If you tried to pre-order the Nexus 4, you likely had a terrible experience doing so. Some of you might have been lucky enough to get your order in at the right time, but most of you probably received an email from Google, noting a three-week backorder. Delays aside, the Nexus 4 very well could be the best Android phone yet, thanks to a terrific combination of the brawny Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core CPU with 2GB of RAM, a fantastic 1280×768 4.7″ 320PPI display, and the absolute latest version of Android, 4.2 Jelly Bean. Unfortunately, it lacks LTE, even though it has an LTE chip on its motherboard (though it lacks the antenna and amplifier required to make it work). In this video we unbox the Nexus 4 and cover some first impressions.
- For better or worse, the screen is extremely smooth, even slippery
- It’s light! Like, “is there a battery in here?” light
- It’s a fingerprint magnet on the front and the back
- The back panel, adorned with thousands of circular engraved…things…is a beautiful design element
- The Nexus 4 is definitely one of the fastest phones we’ve ever used, if not the fastest (we have a hunch that the iPhone 5 might be a bit faster, or just as fast. We’ll put them up against one another soon)
- Gesture typing on the keyboard seems more accurate the Swype