Nexus devices have always been the best of Android, an opportunity to experience Android in its purest form. Many manufacturers have had a go making them including HTC, Samsung, Asus and LG. The strange thing is that Motorola, which in now part of Google never actually made a Nexus.
Some handsets are much anticipated and end up disappointing. I would put the iPhone 5 in this category; we will see what the iPhone 6 brings. Other phones come into the market with little hype and end up bamboozling us with their quality and features. I am pleased to say that the Google Nexus 4 is one of these latter devices.
Google teamed up with LG to produce this phone. Although LG have had a pretty hard time recently with some below-par phones, they have pulled one out of the bag here. The Optimus 4X HD was a very good phone but the Nexus 4 blows this and most other phones out of the water.
The Samsung Nexus is a very similar phone to Google Nexus 4 in appearance but where the Samsung Nexus looks nice the Google Nexus 4 is beautiful.
You will find plenty of Vodafone, Orange and T Mobile offers on this phone with packages to suit everyone.
Dimensions and Specs
From a size point of view, Nexus 4 is very much like the Samsung Nexus; 133.9 x 68.7x 9.1mm. It has a lovely feel in the hand with the front all glass similar to an iPhone but much nicer looking. There is a chrome bezel setting to the phone and a shiny sparkly look to the back.
It certainly isn’t the lightest phone at 139g but it’s sturdy, solid and stocky enough to pull off the extra weight without seeming cumbersome.
The display lights up beautifully when the phone is turned on. It is a 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus extravaganza of a screen. At 768 x 1280 pixels, and 318-pixel density, it is sharp, concise and true in picture quality. It is perhaps one of the best screens ever to adorn a phone. The colours are so deep, lines so sharp and contrast so good that the screen and general visual performance of the phone is astounding.
The battery is excellent at 2100MAh; there should be no need to remove the battery. Unfortunately the phone has no way of extracting the back panel, so there is no expandable memory and it is not possible to remove the battery. The choice to have no expandable memory seems confusing when so many are calling for the inclusion of extra storage capacity these days.
Inside the phone, nothing has been spared. It has the latest Jelly Bean 4.2, Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, 1.5GHz processer, NFC A-GPS with GLONASS, and a lot more.
Price and Value
The price of this phone is astounding for what you get. At £399 the HTC One X seems pretty good value on a sim-free deal. The Nexus 4 is just £239. This phone is a true revolution, a Google backed belter of a phone, top tier at second tier price and hard to beat in value and quality terms.
Pros and Cons
The pros can be summarized thusly; the phone is beautiful and elegantly designed with an absolutely excellent screen. It runs 4.2 android and is a high value proposition, priced well below what one would expect.
The negatives include that there is no expandable memory capacity, the phone doesn’t have 4G, the camera could perhaps be better and there is no Flash internet.