White Nexus 4 is now Official: Should you be bothered?

LG officially announced the White Nexus 4, it will go on sale in Hong Kong from May 29, 2013 and will be available in other parts of Asia, Europe, North America and the middle East over the next few weeks. Pricing will be the same [However, if you are from India and stay in New Delhi, you can get one near Lajpat Nagar in New Delhi at 26K].
White Nexus 4

White Nexus 4

White Nexus 4

White Nexus 4

 

 

Sadly, there are no changes except the color and the build number that has changed from ‘E960’ to ‘E960W’. The phone is having the same hardware specs as the previous Black Nexus 4 i.e. SnapDragon S4processor with 2 GB RAM and a 8 MP Camera. Yep, the white color does make the phone look sexier at the back[The front is still black], but according to me it is a bit girlish  😀 [I am happy with my black Nexus 4].

The second announcement was another let down where Kim Wong, head of LG Europe said,

“There are currently no plans for a Nexus 5 made by us. We don’t need that kind of marketing exposure anymore. The Nexus 4 was a great succes, even with the supply issues and we have a great relationship with Google. But we won’t make the Nexus 5.”

LG had great issues pertaining to supply issues, buyers from countries like India and Brazil had to wait for as long as 6 months for getting their hands on the Nexus 4. So, now who is going to make the next Nexus?

Samsung have already made a Google edition GS4, so it may be Sony? Sony have a great reputation in terms of build quality and supply, nut they are bad at pricing. Or it can be the HTC who had already made the Nexus One, which was phenomenal in those days being the first Nexus device. We will have to wait and watch.

How to get the Google Nexus 4 in India?

Still waiting for Google to release Nexus 4 in India? Well, there is a bad news, Google has no recent plans for bringing the device in Indian markets any-time soon. Yep, Nexus 7 was launched a few days back here in India, not to forget the fact that Nexus 7 was first unveiled at the Google I/O last year. As it can be seen, sadly India is a dumping ground for Google. They have dumped the Nexus 7 here as they are working on the newer version of Nexus & which is expected at Google I/O this year.

Google Nexus 4 is a 4.7′ Snap Dragon S4 Pro beast which is very much similar to LG Optimus G (Which is available at around 29K in the market now), however the Nexus device is a Nexus device which gives the purest of android experience and has top-of-the-line updates and a huge developer support. The Nexus 4 continues being a heavenly device for Flash’Oholics who like to play around with boot-loaders and custom ROMs.

Here are some of the major Nexus 4 reviews-

CNET

TechCrunch

TechRadar

TheVerge

EnGadget

GSMArena

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Nexus 4

Nexus 4

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The other options available for Indians are the Galaxy S3, Optimus G, One X+ and Lumia 920, but let me tell you one thing, the Nexus 4 smokes all the other devices in all terms. It looks better, feels better, you’ll be standing apart in the crowd, you’ll hardly see anybody using a Nexus device around you. There are some points which an Indian must keep in mind, firstly there is no warranty for a Nexus device because it hasn’t been officially launched in India, if you brick your device, spill coffee over it or drop while reading a news-paper on your toilet seat in the morning, you’ll loose it permanently. There are only a few places in whole of India where the device can be repaired, the LG service centre won’t even touch your device. Well, for people from Mumbai there are a few places like Manish Market and Heera Panna where the device can be repaired. And many people on different forums around the world have reported faulty devices being shipped where they face problems pertaining ti Wi-Fi, Over Heating  Touch-Screen sensitivity etc. I recently got a Nexus 4 and I haven’t faced any such problem. And moreover all these above problems are software related and Google has solved them in JDQ39 4.2.2 update, or you can just head-over to XDA and get a custom ROM like ParanoidAndroid or CM 10.1 , but if your device was faulty then either you can blame your shipping company or your luck (But faulty device being shipped, one in million may-be).

So, here are some ways in which you can get a Nexus 4 if you are from India –
1]  This is the simplest, most reliable and easiest way to get a Nexus 4 sitting at home. I have personally tested this way, I got my Nexus 4 16GB a few days back, completely sealed and in working condition. Just head-over to ManiacStore.com, place an order, use Cash-On-Delivery option, test the device and then pay for it. I ordered my device on April 1, 2013 and I received it on April 4, 2013. The total price for 16GB was 28,540 Rs. (50 Rs. for the delivery man :P).
It was working, sealed and the package was good and safe. So, a thumbs-up for the ManiacStore.com

  • Quick delivery.
  • Excellent support for tracking the status of device.
  • Cash-On- Delivery option.
  • Worth spending a bit-more than getting into the complex procedure of ordering it from USA.
  • Sealed box and you pay only after you test the device.
  • Six Months Seller warranty (Yep. SIX MONTHS).

