By January 28, 2010

Google Nexus One review

The Google Nexus OneUnless you have been living in the Big Brother house or under a rock you surely cannot have failed to notice that Google launched their first own-brand mobile handset the Google Nexus One. There aren’t many mobiles that make the headlines across a range of mainstream media outlets, probably the last one to get the same attention would have been the iPhone!

Quite a few people thought that Google already had their own phone out on the market. There has been confusion over the T-Mobile G1, which did bare the Google name, many thinking that was one of Google’s own products. However, the Nexus One is the first handset that Google have launched, branded and marketing themselves. Google launched the handset a little over two weeks ago at a huge press event and it went on sale, direct from Google, on the same day.

Since the launch the Nexus One, built for Google by our old friends HTC, has got some negative press. Issues the 3G connectivity, especially on the T-Mobile network in the USA have been reported almost everywhere, included here on the blog. We’ll be sure to cover that later on in the review.

So I’ve been using the Nexus One for almost two weeks and have made it my day-to-day device. I’ve been playing with Android software, flashing new ROM builds on it and generally getting my hands dirty with it. So let me tell you what I think of it!

 

The 10 second review:

  • Device: Google Nexus One
  • Price: $529 + shipping (UK Import Price £460 roughly)
  • Summary: Definitely the best Android device and one of the few devices I’ve used recently to make me leave the iPhone at home!
  • Best of: Fabulous AMOLED screen, speedy and responsive. Exchange email support (read on!)
  • Worst of: No Exchange calendar sync. Lack of desktop software like the iPhone’s. Small memory card supplied.

 

Please read on for the full review:

 

What’s in the box?

  • Nexus One handset
  • Battery (1420 mAh)
  • Slip-style pouch
  • MicroUSB sync/charge cable
  • Wired Headset
  • 4GB microSDHC memory card
  • MicroUSB style mains charger

Don’t forget to check out my Nexus One unboxing and demonstration video for a more detailed tour of the hardware and a look at the OS.

 

Google Nexus One Specification:

  • Height: 119mm
  • Width: 59.8mm
  • Depth: 11.5mm
  • Weight: 130 grams w/battery
  • 3.7-inch (diagonal) widescreen WVGA AMOLED touchscreen, 800 x 480 pixels
  • 5 megapixels camera
  • Autofocus from 6cm to infinity
  • 2X digital zoom
  • LED flash
  • User can include location of photos from phone’s AGPS receiver
  • Video captured at 720×480 pixels at 20 frames per second or higher, depending on lighting conditions
  • UMTS Band 1/4/8 (2100/AWS/900)
  • HSDPA 7.2Mbps
  • HSUPA 2Mbps
  • GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • A2DP stereo Bluetooth
  • Removable 1400 mAH battery
  • Talk time: Up to 10 hours on 2G / Up to 7 hours on 3G
  • Standby time: Up to 290 hours on 2G / Up to 250 hours on 3G
  • Internet use: Up to 5 hours on 3G / Up to 6.5 hours on Wi-Fi
  • Video playback: Up to 7 hours
  • Audio playback: Up to 20 hours
  • Qualcomm QSD 8250 1 GHz
  • Android Mobile Technology Platform 2.1 (Eclair)
  • 512MB Flash
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB Micro SD Card (Expandable to 32 GB)
  • Assisted global positioning system (AGPS) receiver
  • Cell tower and Wi-Fi positioning
  • Digital compass
  • Accelerometer

     

    General

    Let’s start out by looking at the Nexus One hardware.

    On the front of the handset we have a 3.7″ capacitive. It’s the same size as the Milestone but is AMOLED rather than transflective, therefore it’s extremely bright and rich in colour. Under the screen you’ll see 4 touch-sensitive buttons. These are; Back, Menu, Home and Search. While the buttons are not physical they do offer haptic feedback that is a good substitute. Below the touch buttons is a small trackball. The trackball itself is semi transparent and illuminates as a status indicator for email and other message notifications.

    Nexus One front view

    Nexus One front view

     

    The left hand side of the Nexus One handset simply has an up/down volume control rocker.

    Nexus One left side

    Nexus One left side

     

    To the left, well there’s not a lot to see here but it’s a good view of the design of the handset from the side. Notice how thin it is?!

    Nexus One right side

    Nexus One right side

     

    On the bottom of the handset is the microUSB sync/charge connector. On either side you’ll notice a of brassy coloured connectors that one assumes will be used by a docking station to change the handset, when it becomes available.

