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Google Nexus 4 Review

0. phoneArena 19 Nov 2012, 07:59 posted on

Already in the last couple of months, we’ve seen some fantastic smartphones come to market – with each one seemingly raising the bar. Well, seeing that we’re given the latest flavor of Jelly Bean, combined with one unimaginable price point, it seems as though the Nexus 4 has all the correct ingredients to make a meaningful, yet highly prized smartphone in this cutthroat business.

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posted on 19 Nov 2012, 08:50

16. StreetNerd (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


o yes ive been unbanned :D

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 09:45

31. jeck77 (Posts: 25; Member since: 09 Dec 2010)


Maybe you didn't go to settings under Gmail, but there is more to the new Gmail app then just swipe to delete/archive. You can now set the emails to show the full email with pinch-to-zoom functionality.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 19:11

74. Manos (Posts: 16; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Right, but not in the gmail widget, only at the mail one.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 09:51 1

33. Cellphonator12 (Posts: 29; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Nice review John, thank you.
Can you take pictures while recording a video? I really enjoy this feature with my HTC One S.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 10:33 1

34. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


IF it wasn't for the price, the proper rating would've been 8.5. i would taken off half a point on the lack of LTE, 16 gigs of storage, and the average camera. i will buying the Nexus 4 any way since i don't store thousand of hours of music or store many games, HSPA+ is more than adequate for me and i never really cared about the camera (i had the G Nexus with a 5 MP)

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 10:52 1

40. Retro-touch (Posts: 273; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


You clearly don't realize that if you remove point for arbitrary reasons as you've stated the iPhone would also score poorly since there are a LOT of things normal smartphones can do which aren't offered on it due its closed system. LTE is not important so its a concern but not for majority of people who will buy this phone, 16GB is enough for most normal users barring power users and lazy one who keep content just cause they can, average camera I definitely agree

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 11:04

41. bucky (Posts: 2698; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


People keep saying the iPhone can't do a lot of things a regular smartphone can but I still can't figure out what. What are they?
Seems to do everything my sgs2 can and more due to accessories.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 13:55 1

55. Retro-touch (Posts: 273; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


No USB mass storage
Can't transfer files without iTunes
No bluetooth transfer of files
No NFC

Just some of the iCrap faults that I could gather

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 14:27 1

60. bucky (Posts: 2698; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


-some prefer iTunes. Files and docs are easily stored in iCloud/apps
-Bluetooth is a good one I'll admit
-NFC is not a concern for 99% of people including myself

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 18:27

67. epdm2be (Posts: 556; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


No bluetooth file transfer
No 2-way call recording (essential for a professional COMMS tool)
No USB mass storage mode

No FM transmitter (can be rectified with external accessories).
Though the iPhone DOES get better pictures than this pos.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 12:12

44. jan25 (Posts: 470; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


as much i believe pure Android is the best smartphone OS there is, cross-platform comparisons is pretty subjective just like Touchwiz/Sense vs stock Android. if high end devices have LTE or better camera quality then the bar is set, even though they are irrelevant to me and you. then again, the price is crazy good which makes the 9 a fair score.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 10:45

37. klink77 (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)


I'm one of those who got the 3 week back order messages from Google for the Nexus 4. If the phone is still in short supply, like it seems to be now, I think I'll sell my phone on Ebay. I'm looking at the average price sold, its going for $540. I wouldn't mind having a little extra dough. Maybe I'll sell on Craigslist to avoid Ebay fees.

Really disappointed in the camera after reading this review. I didn't expect perfection, but at least a big improvement over the Galaxy Nexus. It doesn't look like that happened.

I didn't see anywhere in the interview where it discussed the speaker (not earpiece) for this phone. Is it much improved over the Galaxy Nexus? That was one of my biggest gripes on that old model. Although, custom roms seemed to fix that problem, but only recently for me.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 10:48

38. netslave (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Tried Nexus 4 at the local T-Mobile store and it is the best phone on the planet. Have been a Samsung user and fan. Also used iPhone before. Non of them come close.
About 4G LTE, I dont get it why you need it if you have good HSPA+ speed available in your area.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 11:30 1

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


dont go overboard its not the best phone on the planet

if you had said best for for you fine,

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 12:42

49. andersensam (Posts: 10; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


A bit strange that the Quadrant scores for the Optimus G are so much higher....

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 13:30 1

51. tggoulart (Posts: 24; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


iPhone 5 is better

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 15:58 4

63. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


So despite the crappy camera with purple lens flare, a lack of LTE/4G (which will become the standard over the next 6-12 months), limited internal storage, and cheap build quality with obvious design flaws, phone arena recommend this phone over more capable handsets like the Lumia 820, HTC 8X, and Sony Xperia SL and Xperia ST ??
I'm really getting sick of tech blogs putting more weight on raw specs and synthetic benchmarks than usability and benefits to the end user.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 16:19

64. Izzy_V (Posts: 216; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Agree 100%. It's better to look up reviews by users on YouTube than to listen to tech sites and their so-called "experts". At least then reviews will be based on real life performance.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 19:05

73. Manos (Posts: 16; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Correct....

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 21:40

78. Hemlocke (unregistered)


The build quality is NOT cheap. It is the best feeling Android phone I have ever used, and I have used a bunch.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 22:23

79. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I have the N4. I've tried my darndest to create lens flare and I have yet to do it.

The build quality is damn solid, the screen is beautiful (and I'm an AMOLED fan), the device is silky smooth and everything works well. Coming from a 2 yr old phone like most upgraders, the camera is EXELLENT. Maybe it doesnt beat the SGS3 or Note 2, but it also costs half as much. I can afford to go get a real camera for the money saved if it's that big of a deal.. and its not. I have pix up on my G+ if you dont believe me. figure out my real identity and go look.

