Gaming On The LG Nexus 4
Just in case you haven’t heard already, the LG Nexus 4 is packing some serious power under the hood. What kind of power, you ask? A quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro clocked at 1.5 GHz. And the Adreno 320 GPU. In other words, this thing is a beast. Just check out some of the benchmarks we did on it recently.
But specs are specs and benchmarks don’t always translate into real world performance, so we wanted to see how the Nexus 4 performed when running some of the most graphically intensive games available on Android. We tested Modern Warfare 3, Dead Trigger, and GTA 3 in the video below so you could see how it performed for yourself:
As you could see, Google’s latest flagship smartphone was able to handle just about anything we threw at it. It didn’t drop in frame rate in any of the games we played, which is quite a feat. In the video, we wanted to test Asphalt 7 but at the time the game didn’t support the Nexus 4. However we are able to confirm that with the latest update Asphalt 7 runs buttery smooth just like the others.
Being able to handle the graphics of a game with powerful hardware is only one part (albeit most important) of the mobile gaming experience. Thankfully, the Nexus 4 does a great job in the other areas as well, with a beautiful HD IPS display. And more so than any other smartphone we’ve tested in the past, the Nexus 4′s screen is “slippery” making it easier for your thumbs to glide across the screen.
It’s not “perfect” gaming phone however. Some of the potential problems a gamer may have with the Nexus 4 are its less than stellar battery life (which drains even faster when gaming) and the presence of Android’s virtual buttons (due to the button-less design of the phone) on some games which can be accidentally pressed when gaming.
Overall though, if you’re looking for a gaming phone, the Nexus 4 is definitely a smartphone to consider. Its slippery high resolution IPS display with its more than capable hardware go hand in hand to make a great gaming experience. And the $350 price tag (without contract) will leave you with some money left over to actually buy games on it compared to other devices of similar stature.