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Nexus 4, a smartphone that launched last year was speculated to arrive India soon after its global availability. The Nexus 4’s rumored launch dates for India got shunned, and prospective owners dealt with a lot of delay before the phone finally launched. LG brought the Nexus 4 to India under the assumption that the Indian people still wanted it. Was the company right ? Does the Nexus 4 bring about a world of difference in the way one looks at Android ? Lets find out!

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Nexus 

[pullquote_left]The Way Google Intended[/pullquote_left]A line of Mobile devices manufactured by an OEM brand selected by Google to lead into the area of expertise and build the Android flagship for that particular year. Apart from the lack of any form of software or network customizations or restrictions, they also have unlock-able bootloaders and are the first devices to receive instant Android Operating System updates. 

In most cases Nexus units are responsibility of Google, sales in a particular country are pushed by Google and availability is also based on Google’s interest to bring forth the device. In India however, the only Nexus phone to have been made available prior to the Nexus 4 was the Nexus S. Just as the Nexus 4 was ignored in India initially, the Galaxy Nexus was not launched at all, despite huge demand for the successful handset. 

LG decided to bring the Nexus 4 on their own accord, thanks to high public interest. Initially plans to bring in the Nexus 4 were sacked as the company thought it was not going to do well enough. The first few lots of Nexus 4 handsets also faced manufacturing issues, keeping the Nexus 4 virtually sold out, due to limited supplies. 

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Build Quality, Design and Hardware 

There is no question that the initial look at the design reminds us of the iPhone 4/4s with a glass front and a glass back fused on either sides of a solid shell. The difference here is that LG has actually rounded the device out a lot, the front blends into the solid plastic bezel which then flattens out into a glass back. 

Problems with the Nexus 4’s back glass cracking in the heat have been aplenty and still exist. But, some are fortunate enough to not have that issue, the problem however persists. If the Nexus 4 is left in the sun, or put through intensive activities that cause the device to heat up, the glass back around the camera lens develops hairline cracks. 

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Apart  from the cracking issues, the Nexus 4 is noticeably well built and definitely has a very premium design factor. The dotted, glittery back glass makes the device shimmer in the slightest gleam of any light, almost making the Nexus 4 appeal to a artsy tingle in the brain. Somewhat making you feel the sense of passion towards a mere black piece of Android Jelly Bean hardware.

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Speaking of hardware, the Nexus 4 has just the right amount to justify the price unlike some seriously strange mistakes for India. Powered by a 2100 mAh Li-Po battery the Nexus 4 runs a Quad Core Snapdragon S4 Pro Krait processor clocking in 1.5 GHz of raw unadulterated silicone hum. The impressive Adreno 320 GPU ensures graphics performance along with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of fixed – non expandable storage for the Nexus 4. Google however ensures that each Android user now gets 15 gigs of cloud storage, incase you would like to consider that as a value addition. 

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The front of the Nexus 4 has a brilliant LG display, True HD IPS Plus capacitive touchscreen with a 768 x 1280 px resolution clocking in a good 318 ppi. The addition of Gorilla Glass 2 on the front as well as the back give the phone strength, the unibody shell adds reinforcement. The back has a 8 Megapixel camera which is said to be quite terrible, we found otherwise (see below), the camera also does 1080p video at 30 fps. The front carries a 1.3 MP camera, only as good as it gets, capable of shoddy imagery and video. 

 

Un-Salted Beans 

(Stock Android Experience) 

The fact that the Nexus 4 runs a stock version of Android actually has a lot of people in turmoil, we hope we can clarify some doubts. The Nexus 4, infact any Nexus phone, runs a stock unadulterated un-skinned version of Android out of the box. That means no – task manager, no floating weather animations and definitely no fancy dual picture camera shots. But the key word here is essentially “out of the box”, the Nexus 4 also give you, on the other hand, the maximum flexibility with the Android operating system. An unlock-able bootloader means the minute you get hold of the Nexus 4, you can root it and get developing. 

