One data point.

I have had a Nexus 4 for about 18 months. I've had no problems with it so I can recommend it as a solid performer. Runs KitKat official. The screen is not as sharp as newer models.
I've used mine in AU (Optus) and the Western USA (AT&T) on 3G networks with no issues. Saved my arse many times driving with maps navigation voice mode. I expect it will work in Europe too as it supports 900 and 1800 MHz GSM bands.

I get photos and music in/out using gmtp (under Ubuntu 12.04); while Ubuntu 14.04 accesses the phone like a mass storage device under GNOME. Overall pretty good desktop Linux compatibility from what I've tried to do.

YOU WILL NEED A GOOGLE ACCOUNT to make use of many features. After all it is a Google phone.

  Rich (in Seattle for a bit)

On Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 1:22 AM, Russell Coker <> wrote:

The Nexus 4 is still a very capable phone, it has 4G of RAM, 16G of storage,
runs recent versions of Android and can be easily rooted and modded.

Kogan is selling refurbished Nexus 4's for $169 each, this is really a great
deal.  The Nexus 6 is too expensive at ~$900 IMHO and the Nexus 5 still hasn't
dropped in price.

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