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Review: Beautiful Google Nexus 4 can't shine without 4G LTE

The Google Nexus 4 lacks 4G LTE and expandable memory.
The Google Nexus 4 lacks 4G LTE and expandable memory.
LA Gadgets Examiner

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Google Nexus 4
LA Gadgets Examiner

LA Gadgets Examiner Rating: B-

This weekend, CNN compared the Google Nexus 4 with other smartphones such as the iPhone 5, Galaxy S3, and the Lumia 920. They said the phone would definitely be one of the biggest selling smartphones of the season, although this column respectfully disagrees.

The Google Nexus 4 is a beautiful smartphone that begs to be held. But you might want to forget about touching the phone once you realize it doesn't have 4G LTE speeds and expandable storage.

Basic specs

  • 5.27 x 2.70 x .36 inches
  • 4.90 oz
  • 4.7-inch IPS display with 1280 x 768 pixel resolution
  • 2100 mAh battery
  • Quad-core 1.5GHz processor
  • 8GB or 16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM

Build and design

Unlike other LG-produced phones, the the Nexus 4 preserves the rounded gentle curves and overall shape of the Galaxy Nexus. It is slightly wider and flatter than last year's Samsung-produced Galaxy Nexus.

The phone's edges are made with a cheap matte plastic, rubbery material, and they turn inward at a sharp, jagged angle. However, the phone feels great in your hands and just like the Samsung Nexus, this doesn't feel like it could easily slip.

On the left is a volume rocker and up top is a 3.5mm headphone jack. The sleep/power button is on the right side and the Micro-USB port is on the bottom edge. Above the display in the top right corner is a 1.3-megapixel camera and below the screen is an LED notification light. The back of the phone has an 8-megapixel camera and an LED flash.

Screen

Even though I am more a fan of AMOLED screens, the display on the Nexus 4 is as crisp as an IPS screen can get, especially due to the 300 dpi resolution. The colors are perfectly saturated and it seems as if the screen is looking at you more than the other way around. This has to be the best display I have ever seen on a LG-produced phone.

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