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Finally. Since Hurricane Sandy flooded out New York and canceled Google's press event, we've been trying everything we can think of to get a review unit. Late yesterday we got an email back from an awesome Googler (thanks!), and I immediately flew out the door to go rescue a Nexus 4 from New York. We got one! Mission accomplished!

I have a million things to work on now: a full review, a bunch of GTKAs, and teardowns of everything. First, though I figured I'd quickly show off the new Nexus:

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For starters, the build quality and materials are amazing. As soon as you pick it up you know you're holding something that is built with more love and thought than a Galaxy Nexus or GSIII. The front and back are Gorilla Glass 2 and the sides are made from a rubberized plastic that actually feels great. The whole phone is really solid, and it's the first Android phone that seems like it's had real passion put into the design.

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The front is still a beautiful, minimalist black slab, devoid of any logos or carrier branding. I love it. The back features a giant Nexus logo at the top and a smaller manufacturer logo at the bottom. This is, easily, the most beautiful Android phone ever made. I'll take some proper pictures of it later.

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Anyone who is worried about the back of the phone being a sparkly disco ball can rest easy. In many lighting conditions, the back is black - just black. When the light catches it just right, there is a very tasteful, subdued shimmer effect that rolls across the dots. The dots on the back don't bindingly reflect light, either, they just kind of turn silver. Camera flash is pretty much the worst case scenario. Even in that picture on the left, the reflection is greatly exaggerated. In the right picture, the bottom right corner is about as bright as it ever looks in real life. In person it's very subtle, tasteful, and kind of hypnotizing.

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Compared to a Galaxy Nexus? Well the Gnex looks like it just walked out of a garbage heap when compared to the N4. The glass back and build quality outclasses the Galaxy Nexus so much it isn't even fair. If you care about that stuff, you're going to want to upgrade.

I'll save most of the software stuff for the review, but first, a heads up of what I'm dealing with: This isn't the final software. There are a few weird things I've run into that I'm pretty sure are placeholders, and lock screen widgets don't work. There is supposed to be an OTA out in time for release. I will however, show you a few screenshots of the new clock app:

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Yes, we've finally got a timer and stopwatch. I really like the design of it, too.

Speaking of which, with the beautiful design, and lack of LTE, an SD card, and a removable battery, I'm starting to think this phone isn't for geeks, but for designers. I really like for my phones to be well made and beautiful, and this is right up my alley. Many of our commenters won't like it because of the spec sheet (it's insanely fast, by the way), but if you just want a premium feeling, stunning looking device that is still fast and functional, this is your dream phone. I feel like this is the first time Android has had a piece of hardware that matches the stock OS design philosophy. Some people won't care about that, but those that do will be absolutely in love.

The review will be out in a few days. If you have any burning questions, feel free to ask in the comments.

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • Swapnil Chitnis

    Now eagerly waiting for this to AOSP. Can't wait for Cyanogenmod to get it.

    • mant0x

      Why? It will be great without CM too!!!

      • manlisten

        Yep, I'm going to try to roll with stock. Although AOKP does offer some pretty sweet tweaks.

        • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

          The Nexus 7 was my first nexus device and it's amazing how well stock android runs on it. I definitely could have run it stock and unrooted with no complaints...but I now run paranoid android and love it for all the added customization. Nexus devices are just a thing of beauty for that very reason!

      • Swapnil Chitnis

        Only for Nexus devices. CM/AOKP is the only way we non-Nexus users can get a stock Android experience.

  • Mario Lara

    I was sold until "no SD" was mentioned... I pre-load lots of media on my SD cards because I don't have an unlimited connection, so that kills it for me there. So sad! =(

    • Qbancelli

      Eh? You didn't know this until today?
      Where have you been? Lol

    • wolfkabal

      can't you simply plug in the phone, and pre-load that way? Or is capacity the issue?

      • Matt Alexander

        He has multiple SD cards, so I would imagine capacity is his issue

      • Mario Lara

        Capacity. Specifically I generally have about 2-3 gigs worth of video podcasts that I listen to on the way to work (Looooooong commute) that I load up all the time that wouldn't be feasible to download on the go (I'd burn through my cap in about a week at that rate), not to mention at least a movie or two for the kids to watch in the car to keep 'em entertained during the morning rides to school. So yeah, capacity (For me) is a big issue.

    • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

      Perhaps an Optimus G would be the best option for you. Think about it, since the hardware is pretty much the same, CM10 will be out pretty fast for it.

      • Mario Lara

        Good point, I'll have a look at it. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • ProductFRED

    I want to buy one, but the only thing holding me back is storage. I'm hoping, praying that down they line they'll release a 32GB model. That's the only thing holding me back from selling my Galaxy S3 (International). I love my S3. I just need something that feels solid in the hand, and this seems to be it.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I think a 32GB model would have made sense, and I really don't understand why they didn't do one, honestly. That said, 16GB is perfectly adequate for most people on a phone.

      • Tommy Thompson

        Could be the same situation as with the Nexus 7. Enough people buy it and they will come out with the a 32GB model.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          Certainly possible.

          • ProductFRED

            All the more reason to wait.

          • http://www.youtube.com/user/no6969el Noel Barcellos

            Yes but the hard part is wait too long and all of a sudden it doesn't seem so "on top" any more ya know?

          • punch

            you sir, have the guts to say what everyone else is thinking

        • poosh2010

          and hopefully a CDMA version as well

          • ProductFRED

            i doubt it since the CDMA versions were a headache for Google; so much so that they momentarily removed their AOSP/Developer Device status from both. The Optimus G has the same exact specs, except it has LG's skin on it. That's as close as you're gonna get on Sprint.

          • poosh2010

            it's a fool's dream, i know :)

      • jonathan3579

        Agreed. I made due with my Galaxy Nexus (16GB) and never had to think twice about it. I've paid for plenty of games on Android but I delete/swap out so often that I'll probably always have 8-9GB available.

        • http://www.androidradar.de/ Leif

          And now where more people get tablets like the nexus 7 it splits also. I personally got just small casual games on the phone and the bigger ones on the nexus 7 because it makes more fun to play games on a tablet.

          • jonathan3579

            Oh I'd definitely go for a larger capacity tablet. (32GB Nexus 7) I feel like I'd be less storage aware on a device I'd probably not carry around with me everywhere.

        • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

          if people didnt need to carry their entire life on a phone they wouldnt need so much storage

          • http://halljake.com Jake Hall

            but how do you expect me to survive without every bit of music I've ever downloaded as well as a weeks worth of films?!?

      • Bloodflame87

        I'm sure I know exactly why they did it. Same reasoning as the Nexus 7 recently being updated... They did it so they could do a product refresh a few months down the road, to give the false impression that they're trying to keep up to date with the marketplace. Well here's a clue Google: People want 32GB right now.... *le sigh*

    • Treknologist

      I can't upgrade until March, so I'm hoping they have a 32GB model by then. This will be a major jump for me since my current phone is a TBolt. :)

    • nsnsmj

      That's all I'm waiting for too. If I could just get at least 32GB, I'd be all over this (well, if I wasn't broke, haha).

      My Nexus S is getting to the end of it's life.

    • theGreatA

      but when they announce the 32gb (if they do) - there will be a few more on the market already competing to grab its place :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

        grab its place? its a nexus they only thing to replace it is....a Nexus.

        • setspeed

          Yeah, but if they leave it too long then it'll be going up against the Galaxy S4 - and that will be a tough fight to win I reckon, even if you like AOSP...

    • Guy Cozon

      I'm pretty sure limited on-board storage is a strategic decision by Google to encourage use of its cloud services

      • Brian Inglut

        I don't think so..on pretty much any os there are tons of cloud back ups so by doing so Google doesn't necessarily get the users to use their branded cloud storage. It might be a little part of the equation but there has to be more. I think Google wants to bring technology price down so they try to hit a price point also. But who really knows

      • http://www.facebook.com/andresdroid Andres Schmois

        Everyone uses the cloud. Unfortunately apps can't be installed on the cloud, so if you have games that are a few gb's you can't do anything about it. Until we get super fast internet, cloud based games/apps won't happen. I don't keep physical files anymore (except for backups in my pc and stuff that doesn't need a cloud).

      • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

        What was the excuse for the Nexus S then?

      • http://twitter.com/carztu carz12

        Why do so many people believe it is a conspiracy by Google?
        It has been stated many times on the developer forum it is because sd is so freaking slow, it's a performance thing.
        So.. who here uses a floppy drive still or even a cd/dvd burner? What's a floppy drive you say?

