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3 Reasons Not to Buy the Rumored LG Optimus Nexus



Earlier today, an extensive specification list for a device rumored to be called LG Optimus G Nexus leaked to the surface, backing up several earlier rumors which stated that LG, at the very least, would be releasing a Nexus smartphone this year. However, if the specifications are the real deal, I already know that I’ll be passing on this smartphone.

Most of the LG Optimus Nexus’ specifications are fantastic, again, if they true. We have a 1280×768 True-HD IPS screen which I assume will be fairly big in size and on par with the massive display sizes that have been coming out on high-end Android smartphones. We have a quad-core processor which I have found to be useful on my Nexus 7. The operating system zips around and games run flawlessly. That’s also paired with 2GB of RAM.

It’s also said to have an 8MP camera which I can deal with and wireless charging which I am also extremely excited about and wish it was a feature that Apple included with the iPhone 5.

Read: LG Optimus Nexus Detailed: HD Display, Quad-Core, November Launch.


I won’t be buying the LG Optimus Nexus if the rumors are true.

LG’s Nexus is also said to be coming with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, an incremental update, but one that I will likely have to wait months for on my Verizon Galaxy Nexus.

It will also likely come with all of the things that make a Nexus a Nexus. Quicker updates, vanilla Android, and an unlockable bootloader. And thus far, it doesn’t seem to have a carrier attached which means it will likely arrive off-contract and probably for a good price as well. All of those things, I like.

However, there are some things that I really don’t like and unfortunately, if these three features are included on this Nexus, I am not even going to hesitate on passing on it.

8GB and 16GB Versions Only

With a 32GB Nexus 7 seemingly looming on the horizon, my 16GB Nexus 7 is looking less and less attractive, Just like my 16GB iPad. 16GB just isn’t enough space for my apps, for my downloads or for my assorted other files. And that’s just on a tablet that I use occasionally when I’m at home.

Read: Why I Regret Buying the 16GB New iPad.

On a smartphone, 16GB of storage is virtually impossible. And I can’t even imagine having 8GB on my smartphone. I’d fill that up on the first day. In fact, I’ve had my iPhone 5 for under a month and I’ve taken up nearly 15GB of the 32GB of storage already.

If these are really the only storage options on the LG Optimus Nexus, I’m absolutely going to be taking a pass and I think many, many others would too.

No MicroSD Card Slot

It doesn’t help that the LG Optimus Nexus is rumored to be coming without an expandable storage space either. No microSD card slot means that users will be left with 8GB or 16GB of on-board storage only. This is customary with Nexus devices. My Nexus 7 nor my Galaxy Nexus have expandable storage space.


With 32GB of storage, not having a microSD card slot was tolerable.

I didn’t like that to begin with an having 8GB or 16GB of storage makes it even worse.

Non-Removable Battery

And finally, to the death knell. The LG Optimus Nexus is rumored to be coming without a removable battery which means that users won’t be able to exchange whatever battery they have in there for a larger one.

I would have returned my Galaxy Nexus on day one if I wasn’t able to switch out the regular battery for a larger battery to handle my usage and the poor battery life that’s attached to 4G LTE smartphones.

So unless LG decides to pack a massive battery inside its Nexus, and I’m not holding my breath, I’ll be passing because of this feature too.

My hope is, either these aren’t correct or there will be other Nexus devices out there that don’t offer this horrid combination of features. There are rumors of a Galaxy Nexus 2 and possibly Nexus devices by HTC and Sony as well, but if this Optimus Nexus is the only device, and it features these three, I’ll certainly be passing on the Nexus this year.

What about you?



  1. Brian Lampright (@motoxer913)

    10/05/2012 at 1:02 pm

    The press release for the USA version of Optimus G says not only is it a 32GB device but it also has an SD card. So where are these specs coming from? Doesn’t make any sense at all. Guess you now only have 1 reason now to buy ;-)

    • Eddie² B (@h1dd3n_m0nk)

      10/05/2012 at 9:00 pm

      He’s not referring to the LG Optimus G revealed yesterday. He’s talking about the rumored LG Optimus Nexus (unofficial name) that will be based on the Optimus G’s hardware and will feature qualities of the Nexus phone line.

  2. Alex

    10/05/2012 at 1:24 pm

    dude, what are you storing? 16 gb should be plenty for most…
    battery’s not that big a deal for most, many of us carry a charger if it’s that bad, which it probably won’t be, battery technology is catching up a little…

  3. Kevin

    10/05/2012 at 1:26 pm

    “Quicker updates, vanilla Android” Did the Galaxy Nexus come with either of those??? Face it man, the Nexus brand as we knew it is dead….doesn’t not exist…gone to meet it’s maker…..bereft of life, if you didn’t keep recycling it in articles it’d be pushing up the daisies.

    • VirtueP

      10/07/2012 at 10:07 am

      Um yeah dude, the galaxy nexus did get all the updates first, along with the nexus s, Its better not to speak if you have no idea what you’re talking about.

    • John Ogbonna

      10/07/2012 at 11:06 pm

      That’s the Verizon galaxy nexus, and even so, it still got jelly bean before most other android devices.

  4. drgnlady09

    10/05/2012 at 7:25 pm

    It is exactly this kind of finite spacial thinking that is holding back the massive leaps and bounds that technology SHOULD be making today and isn’t. If your (fill-in-the-blank) is there when you need it, then why do you need to hold on to it and lug it around with you when your not using it ? Our devices are weighted down for nothing more than our outdated sense of ownership and a security blanket if you will. Look at it this way… When you run down to the corner market real quick to grab some milk, do you make sure to bring your birth certificate, a copy of your medical records, homeowners insurance paperwork, your most important family photo albums, your xbox (with associated gear), your briefcase, your library book, a change of clothes AND your toothbrush along with you? No? THEN WHY ARE YOU CARRYING SO MUCH DIGITAL BAGGAGE WHEN ITS NOT NESSESARY??

  5. Prasad Tiruvalluri

    10/05/2012 at 7:46 pm

    What if it comes with a price like Nexus 7 (at cost) off contract. Would you still be passing this by?

  6. visitken

    10/06/2012 at 5:46 pm

    Adam, you say you won’t buy a Nexus from LG without a removable battery and yet you own both iPhone and iPad with this same “feature”. Is it only a problem when a non-Apple company offers it?

  7. Googlefan

    10/06/2012 at 9:48 pm

    ONE reason I won’t read anymore articles from this article’s author is “This article is nonsense”.

  8. akira

    10/25/2012 at 12:44 am

    Wait, so you’re complaining about the lack of a microSD slot and removable battery, yet it’s not a problem on your iPhone 5? I’m not sure whether it’s cognitive dissonance or plain fanboyism at play here.

  9. nothanks

    10/26/2012 at 8:01 am

    Lack of microSD is Google’s ploy to force people to put their personal data on cloud, which it secretly mines. No to such gimmicks.

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