Google and LG have hit all the right buttons with the LG Nexus 4. Coming in with top end specs but with a price tag that is well below anything on the market, it looks to be the perfect Android phone. However that doesn’t mean the LG Nexus 4 is for everyone.
LG Nexus 4: is it right for you?
There has been some negativity surrounding the launch of the LG Nexus 4 and this was mainly due to the fact that the device doesn’t support LTE. However this is only of consequence to those living in the US where LTE coverage has grown quickly over the past year.
So what is all the fuss about the now sold out handset? To start with the LG Nexus 4 is basically the Optimus G from LG with tweaks, which strangely enough means LTE being taken away. The all black-handset could be boring to some, however others love the design and that little glitter it has when held at the right angle.
The LG Nexus 4 is made from plastic although the display does have Gorilla Glass 2 and the quality is by no means cheap looking. In fact, this would be one Android that I would say rivals the iPhone 5 in terms of build quality.
The device measures 133.9 x 7x 9.1mm and it has a weight of 139 grams. This is light, but it’s nowhere near the lightness of the iPhone 5 nor the Samsung Galaxy S3.
The LG Nexus 4 comes packed with top-notch hardware and this includes a quad core processor of 1.5 GHz by Snapdragon. The display is 4.7 inches IPS and it has 1280 x 768 resolution. You can get the handset in 8GB or 16GB internal storage and there is no support for SD card. The device has an 8 megapixels camera and also a 1.3 megapixels camera on the front. It lacks LTE but does have HSPA+. The battery is 2100mAh and it supports NFC and Micro USB. Naturally, it runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box.
When put through Geekbench tests the Nexus 4 did quite well thanks to its processor and it beat devices which included the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3. For reasons unknown it also beat the Optimus G, which is the device the Nexus 4 was based on. This could be due to the fact that it is pure Android.
The display is good and while it has fewer pixels than the iPhone, this is not noticeable to the naked eye. The display is easy to read and is one of the best on any device at the moment.
The cameras may not be the best out here but they do offer vibrant photos that are clear and there is the Photo Sphere features and filters for the camera.
The battery should last around a day without having to be recharged, however if you are watching videos then you might only get around 4.5 hours from the device.
The LG Nexus 4 is a great handset with a great price. You can get the 8GB version for $299 unlocked. The device is not perfect thanks to lack of LTE and SD card options along with the battery which is not removable but it is difficult to argue when it has such a low price tag.
While there are some trade-offs you do have to compare these with the fact that the handset comes with great specs and price and it offers pure Android. If you can live without LTE and you don’t want to store a lot of music and videos on the device then the LG Nexus 4 is perfect for you.