LG Nexus 4

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Reviewed by FU3L (Currently owns)

The LG Nexus 4 is the phone Android has been waiting for. It is the first to offer a level of premium quality that most should find meets or exceeds that of Apple's iPhone. The attention to detail this device received is a testament to Google's Android ambition; the soft touch around the edges, the subtle chrome and holographic effect across the back, the slight bevel on the glass...real thought went into all this. The display is phenomenal. It absolute destroys that of my Galaxy Nexus's. The camera has been an utter joy to use, especially when one considers Android 4.2's native Photosphere capability. I have used it countless times already. Having formerly used a Verizon LTE device, my move to T-Mobile was, I thought, cause for concern, but to my delight and surprise, the Nexus 4 has had better signal, better call quality, and significantly higher data speeds. There isn't much to say performance wise, because, in using this device, unlike my other Androids, performance was not a concern. I felt no need to overclock this device, nor did I ever encounter a stutter or a force close, or any problem of the sort. To reiterate a famous quote, "it just works." Android 4.2, to me, does not bring a significant amount of new features to the OS, but I've come to appreciate Photosphere and the new keyboard very much. The toggles are also a nice addition as they are something I would typically root for to achieve. In my experience of having smartphones, the Nexus 4 being my fifth, the battery life was stellar. 16 hours with 4-5 hours of screen on time has thus far been a walk in the park for this device. One often hears the argument of the iOS ecosystem when preaching Android, but I, however, feel that the Android ecosystem is perfectly adequate and improving daily. One of my close friends owns an iPad and we decided to browse the appstore just to see what all the fuss is about. For each app he had installed, there was a matching Android app or equivalent (equivalent to his standards). So honestly, in terms of what is available, I feel they are much the same.

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