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LG Nexus 4 is a powerful smartphone for those who want premium quality under Rs 30,000

Six months after its launch in the US, LG Nexus 4 arrived in India without much fanfare recently. A press release in the inbox signalled its arrival instead of the usual launch event. At a time when aggressive marketing follows the launch of every smartphone, this is unusual, considering that this is a very popular phone in the US. Till now, Samsung was the only manufacturer making phones under Google's Nexus brand name. LG has now joined the list. The advantage with Nexus phones is quick updates, the lack of useless pre-loaded apps that can't be removed, and the so-called "pure Android" experience, which means no themes installed by manufacturers.

BUILD & DESIGN

Nexus 4 comes in black and white. Its screen size is 4.7 inches and is comfortable to hold. Its front panel is black and devoid of the manufacturer's insignia. The back panel is made of glass, with an attractive dotted glitter pattern. Underneath the non-removable back panel is a 2,100 mAh battery. The glass back panel is known to break when the phone is dropped, so get a good case for the phone to protect it.

POWER

Nexus 4 runs Android Jelly Bean (4.2.2) right out of the box. One of the perks of owning a Nexus device is you get OS updates as soon as they are released.

Widgets on the lock screen is one of the first features you'll notice while using the device. You can swipe left to turn the camera on and swipe right to add widgets. Up to four widgets can be added on the locked screen. There are three virtual buttons at the bottom of the screen back, home and switch between apps. These buttons take up precious screen space.

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