    Nexus One bottom view

    Nexus One bottom view

     

    Top of the handset we have the power button and the 3.5mm headphone connector.

    Nexus One top view

    Nexus One top view

     

    On the back there’s a pretty large looking camera. Great to see an Android device with a decent(ish) camera. This one is 5 megapixels and also has and LED flash. Also on the back is a large loudspeaker grille. The darker back portion of the back is the battery compartment cover.

    Nexus One back view

    Nexus One back view

     

    Removing the battery cover gives you access not only to the battery but also the SIM card and microSD card socket. The battery need to be removed to access the SIM and the memory card. Android devices don’t like you taking the memory card out while they are powered up!

    Nexus One inside view

    Nexus One inside view

     

     

    Highlights:

    • Multiple Exchange email support
    • Stunning display and sensitive touchscreen
    • Easy to customise
    • Tons of apps in Android Market
    • Snappy and responsive performance

     

    Lowlights:

    • Keep getting email messages stuck in out box
    • Who nicked the Exchange calendar sync?
    • Third-party apps required to sync with desktop
    • Trackball pointless?
    • Poor battery life

     

     

    Review

    Here at tracyandmatt I think we most have reviewed most of the current Android devices over the past year to 18 months. I was personally unimpressed with the early handsets such as the G1, I saw the potential there but they we’re not for me. However, things sure have moved along quickly for Android in such a short period of time with new version of the OS coming out with just about every new batch of handsets. Six months ago Version 1.5 and 1.6 were causing a stir and now we have 2.0 and 2.1 on the newer devices and talk of 3.0 being on some rumoured handsets already.

    It wasn’t until the Acer Liquid and the Motorola Milestone handsets that I reviewed last year that I started to enjoy the Android experience, but the platform has really started to grow up with proper Exchange Sync support in most handsets (missing from the Liquid because of a third party app) decent applications in the Android Market, many of them are free, and a better feel the the interface.

    So I’m sure everyone knows that Google launched their own branded and marketed Android handset about 3 weeks ago, they call it the Nexus One built for them by HTC. Google are selling the handset directly from their own store where you can buy online. Most regions are able to purchase the handset and they are all shipped from the USA. The launch price of $529 still stands at the moment but that doesn’t seem so bad when you consider the cost of some of the high end Windows Mobile devices such as the HTC HD2.

    Anyone buying from the UK needs to remember to add on shipping charges of $29 and then UK VAT payable on the import. There’s no import duty on mobile phones. As Google are not sending out any PR units here in the UK I bought my own Nexus One two weeks ago. Very impressed with the service having placed the order late on Tuesday the Nexus One arrived safe and sound on Thursday afternoon via DHL. With shipping charges and VAT the handset cost about £460, still reasonable for an unlocked handset I think.

    So after the Nexus unboxing video was recorded it was time to sit down and have a look at it more closely. Initial impressions of it physically are that it’s a really good looking device. Nicely rounded edges and a curved top and bottom make it sit nicely in the hand whilst also making it feel quite light weight. I like the silver-grey body and the contrast between that and the darker battery cover and black screen bezel. The only thing that bothers me about the overall design is how the camera sticks out at the back with no real protection. I can see that over time that camera lens is going to get scratched and worn as the devices test upon that when placed on a flat surface.

    So to initial power up, as with other Android handsets the first time you boot there is a short introduction and you are offered a series of tips that you can skip. You are then asked if you want to sign in to your Google account to set up email and Android Market. It would be nice to be able to do this at start up but in reality I found that you cant really do it. When you first start up and go through the process you cant step back and enable WiFi nor was the Nexus able to use my Orange SIM to connect to the internet to complete the sign in process as I had to manually set the Orange APN. Skipping this step is no big deal as it’s a simple matter to go back and set up your account later once you have some sort of internet connection enabled.

    “Coming from the iPhone though with its 320 x 480 display the Nexus One seems really sharp by comparison…”

    The most striking thing about the first start up is the screen. It’s a bright and evenly lit 3.7″ AMOLED display. If you’ve never seen an AMOLED display with your own eyes I would encourage you to do so, they have a richness of colour that’s impossible to demonstrate in videos or photos, the colours seem to stand off the screen almost. The screen is 480 x 800 pixels, the same as many of the larger screened devices on the market at the moment. Coming from the iPhone though with its 320 x 480 display the Nexus One seems really sharp by comparison.

