Google has kept adding quality and quantity into the technology space. Nexus is a testimony to the fact. Focusing completely on Nexus 4, I know I am jumping the gun with respect to a detail that many other reviewers would often jump to last. However I simply cannot resist, in plain damn simple words, the phone is very attractively priced and very economic. I recently picked it up from the official Google Play Store for nearly GBP 289 including VAT. Obviously you should go for the 16 GB version, just to avoid the unavailability of an external card slot from playing on your mind. If you are not a hard core gamer, the unavailability of an external card slot is certainly not going to affect you.
I have still not found a comparable phone which is still affordable. It may be a clear sign that Google is making way for the Nexus 5 to be introduced, but the Nexus 4 price drop to £159, is simply irresistible.
Nexus 4, with its limitation of in built 8 GB memory and an attractive 4.7-inch WXGA IPS display runs on Android 4.3. There is absolutely no plastic feel while gripping the phone and it is completely sturdy. The phone even though now available at remarkable prices has a stylish rear glass surface and the front boasts of Gorilla Glass 2. Both the front and back are covered in Gorilla Glass 2, but I have still heard plenty of people complaining of cracks in the rear glass.
The 4.7-inch display is a beauty to behold, large, elaborate and the apt phone to enjoy high definition videos, certainly very eye appeasing. It is comfortably one of the most visually impressive smartphones currently available at such an affordable price. The Nexus 4 also is a notch above the Samsung Galaxy S3 in pixel per inch density at 320ppi which is only bettered by iPhone 5’s retina display which sits pretty at 326ppi.
The Nexus 4 also boasts of the 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor which makes it highly responsive.
Some of the turns off when you consider buying this phone would be as follows:
- No extendable memory slot, which leaves you wondering whether the inbuilt 16 GB memory is sufficient for you.
- Display sunlight is not very impressive, but it still does a very good job at adjusting the brightness to necessary levels based on its surroundings.
- Another disappointment is the battery which is not replaceable, considering the amount we use phones these days and the amount of recharging required
- Camera is just average and I would definitely have appreciated it would have a shutter.
- No LTE support
Above the screen, there is a earpiece, surrounded with sensors and 1.3 MP video call camera. The Nexus 4 comes with 8 megapixel front camera with an LED flash. HDR mode can be put to good use for outdoors for quality pictures, however please note the camera is definitely not the selling point for this phone.
One very attractive of the phone is the LED which pulses for alerts of emails, missed calls and Facebook events. There are no means to control the colurs, however there are several third party apps in Play Store available to play around with the functionality. This LED is located below the display.
The Nexus 4 boast of a 2100mAh Li-Po battery which is not meant to be replaced by the customer, which is a pain. The official battery stats assure 390 hours of stand by time and 15 hours of talk time.
Nexus 4 has a very clean audio output and is really soothing to listen with a good pair of head phones, however volumes levels are average. In short Google has provided a winner among the masses.