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LG's Nexus 4 is the best Google-branded handset since the Nexus One, and if you live in the UK, Europe or anywhere else LTE coverage isn't yet widespread, then you should buy one at your earliest convenience.

If you were wondering whether the Nexus 4 is worth your money, there's your answer. But you probably already knew that if you've read Phil's exhaustive review of the phone.

So I'm not going to re-hash everything we've already said about the Nexus 4 -- instead, this "second opinion" piece is going to focus on a few interesting aspects of the phone, and pick out some less-discussed areas for comment.

Read on after the break. You just might learn something.

Industrial design - the best we've seen from LG

When it first became apparent that LG was to be this year's Nexus phone manufacturer, there was dismay among some sections of the Android world. Memories of lackluster LG efforts like the Thrill 4G and T-Mobile G2X led some to believe that there was no way an LG phone could lead Android into 2013.

Fortunately, these concerns have proved to be unfounded. LG brought its A-game, in a way it could be argued Samsung didn't when it designed the Galaxy Nexus.

There's plenty of Optimus G DNA in the Nexus 4 -- from the style of the front glass plate and earpiece, to the two-tone trim and reflective glass back. But there's also a lot of Google to be found, and the Mountain View influence is plain to see when you line up the LG's model with previous Nexus handsets. The curved chassis, prominent Nexus branding and minimalist front face are common design traits. As the Nexus 7 represents a window into Google Play, the Nexus 4 is little more than a screen in your hand, and a portal to all your other Google services -- no buttons, no excessive chrome. (Google didn't name it "Nexus" just because it sounds cool.)

The use of two different materials for the phone's trim might seem a little arbitrary, but it makes perfect sense if you think about how phones are actually held. If you're holding the Nexus 4 normally, you're gripping the back side of the trim, perhaps with an index finger on the back glass. The use of rubbery soft-touch plastic around the back and shiny plastic on the front checks two important design boxes. The front of the phone gets to look pretty, while the back fits firmly in your hand, avoiding slippage.

The screen's left and right edges are gently tapered downwards, making edge-of-screen gestures -- like Android 4.2's lock screen pages -- easy to perform.

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Front and back - a delicious glass sandwich

The glass "crystal reflection process" back was a little contentious in the run up to release, for a number of reasons. In many of the leaked Nexus 4 photos that emerged, and even some press photos that followed, the back looks like a disco ball. In reality, the effect a lot more subtle -- it shimmers when it hits the light just right, but most of the time the reflective pattern is invisible. From a purely aesthetic point of view, it's a significant step up from the plastic rears found on most smartphones. The presence of cold glass on the front and back makes it feel more substantial, in the same way the iPhone 4 and 4S felt better in the hand than the 3G/S.

But there's been some concern over how durable the back will prove to be if it's dropped. The obvious answer is that it's glass, so it's going to be more damage-prone than an equivalent plastic back. After a week of normal use, the back of my Nexus 4 had picked up one or two hairline scratches. So has the back of Phil's review unit. I haven't dropped it yet, and I'll try to continue not dropping it for as long as I'm using it. If you do drop it, bad things might happen, that's true of any phone. I know people who've dropped Galaxy S3s from waist height onto a hard floor and ended up with a cracked screen. Luck, as much as design has to do with whether a fall results in breakage. This is one of the reasons drop tests are dumb.

Nevertheless, the fact that there are two pieces of glass on the phone makes it statistically more likely that at least one of them will shatter if it's dropped. That's a risk you'll take if you buy a Nexus 4. Fortunately, the design of the trim makes it easier to grip than most plastic phones, which should help avoid drops in the first place.

Arguably, the more important sheet of glass is the one found on the front. The 1280x768 LG IPS panel isn't quite the best we've ever seen, but it's damned close. It looks like we're on course to see several 1080p smartphones in 2013, though I doubt this will instantly obsolete the current crop of 720p-level screens. In any case, the Nexus 4 screen's weaknesses don't lie in pixel density but color quality. The display is ever so slightly washed out, particularly at lower brightness levels. If you're coming from a Galaxy Nexus, this is a difference you'll notice. But when it comes to color accuracy, the Nexus 4 probably presents more natural-looking images. AMOLED displays are prone to color distortion and wild, excessive saturation, especially when they use a PenTile subpixel arrangement. Contrariwise, IPS panels often trade saturation for clarity and brightness.

