In the last year, we've seen a lot of great Android phones - like the Galaxy S III, Note II, One X, RAZR M, or the upcoming Xperia Z. There's little doubt that with every major handset release, we're seeing Android phone manufacturers up their collective 'game.' But way back when (you know, a couple years ago), the fact that Android phones generally weren't always good was a big draw to a Nexus handset for me personally.
I purchased a Nexus One a few months after it was released, and was generally very happy with it. After installing CyanogenMod (which, frankly, was necessary to maximize performance and features back in 2010), that phone stuck with me until late 2011, when I bought a Motorola DROID BIONIC. The BIONIC was, I would say, on the cusp of being a great phone. It just wasn't quite there, mostly because of software glitches, connectivity issues, and lackluster battery life. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it, either.
When the Galaxy Nexus came out shortly thereafter, I was admittedly a bit envious.
But then I got an HTC One X, and I didn't care about the Nexus anymore. The One X was a great phone. Great battery life, a livable UI, and all the features and performance I could want out of an Android phone at the time. I loved it, despite its flaws, and I never looked back at the Nexus with envy again.
Since then, I've spent a lot of time with the Galaxy S III, Note II, and One X+. They're all great phones, no doubt. Because of that, when I look at the Nexus 4, I just don't have the pure Android lust I once did. I'm happy enough on the other side of the innovation fence, even if it does mean being a version or so of Android behind the true Google Experience.
That brings me to this week's poll question: Do you find a Nexus phone less appealing than you did a year or two ago? Or has the evolution of the Nexus hardware (and the low price of the Nexus 4) actually upped the "want" factor? Feel free to explain your answer in the comments.
- HTC's next One phone might just be called "One."
- LG is making a Note II, giving it a different name.
- This is not the Galaxy S IV.
This 'Neptune Pine' smart watch is among the dumbest things I have ever seen.
Samsung continues to sell more Android phones than other Android phone-makers.
The Wikipad is now a 7" gaming tablet, will retail for $250.
- Gamevil's latest title is a shining example of in-app purchase rip-off, and our own Jeremiah Rice does not like that.
- Metal Slug 2 is now on Android.
- Ouya plans to update its console on an annual basis.
- The Simpsons: Tapped Out has been released.
- Aralon: Sword and Shadow is on the Play Store after a wait of three or so years.
- Amazon now has virtual currency, and this upsets Eric.
- RunKeeper received a major UI overhaul.
- The Predicktor. That is all.
- Carbon for Twitter review.
- Stitcher has a brand-new UI.
- LG: Viper.
- Sony: Xperia T / V / TX.
- Motorola: Electrify M, RAZR i (UK), ATRIX 4G.
- HTC: Thunderbolt.
- Samsung: Galaxy Note 4G / Relay 4G / Blaze 4G (T-Mobile), Galaxy Note II (Canada)
- Google developer support is kind of broken, according to Simply Applied.
- Google Play Store's payday has been shifted to the 15th of the month.
- Wine may be coming to Android.