- Editor's Rating
- Ratio of the price and what it provides
- Exceptionally fast processor
- Solid and robust performance
- Android 4.2, plus fast and easy upgradeable to upcoming versions
- Insufficient screen contrast
- Poor back-facing camera
- Not enough data storage
Quick TakeThe Nexus 4 is an above-average smartphone that presents Android well to everyone willing to try it, at a low cost.
Running Android 4.2 straight from the box and priced at $300 without a contract, the Google Nexus 4 certainly makes for an appealing device with features that can rival most smartphones currently available. Manufactured by LG, the latest handset from Google sports a 4.7-inch 768 x 1280-pixel IPS Plus screen with a pixel density of 318 ppi. While the imaging is remarkably sharp with barely any blurring on smaller fonts, the display is insufficiently saturated, as Brighthand found that warmer colors appeared more vibrant, while colder hues were slightly “washed out.” This flaw is even more obvious when the device is exposed to direct sunlight, as the Nexus 4 does not provide sufficient contrast to the color black. When compared to the screens of high-end models like the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S III, this handset’s display falls flat, making it one of the phone’s weakest features.
Despite this shortcoming, the fourth-generation Nexus packs some serious power under the hood, thanks to its 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Krait processor with Adreno 320 graphics. Combined with 2GB of RAM, the Nexus 4 ranks in as the fastest device available on the market, according to its benchmarks. The phone also houses dual cameras, an 8-megapixel rear-facing shooter and a 1.3-megapixel camera in the front. Unfortunately, the quality of pictures isn’t exactly noteworthy, with Brighthand finding that most photos lacked many visible details.
The Nexus 4 is powered by a 2100 mAh battery, which performs well in part to the phone’s stellar processor, though users will need to charge the device every other night with average telephone use. Yet, the biggest weakness is the handset’s data storage capacity, or lack thereof. Users are stuck with a humble 8 or 16GB of memory, with no way to expand the capacity with memory cards.
With some above-average features, the Google Nexus 4 offers smartphone users a good phone at a great price. But with limited storage and poor display contrast, savvy shoppers can definitely find better specs for this price. Then again, those who are looking for a pure Android experience may be able to look past such faults.