In every other area, the Nexus 4's screen trounces the Galaxy Nexus, and comes close to matching the HTC One X's sublime SuperLCD2. The display is brighter and clearer, and easier to use in daylight, and auto-brightness seems to ramp up more aggressively than it does on the Gnex.

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Performance and connectivity - unrivaled, with one crucial omission

The inclusion of a quad-core Snapdragon S4 CPU and 2GB of RAM means the Nexus 4 absolutely screams. Ignore the benchmarks. In the areas where it really matters -- scrolling speed, touch response, load times -- the Nexus 4 is faster than any Android phone. The second gigabyte of RAM might seem excessive, but it helps the phone better manage memory-hungry apps like Google Chrome, and keep more small apps loaded in the background, meaning fewer pauses while multitasking.

Speaking of Chrome, it's flawlessly smooth on the Nexus 4. It's a shame that's not true of Chrome on the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 at the time of writing.

Plenty has already been said about the storage situation on the Nexus 4. If you live in the cloud and want to save some cash, the 8GB model is for you. I'd recommend you spend the extra $50 and go with the 16GB model for a little more breathing room, however. The one thing you can't stream from the cloud is games, and they'll quickly fill up the 8GB of storage on the cheaper Nexus 4.

By now we all know the Nexus 4 lacks LTE support, and that's going to be a deal-breaker for some, especially in the U.S. That sucks, because if there was an LTE option, the decision to buy would be a no-brainer. We've heard rumors than LTE versions are in the works, but that doesn't make the decision any easier for folks looking to buy right now. If you absolutely must have LTE, well, this is a phone without LTE, and that means you probably shouldn't buy it.

The Nexus 4 does have DC-HSDPA (42Mbps) support, meaning you've got access to the fastest flavor of HSPA available. I've surpassed 22Mbps down and 4Mbps up on the Three UK network, which is well above average for a 42Mbps device. Carrier friends tell us a similar story -- the Nexus 4 trumps other 42Mbps phones. This means in markets like the UK, with widespread DC-HSDPA coverage and comparatively few LTE areas, the Nexus 4 is an attractive proposition. You'll get the best speeds current HSPA+ networks can offer.

Wifi reception too is improved compared to the Galaxy Nexus, and faster throughput is provided thanks to its support for 40MHz-wide channels.

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Camera - it's not just good, it's good enough

The Galaxy Nexus's camera really struggles in anything other than ideal lighting conditions. Whether it was economics or design restrictions that resulted in a bog-standard 5MP shooter ending up on last year's Nexus, the result was crappy photos on a flagship phone. Thankfully the Nexus 4's rear cam is a marked improvement, rocking an 8MP Sony BSI sensor and a re-vamped camera app.

This means daylight and night shots on the Nexus 4 are now acceptable. Decent. Good enough that at a push I'd feel happy taking event pictures on the phone and publishing them on the site. That's not something I could say about earlier Nexus cameras, or most phone cameras in general.

Highlights of the Nexus 4's camera include HDR mode, easily accessible from the new camera app, and dynamic range in general, which was an area of weakness for Samsung's Galaxy S3 and Note 2.

Same story with video. It's pretty good. There's nothing terribly wrong with it. It won't blow your socks off, but equally it doesn't look like it was recorded on a potato.

Panorama recording seems improved from the Galaxy Nexus days, and the enforced wait while processing panoramas has been lessened, likely due to the beefier hardware powering the Nexus 4.

Similarly, photo sphere is a neat little gimmick that allows you to create impressive 360-degree panoramas if you happen to have the right combination of lighting, location, skill and luck. If you're after photo sphere samples, we posted an entire article dedicated to the feature a couple of weeks back. My own efforts can be found here and here.

Finally, in news that will surprise no-one, the front-facing camera still sucks.

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Android 4.2 - lots of good stuff, some dumb stuff

Android 4.2 is a maintenance release to Jelly Bean, and as such there's not a whole lot of major changes to be found. Though after a week playing around with Google's latest OS, I'm still finding minor, undocumented tweaks that make Android more enjoyable to use. Improved text rendering and kerning will please design nerds. And new animations in the task-switching menu will make the process of navigating through Android a little more fun.

