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Quick Look: White Nexus 4 vs. Black Nexus 4

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Hey look, the white Nexus 4 for the 50th time! Yeah, we know, you have seen it more times than you probably cared to at this point, especially now that it can be purchased from Google Play, but what’s one more? Ours arrived this afternoon, so we thought we would take it for a spin, compare it to the black version, share some thoughts on swapping out black backs for white backs, and give you a pretty view of that beautiful Crystal Reflection backside. 

Again, the white version of the current Nexus phone is available from Google Play with both 8GB and 16GB storage limits, though the 16GB version is sold out at the moment.

There is nothing different from the black version to this new white variant other than the fact that it has a white backside. The internals are all the same – no LTE, no extra storage, no unicorn blood, and no Android 4.3. It’s still an HSPA+ only device, 16GB of storage is as big as it goes, and Android 4.2.2 came pre-loaded.

But damn is it pretty. Where was this at launch, Google?

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  • Emily Kudela

    There’s actually a significant difference since this model was created by LG and not Samsung. Also, it comes equipped with a 8mp camera. whereas the original only has 5.

  • Guy

    I personally believe that the white nexus 4 looks great. The thing about the nexus 4 and galaxy nexus is that the back, menu, and multitasking buttons are part of the screen. I would not want to have that perfectly seamless black front messed up by having a white bezel. The all-black front look also fits stock Android better, and the on-screen keys would have to be changed to white if the bezel was white, which would just be weird. Anyway, all this bickering is pointless, as if you don’t like what Google has done with the past 3 white nexus devices, then don’t buy them. There are plenty of white cases out there that can suit your needs.

  • umbrellacorp

    Anyone have one I can borrow?

  • HeatFan93

    Can someone recommend a case for the White Nexus 4? Mine is coming in next week and I need one.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/101041881026971694523/posts DAVID HORVATH

    One small difference… The wallpaper is pre_set on blue / white BG as shown on Google play…sadly no purple wallpaper as shown on package.

  • BCoils

    Ready for news on the invisible n4. Then i’ll be interested.

  • Bolton

    Am I the only one that realizes that Google didn’t announce this phone at I/O is because they didn’t want to pull an Apple? The media would probably have given them crap for releasing a Nexus 4S. Very smart on Google’s part.

  • Joe

    Looks stupid with two colors

  • zurginator

    This might just be an optical illusion, but the chrome parts of the white N4 seem to be darker than the chrome parts of the black N4. Can anyone confirm?

  • http://www.robpol86.com/ Robpol86

    What about USB OTG?

  • Justin Kos

    Haha “backside”

  • BrianCherry

    Its their any site that’s selling the White glass back, since I crack mine?

  • NIGHTSCOUT

    I think the white looks better. Would have looked ever better with LTE under the hood.

  • zombiewolf115

    to bad its outta stock. even though i bought it when it was still wait for it. i think it might have went outta stock so fast cause every1 and their mom wants to review the damn thing

  • LoganLopez

    Very misleading title…. Thought there would be something different than just the color.

  • Ryuuie

    The Nexus 4 I got via RMA came with unicorn blood.

    AND Android 10.

    You’re all missing out. It’s the best. :v

  • Bobby Buttons

    What do you do to clean the devices for the pictures? Even if they’re taken immediately after taking it out of the box, dust has to have settled. Are the pics touched up at all to remove dust on the screen or do you have some magical way of making phones absolutely 100% mint?

    • clever

      Get some compressed air cans and use it as you take the shots.

  • Bigwavedave25

    Great photos K! Really shows off the details.

  • Alan Paone

    I’m really glad they didn’t let the white stretch around to the edges of the front like they did to the GNex and NS. The white line around the front was super distracting on those devices IMO. Its cool that this keeps the clean look of the black N4′s front.

  • Eric

    Looks good until you look at the front….

    • Alan Paone

      yeah, then it looks AWESOME

      • Eric

        no then it looks like half an oreo.

        • Alan Paone

          you’d rather have a white box reminding you that you’re looking at a screen than a seamless device?

