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When Google made the Nexus One, it was partly because they weren't happy with the state of the smartphone market, and wanted to showcase what was possible with both smartphones and the Android OS. Since that time, the phone manufacturers have pretty much jumped in and our now continually pushing forward the industry, so there isn't as much need for Google to try and outdo what is out there. The Nexus line is now more or less just a pure Android developer phone, which is desireable in its own right for some.
 

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NFC is incredibly cheap to implement and is not detrimental to the phone if not used. Additionally, in order to make NFC functionality popular, manufacturers need to start including it in hardware now. It will only start being used when lots of people have it.

LTE on the other hand is more costly to include, and, more importantly, is detrimental to the device. It is generally merciless on battery life, and it makes the phone thicker and heavier. Given that most potential users can't access LTE networks, and only some of those who can are likely to even want to, it just doesn't make sense to make an LTE version for those with HSPA+ access. Even though I live within Bell and Rogers' LTE coverage, if you offered me the choice of an HSPA+ only version or an LTE/HSPA+ version, I'd take the HSPA+ version every time.

I would imagine TI is taking a loss on Galaxy Nexus chipsets in order to make their chipset the reference design for ICS. I guess Samsung didn't want or need to match them. As for the camera, I can only guess that Google and Samsung couldn't get the results they desired from the 8MP camera Samsung used in the GSII when they attempted to eliminate shutter lag.

A lot of people dismissed the Nexus S for the same reasons, it just wasn't cutting edge enough. Yet here we are a year later and the Nexus S is about to get ICS, while the GSII variants will wait and the original Galaxy S variants seem like an afterthought to all but the mod community. This time next year, I'll bet that the Galaxy Nexus will be about to get the newest version of Android while the GSII variants will be an afterthought to the GSIII.
 

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From a developer perspective, not having LTE isn't a big deal, because your network code doesn't change whether your using a faster (4G) or slower (3G) network.

If a developer didn't have devices that supported NFC on the other hand, it would be rather difficult to write applications that use NFC (which is what everyone wants developers to do).

So, I think that is a pretty solid argument to put NFC in "developer phones", and why LTE isn't nearly as important.
 

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While these are good points, I'm also beginning to wonder if Google signed an exclusivity agreement with Verizon for the Galaxy Nexus. If so, it would definitely explain why the only LTE-capable model has a CDMA radio and not an HSPA one.
 

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I was checking out this phone the other day and while it is nice, other than a little bit buggy version of ICS at the moment (they are already at 4.0.3 after a month and it still isn’t working totally properly, not compatible with many apps) and an hd samoled screen, it is actually behind (hardware wise) many of the dual core phones that are out today. It has a lesser camera than almost any recent dual core release, an average 1.2 ghz dual core processor (NOT EVEN EXYNOS!!!), an older graphics chip, no lte or telus dual band hspa support, no sd card support and no mass usb support. This phone is behind the curve almost everywhere except the screen and the os.
 

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One critical feature that you left out (well, it was critical to me) is that it is a pentaband phone that supports every cellphone network in Canada. My contract with Bell is coming to an end in ~9 months, and my plan is to move to a discount carrier at that time. Not many phones can do this.

Sure, the Galaxy Nexus isn't the best phone in many respects - but you can make that statement about every other phone in the market.
 

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My only concern with the GN is that several reviews I have read say the phone just doesn't feel as solid as the N1 and some other phones.

This has me leaning towards the RAZR as my next phone. Once Rogers has the GN available I'll wander over to a Rogers store and check both of them out. I know I can get a good upgrade price on the RAZR so hopefully the GN offer will be similar.
 

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Audacity, that is very true. But if you live anywhere west of Ontario other than the major cities (Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Vancouver), pentaband is useless as the budget carriers have very, very little cell service outside those zones.
 

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Don't forget that all Galaxy Nexus phones are unlocked, no matter what carrier sells them to you. This is a huge value IMHO. The only other phones like that are iPhones bought from Apple directly.
 

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My only concern with the GN is that several reviews I have read say the phone just doesn't feel as solid as the N1 and some other phones.
That is my exact feeling as well. I am an original Nexus one owner/user, and I love the solid, heavier feel of the HTC builds. I have never been a fan of the Samsung Galaxy line, as they just feel too plasticky and light to me. That being said, I think my desire for the pure Android OS trumps the Samsung build, so I may end up with the Galaxy Nexus. We'll have to see how long I can hold out.
 

