LG Nexus 4 Review: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

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The LG Nexus 4 is without a doubt the hottest new Android smartphone to stores this month. However while it is arguably the best Android phone you can buy on the market, it isn’t without its pros and cons.

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Good: The strongest points in favor of the LG Nexus 4 will have to be its software (pure Android 4.2 with guarantee of speedy future updates), its processor (possibly the best on the market right now) and its starting price tag of only $299 contract-free.

Bad: It however isn’t without some shortcomings. In particular there is the limited storage. You can only get the LG Nexus 4 in 8GB and 16GB options, plus there is no expandable storage. Another bad part is that the $299 price tag is from the Google Play Store. If you can’t get it direct from Google then expect to pay more.

Ugly: Lastly we get to the one thing that has been most criticized for – lack of LTE. LTE is the future of smartphones right now and if you don’t have an LTE phone, you’re missing out on blazing data speeds that can’t be matched by any other connection (not even WiFi!).

While that is my opinion of the LG Nexus 4, you can check out what other tech bloggers have to say about the LG Nexus 4 below:

Walt Mossberg from WSJ commented that: 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.

Lynn La for CNET had this to say: 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.

Nathan Olivarez-Giles from Wired said: 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 gives 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.

John Topolsky from the Verge said “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.

Meanwhile Brad Molen courtesy of Engadget said: 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.

Mike is the man who reviews gadgets that aren’t mainstream or products that can’t exactly be classified as consumer electronics e.g. portable talking toilets. It’s always interesting to read about the crazy products we have here in Asia that just don’t get as much publicity as they warrant.