The LG Nexus 4 goes on sale on November 13 in the Google Play Store, but reviews for the new pure Android phone are now online, and they almost universally praise the device.
The Nexus 4 uses the new quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, making it one of the fastest phones on the market. It has a 4.7-inch 1280×768 IPS display, and an 8MP rear-facing camera to take advantage of the new Photo Sphere feature in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Google also included an updated version of Google Now in the device.
The phone lacks 4G LTE, however, and only comes with 3G HSPA+ (which T-Mobile and AT&T call “4G”).
Here’s what some of the reviews have to say:
Joshua Topolsky really liked the phone, but wished it had 4G LTE and questioned the glass back. He says:
The Nexus 4 is a handsome — if relatively uninspired — device. Since it’s taking most of its design cues from the previous generation Nexus, it feels less fresh than something like the bold Lumia 920 or HTC 8X. Even HTC’s One X seems to be taking more risks than this phone, while being more sturdily built. The Nexus 4 has some similarities to the iPhone 5 in the sense that its design is an iteration of the model which precedes it, however Apple’s handset comes off as considerably more polished and refined.
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Matthew Panzarino really likes the device, though he feels the apps aren’t as great as iOS apps. He especially likes the new Google Now features in Android 4.2:
No one else has anything like Google Now. The closest analogue is Apple’s Siri, mixed with Passbook and a couple of third-party iOS apps like Tripit, but its presented all in one place. Google Now is Google at its best. It assembles bits of information—gathered by one of the biggest information connecting companies ever—like a robotic cup stacker, building them into something truly useful and unique.
Brad Molen likes the LG Nexus 4, but also laments the lack of 4G LTE, and says the battery life isn’t that great. He says:
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.
Vincent Nguyen praised the LG Nexus 4 by saying its the best combination of Android software and hardware yet. He says:
The LG Nexus 4 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean are a very strong combination. LG’s flagship hardware is capable of a smoothness we’ve only really seen hinted at with the effects of Project Butter until now; on the S4 Pro chipset it simply flies. Meanwhile, the gradual refinement of Android itself is more than welcome, and though Photo Sphere is undoubtedly a gimmick, features like Gesture Type make a noticeable difference to the usability of the phone.