Some of these replies have gone off to left field. So to answer your question, the Galaxy Nexus is special because it is a google phone that is guaranteed to get updates for the life of your wireless contract (2 years) and can be easily hacked (free tehering).
All the current high end phones can handle email and tethering effortlessly and you won't have the slow re-draw as with the OG droid. So it just comes down to your own personal taste with the phones. I would recommend the Nexus since any bugs will be handled in a timely manner by google.
Thank you for your helpful replies. I realldy did not know anyting about the GN until today and reading a few posts. I have simply had a Motorola phone for what seems like forever. Droid, origional Razr, and the TAC 250 before that. I am Geek-lite. Been playing with computers since 1984 but do not have the time to learn the latest technology as most folks do on forums like this. I remember DOS and how much faster you could do things with a little knowledge and I absolutely hate Ad-ware and Bloat-ware... I think it should be illegal! It is my computer after all. I greatly appreciate your thoughts and opinions. I guess I will wait till the 15th??? and see one in person. Seems like this is the next big thing like the Droid 1 was when it came out. Sure hope so!
Well, that is good news. I would love a new phone before Christmas. I promise I have been good! And I have been holding out for the truely "next best thing" not just the next phone. Hope this is it!
There are a few things that make it truly STAND OUT and STAND ABOVE the other phones on the market, including the Rezound and Razr (although those two are both nice phones, don't get me wrong!).
- A literally huge selling point for a lot of people is the huge screen which is 4.65" diagonal, or 1.15" bigger than our OG Droids' screens. Combine that with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels (aka 720p), and you have a pixel-density of 316ppi. For comparison, the OG Droid is ~220ppi and the Apple iPhone4S has ~326ppi (I use the iPhone because their "Retina" display has gotten a ton of rave reviews due to its pixel density... but it's only 3.5").
- "True Android", with no junk like the Blur or Sense UI's, and the only carrier-installed applications will be able to be removed completely. This means that the phone will be truly 100% yours, and you can do whatever you'd like with it or to it.
- Android 4.0, the first phone to have it, and it will be the phone that gets updated THE DAY OF new O.S. updates, not weeks or months later like others
- Texas Instruments OMAP4460 dual-core processor running at 1.2ghz makes it relatively future-proof, as this is a processor that is made to run at 1.5ghz, so the phone is actually under-clocked. That means, whenever you want, you can get SuperUser access and "overclock" your phone to its 1.5ghz spec, without any reliability worries! Also, as this is a Nexus, it is quite likely that the OMAP4460 chips in the phones were "hand-picked" out of all the ones made and only the best-performing ones with no defects will make their way into the phone that Google is actually putting its own money into, so I truly think this phone is capable of surpassing 2.0ghz easily.
- 1GB of RAM, a ~540mhz GPU, and 32GB of onboard Flash memory means plenty of "supporting hardware" to back up the CPU. The GPU can be overclocked, from what I've seen of its layout, and the memory modules are likely very high quality. Having the 32GB of storage integrated into the phone, and I believe on the same silicon as the CPU/RAM/etc, means that it will be much faster than SD Card storage.
- Preliminary results show that the Nexus has a significant advantage in speed on the 4G LTE network, with reports showing 25Mbps+ download speeds, and upload speeds as high as 10Mbps; that's about 20-30x faster than your 3G OG Droid. Other 4G LTE phones, on the same network, aren't hitting speeds quite that fast, so there is something different about this phone.
IT'S A NEXUS!!!
For $300, there is not a SINGLE PHONE that has any advantage over the Nexus, IMO.
"IT'S A NEXUS!!!
For $300, there is not a SINGLE PHONE that has any advantage over the Nexus, IMO."
Just to be a jerk you clearly just said the iPhone 4 display is better lol.
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