I went by the Verizon Store today to play around with the Galaxy Nexus. I thought I would be blown away by the "phone of phones". The fact is I was unimpressed. I am not some moto fanboy. In fact, I don't care about brands. I went with an open mind to checkout the next big thing. Here are my thoughts:
In the end, there is no way I would buy the Galaxy Nexus over the Razr.
- Performance - There is no discernible difference in performance. They are both fast.
- Style - Blah. In fact, the phone has no style - The Razr may not be for everyone, but it is by no means nondescript. The Galaxy Nexus is just that; nondescript. It is a bigger Nexus S. You will have to explain to all non android fanboys why this phone is special. Conversely, the first day I had the Razr at work several people commented about how sleek it was and a couple of women called it sexy including my wife. She has an iPhone 4 and used to laugh at my HTC Tbolt.
- Screen - It is better than the Razr and clearly bigger. No arguments. That said, I had to hold them together to really tell. The pixel count helps the Nexus a lot. However, the screen size is not realized most of the time because a significant portion is dedicated to navigation buttons. In fact, I would say you are back to 4:3 when you are not watching movies.
- The Camera - Nothing special and it is only 5MP. The Zero shutter gimmick appears to be nothing more than the camera running in fixed focus mode. 1 out of 5 pictures taken quickly will look sharp. The camera may actually be worse than Razr's. (BTW - Its the software. Get Camera 360 to fixes most Razr camera issues)
- Interface - I really don't thing I like the soft navigation buttons. It may be because I am not used to them. Many one step functions have become two, while nothing is quicker. Stock Android is still clumsy. Maybe not for anyone who uses this site, but this is not a polished experience. Give me my Razr + Go Launcher Ex any day of the week.
- Functions - this is where I am really confused. Everyone acts like there are revolutionary functions. I am lost because there was very little I found on this phone that I don't already have.
- ICS has lock screen has immediate access to camera - so does the hated blur.
- ICS has panoramic camera that allows you to move across your subject without multiple shutter pressing. - so does the dreaded blur.
- ICS has notifications that allow you to remove individual notifications. so does the despised blur.
- I like the improvements to voice actions. the auto stop is gone, so you can speak forever.
- The hardware acceleration is subtle, but nice. It makes android have that smooth iPhone feel while navigating the interface. (can't wait for this)
- The Keyboard is not better than swipe or swiftkey, it's just better than stock android which sucks.
- Most other functions from the face recognition unlock, to the swiping away of notifications and apps, seem like gimmicks with no real-world benefits. Where as Smart Actions and Motocast are already a part of my life.
- Having the replaceable battery is nice. I also noticed that the auto brightness on this thing is overboard. No doubt everyone will talk about how long the battery lasts. Moto should have employed this strategy.
- It has no SD slot. This really sucks. For me 16 gig is not enough for my music, pictures and apps. (I don't have an unlimited plan, so the cloud will not suffice)
- Lastly - The phone feels so unbelievably cheap. It is like a cheesy plastic toy, not high end at all. I know this is not a representation of the internal hardware, because we know that it is impressive, but I can't stand cheap felling electronics!.