LG Nexus 4: How Bad Do You Really Want It?

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LG Nexus 4 is the hottest new Android smartphone to launch this month thanks to coming with the latest build of Android as well as its exceptional hardware.

LG Nexus 4 highly sought after

The LG Nexus 4 is the latest in the Nexus line-up and it runs the latest version, Android 4.2 and the device will be among the first to get updates in the future. Another huge plus in the handset’s favour is the fact that it comes unlocked for $299.

Due to the problems they had with pre-orders for the Nexus 7, Google avoided pre-orders and instead just put the handset available to buy on the Google Play Store. However this is when problems started for those who wanted to get their hands on the handset.

Many patiently sat refreshing the webpage waiting for the page to show “in stock” so that they could hit the buy button and then head to checkout. Some decided to install “Page Monitor” which did this job for them and played a sound when the status changed (Chrome browser add-on).

There was quite a stir in tech forums while people sat waiting signed into chat rooms. Some of the comments and topics included how to get the LG Nexus 4, get accessories for it, the shipping times of the device, and the origin of shipping.

When going into one of these chat rooms just 1 minute away from the time the device was supposed to launch, tension had stretched to breaking point and comments were starting to get angry. One comment was from someone who had to get up in the morning for an exam and it was the early hours and he had not gone to bed as he was waiting to get the device. Another said that they felt the hopelessness of the whole thing and were so tired that they could cry.

Everyone in that forum knew that in Australia the Nexus 4 had sold out in just 22 minutes of it being on sale. The handset in other countries sold out within minutes and the European server crashed. Even if you had managed to get a LG Nexus 4 in your cart, checking out was next to impossible.

The Nexus 4 had sold out by 4 am EST time and those waiting in Canada had yet to see the appearance of the handset. Then there was hope when it was mentioned that it would become available at noon. Google however decided to launch earlier, and this brought anger to those who had been patiently waiting for noon for it to go on sale before refreshing the page repeatedly.

Google have now said through Google+ that the device has sold out in a few countries and that they are working to add more of the handsets onto the Google Play Store. For the time being all you can see on the site is the “sold out” or a “notify me” button, although the LG Nexus 4 has been available at points throughout the day, but not for long.

So do you have the stamina to get the LG Nexus 4 or are you going to call it quits and wait for Google to catch up to the overwhelming demand first?

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.