There is nothing worst then having to wait for something you really want. It doesn't matter how old you are or what the item is, the fact that you have to wait for it makes you want it even more. It's the love-hate relationship I have with Amazon and anything I order, and when that anticipation is for a new smartphone, it's amplified by about a thousand.
The LG Nexus 4 has received great reviews and is one of the most sought after phones this holiday season, but it's a hard one to get a hold of. Google seemingly underestimated the interest in the phone and within minutes the initial stock was sold out for both the 8GB and 16GB device in the Google Play Store.
Once the phones do come into stock, the wait ranges from 6-7 weeks, which is what the 16GB model looks like now (no word on the 8GB yet). Since Google is placing the phones online as soon as they have them, there is no way you can know when in fact the Nexus 4 is available. Well, until now.
If you've got another Android device, you can use the Nexus 4 Stock Alert app, which will alert you whenever the Play Store updates their product page with a new shipment of Nexus 4 smartphones.
It'll even update you on the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, should those run of stock (the 16GB Nexus 7 is currently sold out).
This way you can avoid missing one of the few opportunities to put in an order. As the app designer states: "This app uses at least 150MB per month for the frequent checks! Unlimited data package is recommended."