So, I've decided to buy it from Google Play Store. But you have to have a Google Wallet account to use it. For a Google Wallet account, you need a credit card. Unlike in the USA, most people in Germany don't have a credit card. I had to get one and decided to use the free one from Comdirect.
Here is a list of letters I got... I've expected one or two.
- I sent my information for registration to comdirect
- Notice that I need to send a Meldebestätigung as I did identity verification with my passport and not with my identity card. The Meldebestätigung costs 8.00 Euro.
- General information like account number
- PIN for online login
- iTAN list
- .comdirect girocard
- re-activation of bank account
- bank account blocked: three failed online logins
- PIN for Girocard
At 28.02.2013, I first transferred 5 Euro to check if everything works as expected. I have to transfer it to my girocard. It arrived at 01.03.2013. Then I have to transfer it to my Visa card. It arrived at 04.03.2013. Quite a long time for an internal transaction.
As I made three attempts to login into my online account from comdirect bank, my account was locked. I had to send a fax and ask them to unlock my account! Another Euro for the fax. (By the way, I think this is a security leak. If I wanted to do harm to the bank, I could make lots of accesses to their customers accounts and lock them. I guess it wouldn't take me more than 30 minutes to write the code and about one day to let it run. Very bad.)
Ok, I've got a credit card. Now I will have bought a Nexus 4 in a couple of minutes, right? Wrong.
What the hell? They think I live in Helgoland or have military address?
Ok, let's try it again:
WTF? Although the transaction was canceled, my bank thinks it happened. I can't see the transaction in my bank account, though. According to my online bank account, I haven't reached my limit. But I cannot pay for the "second" phone. That sucks.
The next day it worked:
2013-03-07: Now I have to wait for the phone.
2013-03-08: Hurray, it's here!
My old not-so-smart phone and my new Nexus 4:
Micro-SIM vs. Mini-SIM
Did you know that different SIM cards exist? I didn't. I've learned that I have a Mini-SIM, but you need a Micro-SIM for the Nexus 4.
I use a pre-paid card from simyo. Currently, they offer a free exchange of Mini-SIM-cards to Micro-SIM or Nano-SIM:
Phew! I was lucky.
The Micro-SIM-card arrived at 2013-03-14 and will be unlocked the next day.
- Go to your home screen
- Leave your finger on the widget for three seconds
- Move your finger to the appearing "remove"
Experiments with Nexus 4
You can create awesome photos with photo sphere. But objects have to be not very close.
Here is my first try with my room:
By the way, you can directly create a tiny world image from a photo sphere:
Adding a nicer alarm
One reason why I bought this phone was that my alarm clock (which is my old phone) is awful. zedge.net seems to be one place where you can get ring tones. I like Sintels song, which was in Google Music.
I've installed Rings Extended, as I wasn't able to find the ringtone without it. That could be better.
As my phone as quite a lot of sensors (GPS, compass, altimeter) I guessed it might be possible to store the well-known stars and show them on the device when you look in their direction. The app is calles "Sky Map". I have to try that when the sky is clear.
I was very surprised that they don't have Blender Open Movies in the movie section of play store ☹
MyTracks lets you record the track you take and see some stats about that. Quite nice, but the export doesn't work.
I filed my first bug / feature request for an app: Issue 1260
What it replaces
Nexus 4 could replace quite a lot of stuff:
But it can't replace credit cards in Germany as NFC isn't supported by the shops by now. It can't really replace a camera as the quality is ugly. Just take a close look at the photo above. This was taken with Nexus 4. Sadly, if you don't install apps like AirDroid, it can't replace a USB stick or a MP3 player. Yes, you can use Google Music and that works, but I would like to be able to copy MP3s from my laptop computer to my smartphone. Directly. With a USB-cable and without having to use the internet. It does replace a notepad, if you only use it for writing texts and not for drawing or math. And, finally, at the moment it doesn't even replace my old phone because of the SIM-problem I've explained above. But as soon as this is fixed, the Nexus 4 will replace my Motorola W156.
Here is a comparision of those phones:
|Nexus 4||Motorola W156|
|Display||4.7 in (120 mm) diagonal IPS
1280×768 px (316 ppi)
|1.6 in (40 mm) diagonal
|Colors||16 777 216||2|
|Memory||16 GB||20 kb (source)|
|Body||133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm||114 x 43 x 14 mm|
|Weight||139 g||85 g|
|Stand-by time||390 hours||465 hours|
|Battery||2100 mAh (Li - Polymer)||940 mAh (Li - Ion)|
Here is the source for that comparison.
What it hopefully really replaces are maps. I've just downloaded maps for the center of Paris. That were only about 2 MB. Here is a screenshot of maps guidance in action:
Mounting as USB-Stick
This is a mayor drawback of the Nexus 4. You can't simply plug it in and work with it like you do with a USB-Stick. You have to enter
mkdir Android go-mtpfs Android [do what you want] sudo umount Android
I finally paid 358,99 Euro for the phone and shipping, 8 Euro for the "Meldebestätigung" and 1 Euro for the fax to re-activate my bank account which is 367,99 Euro in total. But if you want to experiment with a high quality smart phone, I guess it's a good choice.
I have some ideas for apps. So my next steps are:
- Kick Windows 7 and install Arch Linux as the implementation / QA for PSE is over
- Start developing apps
- Get Started with Publishing
I guess I'll also write an article what could get improved in Android.