So, we have the first reviews of the Google and LG Nexus 4, and most are good. It’s very fast, has top-end specs and looks great. There are a few flies in the ointment, though, so ComputerWorld has asked its top nerds to give their verdicts – and it’s still a yay.
CW’s LG Nexus 4 review roundup
Armando Rodriguez is very impressed, but has one complaint:
The LG Nexus 4 is an improvement over last year’s Galaxy Nexus, [I’m] impressed with the phone’s performance and slew of interesting features. … I was initially worried that the…large 4.7-inch display would make the phone difficult to use one-handed, but those fears were put to rest.
[But it] does not have a user-replaceable battery. … [The] quad-core Qualcomm S4 Pro processor [does] a good job at keeping it running smoothly. Menus flew beneath my fingertips, and I noticed no lag. … Photo Sphere…works really well. … Nexus 4 looks to be a quality smartphone.
Josh Ong says the lack of 4G is odd and troubling:
Last year’s Galaxy Nexus had an LTE variant, so the 3G-only Nexus 4 seems like a step backward. …the more I look at [it] the more it appears to be perfectly suited for the Chinese market…[but] I’ve been unable to confirm whether China is one of the upcoming countries.
The most impressive quality about the Nexus 4 is its aggressive price. …there’s plenty of room in the medium-priced Chinese smartphone market for several Android vendors…but Google’s in a tight spot. …it has to walk delicately to avoid stepping on its hardware partner’s toes.
And JR Raphael overlooks all gripes and heaps praise on the phone:
This is one very nice device. … Google has clearly taken the best parts of LG’s Optimus G…and polished them to near-perfection. … [It] looks and feels the way a high-end smartphone should. It’s sleek, solid, and not at all flimsy.
The glass curves along the edges of the phone…in order to match the way you hold and interact with the device. … Speaking of the screen, boy, is it a beaut. … True HD IPS…1280×768, with 320ppi. It looks fantastic — crisp, clear, and bright. … This is hands-down one of the best screens I’ve seen on an Android phone.