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The white Nexus 4 that appeared in photos recently seemed to create hype for what could be a white version of Google’s hottest smartphone that has been on the market for a few months now. Google’s first Nexus 4 was black, but the photos seemed to suggest that the smartphone would have a white brother at some point in time. Even with the photos, however, some tech writers suggested that the white Nexus 4 may be available only for Google employers or developers.
Surprisingly, a new piece of evidence has surfaced in the white Nexus 4 claim that Google customers will receive a color alternative to the black Nexus 4. According to the tech site Mobile Syrup, the Nexus 4 wireless charging orb and a “bumper protection for LG Nexus 4 (white)” have appeared on Canadian site Eastlink, a new wireless carrier in the country. It only seems natural that the white bumper would go well with the white Nexus 4, considering that the black bumper was placed as an accessory in the Google Play Store with the black Nexus 4.
The white Nexus 4 will be a welcome addition to the Nexus 4 family, seeing that it provides another color for one of Google’s most sought-after smartphones. Companies usually produce black and white smartphones, but companies such as Samsung Electronics have sought (in recent days) to produce smartphones in colors such as Titanium Gray, Pebble Blue, Ruby Red, and Java Brown. T-Mobile recently upgraded its Galaxy S3 collection by selling off its Pebble Blue S3s before turning to Titanium Gray as a color replacement.
The Nexus 4 comes with features and specs such as a 4.7-inch display, dual-core processor, 1280 x 768 screen resolution, and 2GB RAM — not bad for a smartphone produced at the end of 2012. The Nexus 4’s display is 0.1 inches shy of touching the display of the Samsung Galaxy S3 (4.8 inches). It comes with Corning’s famous Gorilla Glass 2, which, according to Killian Bell of the site Cult of Mac, makes the Nexus 4 one of the top, budget-friendly Android smartphones to compete directly with Apple’s iPhone 5. Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) was running on the phone as of last Fall, but this week’s 4.2.2. update to Jelly Bean can now be downloaded onto all Nexus 4 smartphones.
One benefit of owning LG’s Nexus 4 is that it comes running in operation without a SIM card right out of the box. You do not need a SIM card to operate the Nexus 4 and use it to surf the web, send emails, and so on. Also, if you want to use the phone for voicemail and text without the monthly payment, you can check out Google’s voice phone application as well as Google Talk. These are services that will provide a phone number for you by way of WiFi without needing the added expense of mobile data or a cellular connection. You also have the option of using Skype Credit for calls and texts. If you want to purchase the Nexus 4 from the Google Play Store, you can do so for $299 (8GB) and $349 (16GB). T-Mobile will offer you a Nexus 4 for $50 with a two-year contract (currently), but an unlocked Nexus 4 at other places online (such as Amazon) will cost you $500. An unlocked Nexus 4 from T-Mobile will cost the same if you purchase it without a contract.
While I love the Nexus 4 and am considering this as my next smartphone, there are some things that you should know about it. First, LTE was accessible through a basic hack on the phone; LTE has been eliminated through the Android 4.2.2 update. Secondly, there are at least two problems on Android 4.2 that are causing problems for some users. One such problem consists of a camera burnout, where the camera will cease taking pictures until the Nexus 4 is rebooted. This has not been an issue for all users, but some have definitely experienced camera cessation while the phone is still in operation. Another problem with the Nexus 4 pertains to overheating, where the smartphone will get extremely hot if you stay on Skype for a while or perform other Internet functions with it. To add to this, there are reports of a WiFi bug on Android 4.2.2 software, as some users have reported WiFi connection issues on the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. Users stated that the device often disconnected them from the Internet when the device fell asleep for a period of time.
Each smartphone has its strengths and weaknesses, and Android’s Nexus 4 is no worse off than the security problems facing iOS6.1.1 at the moment (for iPhone 4S users). Nevertheless, I just wanted to alert you in case you feel the need to be alarmed. Exercise caution with your smartphone, and all will turn out well.