30 days with the Google Nexus 4.  I've been wanting to do this for a while, and though I'm currently wrapping up the challenge with the HTC One X+, I think it's the perfect time to start a challenge for two reasons: (1) those that know me know that I hate carrying two phones around on a regular basis, and (2) I want to do some joint testing with the Straight Talk SIM card that I'm currently testing in the Nexus 4.  Prepaid is huge, and I'm committed to doing more coverage on Straight Talk, Solavei, Tracfone, T-Mobile prepaid, and the other alternatives out there.

As a recap, the specifications of the Google Nexus 4 out of the box:

  • 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU
  • 4.7-inch IPS HD display
  • 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD recording
  • HSPA+ connectivity (42 Mbps on T-Mobile, 21 Mbps on AT&T)
  • 2,100 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

I'm going to put the Nexus 4 to the test and see if Straight Talk is up to par, but of equal importance, I'm going to put stock Android through its paces and really get a feel of what's good and what's not so good about it.  I know I'll miss the value-added features that come with TouchWiz, Sense, and Motorola's UI, but hopefully the fluidity of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean will negate it to an extent.

Questions or thoughts?  I'd love to hear from you!  Tweet me @PhoneDog_Aaron with what you want to see covered in this challenge.  Let the fun begin!

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"Based on your feedback, I'm doing a 30 day challenge with the Nexus 4 (with a prepaid SIM)! Is this the best Android phone on the market?"

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Anonymous I was wondering why you haven't given the optimus g a 30 day test drive ? IMO it trumps a lot of the other devices you have tested.
Cezzar Micu Note 2 is the best one currently
Jeff Seaver Nexus phones are burring
Luis Robles Figueroa Thanks for listening to the community. You are awesome... keep it coming.
Mark E Lynch Hey arron off topic but when is the OTA update 4.1.2 coming for the s3 ... it tryed the manual way didnt work
Howie Eastin The phone to me reminds me of blackberry ...but very curious to see the pure android experience. Maybe I like android but I don't care for HTC or touch wiz ...
Mike Lysholm Offenberg Nexus 4 - Like a boss Giant note 2 doesnt count as a phone.
Rick Sievers I can't trust iphone fanboys for anything.
Pablo Echevarria I think by bog 4 he means Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer
Jose Calderon Way better than Samsung.
Jorge Lopez @Devin Tolliver Which "Big 4" might you be referring to? I may be mistaken but T-Mobile is considered one of the "Big 4" and you can indeed buy the Nexus for use with the network.
Gordon Christie No note 2 is
Leo Germany You have been became very boring buddy. And its not the best phone in the market. , you've should know better.
Roger Schubert DeOliveira Best phone I've ever used, its never a headache
Mark Belkowski no it's not the best.
Fernando Gonzalez *on T-Mobile
Fernando Gonzalez Looooooooove my nexus 4 so far. Solid 17-20mb/s ok T-Mobile too. Very happy that I ditched Sprint
Devin Vosburgh My Friend has it and the HSPA+ is just as fast as his 4G was, tether and all. Now, I am verizon so I am SOL.
Josh Billingsley I guess I'll wait on your review.... I'm no simple person. I like all the crazy smart stay and pip features.... My heart is with the galaxy brand.. Nexus are just too plain to me.... I could run aokp on my note but prefer a nice tw based rom. So for me I'm in love with the note....like I said I'll wait on your review...
Devin Tolliver lack of 4g lte and not being available on the big 4 were huge deal breakers.
Nick Sciancalepore Did you finish the one x +

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