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Google’s latest flagship smartphone, the Nexus 4 is arguably the most anticipated gadget of the season. With its Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 8MP camera with capability of shooting 1080p HD video, the  3G and 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi connectivity and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system it is surely a fine piece of hardware, but the most stunning feature of Google Nexus 4 is its low price – this baby can be yours starting from as low as $299.

Google Nexus 4

Google Nexus 4, produced by LG is most probably the gadget that is about to change the mobile industry for good. Of course, it’s all about the price tag. It seems that a few risks Google was ready to take will pay off in the near future and that a good, fast and beautifully designed smartphone will become something of a norm, not a privilege for those who can afford it, which is, of course, the exact opposite of Apple’s elitism that helped spawn the concept of a smartphone in the first place. The minutes after its release the Nexus 4 was listed as ‘sold out’ twice, making a rocky start for Google, as the stocks seem to be empty. However, we may be certain that the stocks will be refilled soon and that LG/Google Nexus 4 will be the top seller of the Christmas season and that it also has very fat chance of becoming the best seller of the year.

Build and Design

While it may have been expected that the low price will compromise the design first, this can’t be farther from the truth. There’s nothing to suggest that Google Nexus 4 is a cheap smartphone once it is in your hands, at least partly due to its minimalistic design. There are no buttons here, the phone feels like a piece of glossy glass, as both its front and rear side are covered in glass.

Back view and Camera of Google Nexus 4

The dotted texture and glass of the back cover may appear to be somewhat girly or too glossy, but it really isn’t so. Remember that black devices are getting glossier these days and that its bulky weight of healthy 139 g surely makes it a manly phone. The phone is almost surprisingly pleasant to hold and use. It is smooth, the bulk provides a very secure grip and the Gorrila Glass 2 screen is simply wonderful to hold.

Display

The 4.7-inches diagonal of the screen may appear to be slightly smaller in comparison to other models, but it is really more than enough. At  1280×768 pixels resolution with IPS+ display and  the Zerogap technology, the screen is crisp and bright, the colors are vivid and both the images and the text are really sharp. No compromising on quality in this department, that’s for sure.

Screen of Google Nexus 4

Speed

Believe it or not, the Nexus 4 is probably the fastest smartphone on the market at the moment. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, and with 2GB of RAM games and all the apps you may use run smoothly.

Software

The highest point of the Nexus 4 is its full version of Android Jelly Bean 4.2. It is obvious that the Google developers did everything they could to deliver a truly stunning OS and it’s even more obvious that they succeeded. Jelly Bean 4.2 is a fast and smart OS, easy and fun to use.  Settings are neatly ordered and easily accessible with a two-finger down swipe. Android’s integrated widgets and apps are better designed and nicer than ever, and the tiny details like the 3D ‘raised’ effect when you swipe to the edge of your fifth home screen are very nicely designed and run smoothly.

Wrapup

OK, Google Nexus 4 is not really iPhone 5, but it comes very close. More or less, the Nexus 4 can be viewed as a prototype of a great and affordable smartphone and it can hint at what the future smartphones may look and feel (and cost) like. As the gadget that was designed to bridge the gap between a high price tag and top design and functionality, it surely succeeds. It is more than a great value for the money and if you can, get one, you won’t be disappointed.

 


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