The Nexus program by Google is the epitome of what Android is supposed to be. Backed with solid hardware and a pure Android experience, the Nexus devices are beginning to gain traction with mainstream consumers. This year Google has three Nexus’ available. The Nexus 4 was available directly from Google on November 13 and it shortly after launch it was sold out. I managed to get my hands on one and I wanted to share my first impressions.
The Nexus 4 is sold unlocked, off-contract for $299 (8GB) and $349 (16GB). Here in the US you can pick it up from T-Mobile a 16GB for $199 on contract.
So what does the phone feel like? The first thought that popped in my head is that LG has done a phenomenal job with the hardware. I honestly can say that this is the best built nexus device since the original HTC Nexus One. The feel is sleek and solid. It even feels like a high end smart phone. I’ll be sharing more detailed thoughts later but my first impression is that this is one very nice device.
The Nexus 4′s 4.7″ screen is nearly edge to edge. Similar to the design of the RAZR M and iPhone 5. The display has a curve but not like the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus. The curves extend down the edges of the screen. I found this design to be very comfortable to hold.Display extends all the way to the side edges of the phone’s face. The Nexus 4 uses a true HD IPS technology and boasts a resolution of 1280 x 768, with 320ppi. In short, the display is nothing short of what you would expect on the HTC One X and the iPhone 5.Around the screen is a tasteful silver band. It brings the materials of the phone together nicely. Adding a nice sense of flare.
Now, let’s talk about “dat ass.” Yes the back of the Nexus 4 is sexy. I can’t help but say it but the Nexus 4 did in fact bring sexyback. Just like the front screen it is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 2. LG has done some sort of magic and created this holographic moving crystal effect underneath the glass. It’s something you have to see in person. The light has to catch the phone in a specific way. Because the back of the phone is glass, if you are OCD about screen protectors, you may want to hold your breath for an oleo-phobic screen protector.
There’s so much more to be said about the Nexus 4 but I can’t possible speak any more highly. The software is snappy. It is blazingly fast and the new camera app on Android 4.2 is just plain genius. Photosphere and the touch and swipe settings are something that even the best of the best haven’t even thought of. All in all, when you use the Nexus 4, you feel will feel like this is what Android is supposed to be. Inside and out.
I took the liberty of taking lots of high res photos for your viewing pleasure. I hope you enjoy!