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My new favourite possession!
LG Google Nexus 4
Member Name: clarabella23
LG Google Nexus 4
Advantages: A great phone, fast efficient, good battery life
Disadvantages: Camera could be better
After using the Sony Experia Arc for over 18 months, I was due an upgrade on my Orange phone contract just over a month ago. Knowing I was due this, I started checking reviews out for the latest phones, and popped into the nearest phone shops. As I would be keeping the phone for an 18 month-2 year period, I wanted to know that what I chose would be something practical, stylish, and technologically advanced enough to last for this period. I'm not a huge fan of Apple, so narrowed my choices down to a Samsung Galaxy 3, the Windows phone, and the Nexus 4.
So I headed out to have an actual feel of them in the local stores, and fell in love with the Nexus 4 as soon as I touched it! The phone itself was quite hard to get hold of- the Orange store didn't stock it, neither did the two Phones 4 U in my city centre. This left Carphone Warehouse, and of the three stores locally, there was one phone left. It was mine!
I signed up for the phone, and opened it up as soon as I possibly could. The phone was in a very small box, containing only a micro sim, charger, instructions and phone. I put the micro sim in straight away, but had to wait around 24 hours for it to be activated, so had to continue using my old phone until Orange worked their magic. My first impressions on opening the phone were great. It's a very shiny looking phone- the black gas back has slight glitter in it, which sparkles slightly under certain lights. The glass on the front goes right to the edges, where it curves slightly, meaning it's very sleek to touch. There are no physical buttons on the front or back, only the power button and volume keys on the sides. There is also the power socket on the bottom, and a headphone jack on the top. Overall, the appearance is very minimalistic, the only decoration is a nexus and an LG label on the back, with a small amount of production information underneath.
Upon turning it on, the nexus sign flashes up multicoloured on the screen, then boots straight up. The phone is very simple to use- the touchscreen at the bottom flags up with a home screen button, a back key and a most recently viewed button. Apps can be added to the home screen for easy access, and options for phone, messaging, camera and Google chrome stay on the bottom. Pressing the home button brings up further screens with all apps and widgets shown alphabetically. Pulling up from the bottom of the home screen brings up a Google screen with most commonly used cards- weather, time to home from where you are. These are updated the more you use it. Pulling down from the top of the home screen brings up any updates, missed calls, text messages received, and also a button to change settings. The phone is very intuitive to use.
After using the phone for a month, I have mainly only positive things to say about it. The Android version is the best available on the market, 4.2 Jellybean. The apps available on the Google Play market are a lot wider range than previously available, almost as good a range as the iPhone has. The battery life has so far been good- I use the phone for a couple of phone calls a day, numerous text messages, checking on facebook a couple of times, using other apps but not games, checking email, and around half to one hours internet browsing on Google Chrome. The battery lasts all day without a problem, usually leaving me with around 30% left. When plugged it, the phone takes around an hour to an hour and a half to charge. The phone is generally very quick and responsive to use, and apps and widgets load first time. The 16gb storage is more than enough, I have used just over 1gb after downloading a decent number of apps.
The only downside I have so far is that the camera isn't as good as my previous phone. The specs state it is a 8 megapixel with a 1.3 megapixel on the front for video calls, but I don't find it as user friendly as my old phone. The screen needs to be pressed on the point that wants focusing on, and the options, such as flash are changed by pressing on a point on the screen and dragging round to what you wish to change. I would have preferred a small button with a list, as it can be a bit hard to do this one handed, and so I often need to rest it on a worktop to set options before taking photos.
Overall I would most definitely recommend this phone. The downside of the camera does not outweigh the benefits at all. When showing my purchase to friends and family, all have been impressed with it. I have not included the techy parts of the phone in this review, but tried to concentrate on the points I would be most interested in knowing. But if you did want to know more, the Google site http://www.google.co.uk/nexus/4/ has lots more information, including how to buy. The current price for the 16gb is £279, and I believe it's worth every penny.
Thank you for reading my review.
Summary: Make all of your friends jealous!
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