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Old September 4th, 2012, 08:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What would it take to get you to upgrade to the new Nexus?

I was just speculating on the new Nexus and thinking that I was still very happy with my Galaxy Nexus. In the past, after a year I'm usually itching for an upgrade because the latest-and-greatest devices are substantially better than what I have.

I tried a Galaxy S III and wasn't that impressed. Ended up selling it. Jelly Bean on my GNex made it feel like a new phone.

For me, a substantially better battery life in the same profile might do it. This phone lasts a "normal" amount of time for me - have to charge it every night. That's been the same as every other smartphone I've owned. If they could pack a 3300 or 3500 mAh battery in there like the Razr Maxx, though, without changing the size of the phone much, I'd be very tempted.

Reception isn't tremendous, but it's very decent everywhere I've visited, so I don't think an improvement in that alone would get me to upgrade.

So: what would it take on the new Nexus to get you to upgrade? Will you even consider it?

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Well the GS3 has substantially better LTE battery life than the GN already due to next generation LTE radios AnandTech - Bench - Smartphone11

As for what I want from an upgrade: either quad core Krait or quad core Cortex A15, 2GB RAM, 3000mah bettery or greater, maybe wireless charging, better camera
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Better build quality and a smaller screen around 4.3in and I'm sold.
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I was sick when I saw the unveiling event in London (on youtube)... Nothing to do with Steve Job's unveiling of the iPhone...
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I was sick when I saw the unveiling event in London (on youtube)... Nothing to do with Steve Job's unveiling of the iPhone...
I dont know what you mean by "Nothing to do with Steve Job's unveiling of the iPhone..."
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Jelly Bean on my GNex made it feel like a new phone.
Very true words. Kinda fell in love with my phone all over again as soon as I ROM'd it.

For me...I don't know. There's not really much else I could really need for at this point. I get average battery life already anyway, even without toying with the kernels, though I'm not in a 4G area anyway. But I was in 4G all day Saturday, and still made it through from 10 AM to probably 7 without even hitting 50% down.

I don't mind the screen size, since other devices with 4.3' screens have been about the same overall size anyway.

Really, I can't complain at all. Guess it just gives me time to save aside for the outright of whatever my next will be, which I'm sure will be at least a year from now lol.
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Well the GS3 has substantially better LTE battery life than the GN already due to next generation LTE radios AnandTech - Bench - Smartphone11
Yep, I like the increased battery life from the new radios (I believe they are doing LTE on-chip vs. the GNex doing it in software, no?) but I still want a beefier battery.

The race for thinness is getting ridiculous. The GS3, in fact, feels slightly awkward because it's very thin, but with so much surface area - poor ergonomics. Until I start wearing skinny jeans (on which day I will commute to work on a winged pig), shaving another 2mm off my phone at the expense of 1000 mAh of battery is not someone I'm interested in.

I guess the other thing that could tip me is a really stellar camera. It'd have to be stellar, though. Maybe with a real xenon flash or something.
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Unless its on Verizon I won't be interested. As bad and annoying as Verizon can be when it comes to updates I still won't leave the network.
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Better camera, longer battery life, and better reception. For starters...
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I haven't had a Nexus yet, and the Note 2 announcement makes me think I won't necessarily get one this year, but if they make one somewhere near 5 inches and have some extra neato stock Android features I may pop my Nexus cherry. Either way I look forward to the announcement(s).
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When its made by Motorola.
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Better camera, longer battery life, and better reception. For starters...

