The Google Nexus 4 phone and Nexus 10 tablet was made available for purchase from the Google Play Store today and yet I haven’t heard a peep about people purchasing one on my Twitter feed.
AnandTech has a comprehensive review of the new Google flagship phone for those who wish to know the nitty gritty details. Like with the initial iPad launch situation, it may be best to sit this year out and wait for the dust settle before diving in for a Nexus 10 this year. In addition to Nexus 10 Android tablet, Google also announced its latest Android phone Nexus 4 just yesterday. Google Nexus 4 Android phone is available in two storage capacities including 8GB and 16GB, and for $299 and $349 USD.
The Android smartphone landscape moves at such a rapid pace that we feel we a need to keep you consistently abreast of some of the latest offerings out there.
Samsung’s Galaxy S family of devices is now moving into its fourth iteration, and the company has created arguably the best device yet: the Galaxy S4. The Galaxy Note II still holds the reins as our favorite large-screen Android “phablet,” but that’s mainly because the LG Optimus G Pro isn’t quite available as widely as the Note II is just yet. So there you have it folks, those are the top five Android phones, we think, that are widely available right now.
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TechRadar is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. Other than the durability of the device, the Nexus 4 is of generally good build quality (not great).
Unfortunately, beyond it’s looks, there were still some issues in build quality that bugged me.
The one issue that bugged me with the previous Galaxy Nexus still irks me on the Nexus 4: dat bezel.
Viewing angles fair well (top, bottom, left, right), but when viewed on from an angle, like when the corners are facing you, the entire screen turns into a bright, washed out mess.
NFC is pretty much a standard these days and worked without a hitch with Android beam and Google Wallet. Of course the biggest draw with owning a Nexus device is always having the latest version of Android at your disposal (and before anyone else).
This is another feature we’ve covered in depth in the past, and even loaded it up on a few non-Nexus devices.
While at first I was excited at the prospect of having Airplay-like wireless display, Miracast is a bit more than that.
Those with 2 generation old, single-core or Snapdragon S3 hardware (Nexus S, EVO 3D, G2X, etc).
Samsung is showing off its flexible display technology by rolling out a 5.7-inch OLED panel into a small cylinder.
If you want a top quality all-in-one way to digest your vast collection of music, videos, photos and podcasts, though, you’ll have a hard time finding anything better than Kodi. Some code found hidden inside of a new Google Photos update is showing references to an exclusive perk for Nexus device owners: unlimited original quality photo backups. The new “Display size” options in Android N are great, but did you know there was a hidden setting that can shrink things down even smaller? It’s already sold out which is good news for Google if there were a whole bunch of launch units available. It starts at $299 for the 8GB model but add an extra $50 and you can get double the capacity. It lacked an LTE antenna which was one of the key selling points that Android fans have been holding over iPhone users for the last year or so. Everyone has their own opinions, especially when it comes to Android: manufacturers that use the platform offer smartphones with seemingly infinite screen sizes and form factors.
It’s the phone that always gets the latest Android updates from Google first, and that itself makes it worth the $299 entry-level asking price (that’s unlocked and without a contract, folks).
Had it not been crippled by silly things like a paltry memory allowance and not-quite-there camera, we'd have recommended it immediately and given it a five star rating. You can unsubscribe at any time and we'll never share your details without your permission. I may have some objections to their use of chrome accents on the phone, but that’s all subjective.
This is to be expected given the device needs to keep costs low, and just like the Nexus 7, Google is focusing on delivering an optimal Android experience, without all the frills. While the IPS display looks deceptively nice in most cases thanks to rich colors (not over saturated) and deep blacks (almost blend into the bezels), it’s at specific angles, in the dark, or during screen movement that everything turns to sh*t. As soon as the sun goes down (or when viewing from the dark confines of your parent’s basement) the blacks are much more noticeable. At the time of launch, Google decided to only offer two sizes options for internal storage: 8GB and 16GB.
Well, a recent teardown revealed they’re partly there and you can enable them through software tweaks (Canada only).
Unfortunately without purchasing extra hardware, I was unable to test out the Nexus 4’s micro USB SlimPort feature. Because this is Google’s labor of love that means direct updates from Google HQ straight to your Nexus device, without the troublesome middleman (carriers).
