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LG Nexus 4 Review: Good, Bad & Downright Unacceptable

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There is little doubt that one of the best Android devices on the market is the LG Nexus 4. It is the best Android handset; however it is not without pros and cons.

The good points of the device are that it has pure Android 4.2 and the fact that it will get fast updates. The processor is the best on the market at the moment and the starting price of $299 is excellent and it is without contract.

The bad is that there are some downsides to the phone. One of the biggest is the fact that storage is very limited. The LG Nexus 4 comes in 8GB or 16GB and there is no choice to expand storage. Another downside is the fact that the device comes with a price tag of $299 if you get the device from the Google Play Store. However if you are not able to get it from there then you will have to pay more.

The really bad is that the handset doesn’t come with LTE, which means that you lose out if you happen to live in a region where there is good coverage.

Here is what others have to say about the LG Google Nexus.

Walt Mossberg 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.”

Lynn La at CNET said “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.”

Nathan Olivarez-Giles from Wired said: “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 give 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.”

Meanwhile John Topolsky said “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.”

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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