The Nexus 4 smartphone is a new piece of mobile technology that has been the topic of much controversy on the internet of late. There are many reviewers out there claiming that it is the best phone on the market to date and there are just as many who are not exactly singing its praises. With comments ranging from best Android phone yet to too many deal breakers, it is hard to know the truth of this phone. We are going to go over the software, hardware and overall performance of the Nexus 4 to give you an idea of what this piece of mobile technology brings to the table.
LetÔÇÖs start this off with the OS. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is the newest version the iconic OS and thus far is the best of the bunch. The consensus is that 4.2 Jelly Bean feels super smooth and natural. This version of Jelly Bean isnÔÇÖt really an overhaul so much as a few enhancements to what was there already. What is clear to those that have tried it is that it is simply better. Some of the new features like the 360-Panorama option for the camera as well as improved notification management have convinced many.
Google Now has gotten a bit of an upgrade in the newest update. It has been made smoother as well as had a few added perks to the list of things it will keep track of. Google Now can now keep an eye on your email to watch for any confirmation or tracking numbers be they from an Amazon purchase or an appointment. There will now be a card waiting for you to alert you to the tracking status if you allow it this option.
The most notable hardware exclusion with the Nexus 4 is its lack of LTE. I mention this first because this is a major point of contention when many who are looking into the phone. The mobile device does have HSPA+ radios which will work just fine with T-Mobile or AT&T in the States and on most carriers in the rest of the world. Thus far there is no mention of other variations of the phone to include this feature.
The Nexus 4 is covered with Gorilla Glass making for a smooth, sleek design. It is smooth from edge to edge and feels as if the glass has been melted over the sides. This design is to make swiping commands easier to initiate and more responsive. The only concern here is that devices covered in glass, even Gorilla Glass, can break. Testing has shown that this piece of mobile technology is prone to breaking if dropped. Granted it might have to land just right like any other device, but it is pretty easy to break.
The Nexus 4 boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor that has been clocked at 1.5 GHz, 2GM of RAM, and has a non-removable 2100 mAh battery. There is no SD slot but the phone comes in 8GB and 16GB models. These specs have lead Google to state that it is the fastest phone on the planet, which may not be true, but it is certainly responsive and quick.
Whether or not the Nexus 4 is the fastest phone on the planet, the responsiveness and performance is top notch. Even when multitasking with numerous mobile applications the phone never lost is responsiveness. The battery life is actually not bad. Some claim that it is horrendous while others are singing its praises. The fact is that this thing can be brutal to its energy source, but its battery not only holds up to its needs, it lasts a long time. The batter more than pulls its weight in the Nexus 4.
What I Think
This piece of mobile technology gives me a lot of hope for the future of the Nexus line. The Nexus 4 may or may not be a flagship device, but it is making its predecessors proud. A $300 unlocked phone with these kinds of specs is unheard of in todayÔÇÖs market. ┬áFor many users, the lack of LTE is a huge deal breaker, but to me it doesnÔÇÖt seem to matter all that much. Considering in bigger cities when you do have 4g, it is bogged down with all of the traffic, it may not be a huge loss. The fact is that like GoogleÔÇÖs Nexus 7, this device is taking a step back and aims for that Pure Android experience with an emphasis on cloud storage and Wi-Fi.