LG Nexus 4: Forget Specs, Design Alone Rivals iPhone 5

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While we’ve seen numerous comparisons of the LG Nexus 4 versus the iPhone 5 looking at the specs sheet entirely, there is one important factor that is missing – its build quality. The LG Nexus 4 has shockingly good build quality just like the iPhone 5 which we only realized after our hands on yesterday.

LG Nexus 4 vs iPhone 5

The LG Nexus 4 looks and performs like a true flagship device should do, thanks to the quality being excellent and the materials top notch. In the Nexus line-up the Nexus 4 from LG is a huge step forwards.

Just like the design of the Apple iPhone 4S, the LG Nexus 4 comes with glass on the back and the front, with a band down the centre. However it feels far from fragile. The glass is protected with Gorilla Glass 2, which provides great scratch resistance, along with strength.

When at a certain angle, the rear glitters. We are still surprised by its $299 price tag that has one thinking this is an mid-range phone.

While our comparisons have shown that the LG Nexus 4 trumps the iPhone 5 in terms of processor, screen, RAM and battery life, I’d like to point out that you should hold one if you get a chance. Check out our impressions below.

LG Nexus 4 first impressions

The screen of the handset is 4.7 inches and it has a resolution of 1280 x 768. The display is detailed and vivid, without having an overly saturated look to it, the colours however are a little on the cool side. Having said this, photos, videos, apps and the web, all look great on the display. The edges of the glass gently roll to the sides of the handset and this ensures that not only is the device comfortable to hold, but the display is also very easy to use by swiping fingers over it. The device is all about smooth glass, with no hard edges to get in the way of the user.

The centre of the design of the handset is rubber; this gives the LG Nexus 4 a soft touch that is very easy to grip. On the back there is a texture under the glass that gives off a glimmer when the light catches it. The shimmer, which is seen only now and again. The device does lack the Google logo, but there is the Nexus brand in chrome.

The Nexus 4 is a huge improvement over the original Galaxy Nexus, however there is something that does let it down and this is a lack of LTE. The Nexus 4 has HSPA+ and this offers speeds of around 42mbps.

A lack of LTE does however work in the favour of the price tag. Google are selling the LG Nexus 4 unlocked starting at $300 for the 8GB version and $350 for the 16GB version. You can get these at the Google Play Store. T-Mobile will also offer the 16GB model for $200 on a contract of two years and the device will ship on 13th November.

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