LG Nexus 4 Review – A Must Buy

The Nexus series has become the testing ground for most Android developers. The Nexus smart phones have been getting better and better with very new release. The new Nexus 4 comes with powerful specs and smooth looks.

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Hardware

The Nexus 4 looks like it is the lovechild of LG Optimus G and Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The smart phone has sleek curves along the edges. It weighs 4.9 ounces and 0.36 inches thick, it makes it thicker and lighter than the LG Optimus G; somehow the differences make Nexus 4 easier to hold.

On the front is an ISP PLUS display covered in Gorilla Glass 2. The glass curves down and meets the edges, which gives the smart phone an elegant feel. The idea is to actually add more natural feel when swiping on the screen. Above the screen is a 1.3 megapixel video call camera. Below the screen is a pulse notification light and no capacitive buttons since LG has added virtual on screen navigation keys.

On the left side is the volume rocker, up top you will find a secondary mic and headphone jack. On the right side is the power button. On the bottom you will find the micro USB and the Slim port Socket. The back is covered by a scratch resistant glass and the back cover can’t be removed. On the back side you will find an 8 megapixel camera and a LED flash near with the Nexus logo. LG has also added their stamp at the bottom near the speaker grille.

The Nexus 4 has a 4.7 inches True HD ISP Plus display with 1280 x 768 resolution with a sheet of Gorilla Glass 2. LG has developed a technology which integrates the touch sensors on to the outer layer of the glass. This makes the phone thinner and makes the display look ever better. The viewing angles are perfect and colors are very well balanced.

The Nexus 4 is power by a 1.5 GHZ quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ 8064 with Adreno 320 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. The performance is outstanding with zero lag. Opening, closing and switching apps is fast and smooth. The battery life of Nexus 4 with normal usage is about 13 hours; with nonstop video play back the battery will stay life for 9 hours and 30 minutes.

Software

The Nexus 4 runs on stock version of Android 4.2. Despite the change in the version number, this updated Android version is still considered as Jelly Bean. Most of the changes made to the software are on the tablet side rather than on the phone. There is a rumor that some of the new changes might come to phone at some point.

One of the changes made on the phone side include the Quick Setting menu, it is a panel full of settings like brightness, battery life, date usage, airplane mode, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. This menu is quite similar to the Touch Wiz. There is also support for widgets on the lock screen and offers multiple panels for extra widgets.  A lot of new features have been added to Google Now app as well. The current Jelly Bean users don’t have wait for the Google Now additions, some are already available to them.

Google has added “Gesture Typing” to the keyboard, which makes typing easier. Some of the functions on Gesture Typing are similar to Swype. Gmail app has also been improved, added pinch to zoom and the app can now format the entire message so it can fit your screen.

Conclusion

To sum it all up, the new Nexus 4 is packed with so many goodies and new functions. With the high powered quad core processor and the new Android 4.2, the new Nexus 4 is a complete package and must buy for people who want the most updated software and powerful hardware.