      • Figueroa Johnathan

        I'm coming from a 16gb GS3 with a 32gb micro sd. I'm worried about just solely having 16gb since their is no expandeble storage. I do have a grandfathered unlimited data plan so using dropbox for pictures and google music to stream audio is the way im convinving myself I don't need that much space.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=555210817 Brian Kane

          Yeah - but you are streaming over 3G... not 4G. For simple music - not too much lag. For any video content... ouch.

  • http://twitter.com/Markko_droid Marko!

    The phone looks absolutely amazing, I just bought a Gnex two months ago but will probably be picking one of these up as soon as they are available.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/reNewedAtheist reNewedAtheist

      You must have $ to burn :P

      • Soul_Est

        I'm planning to do the same and give the GN to a friend. I'm in the same boat as Marko! though.

        • http://twitter.com/icycoolblue Mark Cervancia

          Hi Soul_Est we can be friends right? =)

      • jessiejames1209

        I know its not as cheap as free but $299 unlocked is pretty amazing.

        • vJ

          $299 only for poeple via Play Store which is 2% of the world. For the rest of us it will be around $540. :(

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Phillip-Martin/100000077199240 Phillip Martin

            Glad I'm in the 2%

          • Nikhil Apte

            Use a freight forwarding solution from US to your place and order through VPN or proxies?

          • Michael Lee

            1. Order hundreds of these babies off the play store in America, then sell them on eBay to other countries for a lower price than $540.

            2. ???

            3. Profit!

          • Luis Augusto Fretes Cuevas

            Yep, I live in Mexico, which is pretty close to the US xD, and, to start, 299 isn't the real price, because unlike every other country I've ever visited, they don't include taxes on the price, so it's a tad more than 299, and you need to pay the shipping too, so it's around 380 for the 16 GB, moreover.

            If you're going to buy from the US, then you need to pay 380 + shipping + local taxes (in my case a VAT of 16%, in some countries quite a lot more) + whatever they charge you for sending it to you, so it's probably $100 more, so instead of paying 380 for the 16 GB verison, you pay like $480.

      • Southrncomfortjm

        He can sell that GNEX for a bit over $200 on Swappa, which would be a $150 loss, meaning he'd just have to be willing to pay $500 for the N4. That makes the price steeper, but still cheaper than any other high end phone off contract.

  • Dan

    Worth the upgrade from a Galaxy Nexus?

    • sky

      That'd be up to you. Physically a huge upgrade (unless you dislike glass backs), but speed wise fairly minor, and both devices will be running 4.2

      • marcusmaximus04

        Minor? This thing completely destroys the dual core 1.2GHz Cortex A9 w/ SGX540 in the Galaxy Nexus. Not even close.

        • jonathan3579

          Shh... don't make sense. ;)

        • Mr Rick Kingsonlemons

          Phones are reaching a point where they are too fast to really make a difference. It's becoming more about how much stuff you can do at once without slowing down now. The Gnex is still a solid phone, it isn't worth the upgrade for performance

          • Name

            "Too fast to make a difference." Well...not for people who enjoy gaming and utilizing the phones capabilities. Without a doubt, the user experience and multitasking gets way better in a device with 2 GB of RAM, S4 Pro and Adreno 320.

          • http://profiles.google.com/zachary.s.green zachary green

            I absolutely disagree. I had the chance to play with an iPhone 5, and after I swallowed my bile, I noted that touch latency was infinitely superior to any android device I have ever used, which makes me angry, and also a little sad

          • duplissi

            and have you used a android device on jelly bean? like one that is officially supported? cm or stock?

          • tom299

            It's never too fast, just like how a PC is never too fast.

            Fast for a phone is "instant".

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

        HUGELY faster. The GN's slowness has really been starting to bother me. They finally released a Nexus with a cutting edge processor.

        • http://www.afzaln.com/ CuriousCursor

          This is what I hated about Samsung nexus.

        • tom299

          When I tried one I was going "Why are apps taking so long to install? Why does this feel so sluggish?"

      • tom299

        I've tried a Galaxy Nexus before. It's slower than the Galaxy SII, which is already outdated. There will be no comparison with the Nexus 4.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      Absolutely. GN users would be my most recommended upgraders.

      The GN feels cheap and plasticy, this feels hugely better. The GN's processor is clearly past it's prime, and limps along in intensive apps or multitasking, this doesn't. The N4 doesn't have LTE, but the GN's radio and reception is so bad, that it's not really fair to say that it has LTE either. And since you have a GN, you've already developed a rigorous charging schedule throughout the day, so the non-removable battery shouldn't be a problem for you.

      If you can deal with the storage, buy one.

      • Chester Moy

        I have a Nexus S, so I guess it's not recommended that I upgrade 8-)
        /sarcasm

        My phone is starting to show its age a bit... :(

      • http://www.facebook.com/YAYSAVERGN Eric James Salcido

        This excites me.. Because for me, My Galaxy Nexus is still faster than it was day 1. I don't have it OC'ed at all( I am running AOKP though). Jelly Bean for me has made the biggest difference. Rarely do I experience any lag. I like having 4G, although rarely do I use it, I have it as a toggle in case I ever want the extra speed, unless I want a phone that only lasts a few hours. Perhaps my only gripe with my Nexus. How is the battery on the N4? The battery is... acceptable, to say the least for 3G on my GN. Is the Quad Core and high end GPU making a big hit?

      • Southrncomfortjm

        I agree on the no LTE on the GNEX. I've been having terrible reception problems lately which have caused me to continually reboot my phone to get a data signal. Really annoying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gaurav12931 Gaurav Kishore

    wow!..

  • mobilehavoc

    I will have one as soon as possible. Can't wait.

  • Ben Baggley

    I'm so jealous, I wish Google would just let me pre-order one right now, can't wait to get my hands on it.

  • Alen Subat

    I have a GNex and I hated that back plastics that you had ro remove in order to reach the battery..so poor quality...I can't w8 till the full review of this amazing phone..i'ts definitely a must have..at least 4 me..

    • IncCo

      you won't have that problem here.. can't reach the battery at all! =D

  • John

    How's the speaker sound on the N4?

    • skitchbeatz

      I hope it's louder than the Gnex's tiny speaker. I hated having to cup my hand behind the speaker to redirect sound back at me while watching videos.

      • http://visionaforethought.wordpress.com/ Oflife

        I got rid of my Galaxy Nexus because of the speaker. It made the GPS (Navigation) in the car useless, as I rely on the voice to keep me on my toes. Not to mention speakerphone calls. So I got a Note instead, although I missed the Gnex's lovely design and user experience with stock Android.

        Either way, the Nexus 4 is the bomb and I'm getting one!

        • Jack frost

          If you are in the car, why wouldnt you use the car audio speakers with a 3.5mm cable?

          • http://twitter.com/AzraelNewtype Chris Eads

            Because not all cars have a 3.5mm input in the stereo?

          • al

            but they all have a radio that can accept a 3.5mm to fm signal.

          • http://www.facebook.com/kevinm2k Kevin Matthews

            My car has the audi mmi, had to buy a propietary cable to give a 3.5 aux port. frustrating!

          • http://twitter.com/Xezuka Xezuka

            Cassette tape > 3.5mm works perfectly too

          • bob

            Where do I put the cassette tape? Do they do a CD to 3.5mm jack for cars built after 1987?

          • http://twitter.com/Xezuka Xezuka

            Works in my 2001 Jetta...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I'm guessing it's the same external speaker as the Optimus G, which is decently loud (but not crazy Motorola speaker loud). The problem is if you set this thing face up on a flat surface, because the camera is total flush with the back, the speaker gets muffled significantly because it forms a seal against the surface it's on.

      • heat361

        Video review?

      • http://profiles.google.com/scott.nutting Scott Nutting

        On the Verge preview video, they pointed out that there is a slight lip formed by the rubber "bumper" on the rim to prevent contact on the glass when laying on a flat surface.

        • Bloodflame87

          Good observation. I believe the reasoning for this was to prevent the glass from being scratched on flat surfaces. It's one thing to have a device with one glass surface to worry about scratching (gorilla or otherwise) but now with two glass surfaces, makes it twice as likely to get some accidental damage. Did anyone see the video on XDA TV about how most screens get scratched in the first place? Most people assume keys or change in their pocket, but apparently it's neither, rather from sand in your pocket. Good reason to get a belt clip, I think - especially with the Nexus 4!

          • http://www.afzaln.com/ CuriousCursor

            This is why I buy a pouch for all phones.

        • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

          Just had a thought - I hate the use of screen protectors, but wouldn't it be entirely possible to get a screen protector to fit the back of the device? I never get scratches even without them, but the plastic backs on my devices always get replaced if I plan to sell it second hand.

          • Tyler

            zagg usually sells full body screen protectors which cover every inch of the phone, you could always put that on the back.

          • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

            Thanks for the heads up! (Never really see these brands in Australia). I'm not sure if it's exactly what I'm after though, as I hate screen protectors in general, just the glass front. However the glass backing is what I want protection for (yet I hate cases, as well). I'll check it out in further detail though, once I get the phone. Cheers.

      • donttrollmepeople

        good thing you are going to want the wireless charger.

    • ewlung

      Yes please compare the speaker sound level with gnex. Because this is one of the worst hardware feature in gnex.

      • Tyler

        Yes, right next to the horrible battery life, and awful camera.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      Loud and clear. Blows away the Galaxy Nexus speaker.

      • John

        Hell yes. Thx

      • Jon1123

        The speaker on the gneiss was one of he min reasons I never bought it.... Hope your right.

  • bedwa

    Nice. Quality phone with quality software from LG. Now they need to take this experience and learn from it as Samsung and HTC did.......

  • coversnails

    Is the new quick settings menu actually toggles or are they just shortcuts to the appropriate settings menu?

    • Usama Ahmad

      Toggles, similar to the power widget.

      • Carlos

        Can the toggles be changed? For instance, can airplane mode be replaced by an nfc toggle?

        • Usama Ahmad

          Sorry I don't know, I don't have a final build of 4.2. However it seems unlikely, and I base this solely on the builds of Android past. Customization like the kind you're describing seem to be available with other launchers/ROMs, but perhaps Google wants to keep things more simple for average users.

        • biggeno313
    • jonathan3579

      From what I've seen it's a hybrid of both.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      Shortcuts. You can basically get the same thing if you make a page of settings shortcuts now. It's very disappointing.

      One or two of them will open specialized screens, (for instance, a popup brightness slider) but none of the buttons actually do anything. They all take you to a different screen where you can finally something.

      WiFi for instance, doesn't turn WiFi on and off, it takes you to the WiFi settings screen.

      • Bloodflame87

        Lame! I think I'll stick with my CM or AOKP notification toggles for now. I was thinking this would be like MIUI's toggles, but apparently not.

      • mechapathy

        That is some serious weak sauce.

      • nsnsmj

        Well, that's a shame. Hopefully it's just unfinished software.

      • JirafaBo

        That's just bad. What a waste. I imagine that will be changed in the future.

      • Ivailo Stoyanov

        These buttons could be easily turned into something more useful once we get AOSP sources. That's the thing I love most about Android.

      • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

        It sounds a lot like a failed copy of MIUI's notification/settings area.

      • Southrncomfortjm

        Just about every custom ROM has real toggles now, or you can get the Power Toggles app from the Play Store.

    • Swapnil Chitnis

      They are toggles I guess. In a video of the Nexus 4, the guy pressed the brightness button and there was a slider (similar to the volume one).

  • Steven Nutt

    The only thing that I am worried about with getting this phone (which I'm pretty sure I will be), is the camera. What's it like in low light, how good is it generally?
    p.s. I was worried about the sparkly back and the design, I'm not now.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      If this is the same shooter found in the Optimus G for AT&T (also 8MP), which I'm pretty sure it is, I wouldn't set your hopes high. That camera is worse than the GS3's for detail, worse than the One X in low light, and all around worse than the iPhone 5. But it's not a bad camera - it's just not as good as the best ones on the market.

      • jonathan3579

        It can't be worse than the Galaxy Nexus' camera. I could get decent and I could get horrible.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          I'd class this camera as "pretty good" - not significantly worse than the One X or GS III's (though there are numerous factors to consider), just not going to break any new ground or anything.

      • efan

        that's perfectly fine for me. tbh the camera quality is the last thing i care about on a phone. it's an after thought. a decent camera is all i need.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

        in other words the camera is a disappointment once again for a Nexus

  • http://www.facebook.com/ygor.vaz.3 Ygor Vaz

    I'm throwing my money at the screen, but nothing is happening D:

    • xayne

      Lol I know right... I can't wait

    • Jeremy626

      that's like a year old now. can we stop saying that now. jeez.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ygor.vaz.3 Ygor Vaz

        I know it's old, and I know too it's an unoriginal comment, but this is exactly how I'm feeling right now. I mean, this device is going to launch in 2 weeks, but for me those two weeks will be like months D:

        • ifeelhim

          I feel you bro

      • mesmorino

        If you think that's old, then obviously you have no chance to survive, make your time.

        Also, move Zig. You know, for great justice.

      • Southrncomfortjm

        Its still funny every time I read it. I'd call that not old.

  • http://twitter.com/Corvidael Shaun Bergmann

    I'm dyin to find out if it supports Bluetooth Smart, (4.0). Most Android devices I've seen are embarrassingly behind on this, as both Apple and Windows have already incorporated it.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      That's a question of Android, not of the phone. The chipset definitely supports BT4.0. We'll find out after some more teardowns of the 4.2 code are done, I'm sure.

  • Allan

    it may not be the question you can answer it right away but

    1. how is the battery life? as compared to Galaxy Nexus maybe?
    2. how loud is the speaker phone and the ear piece? Galaxy Nexus ones are just .. quiet.

    3. what's your initial impression of the camera? It's a Sony BSI so I supposed it is fine?
    4. any experience with how fast the locking of GPS signal? It supports GLONASS too so I supposed it finds and locks more GPS than the weak Galaxy Nexus?

    Thanks and looking forward to your full review.

  • Qbancelli

    How does the screen compares to the HTC One X?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      This is the same display as the LG Optimus G for all intents and purposes, and my experience having reviewed the G was that LG's IPS is a little too hot on blues / greens, and a little dull on reds, compared to the One X. The One X's color hasn't been beat by any phone I've seen to date. That said, this one gets brighter and supposedly uses less power, and it still looks pretty fantastic.

      • jm9843

        Couldn't some of that be due to the software (i.e. calibration)? It wouldn't be the first time that Google dialed in more natural hues for its Nexus line compared to the phone that it is based on.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          That's possible, sure.

  • http://www.facebook.com/manjot.bhussar.7 Manjot Bhussar

    I would like to see the drop test to see how much thought was put in the design when they decided to go with the gorilla 2 glass back..

    I currently own a galaxy nexus and I absolutely love it.. Every other phone may look better but none works as better as my nexus.. The only negative is the battery life.. I hope it's addressed in the new nexus..

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      A glass back is more likely to break than a plastic one - you don't need a drop test to know the answer to that question.

      • http://www.facebook.com/manjot.bhussar.7 Manjot Bhussar

        You are right.. It's obvious that glass back will break more than plastic one.. The reason I asked this is that I had owned two galaxy s2 in past. The screen cracked by dropping them half a feet.. The drop tests will reflect the strength of gorilla glass 2 and the design dynamics of the phone.. Like how the body of phone absorbs shock putting the pressure away from the glass back..

        • eric10234

          I've dropped my Galaxy S2 a couple of times when taking it out from my pocket and no cracked screens have happened during those incidents. Drop tests aren't really conclusive as the angle of the phone hitting the ground changes everything.

          However, I do still believe that drop tests do give some indication as to how it handles some drops. Still, I wouldn't be risking it with this phone. Most likely to get a cover for it.

  • http://twitter.com/TurboNegro7791 Tyler Hills

    As the most detailed reviewer I know of, I can't wait for the full review! Thanks in advance Ron! Oh and could someone get a Nexus 10 review up as well? I just want to know if it's really worth the extra $200 over a Nexus 7

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      We'll have a Nexus 10 review (and hopefully initial impressions post soon) for sure.

      • http://twitter.com/TurboNegro7791 Tyler Hills

        Thanks!

  • Kris Simon

    now im kinda looking at my Gnex with disgust =( oh well, theres always next year

  • http://Twitter.com/eggoespada Eric Gonzalez

    What's depressing about this device being so amazing is I know I'll never get it on Verizon. :'(

    • tk

      How come?

    • Scott

      That's probably a good thing...and I currently have Verizon. They mess up every device that they get their hands on.

  • Stephen Zipprich

    Ron, is there a hump at the bottom like on the GNex? That's the one thing about the GNex I absolutely abhor.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      100% flat - it sits dead flush on a flat surface.

      • Stephen Zipprich

        Good, thanks.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      There is no hump, the phone is perfectly flat.