          • Eric

            I prefer white phones. I think they look cleaner and more out of the norm than a black phone which you see everywhere you go but white phones are becoming more popular now.

          • zionlion02

            Yea I think they look pretty great too. I think people have mentioned this before (and I knew to each their own, right?) – but i BELIEVE the idea behind the black screen is part of a common design language. It’s for when the screen is ON. The idea is that a black screen (or surrounded in black) allows the screen to look better to the human eye than something surrounded by white. Think it has to do with the brain’s perception of brightness between white and black. The white takes a bit away from how the screen APPEARS.

            I’m no design major, but I think that’s the idea behind it. I for one like the white phones either way. Thought the white One X was awesome too and disliked Sprint’s black and red one.

          • zurginator

            White phone cleaner? Definitely not in a design sense. All of the black bits kill them.

            http://i.imgur.com/coYn5Mx.jpg

          • Sean Royce

            I personally think that the Nexus 4 should have been white all over. Why make a white model with half a black front? I feel like:
            A) it defeats the purpose of the white back
            B) It’s not really a white phone with the two tone look.

  • Droidzilla

    Off-mauve or GTFO, Google!

  • Jared Tau

    I guess you’ll prolly have no use for 2 N4s so I think a giveaway may be in order??? If so, Pick Me!!!

  • Tim242

    Not much difference, since the “white” version is only half white.

    • Warwick

      if they were gonna do half white they should of just made it the front imo. since we would just case the back up

      • Tim242

        Yeah, just making the back white seems pointless. They know most will cover that up. Some people make the claim that white bezels don’t look good. I disagree. To them I say, if you don’t like white bezels, don’t buy a white phone. : )

        • USN Sailor

          Maybe they like black bezels on white phones? Why would you talk to a customer like that when you know the customer is always right? You’re one hell if a rep.

          • Tim242

            Ummm, stores don’t sell half and half phones. The best selling phones are white iPhones and white Galaxies. So, not sure what point you are trying to make.

          • USN Sailor

            T-Mobile is currently back ordered on the white n4 in store and on the HTC one… Google knew it would sell and it did and is still selling.

            You work for Sprint and don’t realize your htc devices are.sold the same way… silver with a black bezel.

            At this point I hope you’re really trolling and not just hard headed.

          • Tim242

            Silver is not white. HTC puts black borders around all of their displays, even on their black phones. It’s to make their bezels aappear ssmaller. White phones that sell in droves are all white, ask Apple and Samsung. I’ve aalways only owned black phones. The S4 is my first white phone. If I were to get the “white” N4, it wouldn’t look any different!

          • USN Sailor

            White HTC One X. Nuff said.

          • Justin W
          • USN Sailor

            It’s a lost cause… poor guy won’t believe anything even if it’sright in front of him.

          • Justin W

            Agreed. I just like stirring the pot ;)

          • Tim242

            HTC puts that same black border around even their black phones . at least they put some white on the frnot.

          • Tim242

            A real white phone.

          • Justin W

            Turn the screen off. Is it all white now? Noooooope.

          • Tim242

            Dude, that makes no sense. The phone has some silver in it…it is still a white phone. A white display would be ugly. Does a white car having black tires change the fact that it is a white car? Can you imagine a white car with white tirea and windows? It’s the body that matters. I’m glad Samsung and Apple know what people like.

          • Justin W

            Wat… You just said “It’s not all white, but it’s still a white phone.” Therefore, according to your statement above, the “half oreo” Nexus 4 is a white phone.

          • Tim242

            The Nexus 4 is only white on one side
            Let me ask you this. If they put out a “black” phone with the front being white. Would you consider that a black phone?

          • Tim242

            Gotcha, didn’t I? If the back of the phone below were black, would you consider it a black phone?

          • Justin W

            I’m not quite sure what you were trying to prove with that question. I disproved your statement, you agreed with me, and are now trying to say you are right in one question?

            And the answer to your question is whatever the manufacturer decides to name it. I would call it “Mist Black”.

