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Loving my Nexus. For the price, definitely the phone to get if you're paying full price. Only HSPA+ 21 but more than fast enough to hold me over til LTE rolls out and I need to buy a new phone.
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I agree 100% with this article...
From Now On, I Will Only Buy Android Smartphones That Carry The Nexus Name
Having taken in all that Google had to offer through two days worth of keynotes, Iím left with one standout thought, stock Nexus devices are the only way to go these days. Thatís not to say that Sense or TouchWiz arenít good, on the contrary, but if there are any concerns over future updates, stock Android and Nexus is the only way to play. So hereís my take, Google announces Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and while itís more evolutionary, than revolutionary, itís packing enough features that itís a desirable upgrade for any Android smartphone owner. Which leads me to my concern and what Iím betting is the same concern as many of you, when will we get it on our smartphone? For Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S owners, that question has already been answered, mid-July. Unless of course you want to go the hacking route and install it now, but thatís a story for another day.
The bottom line is that while there is a lot to love about Android, perhaps the single most disappointing aspect of Android ownership is the unknown update timetable. With every Android purchase these days, I canít help but feel Iím going to sit there wanting, waiting and hoping the next update comes and in a timeframe that doesnít make me weep like a baby.
So, Iíve made a decision, from this moment forward, Iím only buying stock Android devices, which will likely be those that carry the ďNexusĒ name. HTC, Samsung, LG, and Motorola are not disavowed in my world, except theyíll just have to make the aforementioned Nexus device Iíll buy. One of the reasons Iíve kept an iPhone by my side is the certainty that Iíll get an upgrade at the same time everyone else does. Sure, I may lose some features depending on the age of my device, but when the upgrade drops for one, it drops for all iOS devices.
My one disclaimer is that a job as a tech blogger affords me the opportunity to try multiple devices so of course Iíll experiment with all sorts of Android skins in the future. However, any devices that I actually buy, from my pocket, will only be those in the Nexus line. Still, none of this changes my aggravation and frustration with Android updates and that Iím already wondering just how long it will take my Galaxy S III to receive Jelly Bean. This device is just over 10 days old and Iím already questioning if Iíll receive Jelly Bean before yearís end. Is that a tad bit dramatic? Sure, it hopefully wonít take till 2013 to get Jelly Bean on Samsungís flagship device, but the fact that I can even raise that as a concern is leading me straight into a Nexus-only Android lifestyle. I hear the weather in Nexus-ville is beautiful year-round.
I totally agree as well so my next android phone will be a nexus I really hate wait for a io update. I had 2 androids on my amaze I did get the update a life time later, and my panache I totally give up and sold it. On my iPhone update are a given, and on my my windows phone I'm waiting to see if my radar will get it in a decent time frame for 7.8 but we will see.
i think this test was based on LTE so i want to know its HSPA+ test
Some info on battery life I've gotten. That said, that is not the norm, but it is not some wild exception either. After 24 hours, I usually have 35-85% battery life left, depending on use. That is, of course, without spending an hour or more watching movies, playing games, etc. I expect to have to charge it if I watch movies on it or the like.
My typical use is < 5 minutes of talking, keeping up with email, checking traffic to work/home, listening to Pandora on the way to work/home, getting the Amazon faotd, checking craigslist, that's about it. And I am always on the cell network, I almost never use wifi. Those screenshots show wifi because I used wifi file explorer to transfer the photos (the lack of mass storage mode sucks if you don't have a windows desk/laptop). Supposedly wifi will conserve even more juice.
When my Triumph got to ~30-40%, I got worried, because it wouldn't take more than a couple hours to die. The GNex at 30% doesn't worry me that much.
Only downside to the Blaze for me? The camera. It's the same one from the Galaxy S 4G. The S II had a fantastic camera so I'm spoiled. Haven't really used the Nexus much yet so I don't know how its camera will fair but so far it's already better than the Blaze. Don't get me wrong, it takes great photos but the S II took spectacular pics for a phone.
Many of you on this thread no doubt are aware of this recent development.
Just checked the Google Play store and Galaxy Nexus is still listed for sale at $349.
I was holding out on Google to introduce their Motorola branded Nexus phones.
Not sure if the court ruling will have any effect on the timing of this.
I have had it for a few months, great phone. This phone combined with the price decrease and other nexus phones out later is really going to mess up the post paid industry. Google is in a unique position that it doesn't need to make a lot of money off the sale of phones since it will make a lot though the play store and ads, this phone was originally $700+ off contract.
Now that its getting Android 4.1 and becoming as smooth as a iphone its value increases. I hardly noticed any lag till they compared 4.0 and 4.1 side by side, I guess coming from a optimus V it seemed like the fastest phone in the world. Its important to point out that it has a nice gpu but I wouldn't define it as powerful, it can struggle with google earth 3d in large cities, the new nexus tablet will run circles around it. That said lots of developers are going to use this phone as a baseline for building their android 4.x apps so it shouldn't become obsolete as fast as earlier phones. It may be worth waiting for other nexus phones, this may get another price drop if you can wait.
Thank you for your feedback on this 'Google' phone.
The most satisfying news for me is the Google Galaxy Nexus and future Google phones will not be cluttered up with the horribly awful carrier loaded bloatware, which can adversely affect the performance of lower end Android phones that are more affordable to many folks.
Similar to iPhone, hopefully Google's move will allow users to start out with Android phones on a much cleaner slate.
Was never interested in rooting, etc. and Exhibit II/$30/5GB has been a decent phone/service for the money.
But users, especially prepaid, should not have to put up with bloatware.
In many ways Google is following Apple's software/hardware model, which for me is a good thing.
But instead of exerting control over the carriers as Apple did, Google's move in contract free phones is leading to more choices for consumers and putting pressure on Apple in the form of iPhone service becoming available contract-free.
Apple's maneuvering in the courts is disconcerting and hopefully does not affect this positive trend for consumers.
For those who still are price conscious at $350 + shipping + tax for a GNexus. I recommend the HTC Sensation 4G, for about $200 used. It has a better camera, slightly less spec-wise, but still powerful, and has official ICS + lots of custom ROM options. Also has removable SDcard slot compared to GNexus. Only downside is shopping for a quality used phone and rooting it can take a lot of time & patience.
Looks like Samsung will push out an OTA update to dumb down the Google Search Widget (no ability to search phone contents). This will satisfy the court decision and they can begin selling the phone again as early as next week.