{Special Note- All the links below are for 16 GB Nexus 4, well because 8 GB Nexus 4 is of no use, you’ll hardly get 6 GB which in my view is too less for such a device, it is like you are buying a Ferrari with with a fuel capacity of 2 Ltr. just to save a few bucks, it is really advisable to buy 16 GB by paying 3K more}

Link to ManiacStore.com- Here

The other options are-

NaapTol.com- Here

EBay.in- Here [You can even check out other listings here, beware of second hand hand-sets, if in doubt you can contact me  :P]

GrabMore.in- Here

Rediff- Here

iBhejo.com- Here

2] The second way is to get it from the Grey Market. Head over to one of the grey markets around Mumbai and get it from there.

Alfa at Vile-Parle, Manish Market or Heera Panna, just get there and buy the device like any other device. Heera Panna is always stocked up with Nexus devices. FOr people uotside Mumbai, just google your city name with ‘Grey Market’. The prices vary from 32K to 40K. Learn the art of bargaining and you can get at least 3K off and also demand a free case or screen protector  😀

3] This way is for someone who wants to get Nexus 4 16 Gb at a really cheap price, you can get into this complex procedure of getting the device from USA, it will cost you around 23K for Nexus 4 16 GB. It will take time to be deliverred, 20-25 days in some cases. There are high chances of your order being cancelled, you oosing your money, or receiving device in a poor state because it is actually being shipped from The States  😀

How to Import


1) Register on any of the sites like Hopshopgo / comgateway / PPOBOX / borderlinx etc. that provide reliable shipping services.

(Some sites may have some registration fee, some may not.)

2) Note down your U.S address which they provide.

Example :

Quote:
Your Name
17146 NE Sandy Blvd
c/o INX-XXX
Portland, OREGON 97230
Tel: 503-914-6317


3) Go to the Play Store via your VPN and get your Phone shipped to your U.S Address.

Quote:
For this, Please use VPN services like us.newfreevpn.com or justfreevpn or any free and reliable free VPN sites.
Add your Indian credit card with the same U.S address you received. The both the shipping and billing address must be the same.


4) Once the shipment is received on the U.S address, the company will usually notify you within 1-2 Days along with the estimated cost for shipping to India based on the type of shipping you want.(standard or expedited).(This can be without duty for some sites)

5) You pay the amount to the company online.

6) They will usually provide an airway bill/tracking number.

7) Wait for your Nexus 4.

8) Pay any customs in cash if not paid before to the delivery boy.

9) Enjoy your Nexus 4.

Or optionally,I suggest you to head over to saptakmohanta.blogspot.in for a more detailed info about importing and the steps with a short and sweet review for dessert. 

Here is the round-up of everything-

1} PPOBox

Price: 349
Delivery in US: 14
Tax for NY (their warehouse is in NY): 32
Registration on ppobox – Free
Shipping + customs in India + Insurance by ppobox: Rs 1600-Rs 2000 (USD 30 – 35)
So the total comes out to be: USD 425 – 430 (inclusive of everything)

(The customs officials will open the box just for checking.)

2} HopShopGO

Price: 349
Delivery in US: 14
Tax for Portland (their warehouse is in Portland): 0
Registration on HopShopGo – Free
Shipping + customs in India + Insurance by HopShopGo: Rs 2000-Rs 2500 (USD 40 – 45)

So the total comes out to be: USD 403 – 415 (inclusive of everything)

Micromax A115 Canvas 3D with a real 3D display!

The Micromax A110 Canvas 2 and the Micromax A116 Canvas HD enjoyed quite good reception and it looks like the Indian firm is all set to introduce the 3D version of its phablet. The images of Micromax A115 Canvas 3D have surfaced online.

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The 3D version of the popular phablet is said to come out with a 5″ WVGA display and the device will be powered by a 1 GHz Dual-core MediaTek MT6577 processor. Furthermore, the Micromax A115 Canvas 3D is rumored to feature a 8-megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB of internal memory, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and 3D imaging with playback.

Micromax is allegedly working on the successor of its A116 Canvas HD phablet and the upcoming device is said to be named as A120 Canvas 3. The third generation Canvas is rumored to feature a 5″ Super AMOLED display and is expected to be powered by a Quad-core processor. Micromax A120 Canvas 3 will also feature a 13-megapixel rear camera and the latest Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS.

Unfortunately, there is no official confirmation on the release date and the pricing of either upcoming device.

Source | Via