LG Nexus 4 Review: 5 Experts Share Their Verdict

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Tech experts have been giving the LG Nexus 4 the once over and the majority of them had good things to say about the handset, with just one or two small niggles.

The Nexus handsets are classed as being the flagship Android handsets. We saw this with the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7 tablet which came out in July with Jelly Bean.

Now we have the LG Nexus 4, which was the first device to have Jelly Bean 4.2 installed out of the box. This gives owners panoramic photos and gesture typing, along with a lot of other things.

Most of the reviews say that the LG Nexus 4 is superb, with some reviewers having gone as far as to say that they think it is the best.

The LG Nexus 4 has a display of 4.7 inches, the 1.5GHz quad core Snapdragon processor and an 8 megapixel camera. It comes with a battery of 2100mAh and has the price tag of $299 for the 8GB unlocked handset.

The device did get points taken off for the lack of LTE and some said that the battery life let down the device. Others said there were some issues which were related to Android 4.2 and the performance.

So what do the experts think about the LG Nexus 4?

Gizmodo said the Nexus 4 is “officially my favourite phone by a healthy margin”. They explain that the lack of LTE doesn’t really hurt the phone too much, but the thing that does raise concern is battery life:

“On paper, the 2100 mAh should power it through the day no problem. As it is right now, this is not a phone I could take on a long trip where outlet access is spotty,” they say, but also note that a rumoured software update could address this issue in future.

The Verge said that the Nexus 4 is a handsome – if relatively uninspired – device in terms of looks, but the reviewer was impressed by the specs, including the main rear camera.

They also noted that the improvements to Google voice search for Android 4.2, which means that it now outperforms Apple’s Siri in the majority of queries.

However, the reviewer says that alarming lack of LTE makes it tough to see how this stacks up fully against the competition.

TechCrunch says that the fit and finish of the Nexus 4 feels great and the handset looks pretty slick. But while the reviewer welcomes the tweaks and additions in Android 4.2, they add that it is arguable as to whether or not a smattering of changes a great update makes.

Engadget says that the Nexus 4 is a veritable dreamboat when it comes to looks and specs, observing that it is the lovechild of a Samsung Galaxy Nexus and an LG Optimus G. Engadget’s review also notes that the starting price of the Nexus 4 means it will attract a whole new audience to the Nexus brand.

Whilst the review says that the Nexus 4 battery life is not as good as the Optimus G, it was largely positive on the phone.

While CNET praises the impressive technical specs and competitive price of the Nexus 4, but notes a series of flaws: including that its construction is solid but uninspiring; the call volume is too low, and the lack of 4G LTE is an issue.

The review concludes that, “aside from natively sporting Android Jelly Bean, the Nexus 4 doesn’t offer up anything significantly new. If you ask yourself, what does this phone do to expand and progress the Nexus brand? The answer is, nothing much.”

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