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Steve.P.JobsFan
Oct 20, 2012, 08:40 PM
http://s16.postimage.org/tq88xr1s5/Samsung_Galaxy_Nexus_Sprint_35118029_01.jpg

^This guy right here!

I bought my Mom a Galaxy Nexus (on Verizon) today, and I've been tinkering around a little bit on it. I unlocked the bootloader and rooted it, so I could side-load Google Wallet onto it. I tried it out when she had to go to the store for some things, and it worked perfectly!

I have to say, Jelly Bean is wonderful. Project Butter has made a HUGE difference in performance. Plus, it doesn't have any of that stock vendor/carrier bloatware, and it isn't running a heavily themed version of Android, like Samsung's TouchWiz. Really fast.

I was thinking about cancelling my iPhone 5 order, and buying this instead. Plus, it's on sale at Verizon for $49.99 until October 31st.

But, how do you guys like it?



Coasterfanryan
Oct 20, 2012, 08:42 PM
I'm a fan of it! At times I wish I would have waited for the price to come down, instead of getting the iPhone 4 last year. :P

3bs
Oct 20, 2012, 08:45 PM
Personally, I'd wait for the upcoming Nexus phone(s) but I'm the type that likes having the latest and greatest.

Steve.P.JobsFan
Oct 20, 2012, 08:47 PM
Personally, I'd wait for the upcoming Nexus phone(s) but I'm the type that likes having the latest and greatest.

I would, but I dunno if I want to buy it if it's LG. I've heard that the camera isn't the best...

3bs
Oct 20, 2012, 08:53 PM
I would, but I dunno if I want to buy it if it's LG. I've heard that the camera isn't the best...

I'm not sure how I feel about that either but the event is on the 29th so I'd say it's worth waiting for. You'll still have 2 days to buy the Nexus with that offer.

tbayrgs
Oct 20, 2012, 08:55 PM
I would, but I dunno if I want to buy it if it's LG. I've heard that the camera isn't the best...

Have you tried the camera on the GNex? It's not that great either...

Steve.P.JobsFan
Oct 20, 2012, 08:56 PM
I'm not sure how I feel about that either but the event is on the 29th so I'd say it's worth waiting for. You'll still have 2 days to buy the Nexus with that offer.

Good point. I didn't realize that today was the 20th.



On a side note, Google Wallet is amazing. Although, I'm not thrilled to use the American Eagle offers (or most of the offers in general), you have to go to a store with NFC. Meaning, I'd have to trek all the way to Chicago, NYC, or DC just to get that 20% off.

More national brands need to start accepting Google Offers, or just NFC payment. The local grocery store chain (Meijer) accepts NFC payment, but Walmart doesn't? That makes no sense whatsoever...

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Have you tried the camera on the GNex? It not that great either...

No. I'll take a test shot and look at it on my computer. One second.

EDIT: Yeah, not the best camera. I can see a lot of grain in the photos...

tech4all
Oct 20, 2012, 09:20 PM
The main reason why I went with the Nexus is because you're getting directly from the source - Google. Personally I would only choose Nexus or an iPhone. Not going to go with carrier's version and have to wait months just to get an update when I could get it now with Google.

The only complaint I have is that the design of the phone lacks. The iPhone beats it there IMO. Yea the iPhone 5's design is boring now, but it's still better than the current Nexus IMO.

I'm hoping Google uses someone else to design the Nexus 2, not a big fan of Samsung when it comes to phones; insulting your customers in a commercial is never a good idea.:rolleyes:

Steve.P.JobsFan
Oct 20, 2012, 09:29 PM
The main reason why I went with the Nexus is because you're getting directly from the source - Google. Personally I would only choose Nexus or an iPhone. Not going to go with carrier's version and have to wait months just to get an update when I could get it now with Google.

The only complaint I have is that the design of the phone lacks. The iPhone beats it there IMO. Yea the iPhone 5's design is boring now, but it's still better than the current Nexus IMO.

