Google’s Nexus 4: Is It Worth the Money?


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Google’s Nexus 4 is faster than the Samsung GT-S8500. Image by 3 Sverige

Do you have a smartphone? Chances are you do, whether it is so you can check your Facebook on the move, or log into your emails while out of the office.

Google’s Nexus 4 is the latest Android phone on the market.

So, what does it offer? Is it a better option than Apple’s iPhone5 or the latest Windows smartphones?

Size of the Nexus 4

The size of smartphones is always the top of the list for consumers. Apple is constantly attempting to make its iPhones smaller, so it is no surprise that Google is working to shrink the size of their phones too.

The weight of the Nexus 4 is 139g, which is far from the heaviest phone on the current market. It is easy to hold, use, and store in a bag or pocket.

Despite the ever-shrinking size of the phone, the screen remains large enough to use easily. It is 4.7 inches long, and has 320 pixels per inch of screen. By comparison, Apple’s iPhone5 has 326 pixels per inch; at these sizes, the difference is barely noticeable.

Google Maps, Voice Search and Google Now at Your Fingertips

Google Maps is one of the most popular online navigations systems on the Internet, and will be available of all Nexus 4 smartphones through an app. The maps are constantly updated, and the latest version of Google Maps is 3D to give you a realistic feel while following the directions.

Voice Search uses speech-conversion technology to let you conduct Google searches by just telling the phone your search term, but what’s Google Now? Google Now is the newest product for the Nexus range of smartphones – meant to keep you up to date with everything that is happening in your area. Need to know what the traffic is like on your way to work? Google Now will give you an up to date progress report. Want to know how well your local football team is doing? Google Now will give you the latest scores. Handy, to say the least.

Nexus 4: Affordable Smartphone, Limited Memory

The Nexus 4 is one of the most affordable smartphones on the market. When bought out of a contract, it is just $299. According to Ross Catanzariti of Computerworld, the Nexus 4 is actually worth between $700 and $800, so that’s a pretty good buy. However, the memory is low and it is not possible to extend it. This is a downside for those who enjoy storing and listening to music from their phones. On the other hand, as you probably expected, ‘There’s an app for that.’ With ‘Play Music’ you can add up to 20,000 songs to the cloud – from your own library of music or from downloaded music and play it directly from your phone, no matter where you are in the world.

Use iTunes? You can import your music from iTunes at no extra charge. By playing through the Cloud, there is no need to worry about syncing music or backing it up, as everything is automatically done for you.

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