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    Default Would it be possible to use this as a computer at home pc? Somehow connected to a monitor/keyboard

    So i'm wondering, with the N4's massive specs, its basically as strong as a computer(s) we have at home.

    I'm really interested in the new $250 Chromebook coming out soon. Im really considering buying one because I really just spend 100% of my time online. I'm happy enough with google docs and all the other google apps/programs. There are more coming. I do photo editing, but nothing crazy, just touch ups, and thers a chrome app that does just that, or coming out soon.

    But, I'm pretty set on buying the N4 in 2 days and selling my Gnex.

    So Im thinking, can't i just use the N4 as my overall internet/computer using machine?

    Ive seen youtube videos of people connecting monitors and keyboards to the phone (particularly the gnex)

    Would it be realistic to figure out a way to turn the phone into a home computer, say when i get home from work, and want to sit and relax and browse some internet.
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    Yes. Might be easier with a device that has specific HDMI or DisplayPort out adapters already available. But using a phone as a computer replacement involves some compromises, so I'd do your research before deciding on keyboards, trackpads, and monitors for this phone.
    [SIZE="1"]Nexus 4 (Mako), Amaze 4G on T-Mobile. Nexus 7 16GB. Google Chromebook (2012 Samsung 16gb).
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    Buy the Chromebook.
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    Default Re: Would it be possible to use this as a computer at home pc? Somehow connected to a monitor/keyboa

    like said above buy a chromebook for PC and nexus as a phone. using phone as a PC has many compromise.
    you need to buy keyboard,mouse,battery has to be charged often, maybe a dock or something etc. Also, you lose the portability.

    chromebook is only 250 and you get 100gb google drive storage for 2 years free and few goodies.
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    Default Re: Would it be possible to use this as a computer at home pc? Somehow connected to a monitor/keyboa

    Quote Originally Posted by still1 View Post
    like said above buy a chromebook for PC and nexus as a phone. using phone as a PC has many compromise.
    you need to buy keyboard,mouse,battery has to be charged often, maybe a dock or something etc. Also, you lose the portability.

    chromebook is only 250 and you get 100gb google drive storage for 2 years free and few goodies.
    Right. For the price of the peripherals to set up your phone as a computer you're half way to a Chromebook or a cheap Windows laptop. There's no reason to try and make this compromise right now...
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    All very good points. Basically convinced me against doing that.

    Sooo, new idea. Keep the Gnex and buy a chromebook? Hmm... not sure if I can afford both right now. I mean, it'd be kind of unnecessary at the moment.
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    I wouldnt buy a chromebook. Get a windows laptop since software is more readily available... Just my opinion but it makes more sense...
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    Quote Originally Posted by radimir View Post
    All very good points. Basically convinced me against doing that.

    Sooo, new idea. Keep the Gnex and buy a chromebook? Hmm... not sure if I can afford both right now. I mean, it'd be kind of unnecessary at the moment.
    well, that's up to you. Gnexus is a nice phone but nexus 4 is a bit better.

    do the math and you decide if price is a concern.

    scenario 1:
    if you buy just chromebook its $250 so the total cost is $250

    scenario 2:
    if you sell gnexus for say $250 and buy nexus 4 which is $299 or $350. you pay 50 or 100 extra. total cost 50 or 100
    buy chrome for $250

    scenario 2 is just $100 difference + tax and shipping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by radimir View Post
    All very good points. Basically convinced me against doing that.

    Sooo, new idea. Keep the Gnex and buy a chromebook? Hmm... not sure if I can afford both right now. I mean, it'd be kind of unnecessary at the moment.
    Just go all in N4, N10, and a chromebook
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    Get an older used Windows laptop for cheap, eg Amazon.com: Dell D620 Laptop Duo Core with Windows XP: Computers & Accessories
    I would find it difficult to get any real work done on anything but a full Windows machine with keyboard.
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    Default Re: Would it be possible to use this as a computer at home pc? Somehow connected to a monitor/keyboa

    Using a phone is possible but it would be annoying to constantly setting up. On the other side you can use a tablet, like i am considering this for uni (or using mylappy were the coverings are destroyed.) having a tablet in a case with a built in keyboard on the case. It all is possible, its just not practical. Keep your phone for now and use a tablet, or a thin laptop... i hear that people have managed to make Android Mac Book air style laptops if they are good is a whole different story.

    Personally if I was to get a Tablet or Laptop for work/study I would go with a Windows as its more set up, more programs e.g word etc.
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