Last Updated: Dec 15,2011
Wow. I think, could I have a phone like that without breaking it? LOL.
Here's a nice little rundown of what is known and not known about it. Not much new info, but still an interesting read:
Nexus Prime: what we know, and what we don't
Is the pic of the phone legit? Or is just someone's imagination?
Wow, check this out:"No Nexus device has ever made it to Verizon, in fact there have been almost no stock Android phones on Verizon at all. Verizon is no fan of the added features in stock Android, and its also not a fan of Android phones that don't come preloaded with Verizon's favorite bloatware."
And here I was assuming Prime on Verizon was a sure thing.
Yeah but if Verizon IS able to re-brand the phone as the SGS2 LTE, then they can load it up with bloatware with no obligation to keep it vanilla. Theyll be able to overwhelm us with Netflix, Blockbuster, VZ Navigator and Heaven knows what else.
Maybe even Bing
As long as it's rootable, I'm still down with it. We can always remove the crap.
You know, VZ Navigator on an Android phone makes about as much sense as a proprietary music service on a BlackBerry.
That's what I'm worried about, too. The logical thing would be to believe that Verizon isn't stupid enough to pass on the SGSII just because they want to give exclusivity to Bionic. Hopefully it's because they know they'll be getting the Prime at least before thanksgiving.
BUT. . . . .who knows. I think it's 50/50. Rumors abound that Prime is coming to Verizon first, but that's what they said about SGSII.
I hope they don't rebrand it SGSII LTE, because that will mean it's a pure Samsung device. Pure Samsung devices don't get updates very frequently, I'm told.
What happened to your sister, who has apparently told you that SGS2 is "a downgrade" from what's coming on vzw? Is she in a position to know such things, or do you think she was blowing smoke?
I hope not the latter...
No, I definitely think she would know something about that; she dabbles in customer service but is an assistant with a lot of corporate stuff.
But when I asked her if Verizon is coming with the Prime or what, she just said "I couldn't say."
She knows that can mean either she doesn't know, or she knows something but can't say. She's very protective of her job and I'm surprised she even texted me the first thing.
I think we need to stop there for her sake. If we say any more about her, some trolling VZW exec may be able to trace her down and we don't want any consequences coming her way.
I'll take it on faith that something big is coming to Verizon, something epic, and something soon. The Droid & I can hang until October/November... but that's about it for this poor phone, I think.
Don't worry, I've thought of that, too. I won't reveal anything I think is too risky. And she's very careful in how she words things.
But regardless, she's not an upper level exec or anything. If she knows anything, about 10 to 30 people above her know the same thing, so no big deal.
Well.... I'm pretty sure the Xperia Play has at least the same UI as stock. They've really only added the gamepad support.
Other quotes by Bluefire's sister:
That's for me to know and you to find out
You're not the boss of me
Mommmmm, Bluefire pulled my hair
Okay back to the analysis: Reports are that a "very similar" phone to SGS2 is coming to Verizon soon. Prime would be a major upgrade, not very similar, and I doubt that both phones would be introduced around the same time. Ergo, Prime either isn't coming to Verizon or isn't coming for a good long time.
No offense to your sister, I'm sure she's not half that bratty.
Well, that's true. The DX has served me very well and continues to do so, which is why I am not so much in a hurry.
This, too, looks like a worthy phone.
One word: Word!
no offense to my sister taken. Her "I couldn't say" can mean anything. I asked her about the iPhone 4 before anyone [officially] knew it was coming to Verizon, and she said "I don't know." I begged her for info because my wife was thinking of getting an OG Droid like me, but REALLY wanted the iPhone if it was coming. My sister literally said "Get what you want, I don't know."
This was only a little less than 2 weeks before iPhone was officially announced in January as coming to VZW.
Later, she admitted that she had known quite a bit of time in advance, but that she wasn't about to tell me and lose her job over it. Although I suspect she told my wife something, because one day not long after my conversation with my sister, my wife smiled and said she'd pass on the Droid and take her chances.
I can't wait to see the full specs of this phone. The Nexus Prime is the first phone I actually want to upgrade to.
I'm still not fully convinced that verizon is getting Nexus Prime given their track record. They are in love with Apple, Moto now so to even pass on SGSII. So I'm not sure they will release pure google phone like Prime with incredible spec that will definitely give Bionic, iPhone5 very hard time.
what will you think of this phone if it doesn't have an expansion card slot?
If it has at least 16 GB of internal, I won't care. I don't put that much stuff on my phones, other than a bunch of e-books (which are tiny), 1 or 2 movies at a time, and a few apps. Nothing major. I don't think I've ever gone over 8 gigs
I would have to consider that, but it certainly wouldn't be a show-stopper for me, either. I have a 32GB card in my OG Droid with all 6 Star Wars movies and about 1000 songs on it. That eats up every bit of 16 gig. Could I retool and only put a few movies on it? Sure. I would much PREFER to have a removable card simply because of the versatility... but considering the sheer speed of internal memory, I don't really NEED it.
I'm on Sprint. I have the Epic and I really don't like it. I have been considering the Photon4g. But I was looking at the Nexus S 4g. I really like the idea of a phone free of proprietary bloatware that is pure. Ice Cream wouldn't hurt. Now I'm thinking of delaying my upgrade for another couple of months to see if this phone could be for me after reading about it here. I am concerned that Samsung might be the manufacturer. This is my second Samsung and I can say that I haven't liked either phone.
1 question. Even if they announce it @ IFA berlin in 3 days, what's a realistic release date? People say October but don't u think 2 months from announcement is sth more realistic, like start of November?
I highly, highly doubt they will announce Prime at IFA. It's a Google phone, and it will most likely be announced by Google at an appropriate date.
The IFA, in my opinion, is strictly for Europe and Asia. Anything I see there, I'm not going to drool over because I know the US won't see it until at least Spring 2012, and there's no way I'm waiting that long.
As for when Prime drops, I'm thinking it will probably be a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving. But with wifi certification last week, it could be a lot sooner. I think we'll have a much better idea once it passes through the FCC.
Two months is an eternity in the cell phone world. Things happen on the scale of weeks, not months. The OG Droiders and Incredible owners are coming off contract and they want to scarf up as many of those folks as they can.
Yes, a lot of people are jumping on Charge and Bionic, and a few of them are waiting on iPhone 5. A lot of us are hanging on, waiting... but we can only wait so long. My guess is sometime in mid- to late-October / early November... which means we should see something go across FCC's desk in about a month.
I'm hoping this phone comes to all carriers. Then everyone can be happy.
This is usually the case, but I've been jaded by the whole Bionic fiasco. I was dead set on getting it back in July, but everything about how it was handled, coupled with a superior device coming from Samsung "soon", spoiled it.
I hope you're right, Chief, and we see this baby sometime in October.
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