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LTE-free LG Nexus 4 showing some poor battery life against iPhone 5 and other Android superphones

0. phoneArena 06 Nov 2012, 04:13 posted on

The LG Nexus 4 is a great deal in the US considering its super-low off-contract price of $299 through the Google Play Store, as well as its superb hardware like the Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset and 2 gigs of RAM...

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posted on 06 Nov 2012, 04:16 37

1. TerryCrowley (Posts: 184; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)


All pre-release speculation. Wait until the final product to pass judgement.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 04:24 6

5. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


exactly

BTW Radoslav aka ray
did you read this article? if yes you can say also that a15 and android suck
but it is PRE RELEASE for more info look at lg optimus g test on anandtech to understand what pre release means

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 05:10 4

19. MeoCao (unregistered)


Actually Nexus 4 is not doing badly, it's close to SGS3 and iPhone 5.

But I'm sure that after Google refines Android 4.2 it will be much better.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 06:19 1

31. cretinick (Posts: 147; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)


I'm hoping that the final 4.2 makes better than this!

But it's not close to the iPhone 5, man! it is ~50% lower!

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 06:21 2

33. MeoCao (unregistered)


Have a look again at non LTE iPhone 5

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 04:53 11

16. Retro-touch (Posts: 264; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Sad that Ray S doesn't have enough sense to wait for the final product and insists on creating drama. Software can affect hardware performance and battery life, its been mentioned over and over, and then he posts this as if he can't research. These tech sites are starting to make me see how they report anything as long as its news instead of reporting content that is newsworthy

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 06:30

36. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


could be the best phone alive it still not going to sell well. gs3 note 3 iphone 5 and the htc dna among others heck even its own lg optimus G is going to kill it in the market

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 17:50

53. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


Pre release speculation..That's VERY DOUBTFUL the folks over at anandtech has been in this game a long time they are a relaible source without question. It's Lg I can't see why they would make this up. It's not like I wanted this device anyway. The Galaxy Nexus on Verizon was PISS POOR with battery life so I'm not to surprise by this. The Galaxy Note 2 pimp slaps any Lg Nexus or Lg Optimus G as well..

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 18:06

57. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 218; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


projections

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 04:19 11

2. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


Did LG drop the ball on this? perhaps Google should stick with Samsung... just saying...
if LG can't offer the full package, as great the nexus is, it won't appeal to many.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 05:07 4

18. jan25 (Posts: 418; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


what are you talking about? the phone is based on the Optimus G, a phone that is praised for its spec sheet. it is the software that isn't ready yet, nothing to do with LG.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 05:18 2

21. MeoCao (unregistered)


Agreed, I like Nexus 4 much more than GNex, especially the screen. JB 4.2 is still new and needs some refinement, that's all.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 06:21 1

32. SGSatlantis (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


So I guess you've seen the Nexus 4 in person? There aren't even comparison videos.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 06:23

34. MeoCao (unregistered)


But I saw Nexus 4 videos and read reviews

You should not be so confident dude

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 06:39 2

38. SGSatlantis (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


I saw the videos too, but they said the display is slightly worse or at best, on par with the One X. One review said that it was dim with very good viewing angles. There were no comparisons to the Gnex, and we both know that in person they all look different.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 07:06

44. MeoCao (unregistered)


And what do you know about GNex screen? As far as I know this is the second worse feature of GNex after the camera.

On the other hand from the videos and reviews I know that Nexus 4 screen is one of the best in business comparable to One X

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 07:25 1

45. SGSatlantis (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


That's because you rely too much on online reviews. I've compared the Gnex to the One X and I like the Gnexs' display better because of the deep blacks, and I don't mind the PenTile tech used. Can't stand the gray shade of black on LCD units and colour shifts when changing viewing angles, as some people can't stand the PenTile matrix or the oversaturated colours on Amoled.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 07:34 2

47. MeoCao (unregistered)


Well, SS made 2 Nexuses and none was successful.

Now it's LG's chance so let's wait and see how things work out.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 07:58

49. SGSatlantis (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


I agree that the Nexus 4 is probably the best Android phone right now(at least on paper), as you can see lower in the comments. My point was to hold off the statements until the N4 is launched and we're able to compare both in person.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 06:48 2

39. CellieCell (Posts: 90; Member since: 14 Apr 2010)


I don't know about you but thinking back with some of LG android phones, it appears this is an LG fault with battery life. your not going to gain a significant battery life by tweaking software. it comes down to the battery. and not to mention 4.2 is a refinement of it's previous 4.1, 4.0.4 & so on...

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 06:54 1

41. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


I agree. Take the Optimus 4x for example. it boasts a power saving core and some new battery technology but battery life is still below average.
Although battery life on my s2 did significantly improve after an upgrade to ICS....

