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    A day with the Nexus 4 - Initial thoughts


    I was lucky enough to survive the ordering debacle and come out the other side with a shiny 16gb Nexus 4 landing on my desk yesterday.

    This is not a full review, just my initial thoughts after less than 24 hours of playing.

    I make references and comparisons to the Galaxy Nexus as that is the device I've been using for the last year.

    • What's in the box? Just a power adapter, usb cable, sim pin and tiny quick start guide! (no headphones)

    • The device feels very sturdy in your hand and seems ever so slightly lighter than the Galaxy Nexus. Having glass back and front means if doesn't have any bends or creaks to it. And its also a little thinner than the GN.

    • Power button is a little on the small side and not very prominent. It could do with being a little more raised.

    • The matt rubbery bezel that surrounds the device feels good in hand and adds grip whereas the glass and shiny elements of the outer are as slippery as hell.

    • It takes Micro Sim and the holder pops out very easily with the supplied pin.

    • Unlocking the bootloader and rooting were a piece of cake as you'd expect from a Nexus device.

    • The screen stands out as being a notch above the GN. You really have to look for those pixels and it just looks classier. Although the colours do seem a little cooler and lacking punch on the N4.

    • Camera - Certainly improved over GN, especially in low light, auto white balance also seems more intelligent that the GN too. The lens appears ever so slightly recessed into the rear of the phone so laying the device on its back means its protected.

    • Photosphere - A fun feature, but as you can only upload to Google Maps so far (and they all need 'approving' apparently) its a little limited. Wonder when you'll be able to upload them to Google+ with a 360 degree view?

    • 4.2 Pulldown - Loving the two finger swipe to get to quick settings. Surely a death knell for the likes of Widgetsoid?

    • Speed - Everything is sooooooo much snappier than the GN. Apps load quicker, pages appear if a flash.

    • That Funky Back - Nowhere near as bad as some of the "glitter ball" reports suggest. It takes a certain light to make it sparkle.

    • Vibrate/haptic feedback has a hell of a kick on it! You can actually hear it whirring as you type. :)

    • Swype style keyboard - The swipe 'effect' looks really nice as move around the keyboard, but I think I'm gonna stick to Swiftkey. I've never been a fan of Swype style typing.

    • Wireless charging - Tried an old "Palm" touchstone dock, sadly it didn't work. :(

    • Notification LED - Somewhat muted and a smaller light compared to the GN. Although it does have a nice pattern atop of it that gives it a nice professional effect.

    Have I missed any of the basics?

    If you were lucky to get yours, anything to add to my thoughts?

    And if you weren't so lucky and are on back order, any questions?

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    One question - did you root using insecure boot method (like this) or some other one?

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    Thanks for the first impressions. Could you update with battery life stats once you've had some time with the device?

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    One question - did you root using insecure boot method (like this) or some other one?

    The guide on XDA was exactly what I used. ;)

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    The guide on XDA was exactly what I used. ;)

    Great, it worked for me too. Time to unfreeze the Play Magazine app and few others ;]

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    About the Photosphere upload, I have those taken on my GNex auto-uploaded to Google+ and they're recognized as such.

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    About the Photosphere upload, I have those taken on my GNex auto-uploaded to Google+ and they're recognized as such.

    I uploaded to G+ as a test, but it appeared to display as a static single image rather than the 'movable' demo i'd seen? (and how you can view it on the phone, being able to move the image around?)

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    There is an icon at the bottom right corner of the picture that allows you to choose sphere or pano.

    Im in the US an the spear option on G+ works flawless

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    There is an icon at the bottom right corner of the picture that allows you to choose sphere or pano.

    Im in the US an the spear option on G+ works flawless

    https://plus.google.com/116577675681734261882/posts/fw67u2UCZw6

    https://plus.google.com/116577675681734261882/posts/daf496MdGMT

    https://plus.google.com/116577675681734261882/posts/CWJ7DgnnJXK

    https://plus.google.com/116577675681734261882/posts/N51Zb7ZZkMm

    posted my spheres from GNex to G+, takes a minute to appear as just a panorama, then a couple more minutes to appears as a 360

    Nice work, will give that a try. :)

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    I was wondering what the sound is like from the speaker when listening to music /watching videos?

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