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post #256 of 812
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Originally Posted by neurofone View Post

I have the new Nexus 4 sitting here next to me. It arrived on Friday.  bigsmile_face.gif
Does it have USB Audio out?
post #257 of 812
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Originally Posted by neurofone View Post

I have the new Nexus 4 sitting here next to me. It arrived on Friday.  bigsmile_face.gif

How do you like it?

post #258 of 812

I really like it.  As all the reviews suggest, it feels like a more premium phone compared to the Galaxy Nexus (my previous phone).  It's very fast and fluid, and the screen is very nice.  The glass tapers around the edges, giving it a great feel when you swipe left to right.  The battery life seems really good, easily goes for a day.  

 

The software update to 4.2 needs some work.  The keyboard is great with built-in "swype-like" gestures.  The lock screen is a bit of a mess and seems like a rush job.  I'm sure it will improve with some minor updates down the road.

 

Regarding USB audio output.  I plugged in my ODAC+O2 via an OTG cable and nothing.  I didn't expect it to work.  That's the only DAC I have to try out unfortunately.

post #259 of 812
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Originally Posted by neurofone View Post

I really like it.  As all the reviews suggest, it feels like a more premium phone compared to the Galaxy Nexus (my previous phone).  It's very fast and fluid, and the screen is very nice.  The glass tapers around the edges, giving it a great feel when you swipe left to right.  The battery life seems really good, easily goes for a day.  

 

The software update to 4.2 needs some work.  The keyboard is great with built-in "swype-like" gestures.  The lock screen is a bit of a mess and seems like a rush job.  I'm sure it will improve with some minor updates down the road.

 

Regarding USB audio output.  I plugged in my ODAC+O2 via an OTG cable and nothing.  I didn't expect it to work.  That's the only DAC I have to try out unfortunately.

It's because the ODAC needs an external power source. You would need to get a USB hub with an AC adapter or something similar to get it to work with an Android device.

post #260 of 812
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Originally Posted by mechgamer123 View Post

It's because the ODAC needs an external power source. You would need to get a USB hub with an AC adapter or something similar to get it to work with an Android device.

 

Yeah that's what I've heard as well.  Sorry can't try anything else and I don't have a USB hub.

post #261 of 812

You're not alone, neurofone! Here is my new toy. :)

 

post #262 of 812
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You're not alone, neurofone! Here is my new toy. smily_headphones1.gif

You have the iPhone 5 and nexus 4????? :jawdrop:
How are you liking them so far?
post #263 of 812
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You have the iPhone 5 and nexus 4????? :jawdrop:

 

iPhone 5 is the superior phone, but it cost more than 2x more. The Nexus 4 is easily the better phone if you include value for money.

post #264 of 812
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iPhone 5 is the superior phone, but it cost more than 2x more. The Nexus 4 is easily the better phone if you include value for money.

Cool ~ maybe you can try out the N4 with a DAC ?

post #265 of 812

PSA for Canadian Nexus 4 owners and possibly other countries that use AWS/band 4 (1700/2100 Mhz). A few little tweaks and you can enable LTE on your phone. It's only confirmed to be working in Canada so far. Currently it won't work in the States (except possibly AT&T in a few areas) but apparently T-Mobile has plans to use those bands in the future for LTE.

 

Here's a couple links and an XDA thread on the topic in case you feel like testing it out:

 

http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/23/nexus-4-lte-working-canada/

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6474/nexus-4-includes-support-for-lte-on-band-4-aws

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2007943

 

I didn't get a Nexus 4 specifically because it lacked LTE support so I can't offer any experience with this. I just signed a shiny new contract for my shiny new Note 2 (no regrets - I freakin love this phone!).

