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Arushha
Mar 12
Arushha
Overall
4.4
Arushha

"Simple looking phone with great features. Well done Android ! Thumbs up for ICS."

Why this phone ?

I had an Samsung Galaxy i3, which was running on Eclair, began to slow down with the load of applications. I had an bigger pocket to buy an high end smart phone.

This time I was not narrow minded towards Android, with iPad at home was very impressed with IOS, decided to pick iPhone 4s when it launches in India. The pricing by the network operators were abusrd, totally out of my budget. With that money could have got an descent lens kit for my camera. Then, my attention came over to Windows phone. loved the design and the new OS (7.5) as Nokia came out with Lumia, it had almost convinced me to buy, but without the front facing camera I felt its huge draw back. I was quite surprised to see Nokia dropping the front camera, even though I don't spend doing video calls but I use Skype.

Then my search began over Android phones, I had narrowed it down to Samsung Galaxy S2, Motorola Droid Razr and Galaxy Nexus. Dad wanted an smart phone, he went ahead and bought S2, Its sleek, amazing speed, but what lacked is the fluid interface, was not really that imprssed with touch wiz.

Motorola Droid, in my opionion is the best looking smart phone in Android market. With gingerbread running, the phone was super fast, the motoblur interface too was clean and soft. The disadvantage here was the battery was not removable and it had mixed reviews about the battery consumption.
Display- it h

as an Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors. Its stunning to have this in your hand. Even though its 4.65 inches, it does'nt seem that big in your hand. As the previous models of Nexus phones it also has a contour display, ie a slight curve near the end of the display. Some say it gives a nice feeling during calls. I don't think so, its just an desgin feature.

Camera- 5 MP, 2592x1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash. I don't shoot photos from phones, I mostly use my SLR kit, was not very particular about the camera feature. The big difference you find in Galaxy nexus- ICS is the camera software, fast, responsive and its ZERO shutter lag. Samsung have put in some great optics in the phone but might have dissapointed us on the mega pixel value its only 5MP. But its not always the mega pixels that matter. Will post few photos in my next post.

OS- Icecream Sandwich- android 4.0 The hightlight and the X factor about this phone, was completely blown away with the interface and features. This is an massive improvement from Gingerbread and Honeycomb.ICS gets new fonts, fantastic design. One thing you notice is there are no hardware keys on the front, looks very attractive. After ICS, I dont feel like using any other OS, so much fluidity and crispy. Its almost best as IOS. Swiping off applications on multitasking is classy and orientation is

sleek. The software keys disappear in camera mode or other apps, which gives full view of the task under operation. With pure vanilla interface, I dint find any need of installing any launcher to enhance the interface. ICS itself is smarter and fluid. I can easily say that this is the best mobile OS I have come across.
I own GSM ( unlocked phone) which does not include any pre-installed apps. It came with few google apps. Worth mentioning is the Gmail, it looks real and functuions better. Setting up google account was in few seconds and did amazing job to sync my contacts. Maps are quick and accurate. The voice search which is quite a buzz, I dint feel much of an advantage here. G+ is preinstalled and have used it couple of times, works well. So no Twitter, Facebook installed on this phone, you can download it from market. Google music allows you to downaload music from PC . We have to wait for google music to launch in India to experince remote syncing.

Chipset- TI OMAP 4460

CPU- Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9.

Rest of the specification s can be seen on the above link.



Applications- As of now only few apps have been upgraded to ICS. Twitter and foursquare works clean and peace, no lags. But the weather and 3D digital clock widget found very little lags.

Memory- Comes with 16GB and 32Gb memory. No SD slot.

Battery- Standard battery, Li-Ion 1750 mAh. quite disappointed here. Most users complain about the battery life but surprisingly its fair enough. I've been using S2 from past two months, it lasts for 21 hours with normal usage and off late S2 gets heated up. I had minimum expectations about battery lif on Galaxy Nexus but quite happy with it. I've not drained my battery to just check its usage, I've used it accordingly here are some of the results-

On normal usage that is wifi used for downloading apps, few calls, maps usage, few minutes of music, constant messaging and standby for almost 5 hours - the battery lasted for around 26 hours ( showing 5% left)
Usage 2- with same functions as above but standby time is 1 hours lasted 23 hours.

Usage 3- No Wifi and just continous calls and texts, battery lasted around 25.5 hours.



Samsung have managed to provide a descent back panel and side keys but I found the back panel very plastic and flimsy. I recommend to buy an gel case.

Speed- I can't say much about same speed as I'am currrently on 2G network but when tested for browser speed on wifi network between s2 and Galaxy Nexus it was found Nexus loaded faster and better scrolling without lags.
Conclusion- Is the best smartphone in the present market ? Probably YES, with a close competation to iPhone 4s.

Who should not buy ?

Who likes fancy specifications like 8MP camera, quadcore processor, big screen, big memory. etc

Simple looking phone with great features. Well done Android ! Thumbs up for ICS.


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