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    Default Repair Nexus 4 with Screen Problem or Buy New Moto G

    Hi All,

    My out-of-warranty Nexus 4 8GB has a 1/2-inch horizontal band across the screen that won't respond to touch. I've found varioius ways to work around this, but it is a PITA. Once in a blue moon, it will start "auto-tapping" things in this band for me very rapidly, and the only way to stop it is to cycle the power button a few times.

    I've reached the point where I can't live with this anymore. I don't want to plunk down $350 for a Nexus 5, but since I'll be looking at replacing the screen to the tune of $150-$175 (correct me please if I'm off here), I thought I'd consider just getting a Moto G 8GB for $179 new.

    StraightTalk (ATT) is my carrier, I primarily use my phone for web searches and email. The most demanding thing I run is probably Minecraft PE.

    - Do you guys think I'd be better off fixing my 14-month-old Nexus 4 or simply buying a Moto G and selling the Nexus in its broken state?
    - Is $150-$175 the right ballpark for the fix?
    - What would I be able to sell my Nexus 4 for in its current condition?

    Thanks in advance for your advice and opinions.

    Mark
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    Default Re: Repair Nexus 4 with Screen Problem or Buy New Moto G

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkInTX View Post
    Hi All,

    My out-of-warranty Nexus 4 8GB has a 1/2-inch horizontal band across the screen that won't respond to touch. I've found varioius ways to work around this, but it is a PITA. Once in a blue moon, it will start "auto-tapping" things in this band for me very rapidly, and the only way to stop it is to cycle the power button a few times.

    I've reached the point where I can't live with this anymore. I don't want to plunk down $350 for a Nexus 5, but since I'll be looking at replacing the screen to the tune of $150-$175 (correct me please if I'm off here), I thought I'd consider just getting a Moto G 8GB for $179 new.

    StraightTalk (ATT) is my carrier, I primarily use my phone for web searches and email. The most demanding thing I run is probably Minecraft PE.

    - Do you guys think I'd be better off fixing my 14-month-old Nexus 4 or simply buying a Moto G and selling the Nexus in its broken state?
    - Is $150-$175 the right ballpark for the fix?
    - What would I be able to sell my Nexus 4 for in its current condition?

    Thanks in advance for your advice and opinions.

    Mark
    The price is about right for the repair.

    You should be able to get around $75 for your N4 with bad digitizer/screen on eBay... Local prices could vary a lot. I'd unload it.

    Honestly, for that kind of money I would get the Moto G GPe, its an amazing phone and the battery life is phenomenal, plus you will have a warranty.

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    Current Phones: Google Nexus 4 on Aio Wireless (Beanstalk Official KitKat ROM) / LG G2 on Verizon (CarbonROM KitKat)
    Current Tablets: Apple iPad 4 & Nextbook 8 Premium with marxo's N8+ ROM - Revision 1b2 (ICS 4.0.4)
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    Default Re: Repair Nexus 4 with Screen Problem or Buy New Moto G

    The Moto G will lack some of the things the Nexus 4 have, it will be a little slower but unless you play games you shouldn't notice it much, also poorer camera. But it will superb battery so it's kind of a trade off.

    You can get full screen assembly for the Nexus 4 for $65 on ebay if you want to try fixing it yourself.

    If you don't mind losing a small amount of performance, but possibly 2 hours more screen on time, get the Moto G. A lot of people think the Google Edition isn't important, but I would absolutely go for Google Edition only. That ensure its easy to root and restore like a Nexus.
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    Default Re: Repair Nexus 4 with Screen Problem or Buy New Moto G

    I think the Nexus 4 is a better phone overall but I'm impressed with the Moto G especially at that price. The Moto G is more than enough for someone who isn't a power user, and doesn't lack in any meaningful way for the things I do with a smartphone.
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    Default Re: Repair Nexus 4 with Screen Problem or Buy New Moto G

    I sold my N4 for a moto x. AT&T does off the moto x as well.
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    Default Re: Repair Nexus 4 with Screen Problem or Buy New Moto G

    Thanks for all the info. I ordered a Moto G to replace the Nexus 4 and am off to post a listing for the Nexus.

    I didn't know about the Google Play Edition of the Moto G until reading this thread, so thanks for putting it on my radar. I would always choose a pure android phone over one that wasn't, but in my case Amazon Prime would ship for free and had the 8GB in stock, which made me settle on the non-google play edition.

    Anyhow, thanks again for your time and advice.

    Mark

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