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    Default Nexus 4 as "media only" device

    Being a Verizon customer on an unlimited data plan, i'm so saddened to see that there's no CDMA variant of this phone. So my idea was, although not sure how realistic, was....

    to buy a Nexus 4 off contract and use it as a media only device and just carry 2 phones. It'll help free up some precious space on my droid incredible 2. And since I have wifi at home and at work and voice calling doesn't exactly require the latest and greatest hardware, I would imagine that maps, apps, music, pictures, video, media, and networking over wifi would suffice on an unlocked $300 range device to make it all worth it.

    Any draw backs to this idea that I haven't thought about yet? Any input or opinions would be helpful. Can you still use google voice? Whatsapp over wifi?
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    At first glance the biggest drawback I see is that you are limited to 16GB. Its an ok amount if you are just using it for pictures and music. Forget about trying to watching and storing videos on it unless you are streaming it which would be best of course on a good WiFi connection. I thought that this phone would work on Verizon just not with LTE?...correct me if I'm wrong.
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    Seems to me like it would work just fine. I've contemplated turning my old evo into a "media" device, but without knowing too much about your situation it seems like an N7 would be a better choice-cheaper, more storage, and a bigger screen for media with decent portability.
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    This Nexus 4 will not work on Verizon at all. But should do well as media device at work or home. But I agree with the above poster. Why not get a nexus 7 then? It is cheaper and have the same capabilities minus the phone. Screen size is great and not too big so it's still portable. I always thought if you had a smartphone that is fairly new it's kind of redundant to have a sole media device, like an iPod touch or nexus 4 as media only.
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    In my opinion, if you're not going to use the Nexus 4 for a phone (in addition to other uses) or you're not going to use it for development, you're wasting your money in purchasing one. Pick up a Nexus 7 instead.
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    I do have a nexus 7 but i find that it's not portable enough to make it a daily traveler. Plus, there are some apps i use heavily like whatsapp that is not supported by tablets. Decisions decisions lol

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    I don't know why anyone would want to use a 4 inch phone as a media device only, much less carry around 2 phones all the time. I'd say either leave Verizon or get a new phone that they have. I'm a 15+ year Verizon customer and consider leaving them my best decision of 2012. My Tmobile coverage has been great...even traveling from state to state over the holidays and my bill is $30 a month!
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    I have been using my Nexus 4 on Tmobile since I got it in Asheville NC.

    Went to visit my son in Chattanooga, service in between was poor, and consistently poor even within Chattanooga city limits.

    I bought a Nexus 4 for my son as a gift, I was gushing about Tmobile, but after experiencing Tmobile service in Chattanooga, I ordered an Straight Talk ATT microsim for him. He already has a Straight talk account, with a smartphone that works on Sprint, and a basic phone that works on Verizon, he'll be able to switch among which phone is active at any time over the internet.

    I was hoping to be able to save him $15 a month on Tmobile over Straight Talk, but my frustration level after one weekend made that a no go.

    Quote Originally Posted by greydarrah View Post
    I don't know why anyone would want to use a 4 inch phone as a media device only, much less carry around 2 phones all the time. I'd say either leave Verizon or get a new phone that they have. I'm a 15+ year Verizon customer and consider leaving them my best decision of 2012. My Tmobile coverage has been great...even traveling from state to state over the holidays and my bill is $30 a month!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RicanMedic78 View Post
    Being a Verizon customer on an unlimited data plan, i'm so saddened to see that there's no CDMA variant of this phone. So my idea was, although not sure how realistic, was....

    to buy a Nexus 4 off contract and use it as a media only device and just carry 2 phones. It'll help free up some precious space on my droid incredible 2. And since I have wifi at home and at work and voice calling doesn't exactly require the latest and greatest hardware, I would imagine that maps, apps, music, pictures, video, media, and networking over wifi would suffice on an unlocked $300 range device to make it all worth it.

    Any draw backs to this idea that I haven't thought about yet? Any input or opinions would be helpful. Can you still use google voice? Whatsapp over wifi?
    Im using it as a media device. Well tjats why i got the 16gb version. Everything works and to get rid of the annoying sim messgae turn airplane and then turn on wifi again. Reboot to get rid of the no sim in the lockscreen.
    Ive filled 17000 songs on google play and it takes 200 mb to store all the pictures and info. Just a headsup

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    I'm still waiting for on my nexus four, but in the mean time I bought a nexus 7. I its awesome. My current phone number is a thunderbolt. Just get a 7.
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    Yea, nexus 7 is pretty sweet! I just don't see myself carrying this thing everywhere. Maybe if i was a lady with a big purse. As a guy with only jeans pockets, i need something more practical. And my dinc2 is becoming a dinosaur and is maxed out with apps and such. If i update subsidized, i lose unlimited data. But if i buy a verizon phone off contract, that's easily btwn $600-$800 for a phone, which is ridiculous. No cell phone is truly worth that much to me.