    As with all bus a few Android handsets the Nexus One has a capacitive touch screen which is, as you would expect, very sensitive. You barely have to touch the screen for it to work. Anyone coming from a resistive touchscreen device may find a capacitive one something of a revelation.

    The four buttons below the screen are also touch sensitive rather than physical buttons. These cover Back, Menu, Home and Search. The one thing that I found with these though was that they were decidedly less responsive than the touchscreen itself which I found to be annoying. There were times when I found myself having to press quite firmly and deliberately to get them to respond where the screen itself never displayed such issues.

    The Nexus One has the obligatory ‘slide to unlock’ when you bring the handset out of sleep mode. It’s a typical swipe left to right affair. The lock screen itself does show some useful information such as the current time and date, the charge status (if you are tethered), the carrier and signal strength top-right and any alerts/notifications top-left.

    Locked

    The Nexus One lock screen

     

    Once unlocked you are presented with the main homescreen (middle picture below) which by default has a Google search box at the top and icons for Messaging (SMS), Android Market, Phone, Contacts, Browser and Maps. There is also a button at the bottom in the middle that brings up the application launcher with the full list of installed programs. The icons on the homescreen can be customised, you can have shortcuts to any of your installed applications and you can move them around as you see fit. There are also widgets that can be added to the screen. There are also extra panels for the homescreen that you can use. On the left, by default, you have a news and weather widget and camera and gallery shortcuts and on the right, the power widget (lets you turn WiFi and bluetooth etc. on and off) and Google Mail and Google Talk shortcuts. There are a further two panels to the far left and right but these are empty.

    Homescreen3 Homescreen Homescreen2

    The main homescreen (Middle) and additional panels to left and right

     

    You may have noticed the interesting backgrounds in the images above. The Nexus One is the first android device to have ‘active wallpaper’. It has a nicely animated light that trails across the screen. Looks quite cool and Tron-ish. There are several other active walpapers that can be used but I found this one to be the least obtrusive.

    So pushing the middle button at the bottom of the screen brings up the application launcher which displays the full list of installed applications so that you can, well, launch them. Below you’ll see what the program list looks like as standard. Once you start using the Android Market this list can grow rapidly!

    Programs1 Programs2

    Installed Application List

     

    The installed applications are fairly typical with things like Calculator, Calendar, Camera, Clock etc. The one perhaps being the Amazon MP3 Store, which allows you to purchase and download music. Also the Corporate Calendar is not a standard thing in the Nexus One, something that I’ve gone and added myself but there will be more on that later when we get to Email and Exchange Sync.

    The settings menu is again fairly Android typical. Getting in to the Settings Menu is simple a matter of pressing the Menu button on the front of the unit, this is the button just below the screen. The menu button is also used in many other applications to alter settings in there too. From the settings menu we have options to alter the Wireless and Network options, Call settings, Sound & Display options etc. It’s here that we can set up Bluetooth and WiFi settings.

    Settings Menu

    Settings Menu

     

    Setting up a WiFi connection is a very straightforward affair. All you need to do is go in to the wireless settings menu and enable WiFi. It’ll then scan for available wireless networks and show you which ones you can connect to. WiFi reception on the Nexus One seems to be really good. Comparing it to my iPhone the Nexus One is able to connect to my home WiFi connection at greater distances than the iPhone and the HD2.

    Wireless-settings

    Wireless & Network Settings

     

    You’ll notice in the About Phone screen below there is an item called Battery Use. This is quite handy as it lets you see, visually, what applications or services are using all your battery power. Certainly a nice idea if you suddenly find yourself running low, you can find out what’s to blame!

    About Battery-Use Battery-Use-Detail

    The About, Battery Use and Battery Use details screens

     

    So lets get back to basics, you want to make a phone call. It’s a case of getting back to either the homescreen and pressing the Phone Icon or else doing the same from the launcher. We’re presented with a fairly typical phone keypad where we can simply dial a number or else we can view the call history, go to contacts or view our favourites.

    Phone-Dialer

    Phone Dialler

     

    Whilst on the subject of making a call lets talk about the reception and call quality. Reception wise then the Nexus is really good. I live in the middle of nowhere and get next to no signal here. My iPhone may pick up the network once in a blue moon. The Nexus though has been getting some reception from time to time, more than the iPhone and Tracy’s Touch Pro2 does. The three handsets all sitting side-by-side on my desk, all with Orange SIM cards, the Nexus is the one to most frequently get some signal.

