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

LTE-free LG Nexus 4 showing some poor battery life against iPhone 5 and other Android superphones
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. But it turns out the handset might be a bit less competitive when it comes to its battery life.

AnandTech has conducted a series of tests, which seem to prove that the Nexus 4 is struggling to offer battery life similar to that of its rivals. For example, a web browsing-based test measuring the battery life on 3G and LTE shows the LTE-free Nexus 4 achieving the modest 4.18 hours. In comparison, the LTE-powered iPhone 5 leads the chart with the healthy 8.19 hours. Major Android handset, like the One X and GS III also fare better than LG's creation.

When doing the same test over Wi-Fi connection, the Nexus 4 once again scores poorly with 6.27 hours, bested by the iPhone 5 with 10.27, One X (AT&T) with 9.93 and others.

So, it turns out that even without LTE, the Nexus 4 may have a bit of a problem with its battery life. Although it's less than impressive, though, we're sure that the handset will be able to stay powered for at least a day with a full charge, though you might want to keep that brightness slider somewhere closer to the middle.

source: AnandTech via: AndroidAuthority

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Nexus 4
  • Display 4.7" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2100 mAh(15.3h talk time)



1. TerryCrowley

Posts: 194; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

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

5. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 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

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.

31. cretinick

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 25, 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!

33. MeoCao unregistered

Have a look again at non LTE iPhone 5

16. Retro-touch unregistered

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

36. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 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

53. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 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..

57. solidsnakeduds013

Posts: 221; Member since: Oct 20, 2010


2. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 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.

18. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 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.

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.

32. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

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

34. MeoCao unregistered

But I saw Nexus 4 videos and read reviews You should not be so confident dude

38. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 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.

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

45. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 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.

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.

49. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 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.

39. CellieCell

Posts: 151; Member since: Apr 14, 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...

41. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 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....

46. Jasonhunterx

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 20, 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

25. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

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

29. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 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.

37. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 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

40. someones4

Posts: 628; Member since: Sep 16, 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.

35. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 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.

54. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

3. android_hitman unregistered

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

4. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 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 :)

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