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 07:25

46. Jasonhunterx (Posts: 110; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


Well you know nothing about technology the iPhone 5 has around a 1430 may battery and it beats all of these phones that have larger battery its on a software side my Galaxy nexus gets no where close to 4hrs of screen time its software bro

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 05:44 4

25. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 915; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


I don't know if you remember but the Galaxy Nexus didn't have an stellar battery life either.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 06:02

29. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


The only things that most people envy on the N4 is LTE,the chipset and the screen. I've heard mostly complaints about memory, the glass back, some pricing issue and bla bla bla...Now add the battery life to the equation. Not saying GNxus is better in anyway.
I like nexus devices for the updates only. I'll still stick with the company's respective flagships for the complete package.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 06:32

37. Kjayhawk (Posts: 291; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


I think you have that wrong the nexus 4 doesn't have late. On many sites the design, pricing, processor, memory and screen have been praised. The lack of lte and storage have been the center of complaints.

Dude your freaking clueless on the nexus 4

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 06:53

40. someones4 (Posts: 619; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


I praised its design. Pricing is still very high in my region. The rest of its specs aren't spectacular except for the processor.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 06:30 2

35. SGSatlantis (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


According to The Verge and this test the Nexus 4 lasts longer on a single charge, better camera(The Verge, Engadget...), faster CPU, more RAM and better build quality than the GNex. How is this not the "full" package, since they both lack LTE it is excluded from the "fullnes" of the package.
But since I'm a sucker for Amoled I would've preferred Samsung, if they matched the price.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 18:38

54. JunitoNH (Posts: 985; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


I personally think Samsung refused to make another Nexus device. Samsung, purposely crippled the GNx with a piss poor battery, speaker, and camera. They knew the S3 was looming over the horizon. Google get some b**ls, you own Motorola now. Built a device with good hardware and removable storage. I pretty much bet they'll sell more than one million devices.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 04:21 3

3. android_hitman (Posts: 666; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)


this article basically says ... go and buy and Iphone5

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 04:24 6

4. jove39 (Posts: 1330; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


@Ray S - Look at benchmarks carefully iPhone5(assume 3g coz nothing is mentioned) has scored 4.55 and iPhone5(LTE) scored 8.19 - Since when LTE has been more power efficient than 3g????
Now compare Nexus4's 4.18 with iPhone5 4.55 and remember N4 has 4core cpu, 2gb ram, bigger hd display!

All that I can say in favor of N4 is...battery is not enough to feed 4core monster inside :)

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 04:29 1

7. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


ip5 has great modem in 28nm from qualcomm and very power eficient cpu & other components

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 05:45 7

26. jove39 (Posts: 1330; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


lol...don't you know soc in N4 is also built on 28nm by qualcomm!!!

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 08:47

51. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


MEGA LLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLL
i know but it has not great s4 cores
don't know why my note2 overclocked is much faster than any phone with s4
it is so obvious that you make fool out yourself dude
i was reffering ip5 vs 3g

ip3g has soc in 28 nm?

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 02:33

55. SGSatlantis (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


He was talking about the 3G connection of the iP5 not the iPhone 3G model. And no insults please.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 04:35 5

10. darkskoliro (Posts: 997; Member since: 07 May 2012)


That comment is actually really stupid. It doesnt matter whether or not your SoC is brilliantly fast or you have an amazing screen, its the handset as a whole that counts. The factors should have been taken into account therefore allowing satisfying battery life.
You wouldnt drive a ferrari for a kilometer if you could drive a mercedes for 10. (dont start picking on the analogy now)

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 04:28

6. bayhuy (Posts: 307; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


HTC One X close second and best android device...
Thanks, LG & Google, but I will wait for an HTC Nexus...untill then I'll stay with my HOX.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 04:37

12. darkskoliro (Posts: 997; Member since: 07 May 2012)


I didnt even know the dual core onex was that power efficient...but quadcore anyday :P

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 04:35 7

8. abdane (Posts: 478; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


LMAO ! how come iPhone 5 LTE more battery life than 3G version ? WTF ? those are fake ! and my GS3 lasts more than thos 3G and wifi numbers...

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 04:35 2

9. jan25 (Posts: 418; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


software isn't ironed out yet on the new hardware. the Android version doesnt even have the promised lock-screen widgets. wait for 4.2.1 Ray.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 04:36

11. djmuzi (Posts: 18; Member since: 12 Oct 2009)


The Nexus 4 is very bad.... No matter how many cores and RAM, iPhone 5 will be always faster...
The HOX ist second bestest... but try the European version of the HOX : It would loose this fight and be last.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 04:43 1

14. jan25 (Posts: 418; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


the Tegra 3? are you kidding? this Nexus has faster and more power efficient chipset than the HOX. it also has a bigger battery, that's why those numbers are crap. i can see why you think the iPhone 5 is faster.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 04:38 5

13. ScottSchneider (Posts: 323; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)


First to Begin with... After I read the Article till the last word I was wondering who could be the one to have written this to go against Android and the Latest Iteration of the Android OS Smart phone that is throwing each and every other mobile over the roof with its S4 Pro.. Then I started to scroll up and I have a Hunch as to who would have Written this article... It HAD to be RAY S.... Actually Jove39 is right.. when did the LTE become less battery hungry over 3G...