    Call quality is fine, not something that is easy to test but the loudspeaker is loud enough, calls seem as clear as anyone would expect and during the past week or so of actually using the device I’ve not had any problems with dropped calls which I think it pretty unusual.

    Speaking of calls, there’s another thing that’s bugged me about the Nexus, well, Android really. If I make the ringtones loud enough to hear then the email and SMS notifications and the alarm practically deafen me. There seems not to be a way to just increase the ringer and not all of the other notifications too!

    One of the main stories about the Nexus is how badly behaved it has been on T-Mobile where customers are finding that they cannot get a 3G service with the Nexus One. I think that particular part of the issue is limited T-Mobile USA as I have been using the Nexus with a T-Mobile SIM on and off and, certainly in London, have been enjoying 3G coverage quite nicely. There is an acknowledgement that a problem exists though and a fix is due soon.

    The Nexus One has built in GPS, no surprise there. Again as with the WiFi and mobile network reception, the GPS seems to work very well. Firing up Google maps takes just a few seconds for the app to load and despite me sitting indoors and not particularly near to any windows or anything that might help, Google Maps will pick up my position in around a minute from cold which is really quite impressive. Using Google maps in-car the accuracy seems good too and whilst not moving the GPS  ‘drift’ is not terrible.

    Map1 Map2

    Google Map Screens

     

    The Google Maps application installed is the box standard version of Google Maps with the ability to view Satellite, Traffic and Latitude layers, search for an address and navigate between two points. Unlike the Milestone though, there’s no additional turn-by-turn Sat Nav application.

    Again, if you have been following things about the Nexus One you’ll know that although the hardware and OS are certainly capable of using multitouch, for some reason this functionality has been removed at the application level from Google Maps on the Nexus One so we cant use two fingers to zoom around the map.

    The same restrictions apply to the web browser, out of the box multitouch has been disabled. I know that I may have made a comment in my Milestone review about multitouch hardly being the holy grail but it’s strange how once you get used to something like the pinch to zoom it’s annoying when it’s not there. There are some options if you really do want to use multitouch within the web browser. The first and perhaps the easiest is to install Dolphin Browser from the Android Market. It’s a free app that does support multitouch. It’s not the best browser out there but it does work ok.

    The other option is to unlock the boot loader and ‘ROOT’ the Nexus so that you can install your own ‘Cooked Rom’ on the device and install one where the browser has been borrowed from another handset that does support multitouch or else install it yourself using some of the developer tools. A bit of a faff, but it can be done. I’ve installed Cyanogen’s ROM and now have multitouch.

    The installed web browser isn’t bad. I am impressed by the speed with which loads and renders web pages. Probably the fastest browser in that respect, take a look at my video to see that demo’d.

    In general web pages are laid out quite well, much the same as the desktop counter parts, but there is an exception to that. If you take a look at the screen shots below of our site loaded on the Nexus you’ll notice that text body of the posts are squashed over to the left. Initially thought that this was something to do with our site but having tried it on others I conclude it’s something that this browser does. Not a big deal but kind of annoying. You’ll notice that the Dolphin Browser, on the right below, does NOT do that.

    Browser-Port Browser-Land Dolphin

    Tracyandmatt.co.uk loaded in the default web browser and on the right in the Dolphin Browser

     

    “…perhaps the best thing is that you can add multiple Exchange Email accounts!”

    Email is one thing that the Nexus One does very well in my opinion. It supports POP3, IMAP and Exchange email accounts and it’s very easy to add new ones. But for me, perhaps the best thing is that you can add multiple Exchange Email accounts! How I have longed for such a thing! You may think ‘so-what’ but let me explain why that’s good. Not only does it mean that you can get push email from more than one source but it means that you can sync contacts from more than one server. I’ll get ton Calendars in a moment. This in itself is pretty important to me as I use three different Exchange servers to to have push email from each of them is brilliant. It has also been well implemented so that contacts from all three of my Exchange servers appear as contacts on the phone but it doesn’t mix them all up server side! As far as I know this is the only handset to support such a thing!

    Email_accounts Combined-Inbox Email-View

    Email accounts, combined inbox and email view.

