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It looks like it's a full-time job trying to nab a Google-LG Nexus 4. The smartphone has faced enough demand to make it look like the iPhone 5 - short in supp;y and high in appeal. So where can you get it? You'll have to seek a third-party answer for that in the United States.
The Google-branded LG Nexus 4 is a tough cookie to catch at the moment. In the United States, the 8GB model is sold out through the Google Play Store and the 16GB model takes at least 5-6 weeks to ship, according to Google Play. If you'd like a Nexus 4 smartphone in 2012, then you'll have to turn to Amazon Wireless, Ebay, or another third-party retailer where the cost of the phone can be around $500-$600 (around $250 higher than Google's price).
Despite the high demand here in the United States, Google opened up its Nexus 4 supply to the United Kingdom yesterday, and guess what? It sold out again. Unless you're a "Add to cart" button-pushing monkey, this smartphone is currently hard to get ahold of.
There is good news though - the 'sold out' status mostly applies to the 8GB model. The 16GB model is still available for purchase in the United States. Granted, it costs an extra $50 (giving it a price tag of $349.99), but given the current mania around the Nexus 4, it's the only official option to purchase through.
The LG Nexus 4 features a 4.7-inch display, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, and 2GB RAM. The handset also comes with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing shooter. As high end as this smartphone is, the fact is that the Nexus 4 doesn't come with LTE. The handset does come equipped with a dormant LTE chip that can be activated via a software tweak, but it doesn't change the fact that the unlocked Nexus 4 cannot work on a majority of LTE bands in the United States.
Good luck getting the Nexus 4 at retail price, and no matter how you grab it, let us know what you think of the device.