Some of the first reviews of the LG Nexus 4 have come in and the majority of these have nothing to say but good. Most people have agreed that the handset is fast and it has most of the features you would want from a high-end smartphone in 2012. On the downside side some people didn’t praise the device as much as others. The top experts at ComputerWorld for one had strikingly different opinions.
CW tech experts weigh in on new LG Nexus 4
Josh Ong thinks the lack of 4G doesn’t make any sense:
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.
JR Raphael talks perfection:
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 x 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.
While Armando Rodriguez is impressed, but has one problem:
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.