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LG Nexus 4 buzzing affects other Android’s and iPhone 4S

Under: Apple iPhone, LG, Samsung
By:Peter | December 4th, 2012

We already made you aware of several issues that are affecting the LG Nexus 4, but one issue that won’t seem to go away for some is the annoying buzzing sound from the earpiece. Some people were not even aware of such an issue, that was until they were made aware of it and forced them to listen for it. We can tell you that the annoying buzz is not affecting all Nexus 4 handsets, but other smartphones are also suffering from the same issue as well.

We’re told that the LG Optimus G, the Samsung galaxy S3, Skyrocket and even Apple’s iPhone 4S also suffers from the buzzing noise. One would have presumed that it would be a software issue with the Nexus 4, but when you consider that the issue still continues even with the latest version of Android Jelly Bean and also the fact that other manufacturers are suffering from the same issue – well it does bring build quality or poor quality control into question.

While we have no evidence that this is the case, how come the same issue is affecting several Android handsets and also an iOS device as well? While all these devices are different, they do have something in common, and that’s a need to get them built as quick and as cheap as possibly, so doesn’t take a genius to work out that such issues will arise.

It’s obvious that the first process will be to look at software tweaks, but if this still does not work (which for some it hasn’t) then it has to be a manufacturing issue. This does seem more plausible because the reports that we have received from Nexus 4 owners seems to show that it’s isolated to a small percentage, so surely it’s not software related?

Like we mentioned above this buzzing noise doesn’t only affect the Nexus 4, but LG are one of the worst offenders for the problem. Many consumers have taken their Nexus 4 back because of a problem, only to find that their replacement handset suffered from the same issue. Surely this is yet more proof that the manufacturing process now needs to be looked at?

We should give the likes of Apple, LG and Samsung the benefit of the doubt here because they are trying to cram far too much technology into these small devices, and as such there is bound to be an issue with feedback or some other sort of issue because of their close proximity with each component, but then again they have a duty to their customers to offer us devices that do not have such issues.

What do you think is the most likely cause with this buzzing issue with the Nexus 4, or even other handsets come to think of it?

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  • Alzation

    or perhaps it’s either a network issue or environmental interference

  • MANBEARPIG

    Could be poo stuck in the ear piece. Happens to me all the time!

  • Kem Alimole

    Poor shielding of components…

  • Michael

    Could be the 4G network effecting it? I know it doesn’t have 4G but 4G effects some tv signals so might effect some phones similarly

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