          • Tim242

            You didn’t disprove anything. Nobody said anything about all white, but you. No phone is all one color. There is a primary color, and 1 or more secondary colors. The white S4 is white, with silver accents. The black S4 is black, with silver accents. The “white” N4 is black and white as primary colors, with gray/silver accents. If an average consumer sees a phone with a black front, they will think black phone. Just like when you see the white front of the S4, you’re going to think white phone, regardless of the back color. Your argument is silly.

          • Justin W

            Lol. Let’s do a poll. Is the White Nexus 4 white or black? Genius.

          • USN Sailor

            I just made an all white car in need for speed underground 2… yeah I’d totally buy one all white. Even made one half black half white with white neons..

            I digg it.

          • EC8CH

            That’s a good looking phone.

          • Tim242

            The white One X is white and black on the ffront. It has the same black border around the display as their black phones.

          • Tim242

            Got Justin, now I’ll get you. If the back of the phone below were black, would you consider it a black phone?

          • Justin W

            Just gonna point this out again… Phones sell white iPhones and white Galaxies, but neither are all white. The color of the display is not white. It’s black. And matched with a white bezel makes it stand out and look like crap.

          • Tim242

            White cars have 4 black tires, they are still white cars.. Next…

          • zurginator

            The best selling phones are iPhones and Galaxys in general, so I don’t think it’s fair to use that as an argument. You would have to look into percentages.

    • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

      Racist.

    • Butters619

      As was the White Galaxy Nexus… As was the White Nexus S….

      Black around the display makes the display look more vibrant.

      • Tim242

        Black front makes a white phone, a black phone. 99.9999 % of people cover the back and sides with a case. The “white” Nexus phones look ridiculous. The display of my white S4 looks just as vibrant as the black one right next to me. White iphones and white Galaxy phones are the most popular sold phones in my store. At least Samsung and Apple make real white phones.

        • Butters619

          I highly doubt 99.999% of people cover their phones. Especially Nexus owners. I know like 6 N4 owners and only one has a full case. 3 have bumpers. 2 are naked.

          And black does make a display look more vibrant. Sure the white S4 still looks good and it might not look like much of a difference, but if you did a study comparing the two I guarantee the black would win. And I am not talking about overall looks, just the display itself. And sure people love white phones. I’m just saying their is a reason Google choose to leave the front black. It’s not just to be cheap or lazy.

          • Tim242

            I promise you that Google’s reasoning for a black front is not based on a perception of the display not being as vibrant. No other manufacturer does that.

          • Butters619

            Both the HTC One and One X have black around the display….

          • Tim242

            The HTC One is not a white phone. HTC has put a silly black border around every one of its devices, black included. They do that to trick people into thinking the bezels aren’t as huge as they are. Apple and Samsung are the top two manufacturers for a reason…they do phones right.

          • Butters619

            That’s your opinion. But to say there is no reason for black is ignorant. You just don’t like it. Whether you like it or not there is reasoning.

            Also Sony uses black bezels on white phones as well. Xperia Z.

          • Tim242

            It must be a good opinion…99% of white phones are all white. I love that you pointed out Sony, another company that isn’t doing well. Apple and Samsung do phones right ..and they own 99% of the market share. That is a fact.

          • Butters619

            They own 99% of the market share?! Lol. And I’m Hillary Clinton.

          • Tim242

            Samsung owns 95% of Android market share, so, add apple to the mix, and there you have it. Regardless, you are missing the point. People that wish to own a white phone, don’t want to look at a black phone. People buy white Samsung and Apple phones in droves. So, your opinion of white bezels is a major minority.

          • Butters619

            People buy Apple and Samsung phones in droves in general. And Samsung sure helped their white count when they released the SGS3 in white and purplish blue.

          • Ryan

            Dude you cant win with tim. He is a brain washed Sprint rep who is on Samsungs nut sack HARD.

          • Tim242

            They must be doing something right!

          • Tim242

            Yep, and not one complaint.

          • turdbogls

            and that is only because of their “true white” phones? please. they do it by making a good product and marketing the $%*& out of it.

