Nexus 4 : Broken Back Panel (Final Update)…

Today I received a case for my Nexus 4. I got this case for £2.90 from Amazon along with free delivery. It came with a screen protector and polish cloth. :)

I put some sellotape over the shattered glass on the back, but couldn’t be bothered to tape over all the radiating cracks, since they are not shedding glass shards. I put the phone into the case and I’m now going to try my best to forget that LG (and Google by association) are a bunch of asses over the design of the back panel of this phone.

From a functional perspective, it’s hard to tell the phone apart from the Nexus 7 tablet, so I have no gripes in that respect. My rantings have purely been about the terrible choice of materials for the back panel.

Cheers

Tim…

 

Nexus 4 : Update from LG over broken back panel…

I just got off the phone to LG about this piece of crap Nexus 4 phone. Their response is physical damage is not their responsibility, so I will have to pay for a repair. I suggested that designing a phone that will shatter when it is placed on a room temperature surface (yes, that really has happened to people) constitutes a design flaw and they should repair it for free. After much whining on my part their stance is unchanged at this time. I guess if enough people contact them to complain they will have to take responsibility…. Maybe…

So if you end up getting one of these super-fragile phones, please save yourself a lot of grief and buy a case that covers the back completely. It’s the only way you are going to make it past a week without breaking it.

If the back panel does shatter, you have to phone LG. They will send you a letter telling you where to send your phone to get a quote for the repair. If you accept the quote they will fix it and send it back to you. If you don’t accept the quote they will charge to £20 and send the phone back to you. Sounds like something in excess of a week without a phone to me and no idea of what you are going to be charged before you do it. :(

I think I’m just going to accept the fact it is broken and cover it with a case to stop little shards of glass digging into my hand. Once Google and LG are shamed into admitting this design is crap, maybe I will get it repaired for free.

Tim…

Nexus 4…

I accidentally bought a Nexus 4…

I had been thinking about getting a new phone for some time and the talk of the Nexus 4 peaked my interest. Even so, I’m one of those rare people that prefers a small phone and typically uses a mobile phone as just a phone. I always have a computer and tablet with me, so a smart phone is rarely useful to me.

The accident happened when I checked out the Nexus 4 online and it was sold out. I put my name down to be notified when it came back in stock, just for the hell of it. A couple of weeks later I got an email saying it was now available. Before I knew it I frantically opened a browser and placed an order, for fear it would sell out again. Only after I hit submit did I stop to consider whether I actually need a smartphone…

So yesterday it turned up. I chopped up my sim to make it into a micro-sim and put it in the phone. After logging into my Google account, the phone churned away for a few minutes and I was left with a new phone with all the same apps as my Nexus 7. It was at that point I got kinda bored with it.

My apathy is nothing to do with the phone itself. It’s amazing. It’s just I’ve been using the Nexus 7 for a while now and the Nexus 4 is just a smaller tablet that happens to have a phone built in. It’s not exactly new to me, if you see what I mean.

I guess one of two things will happen next. Either I will hardly ever use the device and keep reaching for my Nexus 7, or I will use the Nexus 7 a little less often and use the phone a bit more.

I joked on twitter that I should buy a Nexus 10 and a Chromebook to prove I don’t need those either… :)

Cheers

Tim…

PS. My next visit to airport security is going to be funny. Laptop, tablet, bit phone, kindle, external hard drive etc.