  • youssef jbili

    i'm in love with this phone ( seriously ) , but :( sadly it's not sold in my country
    hope google changes this

    • Tomi Golob

      Hey you can buy it via online store,because all Nexus 4 will be international versions (except if u buy it on Verizon and stuff like that). Im buying one this december if luck holds! Go for it man!

      • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

        you cant buy it on verizon

      • eric10234

        Nexus devices are not available in certain countries' Play Store. Gonna have to wait for the local LG resellers to bring it in (hopefully at near similar prices). Either that or have to pay for international shipping and have no warranty.

        • arcwindz

          that's true, but in my country the lg resellers gone mad and stated that N4 would be sold at $550...

        • Tomi Golob

          Not the play store,silly! Im talking about normal mobile phone retailers...shopswith freakin tech stuff. Online shops like Amazon,you know? :) im going to import it with a Nexus 7 too

        • G.

          Screw all that... Not sold in my country either but i already installed Hotspot Shield and put my name on the list

  • Ben Baggley

    There's one thing I still haven't seen properly on the Nexus 4, the notification LED. How big is it? I love the big one on the Galaxy Nexus.

    • Olivia

      Oooh yeah, this is important.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

        actually for many it is especially those that are hard of hearing. Moron

        • Dalbir_Singh

          WTF?

          • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

            what dont you get mr SIngh? Yes deaf people have smart phones. Yes people rely on the light to let them know they missed something.

          • Cheeseball

            Olivia was NOT being sarcastic, moron.

        • jamaall

          Or you weren't there when it did ring, or it was on silent..

          • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

            exactly jamaall, thank you for being someone with a brain here

          • Flaccid

            People with brains don't automatically assume a comment is sarcastic.

        • Ivan

          He wasn't being sarcastic.

          • heshe

            Dude, he's a she.

        • mesmorino

          She wasn't being sarcastic. Moron.

        • http://www.facebook.com/CraigHwk Craig Hawkins

          Agree with you. I love the multicolor LEDs Moto and Samsung put on their devices. Ones on HTC phones are ridiculous. I like customizing different LED colors for different notifications, so it's a nice thing to know about.

        • Larizard

          She didn't even say /s at the end. Way to assume she was being sarcastic. I hope you read her post again and tell yourself, "Wait a minute. She could be serious after all."

        • Olivia

          I was going to tell you "I was being serious, moron" but many others took care of it for me.

          Thanks, guys! Got a good laugh.

        • http://twitter.com/Telanis_ Telanis

          Let's get "George Millhouse is a whore" trending on Twitter or something.

    • GazaIan

      From the pictures, its pretty much the same RGB 255^3 LED like the Galaxy Nexus.

    • Jeremy626

      yea the LED looked pretty small. hope it's at least as big as the GNs.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      Not as big, but bigger than a normal notification light. It also has a cool mesh texture over it. I'll have some pictures for the review.

      I think I'm going to need to tweak it a lot though, because the default blink rate is WAY too slow. This isn't final software, though.

      • Ben Baggley

        Cool, doesn't sound too bad, shame its not quite as big. The one in the Galaxy S3 is massive. I recommend Lightflow for customising the LED.

        • Andrew Moore

          Ron, any heads up on Lightflow would be great - please don't let it be like the US S3's - you know the fun I've had with that :-)

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

            Andrew!

            Oh don't worry, I run Lightflow on everything for notification light pictures. It works great! You'd hear from me if it didn't.

      • s427

        I find the blink rate on my GNex very slow too. Maybe it's the new android default?...

    • thedoginthewok

      The mostly invisible LED of my OneX is one of the most annoying things about the phone.

      • PatriotAus

        The LED on the One X lights my room up at night.

    • nick

      The notification LED is towards the bottom of the phone (below the software home button). If you look at pics in the play store some shots show a little white light, and that's the notification LED. Look at the picture in the "totally wireless" section. Pretty weird placement if you ask me.

      • duplissi

        the gnex has it's in the same spot.

  • M1lkm4n

    How ist the battery life??? just kidding... the spec sheet says it's 9,1 mm thick. That's more than e.g. a Galaxy S3. Does it feel that way or does it feel thin enough?

  • Sigi

    pls make some wifi/gps/gsm signal strength tests VS. Galaxy Nexus :)

  • Ben Hommerding

    How does it hold signal? That is really important! The VZ GNex has pretty poor radios. I know that some LG phone have great radios? Just wondering?

  • http://twitter.com/psych2L Joseph Lee

    I'd get this in a heartbeat if they offered a 32 gb version!

    • Scott

      Arghhhhhh

  • http://www.facebook.com/highlyblessed Courtney HighlyBlessed

    Beautiful piece of hardware, I cannot wait for this to be released. Its nice to finally see a pure Android device with build quality comparable to Apple. Thanks for the quick sneak peak, anticipating the full review soon.

  • wideopn11

    Can't wait to get my hands on one. Now I have the burning question, will THIS be the device that will break VZW's hold on me and my unlimited data. I love my double digit download/upload speeds but I hate VZW's bs.

  • Sigi

    pls make some wifi/gps/gsm signal strength tests VS. Galaxy Nexus =)

  • Balls O’Steele

    Does it use regular SIM or micro SIM?

  • Drayon

    It looks really nice :)

    But you're saying it's the first android device that feels like real passion has been put into the design.
    So this device looks and feels better then the One X?

  • K Rich

    Please tell me its not a slippery as the Galaxy S3. I swear every time I pull mine out of my pocket, I cringe.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      No phone in existence is as slippery as the GS3.

      • K Rich

        I concur. I may feel nice in the hand, but I'm constantly squeezing it when taking it out of my phone haha

        • GraveUypo

          the fact that it's so thin doesn't help either.
          those are two of the reasons i use a rubberized cover.

    • JustaPeasant

      YES! i am amazed mine is still in one piece!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      It's not. The rubbery sides are really grippy, and my fingers stick to the glass back pretty well.

      And for the record, the Note II is WAY worse than the GSIII. Imagine a GSIII so large you can barely hold it.

  • randombro

    Whats not too like about the specs? quad core 1.5 snapdragon processor, 2 gb ram, 8 mp camera and 8/16 gb hdd??

    Nexus phones are meant to be developer phones... That is the whole point. That and vanilla android without bloatware and the latest updates.

  • Olivia

    Ugh, I have a GNex and I don't feel like it's behind the times, yet I still want this. Can I graduate and get a job now?

    • raazman

      Quickly sell it before the N4 releases!

  • Shinsen

    Could we get a side-on height comparison to the Galaxy Nexus? I'd like to know how thick the device is in comparison. The Galaxy Nexus' hump makes it difficult to see just these two devices compare in this regard.

    If this is an important part of your review then please disregard this request. I'm just curious.

  • Janus

    Great first introduction! Thanks!

    What about fingerprints? Something that I really do not like from my Xperia Pro, is its "glossy plastic body" (which should be called "grassy plastic body"). When I learned that the N4 has glass everywhere, I started to wonder if it won't suffer the same.

    Ok, I know it may look as a silly question, but after almost a year with the Xperia Pro, that's my top concern.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      The Optimus G has this same glass back and I can tell you from first-hand experience that oh god yes it gets fingerprint smudges all over it. Small price to pay, though, considering it adds tons of structural rigidity and doesn't get scratched up.

      • Scott

        That back is mesmerizing though, I can't wait to see it in person. We need high-res photos in the review! =)

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

          These photos were quick and dirty, I'll take better stuff for the review.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      It gets about as smudgy as any other piece of glass on any other phone. The back pattern hides a lot, though.

  • http://www.swehes.com/ Hans-Erik

    Well. Looking forward to the full review of this device. :)

  • Sqube

    The lack of LTE and the lack of storage are what stopped me. But the fact that it's a pentaband device... ugh. You can just get a SIM from anywhere and use it, and AT&T has respectable 3G in most places.

    I'm just pissed at VZW. I feel like it's their fault that we're not going to see another Nexus for a long time, if ever.

  • Balls O’Steele

    Anyone selling a rubber case? Otherwise it will slip out of my fingers and break.

    • NicholasMicallef

      apparently the plastic around the phone is rubberized and actually goes a bit above the back so it should rest on it when on a flat surface and not slip (unlike the Optimus G).

  • Jeremy

    Please review the Camera

  • Knlegend1

    I think its a beautiful phone. Enough to make me leave Verizon? I already wanted to leave lol.