I'm hoping Google uses someone else to design the Nexus 2, not a big fan of Samsung when it comes to phones; insulting your customers in a commercial is never a good idea.:rolleyes:

Yeah, that's why I chose a Nexus device. Straight from Google. And no waiting for updates. For example, my Mom's Boyfriend's SGS3 won't get JB until late November according to Verizon. This has had it for awhile now.

It does lack a bit, and it's thicker than the iPhone, or even the GSM version of the GNex.

Insulting them isn't right. My new thing is pulling my hands away from my head and going "PSHHHHHHHH" like the dude in the SGS3 ad when he says that they moved the headset jack to the bottom. :D

THE JUICEMAN
Oct 20, 2012, 09:34 PM
I loved my GNex when I had it. Jellybean was great. I returned it because of build quality, battery life and screen.

The new rumored (pretty much confirmed) LG Nexus will have much better build quality. All of the reviews of the LG Optimus have been pretty great so far. They have been impressed with the screen, build quality and SPEED.

Unless you need a phone IMO I would wait and see what surprises Google has up their sleeves in 9 days. Just keep in mind that it will most likely be available unlocked only for a while before it comes to the carriers. And that could cost $399 to $499. Even though that is great for an unlocked phone it is still obviously way more than $49.

This brings us to the question if carrier Nexus devices should even count because they have carrier bloat ware (I think), remove features and get slow updates.

Sorry for the long post. I hope that helps.

onthecouchagain
Oct 20, 2012, 10:27 PM
I have a GSM unlocked GN, and it's easily the best smartphone I've owned.

blackhand1001
Oct 20, 2012, 10:30 PM
Image (http://s16.postimage.org/tq88xr1s5/Samsung_Galaxy_Nexus_Sprint_35118029_01.jpg)

^This guy right here!

I bought my Mom a Galaxy Nexus (on Verizon) today, and I've been tinkering around a little bit on it. I unlocked the bootloader and rooted it, so I could side-load Google Wallet onto it. I tried it out when she had to go to the store for some things, and it worked perfectly!

I have to say, Jelly Bean is wonderful. Project Butter has made a HUGE difference in performance. Plus, it doesn't have any of that stock vendor/carrier bloatware, and it isn't running a heavily themed version of Android, like Samsung's TouchWiz. Really fast.

I was thinking about cancelling my iPhone 5 order, and buying this instead. Plus, it's on sale at Verizon for $49.99 until October 31st.

But, how do you guys like it?

Excellent phone. Coming up on a year with mine. Still love it and not anxious to upgrade which is not usually the case.

PBz
Oct 20, 2012, 11:08 PM
LTE & a great camera & I would be all in.

Don't count HTC out of the next Nexus game.

PDFierro
Oct 20, 2012, 11:13 PM
Galaxy Nexus seems awesome. I'm looking at getting a smartphone soon, maybe the Galaxy Nexus if the LG Nexus doesn't impress me.

I think it's worth getting the GSM version for most people. Verizon model is pretty different.

aznguyen316
Oct 20, 2012, 11:22 PM
Gnex is great however if you want a phone right now, I'd prefer the Galaxy S3 as the verizon has unlocked bootloader hack and root. There are some GREAT roms out there, liquidsmooth being my favorite JB rom.

I just swapped the S3 however to the Razr M mostly for the size, it's pretty much the same size as the iPhone 5. The CPU is same as the S3's and has a 1GB of ram and leaked JB. But yeah tbh I would still prefer an iP5 if I had an upgrade, but the M is doing very well.

golf1410
Oct 21, 2012, 12:07 AM
When will they launch next gen nexus?

Steve.P.JobsFan
Oct 21, 2012, 12:11 AM
Gnex is great however if you want a phone right now, I'd prefer the Galaxy S3 as the verizon has unlocked bootloader hack and root. There are some GREAT roms out there, liquidsmooth being my favorite JB rom.

I just swapped the S3 however to the Razr M mostly for the size, it's pretty much the same size as the iPhone 5. The CPU is same as the S3's and has a 1GB of ram and leaked JB. But yeah tbh I would still prefer an iP5 if I had an upgrade, but the M is doing very well.

