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The Nexus 4 in both 8GB and 16GB variants has been sold out in the U.S. (potentially the globe too) for what seems like an eternity. LG doesn’t think there are supply issues, Google clearly does. All I know is that there are more than a handful of Android enthusiasts who want this phone and have had no chance to pick it up. Well, unless they want to pay out top dollar.

Take this listing on Amazon for example. The 8GB version, which normally runs $299 from Google, can be had for $494.99. I don’t think I need to do the math here, do I? If you are desperate  though, you better hurry as they only have 20 or so in stock.

Or as some have pointed out, you may want to check your local T-Mobile store.

Via:  Amazon

Cheers Matthew!

31 LG Reportedly Sees No Issues in Nexus 4 Supply Shortages by: Kellex | posted 01.15.13 | News

After Google’s UK director called supply of its Nexus 4 “scarce and erratic” from LG, rumors have begun to suggest that LG may have cut orders to focus on future devices of their own. While those rumors are unconfirmed, what we do have now is an LG exec mentioning to a Korean publication that production is proceeding as planned and a denial that there are any supply issues.  Read More

91 LG Reportedly Halts Nexus 4 Production, Perhaps to Make Way for New Product or Nexus Device by: Kellex | posted 01.11.13 | News, Rumors

After LG’s James Fisher took the stage during their CES press event and mentioned that the Nexus 4 was the “first of many” products that they are working on with Google, the tech world immediately started trying to figure out exactly what he meant. Are there really going to be multiple LG Nexus device in the near future? If so, when? At Mobile World Congress in February? Later in the year?  Read More

153 Nexus 4 Sales Estimated to be in the 375,000 Range, Thanks to Serial Numbers by: Kellex | posted 01.03.13 | News, Rumors

According to a group of Nexus 4 sleuths over at XDA, they estimate that LG has produced around 375,000 N4 units since launch (through December). Since the device is pracitically sold out everywhere in the world, that also gives us an idea as to how many Google and LG managed to get in end users’ hands. So how did they figure this out? I’ll do my best to attempt to explain.  Read More

72 AOKP Team Finally Releases Android 4.2.1 MR1 to the Galaxy Nexus and Others by: Kellex | posted 01.03.13 | Galaxy Nexus, News, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Root

Late last night, the AOKP team finally dropped their first release as MR1 for Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.1). As you had probably hoped, it contains many of your favorite features from past builds.

You’ll find the custom boot animation, statusbar tweaks, power menu options, custom lockscreen options, a fully customizable navigation bar, more statusbar styles, LED control, sound settings, and more. And maybe more importantly, they fixed some of the bugs that came with stock Android 4.2.1.  Read More

112 Nexus 4 to be Sold in All T-Mobile Stores Later This Month by: Kellex | posted 01.03.13 | News

According to an internal T-Mobile memo obtained by TMoNews, the magenta carrier is expecting to expand the availability of the Nexus 4 later this month. Originally launching in select stores with limited availability, the Nexus 4 must have been seen as enough of a success to push it to all T-Mobile stores. No exact date has been given other than “January.”  Read More

29 Video: Hands-on With Nexus 4, Miracast and the Netgear PTV3000 by: Kellex | posted 12.28.12 | News, Videos

Miracast technology, one of the lesser talked about features of the Nexus 4, hasn’t had much play over the last month or two as adapters and TVs with the capabilities have yet to really reach the mainstream. There are a couple though, one of which happens to be the Netgear Push2TV PTV3000, which can be found at a variety of tech retailers. I picked one up yesterday, updated the firmware on it, and decided to take Miracast for a spin so that the DL community can see what it’s all about.  Read More

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Overview Full Specs News Discussions User Reviews Verge Review Getting the Nexus 4 for review was something of a treat for me. I've been anticipating the arrival of a follow-up (and upgrade) from the company's previous flagship device — the Galaxy Nexus — for a handful of very specific reasons. In fact, I've held off on moving to other, excellent devices with expectations of this mystery phone in mind. While I have been largely pleased with using the Samsung-produced Nexus, there are some irksome qualities to the handset (a poor camera, weak display,...

