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Best Nexus 4 replacement?


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Which phone (actual or soon to be released) would be the closest to the Nexus 4 while also being a significant upgrade? Considering that the screen size of the N4 (4.7 inches) is pretty much the maximum for my taste. I don't like the way companies are going with constantly bigger phones.

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You'll probably have to buy one outright. I recommend the Z1 compact. Best little phone on the market.
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Hi Tomislav, If you are used to the Nexus experience on an Android device, the closest thing you'd get for an upgrade would be to the Nexus 5. Keep in mind the device was released last year and will soon be replaced at some point later this year. But where size becomes a factor and if rumors are true about the device replacing the Nexus 5 I wouldn't waste my time on the new one since it will be quite a bit bigger. The Nexus 5 is the closest thing that Koodo has that would be a comparable size to the Nexus 4 and it is an upgrade in every aspect of it. Hope that helps 🙂
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Daniel Gunn wrote:

Hi Tomislav, If you are used to the Nexus experience on an Android device, the closest thing ...

Another one to recommend to you as well would be the Moto X. It has the same size screen as the Nexus 4, but it is roughly the same size as an iPhone 5
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Jonathan I wrote:

You'll probably have to buy one outright. I recommend the Z1 compact. Best little phone on the ma...

I've been trying to find a used one for a little while. Where should I look for one?
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Jonathan I wrote:

You'll probably have to buy one outright. I recommend the Z1 compact. Best little phone on the ma...

For used, I seriously doubt you'll have much luck in Canada... you might wanna try eBay.
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Daniel Gunn wrote:

Hi Tomislav, If you are used to the Nexus experience on an Android device, the closest thing ...

I've heard bad feedbacks about the N5's battery life, and that made me pretty hesitant to get one. Moto X seems nice too, but I wonder how much of an upgrade it would be from the N4.
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Daniel Gunn wrote:

Hi Tomislav, If you are used to the Nexus experience on an Android device, the closest thing ...

The thing with the Moto X is that it has a dual core version of the processor in the Nexus 4 but the other two cores are dedicated for voice recognition when you speak to it. It was deemed one of the top smartphones of 2013 and is still a decent device today. It gets really decent battery life all things considering as well. Nice thing with them too is the peak notification system built in is that it just uses very minimal pixels in the display since it is an AMOLED display and doesn't require as much power usage. A lot of phone reviewers loved it for the feel in hand due to how ergonomic it is.
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Jonathan I wrote:

You'll probably have to buy one outright. I recommend the Z1 compact. Best little phone on the ma...

And for new?
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Jonathan I wrote:

You'll probably have to buy one outright. I recommend the Z1 compact. Best little phone on the ma...

Expansys.ca or Negri Electronics
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Daniel Gunn wrote:

Hi Tomislav, If you are used to the Nexus experience on an Android device, the closest thing ...

Here's an article done by Pocketnow that they did back in 2013 right around the same time, just to help give you an idea: http://pocketnow.com/2013/08/28/moto-x-specs-dont-matter
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Daniel Gunn wrote:

Hi Tomislav, If you are used to the Nexus experience on an Android device, the closest thing ...

Also, here's the review of the Nexus 5 done by Pocketnow as well, hope this helps in your decision 🙂 http://pocketnow.com/2013/11/09/nexus-5-review
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Jonathan I wrote:

You'll probably have to buy one outright. I recommend the Z1 compact. Best little phone on the ma...

Negri Electronics is good, a lot of phone reviewers on YouTube tend to go with them more often than not.
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Well, Apple seems content on staying at around 10.16cm (4") with their line of iPhone 5, 5C and 5S. If you like Windows phones then the Lumia 635 has a 11.23cm (4.5") screen. Androids mostly have 12.7cm (5") screens these days.
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Curtules wrote:

Well, Apple seems content on staying at around 10.16cm (4") with their line of iPhone 5, 5C and 5...

That's soon to be changed with the 4.7" iPhone 6.
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Curtules wrote:

Well, Apple seems content on staying at around 10.16cm (4") with their line of iPhone 5, 5C and 5...

And a 5.5" iPhone Phablet as well coming very soon
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Nexus 6(rumored to be anywhere from 5.2 to 5.9 inches), Iphone 6 (rumored to be 4.7 inches). You can also go with the M8 but its 5.0 inches or the Nexus 5(4.95 inches).
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MohamedAbdourahman wrote:

Nexus 6(rumored to be anywhere from 5.2 to 5.9 inches), Iphone 6 (rumored to be 4.7 inches). You ...

Perfect iphone size finally
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MohamedAbdourahman wrote:

Nexus 6(rumored to be anywhere from 5.2 to 5.9 inches), Iphone 6 (rumored to be 4.7 inches). You ...

The iPhone 6 is gonna have two different sizes 4.7 and 5.5 inch screens. The larger variant won't come out until later supposedly.
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At a comparable price, the Nexus 5 seems like to most natural update. The iPhone is an interesting phone but looks overpriced to me.
Tomislav wrote:

At a comparable price, the Nexus 5 seems like to most natural update. The iPhone is an interestin...

If you're hesitant about the Nexus 5 screen size being too large, I actually found it easier to hold with one hand than the Nexus 4. The softer, "grippier" material on the back cover of the N5 not only made the phone lighter (as opposed to the glass back of the N4), but it also made it more comfortable in my hand. Honestly, the jump to the Nexus 5 is one you won't regret. It's a beautiful phone.
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Tomislav wrote:

At a comparable price, the Nexus 5 seems like to most natural update. The iPhone is an interestin...

Thanks for your feedback.
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Tomislav wrote:

At a comparable price, the Nexus 5 seems like to most natural update. The iPhone is an interestin...

What do you think of the battery life?
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I'd say the Nexus 5 for sure, IMO 5" is the perfect size and you might want to give it a try for sure.
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Or even consider the G2. Definite upgrade from the N4 in every way. It hardly feels like 5.2" screen with the tiny bezels. It also has great battery life and a great camera. Telus was selling pre-owned models outright for only $300, which is a steal. Box comes in Telus retail packaging with a phone that may as well be new, 1 year warranty, and wrapped charger. Check their website to see if they're still available.
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After shopping for a little while, the Nexus 5 seems like the way to go. I'm wondering if I should buy it through Koodo or BestBuy. Considering my tab is now at 0$, I can go with the 300$ tab and get it for free at Bestbuy or 50$ at Koodo. Will it have the same warranty and service? Any suggestion? Thanks!

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