You can unlock the bootloader on the Galaxy Nexus. I did it to my the GNex I bought today. See? That little icon you see of an opened padlock means the bootloader was unlocked. It's rooted, too.

http://s17.postimage.org/hd60s17wv/image.jpg

ChazUK
Oct 21, 2012, 02:52 AM
The Galaxy Nexus is my favourite handset and one of the best Android handsets I've ever owned.

All I really want from the next gen Nexus is a better camera and some upgraded internals. Looks like LG will deliver on that part at least. Anything beyond that is a bonus.

waloshin
Oct 21, 2012, 03:11 AM
Amazing device! Wouldn't trade it for any iPhone.

MacRumorUser
Oct 21, 2012, 03:14 AM
I got a Galaxy Nexus when it came out first back in October last year here.

I liked the phone overall but the camera was very poor (I do like snapping photos when I'm walking in the countryside or beach daily), also i didnt like the back panel (mine had slight flex which made it feel a bit cheap and delicate) and my biggest problem was there was a software bug on its initial release meaning it could not make phone calls on the 2G spectrum frequency here. They sorted with updated software fix it but took them 5 weeks, in which time I had a phone that couldn't make a call.

In that time I had to buy anther phone (Lumia 800) in order to receive calls.
in the end I just sold the nexus, a little disappointed with the whole experience.

Do prefer the AKOP experience on a nexus device, but my experience with Samsung phones has never been great unfortunately.

As for the LG one coming out, it doesn't offer enough to make me sell the one X I currently have.

THE JUICEMAN
Oct 21, 2012, 09:15 AM
When will they launch next gen nexus?

Google has sent out invites for an Android event Oct 29th. The next Nexus devices are widely expected to be announced/released there.

aznguyen316
Oct 21, 2012, 10:58 AM
You can unlock the bootloader on the Galaxy Nexus. I did it to my the GNex I bought today. See? That little icon you see of an opened padlock means the bootloader was unlocked. It's rooted, too.

Image (http://s17.postimage.org/hd60s17wv/image.jpg)

Well yeah I know that. What I meant was that was pretty much the only selling point, IMO, for the GNEX - that it had an unlocked bootloader etc and could have stock android. Well... the S3 can now on Verizon and I feel it's a much better device. Battery, camera, weight, dimensions... just my opinion, but if between a GNEX and S3 it is S3 hands down. Since you were asking about how do we like the Galaxy Nexus and you were considering canceling your iP5 to get one, I wanted to throw in my opinion, which is what you were looking for making this thread ya? Enjoy the Gnex - can't go wrong at $49.99!

Steve.P.JobsFan
Oct 21, 2012, 11:08 AM
Well yeah I know that. What I meant was that was pretty much the only selling point, IMO, for the GNEX - that it had an unlocked bootloader etc and could have stock android. Well... the S3 can now on Verizon and I feel it's a much better device. Battery, camera, weight, dimensions... just my opinion, but if between a GNEX and S3 it is S3 hands down. Since you were asking about how do we like the Galaxy Nexus and you were considering canceling your iP5 to get one, I wanted to throw in my opinion, which is what you were looking for making this thread ya? Enjoy the Gnex!

Ah, okay. :p

I compared it to my Mom's Boyfriend's S3 [also on VZW], and I thought the Nexus felt a little lighter sometimes, the S3 others. I tried out Android Beam though! That was so cool! I know you can get stock Android with a custom ROM, but you can't get stock Android on the SGSIII direct from VZW/or Samsung, can you? Haven't compared battery life, as the GNex just got it's first full charge. It's been floating around 25%-60% because it's been connected to my gaming PC, being rooted, unlocked, having APKs side-loaded, etc. I'll compare it later.

I'm also gonna run a Quadrant Standard test on it, and on the SGS3. Let's see which is better graphics wise...


But, as much as I'm really really really really REALLY wanting to cancel my iPhone 5 order, and jump off the iOS bandwagon and onto the Google/Android one, there's stuff holding me back.

