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#1 Shadrack

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 00:38

After battling the Google Play Store Server Boss for 3 hours I finally got my 16GB Nexus 4 ordered.

Looking forward to using it with my StraightTalk pre-pay plan.

Coming from iPhone. I'm afraid I'm going to regret it but will continue forward and keep my eyes opened. Would have loved to keep the iPhone but it came down to cost. I just can't justify spending $650-$700 for unlocked hardware and don't want to be locked into a contract that has an expensive monthly cost. Nexus 4 seemed like the right upgrade direction for me.

Was really wanting a competitive unlocked WP8 but didn't look like it was going to happen any time soon.


#2 Charisma

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 00:41

Congrats and welcome aboard! I hope you adjust quickly and enjoy it, the N4 is great :D
I love Android, but I will admit, I mostly had to comment because "the Google Play Store Server Boss" made me actually laugh aloud :laugh:

#3 Som

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 00:52

surely ... entering the bright side ... should be your title :p (doesn't have the same ring to it though ha)

#4 Raa

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:02

Enjoy mate, you'll really enjoy it. You've joined the winning side. (Y)

#5 Richteralan

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:26

Congratz. I bought mine on 13th and delivered on 19th.

Best phone I've ever had.

#6 SMELTN

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:26

I just swapped back over to Android myself after having used iOS since the 3gs. I have owned a 4, 4s, and 5, but finally had it with iOS and sold it and bought a Galaxy S3. Loving it so far. So much I can do with it

#7 OP Shadrack

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:57

My FUD right now is just me obsessively worried that I won't like the battery life. I guess I'll just have to wait and see.

For the most part I think I've already found apps to replace the ones I used on my iPhone. Maybe you can help me with the following:

* I use this one app called Momento that I have used as a after-the-fact reminder app. As in, after I pay a bill I will enter a short note like "Paid $176 Electric". It helps me so when I'm wondering when the last time I paid a bill I can look it up. There isn't much to it, and I can export the current database as a .CSV file. Anyone know of a good replacement for this?

* I'm also used to watching a bunch of podcasts on my iPhone. I would like to have quick easy access to the NBC Nightly News, Planet Money, and Democracy Now video podcasts. Any recommendations on how to accomplish that on Android?

* Any chance of ever being able to take advantage of the AirPlay features on my Apple TV from my phone again? It would be wonderful if there were some way to stream my music to my Apple TV. I know I'm jumping out of the ecosystem so there are some things I'm going to have to learn to leave behind.

Congrats and welcome aboard! I hope you adjust quickly and enjoy it, the N4 is great :D
I love Android, but I will admit, I mostly had to comment because "the Google Play Store Server Boss" made me actually laugh aloud :laugh:


Yeah, I was hoping for uber-loots and it looked like I got a good roll.

#8 Growled

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 01:59

Congrats on the switch. Hopefully you won't regret it.

#9 OP Shadrack

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 02:03

I just swapped back over to Android myself after having used iOS since the 3gs. I have owned a 4, 4s, and 5, but finally had it with iOS and sold it and bought a Galaxy S3. Loving it so far. So much I can do with it


I've been using iOS since the 3GS and now I have an iPhone 4. I know people say iOS is stale and old but whenever I have seen or messed with Android I'm not overly impressed by it. Seems to all functionally be there. But my co-worker who has been a long time Android user has always complained about the battery life. Also my wife has an old EVO 4G on Sprint and the battery life of that thing is atrocious.

Congrats on the switch. Hopefully you won't regret it.


Hmm..yeah. I wonder what Google's return policy is...should have looked into it. Nexus 4s are selling high on eBay at the moment. I think if I don't like it I can always fall back to my iPhone 4. I'm hoping I like it though. I think I'll fall in love with how much faster it is than my iPhone. Quite a spec difference between the two...even though you can't really compare the operating system requirements against the specs. I should surely feel a difference coming from a single core 900some-odd MHz 512MB ram to a quad-core 1.5GHz 2GB of ram. And the camera also looks like a considerable upgrade.

#10 SMELTN

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 18:08

They say Doggcatcher is the best Podcasting app. Which the great part about android is, at least stuff can download in the background at a certain time, were as on iOS you had to have to your phone unlocked and push a button to download.

#11 OP Shadrack

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 18:10

They say Doggcatcher is the best Podcasting app. Which the great part about android is, at least stuff can download in the background at a certain time, were as on iOS you had to have to your phone unlocked and push a button to download.


Thanks for the recommendation! I'll look into it :). If possible would you mind checking if the podcasts I've listed are available through Doggcatcher? I'm worried that the NBC Nightly News is an Apple iTMS exclusive.

Well, the "Podcasts" app that Apple has does actually have the option to download in the background. I think Apple reserves that feature for their 1st party apps...I don't think 3rd party apps can do that.

#12 Spartan Erik

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 18:12

Nice! I ordered the 8 GB model, but lucky for you the 16 GB model ships sooner.. kind of wish I spent the extra $50 and got the 16 GB one haha

Enjoy customizing your home screen and lock screen with various widgets!