LG Nexus 4 Review: Is It Perfect (For You)?

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The LG Nexus 4 was out recently, and it’s been lauded as the best yet Nexus device. It has great specs and a really low off-contract price, so how can you resist? Should you resist? Read on.

LG Nexus 4 review – should you get one?

Some people have criticised the lack of LTE, which might put off buyers in the US.
Despite this, though, the Nexus 4 sold out online in just minutes. It’s the Optimus G with a few fancy extras thrown in – beautiful design and superior build quality, as well as a pure Android experience. This is a top-notch device, and one that can compete with the iPhone 5.

The LG Nexus 4 weighs 138g and measures 133.9×7.0x9.1mm, so it’s not quite as light as the Samsung Galaxy S3 or the iPhone 5. It has got high-end hardware, though, as well as a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon chip. It’s also got a 4.7” IPS display with a 1,280x768p resolution. It has 8 and 16GB versions, but has no SD support. There’s an 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera. Instead of LTE it has HSPA+, microUSB and NFC. It runs on Jelly Bean 4.2 and has a 2,100mAh battery.

The LG Nexus 4 did really well on Geekbench tests, beating the Samsung Galaxy S3, the iPhone 5 and also the Optimus G, but this could be down to the Android 4.2, though.

It’s got a really good screen, and you can’t really tell that it has a lower ppi than the iPhone 5. It’s easily one of the best screens on the market right now.

Its cameras are middling-good, but do make very clear images, and you’ll also get PhotoSphere and several filters. A single charge will last for a day, but if you’re watching films you’ll get 4.5 hours. The LG Nexus 4 is a fab device, and best of all, it’s cheap, with an unlocked 8GB version costing $299. Obviously it could do with some SD support, and a removable battery, but you can’t argue with that price.

There’s a lot to think about with this phone – pure Android, brilliant specs and a great price.
If you don’t have much need for storage or LTE, the LG Nexus 4 could be the phone for you. If you need more space and LTE, and even the 16GB version is too small, then you might need the Samsung Galaxy S3 or the iPhone 5.

Alex customizes his cars and smartphones like its going out of fashion. Jumping between Korean and American, not only does Alex provide in-depth reviews but he usually hangs on to the models for some “real world testing” weeks at a time.