Great phone and great bang for the bucks! However, wish the picture quality could be better.
February 12, 2014
Unbelievable Processing Power and Never Obsolete
Having gone through some significant medical issues, when it was time for me to upgrade/JUMP to a different phone, I asked the sales associate(s) of all the phones in the store which device would never become obsolete and each led me to the LG Nexus 4 (the Nexus 5 had yet to be released). I had previously owned two Windows phones, one for business and one for family, but the aforementioned issues forced me to drop a line and replace them with one that could handle both duties and would last as long as I did. The Nexus 4 was the solution to my unusual specific needs. I must admit the initial learning curve was steep, never having owned an Android device, much less one with developing capabilities and a core Google device as well. I am the family photographer and the camera on the Nexus 4, especially after waking up one morning to KitKat 4.4.2 the improvements in the camera were fascinating: it was as though editing and other camera features that I would have to use various apps previously to get to a quality I was satisfied with were migrated to the camera itself, and I cannot remember the last time I would save a photo directly from the camera; and the 360 degree spherical panoramic was, to me, absolutely fascinating, and aging myself a bit, straight out of the "Jetsons" futuristic cartoon some of us enjoyed as children and the "cell" phone I used was the size of a briefcase! The transition from one operating system to another was a bit more difficult, having been a dedicated Microsoft customer for so many years ( my first music player was a Zune at a time when iPods were at the height of popularity) but the Nexus support team were patient with me and I slowly began to make full use of the Android system, and the quad dual core processors were so fast that when I reached my "fast" data limit in my plan and slowed down, I could barely tell the difference, and my concerns about compatibility of the Nexus 4 with my Windows computers were unfounded- they meshed perfectly with just a few setting adjustments on my computer. The only less than positive issue I can relate is that at point of purchase I, with case in hand (I am a firm believer in OEM accessories or those recommended by the manufacturer), was assured that both front AND back glass were Corning Gorilla Glass an the case wasn't necessary. Several months ago I found out the hard way that this was not true- I use my device as an alarm as well (only one I can hear) and reaching over to hit snooze one more time it slid two and a half feet from my bed stand and had the typical "spider web" fracturing that often happens when a pebble hits a windshield and if not immediately repaired. I've noticed that now that the Nexus 5 has been released with a polycarbonate backing I obviously wasn't the only person to experience that design flaw but after having it replaced (at a price that definitely effected my already tight budget) I am in a quandary as to whether to JUMP to the Nexus 5 after such a costly repair investment- can't help but think the LG designers were aware of that issue but thought the glass backing was important enough to the functionality to go forward with it, and would not be an issue at all if would have gotten a protective case that I was advised was not necessary. I have signed up for notification when the LG Flex becomes available- the dual screen capability I am hoping will make the entertainment clouds I operate enable the "click and drag" ease of adding content for the patented cloud technology I am using. Until that happens, the Nexus 4 is the best device I have owned, and once I get over the learning curve and can utilize all of the advanced features I can keep my family photographer designation and maintain my clouds (performers cancel, promoters change line-ups last minute, and even the infamous Midwest weather-at times changing significantly hour by hour- effecting events) with a device technologically advanced enough to make these last minute changes without lugging my laptop around, which I am physically unable to do anymore, the Nexus 4 has actually improved my quality of life and mobility. My only advice to someone considering the Nexus 4 is buy a quality protective cover, and the device will meet or exceed your expectations in every other aspect.
February 4, 2014
Best in Class
The Nexus 4 makes it difficult to pick up my android tablet anymore. I configure my device to optimize efficiency in every area of my life. The a Snap Dragon S4 processor allows smooth transitions from task to task with no noticeable lag. The 8mp camera takes beautiful pictures. I also take advantage of the 360 and panorama features. I love exploring everything this phone has to offer.
December 25, 2013
Best Phone I have had so Far
Some people complained that the battery life was not that great. I have had no problem with the phone lasting all day! Fast processor and never seems bogged down while multiple apps open. The only issues I have had are: 1. It is glass on both sides and would slide right off the counter if I set it down (weird). I bought a case and that's no longer a problem. 2. Had some call volume issues but that may have been because the phone didn't have much of a charge? Not a problem any more. I think the Nexus 4 is the best value for my money! Looking forward to Nexus 5!
November 8, 2013