Yes sir...couple that with an HD Super Amoled + screen and I'm sold!
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Better battery life (I'd rather the phone be more efficient than just adding a larger battery), better GPU (my HTC Flyer lags less than the GNex), sharper camera, and make it out of a material that will allow me to hold the phone proper. The slippery plastic has often caused the pucker effect.
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I have to say, I'm intrigued by the notion of an Xperia Nexus. I don't know if it would get me to buy one, as I've had my GNex only a few months. But a better camera and improved battery life (via bigger battery or less thirsty CPU, whatever) would tempt. I also like the form-factor of the Xperia phones. I never really liked Samsung's roundy styling.
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When its made by Motorola.
It will take that for them to make an unlocked phone, lol
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The only thing I wish was better on the Gnex is battery life. It's manageable, but barely. Fortunately I keep a charger everywhere I go and am able to keep it charged at work all day. But for the times when I'm out for a while.. it goes quick, esp. on 4G. I basically have to disable mobile data if I want to make it last for the majority of the day and still have juice left over in the evening. This is even with custom LV kernels and keeping my sync intervals few and far between. There's not much you can do about that power sucking display and cell radios though, that's the majority of it. It's nice to have a spare battery and the option of switching it out though. I'm really hating these phones going to their unibody/enclosed design. Function > form.
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Yeah, I am thinking my next phone will be a phablet device, the HTC leaked one looks very intriguing. Although looks like my wife will be using our latest upgrade, so I will be sticking with the GNex until next May probably.
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Battery life, the newer 4G radio hardware, quad core, better camera, gorilla glass, and..... that's the only things I can think of to make this thing better.
I don't know who they polled that would say, "my smart phone is too heavy and thick. I need it slimmer so it can fit into my skinny jeans better. And make it weigh less because when I'm sagging my girlfriend's skinny jeans, it starts to pull down on them." When will they figure out that people want a phone that will last 24 hours on battery. And hush you people who post screen shots of 48 hours battery with 20 seconds screen on time.
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+1 to being made my Moto....but to go with that....Android really really needs to put together a solid bugless OS. How is it that the Rom developers make a better Rom than Google.....smh Some of these Roms run really really well. That is the way they should run from stock.
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Battery battery, and probably better radios. I don't have nearly as many issues as most people here, but I can see where it is lacking. Other than that, actual performance is pretty good for me.
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If verizon were to get another the nexus, then I would really want it to have gsm radios making it a world phone. I live very close to the Canadian border and often go over it and it would be nice to be able to pop in a pre-paid sim instead of outrageous data roaming charges.
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I have to say, I'm intrigued by the notion of an Xperia Nexus. I don't know if it would get me to buy one, as I've had my GNex only a few months. But a better camera and improved battery life (via bigger battery or less thirsty CPU, whatever) would tempt. I also like the form-factor of the Xperia phones. I never really liked Samsung's roundy styling.
I actually knocked up a render of a Sony Nexus. You tell me that this design isn't slick.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0shqgewJp0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

I have no idea how Sony feel about aluminium though.
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i'm happy with the way it is!
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I actually knocked up a render of a Sony Nexus. You tell me that this design isn't slick.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0shqgewJp0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

I have no idea how Sony feel about aluminium though.
its nice, im not a fan of the shape... (would apple try to sue them for something involving the shape? :P) i am also not a fan of the metallic silver on the back.

moto nexus would be the king of nexus devices IMHO just so much better hardware, i would sacrifice the look of a beautiful screen for a phone that will get amazing signal and substantially less bugs than the nexus
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The only thing I wish was better on the Gnex is battery life. It's manageable, but barely. Fortunately I keep a charger everywhere I go and am able to keep it charged at work all day. But for the times when I'm out for a while.. it goes quick, esp. on 4G. I basically have to disable mobile data if I want to make it last for the majority of the day and still have juice left over in the evening. This is even with custom LV kernels and keeping my sync intervals few and far between. There's not much you can do about that power sucking display and cell radios though, that's the majority of it. It's nice to have a spare battery and the option of switching it out though. I'm really hating these phones going to their unibody/enclosed design. Function > form.
Gnex battery life on 4G is not so great. I can barely get 10~11 hours if used minimally. And it takes rapid dive if I really use 4G data with video, big downloading. But if I turn off LTE, it easily lasts 2.5~3X longer. So no need to disable mobile data to keep it going. 3G is enough for emails, SNS, etc. And using WiFi will help a lot too.
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I'd upgrade for a qualcomm s4 pro SoC and 2GB of ram, but would also greatly appreciate a 5" screen, and cutting out the pentile aspect of the screen, plus a better camera is a must.

Right now considering replacing my cdma gnex with a motorola razr until the razr maxx hd comes out though, since I have had some signal issues. Just need to determine if it was due to the signal being weaker than I am used to, or if it was really just an overloaded network on 4g lte.
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a decent camera
timely updates
better battery
faster processor
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When will they announce it?
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It's nice to have a spare battery and the option of switching it out though. I'm really hating these phones going to their unibody/enclosed design. Function > form.

There is, as always, two sides to this. Yes, by carrying a spare battery you can double your available battery life.

But by building enclosed batteries it's possible to have a non-rectangular battery that squeezes into any available gaps in the internals of the phone. It also needs a thinner protective layer as no one will be taking it out and exposing it to potential damage.

So the advantage to non-removable isn't as simple as form over function. You get the function in the form of increased battery life (10-15%, depending on how much space is made available by the aspects I mentioned).