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Basic Specs Thickness .36 inches Weight .31 pounds Form factor Slab Screen size (diagonal) 4.7 inches Carriers T-Mobile Operating system Android Launch OS version 4.2 Related Media Gallery Recent News LG deflects blame for Nexus 4 supply issues 2 days ago   273 comments Fulton's latest innovation: a tablet that also functions as a wireless charging mat 11 days ago   30 comments Nexus 4 sales estimated at 375,000 by enthusiasts decoding serial numbers 14 days ago   223 comments For the holidays, Google advertises a phone that's hard to buy, and a photo that's hard to take 28 days ago   165 comments Google says Nexus 4 supplies are scarce and erratic, offers unreserved apology for delays about 1 month ago   98 comments view all Recent Discussions

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A week with Nexus 4 view all Tech Specs Hardware Height 5.27 inches Width 2.7 inches Thickness .36 inches Weight .31 pounds Form factor Slab Color Black Loudspeaker Yes Noise cancellation Hardware (multi-mic) Display Screen size (diagonal) 4.7 inches Technology IPS LCD Pixel arrangement RGB Resolution (Y) 1280 px Resolution (X) 768 px PPI 320 Touchscreen type Capacitive Multitouch Yes Connectivity Carriers T-Mobile GSM Yes GSM frequencies supported 1900, 1800, 900, 850 UMTS / HSPA Yes UMTS frequencies supported 900, 2100, 1700, 1900, 850 WWAN data standards supported UMTS, EDGE, HSPA+, HSUPA, HSDPA, GPRS Wi-Fi Yes Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b GPS Yes Bluetooth Yes NFC support Yes Media streaming DLNA Processor Manufacturer Qualcomm Brand / family Snapdragon S4 Pro Model APQ8064 Clock speed 1.5 GHz Number of cores 4 Memory RAM size 2 GB Storage Internal size 8 GB, 16 GB External No Front Camera Resolution 1.3 megapixels Rear Camera Resolution 8 megapixels Flash LED Focus type Autofocus Video resolution 1080p Software Operating system Android Launch OS version 4.2 Interface Video out Yes Headphone jack 3.5mm Other ports Micro USB Sensors Sensors Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Barometer Battery Capacity 2100 mAh Quoted use time 10 hr Wireless charging Optional Recent News LG deflects blame for Nexus 4 supply issues 2 days ago   273 comments Fulton's latest innovation: a tablet that also functions as a wireless charging mat 11 days ago   30 comments Nexus 4 sales estimated at 375,000 by enthusiasts decoding serial numbers 14 days ago   223 comments For the holidays, Google advertises a phone that's hard to buy, and a photo that's hard to take 28 days ago   165 comments Google says Nexus 4 supplies are scarce and erratic, offers unreserved apology for delays about 1 month ago   98 comments view all Recent Discussions

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How many Android owners have flashed a custom kernel or ROM? view all 8.8 Average User Review of 26 total reviews 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Design 9 Display 9 Camera(s) 8 Reception / call quality 9 Performance 9 Software 9 Battery life 8 Ecosystem 9 Date (newest first) Date (oldest first) Highest rated Lowest rated Most recommended

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8.0 Show all User reviews Reviewed by anan.banka (Currently owns) January 16, 2013 10:25 am

I've been using the Nexus 4 for about a month now. Absolutely love it.
I've always preferred stock android experience over TouchWiz/Sense.
The phone has a great design and a brilliant display, but those wanting something exceptional should check out the FHD phones coming out off late. I preferred the camera on my Galaxy S II over the Nexus. But I honestly don't use it much.
The reception and call quality is fine. I've noticed some static, but that's very rare. The performance is unparalleled. If you've heard some apps opening faster on the iPhone 5, its only because those apps are made natively for iOS and ported to Android. So naturally it would perform better on iOS.
The software is beautiful, and more than anything, this will be the first device to get Android 5.0 which is one of the biggest selling points and something to look forward too.
Really disappointed with the battery life. Have to charge it at least once a day if I want to use multiple apps and data. Screen brightness is always kept at a minimum. Hopefully software updates will help.
If you're looking for a great Android phone, Nexus 4 is the one to have. I don't have LTE in my country, so the omission of that feature was no deal breaker for me.
Get yourself one, if you can find one!

