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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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HTC One X+ doesn't stand up to Nexus 4's raw power? Are you kidding me? It's quad core tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.7 GHz smashes Nexus 4 in absolutely every benchmark test.

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  • 2012-12-09 19:24
  • 60pD

> In reply to Antonym @ 2012-12-09 15:03 from Kg}w - click to readI got more than 6Gb of music on my phone...

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  • 2012-12-09 16:42
  • L4xx

> In reply to Antonym @ 2012-12-09 15:03 from Kg}w - click to readactually music files isnt small as u think my friend.. on my sgs i have 6GB of music.. and alot of videos and pictures and i still have 2,5GB free .. enough place to install apps and games.. so in my sitution an online music storage is very useful which gives me 6GB more:)

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  • 2012-12-09 15:34
  • mBYj

> In reply to Gobo @ 2012-12-09 12:45 from mBYj - click to readWe could not care less about your online music, music storage is not a problem even on Xperia U, music files are small. Music is not the reason why ppl want more storage.

"why do u need to play more than 2 heavy games at once on ur smartphone.. play finish from it then delete it.. or stick with 1 or 2 u dnt have to try all market games.. cuz u will be wasting your time.."

You really think you are so much better than others, but reading this leaves no doubt that you are the opposite.

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  • 2012-12-09 15:03
  • Kg}w

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-12-09 10:29 from bEKN - click to readFor grandmas? My mother will be 70 next year and shes using a Galaxy S2. My mother in law is 60 and use an Xperia android smartphone and a HTC Desire Z before that, and shes a dedicated user of Android tablet.

Feature phones are for weird backwards progress-hating people like James, not for grandparents.

Anyway i just wanted to say that i read the nexu 4 review, just to stay updated on current smartphon offerings, but i wish i hadnt, what a waste of a phone, so mediocre and boring and restricted. Thankfully it has bad video recording, because theres nowhere to store it. The clowns here saying that we should use cloud need a wakeupcall, you cant just go and upload 4-5GB over a HSPA connection to make space for another 4-5GB of video when you are in the middle of a party, thats NOT PRACTICAL, its not even possible. I dont understand their ignorance to other peoples PRACTICAL needs. I dont have many minutes of FHD video on my Note II but it already fills up the bigger part of the internal storage.

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  • 2012-12-09 14:53
  • Kg}w

> In reply to diogo1 @ 2012-12-07 23:23 from LpIP - click to readStop moaning about the storage.. why the hick u need more than 16GB when google offers for u a space to put ur music in and play it online.. im uploading now all my music on google so when i get my waited nexus4 i will be happy to listen to it online using google music... and dnt moan about games please.. why do u need to play more than 2 heavy games at once on ur smartphone.. play finish from it then delete it.. or stick with 1 or 2 u dnt have to try all market games.. cuz u will be wasting your time.. if u are a gamer then get a pc/xbox/wii/psX whateva dont moan about a low cost phone which almost the best on the market for many people and to simple if u dont like it u dont have to cry about it and dont buy it for godsake!! get something else which is more expensive with all ur needs!

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  • 2012-12-09 12:45
  • mBYj

> In reply to James @ 2012-12-09 00:33 from wf8I - click to readThank god they didn't stop making feature phones for people like you. Or gramdmas.

The smartphone is all about convergence. I got a great browser, mail client , organizer, good camera and music player packed into a lightweight phone. If I were to carry a simple Nokia I'd have to carry kilos of other gadgets. Who are you to judge the needs of other people anyway? I mean you did come up with the 90% figure event though sales figures show otherwise.

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  • 2012-12-09 10:29
  • bEKN

> In reply to android1990 @ 2012-12-09 09:49 from 2@YY - click to readNo USB otg on this device. Google "Nexus 4 OTG" for proof.

By the way, that app won't even install on the device from market as it needs the USB api which is disabled on the N4. Do some research before posting.