[pullquote_left]Felxibilty with the Interface[/pullquote_left]The ability to use custom ROMs and skins is then endless, install widgets and apps from select manufacturers or even add your own custom UI, this is what truly makes the Nexus 4 experience fun. However the customization and open-ness is not for everyone. Some people want fancy UI’s out of the box. Pick up a Galaxy S3 and you have things like multi-window and fancy multi layer User interface, but with the Nexus 4 you have a bland boring flat UI from the get go.

A first few days of the custom UI aside, you soon start playing with the Android open-ness and start trying to modify the phone to do interesting things. Splashing different user interfaces or even different launchers, different ROMs each day. It’s a time-consuming process, but on that makes you truly appreciate Android. As with each customization you find out another thing your phone is capable of. 

Some on the other hand will love the vanilla experience, the way Google intended for Android to be, fast and snappy and completely flat.

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Camera, Multimedia and Gaming

The camera on the Nexus 4 has been critiqued heavily for not being close to expectations set by Google. With the latest Android 4.2.2 update from Google we found that the camera sensor although not the best, is quite good. Images are almost always in focus, well composed, rightly saturated and for those who stick to auto easily captured. A lot of flexibility is available on the Nexus 4 for the camera. Check the sample below. 

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[pullquote_left]Washed out, But only in Comparison![/pullquote_left]When put in comparison to the Optimus G the Screen of the Nexus 4 appears to be washed out. The Optimus G’s display is a lot more deep and vibrant, whereas the Nexus 4 appears to be a little less effective. Many argue that the Galaxy S3 available at a similar price has a display which is a lot more appreciated. However, the Nexus 4 has a well-balanced display that not only works indoors it works great outdoors as well. Problems arise when you start comparing individual aspects of the display with other devices. The Nexus 4 is a great device for multimedia, audio is loud and crisp from the speaker and well handled during video playback. Whether you like online or offline multimedia the Nexus 4 can deliver a great performance. 

Gaming is also well handled by the Nexus 4, the Adreno 320 is one of the most celebrated GPU of today’s hardware market. With the Nexus 4 you will see most games supported out of the box, incase you wish to download unsupported ones, you can do that by a simple root. The ample amount of graphics power and sufficient RAM make the hardware quite capable of gaming, in fact the only real problem gamers would end up facing with the Nexus 4 is the limited storage. 

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Performance, Phone and Networks

The Nexus 4, although launched last year, at current price is capable of dethroning most celebrated handsets. The pure OS experience not only gets quicker updates, but is a way to truly experience Android in its full potential as a smooth user interface. Apart from being the easiest day-to-day phone, users will realize soon that the Nexus 4 is capable of deep levels of multitasking, and expertly handled process distribution thanks to the great processing brain on the inside of the Nexus 4. 

Mostly the performance of the Nexus 4 becomes evident in the initial uses, however for those who truly like to exploit the handset. The ability to root and install an overclocked kernel will speed up the performance. The most recent version allows up to 1.944 GHz on the 4 cores – Wow!

The phone call quality and networks remain excellent, ensuring good usage of the handset’s primary function; calling. Network quality remains pristine even during commutes and the callers are audible pretty nicely through the earpiece. 

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Battery Life

Battery life is sufficient out of the box on the Nexus 4, if you do a lot of gaming you might want to underclock and undervolt your Nexus 4 to get an additional 90 minutes of on-screen time. Running stock though you get a good mix of battery life through a day – 5-6 hours of talk time, an hour of browsing, half hour of gaming and few hours of music can also be included.

 

3G ON

Pure Talk time : 7 Hours

Pure Standby : 48 Hours
Pure Gaming : 3.5 Hours 
Pure Online : 6 hours
Pure Music 8 – 10  hours[/tab]

 

3G OFF

Pure Talk time : 8.5 Hours
Pure Standby : 54 Hours
Pure Gaming : 4 Hours 
Pure Online : 7 hours (wi-fi)
Pure Music 8-10 hours[/tab]

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Verdict

[pullquote_left]Your Playground[/pullquote_left]Although a little late, the Nexus 4 has launched in India at an excellent price mark, lower than similar hardware equipped handsets, yet the first one to get updates. The Nexus 4 is also the most flexible hardware and a pretty premium looking handset. However, The Nexus 4 does lack the basic microSD expansion, possesses a sub par camera module, and somewhat cheeky display in comparison to its brother the Optimus G. That being said, if you want to experience Android, the way it was intended to be, then the Nexus 4 is your playground and Android is your sport. Even if that is not the case the Nexus 4 will satisfy!

Hands on Video

 

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Full Review Video

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Bharat Nagpal

Founder and Chief Editor of iGyaan. Bharat likes to keep on top of technology ! Follow Him on Google Plus : Google+

  • adyadzz

    seriously? 26k sounds cheap ?

  • Pawan Arora

    benchmarks doesn’t justify real life performance. Nexus 4 runs flawlessly by the way, and it’s great to play any high graphics game.

  • Anand Solanki

    nexus 4 gets a price cut of 100$ in seven markets including USA and UK..
    are there any? chances for price cut in Indian market ?

  • Jacob

    What will happen if the phone gets hanged in the middle of something?? because, we cant able to remove the battery, how do we come out if it gets hanged???

    • Anand Solanki

      this is impossible..
      this phone runs on a snapdragon s4 chip so there is no way that this phone gets hanged..
      even if it does, just remove the two screws given at the bottom side and open up the back cover and remove battery.. it’s not that hard

    • Pawan Arora

      Just keep pressing the power button for little time, phone will automatically reboot.

  • pravin

    what about nexus4 back panel, he has glass back panel & its a breakable…..?

  • Ashmit Gautam

    I have been wanting a new phone for quite sometime now and since I am already into custom roms and all on my previous phone, the nexus 4 is the 1st choice. However, the US launch of the Moto X has got me confused. Should I wait for 3-4 months for the X(also will it be anywhere around 25k?) or get a Nexus 4?
    Help would be highly appreciated.
    Thanks

  • Prithvi

    If the budgets allows then nexus 4

  • Deepak Rupani

    Nexus 4 or S3?
    Want a phone upto 25k.
    Suggetions would be helpful :)

  • FebyPhilip

    My sis is considering of getting a new android device… her price bracket is 24-26k. She has narrowed down on the Nexus 4 and the GS3. I prefer the N4 as the GS3 is quite old and has got only 1GB RAM. But I’m worried about the overheating and rear glass cracking issues. So which one should i go for?
    How is the LG service experience in India?? She is in Chennai. Is the LG service comparable to that provided by Samsung?

    • imv

      FebyPhilip I bought Nexus 4 last week..and since then havent stopped using the device and checking new apps. I was aso skeptical of the heating issue bt now after personally using it, it is nt that unbearable. Rest assured this device is a beast…

      • FebyPhilip

        imv Do know you if a cracked rear glass panel ( due to overheating) is covered under the LG warranty?

  • PradeepSadhwani

    Nexus 4 or canvas 4?

    budget < 20K

  • karansth92

    Nexus 4 or Iphone 4s?? Confused between these two….
    I am more in gaming, Videos, Songs and internet
    I want durable phone for atleast two years……..

    • ThousifSyed

      karansth92 definitely nexus 4 !!! check out the gaming reviews of nexus 4 !!! 4s is not even a competitor for nexus 4 !!!

      • karansth92

        ThousifSyed karansth92 What about the battery time?

        • Amartya Baidya

          karansth92 ThousifSyed a day with moderate usage(which means less than half an hour on gaming) on the n4 and almost two days on the iphone4s.Talk time (if it is a factor to you) is more in the iPhone by almost 3 hours

  • cooldhongibaba

    xperia sp or the nexus 4??.. sp seems to be better at bench marks..