There’s nothing groundbreaking here, just some settings that can be quickly accessed and toggled in your notification pulldown. The idea of transforming you world around you into virtual areas your friends can explore piqued my interests. I mean, why would a user swipe to the left for quick access to the camera app when you could have an unlock app icon to take you to the app? While it’s nice that Google is taking the effort to improve their virtual keyboard by introducing Swype-like functionality, it falls short of the same experience.

You can set it up in the display settings to start when the device is docked, charging, or both.
Even those with the Galaxy Nexus might be able to happily squeeze a few more months out of their device, and maybe even a year if they’re lucky.
Before anyone could even get their hands on the phone, Samsung is unveiling the phone in an official unboxing video. The newest version includes performance and UI tweaks in addition to a handful of new features.
If someone unsuccessfully tries to unlock your phone, Third Eye snaps a photo with the front-facing camera. Depending on your preference, you can even activate a tablet UI on your smartphone — no root required. But then I listened to the reasoning behind the Nexus line of products and took the price into consideration. However, there’s a significant app disparity between tablets and phones on the Google Play Store. Still, there are a few phones that remain super noteworthy, and three of them are brand new devices. It offers an absolutely stunning aluminum unibody design, a 4.7-inch 1080p screen that isn’t too big to hold, a unique 4-ultrapixel camera, a “Zoe” feature for snapping 3-second video clips that can be compiled into a highlight reel, a fast quad-core processor, 4G LTE and so much more.
The Note II, as you likely know by now, offers a massive 5.5-inch display, an S Pen, custom note-taking software, an 8-megapixel camera and a unique multiview mode that lets you run two applications side-by-side.
I was super excited (and a little intimidated) at having the opportunity to review the next iteration of the Google superphone. Like the carbon fiber Lamborghini Sesto Elemento, you’ll turn heads driving the thing but one false move and this thing is history.
Overall the use of glass, soft touch plastic, and glittery backing make the device look nothing short of an expensive, $700 smartphone.
I understand this might not bother most folks, but it also means you have to look at your phone from head on to keep the display looking its 100% best. It doesn’t help that the ever present nav bar is constantly reminding you of how bright the blacks are, or the notification bar. This was most likely another attempt by Google to keep costs of the device down (and profits up for LG), and while this might not sound like a big deal to those of you who’ve never had to deal with it, placing these memory constraints on users is a definite make-or-break for me. Similar to the Street View from Google Maps, Photo Sphere lets you take full 360 panoramas in every angle, creating a sort of snow globe of whatever you like.
Why not use your lockscreen to display widgets without having to go through the trouble of fully unlocking your device? Other than that, Google added enhanced next word prediction which is similar to SwiftKey, but once again, falls short in execution. Stock, there’s only a handful of Daydreams available that range from interactive photo galleries, to digital (or analog) clocks, Google Currents, or a nifty colorful nightlight. Concocted by the minds at the WiFi Alliance, Miracast can wirelessly mirror the display on your device, to your television. When you return to your phone and unlock it, Third Eye delivers a notification with the photo. Through the lens of a $299 phone, decisions like that and imperfections in the screen calibration are completely understandable. Tablet centric apps are making their way to the Play Store but I find it difficult to recommend if the Nexus 7 app experience is anything to go by.
Here are our top five Android smartphones on the market right now in no particular order, but with taking various sizes, prices and unique features into account. We’re continually blown away by the One and think it’s a smartphone that truly stands out as one of the best ever built.
The Galaxy Note II still turns heads on the street, even as larger devices slowly trickle out to the market, and will likely serve as Samsung’s flagship “Galaxy Note” branded phone until a refresh lands in September. The pure Android experience is worth every penny to some folks, and the Nexus 4 is your best bet to making sure you always have that. We just think this is a solid offering across various screen sizes, price ranges and feature sets. Was I worthy of even giving my opinion on a phone so elusive, only a handful of people in the world have been lucky enough to hold one in their hands?
Again, nothing major, but something that’s also absent in more plastic-ie devices like the Galaxy S3. A little help from ROMs at turning both of these transparent will help you forget about this issue, but stock — it sucks.
