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

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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29 Comments

1. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

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

2. BadAssAbe

Posts: 506; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

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

3. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

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

4. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 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.

5. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 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.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

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.

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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..

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.

28. theking_13

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

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

6. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

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

8. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 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.

9. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

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

12. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 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.

13. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 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

20. ncv144

Posts: 126; Member since: May 04, 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.

23. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

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

25. gabe92

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 25, 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.

26. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 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

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

For taking purple pictures it seems and getting scratched

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

17. lauremar

Posts: 181; Member since: Feb 29, 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

18. weinerslav

Posts: 126; Member since: Jul 31, 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!

27. 8logic

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

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

24. cncrim

Posts: 1573; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Cant wait to get hand on want.

29. pandambaba

Posts: 28; Member since: Feb 18, 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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