Nexus review and iPhone comparison.

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    Dude this is the best comparison review I have read. I also had a iPhone before the Nexus One and personally I can honestly say that I am so glad I switched to Android OS. I also have to be honest and say that yes the iPhone does do some things better and maybe that's just guilt for switching to a Android based phone lol. Well once again great review I really enjoyed reading it and will try to have my GF read it and see if she makes the switch to Android

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    Talking Good read

    The nexus is one month old. Ive never seen an ad on tv or a paid ad on the radio. Like the main poster states this phone craves the internet. I dont have nearly as much negative to say as others do about the phone. My 3g stays connected speednet says it stays right around 800-900 kbps. I dont think thats the 7.2. I had a touch never an iphone. This is my first android and to me it blows the iphone out of the water. But tat is just me. I love the nexus all the little complaints I have will be addressed. Hope everyone elses issues resolve to. Good luck!

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    Love the review. ..but gut responses have me returning to the iPhone if the 4G significantly updates functionality.
    User experience. ...user experience. ...user experience. ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregornz View Post
    Designed by geeks, for geeks.

    *Disclaimer*

    I owned an iPhone for a year [and left it drunkenly in a taxi]. I love iPhones and I love apples innovative approach. Long may it continue. I now own a Nexus. This review is as unbiased as is possible and will not pull punches on either team.

    Philosophy.

    Three years ago Apple started it. A phone with one button. A 'phone' that is really a PC - a tricorder, an i-everything. On Janurary 5th 2010 Google finished it. A phone that is always online, that needs to be online, that is nothing offline. A webphone.

    For a young OS, Android 2.1 is ahead of it's time, philosophically. The iPhone is great online, you can surf, tweet, email, download apps, hell, it'll even push an email straight to you're phone. But Android is something more. It craves connection, it demands the net. The native contacts app uses it. The photo gallery uses it. The widgets want it, everything screams for it, even the keyboard is keen to get into the action. Hold the nexus in your hands and your five fingers become off ramps for the information superhighway. But, meh - It's just software, and apple will catch up.

    And thatís the key point. Everyone can copy everyone else's OS, apps and hardware. The defining point of difference is in the philosophy and how that translates to performance and the user interface.

    An Android in my hand.

    Android is raw, no question about it. And by golly goodness I wouldn't have it any other way. It's buggy [My 'polar clock' live wallpaper has crashed EVERY time I try to start it, I get a 'launcher' crash every time I reboot] and it's quirky. The screen [oh my god the screen!!] can't decided what brightness to stay at; icon's names don't always display entirely, the keyboard layout is schizophrenic, it [reportedly] jumps from 2g to 3g randomly. But man alive is it powerful!

    An Illustration:

    Android doesnít care. iPhone OS cares to the point of smother. We all love our mothers, but come on mum, I'm 30 years old - I can dress myself! Case in point; googling for a ringtone I found a webpage that offered a .wav download link. My iPhone instincts urged me disregard, but my inner android clicked my finger on the link andÖ WTF, this browser can actually download things? One cut and paste later and the file was in the ringtones folderÖ But wait a minute, that's how you do it on a PC! Thatís not how phones work! Thatís not cricket!

    But it is. If Google had a cricket team they would own the ashes [obscure cricket reference, apology].

    That one action, to me, summed it up. The iPhone is a phone [the best phone] with computing abilities. Nexus [Android] is a computer. I think it has a phone app too.

    UI

    The Android UI basically sucks if your coming from an iPhone. Extremely unsurprisingly, iPhone OS has approximately a gazillion times more polish.

    Android's menus donít bounce at the top [a small quibble but amazing how much of a difference it makes to scrolling]. Moving icons from 'homescreen' to 'homescreen' is a chore - they just don't want to go nicely. With an iphone, if you move an icon over another, the other one moves out of the way. On Android, if your screen is full and you want to reshuffle, first move icon one to a different page, then put the second icon in its place, then move icon one to it's new location. Phew [wipes brow].

    The [firm] menu button on the Nexus is erratic at best - who knows what surprises await you upon a push? iPhone has no menu button, it's all in the app. A very good example of the app based philosophy of Apple and the holistic approach of [Microsoft] Google.

    The soft menu button on-screen brings up a [cooly animated] scroll of all your apps. But it just doesn't scroll well. It just doesn't respond proper. Plus it doesn't remember where you're at so each time you go back to it you gotta scroll through your 50+ apps again - your finger gets in the way of the icon names, there seems to be no consistency in scroll speed.

    Now, some [many] Nexus owners will take issue with these comments, and fair enough. Your mileage may differ. A lot of people have problems with the firm buttons on the Nexus - I don't. Each person is different. But what I think should be admitted is that the iPhone UI is just better. And fair enough. UI is Apples thing, and in my view, all it has going for it.

    Hardware.

    The Nexus hardware [compared to the iPhone] is a combination of remarkable and ****.

    Remarkable: The camera is really good, I guess. The call clarity is a fait accompli. The screen is O for awesome. Better than that even.

    ****: The lock/unlock button at the top stinks. Very insensitive [which you could argue is a good thing, for me its drives me batty]. The speaker, in call volume and media volume is weak. The volume slider is just not as good as iPhone's [plus it is a real pain in the arse to get the thing onto vibrate mode, hardwarely speaking]. The Trackball sucks for editing text, but will be awesome when Google lets it go multi-coloured for alerts [take that iPhone!].

