What do people look for in a smartphone? Of course, some of the first things they consider are: am I able to use it without much difficulty? Does it have good features? Will it be able to accommodate my needs? There really isn’t a “perfect” smartphone out there, of course. To this day, smartphones are constantly changing and adapting. That’s why most consumers try to look for the phone with the most bang for their buck. Apparently, the Nokia Lumia 4 could very well be the phone of choice this season not only for casual users, but also for people who intend to use it as a business phone.
- The screen: 4.7-inch IPS Plus LCD. Resolution is at a satisfying 1280x768p, which is clear, vibrant, and comfortable.
- Processor: runs on a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro, which ensures swift response time for users.
- Speed: 2GB of RAM (which is the same amount you get on some laptops; pretty impressive for a little smartphone).
- Graphics: Adreno 320 GPU
- Data sizes: The Lumia comes in two data sizes—the 299USD 8GB and the 349USD 16GB. Not quite as large as the iPhone’s. (Major disappointment: There is no MicroSD slot. Many considered this a letdown, especially since the company didn’t give a good enough reason to not have one.)
- Battery power: 2,100 mAh battery, which lasts a relatively long time. (It’s no Motorola Razr for sure, but it should be enough.)
The Phone itself
It’s definitely not shabby. Although LG isn’t exactly regarded as a provider of “top of the line” devices, the Nexus 4 proves to be a hardy piece of electronics that isn’t too cumbersome to carry around. It bears the sturdy gorilla glass that we’ve all become accustomed to in a smartphone, so it’s durable to impact—though it’s still not expected to survive that high of a drop.
What makes the phone excellent, though, is its OS. Yes, we already know that it runs the best Android OS out there right now. But the nifty improvements Google has added in make it worth the buy.
Google Voice search, for instance, has markedly improved. It’s been developed to the point giving you the ability to launch apps through it. Just go on to Voice Search, tap the red button, and command it to launch a specific app. It doesn’t work 100% of the time, but it works reliably enough.
There’s a Quick Settings Panel now. Instead of having to go all the way into Settings to fiddle with one change or another, you can now just pull down the notifications pane and find some commonly-used settings tweaks there, saving you time and energy.
The phone also comes equipped with a Gesture Keyboard. It may look like a Swype keyboard, and the concept is similar enough; but it’s quite fast, efficient, and more accurate (according to users) than the former had been.
There are even more laudable features in the Nexus, but these in themselves prove the phone is worth it.