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)
8.3 Out of 10
New: Nexus 5 (Nov, 2013)

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the Google Nexus 4


Processing power and speed

Nexus 4
Galaxy S4
Passmark, Geekbench, AnTuTu, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

Nexus 4
Galaxy S4
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Nexus 4
Galaxy S4
GLBenchmark 2.5 Battery, Talk time, Standby time and Battery capacity


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

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Galaxy S4
Reviews from,,, and 3 more


PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Nexus 4
Galaxy S4

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Google Nexus 4

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Nexus 4
iPhone 5

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Nexus 4
iPhone 5
Galaxy S4

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Nexus 4
1,971 ms
Galaxy S4
804 ms
iPhone 5
915 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Nexus 4
Moto X

AnTuTu 3D 3D graphics performance

Nexus 4
Galaxy S III
Galaxy S4

GLBenchmark 2.5 battery Battery life for 3D graphics apps

Nexus 4
208 min
iPhone 5
126 min
Galaxy S III
166 min

Reviews Word on the street for the Google Nexus 4

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.

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


8.7 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


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)


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)


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)


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


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


Has an assisted GPS Yes


Supports FM radio No


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


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


Clock speed 1.5 GHz
Number of cores Quad core
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


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


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