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LG Nexus 4 to get bumpers, but not for left handed death grip

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LG Nexus 4 to get bumpers, but not for left handed death grip
The sparkling back of the LG Nexus 4

The sparkling back of the LG Nexus 4

What is with the LG Nexus 4 that it keeps following in the footsteps of the Apple iPhone 4? First, a prototype or early version of the device was left inside a bar just like the Apple iPhone 4 was, and now LG is offering rubber bumpers for the latest stock Android superstar. You might remember that when the Apple iPhone 4 launched, it was discovered that holding it a certain way would drop the signal strength on the phone due to attenuation of the antenna caused by the interference of your body with the signal. To soothe the frayed nerves of Apple iPhone 4 users over the left-handed death grip, or Antennagate, Apple sent out free rubber bumpers to those who bought the Apple iPhone 4.

It is the Korean manufacturer's first time eating from the Nexus trough and the good news is that the rubber bumper accessory is not being offered because of attenuation or any loss of signal strength. The bad news is that LG isn't giving away the bumpers for free. Google’s Dan Morrill said on his Google+ page that the bumpers are being sold to those who want to protect the edge-to-edge glass screen on the device.  Morrill notes that the bumper is like a case but without a back covering, but who would want to cover up that sparkling back on the LG Nexus 4 anyway?

source: DanMorrill via Phandroid

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posted on 30 Oct 2012, 14:13 24

1. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1087; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Bumpers...no bumpers...bumpers...no bumpers....who cares?
Nexus 4 is awesome no matter which way you look at it!

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 14:16

2. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


I would want to get a cool bumper for the LG OG (trademark LOL)

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 14:22 10

3. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


love that they put 'Nexus' on the sparkling back..

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 14:23 6

4. jan25 (Posts: 406; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


this just keeps getting more awesome. i was planning on buying a case for this baby but i was afraid it would cover the nice pattered back.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 14:30 3

5. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


Now who says we can compare this hideous design with the iPhone 5. Before you start talking about scuffs and scratches why don't you do some research on the nexus 7 built quality issues which make it sound like a homemade tablet. Image retention, broken pixels, touch screen glitches, the adhesive between the glass and the tablet could be heard coming off and also broken micro USB port. So you think only apple products have glitches initially? Well then you are wrong.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 14:37 5

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 11949; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Dude the apple haters won't ever acknowledge an issue with there devices. My best friend has a S3, and between the camera has small cracks and on the side. This issue was made known on PA too. The s3 is a great phone, but none r perfect.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 15:19 1

10. Aeires (unregistered)


So you're ragging on a phone that's not even released yet by bringing up a tablet that had some flaws when first released. Okay.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 16:23 8

14. remixfa (Posts: 13935; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


got an N7 on the first shipment. Not a single issue. The internet blows "issues" out of the water.

the last major major issue due to hardware was Antennagate..

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 18:39 1

19. Aeires (unregistered)


Have to agree with that, when you buy a phone and can't make calls, kinda defeats the purpose of owning it.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 15:55

28. theking_13 (Posts: 4; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)


Or scratchgate, getting the iPhone 5 scratched even though its sealed.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 14:36 9

6. bloodline (Posts: 693; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Stop comparing this device to the iPhone not even in the same league. Nexus destroys it

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 14:43 3

8. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


No it is in the same league. The nexus is made by LG. iPhone 5 has a better design and a better camera (purple haze has been fixed). It is thinner, lighter and just as smooth and fast thanks to ios.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 14:57 9

9. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


Better camera..you serious and the design on the iPhone isn't better, its stale.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 15:47

12. bucky (Posts: 1505; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


yes, better camera. you'd really have to be a fanboy to think the optimus G camera is better.
ill take anything over all plastic.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 15:54 3

13. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


Plastic again, all you ever hear is its plastic there for it must be cheap and crap.....the word premium has lost meaning its just a label now

Besides you cant call the iphones camera better with its known problems, over saturated colors and post process sharpening etc.

Speaking of fanboys 'kronic' is the definition

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 19:55 2

20. ncv144 (Posts: 126; Member since: 04 May 2012)


bucky, guess you must have sight issues, because the only part in the nexus 4 made of plastic is the bumper and that is so we dont get any issues with signal, the rest is glass.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 00:26

23. Kronic (banned) (Posts: 321; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)


The design of iPhone 5 is the sexiest perhaps you are stale.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 00:47

25. gabe92 (Posts: 27; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)


iphone 5 is pretty much the same fkn design as the 4. and will not compare to the nexus just look at the specs sheet its a fact.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 09:50

26. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


your such a fanboy, you need a reality check, you think that a stretched iphone 4 is the ''sexiest'' design.......its not even close it looks off and very lazy....

people can argue over what looks better but you saying its the sexiest is sad......nokia have much better designs so do sony

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 15:41 1

11. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


For taking purple pictures it seems and getting scratched

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 16:38

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 11949; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


U guys r wasting your time. You're better off blogging with a light pole.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 16:54 2

17. lauremar (Posts: 181; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


Listen to yourself dude. You're the epitome of an Apple iFanboy... For the record Apple copied the iPhone designs from the LG Prada. As far as IOS 6, have fun getting lost using the maps app that got the guy who designed it fired. I would never trade Google maps (which is included on LG Nexus 4) with that of Apple... LMFAO

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 17:45

18. weinerslav (Posts: 126; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


I was under the impression that part of the iphone was also made by LG... So yeah, if made by LG was an insult, that works against you too... How bright you are!

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 12:31

27. 8logic (Posts: 131; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


what? i thought the purple haze was "normal," if not add feature for yall sh**p??????

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 00:37

24. cncrim (Posts: 518; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Cant wait to get hand on want.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 22:38

29. pandambaba (Posts: 28; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)


the internals sound nice, but i'm sorry why is the flagship google phone so cheap looking? plastic is not "premium". the last great looking design for a nexus was the nexus s.

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