DailySteals has 16 GB Nexus 4 available for $499, but is it really a steal?

November 26, 2012
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While we knew from the get-go that Google and LG’s Nexus 4 was going to be really special, we never imagined it could break one of the age-old golden rules of technology. That is the phone, unlike other gadgets, but just like wines, will increase its value with time.

We’re not kidding, just think about it. Google had this big boy up for grabs starting at $299 for like a couple of seconds and is struggling to meet demand and get it back in stock. Meanwhile, T-Mobile sold it for a far heftier price and still managed to run out, while Ebay listings got crazier and crazier to the point that an 8 GB Nexus 4 is now around 600 bucks and a 16 GB model is $1,000.

Now we’ve just come across a new way to procure yourselves a precious “pure Google” phone, though you might still not be too happy with the “deal”. DailySteals has the 16 GB unlocked Nexus 4 for $499, which the discount site claims to be $300 off the list price. Yeah, maybe the list price on Ebay.

Still, this is not the absolute worst deal that you could make nowadays and is actually the same price T-Mobile will charge you for the 16 GB model when it’ll get back in stock. As for Google Play, we have no idea when or even if the Nexus 4 will reboot its availability anytime soon (like, before Christmas).

So, should you get the Nexus 4 via DailySteals? We have no idea, but whatever you decide make it quick. The special offer, as usual, is a one-day affair with around 18 hours to go, but this time around we’re ready to bet we won’t see that counter going all the way down to zero.

And that’s not just because there’ll be huge demand for the phone, but also because DailySteals has no way of packing a very hefty stock after all the madness from these past couple of weeks.

Quick reminder in spec land – the Nexus 4 features a 4.7-inch IPS LCD screen with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution, a quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2 GB of RAM, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, an 8 MP rear-facing camera, NFC, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. There’s no microSD slot on board and no 4G LTE support, though technically there is an LTE chip inside that sorta kinda works.

Who’s taking advantage of DailySteals’ “special deal”? And who’s ready to wait for Google to get the phone back in stock even if that could still take weeks?

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