LG Google Nexus 4 (2012)

Nexus 4
Models: LGE960

Released: 13/11/2012

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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.

Nexus 4 vs Nexus 5: The follow up Nexus 5 superseded the previous model in every way, so unless you are picking up a cheap secondhand edition you should look at buying one of the new models.

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!

The next best place to look would be ebay, try ebay.co.uk or  ebay.com

If you find one at a good price, be sure to let us know where you bought it from.

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Welcome to the Nexus 4 FAQ. This section attempts to answer any questions you may have, please get in touch via our forum if you have any more queries.

Starting Out

Who Makes the Nexus 4?
The Nexus 4 phone is made by LG, with design input from Google.
When was the Nexus 4 Released?
The N4 came to market in November 2012, it sold out almost instantly and has experienced supply problems in the early moths of availability.
Where Can I buy a One?
The Nexus 4 is not currently available in the Play Store. Although you can now purchase the Nexus 5 unfortunately it does fall into a higher price bracket. If you are looking for a Nexus 4 your best bet is now going to be ebay.
Is the Nexus 4 better than an iPhone?
Of course ;-)


What are the Storage Options?
You get a choice of either an 8gb or 16gb model. Rumours of a 32gb Nexus 4 can be found around the net, especially after the Nexus 7 tablet was given a bump up to this level soon after release. However there has been no official word on this. The phone has no SD card expansion option.
Is the Nexus 4 battery life any good?
It’s generally thought to be about average for a smartphone of this size and processing power. It doesn’t have a stand out battery life, but neither is it particularly poor. I find that it lasts a few days with general use, more if it just sits in my pocket. Even with heavy use it will keep going all day. As always, your mileage may vary.
What processor does the nexus 4 have?
The LG phone packs a very smart Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, quad-core 1.5GHz processor. This is a very quick, premium chip. Make no mistake, the Nexus 4 is a very quick phone!
What is the screen resolution of the Nexus 4?
The phone’s resolution sits at 1,280 X 768 pixels. This is a decent HD screen which looks great. Personally I love the 4.7″ screen, it’s a great size and the phone is still very pocketable as it is slim and light.
Is the Battery Removable?
Unfortunately not, the continuing trend for fixed batteries continues. Just remember to recycle it when your done.


Will the Nexus 4 get the Android 5 Lollipop update?
Yes, the Nexus 4 was updated to run Android 5 Lollipop. It was included in the first wave of updates.
Will the Nexus 4 get the Android 6 Marshmallow update?
At the time of writing, this is unclear. No image for the Nexus 4 has been made available at the time of writing however it is hoped that it will be supported. The phone is now three years old which is a long time in tech years but I don’t think it would unreasonable to get the update.
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