  • HimanshuTanwar

    Htc one x+ or nexus 4???????????
    give me our suggestions fast plzzzzzzzz

    • Amartya Baidya

      HimanshuTanwar nexus 4 without a doubt

      • HimanshuTanwar

        Amartya Baidya HimanshuTanwar u sure????????

        • AlexandreNicolas

          HimanshuTanwar Amartya Baidya Yes take it, sure.

    • ThousifSyed

      HimanshuTanwar go for note 2 !!!

      • HimanshuTanwar

        ThousifSyed sorry bro i dont like samsung at all so plzzzzz suggest me phone other than samsung and sony

        • ThousifSyed

          HimanshuTanwar HTC one x+ is a good one except that it has 1gb ram where other flagships have 2gigs… but still one x+ does well at gaming,,, since u dont prefer sammy and sony, i would recommend htc one, one x+ is also a good choice… and the new flagship lg optimus g pro is also a killer product !!!

  • AnugrahChauhan

    What Phone should I buyHTC One x
    Nexus 4 or Xperia SP

    • imv

      AnugrahChauhan I also hv the same question. But i guess after all the fuss and reviewing etc will go with lg nexus 4..Dont care if its Lg after all NEXUS 4 is google’s baby…

  • RohitKumar2

    hey … i want to know how to undervolt the processor of my nexus 4….

    • AlexandreNicolas

      RohitKumar2 you need to be root, with a custom recovery. Flash FRANKO kernel and use franko’s app ( available on playstore ).

  • imv

    Hi. I am still in the process of comparing Xperia SP and Google Nexus 4. And now this samsung deal for note 2.. Please suggest if there’s any problems with lg nexus 4 with daily usage.

    • AlexandreNicolas

      imv No problemes for me, but when you play about 30 minutes with games with  great graphics, the nexus 4 become hot. But he is the greatest optimise android device today and will be awesome when android 5.0 will be out ( october ).

  • ajinkyamankar

    Guys i like ur reviews!!!but i wou;d be really happy to watch review of lava e tab xtron + .

  • sheriff26

    Bharat NagpalCan u plz suggest me some good websites which can teach me root my nexus 4 and put custom Interfaces like Sense or touchwiz etc. Thanks.

    • AlexandreNicolas

      sheriff26 Bharat Nagpal The nexus 4’s XDA developpers forum :D !

  • mrajeshdav

    the google voice search opens randomly when i connect a headset to my nexus 4 . can u guys help me out ???

    • AlexandreNicolas

      mrajeshdav your headset are broken, they send a signal to your nexus 4 ( normaly it do that when you have a button on your headset ). This signal open ( default ) the voice search app.

  • Rupeshgw

    I bought the White version of Nexus 4 from indiatimes shopping for 24900/- Its a awesome phone. Vanila android experience is better then Touchwiz or any other manufacturer android version. Also White version loogs and feels better then black one.

  • coolarindam

    S4 of Nexus4?

    • AlexandreNicolas

      coolarindam Only you can choise :D

  • mrajeshdav

    i heard tat nexus 4 sold in india is manufactured in china , is it true , nd does tis have any prob ???

    • Amartya Baidya

      mrajeshdav All phones are manufactured in China even the iPhone so quit whining. There isn’t a single Nexus or for that matter mobile device that’s made in any other country.

      • mrajeshdav

        Amartya Baidya mrajeshdav  is lg showrooms are t oly best place to buy tis mobile in india ??? ( i dont prefer online purchases )

        • Amartya Baidya

          mrajeshdav Amartya Baidya I live in Kolkata and here they are sellimg the Nexus 4 with a bumper(Not the google bumper though) at Rs 26500 and with airtel 3g data plans at 27000 at the Mobile Store

      • SnsBaid

        Amartya Baidya mrajeshdav htc phone are made in taiwan… samsung lg phones are made in korea motorola phone are made in us…aur example chahiye baidya ji

      • Rajveer

        Amartya Baidya mrajeshdav Wrong mate. Majority of Nexus 4’s are made in Korea. I am in India, bought a white one 2 days back and its made in Korea, not China. Before this I had an Optimus 4X, and it was made in Korea too.

