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LG Nexus 4 Review: The Good, Bad & Unforgivable

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The LG Nexus 4 is the next big thing in the Android world, and while it’s arguably the biggest Android launch since the Samsung Galaxy S3, it does have its upsides and downsides.

LG Nexus 4 review roundup

Good points: The fact that the LG Nexus 4 has Android 4.2 and is guaranteed to get timely future updates is a real bonus. It also has the fastest chip on the block and a more than reasonable starting price of $299 unlocked.

Bad: It’s not that great for storage – 8GB or 16GB – and there’s no SD card support. Also, the $299 price is only from Google Play – if you have to go elsewhere, then you may pay more. For instance, if you took it via T-Mobile it will cost you as much as a Samsung Galaxy S3.

The Ugly: No LTE! LTE is the future of smartphones, and if yours doesn’t have it, you’re missing out on amazing data speeds that are way ahead of even Wi-Fi (AT&T LTE test results).

This is what I think, anyway. Other tech bloggers have their say here:

Nathan Olivarez-Giles from Wired commented: Thoughtfully designed hardware displays a quality of finish that can compete with the best rival smartphones. Big 4.7-inch screen is crisp, detailed and beautiful. Quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM gives it power to spare. NFC and wireless charging show Google pushing new platforms forward. Bargain pricing for and unlocked beast of a phone. Latest Android, directly from Google, with no delays from carriers or hardware makers. No LTE connectivity means the Nexus 4 is confined to slower, older mobile networks. No micro SD card slot or expandable storage of any sort. The rear speaker isn’t very loud and doesn’t sound very good.

Lynn La for CNET thinks: While the LG Nexus 4 wins on internal performance and user experience, anyone shopping for an unlocked phone should consider a comparable LTE handset first.

Walt Mossberg of the WSJ said: Overall, the Nexus 4 is a good phone, with especially good prices for unlocked versions. But I’d advise Android buyers to consider other models with LTE, better speakers, and the ability to add more memory and work on all carriers.

John Topolsky from the Verge weighed in with: If you buy the Nexus 4, you have to decide whether you’re willing to compromise data speeds for the purest and best form of the Android OS. After comparing the options and seeing the gulf between Google’s flagship and other devices on the market, I’ve decided it’s a compromise I won’t be making again.

Engadget’s Brad Molen said: Sure, the Nexus 4 is not without its hiccups, but none of its predecessors have been perfect, either. And given the boost in real-world performance, the better camera and various other new features, it’s even more tempting than all those previous devices whose shoes it’s trying to fill. In a case like this… you have our permission not to resist.

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