We finally got our hands on the LG Nexus 4 bumper, so is it worth the wait?
It's here. It's finally, finally here. Proving far more difficult to lay hands on than any accessory ever should, the LG Nexus 4 bumper has proved somewhat elusive. The order for a bumper was placed on the same day -- launch day no less -- as the phone, but while the phone arrived, the wait for the bumper went on. Emails and phone calls to Google Play customer services passed, only to discover there were stocking issues. And, all this despite -- in the UK at least -- the Play Store claiming the item was in stock to ship within 3-5 days.
Indeed, some customers in various markets got theirs almost immediately, but for many others the wait went on, and on, and on. But, ours has finally arrived just a day after receiving the shipping notice. So, we ripped open the box, fired up the camera, and went hands on. We'll take you through it after the break.
The notion of a bumper may seem odd to some. Take a phone like the Nexus 4, glass front and back, and which parts of the device would you want to protect most? Top of the list isn't likely to be the sides. One positive however, is that it completely covers up the chrome trim around the edge of the phone. Never mind the glass, that thing's a potential scuff magnet.
The bumper itself has enough flex in it to allow for easy fitting over the phone. It isn't at all rigid so the Nexus 4 just snaps in there without any drama. It's a nice, tight fit, and when on there it actually adds a slight amount to the profile of the phone that some may find makes it nicer to hold. It also actually raises the phone ever so slightly when you set it down on a flat surface.
This then brings us along to the next point in question. The Nexus 4 has a grippy, soft touch finish around its edges. The Bumper most certainly does not. Instead we're presented with a silver plastic strip which runs around the edge. So, that means that the phone will now become slippier to hold in the hands, right? Not really. While it is true that it isn't as nice and reassuring to the touch as the soft touch on the phone, you're not going to all of a sudden start dropping your Nexus 4 every time you pick it up. It's just like having a plastic phone. The Galaxy Nexus was made of plastic, and we weren't complaining about dropping that because it was too slippy, were we?
None of the ports are obscured in anyway, there's a suitably large clearance around both the microUSB port and the headphone jack. The buttons work well too, with the plastic buttons on the exterior of the Bumper catching on to the corresponding buttons on the phone well. The same tight fit applies as with the whole unit on the phone, and at no time was usability hindered.
And that's about it. There's only so much that can be said about it. Is it worth the excessive wait many have endured so far to get one? That question remains one that shouldn't require an answer. Is it worth the extortionate amount of money that they have been seen going for on eBay prior to now? Absolutely not. It's a Bumper at the end of the day. It's a nice addition to the phone that if you've ordered you'll likely be pleased with. It just absolutely should not be so difficult to get hold of.
Oh, and because we're extra good to you, we've included a few snapshots of the Bumper both on and off the Nexus 4. Enjoy.