LG Nexus 4: The Ugly Side

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The LG Nexus 4 goes on sale today and up until now it has only received praises for its beautiful design, hardware and price tag. However there are some downsides to the LG Nexus 4 that you should be aware about before making a decision.

LG Nexus 4: the other side

The LG Nexus 4 does have a lot going for it, however the lack of LTE will hold it back from being a device that many reviewers will recommend. Many say that LTE is the future when it comes to smartphones, if this is true then the Nexus 4 will be short lived. Some say that LTE drains the battery, however with tech getting better and chips being more efficient, this is not true.

Now speaking of battery claims, this brings us to the second problem. A recent test by the folks over at AnandTech showed that the LG Nexus 4 has the worst battery life when compared to current popular smarpthones (Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S). While on paper it has a decent capacity battery, AT’s test show real world usage and how the Nexus 4 will really last when put through a typical day of tasks.

Next up is the build. Yes, reviewers have said that the exterior build quality is excellent but how about the internals. Given that LG phones aren’t as popular as it rivals, we have never truly focused on their build quality. And now a recent internal overview by an XDA member has raised a couple of red flags (read here).

Lastly we come to the price tag. A lot of shoppers have decided on the LG Nexus 4 just by looking at its price tag and Nexus branding. However it is important to note that the $299 base price tag is actually subsidized by Google. What this means is that if you can’t buy it from the Google Play Store then you’re going to have to pay the standard $199 with a two-year contract (T-Mobile is offering one). This puts it back on par with devices like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 which have LTE and better battery life.

So while the LG Nexus 4 has been receiving glowing reviews, it is important to keep these points in mind as well.

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