The Nexus 4 was released and sold-out almost immediately. The main draws to buyers are the latest version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, it is unlocked and the 8GB Nexus 4 costs only $299. Reviewers who went over the Nexus 4 with a keen sense of greatness, however, didn't fall completely in love with it due to its HSPA+ data. We believe it will make it to the top best smartphone list of 2012, just for its pure Google software and price.
- Most Liked Features: fast quad-core processor, latest Android OS, bright screen, price, photo sphere is impressive, Google Now, supports wireless charging, Zerogap Touch for better touchscreen and low price.
- Least-Liked Features: lacks 4G LTE, poor call volume, uninspiring design, lack of physical home button, poor audio speakers and dull photos.
- Overall Average Ranking: 3.75 out of 5.
- Networks: Can be used with A T&T, T-Mobile and some prepaid carriers such as Straight Talk, Simple Mobile and T-Mobile.
Reviewers liked the clean Android experience without carrier bloatware, bright screen, fast quad-core processor but most of all the great non-subsidized price for the Nexus 4. Game playing is fast and excellent.
Reviewers didn't like the slower HSPA+ speeds, mediocre camera, heating issues, Bluetooth connectivity issues and lack of innovation. Call quality with a T-Mobile SIM was poorly rated with low volume by one reviewer while another found it to be crisp but would have liked higher volume for loud environments. Battery life was poor, too.
Photo quality was good in outdoor lighting but didn't do well in low-light. One reviewer called the photos "dull."
The Nexus 4 has 4.7-inch IPS LCD packs 1,280-by-768-pixel resolution is bright, since the buttons are on the screen it makes the screen smaller. Videos look good on the screen.
Typing on the screen was easy and the Gesture Type worked well like SWYPE. The Nexus 4 offered great benchmark tests, however the Samsung Galaxy S III ranked higher. A majority of the reviewers preferred the Samsung Galaxy S III. The price of the Samsung Galaxy S III has been reduced greatly by Amazon.com.
Few reviewers compared the Nexus 4 to the unlocked iPhone 5 which is much more expensive. The unlocked iPhone 5 (model A1428) does support AT&T LTE.
We believe developers who need the latest incarnation of Android, travelers and those who already have figured out how to swap SIMs with their current plans are the major target for the Nexus 4. The price which is $100 higher than most subsidized smartphones makes it a bargain for an unlocked smartphone.
The Nexus 4 supports 3G (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and d HSPA+ 42 (850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and 5GHz spectrum. Specs of the Nexus 4 include 8MP camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Wireless charging, Slim Port HDMI, 2GB RAM, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU(quad-core), NFC (Android Beam)
Reviewers noted that the Samsung Galaxy S III data is faster and the Samsung Galaxy Note II has a faster processor.
The Google Nexus 4 will be back in stock at some point. If you have an Android phone you can download the Nexus 4 Stock Alert App.Please be aware that when phone is in sleep-mode the app might not check on some devices.
The customer support and order mix-ups for the Nexus 4 has made many irritated.