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LG Nexus 4 is a powerful smartphone for those who want premium quality under Rs 30,000

Written by Chaitanya Gudipaty | New Delhi | Published:June 23, 2013 5:33 am

LG Nexus 4 is a powerful smartphone for those who want premium quality under Rs 30,000

Six months after its launch in the US,LG Nexus 4 arrived in India without much fanfare recently. A press release in the inbox signalled its arrival instead of the usual launch event. At a time when aggressive marketing follows the launch of every smartphone,this is unusual,considering that this is a very popular phone in the US. Till now,Samsung was the only manufacturer making phones under Google’s Nexus brand name. LG has now joined the list. The advantage with Nexus phones is quick updates,the lack of useless pre-loaded apps that can’t be removed,and the so-called “pure Android” experience,which means no themes installed by manufacturers.

BUILD & DESIGN

Nexus 4 comes in black and white. Its screen size is 4.7 inches and is comfortable to hold. Its front panel is black and devoid of the manufacturer’s insignia. The back panel is made of glass,with an attractive dotted glitter pattern. Underneath the non-removable back panel is a 2,100 mAh battery. The glass back panel is known to break when the phone is dropped,so get a good case for the phone to protect it.

POWER

Nexus 4 runs Android Jelly Bean (4.2.2) right out of the box. One of the perks of owning a Nexus device is you get OS updates as soon as they are released.

Widgets on the lock screen is one of the first features you’ll notice while using the device. You can swipe left to turn the camera on and swipe right to add widgets. Up to four widgets can be added on the locked screen. There are three virtual buttons at the bottom of the screen — back,home and switch between apps. These buttons take up precious screen space.

Google Chrome has finally replaced the traditional Android Browser. Other noteworthy changes seen in this phone include long-press to uninstall apps and creating folders by dragging an app over another.

Nexus 4 has offline voice recognition,which types words as you speak. Voice recognition was excellent when the internet was on,but not good when offline.

PERFORMANCE

A 1.5 GHz processor coupled with 2GB RAM ensures that the Nexus 4 performs well. Using apps and switching between them was really quick. Nexus 4 didn’t freeze while switching between apps or playing graphic-intensive games such as ShadowGun. There was no lag while watching films or while playing Temple Run and downloading apps simultaneously.

Watching HD movies on Nexus 4’s screen was good. The resolution of 1280×768 pixels ensured that images were clear,sharp and accurate. Audio quality on earphones is very good; however,Nexus 4’s speaker volume is low,ambient noises like those of fans or an air conditioner made it difficult to hear sounds from the speaker. Call reception and call clarity were excellent.

The 8-megapixel rear camera performed well in bright conditions but pictures taken in low light were not up to the mark. Camera filters can be accessed by pressing the circle that appears on the screen. Settings like flash,HDR (high dynamic range),scene and switch to front camera pop up on pressing the circle.

The most significant reason for purchasing the phone is its long battery life. The 2,100mAh battery lasted nearly a day and a half with moderate usage,which included a few hours of internet use,some calls and listening to music.

The phone comes with 16 GB internal memory,of which 13GB is available for the user. There is no memory card slot for expansion,but that shouldn’t be a deal-breaker. The memory should suffice for most users.

The Nexus 4 is excellent and is the best phone you can buy in its price bracket. The performance more than justifies its price tag of Rs 25,999.

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