11-05-2013 02:02 PM
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  1. zoidberg22's Avatar
    For the past couple months I had been looking into an Android device. I got more serious after I updated my iPod Touch 5th Gen to iOS 7 and wasn't very impressed. I wanted an Android device that updates shortly after the new update comes out. So that left me with Nexus 4, the then rumored Nexus 5 and the Google Play editions of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4. Since I didn't want to spend a lot on a new device I knew it would be the Nexus 4 or Nexus 5.

    So on October 31st when the Nexus 5 finally came out I decided I would order that. I didn't get around to placing my order until the next day. Anyways I added the 16GB Black to my cart, set up Google Wallet and looked at the final price before I placed my order. Boy, was I in for a shock. The shipping was around $10 but the tax was $40. So $399 for a device that is supposed to be $349. I knew there would be tax because of the other thread in this forum about purchasing a Nexus 5 on launch day. I wonder why someone living in Maine would be charged so much. After seeing that I hit cancel and emptied my cart.

    The reasons that helped me chose a Nexus 4 over a Nexus 5 other than being over-charged on tax were I plan to use it strictly on WiFi so I don't need LTE support, it will get Kit Kat in a couple weeks, it's cheaper and it has had great reviews over the last year it has been available. I know I won't be disappointed.

    I know it would have made the most sense to wait a couple of weeks until people had actually received the Nexus 5 because the demand for Nexus 4's would have gone down but I couldn't wait. So I bought a new Nexus 4 on eBay yesterday for $300 and a case on Amazon for $11. So $311 vs $400. Good deal I think.

    Anyone think buying a Nexus 4 16 GB was a bad decision just because I didn't want to spend $40 in tax on a Nexus 5 16 GB?
    11-02-2013 08:05 PM
  2. tmeader's Avatar
    Yes.
    digink, swartzz, AaronM1 and 7 others like this.
    11-02-2013 08:30 PM
  3. draconianchaos's Avatar
    Case in point GNEX. 18 months after release it isn't officially receiving 4.4. That being said nexus has an amazing development community but if it's your daily driver bugs may be a problem. All in all I'd say it's more to preference but if official updates are more to your taste the 5 would have been better.

    Posted via my SGS3 waiting on my black Nexus 5 32gb...
    11-02-2013 08:31 PM
  4. Beyond Fire's Avatar
    You dropped the nexus 5 over $40? That's like a couple hours of work... $40 is a small price to have the latest and greatest imo.

    Sent from The One phone to rule them all!
    11-02-2013 08:38 PM
  5. techmantoo's Avatar
    You are going to lose more value on the N4 because the phone is already "Last year's technology". The n5 would not depreciate as fast because it was just released. I would only buy an N4 for $200.
    lbaxter and J T M like this.
    11-02-2013 08:39 PM
  6. digink's Avatar
    You're an id!ot...

    In all seriousness, I think you made a bad decision but all that matters is whether or not you're happy so if you are, then that is all the counts my frugal friend.
    11-02-2013 08:42 PM
  7. planoman's Avatar
    N5 has a bigger, nicer screen, better speaker placement and a better camera just to start and I suspect better battery life all while being thinner and lighter. Not to mention it will be worth more if you sold it so I think passing because of $40 bucks is short sighted thinking. Plus I think you way overpaid for the N4.
    michael13162 and J T M like this.
    11-02-2013 08:46 PM
  8. Zendroid1's Avatar
    So you basically chose the n4 over the n5 because u could get the n4 tax free?

    Not a very wise decision young grasshopper!
    michael13162 likes this.
    11-02-2013 08:54 PM
  9. jd914's Avatar
    worst decision ever in the history of decision making. I had a Nexus 4 and the battery life was absolutely abysmal.....enjoy!
    I Monarch and michael13162 like this.
    11-02-2013 09:03 PM
  10. Woosh's Avatar
    For the past couple months I had been looking into an Android device. I got more serious after I updated my iPod Touch 5th Gen to iOS 7 and wasn't very impressed. I wanted an Android device that updates shortly after the new update comes out. So that left me with Nexus 4, the then rumored Nexus 5 and the Google Play editions of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4. Since I didn't want to spend a lot on a new device I knew it would be the Nexus 4 or Nexus 5.

    So on October 31st when the Nexus 5 finally came out I decided I would order that. I didn't get around to placing my order until the next day. Anyways I added the 16GB Black to my cart, set up Google Wallet and looked at the final price before I placed my order. Boy, was I in for a shock. The shipping was around $10 but the tax was $40. So $399 for a device that is supposed to be $349. I knew there would be tax because of the other thread in this forum about purchasing a Nexus 5 on launch day. I wonder why someone living in Maine would be charged so much. After seeing that I hit cancel and emptied my cart.

    The reasons that helped me chose a Nexus 4 over a Nexus 5 other than being over-charged on tax were I plan to use it strictly on WiFi so I don't need LTE support, it will get Kit Kat in a couple weeks, it's cheaper and it has had great reviews over the last year it has been available. I know I won't be disappointed.

    I know it would have made the most sense to wait a couple of weeks until people had actually received the Nexus 5 because the demand for Nexus 4's would have gone down but I couldn't wait. So I bought a new Nexus 4 on eBay yesterday for $300 and a case on Amazon for $11. So $311 vs $400. Good deal I think.

