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The best Smartphone by far! ...by former iPhone user
on 24 December 2012
A couple of niggles are immediately obvious. The speaker is flush to the back surface meaning if the phone is put down the ringing/alert volume is reduced by up to 50% depending on surface. Schoolboy design error IMHO. The second is the volume buttons are opposite and slightly lower than the power button, which like the iPhone, is used for locking the Nexus... So if it's held in your left hand, index finger on power button, the base of your thumb and index finger hits the volume as you press it. I describe these as niggles because the case I bought allowed me to cut a slot from the speaker to the base thus solving the speaker problem and with the power button I just hold in right hand and power off with index finger.
This functionality is way beyond iPhone with access to hundreds of settings to customise almost anything to your preference, This will take the average iPhone user a while to get used too but let's not forget that many of these customisations are simply because it has greater functionality and features than iPhone) For me though it's fantastic and I would also add that there are several core tasks that are made easier than iPhone, one click where the iPhone is 3 clicks in tasks you can perform on a missed call notification for example, also iPhone... press to unlock, slide, enter code. Nexus, press to unlock, enter code. Really... Apple, what's the point of the slide?
Clearly designed by wizards, this is quite simply incredible. How it knows the words you want when you are gliding around the keyboard and not actually being that accurate heaven knows! After using this you find iOS keyboard very frustrating.
All in one place. Brilliant. No red buttons all over the place and whilst iPhone has the pull down notifications I was never drawn to it and used the red buttons instead because you have to pull it down to see what the notifications are, with the Nexus you get little icons along the top that show what they are for. This simple way of handling them instantly make the whole notification process better than iPhone... You pick up the phone glance at icon bar, pull down, dismiss, respond or whatever and you can dismiss a notification if it's an email or SMS because it has a preview and ones that require no response can be dismissed and that's that all in a couple of seconds, no opening of apps. iPhone even when dismissed the red buttons remain.
Really Apple, you're going to have to give up on not including this, it's quite simply the obvious thing to have, go to a link from an email, then back to email. Composing an email, then you get notification of SMS drag down, go to SMS, read/answer, back button to email. And a hundred other combos I could mention but you can guess.
This is witchcraft, swipe up and Google Now appears... stocks and shares that have moved over 1%. What's in your diary, do you need to leave soon to beat traffic. How far are you from home, is there any traffic to account for. You have an appt/your trip home do you want to navigate there. You recently searched for this and this (shop, restaurant, or browsed cinemas website etc etc... do you want to navigate to it? You're in <wherever> here's local attractions and here they are on a little map, here's what's showing at the movies. You follow this team, here's what the score is right now. You searched a flight, here's its current status. It can even `see' your email (can be disabled) to give you a bunch of other cool notifications etc etc, the list goes on and on... It's a killer piece of functionality. Full list down the LHS here: [...]
Google integration and updates
As you'd expect this really enhances what is already a very good device although you DO need a Google account but you don't have to use Gmail. Updates to the system software will update separately, so whereas with iPhone you have to wait for a system update to update maps, email, Calendar etc etc... These all arrive separately on Nexus and this is brilliant because of the obvious reason there's no waiting around to see system improvements to key apps, also the apps for the most part have significant improvements, this is what I immediately noticed as being different from Apple updates. Just a short note about maps... Android Google maps has had significant updates over the Google maps iPhone app and I really can't see Apple ever catching up, bearing in mind that they are a year away (*or choose your own timeframe) from catching up to the current iOS version.
Apples worry here should be the sheer pace of improvement to Android, it's staggering!
Look and feel of OS
OK, Apple is the winner here, I miss the little bubbles on SMS and the black background on many Android menus isn't pretty, but as you'd expect with Android you can add a custom launcher interface to closely replicate iOS but I can't be bothered, maybe one day. Overall `Look' is worse than iPhone `Feel' (moving around the OS) is actually good. I do love vanilla Android over say, The Galaxy S3 for example which was an utter mess to the extent that if the Nexus wasn't available I'd still be on the iPhone. I had an S3 for precisely one day and sent it back (I could have kept it for 30)
4.7 inch screen
Obviously provides a better viewing experience and a marked improvement to browsing than iPhone but it has drawbacks, you can't easily reach the whole screen in one-handed use like the iPhone. I got used to it quite quickly and prefer it but some people may find it too large
It's it better than iPhone?
I'm going to say most definitely yes. Unquestionably.
That kind of sums it up, there are going to iPhone users that will be confused with the overwhelming functionality, but if they wouldn't use it or want it I wouldn't suggest they change.
Will I go back to iPhone? My loyalty is only to what I believe to be the superior platform and/or device, so Yes... If Apple ever meets that criteria but is that ever likely to happen?
Awesome amount of functionality
Incredible update pace
Battery 2,100 mAh (iPhone 5, 1,440 mAh)
Power button placement
Look of OS