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Having upgraded from a considerably ancient HTC Desire, the Nexus 4 is a wondrous device in comparison. It feels solid in the hand, and looks better in the flesh than I though it would. Android 4.2 is fast and slick, and despite some initial problems with connecting on WiFi (seems it's a bit fussy about what it connects to), I'm having a great time exploring the capabilities of the device. Google Now is a very welcome addition, information that's relevant appearing at a glance.

This is what mobile technology should be about. And all for a fraction of the cost of an iPhone 5.

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If you care more about saving money than being able to stream HD movies on a 4-inch screen (in other forms, if you're not 14 years old), you owe it to yourself to purchase this phone. It's incredible.

For what its worth, I'm a former iPhone user and have no regrets whatsoever about switching to the Nexus.

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This is the first Android phone that I have owned, after having each iPhone previously. I became annoyed with some of the directions that Apple was going and decided to try out the competition.

The phone took about a week to get tweaked to my liking. This was both a positive and a negative. There were a few applications that I bought so as to replicate functions available on the iPhone (such as the universal music control), and I wish those had just been there from the beginning. On the other hand, I have always been a tweaker, so I didn't mind spending time playing with my new phone. A large part of the time was figuring out how I wanted the phone to work for me and finding the necessary apps or addons to enable it.

I say tweaking, but my phone is still recognizably Jelly Bean. I generally try to stay in harmony with the underlying system - do it Apple's way on the iPhone, and Google's way on Android. It is just that extending the system is built into Android, so it was more fun to try different ways of working with the phone.
This is why I give a 10 to the ecosystem; there is a huge variety of not just apps, but extensions to the operating system itself. The iPhone doesn't generally allow the same level of easy customizability - jailbreaking notwithstanding - so there was never as much that I did to the iPhones that I had.

I have been surprised by how much I like Google Now, and the voice typing built into Android is scarily good. I like that I can set default apps and I love the back button - its a much better UI paradigm for flipping between two related tasks than the iPhone's home button (single or double click).

Things I don't like:
- The default exchange-compatible email client is not the same as the Gmail client. I wish there were just one.
- I wish there were better included inline PDF renderer. There are a number that work just fine, but I think the iPhone is better in that respect.
- I had to get/use JuiceDefender to get the battery life I wanted - although with JD it is just fine.

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Pros:
Great Screen
First Android device with no freaking lag
Stock Android
Above average battery life
Price
Works with AT&T and T-Mobile
Design is quite good
Qualcomm quadcore

Cons
LG phone in a Samsung world
Not many bells and whistles
No LTE and SD card
Camera is 3 years behind
Chrome bezel easy to scratch like the GSII and III
Back glass is a hate it or love it
Regular consumers will never understand unlock devices and the nexus project

The Breakdown 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Design 8 Display 9 Camera(s) 7 Reception / call quality 9 Performance 10 Software 9 Battery life 8 Ecosystem 9 Show the rest of this review and the breakdown 1.0 Show all User reviews Reviewed by chekmanirov (Previously owned) December 15, 2012 01:32 pm

I have honestly never seen such an outdated product. It is slow, and cannot compare to the iPhone 5. I booted Temple Run, and it took the Nexus 4 nearly 3 times as long to boot a simple app. Kind of pathetic for a quad core device. The lack of LTE, combined with the unrefined design, make for an overall weak product. I would honestly prefer the iPhone 4 over this product.