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 04:45 5

15. omacmagic (Posts: 25; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Hmm something is amiss here. The Verge reported good battery life and Engadget reported it wasn't so good, will wait till the final model comes out and is reviewed to know if to buy or not. Think I will still buy though whatever the outcome.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 04:58

17. Retro-touch (Posts: 264; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


If you check numerous reviews you'll notice very contradictory statements and findings, compounded by the fact they are running different software versions, check screenshots of about phone in the reviews, its kinda difficult to spot though

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 05:21

23. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Agreed the verge gave it an awesome performance and a great battery life, could it be that they have a defective unit or rather a much earlier build

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 05:15

20. mydi.maus (unregistered)


thats not the real nexus 4 final product coming soon.this is just fake.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 05:29

24. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Not fake, just unofficial model. Google still has a couple tweaks to make to the software, that will undoubtedly improve performance across the board.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 05:19 1

22. Lawliet (Posts: 160; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


F*ck benchmarks, practical results are more reliable.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 05:46 1

27. dsDoan (Posts: 223; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


Are you telling me that the iPhone 5 on LTE, with a larger screen and a nearly identical battery, gets almost twice as much browsing life as the iPhone 4S on 3G, which again, has a smaller screen and a nearly identical battery?

Or that the LTE iPhone 5 gets nearly double the browsing life of the 3G iPhone 5?

This editor is losing credibility, and PhoneArena, in general, will soon lose credibility if they don't keep their editors in check.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 05:48

28. verybeo (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Jul 2012)


its true???, i cant believe that s3 got a bad result like this

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 06:17

30. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


This article is worthless. How the hell does the iPhone 5 on LTE last longer than the 3G iPhone 5 in browsing time? Picture #1 made this article lose its credibility.

Ray, view those sources for credibility. Picture #1 is totally inaccurate.

And next time, try not to make your hate for Android so obvious either. Phonearena needs a new writer...

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 07:01

42. JuAli (Posts: 11; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


This phone won't sale like other phones due to lack of promotion or advertising and it being an non LTE phone. And the price of 300 compared to 199.99 on contract is just not gonna hang for the every day consumer. This phone will mostly appeal to devs and geeks who know how to take advantage of a Nexus device. Normal everyday consumers have no idea about this phone!!

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 07:02

43. JuAli (Posts: 11; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


This phone won't sale like other phones due to lack of promotion or advertising and it being an non LTE phone. And the price of 300 compared to 199.99 on contract is just not gonna hang for the every day consumer. This phone will mostly appeal to devs and geeks who know how to take advantage of a Nexus device. Normal everyday consumers have no idea about this phone!!

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 07:38

48. darkkjedii (Posts: 12620; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


These phones are all power houses, and won't get the greatest batt life. However being non lte u'd expect better batt life from the N4.

posted on 06 Nov 2012, 13:09

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


the budget phone N4 is still decent.. not a power house when it doesn't come with LTE.. is 2012 people even the biggest carrier in the U.S won't released a non LTE phone.. is a budget phone

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 07:06

56. aquadust (Posts: 18; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


Oh well actually there is like 10% difference in batterly life in 3G mode between iphone5 and nexus 4...The faster the connection is the better battery life you get (faster transfer speed = more idle time for CPU). Why testing new 2012 devices in 3G anyway omg, r u serious? Testing web browsing on nexus 4 via gprs/edge and comparing to iphone5 via LTE. Ok guys I see what you did there! I would expect also 4G test from nexus 4, even in sh*t hole like my country we already have 4G for quite some time :) so this test is absolutely useless for me. I expect batterly life a bit lower than galaxy s3 (same battery, similar HW, but different screen technology amoled vs LCD) which would be fine for me.

BTW: while using wifi nexus 4 is as same as galaxy s3! and that's fine for me. Hope that nexus 4 won't be available only via LG distribution in my country, I don't wan't to pay 599eur while rest of the world pays ~350eur in play store for the same thing (16GB)...

posted on 07 Nov 2012, 20:39

58. Pasan (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


AnandTech forgot to compare something important. The price difference!!

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 11:12

59. nvrhde (Posts: 77; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


I wish my i5 have this much battery life

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