Google has launched the new Nexus 4 smartphone with two other devices the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. The Nexus 4 will be available in India by the end of this month.
The device is now available in India - the 8GB variant of the Nexus 4 is priced at Rs. 23,490 where as the 16GB variant is priced at Rs. 27,490. For those who have included this device in their wish-list, we bring you what the leading tech news are saying about this new device.
Cnet: “Google has completely re-written the rules on what to expect from an Android phone. The Nexus 4 offers not only astonishing power from its quad-core chip, but an excellent screen and exciting updates to the Android operating system. Most importantly, it comes with a price tag at least half that of its technical rivals.”
Engadget: “The idea that a Nexus quad-core smartphone is hitting the market with a starting price one dollar shy of $300 is simply stunning. Even more so is that it's available without any contract or carrier locks, which means you can use it virtually anywhere in the world… Sure, the Nexus 4 is not without its hiccups, but none of its predecessors have been perfect, either. And given the boost in real-world performance, the better camera and various other new features, it's even more tempting than all those previous devices whose shoes it's trying to fill. In a case like this... you have our permission not to resist.”
Techradar: 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.
Business Insider: “Everyone else will have to consider the unlocked version, which will only run on GSM networks like AT&T. But the lack of LTE support really puts a damper on an otherwise incredible device. If you think you can live without the fastest possible data speeds, then the Nexus 4 is a great deal at $299. Otherwise, you're going to be really annoyed paying for a phone that can't keep up with the competition.”
We believe, in India where 4G is limited to 4 cities only and is accompanied with huge costs, this device will be a good option.
The Verge: “The Nexus 4 is absolutely wonderful, but it's also vexing. Frustrating. Annoying. It's easily the best Android phone on the market right now, and has some of the most powerful software that's ever been put on a mobile phone. It's an upgrade from last year's Galaxy Nexus in every way. It's terrific — save for one small thing.” – No 4G LTE support
Think Digit: “The other disadvantage is that it comes with wither 8GB or 16GB internal storage with no expansion options. The competition offers up to 64GB, so storage may just become a bit of an issue. Google Drive cloud storage should help to some extent though.”
The Borneo Post: “The fact that they’ve then given you a smartphone which has a specs sheet to rival the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 for under £300 should only reinforce the fact that this is Google at its best, taking the best hardware and then offering it at a price that will have you head-scratching for days.”
BGR: “Google’s best phone ever - in fact, the best Android phone ever created - can be bought for only $299 with no two-year agreement. It’s just insane. It’s said that Google is subsidizing the cost of each handset sold by up to $350 each, but that’s not your problem, now is it? Aside from some very irritating shortcomings, the Nexus 4 is my favorite Android device in the world. It’s a great reference device to show other manufacturers how it’s done, and LG has done a beautiful job.” Says Jonathan S. Geller
Pocket-lint: “There is a lot to be excited about the Nexus 4. It's equipped like a flagship Android handset, but priced like a mid-range phone. This is a huge point for anyone who wants to buy this smartphone outright, rather than taking a contract from someone like…” “The weakness for us comes in with the camera. It's just not as much fun to use and feels slow compared to the best out there: we just want it to perform better.”
Trusted Reviews: “… the Google Nexus 4 screen is a reassurance to more clumsy users with the Corning Gorilla Glass 2 coating ensuring that the device is protected against the unavoidable collection of knocks, drops and bumps that accompany any handset’s lifespan. …. featuring a screen that is nothing short of stunning, a processor that will keep things running along quickly and smoothly, and an operating system that is a simplistic joy to use, the Google Nexus 4 is a highly recommended handset for those wanting to join the high-end handset revolution..”
Android Police: “The most premium-feeling Android phone in existence. It's so rigid that it feels like one solid block of glass. It's not slippery, either; the rubbery sides give a great grip. Other phones feel like Happy Meal toys in comparison.
The design is stunning. The front keeps the Galaxy Nexus' pure-black good looks, without a single logo to screw up the minimal design. The back occasionally flashes an attractive, subtle hologram design when the light hits it just right, and everything has been rounded to nicely fit into your hand. Again, it completely outclasses other Android phones.”