Specs summary


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


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


The phone runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.1.1 Lollipop) operating system (OS).

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.

8/16 GB

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


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.

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

Based on 40 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.

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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)

Reviews (8.5/10 Avg. rating)

Expert Reviews

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

from Expert Reviews

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

Tech Ticker

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

from Tech Ticker
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... Full review
What Hi-Fi

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

from What Hi-Fi
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... Full review
The Mobile Indian

The price point is just too good to ignore

from The Mobile Indian
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... Full review

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

from TechCrunch

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

Pocket Gamer

A great phone in its own right

from Pocket Gamer

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

from Brighthand

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

The Guardian

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

from The Guardian

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

What Hi-Fi

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

from What Hi-Fi
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... Full review

A fantastic phone, simply outstanding

from Coolsmartphone
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... Full review


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

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... 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... 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 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 Less

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Full Specs

Release date November 13, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, South America, India, Philippines
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
SIM Card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 5.1.1 Lollipop)

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Processor Qualcomm Quad-core Krait APQ8064 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
8 GB or 16 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.546 W/kg
Body: 1.27 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2100 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 318 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 376 minutes
3G Surfing Time 251 minutes
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
918 minutes (2G)
600 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 10.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.4 x 6.9 x 0.9 cm
(5.3 x 2.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 139 grams
(4.9 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 768 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 320 pixels
Size 4.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key Yes
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Google Chrome
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots No
Expansion Slots Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Brightness control, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 1+ megapixels
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC, AAC+, AAC
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Other Names (AKA): LG E960, LG Nexus, LG Optimus G Nexus, LG Optimus Nexus, Google Nexus 4

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