LG Nexus 4 Review: 5 Experts Give Their Final Word

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Some of the first reviews about the new LG Nexus 4 device have come in and for the most part they are very positive. However there is of course the odd criticism of the handset.

LG Nexus 4 review roundup

Nexus devices are classed as flagship handsets for Android. This was the case with the Galaxy Nexus, which came with ICS last year and the Jelly Bean Nexus 7 tablet which came out in July.

This has continued on with the LG Nexus 4and it is the first handset to come with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean pre-installed, which gives users panoramic photos and gesture typing among other new features.

The majority of reviews about the LG Nexus 4 have been great, with some saying that this is the best Nexus phone to come out so far.

The LG Nexus 4 has a superb 4.7 inch display along with the Snapdragon quad core 1.5GHz S4 Pro processor and a camera of 8 megapixels on the back. It has a battery of 2100mAh and it comes with a price tag of $299 for the 8GB version, unlocked.

However some reviewers did knock off points for the lack of LTE and others mentioned the lack of battery life in the device, along with issues related to the performance of Android 4.2.

So what do the top tech experts from around the web really think of the LG Nexus 4?

Gizmodo goes as far as saying that 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 says 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 note that the improvements to Google voice search for Android 4.2 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.”

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.