LG Nexus 4

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Reviewed by Dinty Moore (Currently owns)

This is the first Android phone that I have owned, after having each iPhone previously. I became annoyed with some of the directions that Apple was going and decided to try out the competition.

The phone took about a week to get tweaked to my liking. This was both a positive and a negative. There were a few applications that I bought so as to replicate functions available on the iPhone (such as the universal music control), and I wish those had just been there from the beginning. On the other hand, I have always been a tweaker, so I didn't mind spending time playing with my new phone. A large part of the time was figuring out how I wanted the phone to work for me and finding the necessary apps or addons to enable it.

I say tweaking, but my phone is still recognizably Jelly Bean. I generally try to stay in harmony with the underlying system - do it Apple's way on the iPhone, and Google's way on Android. It is just that extending the system is built into Android, so it was more fun to try different ways of working with the phone.
This is why I give a 10 to the ecosystem; there is a huge variety of not just apps, but extensions to the operating system itself. The iPhone doesn't generally allow the same level of easy customizability - jailbreaking notwithstanding - so there was never as much that I did to the iPhones that I had.

I have been surprised by how much I like Google Now, and the voice typing built into Android is scarily good. I like that I can set default apps and I love the back button - its a much better UI paradigm for flipping between two related tasks than the iPhone's home button (single or double click).

Things I don't like:
- The default exchange-compatible email client is not the same as the Gmail client. I wish there were just one.
- I wish there were better included inline PDF renderer. There are a number that work just fine, but I think the iPhone is better in that respect.
- I had to get/use JuiceDefender to get the battery life I wanted - although with JD it is just fine.

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  • Design 10
  • Display 10
  • Camera(s) 10
  • Reception / call quality 10
  • Performance 10
  • Software 9
  • Battery life 8
  • Ecosystem 10
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