Google LG Nexus 4 Review: Superb Device For The Price, But Missing LTE

Google LG Nexus 4 Review: Superb Device For The Price, But Missing LTE
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A new flagship phone from Google is here, termed the Google Nexus 4. Google is working really hard to make better products that compete with the rivals, and the Nexus 4 is one such attempt by Google. This phone is manufactured by LG, and surprisingly, it’s not Samsung this time. This left many people wondering why Google had shift from Samsung to LG.

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Pricing is one of the most important aspect of the Nexus 4. Those who are eager to get their hands on this device, can get it from the Google Play store and it costs $299 for the 8GB or $349 for the 16GB, unlocked and SIM-free. Just for comparison’s sake, Apple’s iPhone 5 costs $699 for the 16GB model, while Nexus 4 costs $299, in an unlocked version.

Google LG Nexus 4 Review: Superb Device For The Price, But Missing LTE

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We now have reviews, from around the Internet, of the Nexus 4. Let’s take a look at what some of these blogs have to say regarding Google’s new Nexus offering.

Joshua Topolsky from TheVerge says that the Nexus 4 is absolutely wonderful, but it’s also vexing. He says that this is the best Android phone right now in the market and comes with the most powerful software that was ever put in a mobile phone. He mentions the plus points as good build quality, Android 4.2, and excellent price, while he also mentions negative points, such as the lack of LTE, the screen seems to be a bit washed out, and the back glass can break easily.

If you buy the Nexus 4, you have to decide whether you’re willing to compromise data speeds for the purest and best form of the Android OS. After comparing the options and seeing the gulf between Google’s flagship and other devices on the market, I’ve decided it’s a compromise I won’t be making again.

Vincent Nguyen from Slashgear says that LG Nexus 4 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean are a very strong combination. The device runs smoothly, thanks to the Project Butter and the S4 pro chipset. He expresses his concern on the never-ending problem of Android fragmentation and says that Google is adopting the strategy of making affordable hardware.

Nexus devices are already appealing, being as they are at the front of the line for new Android updates, but until now there’s always been a compromise somewhere along the way. With the Nexus 4, the compromise is as small as its ever been, and the fact that it’s so very affordable makes it strongly recommended for those wanting the best of Android today.

Brad Molen from Engadget says that he really loved the idea of a Nexus based Quad-core smartphone at $300. This phone was once just limited to developers but now it comes with top-notch features and attractive price. He says that the “price of freedom has never been more reasonable”.

Sure, the Nexus 4 is not without its hiccups, but none of its predecessors have been perfect, either. And given the boost in real-world performance, the better camera and various other new features, it’s even more tempting than all those previous devices whose shoes it’s trying to fill. In a case like this… you have our permission not to resist.

Wrapping up

The LG Nexus 4 comes with powerful hardware, but it still lacks some features like the LTE. From the reviews, it can be said that it has got mostly positive reviews from around the blogosphere, but LTE is something that everyone will be sure to miss. We just hope that the next Nexus is better than the current one and it should come with LTE, and perhaps some more amazing features. It doesn’t, in any sense, mean that the current Nexus is not attractive, but by looking at its price tag, and considering that it doesn’t comes with any carrier lock, it is an enticing buy.

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