  • http://www.dsaif.tk/ Saif

    I don't understand why people bring up SD Card topic every time.. grow up! Google has said many times they won't include SD Card in Nexus Devices

    • http://twitter.com/wildkarrde2100 Wild Karrde

      It's a legitimate gripe, so while I'm not personally concerned with it, I wouldn't just casually brush it off. That being said, there are plenty of choices in this open garden of ours called Android :)

      • http://profiles.google.com/zachary.s.green zachary green

        Ya know, if it's a legitimate gripe, the geek's body has ways to, ya know, shut that whole thing down

    • Nagy Balázs András

      And people have said many times that they would gladly buy a Nexus, of only it had more storage and/or an sd card slot. Me included. 8/16 gigs is just horrendously small for some of us.

    • Robert

      Well, the best part about the lack of expandable memory is Google's recent comments concerning just how confusing it all can be. They might as well ahve said, "well, we considered expandable memory, but decided a long time ago that Android users were just too stupid to deal with an SD card. Basically, we agree with Apple, but aren't really interested in offering multiple storage options because we like the cloud."
      This is one place where Google is just not getting it especially when a the price of storage is so cheap. Breakdowns of the cost of iPhones put 32gb right at $20, would it have killed Google to with a 32gb option for $400.

      • http://twitter.com/robinashe Robin Ashe

        What they could do is make the expandable memory only accessible via the file manager, and disallow any programs from automatically saving data there. If someone roots their phone to get around it, that's their own problem if they pooch it.

      • http://twitter.com/rkwilson07 Rick Wilson

        Google did get tired of the OEM's:

        "We got tired of seeing OEMs include many GB of internal storage for music, while users were still running out of space for apps and data. This approach lets us merge everything on one volume, which is way better.

        -- Dan Morrill, Android engineer at Google"

        • GraveUypo

          don't like the sound of that.
          anyways, the day they actually force OEMs to leave sdcards out (or any other such decision for that matter) is the day i leave android. it's unfortunate that they're so set on not including them in any nexus, but at least there are plenty of OEMs that will.

          • http://twitter.com/rkwilson07 Rick Wilson

            That is one thing great about Google. For a NON Nexus branded phone, OEM's can include almost anything they want in the phone.

            Now, for a Nexus branded phone, Google will ask for what they want in their phone.

  • robin exel

    How does it compares to the iphone 5/4s in terms of build quality and overal feel?
    Because I like the overal build quality of the iphone 5/4s and I want an android device that has the same build quality and feeling to it

  • jonathan3579

    This is my dream phone. Point blank.

    • efan

      same here

  • http://www.facebook.com/ccoulter.jg.1 Cole Lewis Coulter

    I really love the looks of it! It's no doubt a beautiful phone; however, when it comes to LTE, that's kind of a deal breaker for me. Sure it's kind of a dumb thing to break the deal, but my Gnex on unlimited Verizon LTE is just blazing fast as it is. And soon enough, Android 4.2 will be popping up in roms for the Gnex and the hardware alone, even though very pretty and two more processors would be nice, it's just not enough change for me to dump the cash. And I'd be downgrading in storage size which is catastrophic for me.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      When do you get LTE on a Gnex? I know 3 other people with Verizon GNs and we all complain about the horrible reception and data speeds. It's nice when you're OUTSIDE, but we aren't lumberjacks and don't really care that much about outside data connections.

  • http://twitter.com/SportsAndTV Brian Pearcy

    I'm afraid I'll buy it and then Google will come out with a 32GB like they got me with the Nexus 7. Not sure if I'll buy right away or wait a few months.

  • nsnsmj

    I'm really liking that back. Thanks for the little hands-on. I've been looking everywhere for hands-on posts, but since the Google event was cancelled, hardly anyplace has them.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      Yep. NY is half underwater and half without power. Also the entire subway system is closed. I drove up there anyway to get one last night. 4 hours of driving. I saw a power plant by the NJ parkway explode and catch on fire on my way back.

      Luckily, I didn't have to park my car in what was left of NY, the Googler was nice enough to meet me on a street corner, toss it in my car window and I was on my way back. I never got out of the car.

      100% serious.

      • http://profiles.google.com/zachary.s.green zachary green

        I wish I was awesome

      • nsnsmj

        Glad you're safe! Also,

        "...the Googler was nice enough to meet me on a street corner, toss it in my car window and I was on my way back."

        Sounds like Google was making a drop. :)

      • curiousfox

        Just did a phone deal haha

      • Paul_Werner

        Dedication there. I'm glad you're safe too

  • Diet_Coke

    any update to avrcp 1.3????? please!!!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      We'd had to look at the source code for Android, and that's not yet available. The phone itself supports BT4.0 and all the standards that come with that, but the issue isn't the hardware, it's the software.

      • Diet_Coke

        Thanks david for the the reply. The source that you looked at, was it the final 4.2? Maybe there is still some hope!
        I prefer not to leave stock but I really want avrcp for my cars audio

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          Sorry, we haven't actually looked at it, I typo'ed.

  • Matt

    Does the stopwatch have multiple laps?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      Yes. A lap button and scrollable lap history. It looks extremely good while doing it, too.

      It also has a share button which will paste your lap times into an app.

      • Piyush

        is setting a alarm is the same old way or its like BB10 way???

      • Matt

        Awesome, thanks! Can't wait to see it in action!

      • Matt

        @ronamadeo:disqus Also, does the current stopwatch/timer that is in action put anything in
        the notification shade or status bar that you can access from any app?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

          Yep. The stopwatch has notifications with the time down to the second, a lap counter, and a lap/reset and start/stop button.

          The timer has a notification, but it only displays the minutes. "2 minutes remaining," "less than a minute remaining," etc and has no buttons.

          Why is one really awesome and one crap?

          • Matthew King

            @ronamadeo:disqus Hopefully they get it fixed on the final software that ships, or at least a very early bugfix update... Good notifications for the timer would make this a killer app, even if it is just a clock!

  • Piyush

    i m falling in love with Nexus 4. am i crazy???

    • http://abrah.am/ Abraham Williams

      No.

    • Jamie Francis

      Must be like me - a technosexual.

    • http://twitter.com/vikramadityarai Vikramaditya

      You certainly aren't!
      Check eBay.in. Available for pre order. 27K for the 16GB variant!

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.smith.547 David Smith

    I am really hoping this gets the same treatment the Verizon GNex received. Meaning I hope it is soon, and has 32 GB of internal storage. Thanks for the pre-review!

    • Scott

      Don't count on it.

      • http://www.facebook.com/david.smith.547 David Smith

        I'm not, but I like to dream

  • ewlung

    Please review the battery life in very detailed. Because I am worried with the non replaceable battery. I am okay with everything else, but the battery life must be good.

    My current gnex with extended 2000 mAH can last almost 48 hours, with 4 hours screen on time. Brightness is set to fixed 15%. No email syncing. 65% on wifi, 35% on 3G. All stock rom, stock kernel.

    • http://twitter.com/Loomis2 Loomis2

      I believe this phone has a 2100mAh battery built-in, and with the screen supposedly using less power you should be pretty good if you follow the same routine.

  • Patrick

    Please review the camera with some sample shots. This is one of the biggest issues for me and I why I went with an SGSII instead of the Galaxy Nexus. I'd like to know how it stacks up against SGSIII/Note2. Thanks Ron.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      As I said above in another comment, this is almost certainly the same 8MP sensor found in the AT&T Optimus G. If you're eager for sample shots, I have some in a review of that phone (you'll have to see the key for 13MP vs 8MP shots). It's a good camera. Not as good as the GSIII / Note II (especially for fine detail), but perfectly respectable, and likely has some of the usability features I discuss fixed since they're mostly related to software.

      http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/10/17/optimus-g-review-has-lg-finally-entered-the-big-leagues/#camera

  • KreeTerry

    to be honest i feel that googles move away from geeks might not be a bad one. even without lte, an sdcard, and a removable battery i am still seriously considering dropping verizon and getting a n4. The build quality alone had me thinking this, then paired with the looks of it and the better camera i just cant imagine staying with verizon much linger.

    • Scott

      I'm buying one to try out on pre-paid and if it works out, I'm porting my number to Google Voice and making the move from Verizon, same as you. And I have an unlimited plan.

      • KreeTerry

        what do you mean by porting your number? i too have unlimited but its just getting to a point where im sick of verizons crap. yea ill lose LTE but if it gets me from under verizons thumb i say its worth.

        • Scott

          I'd be taking my number from Verizon and using it as my Google Voice number, aka porting it over.

  • KreeTerry

    do the quick settings toggle actually toggle their corresponding settings or do they just shortcut you to that screen in the settings app?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      If they didn't actually toggle the setting I might have to renounce my love for Matias Duarte. I would very strongly assume they do.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

        They don't. They're shortcuts. Make a settings shortcut on your homescreen right now. They're those.

