LG Nexus 4 Review: Awesome But Is It Right For You?

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The LG Nexus 4 is a great handset and it has become known as the best Nexus handset to date. The specs are amazing, the price tag is low for a device that is unlocked and it could be classed as the best Android device on the market but is it right for you?

The LG Nexus sold out not long after making its appearance online, so why is the handset so popular? The handset is based on the Optimus G with some additional tweaks to it and it comes with superb design and build quality. The handset is in black only and the exterior back glitters slightly when you hold it to the light. The Nexus 4 is not cheap looking and it is a rival to the looks of the Apple iPhone 5.

It weighs just 128 grams and has measures 133.9 x 7 x 9.1mm, however it is not as light as Apple made the Apple iPhone 5, or even the Samsung Galaxy S3.

It does have hardware that is top of the range and there is a quad core processor to power it by way of the 1.5GHz Snapdragon. It has a display of 4.7 inches and the resolution is 1280 x 768. You can get the handset in 8GB or 16GB but there is no external support via SD card. It comes with a camera of 8 megapixels on the back and a 1.3 on the front. It doesn’t have LTE but it does have HSPA+, along with NFC, Micro USB, a battery of 2100mAh and it has Jelly Bean 4.2.

The device did very well in tests at Geekbench and it beat both the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Apple iPhone 5. However it was behind the actual handset upon which it was based, the LG Optimus G. it could be that this was due to it having Android 4.2.

The display is superb and even thought it doesn’t have the ppi of the Apple iPhone 5 it is not all that noticeable. The display is great for text and it is one of the best on the market at the moment.

The camera may not be the best but it does offer clear photos and it has Photo Sphere complete with camera filters.

The battery should last you around one day and then you will have to charge it, however if watching a film you may get around 4.5 hours before it needs charging. It is a great device and the price tag is brilliant as you can buy the 8GB version for $299 in the Google Play Store unlocked. It is missing SD card support and LTE and the battery cannot be swapped. It does make up for this with the pure Android experience and he price.

The handset has superb specs and if you can do without LTE it may be the right handset for you. If you need more storage and LTE then you may want to look at the Apple iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy S3.

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.