LG/Google Nexus 4 review roundup: Amazing, but no 4G LTE, Verizon, or Sprint

The first Google Nexus 4 reviews are in, and they're mostly positive, saying the phone is gorgeous, feature-packed, and quick as a very quick thing. Just a couple of wrinkles spoil the show, though. Time for another one of Richi's roundups.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wonder why there's no 4G LTE, nor support for Verizon/Sprint CDMA.

Nexus 4

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

Matt Hamblen ain't ramblen':

[It] trio will run Android 4.2...which supports a Gesture Typing keyboard. ... [It] will be available Nov. 13. ... [It] will start at $299...$349 for a 16GB version...unlocked without a contract.

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The Nexus 4 features wireless charging and Photo Sphere, which lets a user snap photos up, down and left and right to create 360-degree images. ... [It] has a Qualcomm Snapdragon s4 Pro processor...8-megapixel rear [and] 1.3-megapixel front camera[s]. ...the battery is rated at 2,100 mAh [and has] NFC with support for Android Beam contact-less sharing.  MORE

Armando Rodriguez is impressed, but notes one oint in the flyment:

The LG-built Nexus 4 is an improvement over last year's Galaxy Nexus, [I'm] impressed with the phone's performance and slew of interesting features. ... I was initially worried that the...large 4.7-inch display would make the phone difficult to use one-handed, but those fears were put to rest.

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[But it] does not have a user-replaceable battery. ... [The] quad-core Qualcomm S4 Pro processor [does] a good job at keeping it running smoothly. Menus flew beneath my fingertips, and I noticed no lag. ... Photo Sphere...works really well. ... Nexus 4 looks to be a quality smartphone.  MORE

And JR Raphael waxes lyrical, natch:

...this is one very nice device. ... Google has clearly taken the best parts of LG's Optimus G...and polished them to near-perfection. ... [It] looks and feels the way a high-end smartphone should. It's sleek, solid, and not at all flimsy.

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the glass curves along the edges of the phone...in order to match the way you hold and interact with the device. ... Speaking of the screen, boy, is it a beaut. ... True HD IPS...1280 x 768, with 320ppi. It looks fantastic -- crisp, clear, and bright. ... This is hands-down one of the best screens I've seen on an Android phone.  MORE

But Josh Ong thinks the lack of 4G is curious:

Last year’s Galaxy Nexus had an LTE variant, so the 3G-only Nexus 4 seems like a step backward. ...the more I look at [it] the more it appears to be perfectly suited for the Chinese market...[but] I’ve been unable to confirm whether China is one of the upcoming countries.

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The most impressive quality about the Nexus 4 is its aggressive price. ...there’s plenty of room in the medium-priced Chinese smartphone market for several Android vendors...but Google’s in a tight spot. ...it has to walk delicately to avoid stepping on its hardware partner’s toes.  MORE

Meanwhile, Chris Burns is on fire: [You're fired -Ed.]

The massive processor and the operating system on this device are the real heroes. ... [It uses] non-PenTile IPS LCD technology. ... [It's] just 131g (0.31 pounds) light [and] 9.1mm (0.36 inches) thin.

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[It has a] pentaband DC-HSPA+ (42Mbps) radio for connectivity with AT&T and T-Mobile [but] no microSD card slot, so make sure you get the internal storage size you want.  MORE
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