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Google Nexus 4 review

Thu Nov 29 2012, 15:44

On the rear of the Google Nexus 4 sits an 8MP camera, complete with autofocus, LED flash and the ability to capture HD 1080p video. 

It's hard to criticise the Nexus 4's camera. Although it is not as impressive as the camera found on the Nokia Lumia 920, it's easily as good as those found on the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Iphone 5, despite costing less than half the price.

Google Nexus 4 camera sample

We took some shots both outside and in our London offices, and despite the dull lighting, photos appeared full of detail with natural, vibrant colours. Snapshots continued to look great when blown up onto our PC screens, possibly even edging out photos taken with the Galaxy S3 when it came to fine detail. Unfourtunately, images didn't come out quite so crisp when the LED flash was switched on, but that's a feature to be expected in such a bargain-priced smartphone.

Another small gripe we had with the Nexus 4 was the lack of a dedicated camera key, as we often found it difficult to stretch across the screen to snap the perfect photo. The placement of the camera also meant that we often covered it with our hands when grasping the phone, which made for a somewhat blurry lens.

Still, the lack of dedicated button is more than offset by Google's unique camera software tweaks. Photosphere mode, for example, lets you take 360 degree panorama shots, and Google has also preloaded Instagram-like photo editing tools.

Battery and storage
The Google Nexus 4 features a 2,100mAh battery, the same size battery found on the Samsung Galaxy S3. Unfortunately, though, it didn't quite match up in terms of longevity.

We played a three hour long video on the Google Nexus 4 and were disappointed to find that the battery hastily drained to 15 percent. Of course, if you're not going to be constantly streaming media on the device, it should be able to get you through an entire day.

Storage is another downfall of the Google Nexus 4, although one that's more than acceptable considering the handset's price. The handset is available in two storage options, 8GB and 16GB, and this can't be expanded via microSD card. While this will be plenty of room for casual smartphone users, those looking to load the device with music and video might be left a bit disappointed.

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