The Google nexus 4 is a lovely addition to the Nexus family. With a lot of upgrades across the board, this phone has got a lot of people very excited. This review will go through the main aspects of the phone, appearance, technology and usability, in order to properly assess and review the phone.
The Google Nexus 4 measures in at 133.9 x 68.7 x 91 mm, making it not much bigger than the original nexus. It weighs 139g which doesn’t make it the lightest smart phone on the market but this doesn’t mean it’s the worst in anyway.
The majority of the front of the phone is taken up by a piano black, 4.7-inch screen with full HD IDS, which does not disappoint when it comes to interacting with the phone. Colors are bright and sharp and the entire screen is just beautiful to look at.
The headphone jack is situated at the top of the phone with the volume control and micro sim tray on the left. The USB sits on the bottom of the phone and the lock/unlock/power button is found on the right hand side of the phone.
The phone runs on Jellybean 4.2 using a qualcomm snapdragon chipset and a quad core 1.5GHz processor.
On the front of the phone, you will find a 1.3MP camera, which can be used for apps such as Skype or Instagram and an 8MP camera on the back. The phone’s main camera is quick to load with a lot of different options and settings to easily load up and play with in order to create the perfect shot. With one press, a dial will appear in the middle of the screen, which allow you to toggle flash or auto white balance.
The phone uses chrome as the default Internet browser with very fast web speeds due to the phones build in 3G connection.
The sound quality has been described as ‘not bad’ and there has been no problems reported with using different music formats.
If you find yourself having to use maps, GPS locks on extremely quickly to give directions.
A swipe function has now been added to the new keyboard meaning more usability options.
You now have the option to add new toggles to the notification bar in order to quickly access wifi connections or to adjust brightness etc.
Google now is also a new feature and amongst other widgets, opening Google now will give you access to current weather updates and show you nearby places to your location such as the nearest petrol station.
Apps can be organized into folders following Androids interface that can be found on many of Samsung’s latest smart phones and with easy access to emails, text messages and missed calls is now an option with a pull down screen.
This phone is not the most popular smart phone on the market, but it is definitely a contender against some of the bigger smart phones.