The LG Nexus 4 is one of the best Androids out there, but it does have its downsides. It has Jelly Bean 4.2 and will be sure to get fast updates. Its chip is the best available, and it even has a decent starting price of $299 off-contract.
However, the LG Nexus 4 has very little storage – just 8 or 16GB, and no SD support. It also only has the $299 tag if you get it from Google Play Store – anywhere else and you’ll pay more.
Even worse – there’s no LTE, so if you’re in a region with good LTE coverage, you’ll be missing out big time.
What do others have to say about the LG Nexus 4?
CNET’s Lynn La: 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.
John Topolsky: 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.
Walt Mossberg: 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.
Nathan Olivarez-Giles at Wired: 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.
Brad Molen: 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.