One of the best handsets coming our way will be the LG Nexus 4. However the question is, is it worth upgrading from the Samsung Galaxy Nexus of last year to the new device? Let’s find out.
LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a great device and it does come with the pure Android experience and should get the update to Android 4.2 at some time in the near future. Having said that a lot has changed since the device was released last year and the LG Nexus 4 does have a lot of advantages and is superior in almost every way.
The LG Nexus 4 design is very distinctive and if you hold the two handsets side by side you can see that the Nexus 4 is the more premium looking handset. The construction of it is more solid and it does feel more substantial that the plastic feel of the Galaxy Nexus. Of course the back of the Nexus 4 is made of glass and so there is the increased risk of it breaking should you drop it.
The display is very different as the Nexus 4 has a True HD IPS display and this beats the screen of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus hands down as it is Super AMOLED. The quality difference is vast, although it doesn’t sound it on paper. The resolution is 1280 x 768 in comparison to 1280 x 720 and 316ppi. If you look at the display of the Nexus 4 for some time and then that of the Galaxy Nexus you will see the difference and not want to go back to the Galaxy. The display of the LG Nexus 4 is easier to read in sunlight too.
Performance wise the LG Nexus 4 doesn’t hang around and is in a league above the Galaxy Nexus. Everything about the device feels snappier and this may not be so surprising thanks to the fact that it comes with the 1.5GHz Snapdragon quad core processor and 2GB of RAM.
The LG Nexus 4 boot up time is around 30 seconds quicker than the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and it can load web pages faster as well. Almost everything you do on the device is quicker on the LG Nexus than it is on the Galaxy Nexus.
The camera on the Galaxy Nexus was never something to write home about, however the camera on the LG Nexus 4 should be blabbed about to everyone.
The speakers of the Nexus 4 are loud and clear and they sound better than those on the Galaxy Nexus. The Galaxy Nexus of course has been heavily criticized in this respect.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus does have some advantages over the LG Nexus 4 though. The battery is removable on the Galaxy Nexus and it supports LTE, where the LG Nexus 4 doesn’t.
The bottom line is that for the majority of people, the upgrade won’t be worth it. Sure the LG Nexus 4 looks better but then again the Samsung Galaxy Nexus is one of the best looking Galaxy phones to date. Furthermore they both share almost identical front fascias. The LG Nexus 4 is faster but then again the Samsung Galaxy Nexus continues to get improvements of its own thanks to speedy software updates. The LG Nexus 4 boasts a better screen and camera, while the Galaxy Nexus balances it out with blazing LTE speeds and a removable battery. All in all, the LG Nexus 4 is a great