Its been 10 days since the announcement of the Nexus 4 phone and as a Galaxy Nexus owner its been a torrid 10 days I can tell you.
Shall I, Shan't I, Will I, Won't I?
One day i'm in the yes camp, the next my other head says
I still love my Galaxy Nexus.
- Granted, the camera isn't the best, but personally I don't think its anywhere near as bad as the critics bang on about and I would be willing to live with it.
- Its certainly still quick enough a device, albeit with the odd little slowdown now and then.
- Screen? Not sure I concur with the pentile haters, I don't see much wrong with the GN screen.
- Battery life? Well i've got the 2000mAH extended battery in there and it suffices most days, but struggles on those long days away from the charger.
- 16gb? well already i've cut down on the locally stored music on my GN and would have to do the same on the Nexus 4.
What about finance? Well the arse has well and truly fallen out of the 2nd hand prices of the Galaxy Nexus since the announcement. And due to the very attractive price of the Nexus 4, i'm assuming similar fates on other models? How have the Galaxy S3 prices fared? And other HTC, Samsung and Sony phones? Are they worth less than they were 11 days ago?
I suppose I could get £180/£200 for my mint Galaxy Nexus with all the trimmings, then have to find only £80 for the Nexus 4?
Is the Nexus 4 a £80/£100 better device than the Galaxy Nexus?
So what if you don't jump next week, what are you waiting for? What is on the horizon?
Mobile World Congress at the end of February in Barcelona usually leads to at least one flagship announcement, maybe HTC again. (The One X then followed in April)
But points to consider:
- How will the spec be much better than the Nexus 4?
- Will it get anywhere near the N4 pricing?
- Are you willing to wait another 4-5 months from today until the new device is released?
And what about Samsung? The S3 was released in May 2012, the S2 released Feb 2011, so if they have another early year release it could still 6 months away. And the same questions above need to be asked.
So any new device won't have much better specs, could cost twice as much and won't be available until 6 months from now? Is it just a no brainer to go and buy the Nexus 4?
The price, the specs, the competition, future devices, their timescales?
You will have the best phone, the latest version of Android with guaranteed updates in your pocket TODAY for (in mobile phone terms) a very cheap price.
I think I might have just persuaded myself in typing all that out. ;)
What about you?