Nexus to Verizon in the Spring: Implications

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  1. jsh1120

    jsh1120 Silver Member

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    First the disclaimers: I have no inside information about anything. Just speculating based on a number of years of watching the tech industry.

    The only real news in the announcement this morning was that the Nexus would be available for VZW "in the spring." Several implications and questions.

    () It appears that Google is serious about making the phone independent of service providers. I'm sure T-Mobile is less than thrilled about not having an exclusive for the phone and I strongly suspect that other providers are considering whether to get in line or be left out in the cold. Verizon's strong relationship with Google apparently determined their decision.

    () From the reviews, it doesn't appear that Nexus brings much to the party in competition with the Droid other than (a) 2.1 and (b) a "curvier" and arguably sexier form factor. And for those who prefer a physical keyboard, it's a non-starter. Likewise, at least from the Engadget review, it appears the screen on the Nexus is difficult to read in the sun. Those weaknesses alone would make me keep my Droid but I suspect I'm part of a relatively small segment of the market.

    So what exactly are VZW's incentives here. Should they try to minimize the differences between the two phones by upgrading the Android O/S as soon as possible to 2.1? That undoubtedly would make both Motorola and Droid owners happy. On the other hand, if Verizon is seriously jumping on the Google/Nexus bandwagon, why not provide a clear benefit on the Nexus side by providing enhanced features compared to the Droid?

    I'm sure there would be much moaning and wailing on the part of Droid owners if VZW fails to upgrade the O/S this month when the rumors say it will happen. On the other hand, I suspect there is (or recently has been) a discussion going on within VZW around the issue of whether to orphan the Droid or make it a viable competitor to the Nexus.
     
  2. Echo3

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    Between the Droid and the Nexus. I don't think it's a competition between the two, but a matter of choice. It doesn't make sense for VZW to pour so much money into marketing the Droid to only orphan it for the Nexus One in a matter of a few months. They will share the same OS, so it's just a matter of form of one's preference. Also, since Google will offer different handsets through their site than just the Nexus One.
     
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    Remember many people want a keyboard and that may be a big deciding factor between the Droid and the Nexus. Basically they are very close to the same phone as far as operating.

    I would imagine by the time it gets to Verizon we will see many more Android phones come out.

    I love my Droid. I think it looks better than the Nexus.

    If I had to go to the store and decide between the two I'd pick the Droid for the keyboard. Now that I have Swype I would pick the Nexus if it would have Swype - the Droid if not.

    I still think the Nexus is ugly and cheap looking.
     
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    TMO would have signed an exclusivity agreement if they had reached such an agreement so I can't imagine that they're really surprised. The N1 isn't locked to TMO anyway.

    You know, the Droid isn't VZW's only Android device...

    Why do you think it's an either-or thing?
     
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    It's not either or. the Droid is going to be the flagship device for VZW. The N1 will have it's place in the Droid line. Remeber the two devices are very close to eachother. After watching all day , reading, chattting, and looking. The Droid is a nicer device. The Snapdragon is ok, but the Droid is rock solid hardware with both a GPU and CPU. The N1 doesn't have that. Plus the Drois is made of heavier material. I am not a fan of the N1's plastic housing. I will probably buy the N1 when it comes to VZW. Just because I can :). If I had to chose on soec. The Droid would win hands down.
     
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    In that case, can you buy me one too...you know, just because you can? :icon_ devil:
     
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    idk but but i think tmo aint mad cuz they r 1st and by the time vzw gets the N1 tmo would have made crazy money of it. and tmo will rack up cuz they have the cheapest plans out of the big 4 plus the coverage is pretty good so ill keep my droid but if the N1 had a physical key board i would eat the nexus up lol
     
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    with the powerhouse that the DROID is, along with a $100,000,000 marketing blitz- the DROID is here to stay
     
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    I think also the fact that verizon is spending millions to advertise the Droid during the super bowl is a good sign that they intend to stand behind it.
     
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    I hope Verizon dont play the Droid like they did the storm. I remember when the first storm came out it was all over the place, not as much as the Droid but it was there. Then when the strom 2 came out I think they had one commercial on TV during the world series and we never heard from the poor device again, they focused and put all there money and attention on the Droid. Now I hope they dont do that to the Droid once the Nexus 1 arrives, I would be pissed off. You know this must have bothered Motorola big time.
     
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    For all you that are hot on the N1 remember Moto has an awesome multimedia phone coming this spring that will blow the N1 away. We have seen glimpses of this beauty with the huge 4.3 inch screen, super thin body, 8mp camera, and HDMI out. As for me I will stick with the flagship Droid for the next year (and wait for the software to catch up). What's is exciting is the incredible shift in peoples interest to the Android OS in the last month.
     
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    Is there a name for this phone? will it be an android?