Google Nexus 4 vs. LG Optimus L9 with problems

By Daniel Chubb - Nov 12, 2012

Today we have a visual treat that takes a closer look at the Google Nexus 4 vs. LG Optimus L9, and while we haven’t reported much about the latter handset, the LG Nexus 4 is a smartphone that Google are proud to tell the world about. The video hands-on can be seen below this article, which is an early look at the Nexus 4 running Google Android 4.2 and the reviewer compares this to the Optimus L9. Both handsets have similar screen sizes, so they’re targeting the same smartphone users in terms of device size.

Google Nexus 4 problems – the video aims to give a first impression of both devices over almost 14 minutes, although within the first minute they start to highlight problems with the Nexus 4 design. The first issue is a minor slipping problem with the external design, so feel free to see the video below to see what they mean with a visual demonstration. There’s also no slot for a micro SD card, so this means the Nexus 4 is limited to the internal storage, which is pretty much the same as all iPhones including the iPhone 5.

We also noticed a comment from the reviewer on the YouTube page, which stated the Nexus 4 has “lot’s of bugs” and that the lock screen isn’t customizable. They also mentioned a recent email message from Google, which explained the Nexus 4 would receive an update at launch that should bring better functionality. This software update could fix some of the bugs the reviewer mentioned on YouTube, so we’ll be sure to post exact information on this when it arrives.

Google Nexus 4 battery life – Towards the end of the video the reviewer also mentioned that the Nexus 4 battery had drained a lot in under 2 hours, and they claimed it wouldn’t have enough life to make it through the day if you’re using it a lot. This isn’t the first review to mention that the Nexus 4 has bad battery life, and while Android Jelly Bean has brought improvements it won’t help the Nexus 4 much.

The Google Nexus 4 is popular already before launch, but are you happy with no SD card slot and bad battery? You can also read some more insight into the Google Nexus 4, 7 and 10 here in an earlier article. We touched on some Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and S3 battery extenders a few hours ago from Mugen, although the S3 had been the only device that really benefited from a major improvement in juice, so with this in-mind it will be interesting to see if they launch a version for the Nexus 4 and how much better the battery life could become.

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  • gogoboy

    battery juice is most important for newer smartphone, especially when the phone with battery built in can’t swap with spare backupone, I trouble ahead.

  • sdfs

    Other reviews I’ve read said the battery was fantastic, much better than galaxy nexus, so i’d take the battery complaint with a grain of salt. As for the no microSD I own a nexus s and was horrified that google didn’t add a microSD card… until I realised that I only use about 4gig of my 16gig space, if you NEED more than 16 then yes nexus 4 is not for you, otherwise i’m sure you can put the music you listen to daily and not your entire itunes collection and will be ok.

  • Manoj S

    I think the phone specs are excellent (even the customer friendly prices) and we should wait until the device is actually released for the review instead causing pre-release panic (compared pre-release of iphone 5 where everyone was excited).

  • Geth

    Really, so if I put something, like a Nexus 4 on to a shiny box that isn’t level it might slide off? Wow, thanks for reminding us of gravity.

  • Mark

    Battery isn’t removable anyway?!?

  • Every

    This video review is so bad. When you compare it to the one from the Verge it is so low i would kill myself if I was the reviewer.
    Every Android user with on screen buttons uses LMT. Where does this guy come from ??

  • serious?

    The phone is 359 outright in canada for the 16 gb. People are complaining about lte and the lack of expandable storage. Find another phone that costs that much unlocked. If you want more, spend the 500 plus bucks and get another device. geesh

  • Really informative — thank you.

  • Gmai

    Obviously don’t know anything about this phone. Get a 3rd party battery!! I you can’t it does not have a swappable battery. Oh and neither does the iphone before you start to criticize it for this two.

  • Ricky

    How would everyone here feel if they purchased a Nexus 4 and it had BAD BATTERY life? Would the support still be there, fair enough about the other issues but if it really has bad battery then you’ll be moaning then.

    • arklington

      How would you feel if you read a review where the journalist advised prospective Nexus 4 buyers to consider shopping around for a third party battery – for a phone which has a locked-in battery! This poorly researched piece of lazy “journalism” isn’t providing any reliable comment on the product at all.

  • dan

    I cant believe the amount of negative articles picking at 2 problems 4g & no memory card slot if i was that bovered i wouldnt be reading this article

  • When is a review not a review

    thought it was going to be a review comparing 2 phones.

  • pekpekslider

    Misleading title. How in the world do you publish about a product that hadn’t even been released yet.

  • Jalz

    Is this a review or trolling exercise? Didn’t iPhone 5 have issues? Didn’t Cook apologize and sack a few people

  • peacekeeper05

    lockscreen is not customizable? that only means that he software on the phone is an early software build. A beta. People should stop reviewing things that is ot officially released yet.

  • jk

    First of all… It does have customisable lock screen so this must have been a very early pre release unit. Early benchmarks see the nexus 4 some way behind optimus g and heating issues due to throttling. Recent benchmarks have improved a great deal and no heating issues reported so looks like that was closer to the unit to be released.

  • Frustrated santaschesthairs

    My god, I can’t believe this, EVERY Nexus 4 review was done on prerelease software, with specific features not working, eg Custom Lock screens.
    4G isn’t that big of a deal for most people.