Since *most* people probably don't carry spare batteries and swap them out / go through the hassle of keeping them both charged up, removable batteries are probably the compromise option for the majority of users whose patterns of use would be better matched to the non-removable paradigm.
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Gnex battery life on 4G is not so great. I can barely get 10~11 hours if used minimally. And it takes rapid dive if I really use 4G data with video, big downloading. But if I turn off LTE, it easily lasts 2.5~3X longer. So no need to disable mobile data to keep it going. 3G is enough for emails, SNS, etc. And using WiFi will help a lot too.
Wifi helps a ton. After 13 hours yesterday, still at 67%.
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But by building enclosed batteries it's possible to have a non-rectangular battery that squeezes into any available gaps in the internals of the phone. It also needs a thinner protective layer as no one will be taking it out and exposing it to potential damage.
Not many phones with non-serviceable batteries take advantage of that, other than the Razr Maxx. I think the main thing is choice. I will probably never use an extended battery, or even buy a spare. But it's nice to know I could if I needed to.
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Droid Razr M has those qualities it appears...too bad it's not a Nexus.
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I'd like to see the screen size remain the same and keep the soft buttons, although a thinner bezel would be nice if possible (not that the current one is huge).

I'd also like to see better battery life and perhaps conductive charging (aka the Nokia 920). A better camera is a must, I'm talking quality not size, not too fussed about the meaningless megapixel value.

The GNex is a pretty awesome phone, not sure how I'm going to justify an upgrade to myself, although I will find a way.
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So: what would it take on the new Nexus to get you to upgrade? Will you even consider it?
The money do to so.
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What would it take to get you to upgrade to the new Nexus?

uh, the button to click to purchase it Only thing that might stop me, is if they go to large on the screen, I find the 4.65" Nexus just right, I wouldn't even mind if it dropped down to 4.5". But 4.8" is bordering too big, and 5" is over the top for me.
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What it would take to upgrade:

Bigger Battery
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Ahh the perfect thread to make a comeback! haha! I haven't been around since the end of the Pre-Release thread on the Nexus last december!

I missed the thrill of posting everyday all day with everyone waiting for our damn Nexi to come out! Can't wait until the next Nexus' pre-release thread goes live

Hmm so for the next Nexus - screen needs to be sharper (no more pentile!), size is fine, bigger battery, better camera and better build quality (Moto please?).

Although the 1080p HTC phone is intriguing...Our account has an open upgrade so I'm just waiting patiently. Can't believe we've had our Nexi for almost a year already!!
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Old September 8th, 2012, 03:33 PM   #39 (permalink)
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It didn't take much for me....I switch from my bionic and gnex depending on what I want use for the day
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I would like a smaller screen and smaller bezel. Also I would like to have a better build with different colors to choose from like the s3. Blue red white black all those colors. I would love it to be thinner and maybe use metal or that ceramic that the HTC one has.
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Ok let me bring some realism to the thread...lol

1. Faster, more efficient processor.
2. Lighter weight
3. Better camera
4. Bump in battery
5. Better screen
6. Latest OS
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I'd rather more battery than less weight.
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Old September 12th, 2012, 12:14 PM   #44 (permalink)
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It seems the number 1 request would be the bigger battery!!! +1 for that! I had the Maxx and believe me...it makes a huge difference. I like the Nexus. I think:
1- A 3000 or more mAH battery
2- A better camera (lense/hardware quality, not necessarily more pixels, although 14mp would be nice and xenon flash)
3- Latest LTE radios
I think those things alone would make the Nexus incredibly awesome!
We'll see...it might just be an incremental change (given all new phones out there from Moto, HTC, and the S3, it'll be hard to top all the specs out there).
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All the above plus:
Must retain user changeable battery.
REMOVEABLE SD card.
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It seems the number 1 request would be the bigger battery!!! +1 for that! I had the Maxx and believe me...it makes a huge difference. I like the Nexus. I think:
1- A 3000 or more mAH battery
2- A better camera (lense/hardware quality, not necessarily more pixels, although 14mp would be nice and xenon flash)
3- Latest LTE radios
I think those things alone would make the Nexus incredibly awesome!
We'll see...it might just be an incremental change (given all new phones out there from Moto, HTC, and the S3, it'll be hard to top all the specs out there).
Whoa whoa whoa, slow down there speed racer! Lets work on the actually improving sensor quality first before get ourselves into a MP race.

But yeah a better battery would be highly welcome. And either making 32 GB or higher the standard built in memory AND|OR bringing back SD cards.
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When its made by Motorola.
Ewww ...


... I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.
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I actually knocked up a render of a Sony Nexus. You tell me that this design isn't slick.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0shqgewJp0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

I have no idea how Sony feel about aluminium though.

No thanks. Looks like a PSP or Vita to me. Like someone else said, the black on metallic does absolutely nothing for me.
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It seems the number 1 request would be the bigger battery!!!
"You know what we need to do? Make it thinner. Battery? Who needs that?"
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A $350 price tag!
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