LG Nexus 4: Should It Be Your Next Phone Or Skip It?

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The world of smartphones is overwhelming at the moment as new phones come onto the market each month. Some of them do make an impression that sticks while others are just lost in the confusion of plastic, metal, glass and silicone. However one handset that stands out as not just any other Android handset is the recently unveiled LG Nexus 4.

LG Nexus 4: it’s right for me but how about you?

The LG Nexus 4 is the new flagship device of Google and LG and it is in a league of its own and more than likely will still be relevant 10 months from now. The device comes with some of the best hardware from Google to date and happens to arguably be the best smartphone in the Android line up as well. The device does come with some drawbacks, however when it comes to user experience nothing can match it.

LG have delivered some devices that have been under par in the past so some will be skeptical about the Nexus 4. However these individuals should look at the LG Nexus 4 with an open mind. Most of the issues with LG devices in the past have been with their integration of software and lack of upgrades. However when it comes to the Nexus 4 all of this will be handled by Google.

LG have shown that they have what it takes with their Optimus G, which is the handset that the Nexus 4 is based on. This device stands out when it comes to performance and hardware, with the software not being too bad either.

Google have taken all of the best parts of the LG Optimus G and put them in the Nexus 4 and then polished them until they are almost perfect. The Nexus comes from the sense of design of Google and basic hardware of LG.

The device offers a screen that can be described as awesome and it could be the best on any device at the moment. It also has a superb camera and the design is distinctive and it is cool looking. These things have always been questionable on past Nexus devices.

What makes the device stand out is the pure Android 4.2 experience that is provided, along with the fact that the device will be among the first to get updates in future. Another thing which makes the LG Nexus 4 stand out is the fact that it costs just $300 to $350 and this is for the unlocked device. This is just a little more than what you would pay for a carrier subsidised handset with a contract of two years generally. When you purchase the LG Nexus 4 it is yours from that day on and you can choose which carrier you want to use the handset on. You could essentially take the device to a prepaid carrier for about $30 to $50 per month, with no commitment.

The LG Nexus 4 doesn’t have LTE, and its storage options of 8GB and 16GB are its ONLY drawbacks. It does support HSPA+. HSPA+ speeds on T-Mobile or AT&T are around 21 to 42mbps, this depends on the connection. Speeds of around 20mbps are regularly achieved on the Nexus 4.

So you would have to weigh storage and lack of LTE against all the other things that the LG Nexus 4 has in its favour. With its outstanding hardware and superb Android experience and price tag, I would recommend the device. Whether it is the right device for you is a matter of personal preference.

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