    A nexus 4 unlocked from google on wifi as an added alternative to my verizon phone, but only for wifi media is slowly sounding like a good option.

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    Also... I find myself using my droid inc 2 over my nexus 7 at home for media, messaging, etc. I guess bigger isn't always better. Typing on a handset for me is also better on a phone than a tablet.

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    I was thinking of turning my GNex into one

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    Quote Originally Posted by RicanMedic78 View Post
    Yea, nexus 7 is pretty sweet! I just don't see myself carrying this thing everywhere. Maybe if i was a lady with a big purse. As a guy with only jeans pockets, i need something more practical. And my dinc2 is becoming a dinosaur and is maxed out with apps and such. If i update subsidized, i lose unlimited data. But if i buy a verizon phone off contract, that's easily btwn $600-$800 for a phone, which is ridiculous. No cell phone is truly worth that much to me.

    A nexus 4 unlocked from google on wifi as an added alternative to my verizon phone, but only for wifi media is slowly sounding like a good option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camaihofer View Post
    I'm still waiting for on my nexus four, but in the mean time I bought a nexus 7. I its awesome. My current phone number is a thunderbolt. Just get a 7.
    The thing is that the nexus 4 is so much smoother and stronger than the nexus 7, it makes it a lot better. The price of the nexus 7 is good for its price but im putting money for the 4. Plus its a lot more convenient and small

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Smith1 View Post
    I have been using my Nexus 4 on Tmobile since I got it in Asheville NC.

    Went to visit my son in Chattanooga, service in between was poor, and consistently poor even within Chattanooga city limits.

    I bought a Nexus 4 for my son as a gift, I was gushing about Tmobile, but after experiencing Tmobile service in Chattanooga, I ordered an Straight Talk ATT microsim for him. He already has a Straight talk account, with a smartphone that works on Sprint, and a basic phone that works on Verizon, he'll be able to switch among which phone is active at any time over the internet.

    I was hoping to be able to save him $15 a month on Tmobile over Straight Talk, but my frustration level after one weekend made that a no go.
    I'm in the same boat. On my 2nd month of TMobile prepaid $30 plan since receiving my Nexus but building penetration at work is leaving me without data connection for 8-10hrs/5 days a week. BIG deal breaker for me. If I can't use my phone for data for about 80% of a 7-day week, what's the point? Sure once I get in the parking lot I have data connection but still it's spotty. Heck even on I75 in Ohio last week for Christmas vacation I had NO signal.. C'mon man, that's ridiculous.. MAIN 6-lane highway in the US and no signal. F'em... Going to ST AT&T next month and yea, while my data speeds will be lower, at least I'll have signal everywhere I am. LOL
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    I hear what youre saying, but the 7 is a performer. Ive been playing NFS Most Wanted and it is smoooooth, and quick load times for a game. To each his own though.

    And on a happy note, I just got my shipping info from Google, My Nexus 4 will be here TOMORROW- YEAH!!!!
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    hey, I have zero complaints about the nexus 7. My only issue would be every day portability. Having 2 phones on your hip is a bit more realistic than sticking a tablet in your back pocket no matter how slick or thin it may be. But there's something to be said about moving around an operating system on a smaller screen. As I said once, I find myself using my 4" DINC 2 over my nexus 7 at home when I have the option to pick up either one. Typing on a smaller device is faster, with less mistakes, plus, it just feels a bit more personalized when its on a smaller screen.

    Now... there's no doubt that for netflix and movies, a N7 is the better option. But for a guy like me who will be using the tablet from home, I have next to no reason to choose a 7" screen over my home 52" LCD. So with that said, I'm still left with wanting an "app" device that's extremely mobile........ like a Nexus 4 =)
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    Quote Originally Posted by RicanMedic78 View Post
    hey, I have zero complaints about the nexus 7. My only issue would be every day portability. Having 2 phones on your hip is a bit more realistic than sticking a tablet in your back pocket no matter how slick or thin it may be. But there's something to be said about moving around an operating system on a smaller screen. As I said once, I find myself using my 4" DINC 2 over my nexus 7 at home when I have the option to pick up either one. Typing on a smaller device is faster, with less mistakes, plus, it just feels a bit more personalized when its on a smaller screen.

