LG Nexus 4

AKA: LG E960, LG Nexus, LG Optimus G Nexus, LG Optimus Nexus, Google Nexus 4

Available at: Bell, Fido, Koodo Mobile, Telus, Videotron, Virgin Mobile, Wind Mobile

8/10 AVG.
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The Google Nexus 4 is without a doubt a landmark phone - quad-core power for a fraction of the price of other flagships, what's not to love? - Basil Kronfli, Know Your Mobile  
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The Google Nexus 4 is a device that is pushing the boundaries of smartphone capabilities. - Luke Johnson, TrustedReviews  
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8/10 AVG.
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Based on 39 reviews

The latest take on a pure vanilla Android smartphone is called the LG Nexus 4. Its design is based off another LG handset called the Optimus G and it is one of many flagship models made for Google. How does it perform when compared with the most recent models in Google’s Nexus smartphone range? And more importantly, is it able to outperform the competition?

The Nexus 4 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with a clock speed of 1.5GHz. This particular chip has been found to pretty much leave competing chips in other manufacturer’s devices in the dust. It’s quite powerful, and it goes along perfectly with the rest of the Nexus 4’s specs. These include a 4.7-inch 1024x768 touchscreen display, 2GB of RAM, up to 16GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, and NFC.

The default operating system is 4.2 Jelly Bean, the very latest version of Android. What kind of new stuff does it bring to the table? Well, for one thing, it improves the user experience by making the user interface even faster—as part of Google’s ongoing project Butter—and adds several new features like user accounts and wireless display support. These can't really be described as revolutionary but the end-result does improve its overall usefulness.

The Nexus 4 doesn’t represent a huge step up from the model that it’s supposed to replace. Though there are noticeable improvements, such as better camera performance and more useful software features, it just can’t be described as more than a minor upgrade to its predecessor. Its uniquely LG styling won’t appeal to everyone, but at only 9mm thick and less than 140 grams, it will definitely get some extra attention. If you want a smartphone that will be on the forefront of Android for at least the next several months, then this is probably the Android smartphone that you're looking for.

Need to Know: LG Nexus 4

1. Runs the latest flavor of Android, version 4.2 Jelly Bean. (The Good)

2. Features wireless display support via Miracast and has wireless charging tech. (The Good)

3. Short battery life. (The Bad)

4. Camera performance could be improved. (The Bad)

Specs summary

Screen
4.7"

The LG Nexus 4's screen is 4.7 inches with 768 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5GHz

There is a Qualcomm Quad-core Krait APQ8064 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4.3 KitKat) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB or 16 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
2100mAh

The phone is powered by a 2100 mAh Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. LG's performance ratings are: 10.5 days standby time, 918 minutes talk time, 376 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

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Reviews summary

8/10 AVG.
RATING

Based on 39 reviews

The latest take on a pure vanilla Android smartphone is called the LG Nexus 4. Its design is based off another LG handset called the Optimus G and it is one of many flagship models made for Google. How does it perform when compared with the most recent models in Google’s Nexus smartphone range? And more importantly, is it able to outperform the competition?

The Nexus 4 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with a clock speed of 1.5GHz. This particular chip has been found to pretty much leave competing chips in other manufacturer’s devices in the dust. It’s quite powerful, and it goes along perfectly with the rest of the Nexus 4’s specs. These include a 4.7-inch 1024x768 touchscreen display, 2GB of RAM, up to 16GB of internal storage, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, and NFC.

The default operating system is 4.2 Jelly Bean, the very latest version of Android. What kind of new stuff does it bring to the table? Well, for one thing, it improves the user experience by making the user interface even faster—as part of Google’s ongoing project Butter—and adds several new features like user accounts and wireless display support. These can't really be described as revolutionary but the end-result does improve its overall usefulness.

The Nexus 4 doesn’t represent a huge step up from the model that it’s supposed to replace. Though there are noticeable improvements, such as better camera performance and more useful software features, it just can’t be described as more than a minor upgrade to its predecessor. Its uniquely LG styling won’t appeal to everyone, but at only 9mm thick and less than 140 grams, it will definitely get some extra attention. If you want a smartphone that will be on the forefront of Android for at least the next several months, then this is probably the Android smartphone that you're looking for.

