Nexus 4 reviews: Almost perfect
The Nexus 4 flagship handset is coming soon and the first wave of reviews are mainly positive
The Nexus 4 is about a week away and this flagship Android phone is poised to be one of the best handsets this holiday season. The first wave of reviews are out, so let's see how the latest Nexus device fares.
The Verge was mostly positive, as they said it looks similar to the Galaxy Nexus from afar but is much more stylish once you get in closer. Android 4.2 is "fantastic" but the lack of LTE and a somewhat fragile back glass panel are causes for concern.
"If you buy the Nexus 4, you have to decide whether you're willing to compromise data speeds for the purest and best form of the Android OS," The Verge wrote. "After comparing the options and seeing the gulf between Google's flagship and other devices on the market, I've decided it's a compromise I won't be making again."
Gizmodo praises it for being "fast and smooth," and they were impressed that the camera could turn out some "really stunning shots." That last bit is important to me because the Galaxy Nexus had a pretty awful camera. They didn't like the lack of LTE or the battery life.
"As of right now, it is officially my favorite phone by a healthy margin," Gizmodo wrote. "It's just so fast, so smooth, and the software is great ... The only thing that really gives me pause is battery life."
Engadget echoed many of the same sentiments: the Nexus 4 performs extremely well, the Android 4.2 software is a blast and the camera is much improved but it's still has a fragile backing and the lack of 4G LTE is annoying.
"Sure, the Nexus 4 is not without its hiccups, but none of its predecessors have been perfect, either," Engadget wrote. "And given the boost in real-world performance, the bettere camera and various other new features, it's even more tempting than all those previous devices whose shoes it's trying to fill. In a case like this ... you have our permission not to resist."
There are other reviews out there and it seems to follow along the same lines. The Nexus 4 appears to be the best-performing Android phone out there but the lack of 4G LTE may make some of you hesitant.