Forgive me for the provocative title, but I was doing some spring cleaning the other day when I stumbled across my old LG Nexus 4. Released in late 2012, it’s now a little over 3 years old and no longer gets the latest version of Android from Google.
I turned it on and it still works just fine. It got me thinking; just how fast is it compared to something more contemporary? And since when is something barely 3 years old not contemporary?
Since the Nexus 4 came out, it’s seen 3 generations of successors. After the 4 came the LG Nexus 5 in 2013. 2014 saw the Motorola Nexus 6 while 2015 saw a pair of Nexus (Nexi?); the Huawei Nexus 6P and LG Nexus 5x.
If I may jog your memory, the Nexus 4 came:
- quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon Pro 1.5Ghz SoC
- 2GB RAM
- 8GB or 16GB storage
- 4.7” 1280x768 LCD
- 8MP rear camera
- 1.3MP front camera
- 2100mAh battery
- Android 4.2 at release now at 5.1.1
Aside from lacking official LTE support and the slightly lower resolution display, the 4 doesn’t seem very far off from the latest Nexus devices. So, what kind of jumps in performance do we see from one generation to the next?