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This is another bright spot for the Nexus 4. The Verge’s Josh Topolsky writes: “At the time of this writing, I’ve had it off of its charger for 10 hours and 30 minutes and it’s still got 45 percent battery life. Yesterday before I plugged it in, I’d had it off the charger for 16 hours, with 18 percent of its juice left. To say it’s holding up for full work days would be an understatement; even with heavy use, this battery more than pulls its weight.”
There’s a pretty constant theme here — this phone, save for one component, is actually a well-built phone with enviable features. But now, on to that major complaint…
This is the phone’s Achilles’ Heel. In theory, the network speed of the Nexus 4 shouldn’t be much of an issue for many smartphone owners, but in practice it appears to be.
For example, Mossberg writes, “This network standard can be as fast or faster than LTE in places, but in my tests comparing the Nexus 4 on HSPA+ with an iPhone 5 using LTE, the differences were often stark. In one location, the two were about the same, at just under 15 megabits per second for downloads. But in two others, in two cities, the Nexus 4 on HSPA+ managed average download speeds of just 2.8 mbps and 3.8 mbps, while the iPhone 5 on LTE averaged nearly 30 mbps.”
Steve Kovach at Business Insider writes, “There’s no polite way to say this: Google screwed up here. Instead of working with carriers and making a phone that best serves its customers, Google took the easy way out and skipped LTE in the Nexus 4 so it could sell it unlocked from its own website.”
It’s not all bad, though, for a number of potential users: “On the other hand, things may not be so bad if you’re a T-Mobile customer. I tested the Nexus 4 on T-Mobile’s 4G network in New York, and the speeds were in line with what I’ve seen using LTE on AT&T T +1.42% and Verizon,” Kovach writes.
Topolsky writes, “I mentioned that the Nexus 4 will not ship with LTE radios, and it would be negligent of me to not say how big of a difference this will make if you live in an area where HSPA service is not operating at peak levels. Since I happen to be an AT&T user in exactly that situation, I know exactly how it feels. Slow. It feels slow.”
The final verdict:
Walt Mossberg, WSJ: “Overall, the Nexus 4 is a good phone, with especially good prices for unlocked versions. But I’d advise Android buyers to consider other models with LTE, better speakers, and the ability to add more memory and work on all carriers.”
Steve Kovach, Business Insider: “If you’re a T-Mobile customer, the Nexus 4 is probably the best phone you can buy on the carrier at the moment. It’s that simple. Everyone else will have to consider the unlocked version, which will only run on GSM networks like AT&T. But the lack of LTE support really puts a damper on an otherwise incredible device. If you think you can live without the fastest possible data speeds, then the Nexus 4 is a great deal at $299. Otherwise, you’re going to be really annoyed paying for a phone that can’t keep up with the competition.”
Josh Topolsky, The Verge: “If you buy the Nexus 4, you have to decide whether you’re willing to compromise data speeds for the purest and best form of the Android OS. After comparing the options and seeing the gulf between Google’s flagship and other devices on the market, I’ve decided it’s a compromise I won’t be making again.”
Brad Molen, Engadget: “Sure, the Nexus 4 is not without its hiccups, but none of its predecessors have been perfect, either. And given the boost in real-world performance, the better camera and various other new features, it’s even more tempting than all those previous devices whose shoes it’s trying to fill. In a case like this… you have our permission not to resist.”
Lynn La, CNET: “While the LG Nexus 4 wins on internal performance and user experience, anyone shopping for an unlocked phone should consider a comparable LTE handset first.”
Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Wired: “Thoughtfully designed hardware displays a quality of finish that can compete with the best rival smartphones. Big 4.7-inch screen is crisp, detailed and beautiful. Quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM gives it power to spare. NFC and wireless charging show Google pushing new platforms forward. Bargain pricing for and unlocked beast of a phone. Latest Android, directly from Google, with no delays from carriers or hardware makers. No LTE connectivity means the Nexus 4 is confined to slower, older mobile networks. No micro SD card slot or expandable storage of any sort. The rear speaker isn’t very loud and doesn’t sound very good.”