- Battery: 2100 mAh Li-Po
- CPU: 1.50GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro
- Front Camera: 1.3 MP
- OS: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- OS Upgradable to: 5.1.1 Lollipop
- RAM: 2gb
- Rear Camera: 8 MP back-side illuminated sensor with LED flash
- Screen type: 4.70" - 768x1280 diagonal TrueHD IPS with Corning Gorilla Glass 2
- Storage: 16gb,8gb
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
Towards the end of its life the 8gb model was sold for just £159. A real bargain.
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 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 sadly never received an official Android 6.0 Marshmallow upgrade. Of course no Android N release will follow either, the Nexus 4 is now considered obsolete by Google.
Nexus 4 vs Nexus 5: The follow up Nexus 5 superseded the previous model in every way, so it was an easy decision for buyers to opt for the N5 when given a choice. Both were made by LG but the 5″ model had a better screen, processor, battery life, camera, etc!
- 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 Review
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.
Nexus 4 Buyers Guide
Looking to buy a Nexus 4? You can’t get this phone from Google Play any more, it is classed as obsolete and is no longer supported. It’s still a good phone in many ways, I’ve used mine for years. However the budget phones of today, such as the Moto G or Wiley Fox offer more for less money.
The Nexus 4 phone from LG was a sell out smash hit back in 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!
If you are keen to get hold of one, perhaps you are an antique collector, or just a fan of the Nexus range, you do have some options. I sometimes see them for sale through the Amazon market place still.
The next best place to look would be Ebay, the best known online flea market always has people trying to flog old gear. If you don’t see one now, keep checking back and you’ll find one on there eventually!
Remember, 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.
Are you looking for the best place to buy a Nexus 4? We hope the links below can help you find the cheapest deal. If you spot any bargains or have any buying advice then please comments below.