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[VIDEO REVIEW] Nexus 4 - Still worth it after 5 years? Bonus comparison with the S3

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Hey guys, I've created a video review of the Nexus 4 after I've used the phone for awhile. I really found it quite impressive given its age; therefore I decided to start a video series on the Nexus 4 too - below is the first video where I'm talking about using the device as a daily driver today, 5 years after its launch. I've also compared it with the rival S3. Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/_-pZJLMjoxw

More Nexus 4 videos will come, some reviews of the best custom ROMs (Nougat and Oreo) and maybe some tips and tricks as well.
 
 
17th November 2017, 10:11 PM |#2  
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I had a Nexus 5 before, it broke and I brought a second hand Nexus 4... Almost a year ago.

It still looks nicer than the majority of new releases and performance-wise is very much usable.

The only thing that really shows it's age is the camera (both of them). It lags SO much and is not really stable.
22nd November 2017, 09:49 PM |#3  
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I refurbished my old Nexus 4 and consider to use it as daily device. But, it's a 5 years old device and I wonder if it will perform enough under today's conditions, or not.
24th November 2017, 05:05 AM |#4  
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I refurbished my old Nexus 4 and consider to use it as daily device. But, it's a 5 years old device and I wonder if it will perform enough under today's conditions, or not.

Definitely it will! Try it out.

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Definitely it will! Try it out.

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I will.
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28th November 2017, 06:45 PM |#6  
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The Nexus 4 really has stood the test of time. It even has Oreo ROMs... Not to mention a slew of alternative OSes (UBPorts, Sailfish, Firefox OS, LuneOS...). Even with some of its shortcomings (rear-facing speaker, meh battery life and cameras, no sd card support) it's my favorite Android device ever made and I love the back design and wireless charging.
23rd December 2017, 03:03 PM |#7  
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The Nexus 4 really has stood the test of time. It even has Oreo ROMs... Not to mention a slew of alternative OSes (UBPorts, Sailfish, Firefox OS, LuneOS...). Even with some of its shortcomings (rear-facing speaker, meh battery life and cameras, no sd card support) it's my favorite Android device ever made and I love the back design and wireless charging.

All the above is why I am considering it as a replacement for my Galaxy Nexus (my first smartphone, which is now a backup).

The back design is, if anything, typical Nexus (and LG, for that matter) - the back design is shared with both the Galaxy Nexus and the later non-Nexus LG K20.

Wireless charging - another feature shared with the GNex (one of the oldest - if not THE oldest - smartphones that supports wireless charging). Don't have a wireless charger? It can also use Samsung wired chargers (not exactly commonplace that a non-Samsung smartphone can use Samsung chargers) - something else shared with the LG K20 (and the Nexus 5, also from LG).

Like the Galaxy Nexus, it supports Android 4.x; however, unlike it, it WOULD actually get Lollipop stock (useful for those of you on stock-only carriers, such as VZW). In another difference from the GNex, it uses a Qualcomm quad-core SoC (which means that it supports Oreo, that the GNex currently doesn't do). Not looking to bite the cookie? It still supports all the community ROMs that the GNex does (and some that it doesn't); TWRP also is supported officially. It's not expensive - Amazon has it for barely more than the bottom-end Nexus 2 (also aimed at the backup phone market) or the GNex itself. It can also use microSIMs from the GNex; if you need SDcard support, though, you would prefer the Nexus 5 - the 4 does not support microSD.
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