          • Tim242

            My point is that people buy white iphones and Galaxies in droves, so they must like the all white approach. Not once has a customer said they wish their white phone had a black front The companies market the $%*& out of their products, but not the white ones specifically. Yet, customers prefer the white ones.

          • Mark Mann

            i’ll just say, there’s a reason the walls around a movie theater screen are black or some other fairly dark color

          • Tim242

            A movie theater is not a handheld device, and it’s meant for the dark. If yout don’t like white bezels, don’t buy a white phone.. White phones that are all white outsell their black counterparts.

          • straight forward

            At least we know you’re wrong because the internet doesn’t lie and the title of this thread has white nexus 4 all over it NAM SAYIN. (Trolly comment pun)

            Hustle and troll your customers. But people are not idiots. I don’t buy a white car and complain about the rims being chrome and the tires being black instead if white. It’s a white car like it’s a God Damn white phone.

            Nam sayin.

          • Tim242

            You wouldnt buy a car that was black on he top, white on tbe bbottom. Tires are not part of the car body…the wwhite bezel around them look just fine : )

          • USN Sailor

            Oh boy. I’m gonna go screw my black albino wife now. You know.. it still counts that she’s white.

            I’d love to get a store id so I can write about how helpful this rep was.

          • straight forward

            Actually I would buy a white car with a black top.. I love my scion… Also it says white on the title.

          • Mark Mann

            oh come off it, the idea behind a black bezel is the same as the idea behind black walls…just because you can hold one in your hand and not the other means diddly squat to this conversation…why do you suppose theaters are meant to be dark? you can watch a movie in a theater in bright light…also, i never said i didn’t like white bezels, i’m saying your argument makes no sense at all…also white bezel phones out selling their black counterparts? what, apple telling their fanboys they need a white phone means something?

          • Tim242

            Black walls in a theater is to keep the room dark. Black phones are not black for that purpose. My argument is simple and factual. People that want a white phone, like white on both sides. Al

          • USN Sailor

            I buy a white phone with a black bezel for the reason of watching movies in my room at night without the white birders bothering me… like they did with my s3..

            Your factual argument is invalid.

            I am the non hypocritical 1% that found this post I guess. I’m the only guy… that… bought… this… phone.. because of the black bezel…

          • Tim242

            My question for you is this: If you prefer black bezels, why would you buy a “white” N4?. Do you sit around staring at the back?????? I’m glad Samsung does white phones as they should be done.

          • USN Sailor

            I use bumper cases. I like showing off the white back and putting it upside down when listening to music. It looks amazing and everyone that sees me with it says the same. I especially love watching movies at night on it compared to my s3 where the white bezel would distract the hell out of me.

          • Justin W

            I see I’m not the only one who got sucked into this disagreement :)

          • DainLaguna

            so basically the small bezels on the front of your samsung make THAT much of a difference? those same bezels that are covered up by the cases you claim everyone puts on their phones?

            no wonder people are leaving sprint in droves…if the rest of sprints employees and engineers spent half as much time putting the effort you are putting into the OPINION you are making into their network…maybe you wouldnt have such a worthless network.

            choice is good. stop being a fanboy. your half ass statistics mean nothing. why? you guys dont sell the nexus 4 in both colors to be able to determine what clients would want more.

            and lets face it…reps like you sell the phones that are popular, not the ones that offer the better (to many) stock experience.

          • Tim242

            1. I don’t work for Sprint. I work for at&t. The “white” One X didn’t sell well at all. However, iPhone and Galaxy buyers prefer all white phones. If the phone below were just black on the back, would you consider it a black phone????

          • mx

            I’d love to see some proof that buyers prefer white over black. And no, your opinion is not fact.

          • Tim242

            I work in a store. When I ask which color they prefer, they almost always say white. I’ve activated so many white phones, that black phones look weird. I have had 10 Android phones, the S4 is my first white phone. If it were black on the front, it would look the same as any black phone I ever had. Apple made the white phone popular. Samsung made the white phone popular, starting with the S2. Then with the S3 was released, it was only available in blue or white for most carriers. Hardly anybody opted for the blue one. Now with the S4, people are preferring the white version. It’s all about what you get used to. If you’ll notice on every single S4 review, they all opt for the white version. You may not consider any of this proof, but it is what I can offer you. Take it, or leave it.