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I Love the Nexus 4 but don't own it, I have seen it in stores and read/watched several reviews.
I have now come to this conclusion. That I have been an Apple iPhone users since 2007.
Now I beginning the switch from iOS to Android through the Nexus 4. It seems perfect to me.
I have used and owned the Galaxy S2 and the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2 and the Motorola Atrix 4G. None of them have been able to sway me to move to Android but the Nexus 4... it is Sexy, Fast, Cost Efficient and it has guaranteed updates from Google themselves, how cool is that! I have already got the iPhone 5 so now I will have the best of both worlds, you know. I now know some people actually care about "LTE" but I don't give a ****. LTE eats battery life like your mom eats donuts, no offense. At this point in time like 3G 4 years ago is LTE today it is virtually useless for Efficiency. It is fast if you can get it and your battery holds up. LoL! c: /)
I Love the Nexus 4. It's just awesome. Also anyone with a Nexus 4 there is a Candy Kane Easter Egg within the Bean Flinger Easter Egg. It is usually within the dead center of the screen once you've tapped Android 4.2.1 Several Times. I Love that Candy Kane. Yes I realize I am typing it incorrectly but **** you!
Candy Kane. To see this awesome Candy Kane on your Nexus 4 go to Settings, About Phone, Locate your OS Version which should be 4.2.1, now simply tap it over and over to activate "Bean Flinger," in the center of your screen there should be a single Candy Kane floating about being awesome like Candy Kane's are. LoL! c: /)
Again I love the Nexus 4 you should too!

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After a week and a half with my Nexus 4 I can absolutely say that I love this phone. I would have rated it a 9.5 but that option wasn't available. My only real gripes with the phone are based on the camera and the battery. The camera works well and the software is absolutely phenomenal, but I would prefer to see some better optics next time around. The battery is my biggest problem. I am a heavy user, there's no doubt about that, but I would I would like to see battery life last through my entire day, from say 7:30am to 10pm without having to charge it. Those are minor issues, and overall I love the phone, and would not want to purchase anything else. I've been trying to convince my friends and family that unlocked is the way to go, we'll see.

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Just an awesome phone. The Nexus line of devices give you the best Android experience with the software and the timely updates. The design on this new device is pretty nice, very sleek. The display is better than I expected, and it looks a lot better than the previous model (the Galaxy Nexus). The biggest knock is probably LTE, but for me, I think i'm satisfied with what I have now which is HSPA+ - Overall, it's a great phone.

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This is my favorite phone that I have used so far. It is unmatched mainly because of how good it is for how much it costs.

The design is excellent. I love the "sparkled" back as it is very original and nice. It looks good all around and it also feel great in the hand especially thanks to the soft edges. My only concern is the possibility that it breaks, but until it is not actually broken this is not an issue.

After having owned the GS2 and the Galaxy Nexus, I find that the IPS display on the Nexus 4 is much nicer in almost every way except for blacks, but this difference isn't by much and it is superior otherwise. Also, the screen is very smooth and soft which makes it so fun to use.

The camera is definitely better than the Galaxy Nexus, but I have not done enough testing yet to judge.

Call quality and reception seem to be better than the previous nexus and therefore very good. The lack of LTE does not apply to me because I live in Canada but I still choose to keep it off as HSPA+ is more than enough for me.

The best part about this phone is how fast it is. Don't listen to the benckmarks, it is faaasssttt. Only in Chrome browser do I notice any lag but it's still awesome.

As for Android 4.2, it's my favorite mobile OS so ya... Battery life is also pretty good, I personally get 4h30 of screen time which lasts me maybe 2 days.

Overall, I absolutely love this phone and it has been a pleasure to use. I would definitely recommend it to everyone especially considered its value.

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Built by LG, the Nexus 4 features a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 IPS display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor — which Google claims is the fastest on the market — an 8 megapixel camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, and up to 16GB of storage. Oh, and the back is made of glass — etched, layered glass that sparkles with a strange, almost holographic depth.

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Google's Nexus (ten points to anyone who can tell us if Nexi is the correct plural) smartphones have always set the standard when it comes to a pure Google experience.

The first Nexus One was a true geek device. Sold only through Google directly (apart from a brief flirtation with Vodafone), it never achieved massive sales. But it gave the world the true raw power of Android without the bloatware of other variants. As of January 2010, the ball was well and truly rolling.

We've had several now – and everyone, it seems, had a go: HTC, Samsung, Asus and LG – though strangely, not Motorola, which is now part of Google itself.

Some handsets we look forward to with much anticipation – only to feel deflated when we actually use them. Others, we wait for with little expectation – and they absolutely blow our socks off.

A stealth surprise. We'll lay our proverbial cards on the table here from the outset. The Nexus 4 is one of those rare devices.

LG's not had the best track record of late. Sure, we thought the Optimus 4X HD was a pretty decent offering, but too little, too late compared to what was already out there by the time LG got it to market.

And whereas LG did have good form when it came to innovation back in the day (who remembers the Chocolate, the Shine – and even the dubious widescreen BL40?), the mojo seemed to have passed.

That's not a dig at the South Koreans – far from it. But just to set the scene to show why we weren't expecting much from the Nexus 4.

Perhaps the worst kept secret since the iPhone 5, the Nexus 4 even got left in a bar in true cliché style. And from the pictures, we weren't alone in thinking it looked like a copy of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

The difference is, when we took the Samsung model out of its box this time last year, we thought it was nice. When we took the Nexus 4 out of its box last week, we thought it was beautiful.

Size wise, the Nexus 4 comes in at 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm – which means it is similar to its predecessor. But it is far more stunning to look at and hold.

The front is all glass in piano black. Extra tough too thanks to the Corning Gorilla Glass 2. Think iPhone 4 territory, but just a little nicer looking (we are aware that is a matter of opinion, iFans!)

The whole front is set within a dull chrome bezel and the shininess even extends to the rear of the handset, which has an attractive, though unusual sparkly pattern adorning it - although newer shipments seem to be shorn of that element now.

Think the glittery kind of jacket that you could see Cilla Black, Joan Rivers or Shirley Bassey in at an awards ceremony, and you catch our drift.

At 139g, the Nexus 4 isn't the lightest handset in school – but it's just about solid enough to get away with carrying that extra weight and puts those who say Android devices look like toys firmly in their place.

The screen is invisible when off – but when it lights up, you're treated to 4.7-inches of True HD IPS Plus beauty. That's 768 x 1280 pixels with a pixel density of 318. It is razor sharp – blowing Retina out of the water and we'll venture it is one of the best we've seen on a handset.

Another reason for this is because there is such little space between the glass and the display. So where we berated the Optimus 4X HD for leaving enough room here to park a small car, the Nexus 4 leaves no gap at all.

It exudes a clarity that has to be seen to be believed. Colours look beautiful, icons and text are razor sharp and everything floats perfectly.

We find it hard to see how this could be beaten. When you're looking at icons on a black background (like in the app drawer), you can't even see the black, if that makes sense. It is so deep, that icons just float. Beneath the screen, in the centre, but hidden until needed, lies a pulsating notification light.

Another element worth pointing out here is the way the phone curves at the sides, from the main panel into the bezel. It seems to make the screen look even more realistic and beautiful. It's one of those things you really have to experience to appreciate.

Round the edges, you'll find the usual adornments. A 3.5mm headphone jack on top, volume rocker and micro SIM tray on the left, micro USB port plus a few dubious screws on the bottom, and a perfectly placed lock/unlock/power button on the upper right hand side.

It's just in that sweet spot where it's easy to press with the thumb if you're right handed and not impossible if you're a leftie.

There's no way of getting the back off – so you know what that means, peeps. No removable battery and no expandable storage. The former doesn't faze us too much since the 2,100mAh battery pack is no slouch but the lack of memory card allowance is annoying.

Yes, we know that ever since the Nexus S, expandable memory is out. Google's said that it doesn't offer it because it's confusing. But for those with lots of content who can't or don't want to stream, it's a real pain. We don't quite buy Google's argument.

As for the innards, LG has cut no corners here. Make no mistake, this is a premium handset. DC-HSDPA, the very latest iteration of Jelly Bean 4.2, a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, quad-core 1.5GHz processor, A-GPS with GLONASS, NFC and so forth.

But what makes this so sweet is the price. Let's just point out that sim-free, a HTC One X with similar specs will set you back around £399 (around $637/AU$611) – even the 18-month old Samsung Galaxy S2 retails at £329 (around $525/AU$503).

And while last year's Galaxy Nexus will leave your wallet £299 (around $477/AU$458) lighter, this brand new model, the Nexus 4 is priced – almost unbelievably – at £239 ($299/AU$349) for the 8GB version and £279 ($349/AU$480) for 16GB. Yes, the newer Nexus is cheaper than the year old Nexus. Word!

We can't overestimate just how revolutionary this is and it leaves us open-mouthed at how Google is doing this. Either it's selling the Nexus 4 at a loss – or the mark-up on handsets is now shown up as being ridiculously high. Whichever it is, it means the Nexus 4 has a distinct advantage over the competition.

Bizarrely, in the UK Google has promised O2 that it can sell the Nexus 4 as an exclusive for the first month. We can't understand why – especially because you could end up paying £800 for the device over the course of the contract.

Virgin Mobile has also joined the Nexus 4 brigade by offering LG's handset on a contract - but with prices starting at £31 a month, it's not going to be a decent way to get a cheap Google phone in your hand.

Most people with sense (and a bit of spare cash) will buy the Nexus SIM-free and get themselves a cheap as chips SIM-only plan. The only downside is that LG has been a little slow on actually making these devices, despite Google subsidising the cost of the handset to the tune of hundreds of pounds per device.

In fact, a Google exec called the supply 'scarce and erratic' and could explain why there are only 400,000 in circulation at the end of December 2012, despite the low price and popularity.

But anyway, with an early November release, that means there'll still be plenty of networks marketing this heavily pre-Christmas once that month-long deal with O2 expires. And we can see the Nexus 4 being on a lot of Christmas lists.

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Browse the web, Chrome fast.

Nexus 4 comes with the speed and simplicity of Google Chrome, built in. Sign in to sync your bookmarks, view tabs you have open on your computer, send web pages from your computer to your phone, and more.

And browsing the web from your phone has never been faster – a cutting edge quad-core processor means that pages load in a snap – letting you experience the web, Chrome fast.

Super fast

With Chrome on Android, browse the web at Chrome speed

Access tabs from other devices

Take your personalized Chrome experience with you on-the-go.

Gmail. To go.

Gmail gets even better on Nexus 4. Intuitively swipe emails out of your inbox to archive, easily switch between multiple Gmail accounts – and all your email syncs automatically from your Nexus 4 to your computer and tablet.

Anytime access

You can get all your emails, and even read them when you're offline.

World-class search

Find the email you're searching quickly and easily

Sign in. Stay synced.

Never lose a contact or photo again. Sign in once with your free Google Account and your Gmail, Calendar, contacts, photos and more are always backed up to the cloud. Google works around the clock to keep your data secure and ensure that you can get it when you need it, wherever you need it.

Multiple accounts

You can sign in to multiple accounts on your phone.

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Camera

Capture and share your world 8MP

Nexus 4 comes with a high-performance 8MP camera and takes stunning Photo Sphere images, letting you capture every detail of the world around you. The all new camera lets you quickly view and edit your photos with powerful new tools, and share your favorite shots in a snap.

Record HD video

Shoot video in full 1080p, and snap still shots while you're at it. Continuous focus, real-time zoom, and time lapse mode give you the power to shoot stunning videos. When your footage is ready, create your own movie with Movie Studio and upload it to YouTube.

More about the Nexus 4 camera A camera for every occasion

Quickly switch between taking photos, videos, and panoramas. To help pictures look their best, the Gallery includes a powerful photo editor. You can crop and rotate pictures, set levels, remove red eyes, add effects, and much more.

Save photos with Instant Upload

Photos upload themselves with Instant Upload so you’ll never lose a shot. If you’ve signed up for Google+, you can enable Instant Upload and photos taken with your phone are automatically uploaded to a private album on the web. Easily organize, edit and share photos with anyone you choose from your phone or on the web.

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Amazing Photo Sphere camera

Up, down and all around you, it’s like no camera you’ve ever seen. With Nexus 4, snap pictures in every direction that come together into incredible, immersive photo spheres that put you right inside the scene. View your photo spheres right on your phone, share them with friends and family on Google+, or even add them to Google Maps for the world to see.

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Crisp 4.7” display

Photos and videos come to life with stunning clarity and crisp, natural color on the vibrant 1280-by-768 4.7-inch display. Gently curved glass edges allow your finger to slide smoothly on and off the 320ppi screen, while cutting-edge G2 Touch Hybrid display technology means you feel like you’re touching every pixel. And all of this is protected by scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2.

Cutting Edge Hardware

Built for speed

Made in partnership with LG, Nexus 4 is sold unlocked and is GSM/HSPA+ compatible so it will operate on more than 200 network providers worldwide. Just pop in a supported SIM card and be up and running in no time.

Quad-core performance

Nexus 4 comes with a cutting-edge Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor, so you’ve got speed and power to spare. Zip around the web, experience rich 3D graphics and gameplay, and effortlessly switch between multiple apps without ever missing a beat. With 2GB of RAM and the fastest version of Android ever, Nexus 4 is our snappiest smartphone yet.

More about speed Share with Android Beam

Nexus 4 comes with Android Beam so you can quickly share photos, videos, contacts, apps and more with a tap. Just touch two NFC-enabled Android devices back-to-back, then beam whatever's on the screen to your friend.

Always up-to-date

Nexus 4 comes with the latest version of Android and gets updates directly from Google, so you’ll always have the fastest, most up-to-date software on your phone.

Google Wallet

Make Nexus 4 your wallet. With the free Google Wallet app on your Nexus 4, you can carry all your credit and debit cards securely with you on your phone. Just tap your phone to pay everywhere contactless payments are accepted at more than 200,000 stores across the US.

Learn more about Google Wallet

Google Play

Google Play 700,000 apps and games

Get all the apps and games you love on Nexus 4 – with over 700,000 titles to choose from on Google Play, there’s something for everyone. Find the most popular free and paid apps, explore hand-picked collections, browse by category or simply search for your favorites.

Samurai Magic Piano RunKeeper Pinterest More about Google Play Your music on Google Play

Take your music anywhere with Nexus 4. Browse through the millions of songs available for purchase, or upload your existing music library to Google Play – up to 20,000 songs for free – and stream all your tracks and playlists from the cloud so you’ll never miss a beat.

Easy import from iTunes

With the Music Manager, you can easily import your entire iTunes music library* into Google Play. Once your music is imported it automatically becomes available on Nexus 4. You'll also be able to enjoy your music on the web at play.google.com/music and any other Android compatible phone or tablet.

* up to 20,000 songs. Cannot include DRM protected songs.

 

Books

 

Magazines

 

Movies & TV

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Google Play puts all your favorite entertainment right in your hand. Explore the world's largest collection of eBooks, the latest magazines, and thousands of movies and TV shows in full HD.

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Nexus 4 review: Amazing phone with a deal-breaker flaw

The phone I'm most taken with at the moment isn't the iPhone 5. No, it's the Nexus 4 — a collaboration of Google and LG, representing the pinnacle of Android hardware and software. It runs smooth as butter, and has a vibrant screen that is second to none. But at its core is a fatal flaw, a deal breaker that illustrates my utter frustration with the whole Android platform.

Let me just spell it out: If the Nexus 4 represents the finest example of an Android phone — and I feel that it does — then why isn't it available on all carriers, and on the fastest 4G networks?

