Designed by LG Electronics, the Nexus 4 is Google’s 4th Nexus branded Android based smart phone. The new phone has been launched globally on November 13, 2012 but is yet to be launched in India which may happen sometime in January 2013.
The most significant ‘new’ the Nexus 4 brings to the table is the latest Android 4.2 operating system also known as ‘Jelly Bean’. Equipped with a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, the new smart phone offers 2GB of RAM along with an internal memory of 8 or 16 GB optionally.
The design of the Nexus 4 has been visibly ‘Googlized’, the most prominent feature being the 4.7 inch display screen made out of Corning Gorilla Glass 2 that curves smoothly into the bezel instead of the straight edges, adding a luxurious touch to this smart phone.
The 8 megapixel rear camera shoots videos in three available qualities up to HD 1080p while the front facing camera of 1.3 megapixel records video quality up to HD 720p. The phone features the impressive new Android 4.2 Photo Sphere which allows you to capture 3D-like photos by stitching together pictures taken of the same spot from different angles.
There are various new photo editing options as part of ‘Jelly Bean’ available in the phone along with lens filters similar to Instagram and adjustments for sharpness, contrast and saturation levels. While it comes across as topnotch in terms of performance while playing games and web browsing, the shutter speed of the camera can’t compare with that of the iPhone 5 and noticeably stalls while focusing during continuous and rapid clicks.
On the audio front, the phone doesn’t have an impressive in-ear speaker or even an outer speaker. Moreover, the Nexus 4 features the HSPA+ technology instead of LTE technology, which has been claimed by many as a let-down although most service providers don’t offer 4G LTE anyway and are based on the HSPA+.
Overall, the Nexus 4 is a good buy at the offered price when compared with the other players such as the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3 in the large screen segment in terms of performance and features.
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