New Phone: Nexus 4

New Phone Plan

Before our 2-year contract with Sprint ended last month, we started looking into alternatives. We found that if we switched to T-Mobile, our phone bill would drop by half and since AT&T’s T-Mobile acquisition fell through, we were okay with switching back to T-Mobile.

Nexus 4 PhoneNew Phones

Switching carriers meant new phones, though, since our Nexus S 4G phones would only work on the Sprint network. The Nexus 4 was an obvious choice since we like the native Android experience and being the first to get updates. Besides, we would recoup the cost of buying the phones in less than a year due to the cheaper phone plan.

I’ve been using my new Nexus 4 for about a month and a half now and I love it. It’s about the same size as my old Nexus S, but the screen is 0.7″ larger and the resolution is much better. It has a quad core processor, 4x as much RAM, and a much-improved 8 MP camera that can record video in 1080p.

Phone Cases

As for cases, I picked out the dual layer (interior layer is silicone, exterior layer is a hard shell) Acase Superleggera Pro case, which had great reviews on Amazon. My main concern was that pressing the side buttons might be difficult (like it was in my Nexus S case), but the buttons are actually really nice and easy to press. The case does add a little bit of bulk to the phone, but that’s to be expected when you’re buying a protective case and I don’t even mind it.

Nick, on the other hand, wanted a super slim case, because he carries his phone around in his pocket. I picked out the Poetic Palette Slim case for him. The case is extremely light and thin and provides scratch resistance, but won’t do much to protect from fall damage, which Nick was fine with.

Acase Superleggera Pro
Acase Superleggera Pro
Poetic Palette Slim
Poetic Palette Slim

Selling the Old Phones

Then came the task of selling our old phones. I started to create a listing on eBay, but changed my mind when I heard about Swappa. Swappa is an easy-to-use site for buying and selling used phones. Rather than dealing with listing and seller feeds, listings are free and Swappa adds a flat $10 “sale fee” to the price of the phone, paid by the buyer. I listed my old phone on Swappa and it sold a week later. Now I just need to list Nick’s phone. 😛