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5.0 out of 5 stars For the price, the best phone on the market, bar none., 21 Mar 2013
This review is from: LG Nexus 4 Android Smartphone 16GB Sim-Free (Electronics)
At over half the price of a Galaxy S3, Xperia Z or iPhone 5, this phone is an absolute bargain. It doesn't skimp in the specs, it's got the latest and greatest Qualcomm Sanpdragon S4 Pro chipset (which is the same as the Xperia Z, better than the S3 and iPhone5), and a healthy 2GB of RAM to ensure everything you chuck at this will run really smooth as a result.

As this is a Nexus device, there are a couple of things to expect.

1/ It will always have the latest and greatest Android version, for as long as the hardware is capable of running it. The updates are provided by Google, so there is no carrier or manufacturer delays like other phones.

2/ There is no SD card slot for adding additional storage space. This is by design in all Nexus devices, so it's worth investing in the 16GB model rather than the 8GB model.

Don't be too put off my the later, as Google have a REALLY good cloud service, Google Music fro example allows you to store 20,000 of your own songs for free on their cloud music streaming service. Picasa has no limits on number of photos you can store (as long as they are under a certain resolution), and you of course have Google Drive, Google Docs for other data.

In addition, signing into Box.com using the Android app on your Nexus4 will unlock free 50GB of cloud storage (not too many people are aware of this deal).

Back to the phone...

It looks super-sexy, with glass front and back, and the controls are all very well positioned. I love the display, it's just right, not to harsh not too subtle, the colours seem natural. I wouldn't rate the sound quality out the onboard speaker, but then I always use headphones or Bluetooth speakers, so that's not a deal-breaker for me in any regard whatsoever.

The software is totally stock Android, as will all other Nexus devices, this is a really good thing, I'm not a fan of Touchwiz, Sense, MotoBlur, Timescape etc etc, they all detract from the experience, and standard Android in Jellybean is superb.

Although the box comes with a wired charger, wireless charging is supported - just plonk the phone and the pad no messy cables to plug in or dock, Wireless charging uses the QI standard (the official Nexus 4 wireless charger isn't out in the UK currently, but there are other QI wireless chargers that work just fine, I use the Maxell Air Voltage QI Charging pad)

The camera is only average, but it does support a proper HDR mode (not a faked one like many phones, including ones from Apple) and comes with the utterly awesome photosphere, which is truly a gamechanger when used with the right scenes.

I have had my Nexus 4 for 3 months now, and I'm 100% satisfied. It's a high end Android experience for a very mid-range price, and other phones in this price bracket don't come anywhere close. The phone is easy to use, powerful, great battery life, looks amazing, and comes with the latest and greatest Android What's not to love?
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