Google Nexus 4 Review: Device Close to Perfection

The highly anticipated smartphone unveiled earlier this week has already received plenty of reviews of tech critics.

Google Nexus 4 is believed to be the best Android handset currently available, and it’s one of the best phones to be released this year. Photo: LG UK/Flickr

This week the tech giant Google unveiled the new Nexus 4 smartphone, which was made in cooperation with LG, and the Nexus 10 tablet recently, which gave the brand some claimed innovations to promote their new products with.

The introduced phone differs from others out there: for one, it comes with Google’s latest and greatest mobile OS: Android 4.2 (4.1 and 4.2 are code named ”Jelly Bean”).

The operating system has become more slick that there’s not that previously perceptible lag between moving it with a finger and the screen reacting. Some of that, of course, is down to the quad-core processor that is now absolutely standard in all top-end phones, The Telegraph reports.

Which is more, the company will retail this handset as “unlocked” (will work with any carrier with a compatible network) for $299.The set price tag is about half of the regular price for comparable unlocked phones.

And finally, Nexus 4 is a “world phone” that should run with most GSM/HSPA+ natworks on the planet, including T-Mobile USA, which makes it a de-facto top choice for an out-of-contract smartphone, writes Ubergizmo.

“The lack of LTE connectivity will spoil the Nexus 4 for some. But if you don’t mind living without LTE — and you likely currently are, given AT&T and Sprint’s small LTE footprint, and the fact T-Mobile has yet to begin building its LTE network — then the Nexus 4 is a good buy,” claims The Wired.

“And you’ll also be freed from taking on a two-year carrier contract, though T-Mobile is selling the Nexus 4 at $200 on-contract if you’re into that too. If you do take the Nexus 4 plunge, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.”

The Google Nexus 4 has a lovely 4.7” resolution display, with 320 pixels per inch that are indistinguishable from the iPhone 5’s 326ppi.

The unveiled device is at 9.1mm, is slightly thicker than the iPhone 5’s 7.6mm or the Samsung Galaxy S3’s 8.6mm. But when one is quibbling about half a millimetre, it seems hard to argue there’s a major difference. Thus, the top devices are increasingly similar.

Laptop Mag has already conducted a number of tests and benchmarks for Nexus 4 performance, which score the CPU, graphics, and a few other areas.

The website found the introduced phone to be one of the best smartphones for a “pure Android experience“, which is backed by an impressive 2GB of RAM and 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor.

Even though the review stayed mostly positive, they did state that the Samsung Galaxy S3 is still more “innovative“.

Chris Velazco of Tech Crunch concluded: “Of course, the Nexus 4 isn’t a perfect device. In this day and age, there’s no excuse for a phone like this to lack a microSD card slot (well, other than to sell models with more memory for more money), but that’s been a Nexus hallmark since the days of the Nexus S.”

He went on, adding: “I also would’ve preferred it if the rear speaker wasn’t flush with the backplate since it helps to muffle audio almost completely once you set the thing down on a table, but all things considered I’m pretty pleased with the device’s construction. Sure, it doesn’t cause me to swoon the way Galaxy Nexus did last year, but there’s little question that the Nexus 4 is a solid piece of kit.”

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