Over the last week or so Google+ and Twitter has been filled with people moaning about not getting their hands on the LG Nexus 4 before Thanksgiving. There have also been people telling others to stop moaning about this fact as it is only a phone. A company makes mistakes, get over it, has been one comment made.
Google’s handling of LG Nexus 4 sales leaves much to be desired
However it isn’t just “a phone” it is a device that will change the game when it comes to smartphones, thanks to it being $300 for an unlocked device. Even without LTE factored in, it comes without contracts and lock ins of the carriers making it a great deal.
The LG Nexus 4 is of course an attack on Apple, the iPhone 5 costs upwards of $649 for the 16GB version if you want it unlocked and with Amazon you could expect to pay around $900. However the Nexus 4 is $300 and is has specs that are better.
The LG Nexus 4 also shows us that Android doesn’t have to have carriers behind it to make it work. For $300 you can get your hands on the latest version of Android and you know that the handset will get updates before any others. The LG Nexus 4 could very well turn out to be the super phone of Android, if it wasn’t for one mistake and that is that Google’s train wreck launch.
Google not only messed up the launch but they have not been making contact with consumers or offering news about the device and the status of it. People who thought they had purchased the LG Nexus 4 and expected a delivery date started to get back order emails.
Others who were sent emails saying that the device was backordered have been asking Google when their handsets will ship. They have been told to keep checking their Google Wallet. Google have gone silent on the whole matter. They have not even been bothered to waffle on about how there was unprecedented demand for the device.
Right now there are small batches of stock coming in for the LG Nexus 4 but Google apparently isn’t giving it to those who are on back order only. Apparently it is on first-come first served basis too. So this is angering those who hoped to be early adopters.
The LG Nexus 4 could have been the greatest device ever to have hit the shelves, if only Google had been prepared.