Your Guide to Buying a Google Nexus 4

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Your Guide to Buying a Google Nexus 4

The Google Nexus 4 is the fourth in the Nexus series of smartphones and was released in November 2012. The smartphone, which uses the Google owned Android operating system, was designed in conjunction with another phone designer and manufacturer, LG Electronics.

With so much choice in the smartphone market, this guide is written with the intention of detailing the Google Nexus 4 and the best ways to purchase one.

Google Nexus 4 Features

The Nexus 4 has a number of specially designed features that turns it from an ordinary smartphone, into a device that can be used socially, recreationally, creatively, and professionally.

These features include:

- Google Now: Google Now is the Nexus 4's integrated intelligent personal assistant. Much like other smartphones of the same kind, Google Now responds to voice commands and is able to perform a number of functions based on these commands. However, what separates Google Now from other intelligent personal assistants is the fact that the software can predict basic needs based on the device users Google search habits.

- Android Beam: Android Beam is a sharing software that allows Android users to share media between phones. Videos, contacts, images, and even apps can be transferred between Android devices. The simplicity of Android Beam is one its advantages. All it takes to share between devices is a tap on the screen and the placing of the two Android Beam-enabled devices back to back.

- Gesture Typing: Gesture Typing is a Google-designed way of typing text into the device. Whether its for emails or text messaging, Gesture Typing allows users to glide their finger over the letters on the QWERTY keyboard, as opposed to type each letter individually. This allows for one hand typing, and Gesture Typing can even predict the next word based on previous messaging habits.

Google Nexus 4 Specifications

Every smartphone has different specifications. One of the best ways to tell if a smartphone is suited to personal requirements is by taking in its specifications to work out whether it has enough memory as necessary, or how well the camera performs.

This table explains the various specifications necessary for an understanding of how the Google Nexus 4 works:


Google Nexus 4


The Google Nexus 4 has a height of 133.9 millimetres, is 68.7mm wide and 9.1mm in depth.

The phone weighs 139 grams.

Operating System

Like all Google phones, the Nexus 4 uses Android as its operating system. The device use Android version 4.3, which is also known as the ‘Jelly Bean' version of the system.

The device is also designed to be able to download the latest Android updates in order to keep up with the latest features available on newer systems.


The Nexus 4 has a battery life of 15 hours in terms of talk time. On standby time the device can last for up to 390 hours.

The battery in the Nexus 4 cannot be removed.


The phone comes in two storage standards. The first is8GB and the second is 16GB.

Unlike some other smartphones, the memory cannot be expanded, as there is no slot for a microSD card.


The Google Nexus 4 is fully facilitated for Wi-Fi. The device is also Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS enabled. Furthermore, there is a micro USB drive on the side of the phone to allow for additional connectivity.


The Nexus 4 has two cameras. There is a front facing camera on the user interface that is 1.3 Megapixels and is able to record video in 720p HD.

There is also a main camera on the back of the phone. This camera is 8 Megapixels and is able to record in full 1080p HD.


The interface of the phone is a 4.7 inch (diagonal) screen that is 1280 x 768 pixels.

It uses Corning Gorilla Glass to enhance the touch screen experience.

How to Buy a Google Nexus 4 on eBay

There are a large number of Google Nexus 4 handsets being sold both as new and used on eBay. Here are a few steps to help find these listings and to make the search as specific to ones' needs as possible:

- Hover the cursor over the Electronics category (it is also worthwhile browsing the Deals section of eBay).

- Select the Mobile Phones and Accessories link.

- Type ‘Google Nexus 4' into the keyword search bar

- Use the refinement tabs on the left hand side of the page to personalise the search

Once a suitable Nexus 4 handset has been found, make sure to do the following to ensure a secure transaction takes place:

- Meticulously go through the product description and images provided by the seller to make sure that the handset is in as good a condition as possible (this is especially true when buying a used handset).

- Browse the seller's previous transaction history to ensure that they have positive feedback and comments. Previous sales of similar products are a bonus, too.

- Ask the seller questions.

- Be wary of how to use the Buy It Now,Bidding, and Best Offer buying options.


One of the many advantages of owning a Google phone is that it becomes a part of everyday Internet life as the transition between using Google applications online and on a mobile device, such as Gmail and YouTube is seamless.

The Nexus 4 allows users the chance to enjoy a smartphone that is both technologically advanced yet simple, and when purchased on eBay, the purchase is sensible and secure.

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