But back to the broad strokes. The most visible software changes in are the new camera app and and widget-enabled lock screen. The former is a vast improvement upon earlier stock Android camera applications. The menus are centered around a circular control, and you can drag in various directions to navigate between items and make selections. A quick swipe up will enable HDR mode. A swipe downwards will bring up an additional menu. Five o'clock is your white balance menu. It's a much easier, faster alternative to the usual maze of scrollable menus presented in many Android OEM camera apps.

But the new lock screen has divided opinion, and my own thoughts towards it are ambivalent, drifting between nonchalance and outright hostility. The main problem is for a stock Android feature, it's neither intuitive nor necessary. I don't recall the cry for lock screen widgets being particularly loud at any point in the past year. It isn't entirely obvious how you're supposed to navigate your widgets or switch between widget mode and unlock mode. Some widgets, like the clock widget, can be expanded even though doing so just reveals blank space. The motion required to activate the camera means doing so takes longer than in Android 4.1. From a design standpoint, it's a mess, and I suspect there'll be some changes coming in this area in the next version of Android.

Other additions like notification settings shortcuts and the gesture-enabled keyboard are nice touches, but certain to be replaced by manufacturers in their own skins.

In many ways, Android 4.2 seems to make more sense on the Nexus 4 than it does on the Galaxy Nexus, and a lot of that comes down to performance. Android 4.2 was clearly designed for the Nexus 4, and in certain areas, the Galaxy Nexus seems to run into a hardware wall. That's particularly true in the Chrome browser, the camera app and the new lock screen. For that reason there's been an understandably confused reaction to the new 4.2 lock screen by many Gnex owners.

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Closing thoughts

The Nexus 4 flirts with perfection in many areas, most notably performance. Between the quad-core Snapdragon S4 chip and stock Android 4.2, it's hard to imagine how smartphones can get much faster than the product Google and LG have delivered.

LTE remains the major bugbear for U.S. buyers, and there's no easy answer for that that isn't also a cop-out. Right now it's a choice between the fastest performance and quickest updates on one hand, and the fastest data speeds on the other. Understandably, that's a painful choice for some folks.

So the Nexus 4 is not perfect, but I'd argue that even without LTE, it's less of a compromise than the Galaxy Nexus was, and a better fit for general consumers as a result. The highly attractive Google Play Store pricing also comes into play here, though that's resulted in the phone being almost impossible to obtain at these Google-subsidized prices.

On that note, it's also worth mentioning the shambolic Nexus 4 (and to a lesser extent, Nexus 10) Play Store launch. Launch day was a world of hurt for just about everyone who tried to order. Customers were mired in error messages, duplicate orders, emptied carts and shipping delays. This shows Google still doesn't quite know how to launch such a high-profile product. It's getting there, but in this instance massively underestimated demand or massively low stock levels (or, from what we've heard, a combination of both) resulted in a really bad buying experience for consumers. That's got to change if Google wants to be taken seriously as a mobile device brand in its own right.

All of that aside, is the Nexus 4 the best Nexus yet? Absolutely. You could look at the software and external similarities and dismiss the Nexus 4 as an incremental upgrade, but while the software hasn't taken a quantum leap, the hardware certainly has. And if you can live without LTE, this is a phone you're going to love.

 

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LG Nexus 4 - a second opinion

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Referencing an electronic to a microwave or potato is an extremely popular internet meme. Super stale to me but I remember the first time I heard it I thought it was hilarious.

My understanding was that b/c this has improved glass (gorilla glass 2 or something of that nature), it would be even more scratch resistant. How did you get those hairline scratches without dropping it?

The front is Gorilla Glass 2. No-one's saying what the back is.

The hairline scratches are on the back, not the front.

In the video that the verge did I'm pretty sure Mattais Duarte said that it was gorilla glass 2 front and back

Alex, that`s why I am still holding for the OS 4.2 for my SGS3 on Sprint, I never receive the JB update yet.

Regardless of whether or not the back is Gorilla Glass 2, the main culprit for scratches on any glass (including Gorilla Glass) is quartz sand. Since the back is the part that is usually facing down whenever you set it down on something, unless you thoroughly clean every surface you set your phone on, you WILL get scratches on the back without a screen protector or a case/bumper. Probably sooner, rather than later.

