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Google Nexus 4 review: Royal road

07 December 2012 | Read the review | Post your comment
Google Nexus 4 review: Royal road - read the full textIt's the next-generation Nexus and this time LG has the privilege. And when Google goes "My pleasure!", they most likely mean it. The Nexus 4 aggressively undercuts competitors' pricing as it sets out to wipe the floor with most of them in terms of speed and...


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No external slot for memory card

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  • 2013-05-26 06:16
  • XuGV

Got my Nexus 4 about a month ago on a whim as an upgrade from a Galaxy S (I9000) that I bought used a couple of years ago. Overall I'm pretty happy with the phone - the display is excellent, and performance is very smooth. It's definitely lacking in the battery life department, though. Lots of standby time, decent talk time, but doing anything with the screen on (web browsing, email, etc) drains the battery rather quickly. Add in anything CPU-intensive (games mostly) and the remaining charge drops like a rock. My Galaxy S was better in this regard.

Still, not a bad phone, and I like the vanilla Android UI. I wish something like a Google Galaxy Nexus S4 existed - that would be the best of all worlds (can't stand TouchWiz). Or an HTC One with a normal (8-13 MP) camera and normal buttons (or ditch the buttons and just use soft buttons like the Nexus 4). I guess I will hold on to this one for a while, until something better without big drawbacks of its own comes along.

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  • 2013-05-10 20:51
  • G6}n
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> In reply to johnny devil @ 2013-01-02 16:36 from nxjK - click to readI recently bought new nexus 4 but my WiFi direct is not working it is getting connected but I can't share anything anyone can help me plzzzz

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  • 2013-05-06 15:14
  • U@G{

Please, I got my phone Google nexus 4 since last year December. The issue is that some certain games don't work on it like fruit ninja, temple run, the sim, subway surfers, etc. I know people that have the same phone and they are not experiencing this problem.
I am thinking that since I got the phone barely a month after it was released, maybe the manufacturer left out a few settings that were very important. Someone advised me to do a factory reset and update the firmware. Should I do it? Please, I would be expecting your reply. Thanks.

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  • 2013-05-01 10:36
  • fuN1

This is a best buy smartphone

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  • 2013-04-30 21:57
  • v0Xt

I have bought nexus 4 from Saudi aribia . I m very happy wide the phn . but plz someone guide me that which headphone I should use.I m attaching Samsung original headphone but the sound is worst plz guide me......

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  • 2013-03-22 08:39
  • X0J8

Hi i just bought this phone yesterday then ownloaded wikipedia offline and batman on the playstore but i cant download gta vice city anymore :(

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  • 2013-03-22 06:43
  • v0qJ

The nexus 4 memory is just for people that download a little games but they just buy it for these reasons - camera, processor, graphics, looks,display,battery,sometimes memory

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  • 2013-03-14 05:16
  • mIfk

Its awesome I love it

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  • 2013-03-11 07:42
  • 7tM%

Good Detailed Report. Thanks GSMArena

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  • 2013-03-06 05:39
  • vGMG

I so love this phone. Very cool. I want it to be on my side everytime. Thanks Google.

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  • 2013-03-05 11:53
  • v0qT

we r jst wtng for tht..........hope it will blast in india over galaxy series

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  • 2013-02-26 12:49
  • wiRe

we r jst wtng for tht..........hope it will blast in over galaxy series

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  • 2013-02-26 12:40
  • wiRe

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2013-01-05 01:48 from t7Xr - click to readWhere did you bought yours

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  • 2013-02-16 05:48
  • sBSv

The camera app does NOT ALLOW for ISO adjusting. Gosh, I read that for the third time in different reviews.

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  • 2013-01-11 01:32
  • Sifs's been over eight hours since the 100% charge on my Nexus 4. Made 10 mins of calls, read/sent a dozen emails and ten minutes online. Battery level is now 70%.
So I'm very happy with my Nexus 4.

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  • 2013-01-10 14:48
  • n{ab

Coming from a GSII. Nexus 4 is fantastic! Looks, feel, but will purchase a cover - afraid I'll drop it outside...

For all mail and sms, I selected 'Silent' tone and set vibrate to 'Never'. I downloaded "Light Flow Lite" free from Android Market and used this to set tones, vibration, even choose colour of notification light!
No more vibrate for my emails!
Force-closed and disabled EVERY Google app I never use (I only use Gmail and Google Play, and I surf with Opera Mobile) and uninstalled apps I don't need - some apps are sending info from your Nexus 4 all day, hence battery drain.
Yesterday (before I disabled/removed apps) I left home 7.30am with battery charge 100%. By 1.00pm it was around 15% with average use.

This morning (after apps were disabled/removed) I unplugged charger 5.30am 100% charge. It is now 10.30am. Battery level with similar useage is 84% HUGE difference!

I had wifi and bluetooth off the whole time and I don't use my phone for music or watching movies.

Yesterday, I was contemplating sending it back.
Not now the battery's gone from W.T.F? to A.O.K!

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  • 2013-01-10 11:27
  • n{ab

I love my nexus 4, used it for few weeks already. Its really fast, the most affordable and classy...i strongly suggest to those who plan to buy a phone go get nexus 4- from cebu,phil.

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  • 2013-01-05 01:48
  • t7Xr

I have my N4 for 2 weeks now and it's great! I don't understand some negative comments here. The phone's great, advanced CPU and GPU and other hardware make it a bang for the buck. Go, see it for yourself! :)

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  • 2013-01-03 16:06
  • UD}w

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