Even if it was released two years ago, the Nexus 4 continues to be one of the most smartphones thanks to its great specs and features. We’ll compare it with two other nice smartphones, the Blackberry Z3 and Asus’ big boy Zenfone 6.
The Blackberry Z3 has a rectangular body with sharp corners and a textured rear panel. The display is 5inches with a resolution of 540x960pixels and 220ppi, which isn’t bad, but it’s not great either. The phone is solid, weighting 164grams, its dimensions are 140×72.8×9.3mm and under the hood you’ll have a dual core 1.2GHz Krait 200 processor integrated on a Qualcomm MSM8230 Snapdragon 400 chipset along with an Adreno 305 GPU and 1.5GB of RAM. There’s an internal memory of 8GB which supports expansion up to 32GB with a microSD card. The phone operates on the company’s own OS, BlackBerry 10.2.1, which is unique and captivating. The back camera is, unfortunately, weaker than we expected, with a resolution of 5MP and features such as autofocus, LED flash and geo tagging. The other camera is 1.1MP and it records at 720p. The on-removable Li-Ion 2500mAh battery will keep you occupied for 15 hours and a half talking on 3G. The price of this phone is 260 dollars.
Google Nexus 4
The Nexus 4 was created by LG in collaboration with Google and it came in November 2012 with a 4.7inches True HD IPS Plus display whose resolution was set to 768x1280pixels, with an incredible pixel density of 318ppi. The screen is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 and the back panel is made of glass, which gives it a premium look. The phone weights 139grams and the dimensions are 133.9×68.7×9.1mm. The Nexus 4 has integrated a quad core 1.5GHz Krait processor on a Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon chipset and teamed it up with an Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM, but the internal storage coming in two variants of 8 and 16GB respectively, can’t be expanded. The phone comes with Android v4.2 (Jelly Bean), and it can be upgraded to v4.4.2 (KitKat). The back camera is very good at 8MP, including features such as LED flash, autofocus, photo sphere etc. and the front camera is 1.3MP. The battery is also non-removable, with a capacity of 2100 mAh which should keep the phone running for 15 hours when talking on 3G. The 8GB variant costs 200 dollars and the 16GB variant is 50 dollars more expensive.
Asus Zenfone 6
This phablet was released in the same period of time as the Blackberry model, coming with a massive display of 6inches (IPS) whose resolution is no higher than 720x1280pixels with 245ppi. The phone has a non-removable plastic panel and a metallic stripe below the display, which also benefits from Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The body dimensions of the Zenfone 6 are 166.9×84.3×9.9mm and its weight is 196grams. The phone operated initially on Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean), and now it allows you to upgrade it to v4.4.2 (KitKat). It has an Intel Atom Z2580 chipset which hosts a dual core 2GHz processor, coupled with a PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The internal memories are 8, 16 and 32GB and they can be expanded up to 64GB. There’s an advanced 13MP camera on the back with LED flash, autofocus, panorama, geo tagging, touch focus and face detection and the other camera is 2MP. The non-removable Li-Po 3300mAh battery lasts 28 hours when talking on 3G. The 16GB variant costs 288 dollars and the 32GB variant is priced at 320 dollars.