Google started selling the LG Nexus 4 on the 13th November and it offers users the pure Android experience. Of course this has made the device very popular as it comes without a skin on top of it.
LG Nexus 4 difficult to get a hold of
Some have said that the Nexus handset is the best Android device on the market as it comes with Android 4.2. Users of the device will also get updates fast and the device costs just $299 and it is unlocked.
Google decided not to offer pre-orders for the LG Nexus 4 and this could have been down to the fiasco with the Nexus 7. People who pre-ordered it found out there was a wait of around 2 to 3 weeks, while others could simply walk into stores and picked it up.
The LG Nexus 4 however was still released with its own bag of troubles. It was for sale through the Google Play Store and this is when problems surrounding the handset began.
Those wanting the LG Nexus 4 had to wait until the webpage showed that the device was in stock before they could buy it and then check out. However this meant that people had to keep refreshing the webpage and wait.
One way of getting around this was an extension for Google Chrome called Page Monitor. Users found that they could put the URL of the Play Store into the app and then it would refresh the webpage at certain intervals. When the page showed “in stock” a sound played.
The sale of the LG Nexus 4 caused a great stir in forums, despite the fact that it was not out at that time. Some of the postings included how to get the handset, how to get accessories for it and shipping times.
The tension in the chat room with just a minute before the device went on sale was unbearable and this led to many angry comments. One would-be buyer of the handset had stopped studying to go online and wait for the chance to buy it despite having an exam in the morning. Another said that they felt like crying thanks to the hopelessness of it all and the fact that they were tired of waiting for the device purchase status to change online.
Then everyone found out that the handset was sold out in Australia after it had been on sale for just 22 minutes. The same happened when it went on sale in other countries and in Europe there were reports of server crashes. There was even bad news here in the US for those who thought they had bought the device, but who found that they couldn’t check out and the handset disappeared from their cart.
At 4am the LG Nexus 4 had sold out just about everywhere and it was still not for sale in Canada. Then news came that the device would be on sale from noon. Google however chose to launch it earlier and those waiting for noon found that it too had sold out by the time they went online.
Google have said that they were surprised by the popularity of the LG Nexus 4 and that stock was sold out in some countries. They also said that they were working hard to get more handsets available. For the time being all you will see on the webpage is the sold out or notify me buttons, with the Nexus 4 showing up at certain times before quickly selling out again.
So it looks like you will need more stamina than expected if you want to get the LG Nexus 4 in these trying times. Coincidentally, the stamina of the LG Nexus 4 has been criticized by AnandTech, where the blog found out its battery life fell below other popular devices like the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X and even the iPhone 4S.