It's back, but cheapest Nexus 4 won't be delivered before Christmas

It's back, but cheapest Nexus 4 won't be delivered before ChristmasThe Google Nexus 4 is back in stock at the Google Play Store as a fresh batch of the in-demand Android 4.2 handset was green-lighted at 5pm.

But while the 16GB version (£279) of the LG-made Google smartphone is listed as shipping within 1-2 weeks, the bad news is the entry-point 8GB model (£239) will take 4-5 weeks to be dispatched.

We're not sure how many Google has on its digital shelves this time around, but considering it previously sold out in 30 minutes, we'd get 'em while they're hot.

We'll need to wait for official sales figures to know just how popular the Nexus 4 has truly been, but unless Google has hopelessly under-estimated the demand it's fair to say that the Nexus 4 is more than likely the most in-demand Android smartphone in the platform's history.

And while we could ramble on about its features, about the 4.7in screen, Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, the real reason for the huge demand is quite simply the price.

With a SIM-free starting price of just £239 for the 8GB version, Google is clearly underwriting a fair bit of the cost for strategic reasons (or to put it in plain English, to keep fence-sitting high end smartphone shoppers from buying an iPhone).

It's certainly working, based on the time it took for the first two waves of the LG-made Nexus 4 to sell out. But with the cheaper 8GB variant now ruled out for pre-Christmas delivery, it'll be interesting to see whether that convinces punters to pay the £40 premium for a pre-December 25 delivery.

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Pondlife  Dec. 4, 2012 at 17:42

Tbh I wouldn't ship them the week before christmas, it's bedlam and would likely end up in mad delays and many would get them after with more than usual going missing, add in possible weather problems and complaints galore ensue.
Makes more sense to aim to ship them after that as disappointing as it will be for some.

englishpunk  Dec. 4, 2012 at 18:21

The shipping dates moved over time, my Nexus 4 order, purchased today is due to ship in 3-5 days according to my confirmation e-mail. Others who were later do indeed have 1-2 weeks wait, and those ordering now would have 4-5 weeks wait, which whilst not ideal is a marked improvement on the silence that went beforehand on this product.

Pondlife  Dec. 4, 2012 at 22:32

8gb still at 4-5 weeks. 16gb now at 5-6 weeks...

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 5, 2012 at 00:22

8gb still at 4-5 weeks. 16gb now at 5-6 weeks...
What estimate does yours have? I've decided that I'm waiting, in 6 weeks time it'll be nearly MWC time and I reckon the N4 will gain some real competition.

Pondlife  Dec. 5, 2012 at 00:42

1-2 weeks. And yes I've had buyers remorse a few times and still keep umming and arring lol.
All it's competition will likely be 5"+ and twice the price (initially) and won't be out for another few months after mwc, and then the s4 will be just around the corner and then the i5 (and nokia 940 ;)) and then nearly time for the 6.5" Note 3...

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 5, 2012 at 01:01

Not too bad, it should be with you before xmas (and the postal chaos which comes with xmas) at least. I see where you're coming from regarding the N4's competitors, and I'm honestly just waiting for the SGS4, lets face it, HTC's flagship for next year will be a rehash of the Droid DNA which is already totally uninteresting to me.

I might get a 32GB N7 as an Xmas present to myself though, that way I can play with all the new Android updates, have a decent tablet to play on whilst watching TV and only spend £179 minus VAT for the priviledge. I can tether it to my S2 when I'm out too, which is useful.

Pondlife  Dec. 5, 2012 at 01:12

Hopefully beat the postal chaos depending on weather. Total agreement about others devices, can't see htc pulling anything else out of the bag, unless they only see the DNA as a Note competitor.
You treating the s2 to a new battery then as you said it's been suffering a bit?
Am shocked though seeing as the number of times you've dismissed the tablets... Recommend Modaco's 4.2.1 for the N7. And the updated smartglass app runs on it too now, though the buttons in remote mode look like they've fallen out with one another being so far apart, must look even odder on a 10" tablet.

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 5, 2012 at 10:48

Have you got an N7? If you have, is it actually a good device (as a toy and nothing more)?

I think I may well treat the S2 to a new battery, mine is seriously struggling to last a day now. One of those Anker batteries is looking like a decent option. I tightened all the screws in the back too, so at least it's not falling apart any more.

The next interesting device will be the S4. I think Samsung have pretty much got the Android market all tied up, I can't realistically see anyone else's device being as good as Samsung's.

Pondlife  Dec. 5, 2012 at 11:58

I've played with one a fair bit and had update duties. I think it is pretty good device especially just as a toy.

Definitely handy that it's not falling apart now. Doesn't say much for Samsung to me though that it's needing such attentions at this stage...

Possibly true, although a few I prefer over the s3 tbh, and maybe the follow ups to the razr hd could be very interesting assuming google actually get them released outside the us...

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 5, 2012 at 12:30

I've only ever had a quick play with one, it was a very smooth and pleasant experience though. For ~£150, it's worth having just to get my foot in the Nexus door.

I think the fact my S2's screws fell out was my fault, I've had the thing in pieces to replace the headphone jack and vibrate motor, before. I'm sure you recall my issues with Samsung's official service centre and their interesting interpretation of "water damage".

There's nothing on the market currently which seems like a better all around package than the S3, to me. I wouldn't buy an S3 simply due to the fact my S2 is hardly any worse (and looks better, IMO).

Pondlife  Dec. 5, 2012 at 12:50

Feels smoother to me with 4.2.1 but could be in my mind. There's a mod for the new quick settings that makes it work how I wished it did too.

Ah yes forgot about that, and they presumably opened it too.

Possibly from a power aspect but I do prefer the Xperia T in action to the s3. The s3 does look very impressive on first glance and definitely good sales technique to put the real phones in tesco and the like to play with. Demo mode impressive indeed

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