Thinking about getting and Android phone

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by GroundLoop, Oct 3, 2012.

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    GroundLoop

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    ...and I have a question for the gurus out there. I have never used an android phone and none of my coworkers have Android phones with anything more recent than Froyo. Is there any way that I can explore more recent Android versions online? I would love like a flash based ICS of JB simulator. I just want to get a feel for the interface before I make any kind of move.

    Does anything like that exist?

    GL
     
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    Dolorian

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    You can install the Android SDK for Mac which allows you to download, install and emulate very much any version of Android that has ever been available. You can get it here:

    http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html

    Or better yet, go and play with a Galaxy S3, a Galaxy Nexus or an HTC One X at a store. It will really allow you to appreciate the devices and the OS. Much better than a simulator.

    Hope that helps!
     
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    blackhand1001

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    Just letting you know. The android emulator performs way worse than the real thing. I mean way way worse. The best thing you really can do is go to a verizon store or sprint store and play with their galaxy nexus. You could also try a nexus 7.
     
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    Dolorian

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    Indeed, that's something to keep in mind when using it.
     
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    GroundLoop

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    Nothing in store seems to have JB installed though. I am really hoping that the new Nexus phone gets announced sometime this month as rumored.

    GL
     
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    blackhand1001

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    You can always stop by staples and play with a nexus 7. I personally think chrome for android sucks though. The galaxy nexus has the regular android browser which is much better. Google should have gave the nexus 7 it as well. You can install the jellybean browser on the nexus 7 luckily by side loading it or you can install dolphin or boat browser which offer the same speed and smoothness as the jellybean browser.
     
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    Dolorian

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    Jelly Bean is available for the Nexus already and it will be released for the S3 this month.
     
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    Stuntman06

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    Stores may not update their demo models to the lastest software.
     
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    tech4all

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    Curious as to why?
     
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    blackhand1001

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    Its very laggy compared to the stock jellybean browser, way less smooth, takes forever to render while scrolling when loading a page. The stock jellybean browser, boat browser, dolphin do not suffer from this and are just as fast and way smoother.
     

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