For instance, I'd have to re-buy all my apps again. And even with a huge selection of apps on Android, I know the Play Store doesn't have some of the apps I use on iOS. Plus, I've been stuck with an iPhone 4 since 2011. I haven't gotten to experience some of these new features and improved hardware that has come to newer generations of devices and versions of iOS.

I do have one card on the table, though. I'm on a SharePlan with my grandparents. My Mom is moving her line, my line, and my brother's line over to her own account. For some reason, when you do that, you only have to sign a 1-year contract. Not 2 years. So, I can use my iPhone 5 for a year, then decide if I wanna hop onto Android.

neiltc13
Oct 21, 2012, 11:13 AM
I have this phone and it is great. Not sure why someone would return it because of the screen, it seems good to me.

The only thing I'd really want to change about it is for there to be a hardware home button and a hardware back button. The on screen buttons waste a lot of space and they aren't really that reliable. Plus with the on screen button I think it is confusing when you are one the home screen and there is a home button right below the apps button.

I'd also fix the UI in places, the contacts and dialler apps look awful and are inconsistent with everything else.

BuryMeInSmoke
Oct 21, 2012, 11:15 AM
I liked the nexus a lot. The only downfall I experienced was poor camera and it had the weakest signal out of any phone I've had.

3bs
Oct 21, 2012, 11:19 AM
I have this phone and it is great. Not sure why someone would return it because of the screen, it seems good to me.

The only thing I'd really want to change about it is for there to be a hardware home button and a hardware back button. The on screen buttons waste a lot of space and they aren't really that reliable. Plus with the on screen button I think it is confusing when you are one the home screen and there is a home button right below the apps button.

I'd also fix the UI in places, the contacts and dialler apps look awful and are inconsistent with everything else.

I love the on screen buttons so much that I've actually disabled the menu and back capacitive buttons on my S3 and I'm using the on screen buttons.

THE JUICEMAN
Oct 21, 2012, 11:25 AM
I have this phone and it is great. Not sure why someone would return it because of the screen, it seems good to me.

The only thing I'd really want to change about it is for there to be a hardware home button and a hardware back button. The on screen buttons waste a lot of space and they aren't really that reliable. Plus with the on screen button I think it is confusing when you are one the home screen and there is a home button right below the apps button.

I'd also fix the UI in places, the contacts and dialler apps look awful and are inconsistent with everything else.

The screen is AMOLED which has its advantages and disadvantages. It usually has better colors. The big disadvantage is that it has a Pentile pixel matrix. Meaning you can see pixels and jagged edges sometimes and the brightness isn't that great.

LCD screens used on the iPhones and HTC One phones are typically much brighter and much sharper.

If it works for you then that is awesome but most "experts" (reviewers and screen experts) agree LCD is superior. My own eyes say so too. ;-)

onthecouchagain
Oct 21, 2012, 11:42 AM
Yeah, you should be warned, the camera is wholly unsatisfying.

Maybe wait for the LG Nexus 4.

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I love the on screen buttons so much that I've actually disabled the menu and back capacitive buttons on my S3 and I'm using the on screen buttons.

I've always thought it was a shame Samsung kept the button design with the S3. They could have really pushed for on screen buttons and used that against the iPhone.

On screen buttons rock. No need to press hard or worry about button failures. They change and adapt accordingly. It's groovy. Plus, they just look slick.

3bs
Oct 21, 2012, 12:12 PM
Yeah, you should be warned, the camera is wholly unsatisfying.

Maybe wait for the LG Nexus 4.

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I've always thought it was a shame Samsung kept the button design with the S3. They could have really pushed for on screen buttons and used that against the iPhone.

On screen buttons rock. No need to press hard or worry about button failures. They change and adapt accordingly. It's groovy. Plus, they just look slick.

It's one of the reasons I want to move to the LG Nexus.

Steve.P.JobsFan
Oct 21, 2012, 01:38 PM
It's one of the reasons I want to move to the LG Nexus.

