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Google LG Nexus 4

Specifications

– Android 4.2
– 4.7-inch 1280×768 pixel True IPS+ display
– 1.5Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
– 2GB RAM / 8-16GB internal storage
– 8MP BSI camera / 1.3MP front camera
– WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Miracast
– 2100mAh battery (non-removable)
– EDGE/HSPA+(21Mbps)/DC-HSPA+ (42Mbps)
– 850/900/1700/1900/2100Mhz
– 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm
– 139gs
The Basics
Google teams up with an Android phone manufacturer to release a new Nexus phone each year, packing the very latest Android OS out of Google’s labs. It’s meant to be the benchmark all other handset peddlers aspire to, and this time round, LG has the privilege of having a go. On paper, all new Android 4.2, a 4.7-inch HD screen and 1.5GHz quad-core processor sound like a match made in heaven. But it’s the stunning £239 price tag that really makes this phone stand out.
Sleek Google LG Nexus 4 Packaging

Sleek Google LG Nexus 4 Packaging

The Good

If you thought today’s phone were fast, you’ve not seen anything yet. The S4 quad-core processor powering the Google Nexus 4’s super crisp 720p display absolutely blazes: lag is a thing of the past.

And while the world’s still just getting to grips with the awesome potential of Android 4.1, but the Google Nexus 4 comes with version 4.2 pre-installed. It’s still the Jelly Bean we love, with smart notifications you can open in the pull down tray and read, but with a few extra flourishes: there’s a new settings menu in the notification drawer you can use to toggle everything, Gmail now opens all messages properly, and Google Now uses your emails to better predicts what you’ll need before you ask.

All in all, it’s a phenomenal, fast operating system that far exceeds iOS 6 capabilities – if you have the patience to get to grips with it all. And better yet, you can be certain you’ll be first in lune for an update whenever Google unleashes Android 5.0.

The stunning 4.7-inch 1280×768 pixel True IPS+ display

The stunning 4.7-inch 1280×768 pixel True IPS+ display

The Bad

Everything the Google Nexus 4 has going for it is on the screen or inside: the actual design of the phone is about as bland as it gets these days. At 9.1mm, it’s pretty chunky: it feels much more unwieldy than the HTC One X or Samsung Galaxy S3.

The black plastic design is uninspiring, and we have no idea what LG was thinking when it put sequins on the back panel. It looks like you dropped your phone in some glitter at a children’s party – if anything, it’s a step back from the handsome(ish) Samsung Galaxy Nexus from late last year.

It’s also missing a few things you might expect – there’s no 4G for slurping down HD movies, and the 8 or 16GB of storage is pretty paltry. And as much as the price one Google Play is incredible, it’s also hard to come by: the Nexus 4 is sold out in both editions right now, and it’s a lot pricier on contract through networks.

The dazzling "Disco Ball" finish to the Nexus 4

The dazzling “Disco Ball” finish to the Nexus 4

The Bottom Line

Sure, it doesn’t have 4G, and it’s about as sexy as a doorstop, but there’s so much raw power under the hood of the Google Nexus 4, and its Android 4.2 software is sublime. For the money – on the Google Play store, at least – it’s the sale of the century for iOS haters.

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Rating /10

Build Quality

 –          Feels sturdy in the hand

–          Glass back and front give premium feel

8

Performance

 –          Android 4.2, very smooth-          One of the best performance phones available

9

Software

 –          Android 4.2 is a huge improvement over the older versions

9

Camera

 –          Not as good as other cameras on the market-          Camera is fine for people who just like taking few snaps

7

Design

 –          Glitter ball back affect is a show stopper for myself, and looks fantastic.-          Button less face gives the Nexus 4 a sleek look

9

Display

 –          An amazing HD display-          Great contrast and black levels for the IPS display

8

Battery Life

 –          Nothing special here, but should last a full day with general use, 2 at a push.

7

Value

 –          The best value phone to specs on the market currently £239 for 8GB or £279 for 16GB.

10

Overall

 –          The Google LG Nexus 4 is the best “bang for your buck” phone available on the market, its great price tag along with its awesome specification makes it a hot phone or 2012/2013.

8