Reviews Google Nexus 4
7.8
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RCT SCORE 7.8 / 10

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The Nexus 4 is the latest Android flagship phone, this one manufactured by LG. It packs a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 HD display. Rounding out the specs, you'll find an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, a 1.3-megapixel rear-facing camera, 8GB or 16GB of internal memory, wireless charging and NFC.

Google uses the "Nexus" brand to showcase best of breed hardware with the latest version of its Android operating system and the Nexus 4 packs Android 4.2 - aka Jelly Bean. Reviewers lauded the OS for its snappy operation, panoramic photo capability, new keyboard and voice search options (better, they insisted, than Apple's Siri). They loved the hardware too, but had two major gripes. The first was the relatively short battery life. The second was a lack of 4G mobile broadband. On a flagship phone, the lack of 4G is pretty surprising - but if you can overlook it, most reviewers were more than satisfied with the latest Android heavyweight.

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Great Specs, Bad Battery
The Nexus 4 is a lot like Apple's iPhone 4S: It's a solid upgrade to the Galaxy Nexus that adds a handful of new features, but its hardware and software do little to redefine the Nexus...
TechHive.com
 
Terrific, Except for No LTE
The Nexus 4 is absolutely wonderful, but it's also vexing. It's easily the best Android phone on the market right now, and has some of the most powerful software that's ever been put...
The Verge.com
 
A True Flagship Phone
The pure Android you find on Nexus devices is still the fastest and most user-friendly version of the OS. And the single biggest advantage for any unlocked Nexus handset: Software...
Wired.com
 
A Great Phone at a Great Price
What once was a smartphone series designed for developers has been decked out with top-notch features and priced so attractively that consumers will take notice of it; there's nothing...
Engadget.com
 
A Pure Android Joy
The Google Nexus 4's swift performance, bright and crisp display and Android 4.2 software make it a good choice for Android purists, but the lack of 4G LTE is a letdown.
Laptop Mag.com
 
Gives iPhone 5 a Good Run for the Money
The Nexus 4 is an excellent smartphone that delivers top performance and features a stylish design for a sweet price.
Ubergizmo.com
 
Contender for Phone of the Year
We love it and can't recommend it highly enough. It could seriously be a contender for our best smartphone of 2012. If you're due a new phone, you should check the Google Nexus 4 out...
Tech Radar.com
 
Don't Believe the Hype
Aside from natively sporting Android Jelly Bean, the Nexus 4 doesn't offer up anything significantly new. If you ask yourself, what does this phone do to expand and progress the Nexus...
CNET.com
 
My Favorite Phone (For Now)
As of right now, it is officially my favorite phone by a healthy margin. It's just so fast, so smooth, and the software is great. At times it feels like things open faster that you...
Gizmodo.com
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