What, on-screen buttons?

3bs
Oct 21, 2012, 01:48 PM
What, on-screen buttons?

Yes. I briefly owned a Galaxy Nexus earlier this year and so when I got the GS3 I missed them a lot. Now I'm running a custom ROM that lets me disable the hardware buttons (except the home button) and have a navigation bar (on screen buttons) just like on the Galaxy Nexus.

aznguyen316
Oct 21, 2012, 02:32 PM
Ah, okay. :p

I compared it to my Mom's Boyfriend's S3 [also on VZW], and I thought the Nexus felt a little lighter sometimes, the S3 others. I tried out Android Beam though! That was so cool! I know you can get stock Android with a custom ROM, but you can't get stock Android on the SGSIII direct from VZW/or Samsung, can you? Haven't compared battery life, as the GNex just got it's first full charge. It's been floating around 25%-60% because it's been connected to my gaming PC, being rooted, unlocked, having APKs side-loaded, etc. I'll compare it later.

I'm also gonna run a Quadrant Standard test on it, and on the SGS3. Let's see which is better graphics wise...


But, as much as I'm really really really really REALLY wanting to cancel my iPhone 5 order, and jump off the iOS bandwagon and onto the Google/Android one, there's stuff holding me back.

For instance, I'd have to re-buy all my apps again. And even with a huge selection of apps on Android, I know the Play Store doesn't have some of the apps I use on iOS. Plus, I've been stuck with an iPhone 4 since 2011. I haven't gotten to experience some of these new features and improved hardware that has come to newer generations of devices and versions of iOS.

I do have one card on the table, though. I'm on a SharePlan with my grandparents. My Mom is moving her line, my line, and my brother's line over to her own account. For some reason, when you do that, you only have to sign a 1-year contract. Not 2 years. So, I can use my iPhone 5 for a year, then decide if I wanna hop onto Android.

Yeah I had quite a bit of money invested in the App store fortunately my fiancee still has an iPhone and we share app store accounts so nothing really is truly gone (except some games haha). Plus I wouldn't be surprised if I go back to iPhone when my upgrade is due in June, we'll see how much I like my unlimited data - I got my S3 and now M off contract...

To be honest if you only have to sign a one year contract you're in a great situation. The iPhone 5 will definitely sell for $400+ this time next year so you'll come out on top plus the latest and greatest Android OR iPhone next year. So either use this year to have fun with Android or wait til next year =)

jojoba
Oct 21, 2012, 02:43 PM
I got this phone recently and I'm very happy with it. Ideally I would have gone with the GS3, but decided I wanted to put some money towards a travel and I got a good deal on a Nexus that saved me a good chunk of money. Like others said camera could be a bit better, but overall it's good value for money. The only thing that bothers me with it is that it doesn't have expandable storage, so it can't hold all my music and photos. I'm leaning towards an iPod Touch, though.

Steve.P.JobsFan
Oct 21, 2012, 04:37 PM
Yeah I had quite a bit of money invested in the App store fortunately my fiancee still has an iPhone and we share app store accounts so nothing really is truly gone (except some games haha). Plus I wouldn't be surprised if I go back to iPhone when my upgrade is due in June, we'll see how much I like my unlimited data - I got my S3 and now M off contract...

To be honest if you only have to sign a one year contract you're in a great situation. The iPhone 5 will definitely sell for $400+ this time next year so you'll come out on top plus the latest and greatest Android OR iPhone next year. So either use this year to have fun with Android or wait til next year =)

After some thinking, I'm waiting until next year. We'll have faster hardware, [hopefully] Key Lime Pie, and plus I haven't been able to experience any of the new features in iOS, or any new hardware. I'm using dated hardware from 2010. Next year is going to be experimental. Plus, I don't buy the "S" models of the iPhone anyways. ;)

3bs
Oct 21, 2012, 04:48 PM
After some thinking, I'm waiting until next year. We'll have faster hardware, [hopefully] Key Lime Pie, and plus I haven't been able to experience any of the new features in iOS, or any new hardware. I'm using dated hardware from 2010. Next year is going to be experimental. Plus, I don't buy the "S" models of the iPhone anyways. ;)

What if the next iPhone is the iPhone 5S?

