Best Device To Try Android

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by panda bear, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. panda bear macrumors 68000

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    I've been pretty much an all-Apple person for a while now..

    But i'm curious about Android and I want to try it.

    I kind of feel like getting an Android phone would be a little too much of a hassle if I don't like it. Plus, my phone is my main device and i'd like to stick with iOS as my main device (for now).

    I have an iPad Mini already, so i'm kind of thinking another 7" tablet.

    I'm not really sure which tablet is the best one to get to have a legit comparison.

    I was thinking the Nexus 7, but i'm not fully aware of all the choices available.

    I'd prefer for it to be on the most recent OS (Jelly Bean, I think?) and noticed that the Tab is on Ice Cream Sandwich.. would I be able to upgrade one of these other devices to the most recent OS?

    I'm not really sure how all that goes with Android.

    Thanks :)
     
  2. aerok macrumors 65816

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    If you want to try Android, your best bet is the Nexus 7 for a pure stock experience.
     
  3. Internaut macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, Nexus 7 or Nexus 10. Or, if you'd prefer a phone, the Nexus 4 (though LG's Rocking Horse ---- Plant just outside of Seoul hasn't been producing too many of these).
     
  4. panda bear thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Is that the only tablet that I can get Jelly Bean on? Or could I upgrade a Galaxy Tab?

    It seems like the 16gb Nexus 7 is harder to find in stores.
     
  5. aerok macrumors 65816

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    With the Galaxy Tab, you don't get the stock experience and you might never get the Jellybean update.

    The 16GB is harder to find but the 32GB one is very easy.
     
  6. panda bear thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Hmm.. So the nexus is the only tablet with Jelly Bean, I guess?
     
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    I used a Nexus 7 with Jelly Bean on it a few months back for just a weekend. It was a nice device, but crippled until you signed in with a Google account. Once I signed in, I was able to do anything it could offer.

    I don't remember much now, except that I did like the non-slip back on it. It wasn't bad at all though, but I still liked iOS better.
     
  8. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    Some tablets such as the Xoom have been updated to jellybean. As well as some samsung tablets I believe. The best way to try android out is through a nexus device though.
     
  9. aerok macrumors 65816

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    The only Samsung tablets that are Jellybean are the Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 I believe. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
     
  10. panda bear thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Okay, thanks guys! I'll probably get a Nexus 7 soon, then. As long as I can find a 16gb in-store near me somewhere.
     
  11. batting1000 macrumors 604

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    Yeah, your best bet is to get a Nexus device. I don't even think there are any non-Nexus devices running 4.2.x yet. It's ridiculous.
     
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    Phones are still coming out with 4.1 :p
     
  13. praktical macrumors regular

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    Best Device to Try Android

    I would go with the Galaxy Note II
     
  14. batting1000 macrumors 604

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    Some with 4.0 as well. :rolleyes:
     
  15. jamojamo macrumors 6502

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    I have the Nexus 7 32GB Wifi only and I'd recommend the Nexus. The 16 can't be beat price-wise but I figured the extra $50 for the 32 wasn't so bad.
     
  16. Rodster macrumors 68040

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    I also highly recommend the Nexus 7, great deal for the money but it looks like the next N7 may get the Tegra 4. If you need an android device NOW then you can't beat the value of the N7.
     
  17. blackhand1001 macrumors 68030

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    Pretty sure jellybean has rolled out the galaxy tab 2 7.0 and 10.1 The nexus 7, and the Nexus 10 are both very good tablets (although android 4.2 is a little rough around the edges compared to 4.1 and chrome needs major work, wish they had the regular stock android browser in the stock firmware.) Rumor is that 4.2.2 is rolling out right now so that should iron out some of the issues in 4.2. The galaxy tab 2 (both sizes) is also fully supported in cm10 so if you don't mind installing custom firmware you keep up with the latest updates. The hardware is essentially the galaxy nexus's in a tablet so porting android versions to it is very straight forward. You can't go wrong with either. The nexus 7 is probably your best choice for the moment.
     
  18. panda bear thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Oh so much that goes in to buying an Android device :eek:
     
  19. Rodster macrumors 68040

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    Not really. The N7 is currently the best Android tablet on the market and the 16GB model is priced @ $199 :)
     
  20. ChrisTX macrumors 68030

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    Just get a hold of a Nexus 4, pop your sim card in, and you're good to go! Stock Android is the best way to go here. :cool:
     
  21. surjavarman macrumors 6502a

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    Just get a phone with the best hardware on the market: nexus4, note2, sgs3, one x+ and run cyonogenmod on it.

    You don't necessarily need a nexus device
     
  22. taedouni macrumors 65816

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    I just got Galaxy Note 2 to try out and I love it thus far. I rooted it then unlocked its boot loader and installed a custom JB ROM.
     
  23. strausd macrumors 68030

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    I remember seeing a mid-range Android phone come out last month with Gingerbread.
     
  24. b166er macrumors 68020

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    Back in the summer I decided to finally try android. I got a nexus 7 since its a contract free way to experiment with the platform. Turns out I love it. Gonna pick up a note 2 on Friday.
     
  25. 3bs macrumors 603

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    I think the only mid-range phone I know is the S3 Mini :p

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    There are usually some issues with running AOSP ROMs on non-Nexus devices. My international S3 had issues with camera not connecting, BSOD (black screen of death) where you can't wake up the phone and a hard reboot is needed, wifi tethering not working, memory leak which meant rebooting several times a day but this one was fixed. It's not as bad as I'm making it sound but it's definitely something to consider.

    Not to mention that one of the CM team, I think it was Codeworkx, said he was going to stop developing for Samsung phones because of their lack of cooperation with developers.

    Edit: here's the link where he discusses it http://www.androidnext.de/schwerpunkt/codeworkx-cyanogenmod-interview-english/
     

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