  • Snax

    Lots of camera and music playback analysis please!

  • Abhigyan Banerjee

    Oh my! This really the first LG phone that I've even considered buying. I'm falling in love with it faster than I've fallen for any gadget. The design and build quality look to be like a lovechild between Motorola and HTC.

  • darth_suicune

    I'd really like to see good camera comparison with GS3, Note 2, One X, Xperia T, etc. That's probably what will make me decide myself on what to upgrade from my good old N1.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      This thing won't be winning many camera comparison tests against high-end phones, that's pretty much a certainty. It won't lose them by huge margins, but don't expect this to come out on top of the GS3/Note II/One X. The Xperia T, eh, I'm reviewing the T and TX and not found the 13MP sensor all that impressive, frankly. The color sucks.

      • darth_suicune

        Thanks for the info. It's a pity, but for the price, somewhere had to be a downside XD Anyway I hope to see the review just to make my own opinion. And about the Xperia T, I just threw the names of the latest high end devices that came to my mind :P

        Thanks again for sharing the info :)

      • xnifex

        what about vs the Sensation?

  • Himanshu Mendhe

    Hey! Can you guys do a first impressions video?

  • V

    So here what's gonna happen: in a few months, Google will release a 32GB LTE Nexus 4 and I'll be mad for having bought one on November 13th.

    • efan

      if those things are an absolute must then hold out for a bit. or get a GS3. i know i'm getting one day one. they can't make a phone to please everyone... well they could but it sure as hell woudlnt be $300 lol

      • V

        I'm getting it day one too. This is the absolute must. But they could've released a more complete version even if not as cheap - or they can not do it at all until Nexus 5 and I'll be in peace.

  • Scott

    Looking forward to a full review Ron. We'll be eagerly waiting.

  • sean

    Camera and video samples please (1080p). Thanks.

  • Bradley Larcher

    The 16GB version is what I want asap. That amount of memory is quite adequate for all I need to do. My current device only have a 4GB memory card and it's loaded with all the music I listen to regularly and still got space. And at that price, that is a bargain, ad sacrificing an SD card will not be a problem

  • Patrick Rochon

    nicely said

  • cwagner

    I am a geek. And not even close to a designer. But honestly I have no need for massive space on my mobile. And 16GB (8 wouldn't be. I keep 2 full NAND backups on my phone at any time) is enough for me. I do not like gaming on such a small device, I want to surf, use useful apps and have a phone.
    LTE? I live in Germany, we don't really have LTE.
    Replaceable battery? It should last me 2 years and afterwards I'll get a new phone anyway.

    So I'm more than happy with this announcement, build quality is really important to me and the stunning looks are the icing on the cake:)

  • vx117

    Ugh, please stop praising its looks. I don't get a phone solely based on looks. This article is kinda making it sound like an iPhone. I want to know how durable the back is. I like my phones without cases, but if the back cracks or shatters easily, then a case is needed, lest I want my phone to look like a iPhone 4S. So yeah, not too impressed with the glass-back.
    Also, Gorrila Glass means nothing to me anymore as many people I know with an S3 has been able to easily crack their screens, so a glass front and back is making it iffy for me.

    • GraveUypo

      true. gorilla glass is as shitty as any other glass, to be honest. and it'll be so as long as sand and dust (even some keys) can scratch it.

    • http://twitter.com/Loomis2 Loomis2

      That is why this was labeled Initial Impressions. And I don't know how he is going to be able to test how durable the back is short of dropping it and seeing if it cracks, which he isn't going to do.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

        I understand the concern, but it's a review unit, I'm not going to try to scratch it or drop it or anything. If someone out there wants to spend $300 to find that out, good for them. I'm just not allowed to.

    • mant0x

      Completely TRUE, my galaxy s plus with gorilla glass v1 screen is all scratched, dust is very powerful abrasive!!!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      So your logic is that the iPhone is pretty, and Android has to always be the exact opposite of the iPhone, so things that look good are bad, people that like things that look good are wrong, and we should all deal will ugly phones?

      Defining yourself by your competitor is not the way to go. There's no reason Android phones can't look good.

      The back is glass and will probably shatter if you drop it. Same as the front. Don't drop it.

  • Piyush

    How is the touch screen responsiveness. Is it fluid? Is there any lag?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      Snapdragon S4 Pros don't know what lag is.

  • http://wave-france.blogspot.com Supercopter

    Is the HDR option of the camera a real HDR (taking 3 pictures with different exposures and mixing them)? Or is it just an effect applied to a single shot?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      Eh, this is a user interface question. The actual camera doesn't make any noise, the speaker is the thing that plays the sound effect, so how would you really know?

      They chose to make the camera make 'snap' noise, but if you move the camera after the snap, your picture goes blurry.

      You need to hold the camera steady for about 4 seconds. Is that several pictures? Is that a really long exposure time? Who knows.

  • Greyhame

    Awesome teaser article!

    Things I'd like to know are how it compares to the Galaxy Nexus' weak points. Did Google learn from their last phone and improve battery life? increase speaker volume? increase speaker phone volume? improve the camera quality?

    Also, can you pick which toggles appear in Quick Settings? Is there still lag when opening Google Now?

  • BroodjeBami

    2 questions:
    Is the build quality really that good? Even compared to a HTC One X(+)?

    The rumors etc. showed that the N4 was a little bit wider than the Galaxy Nexus. Is it noticeable in holding the device?

  • Elias

    Will it blend?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Nexus dust - don't breathe this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/palmerton540 Lex Palmerton

    you will have to let us know how the battery life holds up in the tests

  • Piyush

    i red somewhere that it detects pressure point like note II. is it true???

  • http://twitter.com/svucinic811 Slobodan Vucinic

    "The whole phone feels really solid, and it's the first Android phone that feels like real passion has been put into the design."

    HTC One X doesn't count?

    • SoWhy

      Maybe he does not think that the OneX is designed nicely? I for one don't^^

    • Eric

      What I thought when read that. One X and One S are really beautiful

  • John Smith

    I wanted to know if the rim around the camera is raised and the glass cover on the lens is on the same level as the back of the phone.
    Want to know this since my SGS2 international version, can pick up scratches since the camera area is raised from the back of the phone. Can we have some close up shots of the camera area please?

    Also where is the sim card slot if the back cover doesn't open up?

    One final thing, how durable is the phone against falling out of your hands or off the desk, being glass both front and back. I know you just got the device so this might not happen for a while still keep it on your test list for future.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      The rim around the flash is slightly (very, very slightly) raised, but the lens itself is covered by the glass that covers the entire back of the phone. So the camera *lens* area sits totally flush with the rear of the phone.

      The SIM card slot is slightly below the middle of the left hand side of the phone.

      A glass phone is more likely to break than a plastic phone. I don't think dropping them a phone with a glass front or back is a good idea in any case. If you're really concerned, get a case, we won't be doing any drop tests.

      • Scott

        I thought I read somewhere there's a tiny rim around the edge of the phone on the back so that when it's laying perfectly flat, the glass never touches the surface. Is that indeed the case? I assume if it is, the camera flash edge is the same type of edge that's around the outside back of the phone, which also sits flush with the surface.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          Makes sense to me.

  • Matthew Fry

    As long as Google/LG/Samsung doesn't put design over specs and the open nature of Android... I'm not really interested in my phone being a designer product. My SIII is too much like that already. I keep getting people asking me, "Is that the SIII?" To which I reply, "Go away." (kidding) It's not that I dislike brand recognition or good design, I just value specs, OS version, microSD slot, quality parts, etc more than having something pretty.

  • Ricardo Durand

    What about the google talk all. Did it finally get updated to support mms? Or at least picture messaging

  • Kris

    Eagerly await the GTKA for 4.2!

  • CrookedKnight

    Does it work with USB OTG? It's not ideal, but with all of the n4's other advantages I guess I could live with that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001482286220 Karan Ocs

    is still prefer my One X design to this one!
    and it's storage is deal breaker at least for me !
    but specs are stunning!
    ;)

  • http://twitter.com/alksnitis Robert Alksnitis

    How's the speaker sound on the N4? Cause in Google Nexus Google actually forgot that it is the phone first of all everything else is secondary. People prefer hearing their phones ring!!!!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      Much louder than the GN.

  • ivs

    Can you use the n4 in landscape mode?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      The home screen? No.

  • LewisSD

    Im stoked for the new Nexus but what I cant figure out is why all the other phone manufactures continue skin android when the stock os clearly no longer needs it.