SlCKB0Y
Oct 21, 2012, 04:50 PM
I have a GSM unlocked GN, and it's easily the best smartphone I've owned.

This is my opinion too.

Steve.P.JobsFan
Oct 22, 2012, 10:10 PM
What if the next iPhone is the iPhone 5S?

Then I don't buy it. I bought in at iPhone 4. I skipped the 4S because it's the same phone with a bit faster internals. I skip the "mini-upgades."


Buying the "S" model makes no sense to me. It's exactly the same iPhone, with a little bit faster CPU, and a little bit better camera. Not worth the $649. Or $199 in my case, since I'm only on a one-year contract.


EDIT: My Mom gave me back the GNex. She wants me to use it until my iPhone 5 is delivered around Thanksgiving (late November), and she'll go back to her dumbphone. That was awfully nice of her...

But, now I have a full month with Android and I. :)

cynics
Oct 22, 2012, 11:09 PM
Then I don't buy it. I bought in at iPhone 4. I skipped the 4S because it's the same phone with a bit faster internals. I skip the "mini-upgades."


Buying the "S" model makes no sense to me. It's exactly the same iPhone, with a little bit faster CPU, and a little bit better camera. Not worth the $649. Or $199 in my case, since I'm only on a one-year contract.


EDIT: My Mom gave me back the GNex. She wants me to use it until my iPhone 5 is delivered around Thanksgiving (late November), and she'll go back to her dumbphone. That was awfully nice of her...

But, now I have a full month with Android and I. :)

I prefer the S models. Hardware bugs get worked out. Like the antenna's on the 4. The 4S got a better camera then the 4, and I'm sure the 5S will get rid of the haze that the 5 exhibits using the camera.

Also the S models get the similar software to the next # version. My 4S has all the software your 5 has. However your 4 didn't have all the software my 4S got when it was released (Siri).
I can understand wanting the first design change model because its new and looks different but I prefer the mature version that software is better future proofed. Btw I think the 5 is a better phone then my 4S no doubt but I just can't justify upgrading and that's me telling my employer "I want to get the new iPhone 5"....

F123D
Oct 23, 2012, 01:42 AM
However your 4 didn't have all the software my 4S got when it was released (Siri).


I'm assuming you had a 3GS. That year, the screen alone on the iPhone 4 was worth the upgrade.

Faux Carnival
Oct 23, 2012, 02:00 AM
Pure Android is awesome! And Jelly Bean with Google Now is just great. Responsive, fluid, clean, elegant. But the problem with Nexus devices has always been the awful hardware. Crap camera, crap screens, crap looks and build. However this is going to change with Nexus 4.

gniss39
Oct 23, 2012, 03:34 AM
I have a 4S now and am thinking of selling it to get a new Nexus retail or a cheap GN when the new Nexus is out. I miss android and its customization with. ROMs and widgets. Plus ICS and JB seem like huge steps forward coming from Gingerbread when I last used android.

hardz10
Oct 23, 2012, 06:56 AM
I had the iphone 4S for 6 months and an iPhone 4 before that. I loved my iPhone and thought it was the best looking phone ever, but had to constantly keep it in a case out of fear I would drop it and smash the glass. This just ruined half of the experience for me. And then, when seeing the iOS 6 demo earlier this year and finally trying it, for me it didn't feel like a big enough step forward. It should have been called iOS 5S!

I had tried android previously with the S2, but touchwiz wasn't great imo, and the quality of the screen wasn't good enough when compared to the iphones.
I did a lot of research and bought a galaxy nexus last month and I have to say I am in love with it. The quality of the screen is great, not as good as the iphones but still more than sufficient. The camera isn't the best, but it's not the worst either. With Jelly Bean, this phone is as fast as my iPhone 4S, and I actually prefer this phone. It does everything my iphone could do.