Need to Know: LG Nexus 4

1. Runs the latest flavor of Android, version 4.2 Jelly Bean. (The Good)

2. Features wireless display support via Miracast and has wireless charging tech. (The Good)

3. Short battery life. (The Bad)

4. Camera performance could be improved. (The Bad)

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Reviews (8/10 Avg. rating)

A great handset for those who want Android in its purest form

from Expert Reviews (5 months ago)

There's little wrong with LG's take on the Nexus brand, in fact it's a great smartphone and one we'd be happy to own. Android 4.2 is a big plus point, there are some neat new features, and you don't have to fight with a manufacturer's take on Android. Despite this we still narrowly prefer the Samsung... More

  10/10

A simple and powerful Android phone without any frills of the manufacturer

from Tech Ticker (about 1 year ago)

So is the Nexus 4 worth it at the end of the day when there are Nexus experience device announced with the likes of Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One? The Nexus 4 comes with 16GB of internal memory with 2GB RAM and is priced at $435, which is in the price range of Samsung’s Galaxy S III, however, it... More

  8/10

The stripped-back design keeps things neat, fast and smooth – multitasking is a breeze

from What Hi-Fi (about 1 year ago)

Therefore, and despite that winning interface and smooth operation, it’s time for the Nexus 4 to step down as the best Android smartphone. The HTC and Sony flagships impress more with their stunning picture performance and lovely design touches. For Android purists, though, the Nexus 4 remains... More

  8/10

The price point is just too good to ignore

from The Mobile Indian (about 1 year ago)

The phone offers very good performance, display and comes with a great price and promise of always having the latest Android version, which means that this phone is simply one of the best choice in the market today, even if you don't have a budget constraint, you won't mind buying this handset as you... More

  10/10

The battery life seems solid, internals are clearly quite fast, screen looks great, and camera is decent as well

from TechCrunch (about 1 year ago)

At the end of the day, I’m still firmly rooted in the iPhone camp. And it’s still difficult — though less difficult than ever — to see that changing. One reason that it took me so long to get this review out there is that I was trying to use the Nexus 4 as my only device, but just couldn’t.... More

A great phone in its own right

from Pocket Gamer (about 1 year ago)

Despite a few bugbears, the Nexus 4 is an almighty performer, and when Google finally sorts out its stock levels and clears the backlog you won't get anything that can come close to this phone for the money. There are compromises (there always are with Nexus devices) but they're manageable. The glass... More

  9/10

An above-average smartphone that presents Android well to everyone willing to try it, at a low cost

from Brighthand (about 1 year ago)

With all the advantages and shortcomings that the Google Nexus 4 displays, perhaps its best feature is the low price. Add in very powerful processor, a display with a big diagonal and great pixel density, and the latest version of Android, and you get an offer that is hard to resist.However, even with... More

  9/10

Impresses with speed, software and a competitive SIM-free price

from The Guardian (about 1 year ago)

It looks a strong bet if you're an Android enthusiast who's owned one or more previous Nexus smartphones, and wants the SIM-free latest model with the promise of speedy software updates.A committed iPhone fan? The Nexus 4 is excellent but won't sway your affections, any more than the iPhone 5 did similarly-committed... More

  10/10

A brilliant realisation of Android, backed up by top-notch performance

from What Hi-Fi (about 1 year ago)

Yet despite all those cool features, it’s an overriding sense of clarity that truly sets the Nexus 4 apart. The Android OS is rapidly improving, and this is the best version yet. Add stylish, well-built hardware, great all-round performance and price, and the Nexus 4 starts to look very competitive.... More

  10/10

A class-leading device with a few notable exceptions

from Phone Scoop (about 1 year ago)

I have really mixed feelings about the Nexus 4. I like the clean and quick Android 4.2 operating system of the Nexus 4 more than I like the hardware itself. Here's why.The Nexus 4's display is great, the voice performance good, and the extra features - such as NFC - are cool. The bad battery life and... More

RUN don't walk away - Worst Quality--PERIOD!

(10 months ago)

My wife and I bought new LG Nexus 4 phones. At 30 days, my phone died (blink red light of death). It took LG 3 weeks to tell me the phone has water damage and that it could have come from being in the bath room while taking a shower or any other atmospheric water condition may have applied. At 45 days,... More

  1/10

Awesomeness

(about 1 year ago)

Coming from an iPhone to the Nexus 4 ,I was nervous. This phone is amazing, I won't go into details about what it does ,but I will say, if u need a phone and u don't want to be locked in with a company this is the phone for u

  10/10

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