During the review period, our Nexus 4 received the Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS update, which brings a range of useful new features. We won't plough through all of them here, but here's a brief rundown of our favourites.
First up has to be the quick settings addition to the pull-down notifications panel, accessed via a new icon in the top-right corner. The ability to add widgets to the lock screen is also handy, although there are only four stock ones available at the moment — Calendar, Digital clock, Gmail and Messaging (the camera interface is also present by default on the right-hand lock screen).
On-screen typing gets a boost with the introduction of the Swype-like Gesture Typing which, with a little practice, works very well on the Nexus 4's relatively small keyboard. Google Now, introduced with Android 4.1 and tweaked in version 4.2, looks as though it could become a useful 'personal assistant', but frankly we haven't had enough time for it to embed itself into our lifestyle to deliver a firm judgement. The Voice Search component works well though.
If you are visually impaired, the new Accessibility features will be very welcome: triple-tapping the screen zooms in (to whatever magnification you last used), whereupon you can use the standard pinch gesture to adjust the zoom; you scroll around by dragging with two or more fingers, and can temporarily zoom by triple-tapping and holding. You can also pinch to zoom within Gmail messages — once you've turned on 'Auto-fit messages' in Gmail's 'General settings' dialog.
The most eye-catching new feature is called Photo Sphere, which takes the idea of a panoramic image to the limit by guiding you through the creation of a complete view of your surroundings. After rendering, the image appears as a 2D projection in the camera's filmstrip or grid views; clicking the Photo Sphere icon launches a 3D viewer for exploring the image. Photo Spheres can also be uploaded to, and 3D-browsed in, Google Maps and Google+.
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||68.7x9.1x13.39 mm|
|OS & software|
|Software included||Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)|
|Processor & memory|
|Clock speed||1.5 GHz|
|Processor model||Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro|
|Display technology||TFT touch-screen (active matrix)|
|Display size||4.7 in|
|Native resolution||1280x768 pixels|
|Ports||Micro-USB 2.0 (SlimPort-compatible), audio-out|
|2G||GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900|
|Wi-Fi||802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n|
|Short range||Bluetooth 3.0+HS|
|GPS receiver||GPS + GLONASS|
|2nd camera resolution||1.3 megapixels|
|Main camera resolution||8 megapixels|
|Battery capacity||2100 mAh|
|Number of batteries||1|