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A top-notch phone for consumers

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It may not be the best phone on the planet, but its high-end specs, elegant build and incredibly affordable price make it worth throwing your money at.

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$279.99

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Critic reviews

8.4
32 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.7
  • Display
    9.2
  • Battery life
    7.0
  • Camera
    7.7
  • Ease of use
    8.7
  • Design and form factor
    8.3
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.4
  • Media support
    8.8
  • Durability
    8.3
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    8.2

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User reviews

8.7
130 reviews
9.0
Engadget Nov 2, 2012

Sure, the Nexus 4 is not without its hiccups, but none of its predecessors have been perfect, either. And given the boost in real-world performance, the better camera and various other new features, it's even more tempting than all those previous devices whose shoes it's trying to fill.

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9.0
Wired Nov 2, 2012

It’s a truly exemplary piece of hardware that showcases the best of what Google can offer in a smartphone when crufty user interface skins from hardware makers and bloatware from carriers are cut out of the equation.

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9.0
Computerworld Nov 7, 2012

Google's Nexus 4 offers the best overall user experience you'll find on Android, and arguably any mobile platform, today. Its unadulterated Google Android 4.2 software combined with a spectacular display, outstanding performance, excellent camera and inspired design make for a compelling package.

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9.0
AnandTech Nov 13, 2012

If you're an Android enthusiast, the Nexus 4 is obviously the phone to have right now... On its own, the Nexus 4 would otherwise be phenomenally great hardware. As a Nexus, it's a level even beyond that.

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8.0
CNET Nov 2, 2012

While the LG Nexus 4 wins on internal performance and user experience, anyone shopping for an unlocked phone should consider a comparable LTE handset first.

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8.0
TechCrunch Nov 2, 2012

If you’re an Android enthusiast, a tinkerer, someone who hates signing multi-year contracts for high-end hardware, or just enjoy experiencing the bleeding edge, you really can’t buy this thing fast enough.

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8.0
Gizmodo Nov 2, 2012

Should I Buy It? Probably. As of right now, it is officially my favorite phone by a healthy margin. It’s just so fast, so smooth, and the software is great. At times it feels like things open faster that you even think them. Even it being limited to HSPA+ (not LTE) doesn’t really hurt it much.

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8.0
AllThingsD Nov 6, 2012

Overall, the Nexus 4 is a good phone, with especially good prices for unlocked versions. But I’d advise Android buyers to consider other models with LTE, better speakers, and the ability to add more memory and work on all carriers. ... I found the Nexus 4 more evolutionary than revolutionary.

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8.0
PC Mag Nov 12, 2012

LG's Google Nexus 4 is a powerful unlocked smartphone with a beautiful, minimalist design, fast performance, and the latest version of Android.

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7.0
Laptop Magazine Nov 2, 2012

The Google Nexus 4's swift performance, bright and crisp display and Android 4.2 software make it a good choice for Android purists, but the lack of 4G LTE is a letdown.

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7.0
Ars Technica Nov 9, 2012

hotness. As far as handsets go, it's impressive: it's got quad-core innards, a vibrant display, and a brand new shiny version of Android ... There's also the glaring omission of LTE.

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9.0
SlashGear Nov 2, 2012

With the Nexus 4, the compromise is as small as its ever been, and the fact that it’s so very affordable makes it strongly recommended for those wanting the best of Android today.

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9.0
CNET UK Nov 2, 2012

With a great high-definition screen, power only rivalled by the Galaxy Note 2, a wealth of great software features and a ridiculously low price, the Google Nexus 4 is almost certainly the best Android device around, never mind the best value.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Nov 7, 2012

If you're a heavy phone camera user, you might have cause to complain, but otherwise, the Nexus 4 is worth being excited about.

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9.0
CNET AU Nov 19, 2012

Whether you want the latest Android updates first, or you just want a really powerful phone for a comparatively low price, the Nexus 4 is for you.

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9.0
PC World Australia Dec 3, 2012

The Nexus 4 represents outstanding value for money. The lack of 4G and no expandable memory will push some potential users elsewhere, but the combination of an excellent screen, an attractive ... design and superb software make the Nexus 4 one of the best smartphones on the market.

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8.0
ABC News Nov 2, 2012

Google fixed every feature I have complained about on my Galaxy – the camera, the build quality, and the performance issues ... To sum it up: the Nexus 4 is a big, beautiful, well-rounded phone with one big tradeoff. One that's holding me back from replacing my older Nexus with it.

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9.0
Ubergizmo Nov 2, 2012

The Nexus 4 is an excellent smartphone that delivers top performance and features a stylish design for a sweet price. Getting the unlocked version at $299 is certainly the best value proposition of the new Google phone.

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9.0
TechRadar Nov 6, 2012

But make no mistake – this is the best Nexus handset so far by a long shot. We love it and can't recommend it highly enough. It could seriously be a contender for our best smartphone of 2012. If you're due a new phone, you should check the Google Nexus 4 out without delay.

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9.0
Android Central Nov 7, 2012

The phone's not without compromise, but it's also an easy phone to recommend, especially for the price... You simply cannot find a better deal on a high-end smartphone.

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9.0
phoneArena Nov 18, 2012

Certainly, the Nexus 4 may not be the ultimate smartphone right now, but taking all things into consideration, it’s hard to not to admire this smartphone.

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8.0
T3 Nov 9, 2012

The fact that they’ve then given you a smartphone which has a specs sheet to rival the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 for under £300 should only reinforce the fact that this is Google at its best.

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8.0
VentureBeat Nov 12, 2012

Another year, another Nexus. There’s certainly plenty to like about the Nexus 4, especially if you’re not in an LTE-equipped area. If you’ve skipped the Galaxy Nexus, or are just looking to jump aboard the Android bandwagon, the Nexus 4 is a solid option.

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7.0
The Telegraph Nov 2, 2012

Indeed, with that plain vanilla Android, the Nexus 4 feels almost like a phone without a soul – functional, adequate, great even. But not one that will inspire the queues around the block we see for Apple and Samsung.

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9.0
Android Community Nov 2, 2012

If you’re an Android developer, you absolutely, definitely, without a doubt, should be preparing to purchase this phone... LG had performed an impressive feat here, securing a future for themselves in the Android universe with one impressive beast of a device.

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9.0
Android Police Nov 7, 2012

Normally a Nexus device is worthy of your consideration just for the software, but this is the first Nexus where the hardware is also a huge selling point.

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9.0
BGR Nov 8, 2012

Aside from some very irritating shortcomings, the Nexus 4 is my favorite Android device in the world. It’s a great reference device to show other manufacturers how it’s done, and LG has done a beautiful job.

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9.0
Techno Buffalo Nov 21, 2012

Is it a great phone? Absolutely. Is it the best Nexus yet? I’d argue yes, it is... I think most consumers would be best suited with a more powerful 4G LTE device, even if its price point is pretty sweet.

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9.0
Notebookcheck Apr 20, 2013

Altogether, Google's Nexus 4 (made by LG) is a promising device. The premium smartphone only marginally misses "Very Good". Problems with reconnecting to an existing Wi-Fi network are annoying in practice and will hopefully be eliminated by a software update.

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8.0
The Next Web Nov 2, 2012

If you’re already drinking Google juice, there are very few cups that are better than the Nexus 4. Unless you want LTE, then get a Samsung Galaxy S III.

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9.0
revotto revotto

After being off contract with T-Mobile with a Play Store purchased Galaxy Nexus, I took the offer of a fully subsidized phone and my grandfathered Loyalty plan and I'm glad I did. The Nexus 4 is a sleeper. More of a AMG tuned Mercedes than say the Galaxy S III's Lancer Evo. It has modest...

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10
FASTWEB FASTWEB

I've been a heavy Android/Nexus user since the first versions of Android(1.6). I've had aT-Mobile G1, Nexus 1, G2X, Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, and now a Nexus 4; and I have to admit that the Nexus 4 outshines them all. With a similar look to the Galaxy Nexus it was easier for me to navigate through...

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9.0
timchoi89 timchoi89

I got the Nexus 4 back in November 2012 and I love it. It's the best Nexus phone in my opinion. It's finally got a true premium feel (even if it'll crack on the first drop), has a great camera, a good screen, and the performance that will match other over-spec'd phones. The build quality on the...

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7.0
njashanmal njashanmal

I've had every Nexus since the Nexus One, though my time with the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus were both pretty short but after using a series of heavily skinned Android devices (the One X and the Meizu MX2) I longed to return to a pure stock experience. I'm not especially partial to the industrial...

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9.0
jamiehs jamiehs

This phone is simply too fast to describe. It doesn't slow down and has 2GB of RAM. The screen is brilliant. It's smooth at the edges (a really nice touch) and really makes everything on it look gorgeous. The design is striking. The back plate is quite sparkly in the right light and it looks...

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9.0
Bman31 Bman31

Google again shows that the Nexus line of mobile devices are some of the best investments you can make with the LG Nexus 4. When I first opened the box and picked up the phone, I was shocked by how incredible this thing looked. And by how slippery it is. Boy it's SLIPPERY. Not just in your hand,...

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9.0
Trewyy Trewyy

The Nexus 4 should be selling at $500, but instead its being sold at $300. At first I was skeptical as it was made by LG, but now that I own one, I can safely say that I've never been happier with a Smartphone - It's shocking how fantastic this phone is coming from LG. At $300, the LG Nexus 4 is...

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9.0
zcommander zcommander

well, i can't get enough of this phone. that 30 minutes of juggling at the play store to buy this thing, paid off. unique features i've been loving like a mother: quad core processor (like butter, a little too smooth!) lock screen widgets swype keyboard google now with the voice control 4.7" hd...

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9.0
greginsa greginsa

At the original price of $349, this phone was a bargain. At the new price of $249, its a steal. Excellent build quality and an OS that is more flexible than iOS, yet just as smooth, makes this phone a real winner.

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9.0
dineleeeee dineleeeee

After pondering which phone to upgrade to from my aged HTC Desire I eventually settled on the HTC One X, but by the time my contract came up for renewal I couldn't find one in stock anywhere! Then, luckily, Google announced their LG manufactured Nexus 4! I read some reviews, and it ticked all my...

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9.0
donhurickerby donhurickerby

The LG Nexus 4 is the best phone I have had to date. I love how it feels, and how fast and responsive android's latest UI is. The price is something to beat! With such a low cost, it is definitely worth every penny. You can get 2 of these bad boys for the price of a new s3 or a new iphone 5. I...

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9.0
abcgen abcgen

I have been using my Nexus 4 for about 2 full weeks at this point. Had been using a phone with Android 2.2 before I got my hands on this one. First thing you notice is how far Android has come since then, the ease of use and how smooth it is to move from app to app. Just be aware of the memory...

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9.0
justinhub2003 justinhub2003

The Nexus 4 is the best Android phone hands down... at least if your on T-Mobile and are in an HSPA+ city like i am. The screen is stunning and beautiful. I much prefer it over the Galaxy Nexus. And the performance has been extremely fast and not a single bit of "android lag" has occurred in my...

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10
abhi17 abhi17

This is my first Android Device and it's simply the best. Design is eye catching and interface is awesome. It's raw power at such low price. Simple and best. It's a must buy!

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