End of the year, time for another Google Nexus phone release. This one might be Google’s worst ever. Not only does the Nexus 4 suffer from extremely subpar storage, it also ships without LTE. Um, what? Isn’t shipping without LTE the same thing we’ve been dinging pre-version 5 iPhones for? Are Google serious? Here’s Andy Rubin’s explanation:
Two radios in a device right now certainly raises the cost, and diminishes battery life.” This point seems to frustrate him. “When we did the Galaxy Nexus with LTE we had to do just that, and it just wasn’t a great user experience. It’s possible to do it right, but that’s not where we’ll put our resources initially.
Huh? Taken to their logical conclusion, Rubin’s comments basically imply Google has a serious hardware design problem on their hands. How so? The design similarity between the LG Nexus 4 and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus show that in each case the OEM does the manufacturing only. Google does the design, and the OEM turns it into a product. Anecdotally, OEM-designed phones such as the Galaxy SIII have greatly improved LTE battery life. Therefore, whatever LTE battery life problems ail Nexus devices are purely the fault of Google’s hardware design. The embarrassing conclusion from all of the preceding is that Google is still having trouble with something OEMs and Apple have already managed to overcome.
With no LTE and 16 GB max storage, the Nexus 4 is nowhere near fit for use by US users. It’s akin to a Ferrari sports coupe with a 2 gallon gas tank and a 120 hp. It’s an insult to users and consumers to think that anyone would consider buying this device, not to mention Android fans.