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How does the Nexus 4 Fare Against Competition?


LG in accordance with Google, stunned one all with the introduction of the LG Nexus 4. Not only for its top notch specs sheet, but also with the pleasantly attractive pricing. Subsequent reports however claimed that the reduced price was merely to accommodate for Google Play Store buyers and LG would actually sell the device for twice the amount outside the reach of Google Play. This, however, doesn’t take away the excitement and hype surrounding the launch of the device. Experts have already passed their verdict on the device, with their main concern being the lack of a 4G LTE chip inside, which is almost essential in a country like the U.S, but not so much elsewhere.

And when we speak of a flagship smartphone, it is imperative that comparisons are made. You might have seen quite a few already, comparing it with the device you own or what your peers own to see if it holds weight against them. Even more so if you’re an aspiring buyer (like the most of us), you would want to check out every comparison video out there to know what you’re going to get. There’s the obvious comparison with the iPhone 5, the Galaxy S III, the One X and smartphones that come under the same category i.e. same size or onboard specs. The LG Nexus 4 is one of the best Nexus smartphones ever made, even in terms of design. So what exactly is the Nexus 4 up against? There’s a whole lot of competition, and we’ll look at few such contenders.

If you’re going plainly by benchmarks, the Nexus 4 hasn’t shown promising results. Mind you, the actual device has only just started making its way to the market, and what we saw in the reviews could well be running the pre-release firmware. That being said, we don’t expect the Nexus 4 to outshine the likes of the Galaxy S III (international version) in terms of benchmarks. Just so you know, this isn’t something you should be particularly concerned about. Because all that matters is the user experience, and the Nexus 4 is no muck when it comes to that. It is very minimalistic and simple, just how it was meant to be. No custom OEM skin eating up most of the experience, no uninspiring design elements. Some of these features are very subjective, and might differ from person to person, but generally people like a simple and no fuss UI.

So does it hold an edge over the rest of the Android competition? It most certainly does. Its top of the line hardware and the premium materials used in the making (which by the way will also woo a lot of iPhone customers), certainly come as a plus for the smartphone. Contrastingly different from what we saw with the Samsung Galaxy Nexus last year. However, durability clearly isn’t one of the Nexus 4’s plus points. Since both the back and front have a layer of glass, you pretty much wreck the device in the event of an accidental drop. But thankfully, there will be a decent bunch of third party hard case covers for the smartphone, so that should partially insure the device. So basically design wise, the Nexus 4 is certainly up there with the HTC One X and the new lot of Motorola Droid Razr smartphones as one of the few good looking Android devices in the market. Although it has a few shortcomings, it is a risk worth taking, like with the iPhone 4/4S which also features similar body construction.

What we don’t like about the Nexus 4 though, is its limited availability (initially). And by the time LG makes the device available in other markets, the price would have soared up two fold or even more as we already mentioned. This will also give birth to a lot of middlemen who will happily import the device to the country of their choice and sell it at a premium price. And I’m sure the buyers wouldn’t mind that as long as they get their hands on the finest Nexus device ever made. So despite the few shortcomings, the Nexus 4 is a very desirable handset, one that you would be proud to hold in your hands. Of course, there are more desirable smartphones out there, including the recently unveiled Verizon HTC Droid DNA which features a quad core SoC and more importantly a 5-inch 1080p display with a breathtaking pixel density of 440 ppi. While the Droid DNA is certainly one of the fanciest smartphones to hit the U.S right now, it shouldn’t make much damage to the Nexus 4.

It also came to light that users were having trouble placing orders for the device via the Google Play Store in the U.S. We heard reports of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, selling out within a matter of hours in the UK and Australia, but things didn’t go as smoothly here in the States. Seemingly, plenty of users were prepping to get the devices before stocks run out, which could have caused quite an imbalance in the functioning of the Play Store. Apparently, users were able to add the device to their shopping cart but weren’t able to finish the transaction. This can be very annoying especially if you’ve been patiently waiting for November 13 to get your hands on the Nexus 4 or Nexus 10. As you all know, the device is now sold out in the U.S Play Store. It is hoped that Google will resolve the issues and let users place orders with ease when the next batch of stocks arrive. Google Play currently mentions that the Nexus 4 will arrive in a couple of weeks, with no confirmed arrival date. So this little inconvenience might have cost Google a few customers. Alternatively, users can get the Nexus 4 on T-Mobile for $199.99 on a two year contract. Looking at how the Play Store is functioning, this might be a viable option for buyers right now.

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