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    Default A few random Q's about the N4

    Hey guys, just bought my N4 - loving it so far - and had some questions that I was hoping some of you could answer for me.

    1) The stock charger that comes with the phone is rated at 5v, 1.2a; is it ok to use a charger with higher amperage? So say a charger that's rated at 5v, 2.1a? I'd prefer not to fry my phone, so I was hoping one of you could provide an answer. I've read that a 2a charger works, but hoping someone could confirm that this wouldn't fry my battery.

    2) Is the T-mobile purchased Nexus 4 unlocked? If not, will I be able to use it abroad when I travel? I'm assuming it's illegal to unlock it, right? What if I get it unlocked overseas - is that illegal?

    3) I noticed that every so often the soft keys on the bottom get fuzzy and you can't make out the buttons (looks like a software glitch). Anyone else having this issue, and if so, how do I rectify it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HawaiiR View Post
    Hey guys, just bought my N4 - loving it so far - and had some questions that I was hoping some of you could answer for me.

    1) The stock charger that comes with the phone is rated at 5v, 1.2a; is it ok to us a charger with higher amperage? So say a charger that's rated at 5v, 2.1a? I'd refer not to fry my phone, so I was hoping one of you could provide an answer. I've read that a 2a charger works, but hoping someone could confirm that this wouldn't fry my battery.

    2) Is the T-mobile purchased Nexus 4 unlocked? If not, will I be able to use it abroad when I travel? I'm assuming it's illegal to unlock it, right? What if I get it unlocked overseas - is that illegal?

    3) I noticed that every so often the soft keys on the bottom get fuzzy and you can't make out the buttons (looks like a software glitch). Anyone else having this issue, and if so, how do I rectify it?
    Number 1 & 2 is YES.... Number 3 is the first I've heard of that glitch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HawaiiR View Post
    Hey guys, just bought my N4 - loving it so far - and had some questions that I was hoping some of you could answer for me.

    1) The stock charger that comes with the phone is rated at 5v, 1.2a; is it ok to us a charger with higher amperage? So say a charger that's rated at 5v, 2.1a? I'd refer not to fry my phone, so I was hoping one of you could provide an answer. I've read that a 2a charger works, but hoping someone could confirm that this wouldn't fry my battery.

    2) Is the T-mobile purchased Nexus 4 unlocked? If not, will I be able to use it abroad when I travel? I'm assuming it's illegal to unlock it, right? What if I get it unlocked overseas - is that illegal?

    3) I noticed that every so often the soft keys on the bottom get fuzzy and you can't make out the buttons (looks like a software glitch). Anyone else having this issue, and if so, how do I rectify it?
    2. yes, its unlocked and can be used with any GSM carrier in the world. its not illegal all.

    3. post a screenshot. havent seen any issue with soft keyboard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg C View Post
    Number 1 & 2 is YES.... Number 3 is the first I've heard of that glitch.
    Yes, it's ok to use a higher amperage charger (ie. 2a) or yes doing so will fry the battery?

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    2. yes, its unlocked and can be used with any GSM carrier in the world. its not illegal all.

    3. post a screenshot. havent seen any issue with soft keyboard.
    Suggestions for a good screenshot app?
    Here's the problem with trying to post a screen shot (although I'll try to do so) - the problem will appear for a short time then go away. A few times it's disappeared the very next time I've touched the screen. Anyway, if you have a good screenshot app, please let me know. If not I'll just use whatever I find in the app store. ... or I suppose could use my N1 if it's nearby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HawaiiR View Post
    Suggestions for a good screenshot app?
    Here's the problem with trying to post a screen shot (although I'll try to do so) - the problem will appear for a short time then go away. A few times it's disappeared the very next time I've touched the screen. Anyway, if you have a good screenshot app, please let me know. If not I'll just use whatever I find in the app store. ... or I suppose could use my N1 if it's nearby.
    NEXUS 4 already have the screenshot build in press volume down+power button at the same time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HawaiiR View Post
    Here's the problem with trying to post a screen shot (although I'll try to do so) - the problem will appear for a short time then go away. A few times it's disappeared the very next time I've touched the screen.
    Do you mean when those buttons change to little grey dots in place of their former symbols?

    Screenshots can be taken by pressing and holding the volume down rocker and power button simultaneously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HawaiiR View Post
    Yes, it's ok to use a higher amperage charger (ie. 2a) or yes doing so will fry the battery?
    Yes it's ok to use the charger in your example.


    Suggestions for a good screenshot app?
    Here's the problem with trying to post a screen shot (although I'll try to do so) - the problem will appear for a short time then go away. A few times it's disappeared the very next time I've touched the screen. Anyway, if you have a good screenshot app, please let me know. If not I'll just use whatever I find in the app store. ... or I suppose could use my N1 if it's nearby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg C View Post
    Number 1 & 2 is YES.... Number 3 is the first I've heard of that glitch.
    Quote Originally Posted by still1 View Post
    NEXUS 4 already have the screenshot build in press volume down+power button at the same time.
    Thanks. Did not know that. Appreciate the help. I'll post a screen screen as soon as the problem comes up again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nexus4auir View Post
    Do you mean when those buttons change to little grey dots in place of their former symbols?