You can rub a screwdriver, keys, coins, knives, or whatever other metal object all over the screen all you want without doing a hint of damage, but if you rub it with just a single grain of sand, game over.

I'm guessing after 2 months everyone will be griping about the Glass Back cracking and lack of memory.

Unfortunately gorilla glass 2 isn't actually any stronger than the original. They just made it thinner and more flexible which is kinda pointless on a phone.

I'm sure the nexus 4 is awesome (wish my contract was up so I could ditch Verizon without wasting money), but any review that thrashes the gnex's camera without mentioning glaring compromises on the nexus 4 such as 16gb max storage with no sd card slot and no replaceable battery is pretty much a write off in my opinion. Does the nexus 4 have zero shutter lag? If not, the cameras are just not comparable.

The shutter on the Nexus 4 is damn fast. I feel it is much faster than the GNex. Also, what the heck are you doing that u need more than 16 GB? U just wanna complain about something.

Are you My 32GB Transformer Prime has already used up 28GB. Most of it in games. Many of these games are now racking up 1 or 2 GB. An Nandroid backup is taking a couple of GBs. Google needs to get its head out of its butt and start listening to what users want. The lack of an SD card and removable battery is why I went with the Galaxy S3 instead of the One X I was listing after. The only reason to get the Nexus is the price and the fact that I can get timely updates. I shouldn't have to choose hardware just because I can't get updates. And I blame Google entirely for not making it a top priority to provide a Goggle OS for at least mid to high end phones and forcing all phone manufacturers to make all drivers and radios available for every new OS to Google.

Choice, choice and choice. You chose the phone that fits your needs. You're still using Android. I'm sure that is what Google wants in the end.

they really don't care if you use android, they don't make profits on the phone but their services, that's why they want to add all google services to ios and maybe windows phone, and that way collect information.

You're not supposed to store multiple backups on your phone. We all have to learn to manage our storage and not request a giant bin that we can throw all our junk in. Go with your S3, enjoy touch wiz since you can't manage memory.

That is a very Steve jobs answer, basically telling him he is using his phone incorrectly.

I use my phone as a GPS, communication device, and my primary MP3 player. If I want to carry all my tunes, and I've filled a 64 card plus quite a bit of my 32 Samsung s3, apparently that is incorrect usage to you? Or am I just failing at managing my memory? Does that make me a bad person that I don't want to use my phone the way you, an obvious authority on all things phone related, sees fit?

Obviously this phone is not for me, and I'm not complaining about it, but I am seeing a disturbing uptick on apple type thinking around the google forums, implying that if you don't use your phone as google intended, you are wrong. Sometimes I feel like I'm on apple forums when I read android forums, since choice seems to be a negative to some the days.

I could not have said it any better. Give me a 64GB device and i will put it thru its pases. Ill put all my music and movies on it.

I load up my phone with movies and tv shows for flights and traveling . Can't do that with only 16gb of space when you account for music and apps as well. Also hard to do without a replaceable battery, although that can be easily fixed with an external battery. Doesn't help once your battery starts wearing out though.

The gnex shutter is instant. That's why it has trouble focusing sometimes. If you tell it what to focus on first, it's actually a pretty good camera.

Not complaining, just pointing out some pretty huge omissions in the review.

Duly noted. I don't do any of that, so that must be why 16 GB is sufficient for me. The N4 has an onscreen indicator that let's you know when it is focused. It has helped me take much better pictures. The N4 shutter is instant.

You can use USB OTG storage with the N4. Good for flights and traveling since you're just sitting there staring at the device and don't have to worry about the storage falling out of the USB port.

USB on the go cable cost peanuts..buy one and get a 64GB usb with all your movies and take that with you on travel sorted instead of clogging up phone with movies youre only gonna watch once.

Are you kidding me? My 16GB N7 and my 16GB S3 are always full and i have to delete apps all the time to make room for new.

There are single games out there with 3-4 GB each!

And don´t get me started on how many apps i had to delete to make room for movies because of my vacation with 12 hour flights...

I have flights longer than 12 hours... in fact, 15 hours. Plus 3 hours of stopover time. I'm doing really well with an 8GB Galaxy S. And yes, I don't have a tab or any other device.

EDIT: I do have an SD card, but it's only 2GB. And I use less than a quarter of it!

