Nexus 4 is the best Android phone you can buy at INR 26,000

Nexus 4 is Google Nexus 4

Why do I think that Nexus 4 is the best Android smartphone at INR 25,990 in the Indian market? Let’s find out.

It is a Nexus phone

What is the biggest advantage of buying Nexus 4? It is a Nexus device – built by LG as per guidelines from Google directly. Running a pure Android version, it is the Google’s reference device for other manufacturers.

What can be better than Google’s implementation of Android? Bloated manufacturer skins – certainly not.

In addition, Nexus devices get guaranteed Android updates, within days of Google’s announcement of a new Android version.  No more looking for custom ROMs to get latest Android version (you can alweays use them for other reasons, but you don’t need them for Android updates).

Developer/ modding friendly

It is developer friendly device and allows tinkering. Unlock the bootloader, root the phone, do whatever the hell you want to do with it and when you get bored, go to Google and download a factory image and flash it to your phone and it is as good as it was when you bought it.

Excellent value for money

Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, it is almost as powerful as the latest flagships from other smartphone makers. As it is six months old, you can’t expect it to crush the latest phones in the benchmarks, but it will give you a great real-life performance and can easily take on any task you throw at it.

With 2GB of RAM inside, you don’t need to worry about your phone being sluggish when there are lots of apps open.

The camera is decent enough and also gives you access to Photo Sphere feature to take 360 degree images.

And, don’t compare the India pricing to the US Google Play price ($349 + $50 (taxes + shipping)), we can’t expect LG India to match that, anyways, you are paying just INR 4,000 premium over the US price, which is a better deal than most countries that got the phone directly from LG.

There are obviously some issues with the phone as are with all other phones, none of the smartphones are perfect.

So, this is why we think that Nexus 4 is the best smartphone you can buy at INR 25,990, what do you guys think, do you agree with me? Or, do you find other phones to be to be better option?


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11 thoughts on “Nexus 4 is the best Android phone you can buy at INR 26,000

    Tanmoy

    (May 20, 2013 - 11:36 am)

    For all folks who are saying S3 or One X+ or even One X, please keep in mind 4 things:
    – RAM. All the above phones have 1 Gb out of which bloatware consumes 60%. N4 has 2 Gb with no bloatware.
    – Updates. HTC, LG and Samsung can never match with Google.
    – Hardware. All the above phones are using a generation old architecture.
    – Price. You do have costlier Butterfly, One, S4 or even Optimus G. But for sub 26K NO phone can match N4.

    Also guys LTE is not even a reality in India now. N4 supports upto 42Mb/s of download. If I EVER get that kind of speed before 2014 i will consider myself lucky !

    Yes there are and always will be some unique differentiators for S3 or HOX/+ or S4. I can root and/or have multiple apps doing that. E.g. Smart Stay is already available. BlinkFeed type is also available.

    Arul

    (May 17, 2013 - 11:52 pm)

    All,
    Please go to code.google.com and put code # 42255 into the search or visit following url for the problom with NEXUS 4. Lot of people like me have the problem and the defect is still open 🙂

    https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=42255

    Shahul

    (May 17, 2013 - 8:26 pm)

    The main drawback of this phone is storage which is nowadays a lot important otherwise this would be a rocking phone i prefer Samsung Galaxy S3 which has xpandable memory and has only 1gb ram which is ok or if u storage is not so important you can go for it

    SreeKanth

    (May 17, 2013 - 6:46 pm)

    think samsung galaxy s3 is a better deal at 27.5k. It has memory card support and super amoled screen is better than the ips display of nexus 4. It is also marginally lighter and slimmer than nexus 4.

    Binga

    (May 17, 2013 - 1:32 pm)

    Yeah, I agree… It’s a noheader’s choice at this price. Just go and grab it… I am looking to get it soon…

    Muralidharan

    (May 17, 2013 - 1:24 pm)

    At this price, I would go htc one x+ if u put 4k more. it’s battery life is poor when it comes to continue web browsing (lasts 4.34hrs), vidoe playback ((lasts 4.55hrs)) and endurance rate is 32hrs per GSm arena http://blog.gsmarena.com/google-nexus-4-battles-through-our-battery-test-see-if-its-better-than-the-galaxy-nexus/. Battery is important for me and this one let me charge twice or thrice in a day!

    Mohammed

    (May 17, 2013 - 12:59 pm)

    Yep dude I agree with u its perfect device, Nexus device is to good feeling in our hand, I am using Gnexus its to fast device. nice review hope in after fue months price will down.

    dalip

    (May 17, 2013 - 12:55 pm)

    this price tag one can buy htc one x 16 gb.
    and 3k more one x+ will be a good option with huge 64gb onboard storage.

    Ranjith Thiru

    (May 17, 2013 - 12:44 pm)

    It will be good if LG India provide a warranty service for the imported Nexus4 for 4k or 5k premium 🙂

    Vasu

    (May 17, 2013 - 12:37 pm)

    I am hoping they will launch 8GB version for Rs 22500, if at all they launch. For a non-gamer like me i guess 8GB is enough with cloud storage available. This phone doesn’t support LTE, and indian consumer will have service of LTE by this year end. So that is also a let down. But if you change phone after every year or a half, this is definitely best choice out here.

      poxitee

      (May 17, 2013 - 4:24 pm)

      May be 2-3 cities may get LTE, I don’y believe India will have significant LTE markets till end of 2014. And also even when they launch full LTE, I wonder what their speed/bandwidth limit will be. At the moment we have 3g, 3g plus which can support up to 21mbps(or maybe even 42, not sure here), but how much do we actually get? I barely get more than 1 mbps from airtel 3g. So on LTE we can expect a peak 20 or may be 50 mbps and average 5-6 mbps, with extremely expensive data plans. I say wait for at least 4-5 years for LTE to become current 3G and we can buy expelsive phones with LTE. Why waste money now?

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