          • richie97

            Oh anecdotal evidence! That changes everything!

          • Justin W

            Just gonna throw myself into this argument… The white front would look bad because the actual LCD display is still black. You won’t have an all white phone for a while. Even Apple’s all white iPhone is still partially black – that’s the screen when it’s off. When the screen is off, you still have a half-white-half-black phone, and that won’t change for a while. The all black front with the white back/trim on the sides looks much better in most people’s opinions than a partially white front would.

          • Tim242

            99.99999999% of white phone buyers disagree with you. (iPhone and Galaxy buyers)

          • Justin W

            Did you know 99.99999999% of all statistics you give are pulled out of thin air? It’s true. i researched it myself.

            Also, that statistic (even if it were true) is horribly biased. Of course most of the people that buy a *mostly* white phone would disagree – they have a different opinion than do I. If you include those that purchase other colors of phones, it is reduced significantly (I would bet it’s less than 40% of all phone buyers).

          • turdbogls

            I like white phones….I do not like the white S4, or S4, or iphone, i do like the white (with black front) nexus devices.

          • Tim242

            So you stare at the back of your phone to enjoy its whiteness??? I’m glad the minority isn’t affecting the majority.

          • turdbogls

            um, no not exactly, but i am not looking at the thing right at perpendicular to the screen to where i wont see white ever either.
            most of the time my phone is charging in my dock, at about a 30 degree angle to me, i can see the sides.

            there are very few times where i cannot see the sides of my device.
            i can tell that it is gray…if it were a white nexus, i could tell that it was white……..

          • http://www.hypable.com/ Joshua Nealey

            Would love to see some data on “white phones outsell their black counterparts.” Sadly, we won’t get any because you completely made that up.

          • Tim242

            I work in a store selling phones 5-6 days per week. I don’t care if you believe me or not. Tell me, what proof could I possibly provide? 9/10 of the Android phones I have owned were black. I just got my first white phone. I have no reason to make anything up. Look up S4 reviews. They all show white versions. You can believe what you like. I am surrounded by phones and people buying them all day, every day. What are your credentials?

          • turdbogls

            most reviews are on review units…not units these companies buy. they are given these phones by Samsung. so that doesn’t mean anything.

            as for the White over blue S3 arguement, the blue S3 was atrocious….thats why it didn’t sell. I LOVE the black S3 and would take it in a heart beat over the white one.

          • Tim242

            You obviously prefer black phones. For those that prefer white phones, we want the front white

          • turdbogls

            not true. dont make assumptions. i prefer whatever looks better. i have a galaxy nexus, its gray/titanium…whatever. if the white one were available on verizon, i would have gone with the white one.

          • cookiemonster

            You my friend obviously don’t look at the statistics read this:
            https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS23916413

            According to that article, Samsung and Apple combined have less than a 50% market share, which is much less than the 99% you claimed earlier. Do your research before ranting on about how amazing Apple and Samsung are. None of the people I know have a white iPhone or S3/S4 because they use their devices at night and the white makes it harder to use. I personally have a white Nexus 4 and I think it looks much better than the black one (which is what my dad has)

          • Tim242

            Your white Nexus 4 looks better than your dad’s black one. Yet, the part you look at 99.9999999% of the time is the same…black. Unless you stare at the back or use your phone in front of the mirror. Your opinion makes no sense. FYI, white phones make it easier on the eyes at night. Not that any customer even considers that when buying…another opinion of yours that makes no sense.

          • http://www.hypable.com/ Joshua Nealey

            I don’t need credentials as I’m not the one using made up “stats” and a single stores sales as facts.

  • EC8CH

    meh…. I’ll wait for the grey one.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      I want a pink one!

      • Tim242

        I’ll make you one : )

  • cjohn4043

    No unicorn blood? Dang…

    • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

      Apple already has the patent on that.