So the Nexus 4 gets announced, and one of the most talked about features is the one that isn’t there, LTE support. There has been a lot of discussion about this, and Google mentioned the main reason of why this is the case. Having both LTE and HSPA+ support means two radios on the device and having spotty LTE coverage is means for bad battery life. So why not just make a phone that can work with all carriers with decent speeds, and we won’t run into that pesky battery issue? Sounds fine and dandy…until today.
AnandTech are known for their in-depth hardware tests for devices, and they ran some battery life tests on the Nexus 4. It came out with pretty disappointing results. I am guessing you have already looked at the picture above showing the Nexus 4 coming in dead last when it came to WiFi web browsing tests. It did a little bit better when they tested the web browsing on 3G/HSPA+, and did not come in dead last. It beat the iPhone 4 and the GNex! WooHoo! Yeah I know. What is the deal? Should they ask Apple how they do it? Yeah it stings a little bit that the iPhone 5 wins first on both tests.
When it comes down to it, the Nexus 4’s battery life is not all that bad. It is still pretty decent from recent devices, but this might be a deal breaker for users out there that wanted to get the next flagship phone. So I ask, does this sway you into not purchasing the Nexus 4? Or does this not change your mind one bit? Let us know what you think.