Kindle (undecided which novel I shall read)
Enough lighting to read by
and my sofa
This morning being alone sucked. Tonight it is a blessing.
It is time, after two weeks of using the Galaxy Nexus I feel that I can write a decent review.
Firstly, for those who don’t know, I am pretty much strictly an Apple guy, but I do have alternate tech tendencies and am definitely Android curious. My phone of choice (and still is) the iPhone 4S, but having the Galaxy Nexus in my pocket has many benefits and there are many things about the phone and Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) (Android 4.x) which I like.
The biggest difference between the two phones (iPhone 4S and the Galaxy Nexus) is that there is nothing that drives me mad about the iPhone 4S. It certainly lacks some things that I would love to have but I have never said “Really?!” to my iPhone. My first Android phone (a Nexus S) constantly tempted me to see how far I could throw it into the ocean, I am very pleased to say that the Galaxy Nexus has not come close to achieving this level of frustration but there are some things which do drive me bonkers.
if there is a perfectly wrong size screen for a phone - the galaxy nexus is it. Too big for a phone, too small for tablet.— kuma (@Kuma) December7, 2011
A welcome addition to ICS is the ability to take screenshots. Finally!! However I am still yet to master the right conditions under which you can press the volume down button and the power button at the same time to snap the screenshot. (The few shots in this post were attempted many many times).
The Galaxy Nexus’ biggest point is Ice Cream Sandwich. Clearly the folks at Google have been working on this for some time and it feels for the most part pretty slick. A huge step up from Gingerbread. (I know this because I don’t swear at my phone every other hour).
While ICS is awesome, it is no IOS5. Apple’s operating system is clearly a more refined, consistant and polished product.
However in saying that, there are definitly some points that I would love Apple to steal from Android. The biggest one is Widgets.
Android’s widgets have always impressed me. These widgets serve a varitey of functions eg: on screen updating of news, weather, features in apps, or access to phone settings. And it is something that I use often and really depend on when using my Android devices. And I really, really miss when I come back to my iOS devices.
Just a quick note on Android Apps. I really dislike the marketplace. I hate that it shows me apps that I cannot access or purchase based on my location. (Netflix and Google Current being the two that came to the fore these past weeks). On my iPhone I just went to my iTunes account and downloaded them; no such joy for Android. The other thing I have noticed is that for the large part iOS apps (even from the same developer) feel more polished and thought about. Android apps feel rushed and rough or just incomplete. There are of course exceptions, but on the whole that’s how it feels.
So should you buy the Galaxy Nexus?
I would strongly encourage you towards the iPhone. It is clearly the better phone with a better experience. However if you hate Apple, or what a monster screen and live in the Googleverse then the Galaxy Nexus is a pretty neat bit of kit.
the White House said it will end the program. A small number of dollar coins will continue to be minted for collectors, but the coins will no longer be put into circulation. The shift will save an estimated $50 million a year.
By making this transition from a dollar bill to a dollar coin, the U.S. will save $184 million a year and nearly $6 billion over 30 years.