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Galaxy Nexus vs. iPhone 4S

December 26th, 2011 § 0 comments

A friend of mine forwarded a weekly newsletter from ExtremeTech.com indicating that he enjoyed the first two articles. What followed was possibly the most painful mobile reading experiences I have ever gone through. The first article redirected me to the mobile site but the wrong article. I tried it again and for some reason it worked the 2nd time. I was willing to let that pass until I started trying to read the article. That is when I discovered that they had some custom javascript that takes over scrolling. The best description I can think of is a mouse wheel setup so that each click of the wheel moves 2/3 of a page thus forcing you to either keep your finger on the screen and sort of crab scroll or to hunt down where you left off before the scroll ninja took over. To add insult to injury this “fancy” crap makes it impossible to copy text out of the article. Win.

It was this sort of ridiculous “innovation” that left me completely confident that their next article, Why you should sell your iPhone 4 and buy a Galaxy Nexus, would be chock full of useful information. Brimming over with brilliant insight into what Smartphone users really want. My excitement, to say the least, was palpable. In the same way that watching someone else vomit can be a palpable experience.

This is going to be fun.

It would be inaccurate to say that [Ice Cream Sandwich]1 is easier to use than the iPhone’s iOS, but that’s because Android simply isn’t about ease of use. Android is about power and flexibility — and with ICS, you still get that, but with an additional layer of gloss that has always been sorely needed.

I agree that Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) is hands down the best version of Android yet. It’s really too bad that many people, including those who bought the most popular Android phone last year, the Samsung Galaxy S, won’t be getting access to this great OS update. Android handset makers have a terrible track record when it comes to updating their phones.2 At some point these manufacturers are going to see the benefit of providing free updates to a product that was sold 12 months ago. That or continue to languish in the shadow of the profits reaped by the one manufacture that does.

here’s a quick list of the features that iOS simply can’t match: Face Unlock, Data Usage (soft and hard limits on data usage), Android Beam (NFC contact sharing), and panorama camera mode.

And outside of the nerd community who the fuck cares? Oh right, that’s why they threw in panorama camera mode, something that has been available in the iOS App Store for quite some time, and Face Unlock, a feature that can be fooled by a photo.

Beyond all else, though, the main reason to buy a Galaxy Nexus is the flexibility to do whatever you want with it. You might be completely satisfied with what your iPhone can do, but this is just a classic case of eyes wide shut, or the inability to want something if you don’t know it exists. You’re an American damnit, you want choices — and that’s exactly what Google’s flagship phone gives you.

This is my favorite anti-iPhone argument. Reworked it goes something like “You iPhone people are just ignorant sheep who are blindly buying an iDevice because you have no idea what you are missing. Ironically we have no idea what actually makes the iPhone experience great so we are going to trot out some tired argument that’s been used since the iPod was released.” The dash of nationalism is just icing on the ignorance cake. Win.

Now in the final paragraph we actually get to the meat of the article. Well, more like gristle.

A Galaxy Nexus, even without being jailbroken, offers you a changeable (and upgradeable) battery

And you are going to want it because that 4G chip is going to eat up battery. Win.

the option of installing an alternative keyboard

Something that was great when the Android keyboard sucked monkey balls. I find some of the alternative keyboards interesting and even innovative. To me they are little more than proof of concepts, however, and I have yet to see something that I would actually want to use full time.

new home screens/app launchers


and complete device automation with apps like Tasker.

Wow, that’s some nerdcore shit right there. Looking at the app homepage gives me PTSD flashbacks to a period in time when I tried to setup similar automatic tasks in Windows. Something that rarely worked and even when it did was far more effort than it was worth.3 Now if only there was a way to talk to your phone to setup difficult tasks. Oh wait, there is. And while Siri certainly doesn’t offer the breadth of customization that this app does, the fact that anybody can do it makes it far more compelling to me. Once Apple moves out of beta and opens this up to 3rd party apps I could imagine an app like Tasker being pretty damn cool. Until then, however, it remains nerdcore.

Jailbroken, you can install new ROMs (perhaps to remove that Verizon bloatware that was sneakily snuck onto the Nexus)

Heh. Hehe. Bwahahahahahahahahahhahahahah. Please hold on while I wipe the tears of laughter off my keyboard. The ability to remove crapware is a feature? I’ll keep my ability to not have crapware installed against my will. kthxbye

overclock (or underclock) the processor, and more.

Good thing you have that replaceable battery. Might want to pick up two just to get you through the day.

  1. this is the latest version of the Android operating system []
  2. Even the predecessors to the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus One and Nexus S, are not immune to these problems The Nexus One has been deemed too old and Nexus S updates have been halted because some phones where being bricked after the update. []
  3. Ironically this reminds me of my favorite (accurate) Steve Balmer Quote from a while back “You don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows phone and you do to use and Android phone…It is hard for me to be excited about the Android phones.” []

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