Why You’ll Regret Buying the 8GB Nexus 4

With the Nexus 4 announcement today, Google introduced two different variants of the Nexus 4, an 8GB model and a 16GB model. And while the 16GB version might still pose a problem for some people, a smartphone with 8GB of storage space and no expandable memory definitely will. Here’s why you’ll regret buying the 8GB Nexus 7 and why you should stay away from it.

On paper, the 8GB Nexus 4 looks like a bargain. And it is. Sort of. $299.99 for an unlocked smartphone with these kinds of specifications is a steal that many consumers will be looking at buying when it goes up for sale in just a couple of weeks on November 13th.

However, drawing from my own experiences and using a bit of common sense, I urge those of you looking at picking up the 8GB Nexus 4 to reconsider as you will very likely be wasting your money and bestowing a future of headaches upon yourself.

Read: iPhone 5 vs. Nexus 4.

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You probably shouldn’t buy this.

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Learn from My Mistake

When the iPhone 3GS came out, I bought a 16GB model. Over the next three years, that decision tortured me and not because of the phone choice – I loved my iPhone 3GS, but because of how much storage space I had.

Read: iPhone 5: One Week with Apple’s New iPhone.

Over those three years, I was constantly shuffling music, apps, and an assortment of other files around while trying to maintain storage space. It was a nightmare that I do not wish upon anyone. Keep in mind, this is 16GB of storage we are talking about here, and not 8GB.

There is a reason the iPhone 5 and just about every other high-end Android device in existence doesn’t come in 8GB form. With growing app sizes and with new content coming out on a daily basis, it’s simply not enough space for the average user.

8GB is Not 8GB

It doesn’t help either that the 8GB Nexus 4 doesn’t have 8GB of storage space. That’s right. The 8GB Nexus 4 actually has less than 8GB of storage for your music, movies, and apps.

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8GB is not 8GB unfortunately.

Instead, there will likely be many MBs of storage eaten up by the operating system and other pieces of software on board the Nexus 4. We aren’t sure about the exact breakdown yet, but we expect there to be a little more than 7GB of available space right from the get-go.

That is absolutely limiting and will drive you nuts when you want to download a large file but have to delete stuff to make it happen. Expect that process to happen over and over and over again until you feel like returning the 8GB Nexus 4, just like I wanted to ditch my iPhone 3GS.  If you’re an avid photography, it’s even more infuriating given how much space photos take up.

What You Should Do

Simple. Spend the extra $50 and get the $349.99 16GB Nexus 4. Or, if you’re so inclined, get an Android phone that offers expandable storage space along with the on board memory.

Unless you’re fully reliant on the cloud, then I recommend that you don’t buy the 8GB Nexus 4 and you buy something else instead. You’ve been warned.