Cheapest way to experience Android 4.2 and Google Now?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Allenbf, May 26, 2013.

  1. Allenbf macrumors 6502

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    Looking to dip my toe in the Android world...am on Verizon. What is the least expensive phone to experience vanilla Android 4.2, Google Now (full, not iOS)? Looked at used Samsung Galaxy Nexus but that is still $100 at least.

    Thanks for suggestions, rather spend around $50 or less if possible for now, just looking for something to play around with really
     
  2. Assault macrumors 6502a

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    Good luck. 4.2 requires certain specs if you want to run a stock variant of Androif, and I doubt you'll find a cheap phone running the latest OS. Especially with Verizon!
     
  3. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    $100 isn't bad for a galaxy nexus. Battery life sucks however.
     
  4. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

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    You could either buy a Nexus 7 tablet, or buy an old Verizon Galaxy Nexus, bare in mind it is a last gen device.
     
  5. SlCKB0Y macrumors 68040

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    The GSM GNex has fine battery life. I'm presuming you have the CDMA/lte version?
     
  6. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    How long are you getting out of it?
     
  7. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    No it doesn't. Mine barely lasted a day and it was the GSM version. The VZW version is even worse than that.
     
  8. Allenbf thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I did consider the Nexus 7, but I need something more portable. May have to go with the Gnex I guess

    Thanks for the feedback, folks.
     
  9. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    After android 4.3 or whatever the next version is it likely won't get anymore updates from Google so keep that in mind.
     
  10. KentuckyHouse macrumors 68020

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    Source for this, please.
     
  11. blackhand1001, May 27, 2013
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    My Verizon one lasts more than a day no problem. The gsm one should have no problem doing a day.

    I have 64% left with 13 hours off the charger, 90 minutes of screen on, about an hour of phone calls, and playing music through my car stereo for about an hour.
     
  12. strausd macrumors 68030

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    He did use the word "likely" indicating that it was his speculation...

    Its not like he said this:
     
  13. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020

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    I'm just speculating. But it lines up with what Google has done in the past with their updating. They typically only support their phones for around 2 years so the galaxy's days are probably limited.
     
  14. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    I too have heard this recently. I don't remember it was through a news article or just on the forums.
     
  15. Tarzanman macrumors 65816

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    Battery life on the Galaxy Nexus is good. Anyone who says different either:
    1. has a crap-ton of apps idling in the background
    2. keeps their screen on all the time
    3. lives in an area with bad reception (meaning the radio is drawing extra power).

    I have both a GSM and CDMA (Sprint) Galaxy Nexus.
     
  16. MegamanX macrumors regular

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    I would still call it poor compared to other android phones. It just does not have the power effiency and handling of others. The running theory on this is because it is open source it does not have access to the property stuff that might increase it.

    There was a huge difference in battery life when I went from a Galaxy Nexus GSM to a Galaxy S4. That being said teh Galaxy Nexus is a great phone and I really do like it.
     
  17. KentuckyHouse macrumors 68020

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    Easy there tiger...I was seriously asking if there was a source for his notion or if it was just speculation. I saw his reply below.

    Thank you. I wasn't trying to be smart...I was really wondering if I'd missed something.

    Thanks. :D
     
  18. Sir Ruben macrumors 65816

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    Truthfully, TRUTHFULLY, you are missing very little with Google Now. I have already disabled it as it didn't really seem to add any real value.
     
  19. viskon macrumors 6502

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    On the subject of the GNex battery life, I am presently running my own little experiment on my GNex. I got fed up with the 2 hours of screen time I was getting on just about any ROM.

    So I did a fresh install of Rassaber ( no specific reason for choosing it) and flashed the Rasbean Gapps. With just one app installed - K9 mail set to sync hourly with Yahoo mail and Gmail push mail - I am getting close to 18 hours of battery with 3.5-4 hours screen time (OST).

    Subsequently, I installed Facebook, Google Maps , and Google Search ( Google Now). My battery life dropped back to the aforesaid 2 hours screen time. I uninstalled Google Now, and my battery life is back up to 3 hours OST. I plan to run this setup for the next few days, reinstall Google Now and see if anything changes.

    To the OP- if you can live with the battery life, the GNex is a great value at $100.

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    I am missing Google Now . I love having all my team scores, my stocks all a swipe away.
     
  20. Allenbf thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Really? I love the watered down version in iOS. I figured I'd REALLY love the 'full' version in Android. Plus I am considering moving to an Android phone along with iPad mini in the future.

    I suppose the sensible thing would for me to buy a Nexus 7 and use my iPhone's hotspot. Then I'll at least have a tablet I can share with my kids (I have an iPad as well)
     
  21. thehustleman macrumors 65816

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    So says you.

    My question is how much screen time do you get?
     
  22. KentuckyHouse macrumors 68020

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    Fixed that for you.

    While it's all well and good that Google Now isn't for you, that doesn't mean it's not for the OP or me or anyone else. Especially when the OP is specifically asking about Google Now and how he can experience the full version of it.

    What may be your truth isn't necessarily every other user's truth.

    For example, I really like Google Now. I like how it's predictive rather than reactive. But I also realize OP may get to experience it and not care for it or find it useful. And you know what, that's OK. I'm not going to get all offended when someone doesn't like something that I do. But I'm also not going to try and dissuade someone from trying it and finding out for themselves either.
     
  23. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    I'm enjoying Google Now. Today, it showed me a brand new album by one of my most favorite bands that just came out today. I clicked on it and it took me to Google Music where I listened to the entire thing.

    It's always showing me things I never expected.

    My user name here is from one of their songs.
     
  24. Allenbf thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Awesome. Even on the watered down iOS version, i googled a movie theater this weekend for Hangover 3 show times...bought tickets, etc. few minutes later I opened the google app and the directions popped up for me without me even asking. This, I love. This is why I want to try the full version to see what I'm missing, like better reminders and push notifications.

    Hangover 3 is good, fwiw. My opinion :D
     

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