LG Nexus 4

Verge Review

Getting the Nexus 4 for review was something of a treat for me. I've been anticipating the arrival of a follow-up (and upgrade) from the company's previous flagship device — the Galaxy Nexus — for a handful of very specific reasons. In fact, I've held off on moving to other, excellent devices with expectations of this mystery phone in mind. While I have been largely pleased with using the Samsung-produced Nexus, there are some irksome qualities to the handset (a poor camera, weak display, and...

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Basic Specs

Thickness .36 inches
Weight .31 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 4.7 inches
Carriers T-Mobile
Operating system Android
Launch OS version 4.2

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 5.27 inches
Width 2.7 inches
Thickness .36 inches
Weight .31 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color Black, White
Loudspeaker Mono
Noise cancellation Hardware (multi-mic)

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 4.7 inches
Technology IPS LCD
Pixel arrangement RGB
Resolution (Y) 1280 px
Resolution (X) 768 px
PPI 320
Touchscreen type Capacitive

Connectivity

Carriers T-Mobile
GSM Yes
GSM frequencies supported 1900, 1800, 900, 850
UMTS / HSPA Yes
UMTS frequencies supported 900, 2100, 1700, 1900, 850
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
NFC support Yes
Media streaming DLNA

Processor

Manufacturer Qualcomm
Brand / family Snapdragon S4 Pro
Model APQ8064
Clock speed 1.5 GHz
Number of cores 4

Memory

RAM size 2 GB

Storage

Internal size 8 GB, 16 GB
External No

Front Camera

Resolution 1.3 megapixels

Rear Camera

Resolution 8 megapixels
Flash LED
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 1080p

Software

Operating system Android
Launch OS version 4.2

Interface

Video out Yes
Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Micro USB

Sensors

Sensors Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Barometer

Battery

Capacity 2100 mAh
Wireless charging Optional

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by kyip87 (Currently owns)

    So far it's an excellent phone, hardly any issue's at all for me. Though it feels nice in the hand I do worry about dropping it like my old Iphone 4, also for me I also wouldn't mind if the sparkles on the back weren't there. The display is great, with auto brightness on I can read off it without a problem in sunlight too. Reception/Call quality was excellent on Canada's Roger's Network but was weak in some areas indoors on the Wind Mobile Network(most likely nothing to do with the phone). The phone is still new I've only installed like 20 apps so it's running smoothly(no delays at all). The stock Android is great no issues so far for me. Battery life is not bad, with light to moderate usage the phone lasts from 8am-12am and still had a bit of power left. With moderate to heavy use you may need to charge a bit earlier into the evening. But considering how much larger the screen is, I can say the battery is better than my old iphone 4.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by NickAVV (Currently owns)

    The hardware on the Nexus 4 feels high end and expensive. The camera is fast and good quality (and Photospheres are awesome). The software is fantastic (and given its Nexus-ness it will continue to be fantastic and up to date for a good few years). The thing is blazing fast, scrolling around web pages in Chrome is buttery smooth for example. Speaking of Chrome, swiping in from the edges of the screen switches tabs, and with the Nexus's glass curving down off the edges, this gesture is incredibly natural and even kind of fun. Call quality is great, and signal strength seems solid everywhere I've gone so far with it. There's an RGB notification light on the front under the screen, and with LightFlow you can make it do your bidding. I really can't recommend this phone enough, buy it!

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Definitive (Currently owns)

    Short list:

    Screen needs calibration (minimal tweaking)
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    Battery needs to make sense
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    Camera needs to have better exposure
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    = Google needs to spend more on getting professionals in the respective fields to work on this.

    The back is NOT gorilla glass. (diffidently needs protection)
    If they fix this stuff, it's a perfect phone. Unless you need LTE.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by MisssFinley (Currently owns)

    I LOVE this phone. So smooth to use and very fast. Lack of LTE doesn't bother me at all as its only available in some areas and its patchy at best. I wish the Camera was a bit better but it beats my Gnex hands down. I love the design but the glass back is a mild concern. Android has come so far, I really think that this is the best Android phone on the market(unless you live in an area where LTE is a must).

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  • 6.0
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    Reviewed by boddha (Previously owned)

    While everything in this phone is generally good, most of it's features still fall into the "average" category. The phone is overpriced considering it's mere 8gb of internal storage. The glass on the back is also a design feature that they shouldn't have implemented since it greatly reduces the phone's durability and doesn't add that much to the overall design which I don't find appealing.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by gregorio.dealmeidafilho (Currently owns)

    This is the best phone in the world.
    great screen
    great camera
    great call quality
    and the best thing is the last android version ( 4.2 )
    this is my opinion beacose its is the google phone
    the best phone in the world
    go google go google go google go google

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by JreiterE (Currently owns)

    You will never beat this phone.

    I could care less about LTE. No rude attempt to Joshua, but it seemed he was just way to biased towards LTE to review this phone. I understand the glass back, but you never graded down the iphone for that!

    I would have given this device a 9.4 if I were given the opportunity to grade this. I gave it a 10/10 here hopefully to rise the user review score so people can see how great this device truley is.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by DaveBG (Currently owns)

    This is one of the best android phones i have. I only wish it had a little bit better battery. Also SD card is a must but i guess this device is targeted for people with good connection like me who stream most of the content online. I have a few videos on my other devices that has to be on local storage but i can live with it on this one, after all it is a phone.
    On the good side i can say it is butter smooth and works so fast! Has the best OS for mobile devices and has great design.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Oldarney (Currently owns)

    Just got one off the T-mo store. I've gotten 26MBPS on the HSPA 42 networks. you can tell by looking at the settings what network you are connected to, I wonder what Joshua was connected to... Since you know, AT&T is not investing in HSPA+. The biggest downside to HSPA 42 is the latency, sometimes reaching 400 milliseconds. But T-mo's unlimited plans, prices and 4G coverage more than make up for it, for most people.

    My biggest surprise is how unusually fragile it is. Gorilla glass 2 is strong, but not that strong. While the curved glass looks nice, it's definitely a failure point if I were to drop it.

    Performance wise, Im getting 2130+ scores on Geekbench, besting the GS 3 and iP5 by a mile. I don't expect it to beat the DNA or Note 2, but those will take the best part of a year to get updates.

    Overall, its the best phone on T-mobile. I wish Joshua would update his review with an apology for not testing on a 42 MBPS network.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by aru71 (Currently owns)

    the great performance and butiful android os with all new ui design attracts me on this phone but the only backdrop of this phone is there is no lte version and back glass is going to brock easyly but if you are out of us states then u got to buy this with low price and high performance

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