  • JustaPeasant

    I just want 32gb please google... PLEASE!!! The more i see this phone the more i want it, but i don't know if i can live with on 16gb! I also dont want to be penalised for being an early adopter like i was with the Nexus 7, getting the 16gig version and now could have a 32gb for the same price. Don't make me wait on the chance you might release one in the future, bring it NAOW!

  • Flaime DeFeo

    Man, I'd love to ditch Verizon over this but the ETF would be ridiculous. Does anybody else have any tips to overcome this?

    • http://halljake.com Jake Hall

      The ETF really isn't that bad when you consider that by going to a $45/month unlimited prepaid plan with Straight Talk you'll end up saving money by the end of your Verizon contract...

      If you can live with the $30 T-Mobile plan, you'll save even more...

      • Flaime DeFeo

        Eh, I've calculated it would be $240 for one line, and $70 for the other. Add in $300 for the N4.

        The next year with Verizon will cost me around $1260, the next year with Tmo will cost me ~$500.

        I'll save a couple of hundred. Hmm, choices.

        • http://halljake.com Jake Hall

          I'm in the same boat, friend...

          • Flaime DeFeo

            What device do you have? I've seen eBay listings of $250+ for my Gnex, it might offset the ETF by quite a lot. I just put it up for auction.

          • http://halljake.com Jake Hall

            I have the HTC Rezound (I got it while Amazon was offering $0.01 phones with a new activation...)

            My only worry about reselling it is that it's missing many of the accessories. My cat destroyed the stock charger and I haven't seen the Beats headphones since my last flight (I'm guessing they were left on the plane). I've seen other auctions go for around $200 so I'd hope I could get somewhere in the neighborhood of $150...

  • http://twitter.com/Pascalwb Pascal

    Nice, LG know how to make good looking phone, bad that they don't know how to make good SW :D, but here it's google job.

  • NicholasMicallef

    Sounds like you're having a nerdgasm over there! I know I would xD Damn you Google why do you make it so hard to save money xD

  • Ivan Martinez

    How tough is it? The phone is stunning, but my fear of shattering the phone from a drop (my house is all tile) is pretty big and if the GG2 isn't all that great for the occasional 2-3 foot drop, then i'll be stuffing that beauty in a case.

  • http://twitter.com/JB_Android_Geek Danny

    Ron Amadeo Please could you tell us how much user accessible storage out of the internal memory please on the nexus 4? As it can varry a lot between devices like my galaxy s3 has 11gb user accessible out of 16gb while my nexus 7 has 13gb out of 16gb and I am worried about 16gb not being enough. I really hope they do a 32gb soon. Thank you so much :)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      Good question! 12.92GB accessible.11.86GB available. I don't have many apps installed.

      • http://twitter.com/JB_Android_Geek Danny

        Thanks very much :)

  • Dietrich Schulten

    How long does it take to get a gps lock? How is the signal strength? I'm not content with my gnex, people complain all the time they can't understand me because of sound interruptions and it takes ages to get gps in a car or train. With 16 gb I'm constantly at the limit. 32/64 gb would have been a positive surprise.

    • Yggdrasil

      it should be fast. It has glonass.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

    It looks pretty nice i just dont see it being called "the most beautiful android phone ever made"

  • http://www.facebook.com/ShalevMoyal שלו מויאל

    please check the camera!

    I have galaxy s3, and i wont to but the N4, but the camera is very important to me, and i want to know how the N4 camera hendles bad light conditions, and how strong it's flash.
    The galaxy s3 camera is very good in night conditions, so i want to know if the N4 is good too.

    • IncCo

      the camera is worse than the S3

  • nic85

    screen comparison with HTC one X?

  • Zaeem Shahzad

    I just can't wait for the GTKA article!!!!! I wish I could travel forward in time to read that! You can take your time, Ron! :D

  • Rubin

    These words come to my mind when thinking about Nexus 4: big, thick and ugly.
    Thanks, but I'll take my chances with the HTC 8X which is truly an exciting new phone, both the design ant the OS.

    • GraveUypo

      thick? how thick is it?

      • sillmacka

        Not very 9.1 mm. Probably the wireless coil that makes it thicker than Optimus G.

        The 8X is 10.1mm

    • http://twitter.com/PCSievers P.C. Sievers

      Buying a windows phone that isnt a Nokia is so hilariously silly.

      The Win 8 OS is hipster contrarian enough, you dont have to go even more obscure and reject the Nokia Lumias too.

  • Vallhalen

    "Many of our commenters won't like it because of the spec sheet" whats wrong with specs? Isn't N4 fastest phone on the market?

    • eric10234

      I think Ron was referring to the numerous comments about lack of 32GB storage or bigger and/or the inclusion of a microSD card slot. That's the "won't like it because of the spec sheet" part.

  • Guest

    Does it have micro SIM or full size SIM? Would be really useful to know ASAP please :)

    • http://williamjudd.com/ William Judd

      It's micro SIM, cool :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=150102654 Shawn Parks

    We had a timer and stopwatch. Go to the clock app on the Gnex and slide the screen left and left again.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      Nope. You have a rom. The stock clock app is a clock and an alarm, that's it.

      • Piyush

        is setting a alarm is the same old way or its like BB10 way?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

          I don't know what the BB10 way is, but I have a hard time believing could be like this.

          When you set the time, it brings up a keypad. Imagine the dialer, but for an alarm.

          The clock will get a big spot in the review and probably a separate GTKA. It's really cool.

          • Piyush

            BlackBerry 10 Alarm
            http://youtu.be/ydHf7EITz-o

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

            LOL.

            No. and MAN THAT IS AWFUL. The dialpad approach is much faster and more accurate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jp.overholser Jay Paul Overholser

    Definitely need info on battery life. I have bought extended batteries for both Nexus One and Genex.

  • Joshua T.

    Man, it looks gorgeous. I have no questions. I'm definitely gonna get it. I won't terminate my Verizon contract just yet, but I will buy this to go alongside my Galaxy Nexus. I know it's going to be amazing.

  • kav1n

    Why no FM ? Isn't it somethign basic??

  • http://effinboy.tumblr.com/ effinboy

    Can you throw up some size comparisons with more phones? Specifically the GSIII?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      I don't have a GSIII around.

    • Humberto Hernandez

      http://versusio.com/en/ Type "Google Nexus 4" and the phone you wanna compare it with.

    • eric10234

      You also can easily do comparisons on GSMArena
      http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=5048&idPhone2=4238

      Dimensions
      133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm (5.27 x 2.70 x 0.36 in) (Nexus 4)
      136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm (5.38 x 2.78 x 0.34 in) (Galaxy S3)

      Weight
      139 g (4.90 oz) (Nexus 4)
      133 g (4.69 oz) (Galaxy S3)

      In summary, 3mm shorter, 2mm narrower and only 0.5mm thicker. Take a ruler and see for yourself how much difference it is.

  • MrDakhil

    what about sound quality ? it was the only thing I really hated about my galaxy nexus ... earpiece and loud speaker

  • Milind

    I just can't get over the lack of an SD card and a removable battery.

  • Jack Bauer

    I do have a burning question.. Does the Nexus 4 overheat like the Optimus G? That the Quad-Core S4 processor might not be a good choice after all.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      Overheat? Like, shut off? It didn't to that. It gets warm, though.

  • Gustavo Gomez

    I don't know about glass.. gorillas glass is good for scratches but no impact. The poor build quality of iPhone 4S 95% are cracked either in the front or back.. I prefer high quality plastic.

  • MAINEVENT23

    I like how the silver specks give it a sort of techie pixel art kind of look. :D

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      That's a great way to describe it. It's like someone took a snapshot of raining silver pixels.

    • Scott

      Yeah its awesome. The best part is that its subtle and not this bright reflective glare always coming from the back of your phone.

  • surubutna

    Just throw that review already, damn I'm anxious! Jk, I love your work, and I love this phone. Seems like I've the replacement for my SGS, and what an upgrade it is..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1710314881 Aaron Cooper

    I'm going from a TMobile Comet to one of these, lol !

  • nctrnl

    How long is that built-in battery going to last with heavy use? I always have to buy an extended battery.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      I went on a 2 hour today journey with GPS on the whole time and the screen on max brightness. That+standby+some calls and texting and I successfully murdered the battery in 6.5 hours.

      • Paul Jameson

        I went on a two hour journey with my GNexus today with full brightness and GPS on, a few texts and no calls. Murdered the battery in under 3 hours. Lucky I have a car charger. Sounds like a good improvement!