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I've had my Nexus One for a couple of years now and I'm still impressed by the build quality of the phone. However, when you start building phones with screens 4" or larger, weight starts to become an issue and plastic materials become preferable to metal. The Amaze is quite a bit heavier than the Galaxy Nexus despite having a smaller screen. As long as the Galaxy Nexus is put together well - and my brief experience with one seems to suggest it is - then it's plastic construction is a worthwhile trade-off for me.
 

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No problems with the build quality on my Galaxy Nexus. For me, the main issue I still have is with the camera. It's OK, but I think I was spoiled by the one in the S II.

I have also had a few app crashes lately as well, so I may try to install 4.0.3 stock and then add a few apps at a time to see what's been causing the lockups.
 

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The lack of microSd kinda sucks a bit dont you think?


How is battery life? I must say my wife's iphone4 has just blown my mind. If i dont get my htc desire to a charge jack at least once a day i rarely make a full day on one charge. She has reported 2 days on one charge with lots of text usage and games.
 

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My Galaxy Nexus has great build quality. Sure, the phone feels lighter than you imagine a phone this size should feel, but the build quality is solid.

All my criticism about the phone centre around software. The main issue I have is the integration aspects of the Android OS. Android really should copy webOS and Windows Phone 7 on these aspects. Build interfaces, not apps. Android has a bunch of different chat/messaging apps when they should just have one chat/messaging app and provide interfaces so people can tie it to stuff like Google Chat, text messaging, or Facebook messaging. Same with email messages. When Palm did the Synergy thing with webOS it was a great idea, and everyone should copy it.

My girlfriend has a Nexus One, and the only thing that is missing on the Galaxy Nexus is that they don't allow Facebook to integrate your Facebook contacts which is silly.
 

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The lack of microSd kinda sucks a bit dont you think?

How is battery life? I must say my wife's iphone4 has just blown my mind. If i dont get my htc desire to a charge jack at least once a day i rarely make a full day on one charge. She has reported 2 days on one charge with lots of text usage and games.
I have both a Nexus S (2.3.6 on Rogers, no 3G data) and the Galaxy Nexus (4.0.1 on Bell with 3G data enabled), After having both running 9 hours on battery and connected via Wi-Fi, the Nexus S has 78% left and the Galaxy Nexus has 46%. I haven't used 3G data on either today.

Both have the same Christmas HD 3D Live Wallpaper and about the same amount of use (very little). Here's what shown on the Battery Settings screens:

Nexus S (78% capacity left)
55% Screen
15% Wi-Fi
13% Cell Standby
5% Phone idle
3% Android System
3% Gmail
3% Android OS
2% Email

Galaxy Nexus (45% capacity left)
66% Screen
20% Android OS
5% Phone idle
3% Cell Standby
3% Gmail
2% Browser
2% Maps
2% Android System

I'm not sure why the Galaxy Nexus attributes 20% to Android OS compared to only 3% the Nexus S. Also, it shows no usage for Wi-Fi. After the same amount of time on battery, my iPhone 4S (Rogers with 3G data enabled) has 77% left.

My early impressions compared to the Nexus S:
  • Larger sceen is great for apps and browsing
  • Not as comfortable to hold and use with one hand (icons of the far side of the screen are hard to reach)
  • I'm more likely to drop it due it's size, thinness, and shape - the smaller, thicker, and rounded Nexus S provides more contact area. I think I'll get a case with grip.
I really like it, but IMO, I don't think it's worth upgrading from a Nexus S (which I still really like). I bought the Galaxy Nexus for Android 4.0 app development - I need to keep the Nexus S on 2.3 for testing.
 

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Nexus One to Galaxy Nexus

I finally received my Galaxy Nexus yesterday. I have to say, unboxing I was a little disappointed. It felt light and plastic, but after having played for a while the form is growing on me. I love the screen, but again the change in size from the N1 is taking a while to get used to.

I wish they had included the neoprene sleeve that cam ewith the N1. It is the little things I like- I remember my Motorola Razr came with a leather pouch, so many others didnt have.

I really love how there was zero APN configuration. It even remembered all my wifi hotspot settings from the sim card! Nice.

Some apps from my N1, dont quite look right on 4.0, but Im hoping updates will roll out quickly.

Overall. Happy, but getting happier.
 

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Doubt it remembered wifi from your SIM card, it's from your google account. Options to backup settings to their cloud.
 
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