  • Aman Rathore

    Which should i buy as my first smartphone the Nexus 4 or Xperia SP. I am a big fan of android but I don’t have much time or affinity for customizing my phone. So which would be better ?

    • Amartya Baidya

      Aman Rathore In that case take the Nexus it is clean fast and smooth. You get to experience Android like google meant it to be. Besides the nexus with it’s timely update will be in circulation for a long time and Sony is the absolute worst when it comes to providing updates….

  • KhursheedAlam

    Bharat Nagpal Hey Bharat! Whats happening?
    can u plz tell me whether if this fone is capable of doing video calls over 3g? coz i’m looking for a smrtfone that should     have this feature.

    • SnsBaid

      KhursheedAlam Bharat Nagpal bhaiya ji none of the smartphones have this feature you have to get a phone custom made for your needs … which might include(i guess) making phone call , surf internet,run apps,make video calls send sms..

      • Amartya Baidya

        SnsBaid KhursheedAlam Bharat Nagpal Custom phone kyoun banwayega bohot sare phone ye sabhi kar sakhte hain…jis gadget ko kabhi use nehi kya uske bare mein comment na karo to hi acha hain….

        • SnsBaid

          Amartya Baidya SnsBaid KhursheedAlam Bharat Nagpal aap jaisa koi expect kar raha tha mein bhaiya… sarcasm ka naam nahi suna hoga aapne … sirf angreji padhni aane se angrez na ho jaoge babuji

    • Amartya Baidya

      KhursheedAlam Bharat Nagpal Get the s3 or the Note 2 both have this feature.

  • AkshayOhri

    Bharat Nagpal 
     will nexus 4 be availble by Google Play Store in the coming fututre….

    • AlexandreNicolas

      AkshayOhri Bharat Nagpal Not the white version :(

  • rk_ftw

    Spelling mistakes + Grammar  :S

    • Ksavai

      rk_ftw What is grammar teacher doing on tech site?

      • rk_ftw

        Ksavai  What will a grammar teacher do? 
        Teach grammar obviously !!   -_-

    • kanishk

      rk_ftw Boss who sent you here? I do not see any spelling mistakes. ! maybe you could point them out.

      • rk_ftw

        kanishk rk_ftw Well, maybe you need prescription glasses eh?
        Read the first line -_- “Nexus 4 , a phone that was launched last year, speculated to arrive ‘in’ India”
        “rumored” = rumoured (India follows British English)
        “over clock” = overclocked
        “under clock” = underclock
        “under volt” = undervolt
        Last sentence “Event” = Even
        Though most of these can be overlooked :)

        • Amartya Baidya

          rk_ftw kanishk You just went full retard Mr Grammar Nazi. I dont wanna know how many mistakes you find in my post you need a doctor ASAP

        • rk_ftw kanishk what you are probably seeing is a draft that was in the cache, try refreshing your browser, Those were fixed almost instantly after publishing. Have a nice day!

