After long 20 months of using HTC G2, I finally call it an end and ordered Galaxy Nexus. Yes, those who know me well, this is absolutely amazing that I held a phone for 20 months. I usually get a new one about 6 months or so but thanks to my girlfriend, I almost had the phone for two years.
Anyway, these are my thoughts regarding Galaxy Nexus after about two weeks of usage.
- Incredibly THIN and LIGHT. It doesn’t feel too big due to its thin and light profile.
- I love how it boots with simple google logo. Once you delete the boot animation, it stays on android until the phone boot up.
- I love Ice Cream Sandwich. Android is getting better!
- I tried several roms, but I came back to stock rom with root access to use adfree and get rid off boot animation.
- Battery life isn’t bad. roughly 1.5 hrs of talk, frequent web surfing, sync to 4 email addresses, and 40~50 texts each day, I get through 10+ hours easily with 20~30% battery left.
- Call quality is superb. It is even better than my Samsung HM7000 bluetooth headset which I thought it as the best bluetooth headset you can get on the market.
- Data speed isn’t satisfactory. I tried many Radios but I came back to XXLA2. It gives me the best speed 6~8mpbs yet often get crappy ping here and there. Any UG radios give me awesome pings yet i barely get 1~2mbps.
- I liked franco kernel most among all kernels, however, stock kernel works smoother IMO.
- There’s a little purple tint on the right side of LCD when the brightness is low… It bothers me yet not too much.
I currently paying $60 for 500 mins, unlimited texts, and unlimited data. I usually use 3gb of data. I am considering to get straight talk sim for $45… I really should monitor my data usage and see if I can last with 2gb per month.
I knew Galaxy S3 would come out within 2 weeks (released yesterday) but my biggest factor to go with Galaxy Nexus was PURE GOOGLE experience and Galaxy Nexus will receive update of jelly bean way before S3 will; it took 8 months for S2 to get ICS.
This is my second Nexus phone or third if I count G1 as a pure google phone. Even though G2 was almost near pure google experience, I don’t know why I did not get the Nexus S. Sure, there were tons of developers’ support but all I need is pure google experience with root so i can block some ads and have simple android boot screen. I like Google Nexus and it is the way to go if you want the best android experiences.
Many of you probably know about this. I purchased Google Nexus One for my own birthday gift. I ordered on January 6th midnight and received on January 7thin the morning. I know it has been almost a month and I will pretty much write What I felt having this phone.
The design doesn’t look that well built and well fitted from pictures but wait until you hold one on your hands, it’ll definitely change your mind. Yes it is not sexy as iPhone but how it mixed with slight curve at the top and bottom makes phone a lot easier to hold and two color mixed together makes this phone feel like a sharp and elegant style. Also the finish of the hardware is scratch proof and not slippery so when I hold the phone it feels just perfect to me. Also it is a bit thiner than iPhone and little less heavier in weight. It makes me totally comfortable holding it around and using it.
3.7-inch AMOLED display is stunning. 480×800 displays pictures, websites, map, movies, and everything else crispy clear. I love the screen. A lot brighter and more clear than iPhone 3G I had or any other phones I had before. Many were saying reds and oranges are over-saturated but I personally haven’t notice it much. Only issue with the display is direct sunlight. Unless I set it to the maximum brightness it is not usable. Unfortunately that’s how any AMOLED displays are but it isn’t that terrible. Touch screen isn’t as good as iPhone though. Still does everything fine w/out multi-touch (now with update you can do multi-touch in few apps), but around bottom four soft keys it has some sensitivity problem and especially when I’m typing lack of multi-touch kills it.
Camera is a lot better than I thought too. I remember when I had G1, Camera app took forever to work and focus. With Nexus One, android takes picture slowly is an old news. With 5-megapixel camera with LED flash light, you can take sharp picture almost every where. Don’t forget, it is still a camera inside cellphone. Do not expect DSLR quality pictures with it!
Built in speaker is a joke… It is so quite sometimes I don’t hear the phone rings or in the car using speaker phone is not a smart decision to do.
Software (with update 1)
Nexus One is now running Android 2.1 update-1. It officially released yesterday, Feb. 2nd, and enhanced few features. I’ll post what has been included this update later.
There are not much to talk about it to me. I used G1 back in 2009 January, even before cupcake has been released. So to me, this is almost spanking new Operating System to me but compare to my friends’ and co-worker’s Droid it isn’t too new other than Nexus One works a lot more snappier and faster.
Few things I really like is home screen now i have five homescreen compare to 3 before. Car Home works pretty nice but it seems like draining a lot of battery if i use it. Google voice implement is golden! Dynamic wallpapers are cool but honestly i don’t really use it. Do you remember how you used to drag up to see all the apps you have? Now there’s a section you just touch it and all your apps shows up. To me one nice visual touch is how it scrolls up and down so smoothly with all those apps stacking up on top or bottom.
I love how gallery works. It automatically searches all the pictures you have on android and shows. Movie clips plays right away from gallery too w/out any application. One thing I can’t tolerate is music player. Coming from iPhone UI for iPod was way superior. Not even a competition. I wonder if Google will work on this some time soon!.
