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Review: Google Nexus 4

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Big shock, another crummy LG.

Globhead

Dec 7, 2012, 6:37 PM
I was not thrilled when I first heard that Google picked LG. Maybe they will go back to Samsung next year.
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MarryTheNight

Dec 7, 2012, 10:51 PM
Globhead said:
I was not thrilled when I first heard that Google picked LG. Maybe they will go back to Samsung next year.


Agreed. I don't care how pretty the phone looks. It's still LG. I am hoping those rumors of a Galaxy Nexus 2 are true. Maybe Samsung will get it right next time around. They did with the GS3. I have a feeling though the that the next Nexus will be a Motorola though
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Riot_Act

Dec 8, 2012, 4:46 PM
For $299 out of contract is a nice phone.
I like the hardware and it was a good replacement for my old HTC Desire HD (inspire 4G on the US).
The camera is bad though. It works nicely when you have enough light, bad lighting render the camera useless (mainly it shows lots of gran).
About the battery life, I guess that stock Android is not that good at power management.
I am able to get a bit more than a day of use by tweaking the behavior of the phone a little bit (battery drains a lot when "idling" for some reason. Had to adjust notifications and behavior of the radios)
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Tofuchong

Dec 8, 2012, 4:52 PM
How about the battery life? I am very interested in that. Maybe you could write a review for the phone? Its just that, this battery life issue is the deal braker for me either getting that Nexus, or going for a Moto device.
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Snackerbob

Dec 8, 2012, 5:51 PM
It has terrible battery life. You should probably go with something else if that's a deal breaker.
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Globhead

Dec 8, 2012, 7:59 PM
Does it have an automatic brightness mode? I use the "Lux Auto Brightness" app (by Vito-somebody) on all of my phones.
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Riot_Act

Dec 8, 2012, 11:11 PM
It has automatic brightness but, you have to keep an eye however on the applications that run on the background as well, you have to adjust how often your email account syncs, your social network feeds update and which radios are on.
The battery life of the phone is not that bad if you tweak these a little bit. (it will last about a day), the display is one of the last things to worry about, it is all bad power management on the software side, the battery itself is big enough for the phone.
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Riot_Act

Dec 8, 2012, 11:23 PM
You have to keep an eye on the applications that run in the background. You have to adjust how often your email account syncds, your social network feeds update and which radios are on.
The battery life of the phone is not that bad if you tweak these a little bit. (it will last about a day), the display is one of the last things to worry about, it is all bad power management on the software sie, the battery itself is big enough for the phone.

Note that it seems to be okay for me because I upgraded from the HTC Inspire 4g, the battery easily makes it through a full day of use (I upgraded my old HTC phone to a 1800MAh battery, did not see a big difference however)

Of course you'd expect to have far better battery life with a device that...
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srich27

Dec 10, 2012, 9:27 AM
Wait, so TouchWiz actually has /better/ power management than stock android? Cause damn, the GS3 even with very frequent syncing and push notifications lasted well over a day of normal use. Tweaking it could get you damn near 2 days. And all that with a bigger display! Surprised
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Riot_Act

Dec 10, 2012, 4:59 PM
Generally Samsung phones have good battery life o I guess that TouchWiz has kind of good powe sort of software problem because the battery keepser management software.
Yes you can get a bit more than a day (not near 2) out of the battery if you tweak the phone's behavior a little bit.

I think that the poor battery life could be som draining at an unusual high rate while idling...
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Riot_Act

Dec 10, 2012, 8:50 PM
I think that the poor battery life could be blamed on the software, the battery drains at an unusual high rate while idling...
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Hilda Stone

Dec 22, 2012, 8:14 PM
Been thinking about getting this phone; not sure why people hate it because I've only heard good things about it. It runs on AT&T's 4G LTE. I work as a graphic designer in New York, and I’ve been looking for a powerful phone I can use as a mobile workstation... this phone is perfect.
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Riot_Act

Dec 27, 2012, 7:50 PM
It doesn't support AT&T's LTE network; AT&T has it's own version of the LG Optimus G that includes the necessary gear to work with the LTE network. (Yes, it includes an amplifier an LTE antena, even though it has the same battery as the N4 it has better battery life Confused )
Both are great phones, I like LG's customizations on the Optimus G; I hate Carriers' bloatware.
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