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As many of you know, I purchased the Nexus 4 the moment it came back in stock
last week. The phone arrived a surprising two days later and I immediately
popped my SIM card inside and never looked back. It has been entirely too long
since I owned a Nexus smartphone, and I was more than ready to get back into the
But as I explained on Monday, the Nexus 4 isn't exactly the best smartphone I've
ever managed to get my hands on. That title easily goes to the Galaxy Note II by
Samsung for now. It's a more complete package that addresses the majority of
the issues I have with most smartphones, like battery life, storage space, etc.
Though far from perfect, the Nexus 4 is special. It's a Google device that
offers the pure Android experience, unadulterated, exactly as the Android
developers intended. It carries the promise of always being up-to-date with the
latest software from Google and being among the first to get any new features.
And it's all but guaranteed to receive an abundance of custom ROMs and other
The hardware and build quality, aside from the seemingly fragile glass back, is
fantastic, yet the specifications leave me wanting more. That has been the case
with every Nexus smartphone date. However, the Nexus 4 is the closest to
comparable with the best flagships since the Nexus One.
Clearly, one of the most important factors and selling points of the Nexus 4 is
its price point. It is the best bang for your buck as far as unlocked
smartphones go, and that doesn't come without its fair share of setbacks. Many
of those come in the form of cut corners on specifications and high quality
components. But lets assume cost and the price of the device aren't an issue. I
still would have purchased this phone for $500, so that counterargument is
So how would I change the Nexus 4 to make it the perfect device? Below I have
listed some of the most important changes I would make to Google's latest Nexus
Trade glass for Kevlar or carbon fiber
The glass back of the Nexus 4, while quite nice to look at, has received a lot
of negative feedback. Not only is it a fingerprint magnet, but it is extremely
fragile. While many initially thought it was a given that the glass back of the
Nexus 4 would be Gorilla Glass, it was discovered that the back is actually not
Gorilla Glass, and it's just as susceptible to cracking and shattering as any
other pane of glass that isn't chemically hardened.
The Internet is littered with images of Nexus 4s with cracked glass on the rear
that range from hairline cracks, deep cracks that span the entire length of the
back and even total shattering that leaves craters and glass shards to nick and
cut any unexacting fingers.
Plain and simple, the glass back may look great, but it was a terrible idea and
a terrible solution to the cries of many about the cheap, plastic battery door
on the Galaxy Nexus. If I had my choice in material for the back panel of the
Nexus 4, I would either pick the Kevlar backing found on Motorola's DROID RAZR
models or a faux carbon fiber, similar to the skin I applied to the back of
mine. The carbon fiber skin almost feels natural, as if it was meant to be on
the back of the phone. And, well, it isn't going to shatter or crack from the
tiniest of drops.
More storage, larger battery
For anyone who has read practically anything I've written in the last several
months, these changes should come as no surprise. The battery life on my Nexus 4
has been paltry, and that may simply be because I've been using a Galaxy Note II
for the last four months. Still, the Note II and DROID RAZR MAXX HD have
effectively raised the bar and, likewise, my personal standards. Any smartphone
that doesn't easily last a full day is going to be disappointing.
The 2,100mAh cell inside the Nexus 4 is just okay. Nothing more, nothing less.
Even 400mAh more, or 900mAh, would be great. And I would be more than willing to
pay for that. The same goes for storage. Shortly after launching the Nexus 7,
Google and ASUS created a 32GB model and discontinued the 8GB model. Here's to
hoping they do the same for the Nexus 4 drop the laughable 8GB model for a 32GB
model and fix the price accordingly.
Better rear speaker
For months now, I have been using phones to view more and more content,
especially video. However, on the Nexus 4, the typical hand-cup over the rear
speaker only partially works. If you turn the device over, you will notice the
rear speaker is just a tiny little slit, about a half-inch long. It's entirely
too easy to completely cover with just a finger, and it's not very loud to begin
Perforating around this speaker, rather than simply cutting out a small slit
would make it more difficult to completely cover. But this device is deserving
of a higher quality speaker, too. It's quiet and tinny.
Slightly larger display
After using the HTC DROID DNA and Galaxy Note II for a while, stepping down to
the 4.7-inch display of the Nexus 4 has been difficult, to say the least. I
explained last week that the perfect display size for me is 5-inches. The Note
II started to feel a little too big in normal use, but the DROID DNA was a
perfect balance of size and display real estate.
I still feel like the Nexus 4 is a little small for my tastes. Not to mention,
the on-screen buttons make the display feel even smaller, as they take up
With all these changes I would make, you could argue that this would hardly be
the same device. That's partially true. But there is no device out there that
has all the things I want. I still want a Nexus device, and I absolutely love
the design and feel of the Nexus 4. It's just that the low price of this device
forced LG to cut corners where it arguably shouldn't have, where people would be
willing to pay more for additional features and better specifications.
I still love my Nexus 4 and plan to continue using it. But make no mistake, it's
far from perfect.
How would you change the Nexus 4, ladies and gentlemen? More storage space? A
larger battery? Swap the glass back for something more durable? Larger display?
Or would you change the Nexus 4 in a totally different way? Sound off in the
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