Re: iPhone 5 to Nexus 4 switch[ Edited ]
11-12-2012 08:25:27 AM - edited 11-12-2012 08:38:47 AM
21stNow wroteFor point #4, I think that OneStepAhead is concentrating on the concept of the marketing of the Nexus line, rather than the specs. The phone line was marketed as a developer's device prior to the (undesired) attempt to "mainstream" the Galaxy Nexus on VZW. Even when the Nexus line was released in the Sprint store, there didn't seem to be an effort to "mainstream" the device like there was with the VZW release. Also, carrier subsidies are part of marketing a phone. While there are carriers that have subsidized the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and will subsidize the Nexus 4, it still isn't prominent and marketed in the same way. I'm sure that there are many AT&T customers who never knew that they could get a subsidized Nexus S from Best Buy.
I see where you're coming from. But Google has also made some pretty good strides selling the Nexus 7 tablet on the Play Store (and other "less mainstream" places). Maybe they can translate that success somewhat to phones. Yes, its a different animal, what with carrier subsidies driving the market for the most part (as you mentioned). But there is still a market (comparatively small, but significant) for a device like the Nexus 4, that is inexpensive, unsubsidized, but still with great specs. The device is not going to match the iPhone and Samsung GS3 in sales, with the marketing monsters behind those devices. But it can carve itself a nice niche, nonetheless.
The OPs question about whether the Nexus 4 is a competitor was admittedly vague. But to the end user, who cares how the phone is marketed? Is the N4 a suitable replacement for an iPhone? Certainly.