     

    The other nice thing about email is that you can view a combined inbox where emails from all of your email accounts are shown in one list, in chronological order, so you don’t have to go in and out of each one to read new messages. Each message is colour coded with a bar on the left to show you which account it belongs to. There doesn’t seem to be a way to change the colours though.

    One thing about email that has annoyed me over the past few days is that on a couple of occasions I’ve had email get stuck in the outbox. This has happened with two different email accounts too. I’ll keep my eye on it to make sure it’s not something that will keep happening. Speaking to a few other nexus owners though they have not seen this behaviour.

    I’ve mentioned the Corporate Calendar and Exchange sync a few times now. So let me explain the issue. For some reason the Corporate or Exchange Calendar has been removed from the Nexus. So although Exchange is sitting there synchronising there’s no way, out of the box, to see the calendar. There is a calendar on the device but it does not sync with Exchange. For me this was a significant problem as I use one of my calendars to manage my life!

    Perhaps the reason that it’s not there by default is something to do with the multiple Exchange support but it was something that I really needed. There are a few third-party solutions that allow you to sync the built in calendar with your desktop but these all seem to require tethering which is in itself not ideal for me. Now with Paul from Modaco’s help I have managed to work around this, which is why you’ll see the corporate calendar icon on the screenshots earlier in this review but this again requires that you ROOT the Nexus and take something, in this case the calendar, from another device. Doable but not something that every is going to be willing or able to do. A shame.

    “…but the iPhone keyboard seems just that little bit better."

    Text entry and the keyboard are much the same on the Nexus as just about all the other Androids out there. You have a nicely laid out QWERTY keyboard that can be used in portrait or landscape mode. It’s big enough to be useful but not so big as to take up too much of the screen. In practice it’s very similar to the iPhone keyboard but not quite as good in my opinion. Something that I just cant quite put my finger on (no pun intended there) but the iPhone keyboard seems just that little bit better.

    Text entry isn’t just limited to QWERTY and using your fingers though. You may have noticed in the earlier screenshots and in the ones below that there’s a little microphone symbol on the keyboard and on the Google search box. This actually allows you to use your voice for text entry. When you first use it you are warned that it’s experimental, which made me wonder if it would work at all! However in practice it’s not bad. Short chunks of text are ok, breaking things down seems to work best and putting on your best American accent also seems to help. I could probably spend some time to lean how it works more and I’m sure it would be better but with the mistakes it makes it’s still quicker to use the QWERTY. It might be handy for responding to the quick SMS when you are using hands-free in the car but anywhere else you try to use this you are going to feel like a total berk!

    SMS-Port SMS-Land Voice-Entry

    QWERTY keyboards and Voice to Text entry

     

    I should also mention that you do need an active internet connection for the voice to text to work.

    The camera on the Nexus is a 5 megapixel auto-focus shooter AND it has an LED flash! The camera interface it pretty straight forward, you can change setting for quality, recording type (Video or Photo), flash settings etc. and then snap a photo. You have to press an on-screen button to take the photo as there’s no dedicated camera button but that’s no big deal. Camera quality is OK. Works quite well when there’s a lot of light bit starts to get a bit noisy as the light levels reduce more, fairly typical behaviour.

     

    One thing you may notice in the shots above where the flash has been used is that the placement of the flash means that the subject, especially when close, get illuminated unevenly. Not the end of the world, not forgetting this is a phone with a built-in camera and not an SLR but worth remembering as the orientation of the phone when you take a picture with the flash will greatly affect the outcome.

    The camera leads on to media then. Once you’ve taken your photos they are shown in the Gallery app. I like the way the Gallery presents images and albums. When you first load up everything is animated and you see the photos fall in to nice little piles on the screen. It looks quite pretty. The screen, as mentioned earlier, being of the AMOLED variety does an excellent job of showing off your photos!

    Gallery

    The Gallery App.

     

    If you want to watch video, both pre-recorded and your own, you also find them sitting here in the Gallery.

    In the programs menu you’ll find ‘Music’, as I mentioned above, video playback is done through the Gallery, Music is just for, you guessed it, music. When you launch the app you are presented with Artist, Album, Song and playlist views. In much the same way as any MP3 player out there, you can sort and show your media, in this case music in those three ways.