      • Figueroa Johnathan

        I think that is a really good conclusion. I'm sure my s3 would have died a long time before 6.5 hours in the same scenario. GPS is a killer.

  • itznfb

    Son of a bitch. The more I see this phone the more I want it.

  • Ivan

    The fact that people are STILL complaining about no SD card is RIDICULOUS. The Nexus series hasn't had an SD card for the past 3 generations. GET USED TO IT ALREADY.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    I really like how insanely cheap this device is; £279 16GB and SIM-free.

    But I really want a 32GB variant to surface before I can really go for this device.

    Also the new clock app looks really weird with all the numbers for the timer and the lack of a background for the alarm. I will be interested to what CM tweaks we may get there.

    Look forward to the full review Ron and your infamous tendency to pick out may seem to be the most negligible of bad features. I will start off by saying I am not too keen on the SIM-tray (similar to an iPhone) because I broke mine when I had an iPhone 3GS.

  • http://twitter.com/Droider_ Angel Cervantes

    OK so I had my mind and my hearth set up to buy a Motorola RAZR HD, everything was perfect, I was just waiting for the release wich should be next week as I live in Mexico, and then Google came out with this phone, very powerfull, and so cheap! And now I can´t decide wich device I trully want I HATE YOU GOOGLE! (no, I actually love you please take over the world)

    • http://twitter.com/ing_caifan Ubaldo Flores

      I'm in mexico too, I'm getting a Nexus 4 by the way. In my opinion, nothing tops pure vanilla android experience from a nexus device. saludos.

  • NotBruno

    it's looking better now, my biggest fear was the back of the phone looking too much like a disco ball

    I might buy this thing after all

  • Jake

    I want to buy one, but I only bought my Gnex 4 months ago. Maybe after Xmas...

  • Abhijeet Mishra

    Okay, so I believed that my GNex was the sexiest Android device to come from Samsung (and even otherwise). Until now. Nexus 4, please launch fast.

  • pihlen

    What is the kernel version?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      3.4.0

  • JohnWalker03

    Please quickly answer this for me.
    One of the things i love about the Galaxy Nexus is the black levels/contrast ratios of the screen because it makes the buttons at the bottom not seem part of the screen because the screen blends in with the bezel of the screen when its black.

    Is it similar on this phone? im weary because its not AMOLED.

    Thanks

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      The black is not as black and an AMOLED. You can tell where the screen starts. It's a shame, I liked that too.

      • JohnWalker03

        Thanks for the reply. Its a huge turn off for me, its pretty much the only thing thats stopping me from ordering one now. I was going to buy one because they dont cost that much more than what a Galaxy Nexus sells for.

  • Jamie Francis

    Hi there. Any news on a car dock? I love my GNex (but still want to upgrade) but need a dock for in-car Spotify..! The wireless charging and hence no pogo pins makes me think there may not be one.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      God I hope so. I have no info though, sorry.

      • Scott

        Me too. The VZW GNex is the redheaded stepchild when it came to accessories for the gnex. I miss having a car dock.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

          Yeah, I ended buying the crappy US Galaxy Nexus dock and installing my own pogo pins in it.

  • http://profiles.google.com/zachary.s.green zachary green

    How does touch latency compare to the iPhone 5? Or any iDevice for that matter. Touch latency is the only thing that can really be improved :P

  • T

    I saw somewhere that the nexus 4 won't have Lte, is this true. Its sad if it is.

    • eric10234

      Google has official said they are not supporting LTE. This device (currently) will not work on any LTE networks. Things may change a few months down the road but for now, that is the way it is.

  • http://twitter.com/ing_caifan Ubaldo Flores

    Nov. 13th Here I come!!!

  • Timothy Ko

    hows the touchscreen for Nexus4?
    Some of the GNEX, including mine, had some touchscreen issues and I wanted to know how the Nexus4 fares off..

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      Have anything I can test?

  • amruth92

    Hey! While you're playing around with the device, would you be able to check whether it supports USB OTG? If it supports it, it'll swing me round from buying the Xiaomi Mi 2.

  • Chris Smith

    My leg shakes when I read nexus 4 reviews/info.. I want you soo bad.

    I haven't felt like this about a device since waiting for my Nexus 7 back in july..

  • Joe

    Good article. I skipped the GNex because of the ugly back. This seems like it's going to be beautiful, just my taste. I can't wait.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

    "Anyone who is worried about the back of the phone being a sparkly disco ball" THANK YOU! The one thing that was turning me off this phone was the back of it. You just spent my next $400!

  • juniorsgv

    my etf looks more and more worth it....

  • grellanl

    That's what I was really hoping to hear - that the feel of the device was as solid and high-quality as this. The 13th can't come soon enough. My GNex has been good to me, but now I'm excited about the N4.

  • stubbX

    I need to know that thr camrea is on-par with the Galaxy s3

    • stubbX

      Grammar nazi's stay away, my Droid Charge can't handle the website.

  • Matt Sokolinski

    great honest initial review. im defo gonna buy this off contract here in uk. not gonna get scammed wy network providers

  • Glenn

    Black really looks nice compared to my grey/silver Galaxy Nexus. Can't believe how old the comparison photo makes the GN look :(

  • Lex

    hello..
    Can you pls tell me if it does support HD Voice?
    thx

  • http://twitter.com/makinmoneymalik Kashif Malik

    @ronamadeo:disqus when the ota that fixes lockscreen widgets comes out, will you guys have a video demoing the widgets including the messaging one?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      I think I'm going to end up posting a review and then updating it when the OTA comes out. If there's something that needs a video, I'll do one.

  • Andrew Boyle

    LG has redeemed themselves for me, they're lucky they got partnered up with Google though.

  • http://www.cozbaldwin.com Coz

    If you can't get to the battery, what do you do when the phone locks up and there's no response from the power button?

    This probably sounds like a silly question, but bear in mind it's coming from someone who's never owned a phone with a non-removable battery.

    • Scott

      There's a hardware reset procedure...something like hold the power button for several seconds and the device will do a hard reboot.

      • http://www.cozbaldwin.com Coz

        I should hope so. I know doing that with all my other devices, that didn't work, but I guess they weren't made to work like that either.

        • Scott

          Yeah they didn't work like that because they had a rmovable battery. You are correct.

  • curiousfox

    I'm a devout Android user, but the design I'm afraid is too much like the iphone 4 and 4s with the glass back and the sim tray. Only thing different is the sparkle and no hardware buttons in front. Lawsuit maybe?

    • eric10234

      Does Apple have any patents about using glass backing?
      I doubt they would have any patents about using sim trays as it has been used before in other phones.

  • StoneColdCarl

    God, I'm falling more and more in love with this device.

  • MajDroid

    Although we all know that your unit is not running the final build but can you tell us how's the performance of Chrome on it ? And is Chome preinstalled ?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      Chrome is pre-installed and runs just like everything else: at maximum speed. Really, this processor is the fastest you can get in a mobile phone. It's really, really fast at everything.

      • Scott

        Chrome lags horribley on my gnex. There's no touchscreen lag at all on thenexus 4? The stock browser is what I use because chrome is so bad.

  • WorriedAboutTheBattery

    Probably out-of-scope for your review, but I figure I'll ask anyway:
    How difficult will it be to replace the non-user-replaceable batter?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      Definitely out of the scope of my review.

      There are exposed screws though, which gives me hope.

  • Fuzzypaw

    How strong are the phone and data radios? How well do you hold signal inside a building compared to other phones you've used?

  • http://www.afzaln.com/ CuriousCursor

    Did you, by any chance, ask them if the event was still finds take place some time in the future?

  • Mashari_F

    please do a benchmark test, I saw one on Antutu, wasn't impressive, score was 9333 !!!

  • Andreas

    2.5 problems about GNex. If this phone fixes them, I'm in.
    1) Battery Life!!!!!!!
    2) Camera
    2.5) Display brightness

    Any impressions on this points already??

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      The camera is way better than a Gnex.

      I haven't had it long enough to get a feel for the battery.

      The brightness won't overpower the sun or anything, outdoor viewing is still rough.

  • http://twitter.com/MagnEgo Donovan Jeska

    Are there any changes at all to the Messaging app? It seems like it hasn't changed at all since Android launched.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

      Nope. But it was redesigned in 4.0, along with everything else.

  • Cuvis

    How's the screen? Is it PenTile, or is it actually good?

  • liam

    Don't confuse build quality with the feeling of solidity.
    Until the very latest iphone, the samsung phones consistently outperformed the iphone in drop tests. IOW, the iphone were designed to feel good but not designed to be rugged, i.e., not well made.

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