        • rk_ftw

          Amartya Baidya – Never go full retard Mr. Retard. I never pointed out grammar mistakes in your post -.-  Please take your own advice and visit a doctor, preferably an eye specialist :)

        • rk_ftw

          Bharat Nagpal Yes, it has been resolved. You too have a nice day :)

        • glady89

          rk_ftw Amartya Baidya But why do you expect ppl to correct grammar on a tech site…evryone uses short words and coded language…plus why is it bad that we indians are not great at grammar…change your outlook towards that sad language called english….look at China, their PM cant speak eng but all your phones are made by them….dnt judge ppl

  • Saptarshii

    I have been using Nexus 4 since last December, bought the device back in UK and till date it has not given any problem in India. The lack of LTE does not bother as India is still not ready for a LTE roll out though I stay in a city which was fortunate to have the the first LTE service in India. I have shifted from iPhone 4s to the Nexus 4 n honestly have liked it a lot.
    Though Nexus devices are meant for developers but even for normal users the ease of use, price point, Indian warranty, instant OTA update should  be attractive if pushed properly. The heating happens on every glass back as it happened with my iPhone 4s previously as well but unless one plays highly graphic intensive games then it is really bearable. The battery lasts for at least 11-12 hours for me with constant data activated.
    The storage is a non issue ask any iPhone 5 user with 16 GB variant, virtual storage and fixed battery are the order of the day. Another stand out feature would be a sub 30 Android device feeling so much premium in hand. The lack of FM does not matter to me as I happened to be a IOS fanboy and there are options available in Android as well to have   app related to radios.
    Once one uses a Vanilla Android it is like a crack ,it gives one a very different high…

    So guys, if your budget permits then secure it before it disappears from the market , cheers !

    • ThousifSyed

      Saptarshii well accepted !!! but i hear a lot of glass break issues for the nexus 4 and lg optimus g , cos they are fragile !!! and is the xperia z poor in battery backup ??? i understand no mobile is perfect, but y am i concerned about all this is coz 35k for me is a very high price !!!

      • glady89

        ThousifSyed Saptarshii use a hard case for nexus…which will help to protect the glass..and S4 lags but not nexus …remember that…:)

  • Amartya Baidya

    Well done Bharat thank you for reminding once again why cm10 and the vanilla Android experience is so reverred…just to throw it out there I use cm on my Note2 pie controls make one handed handling so easy…

  • Ksavai

    Why no NEXUS logo below camera… That logo looks great.

  • ThousifSyed

    im confused between LG optimus G and nexus 4 !!! after watching the reviews , i found both the mobiles very sensitive to drops !!! does is break so easily??? pls recommend me a mobile in the price range of 30000 to 35000 !!

    • SnsBaid

      ThousifSyed wait for couple of months and buy htc one at around 35k mark … your gf will surely feel jelous about it

      • Amartya Baidya

        SnsBaid ThousifSyed I think the experia z at the 35k mark for its awesome glass slab look….And the ips5 (or is it 6? am not sure)certification to boot too

        • SnsBaid

          Amartya Baidya SnsBaid ThousifSyed nothing beats the ONE dude

        • Amartya Baidya

          SnsBaid Amartya Baidya ThousifSyed waterproofing is a big deal and so is expandability at least to me…..If you have to wait why not go for the Galaxy s4 Active same octa core power with water resistance to boot. I don’t know what’s so great about the Htc one unibody is great but front speakers look stupid to me and I never fancy Sense as well. Whenever I get my hands on a new phone I root it and run cm on it. The only gripe with the nexus 4 is that it is a year old already and buying old hardware is never a good idea.

    • Saptarshii

      ThousifSyed 
      I would say that Nexus 4`s back panel is similar to my previous device iPhone4s  which is not fragile but if it lands flat on then obviously a glass panel takes a hit. It depends how one uses it, I have never used any case or screen guard for my iPhone 4s except a bumper n it is same with my Nexus 4 as well.
      I would suggest you not to spend 35K for Xperia Z as it does not offer any value proposition according to me.
      This Nexus4 is the best sub 28 Android device one can purchase in the market right now and trust me the specs and the coming updates would always keep it relevant in times to come, cheers !

      • ThousifSyed

        Saptarshii Thank you frnd !!! i’ll go with Nexus 4 !!! :D thanks all for ur responses !!!

        • Saptarshii

          ThousifSyed Saptarshii 

          You are welcome , cheers !