Google has a great reputation for good reason. They are often at the cutting edge of technology, with innovative designs and creativity. They obviously put a lot of effort into maintaining their popularity with the Nexus 4, as the phone is outstanding in many ways.
The phone design is sturdy, with no removable cover, which makes it harder to break. The glossy front and back look sleek, and the rubberized sides make it easier to grip. It has smooth buttons that are responsive, easy to use, and glitch-free. In fact, many people are saying that there is not a smartphone on the market that can surpass it in design and build.
As you would expect from a Google phone, it offers great connectivity with a plethora of choices including dual band Wi-Fi. It offers two GB of RAM and is lightning fast. It offers fast browsing, fast downloads, and fast loading of apps. You will never hear anyone complain about their Nexus 4 being sluggish.
The graphics are outstanding, which will thrill gamers and movie watchers alike. The screen responds intelligently to various lighting situations, even performing well in harsh outdoor sunlight, and the keyboard offers gesture typing, in which you simply slide your finger from one letter to the next to form words.
For those who wish to have access to certain apps without unlocking their phone, you will have the capability to add widgets to the lock-screen. This is a feature many people feel is a real bonus, especially if you want children or others to be able to access certain features without being able to access the rest of your phone.
The camera app is easy to use and very fast. It takes high quality pictures and has the nice extra of being able to take 360 degree panoramic shots.
There are only two negatives to this phone that are worth mentioning. The first is that the same glossy front and back that give it its sleek look also make it slippery. Yes, there are the handy rubberized sides, but for people with autism, these skinny grips may not be enough. It can also be prone to sliding and falling if you set in or a surface such as your lap or the arm of a sofa.
The second and more important issue could be that of storage. It is confusing to wonder how Google could have done so much right with this phone and then skimped on storage. There are two models of the phone available. One offers a mere 8 GB of storage and the other only offers 16 GB. With no micro SD card slot, this could be highly problematic for some people with autism who may use their phones in ways that require a great deal of storage.
The storage issue aside, this phone offers a wide array of fantastic features. Perhaps with its next model Google will take care of the storage issue and create the perfect phone.
- 4.7″ diagonal
- 1280 x 768 pixel resolution (320 ppi)
- WXGA IPS
- Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2
- 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm
- 139 g