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Now, to rewind a bit. A few weeks back, when the iPhone 5 came out, I decided to put my main phone number on the Samsung Galaxy S III instead. I wasn't falling for Samsung's glib anti-iPhone ads, but I wanted to make sure that, as a reviewer of all technologies, I wasn't missing something fundamental by keeping my personal phone service on iPhones. So began my Galaxy nightmare.

Seriously, I don't understand why people are so smitten with the Galaxy S III. For me, it's a battery hog (I can barely get through the day on a charge, even with light use), an eye sore (what was Samsung thinking when it mucked up Android this badly?) and a glitch bomb (ranging from missed text and calendar notifications to wonky headphone and Bluetooth connectivity). To top it off, it behaves jerkily, despite its 1.5GHz processor.

The Nexus 4 is a dream by comparison. It's sleeker in body, and the fact that it's thicker yet narrower than the Samsung means that I can hold on to it better. Like the Samsung, it is mostly plastic, but it doesn't have that plasticky feel that makes Samsungs seem undeserving of their high prices. I even like the way the back of the Nexus 4 shimmers like a disco ball when the light catches it a certain way. It's not flamboyant so much as it is tongue-in-cheek.

Most importantly, the battery lasts all day (and into the next), while the system responds to every gesture instantaneously, without a hiccup.

The Android 4.2 of the Nexus 4 barely resembles the Android 4.0 of the Galaxy S III, less because of the 0.2 jump in OS versions, more because of Samsung's meddling. The Nexus 4 software's design language is simpler, and its features — from voice command to camera functionality — are intuitive. 

Photo Sphere, the new "amazing" camera feature from Android 4.2, is not so impressive, a pale ripoff of Microsoft's Photosynth, but who cares? That's just icing on the cake, and you can scrape it off if you don't like it. The perk that did matter was the gesture typing, essentially a very slick Swype-style keyboard.

Best of all, the home screen widgets have become even more resizable and customizable in Android 4.2, so that when you're glancing at the Nexus 4, you can really get a sense of what's going on in your life. This is not something you can currently do with an iPhone.

There are a few things I didn't get to try, but they will no doubt put added pressure on Apple. Android's new "wireless display support" sounds a lot like the AirPlay found on iPads and iPhones, and the customizable lock screen is one more way that Android lets you bring the functions of apps to the surface of the phone.

There, I've set it up: Impressive hardware, best Android software yet, definitely a threat to the iPhone … except. You hear that hesitation? So what's the catch? There are two that go hand in hand: Availability and network compatibility.

The only carrier actively selling this model will be T-Mobile, which is offering it for $199 with a 2-year contract. Mind you, if you're on T-Mobile, this is your next phone. You would be hard pressed to find anything remotely this good.

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But if you're on every other carrier, you're basically out of luck. AT&T customers can buy the phone direct from Google, paying the contract-free price of $299, but they can't run it on their carrier's 4G LTE network, because it's not compatible with that technology. So no blistering speeds, sorry! And as for Sprint and Verizon, it's simply does not have the right guts. While this doesn't mean it won't ever make it to those carriers, it's a major timing blunder for Google and for LG, a company that could use a hit smartphone.

My takeaway is that Google either doesn't fully understand the situation or has trouble using the Nexus program to build clout for Android. Android is huge, but it's huge by default. The phones are cheaper than Apple's, the carriers make more money off of them, and the manufacturers license the operating system for little or nothing, and get to do whatever they want to their look and feel.

The result is that every single Android phone delivers a wildly different experience, and no two people who talk about Android are talking about the same thing.

What I see in the Nexus 4 is a great mobile OS, and a strong hardware platform to run it on. But the phones in the stores don't look anything like it. So I am left bitter for two reasons: That I can't have a Nexus 4 on Verizon, the carrier of my choice, and that among Verizon's 6,000 different Android models, not one comes close to resembling this beauty.

Wilson Rothman is the Technology & Science editor at NBC News Digital. Catch up with him on Twitter at @wjrothman, and join our conversation on Facebook.

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