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Nexus 4 review

Impressive specs at an even more impressive price point

Our Verdict

This phone has some of the best specs around and it's fantastic value. Had it not been crippled by silly things like a paltry memory allowance and not-quite-there camera, we'd have recommended it immediately and given it a five star rating.

Product features

  • Rear Camera Resolution : 8 Megapixel
  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 768

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For

  • Beautiful, elegant design
  • Excellent screen
  • Android 4.2
  • Unbelievable price

Against

  • No expandable memory
  • No flash internet
  • No 4G
  • Camera could be better

In order to cash in fully on the success of the Nexus 4 Google has produced a small array of accessories for the handset, from wireless charging docks to a bumper case.

Nexus 4 Bumper

£15.99/$19.99/AU$19.99

Google Nexus 4 bumper

The Nexus 4 Bumper offers the most basic level of protection for your shiny new, LG made handset - providing a tough plastic rim with a rubber finish allowing it to cling to your device.

Although there's no front or rear protection with this case, it does provide a lip around the display and disco ball back of the Nexus 4, elevating them away from the surface you place/drop it on.

Buttons come integrated into the case, so the power/lock key and volume rocker are still easy to hit.

The case measures 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm and weighs in at 20g, which means it will push the weight of your Nexus 4 up to 159g.

We feel the Nexus 4 Bumper is a little pricey for what you actually get and if you're on a tighter budget similar bumper cases can be found elsewhere for less.

Nexus 4 Wireless Charger

$59.99 (around £40/AU$58)

Google Nexus 4 wireless charger

Unfortunately the Nexus 4 Wireless Charger is currently only available in the US and Canada, so if you're residing in another part of the world you'll find it tricky to get hold of one of these.

It's doesn't come cheaper either, although the orb shaped charging station does follow a similar pricing structure of Nokia's own wireless charging matt, which comes in at $49/£43.

Google reckons the Nexus 4 will take around 4 hours to charge via this wireless method, which uses the Qi inductive charging method.

Wireless charging is a nice idea, although we're not convinced it's worth the price premium considering you get a wired charger in the box for no extra cost.

Nexus 4 Wired Headset with Microphone

£15.99/$19.99/AU$19.99

Google Nexus 4 headphones

The days when every phone came bundled with crappy hands free headphones and mircophone combo are long gone, with more and more manufacturers shying away from offering these sort of extras in the box.

In case of the Nexus 4 there's no sign of any headphones, so you'll need to provide your own if you want to listen to some tunes or make a call without holding the phone.

Of course Google would love you to purchase the official Nexus 4 wired headset with microphone, so it matches your phone - but you may opt for your own pair instead.

While there may be a lack of metal on the handset itself, the Nexus 4 headphones boast aluminium backs (wow-wee), while the in-ear buds are rubberised for comfort and grip.

We all hate putting headphones in our pockets, all nicely wrapped up, only to pull them out and find they've inexcusably tangled themselves into a billion knots - luckily these headphones have "tangle-free wire", which will apparently go some way to solving this crime against humanity.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
Product FamilyNexus 4
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameLG
Screen Size11.9 cm (4.7")
Screen Resolution1280 x 768
Weight (Approximate)907.2 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Operating System VersionAndroid 4.2 Jelly Bean
Pixel Density320 ppi
Height134.6 mm
Width68.6 mm
Depth10.2 mm
ManufacturerLG Electronics
Product NameNexus 4 Smartphone
Product LineNexus 4
Manufacturer Part NumberLG Nexus 4
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lge.co.uk
Marketing InformationNexus 4 is the new smartphone from Google. With cutting edge hardware, the latest version of Android, and the best Google apps -- Nexus 4 puts the world's information at your fingertips.
Packaged Quantity1
Limited Warranty30 Day