16GB of storage is no big deal - you can stream content, and you can get an unlimited data plan for as low as $30 a month.
The lack of LTE isn't a problem with HSPA+42 from carriers like T-Mobile and SIMple Mobile.
Removable battery is probably the biggest problem, but unless you use your phone all day long, you shouldn't run out of battery.

So to me, the Nexus 4 is flawless.

I'm going to disagree - Sure you can get an unlimited data plan from T-mobile but what happens when they decide to kill that off? After all it wasn't that long ago that Verizon had unlimited LTE plans and now they don't...

Call me old-school but I prefer to keep my essentials on my device and not rely on "the cloud" or anywhere else to keep it. Not to mention app sizes are constantly growing, too.

Very good read. It would have been better if you did the review for this phone I think. I just can't seem to read through Phil's reviews the whole way through, his writing just isn't as good, IMHO. Quantity is not quality. Sorry Phil, no offense.

Isn't as good? As good as? For someone criticising writing your couple of lines were hard to read. And chins agrees to you. *Smacks forehead.*

I am sick of people making excuses for google. Fakt is:

1. With apps now having 1GB and more, with backups like titanium or Nandroid taking a couple of GBs each - and with 1080p recording on devises:

16GB must now be considered as ABSOLUTE MINIMUM.

2. A Quad core high end device with only 8GB is just stupid! Its a google PR-stunt for the $199 - but for the consumer it makes no sense...

if you are a gamer - you need more then 8GB.
if you are NOT a gamer - you don´t need a S4 pro.

And just one more point: If you have an 8GB phone - you WILL have extremely trouble selling it 6 month from now. In one year - it will be impossible.

I don't game on my phone. I game on a real gaming platform. I don't leave HD media on my device for long, as there is no reason to. I move it onto external media. 32GB would be great, but I'm not missing much at all. The trade off for everything else in the package is a no brainer. If it doesn't work for you, that's great. You have plenty of other options.

sure. And in 6 month - when they are constantly running out of storage - they are hooked to the platform and will buy a new android phone with more memory.

The people who bought the 16GB version will still be happy 9 and 12 month from now.

8 or 16GB does not change if you are happy with you phone now - it makes a difference if you a still happy 1 year from now.

Fact is, for some people (like me), 8GB is sufficient.

Fact is, it makes perfect sense as there are people who use the cloud AND don't play much games. (I have Temple Run and Gyro only.)

Sure for some people 8GB are sufficient. But those people don´t need a super high end quad core CPU and a superfast gaming GPU in their phones.

I play games and don't need a ton of storage. I see little point in having a ton if 3D games on my phone at once. You should stop assuming you know how people use their phones and just buy a phone that works for you.

+1000

I don't know why everyone makes blanket statements like their usage case is applicable to the market at large. Hell, nearly half of phones sold are still dumbphones. Far be it for me to tell other consumers what they need.

If you just use the phone stock 16gb will probably be fine. But if you get into rooting and modding and custom ROM's (which a Nexus is practically made for) the lack of storage will be a headache. Some system backups are 4-5gb each. Saving app data with titanium can take up a good but of space too. It's still doable with 16gb but you'll have to constantly monitor your storage and will be one more thing you have to think about. Most of the high end HD games that they use to show off the phones GPU require a second 1-2gb download after installation. Judging by the widespread complaints about storage I would almost guarantee their will be a 32gb model released at the upcoming Google IO.

I have about 11gb free on my 16gb Gnex. Although I'd always buy at least 16 just for peace of mind, I could probably get by just fine with 8.

Two questions Alex.... how do you find battery life compared to say an s3? And something I haven't seen the answer anywhere to... is there still only 15 or so volume steps? My number one issue with android.

Mine has terrible call quality, there is a buzzing/whining that seems to be coming from the middle of the phone that is extremely evident in phone calls.

Did you experience this at all?

I speak only for myself here, but here in Sacramento and greater part of NorCal, going from Verizon's GNex to TMobile's N4 I see a more consistent and reliable connection with the N4. If I have bars, it's '4G' and I'm actually very satisfied with their network performance.

LTE on Verizon just SCREAMS speed but maybe the Galaxy Nexus just ruined my experience with the network, I'm not sure but between the random drops, and occasional 3G spots in my city I'm pretty satisfied with a consistent "4G" connection on my N4.

