Nexus 4 How it compares in 2014

cpnypa By cpnypa, 13th May 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/31i_9ckq/
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The Nexus range has always been Google's flagship devices but how does the Nexus 4 fair in today's market?

Introduction

The Nexus product range headed up by Google needs no introduction but for those new to this line up; The Nexus range of devices are Google branded tablets and smart phones from various manufacturers (notably Asus, Samsung and LG.)

These products are for the most part aimed to showcase pure unaltered Android OS and get the most recent version of the OS first, they have taken the media by storm and have been partly responsible in reducing the price of high spec devices offered at mid to low end prices, which I think we can all agree is a good thing.

Today we are going to be looking at the Nexus 4 and how it compares more than a year after release.

The Nexus 4

The Nexus 4 was manufactured by LG and released January 29, 2013 which it sold out within minutes of being available, I was lucky enough to get my hands on one the day it was released and I've never been happier with a mobile purchase.

The phone itself was a huge step forward in terms of design with its bold glass based housing and gave the Nexus range a premium feel when compared to its predecessor the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, while it still maintaining a mid range price point.

I'm not going to go into detail about the spec's of the phone but when released this was a high end phone at a low end price point which rivalled phones double its price.

A year on, how does it hold up?

The Nexus 4 has received several updates over the past year and is currently running Android 4.4.2. The latest update has made the faster and snappier than ever, normally after a year of use I'd notice a notable slowdown in performance after system updates and countless apps clogging up the hard drive, but that is definitely not the case here, having handled many 'new' phones at a similar price point they all felt sluggish and cheap by comparison. I have yet to find an app or game that the phone cannot run effortlessly.

The phone handles excellently and while I'm sure the likes of the HTC One M8 and the Samsung S5 (not to mention the Nexus 5) would blow the Nexus 4 clean out of the water, it is still a worthy contender if you are looking for a reliable, fast, premium feeling phone at a current price no one on earth could argue with.

I hope you've enjoyed this brief look at the Nexus 4 and how it holds up in 2014.

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Android, Android Phone, Cell Phone, Google, Google Phone, Jelly Bean, Kitkat, Kitkat Android, Mobile Phone, Nexus, Nexus 4, Old Tech, Phone, Review, Tech, Technology

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th May 2014 (#)

Thanks for this useful share - siva

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