Google's Nexus 4 has been launched on 3 in the UK and is already staking its claim as a fantastic value top of the range Android smartphone from LG. With a 4.7" HD screen, 2GB of RAM and a quad-core processor, the Three Nexus 4 is right on the cutting edge, but at a very reasonable price.
This latest Google Nexus 4 on Three is already fast becoming a bestseller, with the manufacturer (LG) struggling to keep up with demand for the 16GB version.
One of the best features of the Nexus 4 on Three is that it comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. This is the latest operating system from Google and brings such advances as Google Now - an app that gives you the most up-to-date local search information.
Jelly Bean also brings the Photo Sphere Cam to the Nexus 4 on Three which lets you take awesome panoramic photos that you can scroll through and zoom in on. If you're an early adopter and want to get your teeth into the latest Android version then you simply have to try the Nexus 4 which delivers Android exactly as Google intended. Jelly Bean 4.2 is available exclusively on the LG Nexus for three months after its launch.
Another thing the Nexus 4 supports is Qi wireless charging, though you'll have to buy the wireless charger separately as it doesn't come packaged with the phone. Wireless charging is an increasingly common feature of smartphones these days, but there's still something really novel about not having to plug your mobile in to re-charge the battery, and it has a strong practical application, too.
But one thing the Nexus 4 doesn't boast is 4G LTE capability, unlike the iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE. Still, if you're considering the merits of Nexus 4 v iPhone 5, or Nexus 4 v Galaxy S4, at around half the price of these handsets sim-free, it's something you can forgive it for.
Here at Store 3 we always aim to bring you the best, so you'll be glad to know that Three have the top of the range 16GB version of the LG Nexus 4. The sleek rounded styling and classic black finish with a digitized backplate set this Android smartphone apart from the usual crowd.
The version we tested in our unboxing video this Nexus 4 review is the 8 GB model. We found it to be a slick operator which ran incredibly smoothly thanks to the lack of bloated additional software that other manufacturers tend to layer on top of stock Android. Thanks to the Jelly Bean 4.2 improvements and the powerful processor inside, we found the 8GB Nexus 4 to be perfect for our needs.
The Nexus 4's battery life has had mixed reviews, but this is common to most smartphones, and how quickly a device needs charging tends to depend on how heavily you've been using it. We're happy to report that the 2,100mAh battery proved perfectly adequate when we took the phone through a variety of tasks, and didn't deplete any faster than you'd expect.
But where the Nexus 4 really comes into its own when taking pictures with the 8MP HD camera that's on board. We took it outside and gave it a whirl and as you can see, the images are bursting with clarity, colour and precision. We were also impressed with the video quality which is sharp, and on a par with far more expensive devices.
Check out our unboxing video of the Google Nexus 4 on Three here: