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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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"Note that there's a limit to the size of the area you can cache - you can't just make all of Europe available offline, not even a whole country. We managed to cache London and some surrounding regions before Maps told us the area is too big. Also, there's no address search in the cached maps and you can only cache map data in supported regions of the world."
Sadly GooGle maps are still not on par with Nokia maps in offline mode plus Nokia has the Nokia drive for free online/offline navigation.

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  • 2012-12-08 10:00
  • RNDm

for this kind of hardware, Google should at least considre using a better battery / more internal space.

it seems like they just lowered the specs in order to be able to make this device as cheap as they can,
and that is not acceptable (by me at least).

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  • 2012-12-08 08:43
  • 6q@x

My XPERIA TX perfomance!:
Vellamo html5-1738
Benchmark PI-294
Who do not believe i have screenshots!))

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  • 2012-12-08 08:24
  • ImkU

Lol 11gb of user storage.. Just for the techie/geek people

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  • 2012-12-08 07:57
  • v0Xt

Memory Storage is SUPER SUCK with 16GB built in no expend !
Even with super performance this phone still suck for me...

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  • 2012-12-08 07:22
  • fD72

NO memory card = NO buy.
Simple as that...

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  • 2012-12-08 07:01
  • vx2q

Pg 10, it should be DC-HSDPA (42Mbps) and not 21Mbps. Also, maybe mentioning the LTE capabilities via AWS (1700 MHz) band. I know it's not listed under the FCC doc's but it is there and wasn't removed with the 4.2.1 update :)

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  • 2012-12-08 06:59
  • Yef4

You can delete a single call entry by clicking on it, menu, remove from call log.

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  • 2012-12-08 06:35
  • nt6v

Awesome device. But lacks USB OTG. Guess I'll have to wait for the s4 or the next HTC flagship.

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  • 2012-12-08 06:33
  • bEKN

GSMarena, Just a suggestion, when doing the battery test could do the test for chrome and any other 3rd party brower(ex: dolphin browser). I dont think chrome is hardware accelerated yet and a case could be made that if enabled could improve battery life. The dolphin beta for 4.2 is.

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  • 2012-12-08 06:15
  • vGVR

thz z the worst nexus i should say, not by specs or features but by marketing point of view... it costs mere 30$ less than galaxy S3 in my country, ofcourse the 16gb version as i guess buying 8gb is complete pointless... most people who planned to buy it are switching over to S3 n there z again increase in sales of S3 while samsung has cut the price of S3 n it costs less than one x now in my country... also nexus is not providing earphones thus bying nexus 4 with earphones will cost same as buying 16 gb S3 n u can expand its memory through sd card... S3 is much better than this if u compare overall as it is getting updates really fast, also performance wise it is equivalent to nexus 4...

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  • 2012-12-08 04:59
  • U{7e

> In reply to popye @ 2012-12-08 00:39 from IwnH - click to readI agree, the SGS3 is probably the better phone. The big selling points of the Nexus 4 is the price and the fact you get the latest android..

(ps, everyone raves about getting a "pure" version of android with no touchwiz or sense baked in. I purchased a Nexus 10 and was disappointed with 4.2. There is a lot of features that Samsung adds that are missing (i do use Go launcher not touchwiz though)

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  • 2012-12-08 04:23
  • 2G59

good, now i need the nexus 10 review =)..

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  • 2012-12-08 04:11
  • kAHa

My friend have sell his GS3 to order this one because was not qualitative as a HTC/Sony, and software buggy also with 4.1 (definitely you can not compare with a Nexus device)...

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  • 2012-12-08 02:44
  • gJf0

why doesnt gsmarena add another MAJOR flaw and turn it as an advantage instead?

im talking bout the price..yea i said it! while the price in playstore is cool, the price tagged by lg is $600!! add another couples of bucks, u get s3, which is a better phone in every way (camera, battery, screen) or an iphone if u got many apple products and complete the ecosystem... up to you..
consider the countries who dont have playstore services, gsmarena..

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  • 2012-12-08 02:43
  • y$aj

for me this phone is Vastly superior than all other products

A) Unlocked!!!
B) penta-band 3G frquencies
C) Rapid and frequent software updates

No product at any price can compete with these specifications. It allows me to use lower cost pay as you go carrier options with a modern smart phone. I am saving multiple hundreds of dollars a year with such a choice.

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  • 2012-12-08 02:13
  • KgvV

Pity this phone is not available in india ( atleast not at the same price ) or else this phone would sell like hot cakes or pani puris . I dnt understand why these people neglect such a big market .

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  • 2012-12-08 02:05
  • 7qAk

> In reply to 070coffeeshop @ 2012-12-08 01:46 from n%jD - click to read100% true. I'm a Android Dev and all people that believe benchmarks are fools. The Nexus 4 is the fastest device. It has quality software & hardware. Never buy a samsung/LG/HTC you will be outdated in 8 months. With Nexus your good for atleast 2-3 years of quality software and IMO that's what satisfies people. Even if your phone has awesome specs, with crappy software it will be useless. Go for Nexuz>Sony. Never buy a samsung/LG/HTC or any device with slow updates. Those companies don't give a piece of f*** about customers. They only think about making money, so they'll refuse to update so u can buy their new phone in less than a year. I prefer an updated nice UI & software than having a 40MP octocore 2ghz and big GPU. It will be sh*t without proper software, hope people will understand..

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  • 2012-12-08 01:59
  • n%jD

lmfao why do people bias device performance on f*king outdated benchmarks, you're an idiot, I can get higher scores with my outdated S2. Becuz benchmarks are pointless. Even Android 2.3.7 will give higher scores on Antutu. The nexus 4 has full VSync Triple 60 FPS, it's 100X faster then Optimus G & every other device on the market and never laggs through swiping, gaming etc. Maybe the device is heating up because of GPU rendering, all androids without VSync & JB patches it's most of the time CPU rendering, which is why it laggs.. Probably JB will hit LG optimus G in 21/12/2112

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  • 2012-12-08 01:46
  • n%jD

What did I say all along, the GN4 is good for the money, but performance has been stated as WELL BELOW other S4 phones.

Not just LG G, the PadFone 2 smashes it too. Subsidise my ass, this phone has some cheap ass parts running the show, that's why it gets smashed. No magic here.

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  • 2012-12-08 01:35
  • sy9x

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