 

Anyways, here's the usual spiel: If you chose to try this, you do so at your own risk. This was only discovered yesterday and confirmed today so nobody really knows what effect this might have on your device yet. Certainly, battery life is likely to be an issue. And since this phone wasn't intended for LTE there might be a few other quirks that haven't been uncovered yet. If I had a Nexus 4 I'd probably keep an eye on XDA for a few days and try it myself after more people have tested it out.

post #266 of 812
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Originally Posted by Cptn Crunch View Post

PSA for Canadian Nexus 4 owners and possibly other countries that use AWS/band 4 (1700/2100 Mhz). A few little tweaks and you can enable LTE on your phone. It's only confirmed to be working in Canada so far. Currently it won't work in the States (except possibly AT&T in a few areas) but apparently T-Mobile has plans to use those bands in the future for LTE.

 

Here's a couple links and an XDA thread on the topic in case you feel like testing it out:

 

http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/23/nexus-4-lte-working-canada/

http://www.anandtech.com/show/6474/nexus-4-includes-support-for-lte-on-band-4-aws

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2007943

 

I didn't get a Nexus 4 specifically because it lacked LTE support so I can't offer any experience with this. I just signed a shiny new contract for my shiny new Note 2 (no regrets - I freakin love this phone!).

 

Anyways, here's the usual spiel: If you chose to try this, you do so at your own risk. This was only discovered yesterday and confirmed today so nobody really knows what effect this might have on your device yet. Certainly, battery life is likely to be an issue. And since this phone wasn't intended for LTE there might be a few other quirks that haven't been uncovered yet. If I had a Nexus 4 I'd probably keep an eye on XDA for a few days and try it myself after more people have tested it out.

Thanks!  It's a neat finding, and seems Canadians are quite lucky at the moment if they have this phone.  Hopefully the T-Mobile USA LTE rollout will happen soon.

 

Back to the topic on hand, anyone try a USB DAC with the Nexus 4 yet?

post #267 of 812

BTW: No out of the box USB-OTG support on the Nexus 4.  So there goes all hope for a USB DAC being recognized on a stock device.  We'll have to wait and see if developers can work around this with custom kernels/ROMs.

 

http://blog.gsmarena.com/nexus-4-does-not-support-usb-otg-despite-google-saying-otherwise/#disqus_thread

post #268 of 812
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Originally Posted by neurofone View Post

BTW: No out of the box USB-OTG support on the Nexus 4.  So there goes all hope for a USB DAC being recognized on a stock device.  We'll have to wait and see if developers can work around this with custom kernels/ROMs.

 

http://blog.gsmarena.com/nexus-4-does-not-support-usb-otg-despite-google-saying-otherwise/#disqus_thread

 

Who buys a Nexus 4 to use it with the stock ROM? ;)
post #269 of 812
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Originally Posted by tool462 View Post

 

Who buys a Nexus 4 to use it with the stock ROM? ;)

 

Ha, actually I would argue that the Nexus experience is so good out of the box, that there's no need for custom ROMs for almost all users (exceptions would be tinkerers and overclockers).

 

I used to crack flash ROMs all the time, but really nothing beats the pure experience from Google in terms of stability and fast updates.  

 

I see custom ROMs as more useful for the poor souls that are stuck with an Android phone that is skinned with TouchWiz, MotoBlur, Sense, etc, and they want to have a more stock-like experience.  

 

I'm already on a Nexus device, and I get that awesome experience out of the box.  I haven't seen any features in the custom ROM world that I really would choose over having the stock ROM.  

 

Now if some genius developer comes up with a USB DAC supported kernel, then I'll be first in line to flash it, but until then, the reason I bought Nexus is to have the pure Google experience and fast updates.  If I had bought an SIII, I would have flashed CM10 on it as soon as I opened the box :)

post #270 of 812
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I have to say that the number of ROMs and customizations make it worthwhile to flash.
There's so many cool little tweaks you can do, such as changing The color of soft keys, or having a separate lock screen wallpaper, or custom vibrations, or custom notification light colors that I can justify flashing custom ROMs on my nexus.
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