Originally Posted by retro486
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.