    Now... there's no doubt that for netflix and movies, a N7 is the better option. But for a guy like me who will be using the tablet from home, I have next to no reason to choose a 7" screen over my home 52" LCD. So with that said, I'm still left with wanting an "app" device that's extremely mobile........ like a Nexus 4 =)
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    I went from a 10.1 inch Samsung to Nexus 7 to Nexus 4 and love the Nexus 4. It is very powerful - the fastest tablet I have tried. I used it for awhile just as a Wi-Fi 4.7" tablet - no phone plan. Now I have Straight Talk but 95% of my use is for email, news and other data type apps - mostly off Wi-Fi. The 5% percent that I use the Nexus 4 for phone calls and texting I consider a bonus that I couldn't do with my other tablets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jm345 View Post
    I went from a 10.1 inch Samsung to Nexus 7 to Nexus 4 and love the Nexus 4. It is very powerful - the fastest tablet I have tried. I used it for awhile just as a Wi-Fi 4.7" tablet - no phone plan. Now I have Straight Talk but 95% of my use is for email, news and other data type apps - mostly off Wi-Fi. The 5% percent that I use the Nexus 4 for phone calls and texting I consider a bonus that I couldn't do with my other tablets.
    Nexus 7 is the fastest tablet? Huh. Thought it wasn't that powerful but great for the price. or are you talking about the Nexus 4 (which is not a tablet) but anywaysssss
    I use my Nexus 4 as a media device and without any service I can last the entire day with about 4 hours 15 minutes of screen time and this is with games and music and surfing.
    GrooVe IP is a good phone app for the Nexus 4 if you want to make calls, uses ur google voice number
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    Why not just get a 32gb Samsung Galaxy Nexus off contract either through ebay or craigslist?

    I don't get the whole carrying two devices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hubertsng View Post
    Nexus 7 is the fastest tablet? Huh. Thought it wasn't that powerful but great for the price. or are you talking about the Nexus 4 (which is not a tablet) but anywaysssss
    I use my Nexus 4 as a media device and without any service I can last the entire day with about 4 hours 15 minutes of screen time and this is with games and music and surfing.
    GrooVe IP is a good phone app for the Nexus 4 if you want to make calls, uses ur google voice number
    Tablets were my first exposure to Android and the Nexus 4 is my first Smartphone. So to me the Nexus 4 is like 4.7 inch Android tablet that has phone capability. And compared to the other tablets I have used the Nexus 4 is the best yet - if you can live with 16gb and the smaller screen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jm345 View Post
    Tablets were my first exposure to Android and the Nexus 4 is my first Smartphone. So to me the Nexus 4 is like 4.7 inch Android tablet that has phone capability. And compared to the other tablets I have used the Nexus 4 is the best yet - if you can live with 16gb and the smaller screen.
    Well it doesn't really matter what you feel, it is still a phone because it is located in that category for every single store and place. Also the Note 2 isn't even a tablet, they call it a phablet and it is still so much larger than the Nexus 4. The s3 is larger too and not even a phablet.
    I came from the ipod 4 so the 4.7 inch display is ing insane for me. I go from a 3.7 (I thnk?) to a 4.7? damn..... plus I'm fine with 16GB of storage.

    Quote Originally Posted by hisownhero View Post
    Why not just get a 32gb Samsung Galaxy Nexus off contract either through ebay or craigslist?

    I don't get the whole carrying two devices.
    I do it because smart phone plans are so expensive compared to the normal family mobile plan that I have right now. Plus everywhere I go has wifi almost and if it doesn't then i'll just have to be patient until there is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RicanMedic78 View Post
    hey, I have zero complaints about the nexus 7. My only issue would be every day portability. Having 2 phones on your hip is a bit more realistic than sticking a tablet in your back pocket no matter how slick or thin it may be. But there's something to be said about moving around an operating system on a smaller screen. As I said once, I find myself using my 4" DINC 2 over my nexus 7 at home when I have the option to pick up either one. Typing on a smaller device is faster, with less mistakes, plus, it just feels a bit more personalized when its on a smaller screen.

    Now... there's no doubt that for netflix and movies, a N7 is the better option. But for a guy like me who will be using the tablet from home, I have next to no reason to choose a 7" screen over my home 52" LCD. So with that said, I'm still left with wanting an "app" device that's extremely mobile........ like a Nexus 4 =)
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