Google Nexus 4 Review

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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114 Comments

6. MeoCao unregistered

Firstly I guess it's cost saving measure, Google would have to pay for LTE patents and it would push the cost of N4 way up. Secondly it's battery life, Google clearly learned from GNex lesson. Thirdly I think Google did not try to cover all bases, their goal is to reach as many users as possible and from the initial users response we can see that lack of LTE did not do any harm at all.

20. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

EVERYONE keeps talking about cost. A CDMA, LTE version has nothing to do with a GSM version. The GSM version WILL always be cheaper, as that was shown with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The GSM GNex is always cheaper than the CDMA LTE version. SO if they did it once then why not again with the Google Nexus 4? That is my problem with the new Google Nexus 4.

17. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes that is my biggest disappointment with the Google Nexus 4. How can you drop the ball with 4G LTE. They are losing money in "KEY" regions in the world. CDMA is big here in the US, also in China, North Korea, & Japan. To me it's just ridiculous for Google to do this. I said this before but the Google Nexus 4 will come out with a CDMA radio & with 4G LTE in about 6 months or so. The problem is no one will buy it because other OEM will scoop up all those people that WOULD have bought a CDMA 4G LTE Google Nexus 4. To me the Google Nexus 4 is really a 8.5 because the BAD camera & the lack of 4G LTE. HTC Droid DNA here I come, you already have been preordered & I ALREADY know how to root you, so I think I will rename you the HTC Nexus 5 because I am ONLY ROCKING AOSP ROMS on the EPIC WORLD phone that you are! :-) Man is it the 21st YET?

30. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

"I said this before but the Google Nexus 4 will come out with a CDMA radio & with 4G LTE in about 6 months or so." That's assuming that the lack of support for lte radios is due only to cut the costs. But if Google is doing this bc they want to improve the nexus experience and make sure that all their customers receive new updates at the time of release, then idk if nexus 4 will ever get lte

32. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I get you I really do but the CDMA version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus did get the updates WAY faster than other phones. Sure they waited a bit longer than the GSM version but it wasn't like it was 6 months. I STILL think it's puzzling that Google went that route, but hey it is what it is.

42. thethirdelric

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

It doesn't need 4g, 3g is fast enough, google decided to not make the phone 4g because they wanted wanted to conserve battery life because too many people were complaining, you can't have it all, just be happy you will get updates extremely fast because it is a google product.

82. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

In Vietnam, Carriers say you have 3G connection. But it's only 1mbps with 1st 550mb, after this you have only 256 kbps, in what they call unlimitted plan =DDD haha. But it's good enough for email and sms through viber

85. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

it is possible, however it is missing the actual chip to make LTE work which would bring up costs. Also, where would u use it? The only LTE capable carrier it could be used on is ATT. That's a lot of extra cost for a very small pool of possible customers. In order to work on CDMA carriers like VZW and Sprint, they have to get access codes from the carriers. In order to get those access codes, you have to bow down to their rules which breaks the whole point of the nexus. If that was not a reality, it probably WOULD have been an LTE phone because its customer base would have been much greater. The nexus4 is a niche device, not a mainstream device. To keep demanding things that would force it to be mainstream (like the G-Nex VZW disaster) is to completely disregard what makes a nexus... a nexus. There are 20 other big name LTE phones out there.. if having "LTE" plastered on your phone is all you care about, grab one of those. I dont miss LTE one bit nor do I feel like its a needed feature for anyone other than those on slowRison or Sprint and their really slow "3g" networks. Since the phone is not available on EITHER of those networks, its a waste to even worry about it. As it is, LTE is still more hype than need by far. I average 15mb/s on my Nexus4 on Tmobile. Tell me again how that is not fast enough for regular usage.

101. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

I applaud GOOGLE for the choice they made to pull it's NEXUS LINE DEVICES from Verizon this time around and hopefully forever. Verizon tarnished the NEXUS BRAND last year with the Galaxy Nexus and poor updates as well as just an overall dreadful experience. I kicked Verizon to curb because of the overall experience I went through with my Galaxy Nexus. Glad I am on tmobile today and just purchase my Galaxy Note 2 and had the Galaxy S3 this past june on tmobile as well. Tmobile is jumping off very well this year and the best is yet to come. Verizon has gotten to big for it's britches and they think they control s**t which they don't. I applaud Google for letting Verizon know they can stuff it were the sun don't shine......

2. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Ohhhh baby I love the way.... *heavens sing*

3. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Best phone without 4g.... And no hspa is not 4g....I will not update my Samsung galaxy nexus until...Verizon comes out with a nexus phablet or new nexus phone..

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Droid DNA? Initial reviews seem positive, and HTC seems to be more rooting-friendly than in times past.

13. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

HTC root friendly? have you heard of s-off?

58. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

S-ON does suck but it's no deal killer like Motorola not unlocking bootloaders. In almost all cases the S-ON gets hacked & everyone gets S-OFF eventually. Here is what S-OFF get's you: http://rootzwiki.com/news/_/articles/announcements/droid-dna-already-rooted-custom-kernel-and-recovery-in-tow-r1236 It's not THAT big of a deal.

10. Retro-touch unregistered

Who lied to you that LTE is true 4G it was marketed so heavily as 4G that they decided to include it as 4G to avoid confusion, thank US carriers for that, true 4G is 100Mbps+ to 1Gbps

14. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I can get 15.00 Mbps down with an HSPA+ phone, so it is not all that bad.

28. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I get between 20-25 with T-Mobile here in the Chicago.

29. Aeires unregistered

I clocked 13 Mbps on my GNex with HSPA+. For me, as long as my music doesn't cut out while I'm driving down the road, that's fast enough.

46. squeeb

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Yea but then its not really a Nexus is it. Enjoy waiting 6 months for an update. Meanwhile I'm running 4.2 days after release. LTE is so overrated.

4. kirholstov

Posts: 146; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Price is great

9. pankajgupta

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Pros: Price Point Frequent Updates from Google Powerful Hardware 8MP Camera (Actually its pretty decent) No Bloatware Cons: Purple flare in camera (iPhone has it too) Possibly modified to give lesser performance than Optimus G. (justified in my opinion) No LTE. (Not a very big con though) Anyday, Pros of it outweigh the Cons. Agreed there are more powerful smartphones out there, but how much and how many at this price by Google. Anyways, any technology is going to be made obsolete within 6-8 months by Android manufacturers. I would love to have it.

12. Shubham412302

Posts: 578; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

i also think that google delivers software which limits performance even gnexus gives 30 fps with gpu oc and stock frequency on nenamark maybe to save battery but in realtime the nexus are powerfull than benchmarks as there is no lag in gaming or other

36. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

"Possibly modified to give lesser performance than Optimus G" i don't think so. it's probably the new kernel which i think was a bit rushed. either way, community will make a good use of the S4 pro so there should be no worries there.

87. deathyyy

Posts: 101; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

This camera is actually just average at best... So i'm not sure how you think it's a pro. No CDMA means no Nexus 4 for me. :[

88. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yea, its average when compared to phones at twice the cost. the camera is still pretty darn good. But hey, if you want to spend $700 to get a 10% better camera than the $350 nexus, you go right ahead. I'll take the saved money and go buy a real point n shoot if I'm so worried about it.. Regardless of what the reviews say, the camera is pretty darn nice. It might not be a pureview camera, but again, for half the cost, its just slightly less good than the big samsung/sony cameras. It's still a sony camera module in the device anyways, so the difference is most likely software. This is a nexus.. find better camera software. lol

11. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Why there isn't any mention of his performance and fluidity in the PROS?

25. Retro-touch unregistered

PA are benchmark junkies, either way the phone has no lag so enjoy it, doesn't matter if they give credit where its due

27. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

AND IT HAS the continuos Autofocus!

39. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

15. ODabaja unregistered

Oh those jelly beans just taste so good served on the nexus 4 platter.
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