Honestly I don’t really care about multi-touch. Actually a lot of multi-touch has been implemented after quick update 1. Except only one area that I really enjoy multi-touch; THE VIRTUAL KEYBOARD. This is probably what I miss about iPhone. With multi-touch support with smart system they have that guesses what I’m typing, iPhone’s virtual keyboard was golden. With Android, although now i got used to type slower for accuracy, if I type little bit fast then often I see lots of misspellings. Google, would you please implement this and improve virtual keyboard?
First few days I thought battery was kind of weak but after few days it rocks. I use it more often than iPhone 3G I had and it lasts a lot longer. I typically can use 13~14 hours of little bit heavy uses such as 2~3 hrs of music listening, 2~3 hrs of browsing, 30+ minutes of talk, 30~50 texts, and frequent checking my google reader, twitter, and Facebook. BUT you definitely have to plug it in every night!
My favorite Apps
I really didn’t use that many apps on iPhone either but here are few lists of my favorite apps on Android
- OliveTree BibleReader (Although iPhone version was a lot better)
- TweetCaster (I think so far it is the best twitter app on android)
- Greed (Google Reader)
- Google Voice
- Documents to Go
- AK Notepad
- Astro filemanager
- USA Today
AT&T vs. T-Mobile
Well, it seems like there will be a AT&T version of Nexus One will be out sometime near future but still to people who are wondering. I used my first 2 weeks with AT&T and now I’m with T-Mobile. The phone is perfectly usable with AT&T’s EDGE network. Web browsing is extremely slow but map, car home, email, twitter, and Facebook except picture are perfectly fine. Then why did I switch to T-Mobile? It is a lot more reliable network in my opinion in Chicago land area. I don’t get drop calls anymore, I get signals about everywhere I go and actually can make calls and browse (which I wasn’t able to do with AT&T often in downtown and many other areas). More than anything, you have to choose based upon how good service you can get.
Honestly this is the closest to what I’ve been looking for in smartphone. Since Treo 600, I went through good number of smartphones; Palm Treo 600, 650, 755, 800w, BlackBerry Curve, Bold, iPhone 3G, G1, Sony Xperia X1a, and Palm Pre. Of course this is not the perfect phone. I don’t believe there will be any phone that will be perfect to every one on earth. Simply we are all unique and it is impossible to fullfil everyone’s desire and wish lists. User experience point of view this was by far the most satisfying to me.
This is my review of the phone and if you have any questions feel free to leave me comments!
WARNING!!! This is try to be brief but not so brief… at same time not so extensive review. This is my own version of review after using one week and probably heavily comparison to iPhone since my current device is iPhone.
Oh how long I’ve been waiting this phone! I’ve been a Palm Treo user since 600 in 2003 until this year January ditched both Treo and Sprint all together. Here’s all the smart phones I had. Treo 600 -> Treo 650 -> BlackBerry (not sure exact number.. I only had it for less than a week) -> Treo 755 -> Treo 800w -> iPhone. I believe since the end of 650′s life, about the time when they announced 700 there were many rumors of new OS for palm phones such as Nova and etc. After long years of waiting patiently, finally THE PHONE I was waiting so long came out.
The first impression
Sleek, clean, and fits perfectly well in my hands. It feels a bit cheaper than it looks on picture due to plastic housing. Some might say it’s due to I’m used to iPhone’s metal housing, but none of previous Treos felt this weak and cheap except 800w. First glimpse of OS was really impressive and smooth too
Other than plasticky, weak, and little sharp on the bottom edge, it seems like pretty good built. Screen is sharp, bright, and touch screen is as good as iPhone or seems like it responses even better! Camera works great, taking great pictures and auto focus works well. I don’t know why it bothers to have flash though. More than anything, KEYBOARD!!! Did I say PHYSICAL KEYBOARD??? Oh how I miss physical keyboard. It was really sticky in the beginning but after few days it worked really great. I love how palm’s keyboard layout. @, “,”, “.” is right there to use without pressing any other button, and easy of accessing special characters, symbols, and numbers. great plus and something iPhone never can do. Oh and 3.5mm jack, I haven’t had a chance to test it as a music player but I have no doubt it’ll work well.
Given the fact that it’s been out for only little over a week, I’m surprised decent number of apps. Of course it is not even compare to iPhone apps, but I remember when I got G1 after about a year after launch, Android didn’t have much selections up to that point.
Internet Browser works fantastic, smooth and I felt it runs faster than mobile Safari. I loved how palm incorporated SMS and Instant Messengers all in one, just hoped it had more service offer than gTalk and AIM. Mail apps worked really well with actual PUSH capability. Also total integration of contacts from google was great, and real time sync worked out awesome. Give it a year, palm’s app store will be filled with many great apps just like iPhone. Maybe minus great 3D games. who knows, they might get it all
I love what palm did, but not Sprint. I had just hard time getting this phone (You can read it here) and consistent roaming at work made this phone almost none-usable.
But When it comes to the Phone only, I really wish it released to AT&T. I’d ditched iPhone right away. Yes lack of good apps makes me hesitate to jump right away but that’ll be fixed in few months. Having a sharper and better working touch screen and PHYSICAL keyboard is enough to make me jump. Maybe PHYSICAL KEYBOARD alone is worth enough. The brightest sight is this is the first phone with Web OS, which means more phones will come out. Maybe I don’t have to wait till Sprint exclusive to end. All I can say is palm did it right this time and really well.
somewhat clumsy and not so lugged built
Phone doesn’t feel like $600 phone
lack of apps
total pointless flash