Google Nexus 4 Review - Google's new Flagshipby Brian Klug on November 13, 2012 8:45 AM EST
The display on the Nexus 4 is another shared component between the Optimus G, and is a 4.7-inch IPS WXGA (1280x768) LCD, which is of course home to an RGB stripe and in-cell touch, or as LG calls it, "zerogap" touch. LG Display unsurprisingly knows how to make LCD displays, and the Nexus 4 display looks subjectively very good. At 320 PPI I can’t see any pixels, and don’t think we need to get into the whole visual acuity discussion again, it’s very good on the Nexus 4. The added width over straight 720p is something I noted was actually very refreshing on the Optimus G when playing with that device in Korea. Most apps scale appropriately and take advantage of it without any issue, and the extra width definitely is noticeable in Chrome, Plume, and all my daily drivers.
The Nexus 4 display goes very bright, at 466 nits, and achieves a contrast ratio of 1352:1 at that maximum brightness setting. This is a huge step over the barely 200 nits that the Galaxy Nexus could eek out.
|CalMAN Display Comparison|
|Metric||iPhone 5||iPhone 4S||HTC One X||Samsung Galaxy S 3||Samsung Galaxy Note 2||Google Nexus 4|
|Grayscale 200nits Avg dE2000||3.564||6.162||6.609||4.578||5.867||7.686|
|CCT Avg (K)||6925||7171||5944||6809||7109||8506|
|Saturation Sweep Avg dE2000||3.591||8.787||5.066||5.460||7.986||8.517|
|GMB ColorChecker Avg dE2000||4.747||6.328||6.963||7.322||8.185||7.531|
I’ve mentioned that Google continues to struggle at calibrating their displays. The truth is that everyone except for Apple, HTC, and occasionally Samsung, struggle at calibrating mobile displays. This continues to be the case with the Nexus 4, and the result is that accuracy could be better. I’m convinced the results that we’re getting out of the Nexus 4 basically represent no attempt at calibrating the display, and as a result the numbers suffer.