LG Nexus 4

AKA: LG E960, LG Nexus, LG Optimus G Nexus, LG Optimus Nexus, Google Nexus 4
8.5/10 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 

The Google Nexus 4 is a device that is pushing the boundaries of smartphone capabilities.

- Luke Johnson , TrustedReviews 

Reviews summary

8.5/10AVG.
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Based on 40 reviews

What's good  

    What's bad  

      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.

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      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: 5.1.1 Lollipop) 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 8/16 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

      Battery
      2100mAh

      The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2100 mAh battery. LG's performance ratings are 10.5 days standby time, 918 minutes (2G), 600 minutes (3G), 376 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.


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      Reviews summary

      8.5/10AVG.
      RATING
      Based on 40 reviews

      What's good  

        What's bad  

          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.

          Show more

          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 (8.5/10 Avg. rating)


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

          from Expert Reviews (2 years 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 Samsun... More

          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 Galaxy S3 for its more-vibrant screen and longer battery life. If you want a newer phone, the HTC One is currently our pick of the bunch, although that may change once we've reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S4. Still, if you're looking to stand out from the crowd, or can't stand Samsung's take on Android, then the Nexus 4 is a great choice.

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          10/10

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

          from Tech Ticker (2 years 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,... More

          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 has 1GB RAM and microSD support. The Samsung device is undboutedly, a formidable one, Nexus 4 wins on the software side and on the price as well.

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          8/10

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

          from What Hi-Fi (2 years 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

          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 a worthwhile option.

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          8/10

          The price point is just too good to ignore

          from The Mobile Indian (2 years 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 yo... More

          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 will get everything that a smartphone can offer you today.

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          9.5/10

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

          from TechCrunch (3 years 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. iMessage... More

          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. iMessage, iCal, the apps I needed to test, etc, made it very hard. Again, I’m not sure I see that changing. But I look forward to whatever Google is working on with Motorola. And I look forward to Key Lime Pie. And I’m sure more Apple diehards than ever will be watching closely to see what exactly iOS 7 will entail. For now, the iPhone still wins the debate in my mind. But I’m finally ready to acknowledge that there is a debate — and a healthy one at that.

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          A great phone in its own right

          from Pocket Gamer (3 years 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

          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 back is a concern, but if you buy a protective case the risk of damage is hugely reduced.

          And even though the fix for the battery hasn't yet been released, it is fair to say that it will come and then there will be little reason not to consider this over everything else on sale today and in the near future.

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          9/10

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

          from Brighthand (3 years 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 wi... More

          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 the unstoppable performance and more-than-pleasant user experience, there are certain shortcomings compared to more expensive competing models. Above all, the display contrast is poor, data storage is too small, and the camera is below average.

          Still, the Nexus 4 is an above-average smartphone that presents Android well to everyone willing to try it, at a low cost. At the same time, it is the ideal platform for rooting enthusiasts, and those who enjoy modifying their smartphone software-wise.

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          9/10

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

          from The Guardian (3 years 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 si... More

          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 Android fans. But you should at least be pleased that Google's work on Android software and devices will be pushing Apple not to rest on its laurels.

          But looking beyond the fans on both sides of this particular tech battle, the Nexus 4 is an excellent smartphone that shows off the best of Android, and will serve you well for a year or two ahead.

          The lack of expandable storage is worth bearing in mind if you're thinking of upgrading on a contract from, say, a previous Samsung Galaxy S phone, mind. The Galaxy S III still makes a more logical upgrade, even if it's likely to be a little slower to get the latest Android software updates.

          Still, if Google and its manufacturing partner LG can crank up the production line to get more Nexus 4 rolling onto real and virtual shelves, it'll make a lot of new and upgrading smartphone owners very happy.

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          10/10

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

          from What Hi-Fi (3 years 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

          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. The Nexus 4’s clarity of thinking sets it apart from the smartphone herd. While some may see its styling as too conservative, others (yes, that includes us) will see quality and refinement in its simple lines and excellent fit and finish.

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          10/10

          A fantastic phone, simply outstanding

          from Coolsmartphone (3 years ago)

          The Nexus 4 is awesome. It looks great, feels high end, has a spectacular screen, runs flawlessly, has a much improved camera and features the best version of Android currently available. For me, these more than outweigh the slightly less comfortable/practical design and still average battery life.

          The Nexus 4 is awesome. It looks great, feels high end, has a spectacular screen, runs flawlessly, has a much improved camera and features the best version of Android currently available. For me, these more than outweigh the slightly less comfortable/practical design and still average battery life.

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          Its awesome mobile i have ever seen .........................

          (about 1 year ago)
          10/10

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

          (2 years 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... More

          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, my wife's phone did the same thing...of course we are going to have wait another 2 weeks for them to tell us there is corrosion also in her phone. I AM GOING BACK TO APPLE...What a waste of money and time. Though skeptical, I was seeing good quality out of LG, guess I wasn't skeptical enough...

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          1/10

          Awesomeness

          (2 years 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

          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

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          10/10