60 installed. Only the main ones, and only through the play store. I tend to avoid games as they always have dodgy notifications and background services running which eats battery, and sometimes face book and maps can drain battery, so best to disable these until they're needed.

    Best experience I've had with a phone up til now. The volume and sound can be fixed with Beats Audio Installer from the play store. It really is excellent and the only real answer to low volume on Nexus 4.

    Call quality and volume through ear piece on Nexus 4 is excellent and very loud and clear!