- Basil Kronfli , Know Your Mobile
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?
- Luke Johnson , TrustedReviews
The Google Nexus 4 is a device that is pushing the boundaries of smartphone capabilities.
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)
Reviews (8.5/10 Avg. rating)
A great handset for those who want Android in its purest form
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 An... Full review
A simple and powerful Android phone without any frills of the manufacturer
The stripped-back design keeps things neat, fast and smooth – multitasking is a breeze
The price point is just too good to ignore
The battery life seems solid, internals are clearly quite fast, screen looks great, and camera is decent as well
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... Full review
A great phone in its own right
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... Full review
An above-average smartphone that presents Android well to everyone willing to try it, at a low cost
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-avera... Full review
Impresses with speed, software and a competitive SIM-free price
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 tha... Full review
A brilliant realisation of Android, backed up by top-notch performance
A fantastic phone, simply outstanding
RUN don't walk away - Worst Quality--PERIOD!
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...Less
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 uLess
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