With Bell giving out the “end of life” sentence to the Galaxy Nexus way back in October, we wouldn’t have expected a lot of stock to remain unfinished going in 2013. Still, the Canadian carrier seems to have had trouble moving the last gadgets around, as it has now taken another drastic measure to get rid of them.
The remaining Galaxy Nexuses will be sold for $350 outright, which is a whopping 300 bucks discount off the original list price. To be honest, we would have never recommended getting the one and a half year-old for the initial off contract price and we’re a little hesitant about the new one as well.
It’s true, the GNex is and will remain a true classic, with its high-res 1,280 x 720 4.65-inch display, fast and furious dual-core 1.2 GHz TI OMAP 4460 CPU, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of on-board storage. But, compared to the $309 8 GB Nexus 4 or the $359 16 GB model, it can’t really hope to come out on top from any standpoint, be it hardware, software support or design.
Of course, scoring the Nexus 4 for those prices can be a true challenge, with Canada’s Google Play suffering from the same critical supply issues as all other regional subsidiaries that have dared to announce the phone’s launch.
So, all things considered, what should you do? Probably wait for Bell’s next move. The carrier isn’t just getting rid of old GNex stock because the phone is out of fashion and is probably smoothing things over for its own N4 launch. We don’t expect Bell’s pricing structure to challenge the one in Google Play, but if the Nexus 4 were to start at, say, $400 or $450, it would be awfully difficult to say no, wouldn’t it?