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  • 2012-12-09 10:24
  • bEKN

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co­m.homeysoft.nexususb.importer&hl=en
Check out this and then say.... about the OTG

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  • 2012-12-09 09:49
  • 2@YY

> In reply to peter @ 2012-12-08 14:01 from 0ByH - click to readSamsung Nature UX on the S III is a true smooth experience .. don't be negative man .. just saying...

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  • 2012-12-09 07:21
  • fvBP

good phone, but not for me.

I spend my time mostly at sea (cruise ship), in which phone signal and internet are barely available.

phone with removable battery and expandable storage is more suited to my living, than phone that heavily dependent on internet.

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  • 2012-12-09 06:59
  • XMiw

really...yes it doesn't have a SD slot and? Did the last Nexus phones have it let me answer that...NO IT DID NOT!!! Its a phone that is based on getting the pure google experience not hardware specs, which so many people are crying foul about. I have Xperia ion and i love it but. I'm not going to bash a good phone like the Nexus 4. If you don't like the phone then you don't have to buy it, there are plenty of phones for everybody :D

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  • 2012-12-09 04:05
  • jesG

I'd like to buy one. it's constantly sold out. If google would like to convert people they should at least provide phones to be bought...

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  • 2012-12-09 02:03
  • wfIf

All that horse power and no where to go.
I make mobile phone calls, sms's and take the occasional photo.
Why do want to provide Google with free information about my person.
A simple Nokia is good enough, really, for 90% of mobile phone users, if you exclude gaming.
Facebook, hey get a life man.

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  • 2012-12-09 00:33
  • wf8I

> In reply to Pavel @ 2012-12-08 08:24 from ImkU - click to readmy Nexus 4 Antutu result is 17700,start beliving on Snapdragon and 320 graphic. Nexus 4 is best choice guys,

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  • 2012-12-08 23:08
  • n5K}

Apart from only having 16gb and no sd card the nexus 4 doesnt have usb OTG.
This rules out the phone for me... I would still consider for my wife but the sgs3 it better.

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  • 2012-12-08 22:23
  • 2G59

Was thinking of exchanging (trading) the S3 vs Nexus 4, especialy since now i also have a Nexus 7... will still test the N7 for a month, to make up the mind... if the S3 camera in my view is poor, than N4 is what (based on review).
Benchmarks also dont give a clear clue...
Thanks for the review, but in my decision - no help :)

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  • 2012-12-08 22:12
  • nT@A

What competitors we have? Lets see:
Samsung Galaxy S III, who can't match LG Optimus 4 price
LG Optimus G, who can't match LG Optimus 4 price
HTC One X, who can't match LG Optimus 4 price

Um... maybe its better to also compare to devices in a similar price class or slightly higher?
It would be hard to find a device with similar price and similar internals, but what if we forget about 4-core CPU and try to find a similarly speedy offer with Android 4.0 or more recent OS version, with 4.3" or bigger screen? There are many more phones on sale, other than flagships, and they, too, deserve attention.

IMO: flagship device with 4.7-inch HD screen should have more than 16gb memory, for me its a deal breaker.

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  • 2012-12-08 20:40
  • 3mFm

> In reply to etres @ 2012-12-08 19:04 from 0Cb4 - click to readchrome is not laggy on the nexus 4

but yes on other devices(especially those with 512mb RAM)it might lag since it consumes just too much RAM(more than any game or any other app in playstore)

I am better off with dolphin browser or UC browser.
as far as sync is concerned I don't like all sync and data from chrome since google chrome (even on desktop) steal data from page history,cache etc.(not any secure info like passwords) to better serve ads and search engine predictions....its a bit infringing on privacy.

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  • 2012-12-08 20:00
  • 7q95

Nexus 4&10 come with Chrome instead of standard aosp browser. Chrome is good if you want your browsing history and favorite pages to in sync between all your devices. BUT IS NOT THE FASTEST ANDROID BROWSER or the best. It's lagging while scrolling, zooming, etc.

The fact that despite being warned all reviewers are still using chrome, and more, they act innocently like "what's with this bad performance" when in fact they know the answer ... it's the proof of bias that most of the tech sites have in the favor of Apple.

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  • 2012-12-08 19:04
  • 0Cb4

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