    Anyone think buying a Nexus 4 16 GB was a bad decision just because I didn't want to spend $40 in tax on a Nexus 5 16 GB?
    The N4 is a nice phone so I wouldn't say it was a terrible decision to buy one. But why did you pay so much? Ton of them on swappa for under $250....

    Buy Nexus 4 (Unlocked) in US > Swappa
    Euan Tan and lbaxter like this.
    11-02-2013 09:07 PM
  11. netwerx1's Avatar
    Yup zoidberg, you over-thought it and ended up outsmarting yourself. Your choice will likely end in regret.
    11-02-2013 09:08 PM
  12. Jnorton2724's Avatar
    worst decision ever in the history of decision making. I had a Nexus 4 and the battery life was absolutely abysmal.....enjoy!
    The new Nexus 5 might have average battery life or worse. No one knows yet. I'm sure it will be fine though.

    Posted via Android Central App
    11-02-2013 09:13 PM
  13. benhmadison's Avatar
    Not to kick you while you are down but you did ask for opinions. I think the n4 is still a great device but you overpaid by about 75 bucks. Tax from the Google play store is all dependent on the state you live in. Some paid 40 to 50 bucks and some as low as 13 cents, has nothing to do with Google but everything to do with sales taxes in your state.

    Sent from my XT1058 using AC Forums mobile app
    11-02-2013 09:14 PM
  14. EvanJ18's Avatar
    Ohh.... Nooooooo.

    Posted via Android Central App
    11-02-2013 09:21 PM
  15. clevin's Avatar
    There are always people buying previous gen gadget. Nothing wrong with it.

    Posted via Android Central App
    11-02-2013 09:29 PM
  16. Higgs1's Avatar
    There are always people buying previous gen gadget. Nothing wrong with it.

    Posted via Android Central App
    Yeah, but not usually over what seems like a small price. For $40 getting a larger screen, LTE, faster processor, the newest phone (will receive and support the newer OS's as they're released and be phased out later), seems like a no brainer. Bottom line is if you are happy then it was worth it for you. Enjoy the phone!
    11-02-2013 11:49 PM
  17. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    I have a Nexus 4, and love it, but I feel that wasn't a very wise choice. For LESS than $100, you could get a WAY better device. Better battery life, better processor, LTE, better camera, better display, and gets an extra year of updates from the nexus 4.

    Nexus 5>Nexus 4

    It's not opinionative, it's a fact.
    Illustrator Joe likes this.
    11-03-2013 12:05 AM
  18. Illustrator Joe's Avatar
    I have a Nexus 4, and love it, but I feel that wasn't a very wise choice. For LESS than $100, you could get a WAY better device. Better battery life, better processor, LTE, better camera, better display, and gets an extra year of updates from the nexus 4.

    Nexus 5>Nexus 4

    It's not opinionative, it's a fact.
    There is nothing wrong with OP buying what they think is best for them. But trying to convince anyone that the n4 is a better buy probably isn't going to happen.

    |❌_❌|
    11-03-2013 12:09 AM
  19. ManInTheBox10's Avatar
    Since when can you buy anything without paying tax? I'm glad I live in Canada. It's like having a savings fund for the day you have a heart attack and the ambulance drives right by because you don't have an extra ten grand in your pocket.

    Posted via Android Central App
    11-03-2013 12:17 AM
  20. globster2000's Avatar
    Since when can you buy anything without paying tax? I'm glad I live in Canada. It's like having a savings fund for the day you have a heart attack and the ambulance drives right by because you don't have an extra ten grand in your pocket.

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    Tax free day in Massachusetts. Happens in august.

    Posted via Android Central App
    11-03-2013 12:28 AM
  21. parcerita's Avatar
    No it wasn't a bad choice, the only thing is that you overpaid for it. Especially in terms of warranty. My cousin bought a secondhand N4 that was still under warranty and is having issues with it. She's been trying to get it replaced but so far it hasn't been possible.

    Sent from Nexus 7
    11-03-2013 12:30 AM
  22. jiayit's Avatar
    As many have repeated, it was not a bad choice but you paid way too much for the N4.
    If the price of a device will determine it's eligibility for you, then you didn't make a bad choice to settle on a cheaper phone. But you paid way too much, IMO. Could've found a cheaper N4.
    11-03-2013 01:01 AM
  23. gone down south's Avatar
    Maine sales tax is 5%. How did you come up with $40 tax?



    Sent from my Nexus 4 using AC Forums mobile app
    11-03-2013 01:20 AM
  24. zipro's Avatar
    The new Nexus 5 might have average battery life or worse. No one knows yet.

    Posted via Android Central App
    I do - battery life has been excellent on mine. And the camera is surprisingly good, too.
    11-03-2013 01:26 AM
  25. Choorp's Avatar
    No it wasn't a bad choice, the only thing is that you overpaid for it. Especially in terms of warranty. My cousin bought a secondhand N4 that was still under warranty and is having issues with it. She's been trying to get it replaced but so far it hasn't been possible.

    Sent from Nexus 7
    Warranty (or the lack thereof) is going to be the biggest issue. All things considered, I think it would have been much better to just spend a little bit more on the Nexus 5 and get a much, much better deal.
    11-03-2013 01:40 AM
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