LG Nexus 4 review released ahead of phone’s launch

October 12, 2012
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With each day that passes by, the LG Nexus 4 becomes more and more ‘boring.’ And by that I don’t mean uninteresting, I simply mean that there are too many leaks detailing the handset well in advanced of its launch.

We know it’s based on the Optimus G, we’ve seen the photos and 360 degree spin, the specs and features and we heard it will be unveiled in late October. What else do we need? A full-blown review of the handset, to tell us even more things about this fourth-generation Nexus handset, but the first ever for LG.

Belorussian blog Onliner, which has access to a prototype LG Nexus 4 unit, has posted a review that’s even more fun to read if you’re well acquainted with the Russian language. Otherwise the task becomes a bit more daunting but still possible with the right translation tools.

The tech site compared the LG Nexus 4 with its predecessor, the Galaxy Nexus, in this extensive preliminary-review and found out quite a few interesting things.

The prototype unit comes with a buggy Android 4.1.2 OS version on board although it’s expected to launch running Android 4.2. Here are some issues with the phone’s OS in its current state:

The following are the most serious and common problems of the prototype. Model like from time to time to reboot, sometimes it does not respond to the power button, and then have to resort to a “soft reset.” Smartphone hardly charged when connected to a computer (goes into an endless loop on / off), reset network Wi-Fi, it also can not connect to the computer for lack of a driver.

Because we’re looking at a prototype device, don’t be surprised to find out that the LG Nexus 4 is yet to outperform competitors when it comes to benchmarking tests. That will probably change once the device gets its final, stable Android 4.2 build.

Another downside is its limited 8GB of internal memory ‘bundled’ with a complete lack of microSD support. While we expect the final version not to feature any memory expansion capabilities, we’d be really surprised to see the LG Nexus 4 out in stores sporting just 8GB of storage. Speaking about that number 8, we’re looking at an 8-megapixel main camera on the LG Nexus 4, not the 13-megapixel that’s found on its twin brother, the Optimus G.

When it comes to design, the LG Nexus 4 is similar to the Galaxy Nexus on first look, but it has various identifying characteristics. For one, the screen is not curved anymore, but flat, while the headset jack has been moved to the top side and the front-facing camera is now closer to the right corner. Moreover, the back side of the new Nexus has a strange pattern that’s unlike what we usually see in smartphones. But the good news is that it can’t be scratched, no matter how hard you’d try. Or at least they failed to do it.

Another interesting tidbit of information offered by the review is the fact that LG decided to use a 4-inch IPS display instead of HD Super AMOLED, a change some users will appreciate more than others:

Contrast, sharpness, brightness – all of these new options left behind Galaxy Nexus and very close to the iPhone 5 . In the latter, except that the brightness of the above, but, subjectively, the contrast is worse, the rest of the display, both are very similar and are among the best on the market.

And just in case you plan to replace that battery yourself when it runs out – in tests, the prototype lasted for three hours on YouTube video playback on Wi-Fi – you’ll have a hard time doing it, because that’s not exactly an option.

Naturally, we’ll have our own LG Nexus 4 review out in due time, but let’s wait for Google to officially announce it first, shall we?

Comments

  • nick

    can this work with at&t?

  • Scorpineo

    This is got to be a fake out. No way the successor has a smaller screen and no removable battery than the Galaxy Nexus.

    That product manager would be fired and then made to eat his own poop!

  • NicholasMicallef

    if this is true I’m afraid Google might go the Apple route of the last 2 years of having extremely underwhelming products and extreme dissatisfaction from people watching the release event because of the high expectations which are not reached and boring because we already know everything about it.
    But 4 inch screen!! I just don’t see that happening. but I’m starting to like the design a lot.

  • MasterMuffin

    It’s not a 4″ screen, it’s so much bigger than iphone’s