Nexus 4 and the switch from Verizon 4G

I got my Nexus 4 yesterday.

I had a 1 year old Droid Razer Maxx running on Verizon's 4G network.

The reason I ordered a Nexus 4 is because my wife's contract was up on her crappy little HTC Rhyme, and she was tired of it's constant lockups and general sluggishness. She offered to take my old Razr Maxx and I get a new phone since she doesn't really care about her phone, she just wants it to be reliable, and my Razr has been a great phone.

Anyway, I was a little worried about switching to ATT (no T mobile here) after being on Verizon for years, and being mostly satisfied with the coverage, and speed.

I bought a straight talk sim and a $45 card, installed everything... And was blown away that my new Nexus 4 actually seems to pull in a stronger signal than my Razer did. I was expecting the opposite. I get full bars at work where I was only pulling 2 on Verizon. I would get 4G occasionally at home and work with my Razer, but it constantly switched between 3G and 4G. That caused problems because I would lose connection when it switched. My Nexus 4 switches between HSPA+ 15 and HSPA 10 without a hitch, and overall it seems (without any benchmarks or speed tests, just my observations) that the Nuxus 4's data speed is actually faster. I think Att's 3G is faster than Verizon's 3G, so since I was using 3G on my Razer 85-90% of the time it probably is going faster. All I know is I can stream videos without interruption (buffering) I couldn't do that with my razer (unless it was a rare time I had a strong 4G signal)


Hardware wise, I'm not blown away, but it is good. It's not as nice feeling as an iPhone, but I'd have to say it feels slightly nicer than my Razr (which has very good build quality as well)

Jellybean is great. I can't wait till the roms mature... I installed CM10.1 and thought it would be my daily driver till I discovered Gtalk video doesn't work... I use that all the time. But stock Jellybean is very slick, and I can do without the little bells and whistles of the custom roms till they improve a little more.

Wifi seems about the same as my razr. Pulls in about the same signal, but bluetooth seems much improved! I use BT headphones every day at work, and it would cut out occasionally when my phone was in my back pocket with the razr. Not so with the Nexus 4! Plus now I hear ring tones through the headphones too. That is a wonderful surprise (my razr would pause my audiobook/music, and all sound would come out of the phone speaker)

I can't wait till my old Verizon contract is up. A year from now I'll be buying the next Nexus phone, and using straight talk for me and my wife. That will save me about $80 a month for better more reliable service. I'm done with Verizon.

The only negative I have is the battery. I'm coming from a Razr Maxx to a "standard size" battery.. Of course it's not going to last as long. I am at my desk at work 80% of the time though, so I simply have the habit of plugging it in when I sit down, and I never worry about it, so it's a non issue for me.

So all of the things I was slightly worried about ended up being non issues. Over all... I love it! I don't regret my purchase at all. I don't think I could be any happier with the phone.