    On the Nexus One the Audio playback itself is good, nothing spectacular but nothing bad either, I’d certainly be happy to listen to my music and Podcasts on there. Fortunately there’s the 3.5mm headphone socket that allows you to use any standard headphones which I always prefer to do given the choice. For those of you that like it loud the volume level is good too.

    Music Music2

    Music list and Now-Playing

    Obviously there’s no iTunes client on the Nexus One so that’s where the Amazon MP3 Store comes in. It’s sort of similar to iTunes in that you can browse or search for music on your device and then download it. Singles and albums seem to be cheaper with Amazon than Apple. Unfortunately there’s no support for podcast downloading within the application so if you need some kind of podcatcher on the device then you’ll have to look elsewhere.

    Amazon-MP3

    The Amazon MP3 Store

     

    One of the reasons why Android and Windows Mobile struggles against the iPhone is in the lack of desktop client sync software. This is something that Apple does so will with the iPhone/iPod and iTunes. You simply drop the iPhone in a dock or connect the cable and then iTunes takes care of the rest. Apps, Games, Music, Podacsts etc. etc. are all synchronised based upon choices you make. Yes you can sync music with Windows Mobile using Media Player but it’s just not the same seamless experience. I can download content on my Mac or PC in iTunes and have it uploaded to the iPhone the next time I connect. It’s all very easy and once you fall in to the iTunes trap it hard to escape.

    So there are a couple of options for syncing Android (and other Non-Apple devices) with you Mac/PC and iTunes. Two very good third party applications exist and I have been trying them out with the Nexus One.

    I’m talking about Missing Sync for Android and DoubleTwist. Both very good applications that tie in with iTunes to some degree where they can read your music library and sync items based upon your how you set them up. Missing Sync goes a little further than DoubleTwist, it’s capable of synchronising documents, contacts and outlook where DoubleTwist is more media-based.

    I’ve tried both and which one to choose very much depends upon your needs so it’s worth checking them both out. Neither are perfect, but that not down to the software but down to Android more than anything else, when you connect an android device via USB you have to remember to mount the SD card before anything will sync. It’s just another step.

    This review is already on the long side so I shall talk more about Missing Sync and DoubleTwist in another dedicated post later.

    MissingSync sync-music-pc-mac-iTunes

    Missing Sync for Android

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    DoubleTwist

     

    So I’m now nearing the end of the review. Lets wrap a few things up.

    I’ve not been impressed with the battery life of the Nexus One. I can just about get a working day out of it if I am relatively careful about my usage. I’m pretty sire that the reason for this is down to the problems reported with 3G, I think the handset is hunting too hard for 3G which is draining the battery. If I set the handset to 2G only or even remove the SIM then the battery life it dramatically different. I hope this can be addressed in an update!

    I like the look and built quality of the handset. I feels and looks good, people have actually stopped and asked me about it too. I love the screen and how good the touchscreen is and how responsive the handset is in general.

    Android is certainly growing up, and it’s a definite contender now. I think I started off this review by saying that I’d come from the iPhone to the Nexus One. They are very similar in size and broadly speaking they have a similar design, I’m sure that HTC and Google have deliberately done this in the hope that they might win some iPhone customers or at the very least attract some would-be iPhone buyers.

    So in a market place where Google are obviously trying to compete with Apple it makes me wonder why on earth they would supply such a small memory card. At just 4GB it’s half that of the lowest spec iPhone surely it would be better to supply 16GB to at least be on level pegging with the 3GS?

     

    Conclusion

    So what are my overall thoughts about the Nexus one? It’s a great handset that has a few kinks to iron out. There are some irritating omissions from the Nexus, multitouch and corporate calendar being the ones to annoy me most. Good for beginners and enthusiasts alike this is a fun handset. Simple enough for a new user, customisable and hackable enough for the power user.

    From a pure handset point of view alone I do prefer it to the iPhone. Am I swapping it for the iPhone? No. The reason is simply that Apple have their claws in to me with iTunes. That’s where all my music and video is stored, that’s where I download and sync my podcasts from. I plug the iPhone in and it just works! There are a few desktop apps that work with Android to provide a similar experience but they’re not quite the same and not quite as simple as just plugging in and forgetting about it. Were I not and iPod/iPhone user then the Nexus would be my choice for sure or of the Nexus worked properly with iTunes then for me it would be a no-brainer. But for now I will be sticking with my 32GB iPhone that has enough space for music and video and enough battery power to last me through the day.

     

    Posted by: Matt

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