Destined to continue a long legacy of excellence, the LG Nexus 4 certainly has a lot of responsibility Despite suggestions that the cancellation of Google’s Android event would lead to release date delays and a postponed unveiling, the LG Nexus 4 has nonetheless been unveiled, laid bare and its specs and features well and truly scrutinized.
Android Smartphones are put through their paces and examined under microscopes every day, but none with quite as much vigor as the Nexus flagship series. The party-piece of the devices is of course their usual exclusivity of the latest build of Android – in this case Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
So, given the way in which the LG Nexus 4 doesn’t take things as far as Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie as many had hoped, how does it stack up against its rivals? Does it live up the expectations, or simply further Android’s ongoing fragmentation woes?
Form-wise, the LG Nexus 4 bears an instant resemblance to the LG Optmus G in more ways than one. Not only does the new Nexus 4 feature the same 4.7-inch IPS LCD display, but also an identical 8-megapixel camera on the rear and the same quad-core Snapdragon processor under the hood. Sleek and slender it may be, but the plastic casing lacks the premium look and feel we’ve come to expect from the highest-end Smartphones, such as the iPhone 5’s metal covering.
Android 4.2 is taking care of the show at the helm, which includes updated features like Google’s Photo Sphere panoramic camera tool, Google Now and improved keyboard functionality. Performance is generally as smooth as Google’s Project Butter promised, with virtually no lag and an overall solid UI.
Most impressively of all perhaps, the LG Nexus 4 is to be made available via the Google Play Store for an astonishingly low $299 off-contract – hugely impressive considering the specs and features the Nexus 4 delivers.
Overall therefore, it might be fair to say that the LG Nexus 4’s specs and features do not exactly add up to a revolutionary device and largely represent everything we’ve seen before – though never for such an exceptionally low price.