    Uber-shizer: The battery life [I refuse to turn functions off to conserve battery]. Nexus demands being played with at every available moment. Do so and be prepared to charge whenever possible. But hey, no biggy. Plug it in when you're at your desk. The iPhone battery may be equally shizer for all I know; I just never wanted to use my iPhone as much as I do the Nexus.

    Native Applications.

    The phone app is standard, no better no worse than the iPhone.

    The native messaging app is standard - I use handcent and love it - better than any iPhone sms I used.

    The photo gallery is cool if not standardÖ It is supposed to sync with picassa, and does - but mine just shows black squares where the photos should be - go figure.

    The contacts app is better than iPhone's - just a touch more flexibility, but that touch more is all the iPhone is lacking.

    I like the calendar app much more on the Nexus.

    The music app for Android sucks arse big time - it does play music but make sure to get your Phd in being a genius before you try using it - very unintuitive [The other music apps I downloaded suck worse though].

    Gmail is awesome - next best thing to a PC, and makes iPhones mail look like a 2e.

    The clock application is majorly underpowered compared to Apples offering [which is the bee's knees right?].

    The browser I like more. Everything is a bit better designed - bookmarks and history are nicer. It doesn't have multitouch [natively] which I don't use on the iPhone browser anyway, but the double tap to zoom on Android is erratic. Shame.

    The caveat, of course, is that all this is just software and playing fields are bound to level out in time.

    Market Apps.

    For me, the Android market is nicer to use. It's integration is sweet, downloading and installing apps is incredible and I think the commercial viability of the market is right right up there with app store.

    In terms of the app selection, a lot has been made about iPhone having 100K apps and Android having 10K apps. Android fan boys point out that Android market will catch up, and I think it will too. But, for me, it's really moot anyway.

    For example, I searched for a calculator and 40 odd are available in Android Market. Who knows, iPhone might have 400. Point is; I only needed one.

    Id say, generally, Android apps are not as nice looking as iPhone's. Thatís a big generalisation though. I'll get the bash form the Android community for that slight. Thatís my gut feeling though. And, as we say in Google land - it is gunna get better. The point is we have to say that because they need to get better. To my mind any developer with a brain will start writing for both platforms in order to expose themselves to a larger market, so we should see a lot of similarity in the future.

    Conclusion.

    Have I been harsh on the Nexus? Maybe. But I'm not a fanboy of either and I am trying to give my honest opinion [it's hard because the things you own wind up owning you].

    But to sum, there is no way in God's green earth I'll ever go back to the iPhone. Android is so powerful! It's so Techy! And it's mine! I don't have to share it with Steve Jobs! He never paid half my phone bill, so to be honest I always resented him for keeping half my phone. Sure I jailbroke, a small act of rebellion against my beloved sugar daddy. But his honey was too sweet and I went back upon the alter of 3.0.

    But no more! Never again! I'll ween myself off for good this time. 4.0 be damned! I cannot be swayed.

    Buy an Android if you: Are a techy, have a mind of your own, are interested in cars and engines, enjoy sexual intercourse with women, want to own what you own, wish to free yourself from the predacious influence of your elders.

    Buy the iPhone if you: Don't mind sharing, just want to make calls, are aged over 50, think different like everyone else.

    Prediction.

    The iPhone will continue to be a closed system and lose out to Android in the same way Mac lost out to Windows. While not being as obscure as a mac, iPhone will lose market share. In two to four years iPhones will be uncool amongst alpha males; the sole reserve of teens, oldies and fanboys, much like the mac today. Android usage will surpass iPhone OS, both platforms will be equally well supported, with Apple leading innovation.

    Get on while the getting is good

    Just my two cents. Thanks for reading.
    @gregornz;good read but to be fair,the iphone has 3 years to polish it rough edges.
    The android has only been out a few months and the things it could do? I hope you got my point.:rofl3:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockky View Post
    Love the review. ..but gut responses have me returning to the iPhone if the 4G significantly updates functionality.
    User experience. ...user experience. ...user experience. ...
    You remind me of that youtube video of steve ballmer where he was like.
    Developers!...Developers!...Developers!...Develope rs!...Developers!...
    man I've never seen a man sweat so much.lol:rofl3:

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    The argument is not entirely on point.
    I don't want to wait 3 years for a polished N1 phone.

    The technology has advanced for everybody not just for Apple. So HTC should make good phone as well. But wit, they already do.
    The Sense UI is just fantastic, but it is not on N1 sadly.

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    I have to say that since I wrote that review 99% of my complaints have disappeared.

    I think I was a little frustrated and confused with using Android for the first time; but now I am loving it and give it two, that's right, two thumbs up.

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    good to know

    Quote Originally Posted by gregornz View Post
    I have to say that since I wrote that review 99% of my complaints have disappeared.

    I think I was a little frustrated and confused with using Android for the first time; but now I am loving it and give it two, that's right, two thumbs up.
    That's always good to hear the review was kind of outdated and most thing were fixed. I remember using my HTC eris and then I too got frustrated and confused but after a few weeks I learned whats apps were useful and helpful tips. So, I returned it within 30 day and now i sit here and wait for the Nx1 to come for big red.

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    hey! im doing a UK college study of people's attitudes towards both smartphones and was hoping i could gain ur participation? its quite short, informal and IP address recognition has been disabled to preserve anonymity.

    http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MG25XFT

    really hope u dnt mind me posting here but its a genuine piece of research that requires your opinions.

    Cheers ppl

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    Interesting review. Thanks for sharing.

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