This page is the Pure Nexus hub page for the Nexus 4 mobile phone from Google. From here we link out to all of our resources and other sites that you’ll want to explore.
The LG manufactured phone was the first Nexus branded phone from Google that was really aimed at the mass consumer market. The previous models were targeted more at enthusiasts and developers who needed a reference phone for new versions of Android. However the release of the Nexus 4 sent the brand on a new course.
Released in November 2012 the phone initially suffered from supply problems. It was never clear whether this was due to exceptional demand or Google’s lack of retail experience. Either way, many potential owners were forced to wait.
High Performance, low cost
The Nexus 4 was pitched as a flagship competitor although it wasn’t quite up to the top models from Apple and Samsung, however Google elected to sell the phone at a bargain price and this made it a very attractive device.
- 8gb Model £239
- 16gb Model £279
As a Nexus branded phone, the Nexus 4 received the latest Android releases before many other manufacturers updated their own phones, with Google iterating much sort after updates, this is was a reason in itself to grab one of these phones.
As with all Nexus phones, the Nexus 4 gave users a “pure Android” experience allowing owners to use Android as Google intended. No bloatware or difficult to use interfaces were forced upon new owners. The Nexus 4 was updated to run Android 5 Lollipop but it is still unclear whether it will run Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
- Support Google official support
- Wikipedia Wikipedia entry
- Root The XDA guide to rooting the Nexus 4
- Nexus 4 Forum Our community forum, come and sign up!
- App Pack Looking for apps to install, here's our app pack.
- Sim Deals Our sim deals page.
Nexus 4 Reviews
The Nexus 4 received positive reviews when first released back in 2012. At the time it was a ground breaking match of price and performance. Previously it was a struggle to buy a cheap smartphone which was actually fully functional but the Nexus 4 coupled a decent processor with sufficient RAM to ensure a solid overall performance. Whilst it didn’t match the flagships of the day it proved a big hit for cost conscious buyers who wanted a functional phone but weren’t prepared to pay the high cost of the premium lines.
- The Guardian LG-made flagship Android handset impresses with speed, software and a competitive SIM-free price (5/5)
- Tech Radar Impressive specs at an even more impressive price point (4.5/5)
- Trusted Reviews The Google Nexus 4 is a highly recommended handset for those wanting to join the high-end handset revolution (9.5/10)
Nexus 4 Buyers Guide
Looking to buy a Nexus 4? We look at the best places to buy and consider why you might want to buy one.
The Nexus 4 phone from LG is the surprise sell out smash hit of 2012. Previous Google phones hadn’t really been targeted at the mass consumer market in quite the same way, but the flagship specification coupled with a mid range price meant that LG couldn’t make these things fast enough!
Unfortunately the Google Play Store now lists the Nexus 4 as unavailable for sale so there is no prospect of buying a new one through the official channels.
At the time of writing, there are some new models available through Amazon although not at particularly attractive prices, when Google stopped selling the 8gb model it was listed for just £159!
If you find one at a good price, be sure to let us know where you bought it from.
Quick links for accessories and second hand models: