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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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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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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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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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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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-...
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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...
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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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I've been trying to find a used one for a little while. Where should I look for one?
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For used, I seriously doubt you'll have much luck in Canada... you might wanna try eBay.
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And for new?
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Expansys.ca or Negri Electronics
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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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That's soon to be changed with the 4.7" iPhone 6.
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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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Perfect iphone size finally
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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.
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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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Thanks for your feedback.
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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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Do you guys think I should wait for the upcoming release of the next nexus device? The N5 price may drop and make the upgrade even more interesting.
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That is entirely up to you, the Nexus 5 is still a great device, gets all updates from Google directly and is still plenty powerful to this day. The next Nexus phone is rumored to be a bit more expensive than the older phone, but I would expect a price drop pretty quickly after it being released, especially on the Google play store. It might take a little longer on Koodo to see the drop in price when that happens.
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Just keep an eye on the playstore because if it's like the previous Nexus Google sells the previous model at a reduced price to completely get rid of stock before they release the new Nexus device unlike Apple who drops the price after the newer version of their devices become available for purchase. Google sells completely out and when they're gone they're gone forever so you have to time it wisely or you may miss out.
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Though BestBuy may state 14 days to return - they HAVE to accept it on the 15th day as well, according to the CRTC. Would they fight you on this? Probably.
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Correct you are, Ivan, but I was talking about the usage rules.

If you upgrade at a Koodo Kiosk, you can return the phone for a full refund within 15 days, and those usage level limts only count toward whether you can get out of a Koodo bill or not for the time you had the phone, if you choose to cancel.

If you upgrade at BestBuy, if you pass the usage limits they won't accept the return at all. As far as I'm aware, anyway, you might be able to dispute that too.

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