Most new-device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review.

Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity.

For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not many people revisit the device to see how it feels a few weeks or months later, because everyone’s already focused on the next big deal coming down the pipe.

So let’s do something about that. Let’s see how we feel about devices when they’re not shiny and new anymore. This is After The Buzz.


Google released the LG-made Nexus 4 back in November of 2012 to a crowd of salivating consumers. At the time, its specifications weren’t top of the line, but certainly passable considering the affordable price point. Now with two major trade shows and a handful of one-off press events behind us, we have a horde of high-end smartphones quickly stealing the limelight.

Fortunately for Google and LG, the Nexus brand is a bit of an anomaly in the mobile space. Nexus devices get updates directly from Google, meaning they are always among the first to (officially) receive any new features. This plus an extremely affordable price point manages to keep the Nexus relevant and lustrous, even as bigger, better smartphones enter the scene.

But how has the Nexus 4, in particular, held up over the last four months? Check out episode 15 of After The Buzz to find out!

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