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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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87
Average user Score
 
90
PDZSLU
02.16.15
In general I really like the Nexus 4, as it is a pleasure to use and a relatively well rounded phone. If you enjoy or demand stock Android, it pulls it off with aplomb. The pros definitely outweigh the cons, but the Nexus 4 has a few quirks that are noticeable drawbacks.Pros:-Feels great in hand and made of quality materials - glass front and back, heavy slightly rubbery plastic sides-Has a nice wedge design and heft to it, without feeling heavy; I don't personally mind the shimmery back, but others may find it unappealing-Bright, detailed and colorful gorilla glass screen that fills up the front face of the phone in a satisfying manner and doesn't get scratched easily - a very nice display that is large enough to enjoy watching tv, movies and other media without being too big for one-handed use-PURE ANDROID!!! This yields a number of major benefits - 1) This is one of the first devices to get OS updates despite being a few years old; 2) Comes without ANY annoying bloatware; 3) Extremely customizable-Fast processor that can handle all apps, web browsing and media functions with ease. It is smooth and basically glitch/stutter free, and can handle launchers, etc without a hitch. Lovely to use -Decent speaker -Google Play store is deep and thorough for apps and widgets -Google connectivity throughout the phone, its apps, etc is comprehensive and helpful if you are a heavy Google system userCons:-No 4G LTE connectivity (not really an issue for me as I currently live in a country with very limited 4G access)-While the screen is great and doesn't scratch easily, the digitizer and LCD screen are ONE component, NOT two - on the plus side this means that LG saved weight with the screen and ended up with a highly tactile, sensitive and satisfying to use piece of glass. On the minus side it means that if you happen to crack or break the fragile screen, (yes, fragile despite gorilla glass - its only scratch resistant!) as I did when I dropped it face down from roughly 2.5 feet, you lose ALL touch use!!! Unlike other phones where the LCD and digitzer are separate components, and therefore when you crack the LCD the digitzer still responds to your touch inputs on the screen, with the Nexus 4 breaking the screen or causing "spider web" cracks renders the phone COMPLETELY unusable. This resulted in my having to replace the screen and digitzer assembly, which was a pain. -Mediocre rear facing camera: at 8MP its nothing to shout about these days, and the images are middling quality at best - low light images are distorted, fuzzy and blurry while outdoor images, while decent in terms of color and exposure, are not extremely crisp or high resolution -Poor battery life; heavy use will require a charge after less than 12 hours. For example, if I start using the phone in the morning and am using media, data or internet heavy apps/functions, I am half-way through the battery life by mid day. This phone's batter will NOT last into the night on a single charge with moderate to heavy use-No removable battery or additional external storage via Micro SD; standard 8/16 GB storage a bit on the weak side compared with current flagships -Not a huge selection of cases/accessories/misc since this phone wasn't a massive sellerI would recommend the Nexus 4 if you want a high quality decently affordable unlocked international pure Android phone, and don't have 4G LTE as an absolute requirement.
 
80
nanders
10.29.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
60
domf
08.31.14
Would be a great phone but the battery life is too bad to make it useful. It can't make it through half the day on a single charge. Performance is top notch for a phone of its age.
 
80
maxus2014
07.13.14
it is a good device not for it's low price but for it's good performancealso the camera has bug
 
80
PhoneGeek
06.23.14
Overall an excellent phone. Smooth performance and great software with timely updates.
 
80
RaneKD
06.08.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
100
Pur3Bolt
04.12.14
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
 
80
naxop
02.15.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
80
Nazar
02.04.14
Great phone for that price
 
80
jakkul
01.13.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget

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