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

76. pathmarkpolice

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 05, 2009

Lot of people arguing over LTE vs 3g and whether or not people "really need it". With technology, it's difficult to go back once you experience something that is better. My friend had a Lumia 900 and I had a Samsung Focus Flash. His phone supports LTE, mine does not. We have the same carrier, a prepaid US Carrier called Straight Talk. They're both windows phones with near identical processors and internal specs, but his phone performed much faster than mine. Also, since LTE takes up less data resources than 3g for carriers, specifically prepaid ones that are leasing towers from bigger companies (in Straight Talk's case, ATT) a user can have consistently fast web browsing speed with a LTE phone as opposed to a 3g phone. I won't be getting the Nexus 4 for this reason alone. I don't want to spend more than the $49 a month for unlimited everything after taxes, with great coverage, because I want better browsing speeds. For everyone else in the world, that's great, the Nexus 4 is an amazing device. But for the US, it's a little behind the times.

90. jjjsong

Posts: 76; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

When did straight talk provide LTE services? edit: the phones do have almost the same spec.

80. lovefist unregistered

ahhh.. lte, america and it's first world problems. u need high speed data to check on facebook and twitter?

81. min_kim

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

This or the Droid DNA...

86. FranksGT

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

You get what you pay for thats for sure $350 is cheap for a smartphone and LG and Google proved thats what your getting. A HTC Inspire takes better pictures then this. Iphone 4 video recording, and 8gb storage!

92. kdava

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

All these posts about people who can't live without LTE... wtf? A few years ago we had 1-5 mbps on our computers and we survived. Now we need 20+ on a phone? Why? What do you do on your phone so you absolutely need that bandwidth? Because I think browsing, checking emails and facebook, youtube streaming is just as good on 3g... I simply don't see how this can be a deal breaker. I, personally, am glad, because LTE is a major battery drain as I heard. I think the other problem, the not expandable memory is not that big of a problem either, altough I can see why people complain. 16 gb have always been enough for me, never managed to fill it totally. The only thing that's really missing is the radio for me :) But still, for this price (especially the USA price), there is no room for complaint :P

94. epdm2be

Posts: 822; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

@kdava "I think the other problem, the not expandable memory is not that big of a problem either" sure, tell that to my mum when she dropped her phone (again) in water (or concrete) and it died promptly. Usually the items stored on the microSD-card DO survive. But then she always got phones without expandable memory and when its all too late, she aks: "... and what about the photos? Have I lost those as well?..." the problem is less severe if you regularly upload your photos to your computer. But particularly the less computer-literate seem very nonchalant in this regard. And since phones DON'T last forever they eventually end up with a broken device filled with telnos, pics and messages that they can't retrieve. Sure, some contacts 'might' be stored on SIM. But not the photos. If you shoot pics to the SD-card (which usually outlives the phones) then it's no problem. pop out the microSD-card, insert in the new (smart)phone and ther you are. The same with music. Have you ever copied over let's say 10GB of music from PC to a phone's internal storage at once? not to mentioning that copying from PC to a card-reader is usually faster then through the phone's card reader. Already 2 valid reasons for wanting microSDcard expansions.

96. china_pearl

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 20, 2009

I personally am a fan of the expendable memory, and it was what kept me from getting a Galaxy Nexus before N4 came out. Yes, I agree with you that as far as music goes, it'd be nice to just have all of it stored on the SD card, and just move the card over to the new phone when you get one. However, there are ways to remedy the photo situation you mentioned... From Dropbox to Sugarsync to a good number of cloud servcies out there that can backup your mom's photos automatically from the phone, as soon as the photos are taken. And if she has a G+ account, all her photos in the phone can up backed up to Picasa Web with NO STORAGE LIMITS. So if your mom is utilizing any of these services (may be with your help to set it up), dropping her phone in the toilet does not mean she loses all her photos. Same thing with contacts -- there are a number of ways you can back it up to the cloud so when you get a new phone, they can be downloaded to it. And there are 3rd party apps out there that can backup absolutely everything on your phone. Sure you'll most likely have to set that up for your mom, but once it's set up, it's pretty much automated. Since I suspect you will have to help her when she break her phone again, I'm sure you can help her restoring the data from the backups. I mean, if you mom is so prone to breaking phones, some kind of data backup sure will save her (and you) some headache.

105. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you do know that everything syncs now right? G+ for photos Drive for anything Dropbox for anything G-Music for.... music on and on and on. and all those services happily run in the background without the need for too much user input. Most can be set to "sync on wifi only" and will flip on automatically when the phone connects to wifi to save your data bill.

93. JussSaynMayn

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

Beautiful Phone, but I do wish HTC or Sony had made this. I'm not fond of LG's build quality reputation. LTE would have ruined the balance of the phone & it was a good move by LG, besides 3G is enough and everyone has Wifi now, you can get your Blitz speed there. People want Internet faster than they can possbly handle. Also the Carrier issue with LTE would ruin the Pure Android that it is. LG did everything perfect here.

95. epdm2be

Posts: 822; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

"I'm not fond of LG's build quality reputation." hmm, I think that the build quality of LG's devices is pretty good. LG's has a lousy reputation of the software front. Bad optimizations, (too) late software upgrades. They seem less committed once the device is actually out which tarnishes their credibility. I keep an eye on the 4X HD for now. To see how LG deals with that device. Whether they'll stick behind that device or not. I fear they won't as it is already started to being neglected.

97. Grajales7

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

Back panel made of glass? '4' as second name? this is so 2010.... :P

98. Vaanres

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

best android device ever!

100. atorres7383

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 24, 2012

I think Google really messed up big time using LG for this new Nexus 4 phone. I purchsed it and sent it back. I have nothing against LG however, the color of the LCD and camera quality are both absolutly horrible. Compared to my Samsung Galaxy S 2, its like day and night. The Nexus 4 LCD colors are extremely dull and the camera quality is very poor. On the brighter side, the Jellybean software with the quadcore processor is very quick with navigating through the phone. Other than that, the phone to me is no good. Instead, I will be purchasing the new Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

102. epdm2be

Posts: 822; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

So it seems that not all readers are blind bats ;)

103. garz_pa

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Why do you Americans crave for LTE so much? Only a small part of the world has it. Do you really need your mobile internet that fast?

104. manikanth.manu

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

does it get any buzzing sound on calls coz many of them have been reporting it . is it true

107. fcvivek

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

if i buy this phone fron england and then import it in india can i use indian sim cards in it ? plz reply soon

108. manikanth.manu

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

yes buddy you it ll work for any gsm in world

109. baraheemo

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

It looks very strong device

110. corleyman

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

The Nexus 4 appears to be a phenomenal phone, and I can't wait to get one for myself. I use Pandora for music and Netflix for movies, so I don't need a big micro-SD card. And now that I've got an unlimited everything service plan (including 4G data), this unlocked GSM phone is exactly the hardware upgrade that I need! Here's a quick video of the no-contract plan that I'm enjoying - and hope to use the Nexus 4 on soon! PenniesOverDollars.com

111. uromeo16

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 26, 2012

I loved the fact that this phone is available without a contract for a price like that. Honestly, I don’t mind that the Nexus 4 doesn’t have LTE. It also has a gorgeous screen like you said. A DISH coworker convinced me to get it after he showed me how great shows and movies look on his Nexus 4. Now I have the DISH Remote Access app on my phone, so I can stream live TV through the Sling Adapter that I have connected to my home receiver. It’s really useful when I can’t be at home to see my shows.

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114. etudiant

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

The Nexus 4 on TMobile lacks UMA, because it is a pure Google product, hence without the TMobile firmware customization, at least according to TMobile. For users in areas of marginal coverage, this is a real deficiency. I would not have bought this phone had I been aware of this problem, which is not getting any corporate attention. Some Android expert users are hoping to cobble together a workaround by repurposing the similar software in the TMobile G4, once it becomes available, but this kind of amateur effort would not be necessary if either Google or TMobile had customer satisfaction as a priority.
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