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Google Nexus 4 review

Google's Android 4.2 flagship gives the Samsung Galaxy S3 a run for its money
Thu Nov 29 2012, 15:44

Product Google Nexus 4
Website http://www.google.co.uk/nexus/4/
Specifications 4.7in 768x1280 IPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 8MP rear-facing camera with HD 1080p video, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 3G and 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi connectivity, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, 8GB or 16GB internal storage, 2,100mAh battery, 134x69x9.1mm, 139g
Price From £239


THE NEXUS 4 is Google's latest flagship smartphone and the first smartphone to run its Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system. That's all well and good, but what's really special about this phone is it's low price.

It's thanks to this affordable price starting from £239 SIM-free that we predicted big things for the Google Nexus 4, as well as it's impressive specifications sheet, of course. We weren't wrong either, as the smartphone sold out minutes after its release in the UK and has been showing as sold out ever since.

We finally got our mitts on the Google Nexus 4 built by LG, so it's time to find out whether that popularity is justified.

Design
Given its bargain price, you'd expect the Nexus 4 to feel pretty cheap. However, the handset feels much more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the LG Optimus 4X HD, which both retail for around £500.

That's thanks to its minimalistic design. The front of the handset is free of physical keys and buttons, and instead consists of a single piece of glass stretching across the 4.7in screen. The back of the device comes coated in glass too, which although a nightmare for picking up grease, gives the device a high-end feel.

Google LG Nexus 4 with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

While we love the design of the Google Nexus 4, we can't help but think it's glittery backing makes the device seem a little 'girly'. Underneath the glass on the rear of the phone, the Nexus 4 features a shimmering, almost glittery effect, which we can't see impressing the alpha males among you.

In terms of size, the Google Nexus 4 is spot on. At 9.1mm thick it's considerably fatter than the Iphone 5, but this gives the handset a reassuring bulk. It's quite comfortable to hold too, weighing a reasonable 139g.

Screen
On paper, the Google Nexus 4 features a 4.7in IPS touchscreen 768x1280 resolution and 318ppi pixel density.

The screen, although smaller than the incoming wave of gigantic screened smartphones, proved plenty big enough, and with 0.7in on the Iphone 5 it proved ideal for surfing the web and watching videos.

The display's high resolution makes for super-sharp images. We found it slightly sharper than the Galaxy S3 screen, which itself is pretty impressive. There's not a massive difference between the two smartphones, but text appears slightly crisper on the Google Nexus 4.

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