There is a battery life issue with the phone but apparently that's tied to 4.2, not the device itself. The battery life isnt bad but it can tap out quick if your using it a lot.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 23:04

83. Hemlocke (unregistered)


4.2 is also responsible for the lower Quadrant and AnTuTu scores than the Optimus G. 4.2 is engaging thermal throttling at much lower temperatures than is necessary.

I have had mine with me for the last few hours, and it is my favorite Android phone, thus far, and I have had the S3.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 18:07

65. mostafa_abbas (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


amaZing mobile and amaZing prize :

1. Quad core processor 1.5 GHz with 2 GB RAM
2.True HD IPS Plus 768 x 1280 pixels, 4.7 inches (318 ppi pixel density)
3. 8 MP autofocus and FullHD Video 1080p@30fps
4. Android OS, v4.2 (Jelly Bean)

these Pros in other mobile cost $ 500 or $ 450 ... but this mobile costs $300 only
i hope i will be A nexus 4's user :)

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 18:34

68. epdm2be (Posts: 556; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


@ mostafa_abbas:
Stop quoting the bulls**t propaganda!
It's handsfree speaker quality probably sucks (like all LG's).
It has no FM-radio (so there goes the sports reports at work with the fella's)
It's photos are crap, It probably can't record calls, It has a ridiculous amount of internal storage of which we STILL don't know what REALLY is free to the user! How good are the included earbuds and how loud is it? I sure don't want to miss another phonecall thanks to a ridiculously crappy speaker!

Stop making these phones so crappy. Give us proper LOUDspeakers. Give is proper line-headphone volume so we hear our music instead of that bloody bus passing by! And NO a nice screen ain't enough!

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 18:55

70. paul48 (Posts: 17; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


ah, your post crossing at same time as mine, answered my question if they had enabled the FM Radio - which is usually buitn into most of the WiFi/GPS chipsets - so its no extra cost to be able to listen to - and so useful, particularly when outside of 3G signal !! - yet some phonemakers persist in not bothering to make it available.
For me, a 'smart' phone has to be an "All-in-One", as mu pocket is not big enough to carry separate gadgets for each function.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 19:02

71. Manos (Posts: 16; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Hey man, now you 're being unfair with the fellow above! He stated facts and made a wish at the end, where did you see the propaganda?
By the way since it happens to own a Nexus 4 let me give my view of the handset...
1. Speaker quality is good, music doesn't sound bad at all.
2. Yes you are going to miss all those radio sports reports.
3. Pics are good and with HDR on (which by the way works much better on this device as on the S3 though the S3 might take better pics with HDR off) even better.
4. Well the free internal storage on mine (8GB) is about 5,7 GB.
5. There are no ear-buds (that shows that you haven't done enough or correct searching!) but i am using a 20€ pair and the EQ makes the experience great.
By the way i own an HTC one X too which has the best screen (untill Droid DNA comes) and in comparison the IPS of the 4 is no short in performance at all.
Just an advice, forget it's price, the phone has the best overall performance of all out there and think of this... you will never again experience lags, reboots or any sort of annoying actions!
So... Yupiiii

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 17:36

89. epdm2be (Posts: 556; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


"3. Pics are good and with HDR on (which by the way works much better on this device as on the S3 though the S3 might take better pics with HDR off) even better."

Are you joking? The pictures are crap. And as for the SGS3. I've been playing with one from a friend. It too doesn't take great pictures. In fact that friend also owns an N8 and now THAT device takes good pictures. Way better in colour and in sharpness. And the SGS3 is considered as taking good photos. Either those reviewers are blind moles or they get bribed by Samsung/Google.

"4. Well the free internal storage on mine (8GB) is about 5,7 GB."
5,7GB is LESS then 6GB! Stop advertising those ridiculous amounts of storage! Again that friend of mine with his SGS3 bought the 32GB model and guess what. There is LESS than 26GB storage memory free! WTF! That's 25% less then advertised. In my book that's fraud!

Sell that Nexus as a 6GB device (which is still too optimistic) but tolerable. But you guys all tolerate this kind of nonsense. Well, I don't! I don't buy an 8GB device to find out that I have 4GB left for my own use (Xperia U) or 5,7GB (N4).

It seems that these days people are VERY naive and let all those bulls**t corporations get away with these false propaganda!

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 18:35

69. paul48 (Posts: 17; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


have they enabled the FM Radio ?

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 19:04

72. Manos (Posts: 16; Member since: 16 May 2012)


No man, I 'm sorry.

posted on 19 Nov 2012, 20:12

75. paul48 (Posts: 17; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


I can understand Google cutting the SD slot to prevent users adding cheap memory expansion so forcing users into buying more profitable fixed internal memory at the outset, but I am surprised at Google neglecting to maximise the basic features list by connect up the FM Radio included in the chipset - a no-cost feature.

It is not just the example of previous poster not being able to hear the sports reports, but for those who travel abroad, there is often no phone signal, no internet connection, so an FM Radio had it been enabled, would be the only source of local news from an otherwise then u/s smartphone. One should not have to travel with multiple devices just to get a radio and a phone.

Seems a minority of reviewers appreciate the usefullness of cheap FM radio. Some also fail to even list TV-Out, as again, when travelling even at home, it is often very useful to be able to see/hear a film on a big screen - Google killing TV-Out and FM Radio on the Nexus 7 killed that purchase for me. Samsung got lots of praise for its full-featured SGS3 including FM Radio and TV-Out, and reported to be the best selling smartphone. If Samsung gets the features list right (except the amoled, think IPS better), why is Google cutting it down ?

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