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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+
146 comments
adyadzz
adyadzz

seriously? 26k sounds cheap ?

Pawan Arora
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
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
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
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
Pawan Arora

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

pravin
pravin

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

Ashmit Gautam
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
Prithvi

If the budgets allows then nexus 4

Deepak Rupani
Deepak Rupani

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

FebyPhilip
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
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
FebyPhilip

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

FebyPhilip
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
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
FebyPhilip

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

karansth92
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
ThousifSyed

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

Amartya Baidya
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

karansth92
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........

karansth92
karansth92

ThousifSyed karansth92 What about the battery time?

ThousifSyed
ThousifSyed

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

Amartya Baidya
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
cooldhongibaba

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

cooldhongibaba
cooldhongibaba

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

HimanshuTanwar
HimanshuTanwar

Htc one x+ or nexus 4???????????

give me our suggestions fast plzzzzzzzz


ThousifSyed
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 !!! 

HimanshuTanwar
HimanshuTanwar

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

ThousifSyed
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 !!!

HimanshuTanwar
HimanshuTanwar

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

AnugrahChauhan
AnugrahChauhan

  What Phone should I buy

HTC One x
Nexus 4 or Xperia SP

AnugrahChauhan
AnugrahChauhan

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

imv
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
RohitKumar2

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


RohitKumar2
RohitKumar2

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

AlexandreNicolas
AlexandreNicolas

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

imv
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.