November 5, 2012

Nexus 4 Review Roundup

The reviews for Google’s latest flagship phone, the Nexus 4, are in and generally positive. Reviewers from the most popular tech sites laud the device design, performance, and the improvements to Android.

The Nexus 4 goes on sale Nov. 13. It features a 4.7 inch screen, with a resolution a 1320×768 resolution. The design features Corning Gorilla Glass 2, with a glass back much like the iPhone 4.

While reviewers praised the design and software, the Nexus 4’s lack of LTE was universally panned, with some putting the phone dead on arrival.

Time’s Harry McCracken had mostly positive things to say about the Nexus 4, praising the Photo Sphere feature of Android 4.2, which allows one to take 360-degree, panorama images. The lack of LTE, however, is something that must be considered for potential buyers.

“As with most previous Nexus phones, Google wanted to sell it as an unlocked phone that would work around the world; doing that with LTE apparently wasn’t feasible,” McCracken said in the piece.

A bit of a kerfuffle developed between some of the editors of The Verge and The Next Web over the former’s review.

The Verge’s Joshua Topolsky had a generally positive review of the Nexus 4, though was highly disappointed at the lack of LTE. He did praise Android 4.2, the version the new phone ships with, calling it “the most advanced mobile operating system on the market.”

Yet it was a feature by Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn that irked The Next Web writer Matthew Panzarino. In his review, he mirrored much of the commendations and criticisms about the device. Yet he found Google’s explanation of its LTE exclusion, delivered to The Verge in an embargoed feature,  to be wanting. He said the writers at The Verge were “nowhere near as hard on Google for not delivering LTE in the Nexus 4 as it should be.”

A minor Twitter skirmish ensued, with Patel defending The Verge piece. In the end, it remained a disappointing factor for all: for whatever reason, Google feels it is unable to provide an unlocked, LTE-capable device due to carrier restrictions.
The design of the Nexus 4 also drew praise, as Brad Molen from Engadget said it was “one of the most elegant devices we’ve played with.”

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