85
Engadget
Score
85

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Nexus 4 review

Summary

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.

from $142.89+
Pros
  • Beautiful and vibrant 720p display
  • Very affordable price
  • Pentaband HSPA+
  • Android 4.2 delivers new features
  • Solid performance
Cons
  • Doesn't support LTE
Nexus 4 review

Movie sequels often don't live up to the hype of the original blockbuster, but the same isn't always true of smartphones -- on the contrary, they typically get even better. The Nexus lineup, initially thought of as a "playground" for Android developers to test their apps on, has continually gotten better at its craft (and popularity). Not only that, it's picking up momentum: in less than five months, Google has crafted two Nexus tablets as well as its latest and greatest smartphone known as the Nexus 4, and the attractively priced devices are now facing more interest than they ever have before.

The Nexus 4 is a veritable dreamboat when it comes to looks and specs. It's a smooth, elegant-looking device that comes with a large, 4.7-inch, HD display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and plenty of other appealing components. It exhibits a lot of commonalities to LG's current flagship, the Optimus G. And for a starting price of $299 unlocked, it's sure to attract a whole new demographic that until recently had never even heard of a Nexus. But is this a flagship smartphone that everyone will want to buy, or should the fourth-generation offering just be another target of developers' envy? Stay tuned past the break to find out.

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Scores

Engadget

85
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
8.8
Display
9.2
Battery life
7.2
Camera
7.6
Ease of use
8.7
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Specs

Nexus

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
8 GB
Screen size
4.7 inches
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Specs

Nexus

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
8 GB
Screen size
4.7 inches
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