Nexus 4 seems to be a design hit

After reading some first impressions of the Nexus 4, the generell opinion seems to be that the Nexus 4 really delivers on design:

Android Police

Computerworld

Hmm, had a couple more I think, but can't find them right now. Anyway, you should get an idea.

Update:

I’ve found the hands-on claiming that the Nexus 4 rivals iPhone 5 on design:

http://www.autoomobile.com/news/lg-nexus-4-vs-iphone-5-specs/1006727/

Also from the same site, but another author:

http://www.autoomobile.com/news/lg-nexus-4-review-3/1006807/

Note that both authors are iPhone 4S users (as can be seen on the right of the articles)

And then two other hands-ons, which praise the build quality, though don’t refer to the optics that much:

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/10/nexus-hands-on-with-googles-new-flagship-phone/

http://techcrunch.com/2012/10/29/hands-on-with-lg-and-googles-first-smartphone-collaboration-the-nexus-4/#

I think after seeing a hand full of different sources being impressed by the design and build of the Nexus 4 one can definitely say that Google did a great job on this aspect. Consider that such hugely positive reactions are very rare with Android phones, most just get a “doesn’t feel cheap, but….”