Whether you’re scrolling on the homescreen or in menus, everything leaves a ghosty trail behind it. I endured through a 16GB Galaxy Nexus, kept all my music in the cloud, had maybe 2 home movies, and snapped a few pics.
On average, I get about 14 hours daily but it’s on standby that the S4 Pro really shines.
I took some shots in daylight, as well as indoor low lighting and they speak for themselves. Google has yet to announce plans for a CDMA version of the Nexus on Verizon or Sprint and given that they’re passing on LTE altogether for this iteration of the Nexus, 3G speeds on those networks would only have Nexus users pulling out their hair. Also, lack of USB host functionality is a major shortcoming of the N4, something that works perfectly in devices like the GS3. These Photo Sphere’s can be shared with friends and family on Google+ or on Google Maps but there-in lies the problem. Sounds great in theory, but unless you lock your phone with a pin, pattern or password, it’s almost completely useless. Then you can have quick access to app info and camera without having to enter a password every time. The best part about Daydreams are that Android developers can take advantage of them for their own apps in the Play Store (a Twitter Daydream immediately comes to mind). The best part about Miracast is developers can take advantage of it to work with their own apps, displaying only specific information they deam fit. The bottom line is the Nexus 4 is a great device, made even sweeter by its more than reasonable price tag.

When it comes to the Nexus 4, it is still very much a phone only for the die-hard Android enthusiast crowd.
Well, in the case of the Samsung Galaxy Note 6, 6 might hate 7 because it might be completely forgotten about as Samsung potentially leaps to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 for this year’s launch.
Samsung also added unique software features, including an option that pauses the video when you look away from the screen, a preview mode that works when you hover your finger over the display and more.
No, but it will deliver the best Facebook experience on a smartphone today, which is a bonus for social networking fiends. Stay tuned for updates to this guide in the coming months; we plan to refresh the list once a quarter.
Sold only through Google directly (apart from a brief flirtation with Vodafone), it never achieved massive sales. I snickered when Apple introduced the all-glass iPhone back in the day and my criticism remains — bad move. In theory, this will make the images appear more vibrant and results in a more responsive touch screen. Kinda like when you drag your mouse pointer across your computer screen — now picture that on everything that moves on the Nexus 4. I hit my 16GB ceiling after only a few months and I can honestly say I have no idea where the memory went.
For good measure, I even placed a low light comparison shot with some other Android devices for you to stew over.
These can only be viewed on your browser, or with another Android 4.2 device (Nexus 4, 7, or 10 for now). For instance, a presentation app can only display the specific image being presented, while the user sees the full gallery. But it gave the world the true raw power of Android without the bloatware of other variants. Gone are the days of apps in the background reloading when you return to them — this is simply how Android was meant to be enjoyed. I do like to play a good game or 2 on my phone, so more than likely it was system resources sucking up all that storage. This has a lot to do with the OS itself, and a little to do with apps that just aren’t compatible (although new updates are rolling out every day).
And, just to view them from another device means downloading the picture to your own phone, then opening up the Photo Sphere’d image in your gallery. Not every widget can be displayed on these lock screens and even when they’re tiny, you can only display 1. In fact, lockscreen an opportunistic developer even introduced an app in the Play Store to completely disable this functionality altogether. This means when it comes to screen real estate, there’s a little more elbow room on the sides of the OS which results in a slightly wider Android experience.
The only downside to Miracast is you’ll need to have a compatible television, or run out and buy some extra hardware.
Some handsets we look forward to with much anticipation – only to feel deflated when we actually use them. Of course, there are many factors that affect battery life and your millage may, and most likely will, vary.
Not good, but since this is a Google phone, you can expect a speedy update to address and squash these bugs in the near future. Until Google can figure out how to get this working with the standard Street View app found on just about every Android device since Cupcake, this feature is limited in functionality (but still very fun).
I’d be willing to bet my left foot that Google will launch a 32GB version 5 months from now. 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 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. 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. 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. 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's one of those things you really have to experience to appreciate.Round the edges, you'll find the usual adornments. 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. 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 promised O2 that it can sell the Nexus 4 as an exclusive for the first month. 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.

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