Over the past year, the Google Nexus 4 has received a lot of attention – and with an overall score of over 9/10, it’s for good reason.

This is absolutely a phone that deserves to be in the hall of fame for the smartphone industry. The Nexus line of smartphones from Google (and LG) emerged in 2010 for the Android industry. The Nexus 4 has been the showcase phone for Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a brilliant mobile operating system from Google that is used in almost every Android device. With a 95% satisfaction rate and such a wide audience, the Nexus 4 hasn’t even neared showing its age yet.

At first glance, you will see just how beautiful this device actually is, but what actually separates it from all the other smartphones out there with its glass and plastic? The screen is quite large at 4.7in (0.7in larger than the iPhone 5). Turn the phone over and you are gazing at a beautiful eye-catching pattern that looks almost 3D when you let light glaze over it. The backing of this phone is actually Corning Gorilla Glass 2, a high-quality glass that looks and feels great. The phone is a bit heavier than others at 139g (compared to iPhone 5’s 12g) but it feels natural when held in the hand. The only downfall to its full glass body is the fact that if it drops, it can break in a lot more place than just the front, but it’s definitely not a deal breaker for such a great phone.

The Nexus 4 has a 4.7in display with a 768 x 1280 resolution, 318ppi, and IPS LCD. This display already beats the Galaxy S III with its 4.8in screen and 308ppi, the iPhone 5’s 4in screen with 326ppi, and is sold at half the price than those two phones. The display, much like most other phones on the market now, features a multi-touch touchscreen, light sensor, proximity sensor, and scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 2.

This phone is smooth sailing and blazing fast, powered by a Quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor clocked in at a whopping 1.5GHz, as well as an Adreno 320 graphics processor to deliver its outstanding performance. The Nexus 4 also has 2GB of RAM for all your multi-tasking needs. Throw in some high-performance 3D gaming, HD video playback, and multi-tasking the phone still won’t budge. It’s built for speed and beautiful performance. The Nexus 4 also has a built-in storage of either 8GB or 16GB. One small setback for this grand phone is the inability to insert any type of MicroSD Card for storage expansion, but that seems to be the phone’s only real con.

The battery is about the same as every other smartphone out there – one day of good usage. Batteries have been one major issue for all devices nowadays, for this phone, the battery is not horrible but it’s not great either, giving about 15 hours of Talk time and only 16.2 days of standby time with a capacity of 2100mAh.

The camera on the Nexus 4, considering its price, is not bad at all. It could be better and may not be better than its competitors, but at its price it is not shabby at all. The camera on the back is an 8-megapixel camera with 1920×1080 (1080p HD) output, but the phone also offers a 1.3 megapixel camera on the front for video chatting. The Google Nexus 4 is a stunning phone. The solid build quality, beautiful screen, and amazing hardware on this phone makes it so hard to beat as well as the price ($240 sim-free).

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