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Android at its best
24 September, 2013
The Google Nexus 4 is an amazing product. I thought that my love affair with Android phones had ended with my previous phone, the Sony Xperia U, but the Nexus made sure that I redesign my line of thought. I want to tell the customers upfront that I do not own the phone, but have used it for a considerable amount of time (read >1 week), which makes me qualified at some level to review it.
Android is beautiful, crisp, clean and efficient. There was no denying that. Being an Apple fan boy for as long as I remember, it was hard for me to see Google make huge strides in mobile software, while Apple continued to stroll at it’s own leisurely pace. As much as I hated Android overtaking iOS, I couldn’t deny that it was a well-deserved victory. Android is surely the best mobile OS in the market. At least for now. But hey, I was supposed to be reviewing the Nexus. Why I am talking about Android then.
The answer is because, for a smartphone to be genuinely efficient and powerful on all fronts, its hardware needs to be perfectly aligned with its software. That is why Apple dominated the market for so many years. By designing their own hardware and software, Apple made sure they knew the nitty-gritties of their products and were therefore successful in optimizing product performance. Their product specs might be on the lower side, but performance wise they are amazing. Now while building the Nexus, Google had a larger say in the hardware department. Not that they built it themselves, but it was more custom tuned to utilize Android’s maximum potential. And the results were truly outstanding.
The Nexus is a true beast when it comes to performance. The technical specifications read something like this- a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, which clocks in at 1.5 GHz, a huge 2 Gigs of RAM, aided by Google’s Jelly Bean operating system with Project Butter incorporated. Now if that isn’t amazingly impressive, I don’t know what is. All these features ensure the pone doesn’t lag. Ever. At least in my experience. I tried to “torture” the software by making it multi-task, use graphic and memory intensive Apps/Games. The result was the same, all the time. I was disappointed that I couldn’t overpower the mighty phone, but I was just awe-struck at its jaw dropping performance.
I knew then, that here was a true iPhone killer. Not those lame ad-centric S3s and Notes from Samsung, which are loaded purely on size, gimmicky features with no element of class whatsoever in them. My major complaint about those phones is just how weird and lame they look. Keep in mind; I am an Apple fan boy. Design and aesthetics mean a lot to me. The thing that I loved the most about the Nexus was how classy it looked without compromising on performance.
Lets talk about a few more things then. The phone has a pixel density of 318ppi. That’s close to Apple’s Retina Display, and frankly there is no noticeable difference between the two. It’s a gorgeously beautiful display and I had no qualms with its screen quality. Also its Gorilla glass as expected, so worries about the screen toughness. Battery was splendid too and I could easily go through an entire day without having to charge it. That certainly was a relief for me, as my previous phone required me to charge it 2 times on an average, and sometimes even 3 times in a day. Luckily the Nexus was a power behemoth of sorts. Data connectivity was superb too. Web pages opened up quickly and everything about it felt so fast and fluid, that for a while I forgot I was accessing the Internet on a smartphone.
Coming to the camera aspect, it was a pleasant surprise. The phone’s 8MP camera takes amazing shots, with amazing clarity and even video recording is a delight. Won’t talk more about this, since I am not really into photography. All I will say is that the Nexus didn’t disappoint me even one bit.
The phone has some gimmicky features as well. For instance, the Google Now is one such feature, along with the Android Beam. Quite frankly, I don’t judge a phone based on such ooh-aahs, but they do add a X-factor to the phone. They were impressive for sure, but I just didn’t care. I like to use my phone the normal way and these features were certainly not meant for me. They were just a fancy.
So my final words on this phone. If you are planning to get an Android smartphone, you should definitely go for this. I will certainly recommend it to everybody. If you don’t want Android, buy this anyway, because this phone will seriously change your Android experience. It challenges the way we look and use phones with the most power efficient OS laced with a graphic UI. That is something definitely worth shelling out some money for.
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