I will make a quick comment on the screen, it is absolutely stunning but I can not lie, after a week of use I would have loved AMOLED technology. Just personal preference, I love rich dark colors. :)

Are you talking about in Sac or have you traveled around much with TMo? How about Tahoe? Asking because I'm thinking about making the switch from Verizon.

Woodland, Yuba City, Sacramento, El Dorado Hills / Cameron Park, and Auburn.

I haven't been up to Tahoe sadly I couldn't tell ya.

Being that I am on Verizon its a no go. Plus it really only seems like a minor upgrade over the gnex. Maybe I'm jaded because I cant get it. But so far I've been unimpressed with 4.2 on my N7 what with random reboots and other bugs. So I'm kinda happy being stuck on 4.1.1. I'm sure the bugs will be worked out when 4.2 hits m GNEX. I just hope that Google works out their LTE issues before my upgrade comes up next November.

I haven't found anything to fault the phone so far. Love it. People are asking to much from a phone to meet everyone's different needs. Luckily there's an android for everyone. This one is perfect for me. It is freaking sick how it meets all of my expectations. Sick screen, smoking processor, slick hardware, sweet software. Some of you people ask too much from a pocket size device powered by a suped up ATM machine processor, seriously this device is sick .

And all of that doesn't make up for the fact that LG creates only *INFERIOR ELECTRONICS*. I would only accept one if they paid me to have it.

As you are entitled to your opinion, I do respect it but I have to ask, do you believe the Nexus 4 is also inferior technology outside of lacking LTE? If so, why?

From the exterior, it feels superior to that of the Samsung offering in terms of build quality. Granted, that's just my opinion but I'm curious to hear why you feel this way about LG and or Nexus :)

Sadly, and honestly... I have never bought an LG device/electronic that lasted more than a week. I really wish I was kidding when I say that, but it's quite literal and it has sort of soured me on their products. LoL

I have no doubt should I ever get my hands on a Nexus 4, it would cease to operate for some reason... perhaps it's just me. :)

I am not a fan of the new quick settings. I tend to toggle BT and WiFi when in car or at home and this implementation is a shortcut that has added a step. Instead of swipe notification, hit settings and toggle, I now have to swipe, hit settings, it flips, choose WiFi, toggle. I think the need is really for those to act as switches vs shortcuts to settings pages. This is how OEMS do it and all the ROMS. Surely the need to toggle is greater than setting up a new network or adding a BT device. I was excited by this but then disappointed.

What bothers me about it is they didn't include a silence or vibrate toggle there. Or better yet give you the option to select your own toggles. This is where cyanogen and aokp shine in my opinion. My work around is to put an HD toggle widget in lock screen, but that results in two locations for toggles versus the one in the notifications. I agree, Google needs to improve the quick settings /toggles.

Definitely agree. Google moved toward what custom ROMs have been giving us for years with the quick settings, except in actuality, the airplane mode is the only toggle that's useful. The picture of myself I could do without, and pulling down quick settings just ends up taking me into settings anyways. PLEASE MAKE THEM TOGGLES! (as in, not just shortcuts)

No SD card, no LTE, no go for me. Not enough improvement in other spec areas to outweigh those losses for me.

I haz ROOT and UNLOCKED bootloader on my Sprint LG Optimus G. Its only a matter of time before my LG Optimus G will be a Nexus 4 with LTE.

Alex, you really are not helping.......
I like many missed out in the mad rush that was release day and as a result may have to wait up to 3 weeks before I can order one.

Luckily I still have a perfectly good Galaxy Nexus I've had since release day+1 (19th November 2011) which works perfectly fine for me.

Because of this I will not be purchasing SIM free from O2 or CPW at their inflated prices, I shall just wait until the phone is back in stock in Google Play Store (bang goes my Christmas present to myself!)

