Originally Posted by LAKings33
When did this become about Android? I don't really care what you think about the OS or the device.
My reply to your original message was to explain how your claim about the Nexus 4 being a mid-range device is incorrect.
On a personal note, I tend to keep up with the majority of tech news. The mobile industry and the technology that surrounds it just happens to be one of my many interests.
The initial sale of the Nexus 4 was extremely limited until January of 2013. The distribution was only in select markets, and the device had no advertising aside from listings by cellular providers. Really, it shouldn't be that hard to understand, I don't know why I'm even entertaining this.
It's priced in the mid-range price category probably because it only comes in 8 and 16G models and if they tried to sell it for more money that was equal to Apple, they'd probably sell less than they did. I don't know if Google can private label a product at the same price point as Apple for a flagship product. There are reasons why people will pay a premium for Apple and a lot has to do with everything surrounding the company and the eco-system. From evaluating the various eco-systems, Google seems like the cheap me too sibling.
They are PRICED as a mid range product. They don't support 4G/LTE everywhere, the camera comparisons for low level light was awful when compared to a S3, iPhone 5 and last year's Nokia (whatever model it was), that's one comparison test I read. Of the four, the Nokia was the best, the iPhone 5 was second best and almost as good as the Nokia and the S3 and Nexus 4 both sucked. Do I use that? actually, yeah, I have needed a camera that needed to do a decent low light photos for a legal document I was dealing with that I had to send a pdf version of and actually my iPhone 4 worked just fine. I still don't have any problems with my iPhone 4 despite whatever problems people blew out of proportion. I actually brought it to Apple just for shits and grins to see how the battery was doing and it's still holding a charge just fine. I've never had an app crash on their diagnostics s/w they run, nor have I have any dropped calls that I can remember, nor have I ever had to reinstall the OS. It has worked flawlessly with the exception of having a setting that I just had to switch off that I didn't realize would cause a certain symptom. Other than that, it's been working just fine, but I am planning on replacing it since it's getting close to the 2 year contract coming up so I'm starting to see what i want to replace it with. So, I've decided to wait until Apple releases a larger screen model since my eyesight sucks. Even though I've never seen a large screen phone I actually liked holding with the exception of the HTC One. That's the only one that I've ever held that I liked, but since it's Android, I won't buy it. Malware is a SERIOUS issue with me. I've been stung with Malware on a Windows PC which is one of the many reasons why I won't buy a Windows computer, no matter how much someone else likes em, no matter how much market share they have. Malware and security are two MAJOR concerns for me for VERY good reason. Also ease of use, reliability, interoperability with OS X, tech support, application and hardware products available. So, all of the things I look at, Apple is the only one that meets or exceeds my criteria. They may not have one feature here or there, but that usually changes as features always get added and Apple manages to figure out useable ways to add features that I request or find useful.
Personally, Google should get off their asses and improve YouTube. That service is so awful, I wish I didn't want to use it, but they have a lot of videos I enjoy watching that people post. But there is a lot of crap videos and horrible operation and YouTube couldn't get rid of Flash based videos soon enough. It's a shame that a company that has the monopoly on a video site sucks as bad as it does. I don't think Google really cares how bad their site is because they are the only game in town so they don't have anyone really competing with them. But they are pretty much the only game in town with the most content, but if someone else had the same content, I'd probably use something else. I don't think Apple wants to get involved with a YouTube service due to copyright problems plaguing YouTube submissions. But if they did, they would certainly have a better experience, but it would take them a long time to get the same amount of content. To me, that's about the only thing I would miss if Google went belly up and cease to exist. Internet search, there is Yahoo and Bing which do pretty much the same thing, so I could easily switch which I'm always comparing to see what is the most consist service. My life wouldn't change that much without Google, but it would change for the worse if Apple cease to exist because the options out there suck and it would take a LONG time before anyone could get to where Apple is and is going.