It was unheard of for any company, to sell an unlocked flagship Android smartphone with current-gen specs for $299. But that didn't stop Google from doing just that with the Nexus 4 last fall. And now the Nexus 4 is an even sweeter deal thanks to a price cut.
Effective as of yesterday, Google slashed $100 off both its 8GB and 16GB Nexus 4. The devices previously priced at $299 and $349 are now available for $199 and $249 on the Google Play store.
Why should you care? First, this is a Nexus smartphone, meaning it's Google's darling, and is first in line to get the latest bloat-free version of Android.
Second, its specs still hold up nearly a year after its debut. I know a few buds with the Nexus 4 who haven't seen much slowdown for the 4.7-inch (1280 x 768 resolution) display, 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and built-in wireless charging.
Third, the Nexus 4 is an unlocked device, which means you can take it anywhere in the world and pop in a local SIM card instead of paying exorbitant roaming fees. It's basically yours forever.
I must confess, I purchased two Nexus 4 smartphones last week for my parents (their first smartphones) and Google was generous enough to refund the $200 difference I paid for two 8GB models. The company has a price protection policy that's good for up to 15 days from the date of purchase.
The only real stinker to the Nexus 4 is that it doesn't support 4G LTE. But for many people in many regions, HSPA+ speeds are still the fastest they'll get for the forseeable future.
If you've been on the fence to jump ship to Android, Christmas just arrived extra early. However, as great as the new pricing is, it may also be a good indicator that the Nexus 5 is on its way and Google is clearing up old inventory. Either way, a good deal is a good deal.