Wake up, wake up, it’s Christmas! Wait… no, that’s not right. It certainly feels like it though. It’s cold outside, my stomach is growling and the gift unwrapping ceremony (ie the launch of a certain crop of devices) is just hours away. I’m talking about the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, of course, and while our friends across the pond and down under have already sucked the Google Play Store well dry of its stock, us folks in the United States are still waiting on our chance to order one.
Google didn’t confirm what time the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 would be available before today’s date so we’ve been feverishly checking since late last night. Nothing ever came of our efforts, of course, but that’s because Google’s going for a 12pm eastern launch (which would be 9am for those of you in the pacific time zone).
You’ll still want to be back well before that time to prepare for the feeding frenzy that’s sure to go down because there’s no telling what’s going to happen when these go live. For starters, Google might very well release it a few minutes earlier than scheduled, and you certainly won’t want to be even a second late.
Secondly, if you know the crowd that typically gets excited for Nexus devices and everything Google, then you’ll know that they don’t play around. More than 5,000 tickets for Google I/O sold out in under half an hour, remember?
Consider the fact that those tickets cost some people almost $1,000, and if you factor in travel… well, let’s just say there’s a dedicated bunch that’s going to be looking for this thing. Judging by the UK and Australian sellouts so far we’d say you won’t have long to lollygag because the difference between getting your order in and coming up short could be one missed click, one wasted minute and one server overload error.
Get your credit cards ready — tape it to your display if you have to. Hell, you might even want to memorize it if you haven’t already. Set your autocomplete forms up so you won’t be snagged up by the dreaded shipping and billing information Google will inevitably ask for. Make sure your Google Wallet account has your card all set up and verify that you’ll be ready to purchase this thing once it goes live by trying it out on a cheap app.
You can never be too prepared for this sort of thing, so god speed and good luck to all those looking to add yet another Nexus device to their lives. Be sure to keep an eye out on the official Phandroid Twitter, Facebook and Google+ accounts for notifications of its arrival — we’ll be feeding you the links the moment it goes live. And don’t forget to check out the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 sections at AndroidForums.com for great and healthy conversation among enthusiasts like yourselves!