Nexus 4 Mobile Phone

This page is the nxTab Nexus 4 hub page. From here we link out to all of our resources and other sites that you’ll want to explore.

nxTab started life as a dedicated Nexus tablet site. However many users, including myself, also bought themselves a Google Nexus 4 Mobile phone from LG, so it seemed relevant to include some related content.

Overview

The LG manufactured phone is the latest in a succession of Nexus branded phones from Google. Released in November 2012 the phone initially suffered from supply problems. It was never clear whether this was due to exceptional demand or Google’s lack of retail experience.

The Nexus 4 is a top range phone that easily competes with flagship models from Apple and Samsung, however Google elected to sell the phone at a bargain price.

  • 8gb Model £239
  • 16gb Model £279

As a Nexus branded device, the Nexus 4 will get the latest Android releases first, with Google frequently releasing much sort after updates, this is a reason in itself to grab one of these phones.

Nexus 4 vs Nexus 5: The new Nexus 5 supersedes the previous model in every way, so if price is no issue you should go for the updated model. Despite the bigger screen the N5 is smaller and lighter! That said, the N4 is still a great phone, so if you can get it at the right price…

Nexus 4 Resources

Here we link to our Nexus 4 resources:

  • Looking for the best SIM Deal for your new Nexus 4 phone?  We help you to choose the best network.
  • Wondering what apps to install?  We have our very own app pack.
  • Got something to share, or want to ask a question.  Join 1000′s of community members in our Nexus forum today.

Nexus 4 Specifications

Specifications may vary between locations and may be subject to future updates. Please check with your supplier before purchase.

At the time of writing, the specs are:

  • Operating System: Android 4.2
  • Processor: 1.50GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 8GB / 16GB
  • Camera: 8 MP
  • Screen Size: 4.70″ – 768×1280
  • Battery: 2100mAh
  • Weight: 139 grams

Best Place to Buy a Nexus 4

Looking to but a Nexus 4?  We look at the best places to buy and consider why you might want to buy one.

The Nexus 4 phone from LG is the surprise sell out smash hit of 2012.  Previous Google phones hadn’t really been targeted at the mass consumer market in quite the same way, but the flagship specification coupled with a mid range price meant that LG couldn’t make these things fast enough!

The Nexus 4 is available off contract through Google Play:

It is also available on contract through the various phone networks, however you will pay a lot more going down this route.  We recommend buying an unlocked model through Google and then buying a contract free SIM.

Nexus 4 FAQ

The Nexus 4 FAQ covers commonly asked questions. This list is built from questions that have come my way on Twitter, via the forum or things that I wondered myself (I am a Nexus 4 owner!).

If your question is answered below, then please ask away in the Phone forum.

Starting Out

Who Makes the Nexus 4?
The Nexus 4 phone is made by LG, with design input from Google.

When was the Nexus 4 Released?
The N4 came to market in November 2012, it sold out almost instantly and has experienced supply problems in the early moths of availability.

Where Can I buy a One?
The Nexus 4 is not currently available in the Play Store. Although you can now purchase the Nexus 5 unfortunately it does fall into a higher price bracket. If you are looking for a Nexus 4 your best bet is now going to be ebay.

Hardware

What are the Storage Options?
You get a choice of either an 8gb or 16gb model. Rumours of a 32gb Nexus 4 can be found around the net, especially after the Nexus 7 tablet was given a bump up to this level soon after release. However there has been no official word on this. The phone has no SD card expansion option.

Is the Nexus 4 battery life any good?
It’s generally thought to be about average for a smartphone of this size and processing power. It doesn’t have a stand out battery life, but neither is it particularly poor. I find that it lasts a few days with general use, more if it just sits in my pocket. Even with heavy use it will keep going all day. As always, your mileage may vary.

What processor does the nexus 4 have?
The LG phone packs a very smart Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, quad-core 1.5GHz processor. This is a very quick, premium chip. Make no mistake, the Nexus 4 is a very quick phone!

What is the screen resolution of the Nexus 4?
The phone’s resolution sits at 1,280 X 768 pixels. This is a decent HD screen which looks great. Personally I love the 4.7″ screen, it’s a great size and the phone is still very pocketable as it is slim and light.

Is the Battery Removable?
Unfortunately not, the continuing trend for fixed batteries continues. Just remember to recycle it when your done.

Misc Questions

Is the Nexus 4 better than an iPhone?
Of course.

And that’s all we have to say about the Nexus 4! What next? Come and join the forum.
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