LG Nexus 4 Review: The Big Boys Weigh In

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The reviews have been coming in regarding the LG Nexus 4 and most of them happen to agree that the device is a great one. The Nexus 4 is $199 on a contract of two years and is solidly built with the latest operating system from Google.

However there was one small footnote and that is the fact that the device lacks LTE, which of course happens to be the latest generation or wireless tech.

LTE tech allows users to download data faster and open web pages much faster. It is fast becoming the standard and is seen on the likes of the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3. Google did give us reasons why they left LTE out of their flagship handsets, however according to reviews; the lack of it makes the device stand out like a sore thumb. So what do reviewers actually think about it?

LG Nexus 4 review roundup

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.

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.

While 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.

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.

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