If anyone fancies watching someone else waxing lyrical about their Nexus 4 check out this guy...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqHOcwzT5eY&feature=g-user-c

I have said so many times that not putting adequate storage on the Google branded phone is just so ridiculous, it is just slapping the loyal Android Nexus owners in the face. I for one waited for the new nexus hoping to get something I could use for my every day phone, I can not, I need certain files with me all the time, the cloud just doesn't cut it with certain files. What the hell are these engineers and whoever else is in the designing of these phones, quit buying this shit or they will continue to shovel it at us. I am very pissed off, I know there are other very good Android phones, I waited for and wanted a Nexus that would work for me. Everyone bitched about the storage on the Google Nexus, they obviously do not listen to their loyal customers. I went with the SGS3 and the Note 2. Samsung is the only company that listens to their customers and I will continue to buy from them and support them. I have every Nexus phone made including both models of the Nexus One, AT&T and T-Mobile models along with every damn accessory that money can buy for every Nexus Phone. There is no bigger Nexus fan then me but I just don't get there entire way of thinking. Give us a phone with all the bells and whistles. This new Nexus phone represents Google, you think they would want to put a phone out there that would have it all, quit nickel and diming a phone. I would rather pay the extra 150 bucks and get it all.

To make a phone with all the bells and whistles, fastest processors available, one the best screens available, it would certainly not be $300-350. Samsung can do this while building the phone out of recycled credit cards and charge u +$500& ^ . never going back to samsung, by the Tim they got me to ICS on my gs2 jelly bean was released. And they also would not do the upgrade ota. You had to use keys on a compatible computer, which it was hard as heck finding one that was compatible. Fail Samsung. Nexus 4- fresh android, top level performance, best bargain unlocked anywhere. If it doesnt meet your needs for $300-350, HTC and Samsung will gladly take double the cash for the similar or less performance, and more storage. Lol until you have used this device, really shouldnt condemn it. I also had a 32gb phone previously. I now have the 8 gig nexus 4. I havent put it down in a week. Yes I had to make sacrifices on storage, but this phone is the best all around device I've ever used. And I've used all top tier this year spare the DNA.

Not everyone would rather pay that extra $150 and get it all.

Go find a different phone that works for you. This phone is obviously enough for a lot of people since Google and T-Mobile have already sold out of it. If you have to have files with you all the time I'm not sure why you can't just drop it on Google Drive and be done with it, I mean I can't remember the last time I didn't have a cell signal which enabled me to use the cloud.

First world problems I suppose. People just seem to like to bitch and whine about the most idiotic things.

For some, this economic environment, might night be affecting them, which is great for them? I think Google made a wise business decision, especially considering the times we are living in. They are thinking more along the lines of appealing to the volume of everyday consumers they now attract, vs. the enthusiast's like many others and myself that troll this site, as well as many other tech sites. I for one will be getting the 16 GB model, and if I am in need of some external storage, I will just use my tablet as said device. Not to mention, I will be taking advantage of the free 50 GB Dropbox storage. Just my two cents.

You praise the new camera app, but fail to mention that the preview image shown on screen is just a crop of the image being recorded - rendering, you know, framing your shot and composition meaningless.....

...oh well, I guess only people who cares about photography will notice......

As you say yourself, the phone can surpass 20Mbps. Which baffles me as to why any site would put lack of LTE as a bad thing.

So many complaints about the lock screen... I say if you don't like the widgets, don't use them, no one is forcing you, its just another option you have with Android. They make much more sense if you use an actual lock on you're phone (pin or pattern, which you really should), I find having access to my calendar without unlocking very convenient. In this case as well, before you wouldn't have access to the camera at all from the lock screen, so the new gesture is a massive improvement.

Problem is, the widget area is there whether you want to use it or not. And certain widgets, like the camera, can't be disabled. 

How do you get shortcut to camera again? I liked the feature of up to Google Now, left to Camera, right to unlock

Can anyone tell me about the indicator light in the front? I was wondering if it supported multiple colors. I've been wanting a phone like that but it seems that samsung (hate their Os and their phones are ugly) and Sony (not a whole lot of them in the United States and expensive sometimes) are the only one who have this.

Yes, the indicator light supports a variety of colors (I'm using red, orange, blue, green, white, pink, etc). Also, Lightflow was recently updated to support the Nexus 4 if you use that.

Can anyone point me to the wallpaper used in the pic for this article. I keep seeing it in all the Nexus4 pics but haven't been able to locate it.

The nexus 4 is an amazing phone. Battery life has significantly improved the past few days due to charging cycles. And now im running a custom kernel since yesterday and it seems even better. Great buy.

Looking at its retail price in UK (Car Phone Warehouse) i guess LG will price 16gb model over 30k INR. In uk the retail price is around 390 pounds.

