Google Nexus 4 

Released November, 2012
  • Android 5.1
  • 3.5G
  • 4.7"
  • Quad core 1.5 GHz
Each of the four Krait cores is clocked at 1.5GHz and considering the 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 320 GPU, the Nexus 4 should easily ace our usual array of benchmark performance tests.
by GSM Arena (Dec, 2012)
AnTuTu is an all-round benchmark and here, the Google Nexus 4 excelled, taking the top spot.
by GSM Arena (Dec, 2012)
8.6 Out of 10
New: Nexus 5 (Nov, 2013)

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the Google Nexus 4

Performance

Processing power and speed

Nexus 4
7.4
HTC One
8.2
Passmark, Geekbench, AnTuTu, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Nexus 4
9.2
HTC One
9.4
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Nexus 4
9.2
HTC One
n.d.
GLBenchmark 2.5 Battery, Standby time and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Nexus 4
8.7
HTC One
9.0
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com, gsmarena.com, pocket-lint.com and 3 more

8.6

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Nexus 4
8.6
HTC One
8.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Google Nexus 4

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Nexus 4
1,583
iPhone 5
707

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Nexus 4
2,556
iPhone 5
3,424
Galaxy S4
3,414

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Nexus 4
1,971 ms
Nexus S
6,055 ms
Galaxy S4
804 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Nexus 4
1,794
Moto X
3,109

AnTuTu 3D 3D graphics performance

Nexus 4
6,333
Galaxy S III
3,481
HTC One
6,816

GLBenchmark 2.5 battery Battery life for 3D graphics apps

Nexus 4
208 min
iPhone 5
126 min
HTC One
155 min

Reviews Word on the street for the Google Nexus 4


8.0
It still feels very much like a fast phone, and we have a feeling that as Google refines OS 4.2 (which also feels a little less zippy on our Nexus 7 tablet compared to 4.1.1) it will really fly.

9.0
For a device privileged to uphold the Nexus branding, we were expecting more from the quality of its 8-megapixel auto-focus camera.

Overall

8.7 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

Secondly, since it’s relying on good old IPS LCD technology, it delivers colors that are the most natural in tone, giving it a distinctive realistic appearance over the saturated tones put out by the rival AMOLED technology.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2012)
And finally, it works rather well when it matters the most with outdoor visibility, which is attributed to its strong brightness output, decent reflection rate and wide viewing angles.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2012)
Lock screen widgets are different than home screen widgets, so right now there are only 5.
by Android Police (Nov, 2012)

Carrier

It's fast, has an excellent IPS display and is sold unlocked for use with any GSM carrier.
by MobileTechReview (Dec, 2012)
The Google Nexus 4 scores brought more confusion here, as the smartphone was always well off the pace of the Optimus G and on two of the three occasions came last.
by GSM Arena (Dec, 2012)
If the build out is anything like Verizon's, which I have been witness to for the past year, trust me, you aren't missing anything.
by Android Police (Nov, 2012)

Battery

The battery life is decent, but the non-removable battery is a bummer.
by Android Police (Nov, 2012)
The cover itself is non-removable - that is to say, not designed to be user removable, but it can probably give in if you undo the screws - though it would be still impossible to stick a spare battery in there.
by GSM Arena (Dec, 2012)
Seeing that it’s sporting a closed design, there’s no easy access to its internal 2,100 mAh battery.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2012)

Apps

In the picture on the right, you can't resize that calendar widget; it will always be that big.
by Android Police (Nov, 2012)
Updated notifications panel: This time around, the notifications panel now boasts expandable, actionable notifications.
by PhoneArena (Nov, 2012)
The calendar's look hasn't changed drastically and its functionality is as good as ever.
by GSM Arena (Dec, 2012)

Operating system

It has of course the latest Android OS and it will be the first in line to get the new ones as they come in.
by GSM Arena (Dec, 2012)
Google Now was first introduced back in Jelly Bean 4.1 and is definitely one of the most interesting additions in the OS.
by GSM Arena (Dec, 2012)
What's hot: Clean and pure Android, will get OS updates first.
by MobileTechReview (Dec, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Type Super IPS LCD2
Size 4.7"
Resolution 1280 x 768
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
PPI 317 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes

music

Supports FM radio No

software

Operating system Android 5.1
Multitasking Yes
App store Android Market
Adobe flash support No
App store size 850,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

Weight 139 g
Thickness 9.1 mm
Size 68.7 x 133.9 x 9.1 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.5 GHz
Number of cores Quad core
RAM 2 GB
Internal storage 16 GB

photo & video

Camera 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 1.3 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 3.5G
Networks
  1. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)
  2. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  3. HSUPA (7.2 Mb/s)
  4. HSPA+ (84 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time 918 min
Standby time 23,328 min
Capacity 2,100 mA·h
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