Google has finally unveiled its next generation of Nexus smartphone – the Nexus 4, which is built by LG and designed by Google. The Nexus 4 features a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 IPS display, a 1.5GHz Quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. The phone will come in two variants – 8GB for $299 and 16GB for $349, unlocked and without any contract. Surely this phone is priced very attractively and is a powerful offering from LG and Google.
The Nexus 4 is LG’s first attempt on building Google’s flagship – Nexus branded phone. The technical specs of this phone matches to that of the LG Optimus G smartphone but the Nexus 4 is priced more competitively.
Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the LG Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 5.
|Device||Google Nexus 4||Samsung Galaxy S3||Apple iPhone 5|
|Operating system||Android 4.2 Jelly Bean||Android 4.0.4 ICS||iOS 6|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core 1.5GHz||Exynos 4412, Quad-core 1.4GHz||Apple A6, Dual-core 1.2GHz|
|Display||4.7-inch WXGA IPS (320 ppi)||4.8-inch Super AMOLED (306 ppi)||4.0-inch, IPS TFT (326)|
|Resolution||1280 × 768||1280 × 720||1136 × 640|
|Dimensions||5.27″ x 2.70″ x 0.36″||5.38″ x 2.78″ x 0.34″||4.87″ x 2.31″ x 0.30″|
|Storage||8GB or 16GB||16GB, 32GB or 64GB||16GB, 32GB or 64GB|
|SD card slot||No||Yes, up to 64GB||No|
|Camera||8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera||8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera||8MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera|
|Video recording||1080p recording||1080p recording||1080p recording|
|RAM||2GB||1GB & 2GB for some models||1GB|
|WiFi||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n|
|Battery||2100 mAh (10 hours talktime on 3G)||2100 mAh (11 hours talktime on 3G)||1440 mAh (8 hours talktime on 3G)|
|Weight||139 g||133 g||112 g|
|Color||Black||Black, blue, white, brown, red, grey||Black, white|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|App Store||Google Play||Google Play||Apple App Store|
|Price||8GB for $299; 16GB for $349 (unlocked)||$199/$299 (with contract)||16GB for $699; 32GB for $799; 64GB for $899 (unlocked)|
The Nexus 4 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro clocked 1.5GHz and Samsung is powering their Galaxy S3 by an Exynos 4412 1.4GHz. Apple on the other hand powers iPhone 5 with the 1.2GHz dual core A6 processor, which means that the iPhone lacks the same processing power as its Android rivals.
The Google Nexus 4 debuts with the latest version of Android – the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The 4.2 version is still called as Jelly Bean, which can be considered as an upgraded version of 4.1. Samsung’s Galaxy S3 will soon be upgraded to 4.1 Jelly Bean and the Apple’s iPhone 5 already comes with the iOS 6 – Apple’s latest mobile operating system.
Talking from the storage point of view, then the Google Nexus 4 comes in both 8GB and 16GB variants and doesn’t comes with any microSD expansion. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants and it also offers support to expand the memory up to 64GB via a microSD card. The iPhone 5 offers three variants – 16GB, 32GB or 64GB and doesn’t allows support for microSD card.
One thing that is missing on Nexus 4 is 4G LTE, whereas the Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 comes equipped with 4G LTE. But then again, by looking at the price of the Nexus 4 at $299 SIM free for the 8GB model, we cannot complain much. For this price, you are getting a Quad-core processor, big screen and the latest version of Android. Surely Nexus 4 seems to be a budget-user’s dream of getting their hands on Android.