Has google changed its Nexus page in India? Previously all we could see was Galaxy Nexus now it is showin Nexus 4 and the new tablets. Is google plannin to launch its play store in India? Hope so :)

It made sense to me, I was coming from a T-Mobile Comet with 2.2 and only around 300 kb to add apps ( it did have a slot for a memory card, I added 16gb with that, but only used 2.5 ) to a 8GB 4 core monster with 4.2... Made PERFECT sense to me !

The glass back on this phone is a deal breaker.

Apple seems to have learned their lesson when they tried it. Someone should tell LG/Google that using glass where it isn't needed is a bad idea.

Other gripes: The bezel is too big; monster-sized screens/phones are fine, but can we get a top-of-the-line 4" Android device?

The other thing with that though, is that you can definitely get a top-of-the-line 4" Android device, but the main thing to remember here is that this phone is only $350! I wish Google would make an all-out perfection phone, sell it for $500 to those who are willing to get everything in one package. That'd be sweet.

I put cm10 on my s3 but the camera launcher was horrible compared to Samsung's the images came out dark and underexposed with the colors being off. The nexus 4 (on stock) had the same issue I think it might just be the stock camera launcher. If you want to check out the photos i took with my s3 (using touchwiz) go to my instagram @jsingh07 you won't be disappointed.

My favorite line: "it's hard to imagine how smartphones can get much faster". Really? I imagine it all the time.

Of course, this is from the same editor who brought you "No, your Nexus 4 won't magically grow LTE support".

Watch your step, AC. Some of us are beginning to question your credibility.

Can't understand why some people get so angry so easily on these threads. So many are quick to shoot down the review authors too; makes you wonder why they spent so much time reading the review, instead of writing their own! Certain areas aren't covered in this review but, as the author said at the start, you can find those points covered in Phil's earlier review.

m battery life has been horrible...but after much testing i disabled my exchange email to sync evey hour instead of push and also the gps signal one of those was draining the phone. after disabling the two, it i am getting much better battery life.

Great review. It's nice to see that good writing still exists out there!

I also find it funny how every Nexus phone spurs such a dramatic response from people. Goo look at the reviews for the Droid DNA or even the Optimus G and it's like a snoozfest in the comments. Read comments on any Nexus phone, and people are screaming at the top of their lungs that Google is an idiot!!!

I've seen it happen for every Nexus phone, from the Nexus One to the Nexus S to the Nexus 4. The only one that seemed to escape a lot of criticism was the Galaxy Nexus, but then again complaints are numerous about the Verizon Version being a "fake" Nexus because it doesn't receive OS updates as soon as Eric Shmidt's phone does.

The Nexus 4 flirts with perfection? WOW Can we have real reviewers instead of Nexus fanboys doing these reviews?

Its Androidcentral.com, they're gonna be biased toward Google devices. Every reviewer has a certain bias that comes across during the review, at least from what I've seen. Reviews are pretty pointless, try the phone out yourself and see if it works for you. A lot of the things I read about the Nexus 4 were not true for mine once I received it.

It looks like a nice phone but I'm not seeing anything that jumps out at me as leading class. I am a big believer in the Stock experience being the best but honestly I've had my HTC Evo 4g LTE for a few months and there is a lot to like. If this comes to Sprint I may take a look at it but right now I'm very happy with my EVOLTE.

I jumped ship on EVO to get NExus 4 and I have never been happier. Nexus 4 is leaps and bounds above EVO, trust me. Plus the service is a 1/4 of the cost and faster.

Its easy people, If you like the phone, than buy it. If you don`t like it don`t buy it. Everyone has an opinion and it does not mean that they are wrong. Be happy don`t let people's opinions ruin your day.

Actually there are two versions of "Gorilla Glass 2"... One is like you said, the same strength as GG1 but it's thinner & more flexible; the other is the same thickness as GG1 but considerably (2x?) stronger (I would like to see this versions on phones).

Take care,
-Eric

You mentioned the blank space if you pull down on the lockscreen clock widget. If you go to the clock app and push the places pin you will be able to select other cities time. I have 4 diff cities time selected. If you pull down on the lock screen clock widget it will reveal these other city times if you have them selected. Its fun.

ANDROIDCENTRAL has no idea what they are talking about. Screen colors can be adjusted with a custom kernel which allows it. nexus 4 is such an open device u can do anything prettymuch