Nexus 4: My new smartphone will be by Google?

Google has announced his fleet of new Nexus devices on October 29th 2012. Among these, the most interesting to me is the Nexus 4, their latest smartphone.

Google Nexus 4

Nexus 4 Tech Specs

  • Quad Core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8/16GB storage
  • 4.7 inch, 1280×768, 320DPI Display
  • 8MP Camera
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • Wireless Charging

Nexus 4 Price

  • $300 x 8GB
  • $350 x 16GB

These are all nice steps forward when compared to the older Galaxy Nexus. Especially for what concerns the camera, which is what i was most interested in.  3MP more are a lot and finally places Google’s phone among the minimum that I was searching for in a smartphone so that I could use it as a point and click camera. The previous Google Galaxy Nexus had only 5MP and the quality of the pictures was not excellent.

This is only a preview and I want to wait for other reviews concerning the quality of the pictures before I can state confidently that I will get this mobile. It is though difficult to believe that Google, that is certainly aware of the importance of a good camera to determine the success of a smartphone, will have overlooked this detail.

I am worried of one detail though: Samsung made the previous Google smartphone. That was a certification of quality by itself. The new Nexus 4 is made by LG. I have many LG electronics and they are usually very cheap (good) but not that well built. Nevertheless, I cannot see Google gambling with low quality builds when it comes to fighting directly with Apple. I have high expectations for this mobile. I have decided to postpone my Galaxy Note II acquisition because of this announcement.

I will update this post as things become clearer. At the moment it seems a pretty nice way to get people into the Android ecosystem. Basically, it is down to personal preferences: I use google everyday. My mail is Google, my browser is Google Chrome, Google Calendar is my homepage, etc. etc. It is clear that for someone like me, a smartphone like that is quite a natural choice. For other people, especially Mac users, it very probably is a different case.

Giulio Menna
Lover of: all things digital, humanities, and medieval manuscripts. I created Sexy Codicology and the DMMmaps Project and run them both with passion and love in my free time. I am an MA graduate in Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University. Still happily living in the Netherlands.
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