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85 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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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Pros
  • Beautiful and vibrant 720p display
  • Very affordable price
  • Pentaband HSPA+
  • Android 4.2 delivers new features
  • Solid performance
Cons
  • Doesn't support LTE
85 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
85

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

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

85
 

User Reviews

90
PDZSLU
In general I really like the Nexus 4, as it is a pleasure to use and a relatively...read more
80
nanders
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
60
domf
Would be a great phone but the battery life is too bad to make it useful. It...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
85
Average Critic Score
 
90
Engadget
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.
 
80
CNET
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.
 
90
Wired
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.
 
80
TechCrunch
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.
 
90
SlashGear
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.
 
70
The Telegraph
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.
 
80
ABC News
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.
 
90
Ubergizmo
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.
 
90
Android Community
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.
 
80
Gizmodo
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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