BY | December 5, 2012

Google Nexus 4 reviews are all praise for this smart-phone. Great specs and sane pricing has made it very enticing for all the geeks, says Raaj Datta of NVONews.Com

The Google Nexus 4 breaks the traditional image of Android devices – in terms of features as well as price. The LG-made Google Nexus 4 runs on the latest iteration of the Android OS, Jelly Bean. The Nexus 4 might not be enticing with its design, but as far the technology goes, there’s little to complain. The interface is about the same as other Jelly Bean-loaded phones, but there are new features that include turn-by-turn GPS navigation and a tweaked notification bar.

The phone is powered by a quad-core processor and there’s the 4.7-inch True HD IPS screen for display. But, there’s just one flip-side to the Google Nexus 4 and that’s the lack of 4G LTE support. But when it’s priced at £239 (for the 8GB model) available through contract, there’s hardly anything to complain about. The 16GB model is priced at £279.

Design and Display
Look-wise, the Nexus 4 is nothing remarkable to glance at, but the phone is slim and the corners are rounded. Starting from the back, there’s the ‘nexus’ logo at the top, but just below the camera. The Google-LG association is made known through the LG logo at the bottom. The good part is the textured skin which is sure to keep off finger-prints from sweaty hands.

The slim design of the phone is complemented with the 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass 2 protected display, running close to the edges. If the size of the display was any indication, the resolution is an astounding 1280×768 with 318 pixels per inch. So, technically, this is close to the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Apple iPhone 5. The Nexus 4 is similar in size to the Galaxy S III but its 9.1-mm thickness is definitely fatter than the 7.6-mm thick iPhone 5.

4.7-inch is enough screen real-estate and one that’s bright and vibrant. Images as well as videos look great on the device. The high-resolution of the display also makes text easily readable.

Under the hood
The Google-LG Nexus 4 has a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 320 graphics chip. The specs are plain impressive and beats the current top-tier phones like the Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5 easily. The raw power of the phone speaks for itself on the benchmark tests and that means multi-tasking is breeze with almost no slow-downs.

The Nexus 4 is powered by a 2100mAh battery that should run around 9 hours on a single charge, if you can manage to keep a fair check on the GPS and screen brightness. If your usage is heavy with random use of GPS and a particularly bright screen, expect the phone to scream for a power-source in less than 3 hours.

The Google Nexus 4 features an 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash. Try it along the Galaxy S III or the iPhone 5, of course under standard conditions; the results aren’t discouraging at all. Team the phone’s hardware superiority up with Jelly Bean’s photo-editing capabilities; you’ll immediately notice that the camera far exceeds the expectations.

But, as we said there are cons as well to the Nexus 4; the lack of a microSD card adds up to the list, after the lack of 4G LTE capability.

Bottomline
The Nexus 4 has powerful hardware and the latest Android operating system, which can definitely give a sharp competition to its overpriced rivals. If you can overlook the lack of 4G LTE, there’s nothing to stop this device from its stride. The best part of the deal is that it comes cheap – but with an excellent screen and technical fire-power, this is a must-have if you are on a budget.

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  • Jack

    The 16GB model sold in the UK for £279 + shipping (£10)is priced at least £19 more than if bought in the US. Given current exchange rate of about 62p to $1, the price of the phone in the UK should be £216 + VAT. Adding VAT @ 20%, the max price of the phone should be £260. So it is not as cheap as when bought in the US.