    Screenshots can be taken by pressing and holding the volume down rocker and power button simultaneously.
    No not those. I know which dots you're referring to. My problem is different - the soft key section looks fuzzy and distorted like back in the analog cable days when you would try and tune in to a cable channel you weren't subscribed to.

    kinda like what you see in these two images:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg C View Post
    Number 1 & 2 is YES.... Number 3 is the first I've heard of that glitch.
    Thanks Greg!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HawaiiR View Post
    Thanks Greg!
    You are welcome... that's what this forum is all about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg C View Post
    You are welcome... that's what this forum is all about.
    Hey Greg, back to the charger question. Looking at some Ipad USB chargers rated at 5.1v 2.1a - is this a bad idea? 5.1v is slightly higher voltage than the current charger, of course.
    Thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HawaiiR View Post
    Hey Greg, back to the charger question. Looking at some Ipad USB chargers rated at 5.1v 2.1a - is this a bad idea? 5.1v is slightly higher voltage than the current charger, of course.
    Thoughts?
    Aren't those specific for Apple... meaning the end won't plug in to the phone? I use a charger from an Asus tablet and haven't had a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg C View Post
    Number 1 & 2 is YES.... Number 3 is the first I've heard of that glitch.
    Quote Originally Posted by Greg C View Post
    Aren't those specific for Apple... meaning the end won't plug in to the phone? I use a charger from an Asus tablet and haven't had a problem.
    Well it's this thing basically, so I can just plug in the USB cable with the micro usb connector for my phone. Just worried that it's rated at 5.1 v which is slightly higher than the charger it comes with.
    lol... now I remember why I should have paid attention to this in school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HawaiiR View Post
    Well it's this thing basically, so I can just plug in the USB cable with the micro usb connector for my phone. Just worried that it's rated at 5.1 v which is slightly higher than the charger it comes with.
    lol... now I remember why I should have paid attention to this in school.

    If it were me... I would try it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg C View Post
    If it were me... I would try it.
    Also... someone told me that the phone will not accept a charge if the voltage is to high or to low. It's a protection thing. PM Still1...he seems to be very knowledgeable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg C View Post
    Number 1 & 2 is YES.... Number 3 is the first I've heard of that glitch.
    Quote Originally Posted by Greg C View Post
    Also... someone told me that the phone will not accept a charge if the voltage is to high or to low. It's a protection thing. PM Still1...he seems to be very knowledgeable.
    So before I read your reply (do you ever sleep?) I actually found one laying around the condo (no clue who it belongs to) - plugged it in and the charge indicator light and notification (middle screen) started tweaking out. Soooo, I immediately unplugged it. Guess I got my answer...lol

    Thanks for the help anyway - I supposed I'll stick with what's tried and true as far as the chargers go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HawaiiR View Post
    So before I read your reply (do you ever sleep?) I actually found one laying around the condo (no clue who it belongs to) - plugged it in and the charge indicator light and notification (middle screen) started tweaking out. Soooo, I immediately unplugged it. Guess I got my answer...lol

    Thanks for the help anyway - I supposed I'll stick with what's tried and true as far as the chargers go.
    Sorry I couldn't have been more help. Oh... I work nights... lol!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg C View Post
    Sorry I couldn't have been more help. Oh... I work nights... lol!
    No worries. You guys have helped quite a bit.
    My roommate, who was an engineer on a nuclear sub even got it wrong. ...lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg C View Post
    Number 1 & 2 is YES.... Number 3 is the first I've heard of that glitch.
    Quote Originally Posted by still1 View Post
    post a screenshot. havent seen any issue with soft keyboard.

    here's a screenshot. take a look at the bottom.
    any idea what might be causing this?

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    that looks bad. Uh oh.

    Does it happen all the time or only with certain apps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg C View Post
    Number 1 & 2 is YES.... Number 3 is the first I've heard of that glitch.
    Quote Originally Posted by minnemike View Post
    that looks bad. Uh oh.

    Does it happen all the time or only with certain apps?
    it's pretty random to be honest. it'll pop up, and if i touch the screen it'll go away.
    i would say it's happened about 5 or 6 times in 2 weeks.

    OS problems? hardware?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HawaiiR View Post
    it's pretty random to be honest. it'll pop up, and if i touch the screen it'll go away.
    i would say it's happened about 5 or 6 times in 2 weeks.

    OS problems? hardware?
    the fact that you were able to get a screenshot and reproduce it looks like a S/W issue to me.
    try updating to 4.2.2 and see if the issue still exist
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    Quote Originally Posted by still1 View Post
    the fact that you were able to get a screenshot and reproduce it looks like a S/W issue to me.
    try updating to 4.2.2 and see if the issue still exist
    Will do this weekend, Still 1. Thanks.
    btw, did you get my PM?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HawaiiR View Post
    Will do this weekend, Still 1. Thanks.
    btw, did you get my PM?
    Yup, saw your message. will reply
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