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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by ChrisL928, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. ChrisL928

    ChrisL928 Lurker
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    Hi there,

    I have just today received my galaxy nexus (switched from iPhone 4) I am actually extremely impressed with the phone operates very smoothly and I really enjoy the ICS operating system. However I have the phone on a 14 day period where I can decide whether to keep it or cancel the contract. I am slight confused whether to keep it or wait for the s3 which I heard has been confirmed for May 3rd...



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  2. Gunner

    Gunner Android Enthusiast

    I know the GS3 is going to be officially announced by Samsung on May 3. I hadn't heard that it would be released to retail in the US that day.
  3. rivera02

    rivera02 Android Enthusiast

    At this point, you're better off waiting for the May 3rd announcement to see if a solid release date is given, then go from there.
  4. dguy

    dguy Android Expert

    Galaxy Nexus is a great phone with a lot of life left in it. That said the Galaxy S3 is likely going to completely blow it away in terms of specifications. If you simply can not wait for a phone purchasing the Galaxy Nexus isn't a mistake because it's a good phone; it's just not going to be as powerful as the Galaxy S3.
  5. SLVR

    SLVR Member

    Just wait. Better specs...etc you can always root and flash...etc.
  6. trophynuts

    trophynuts Extreme Android User

    i say wait but not exactly on the SGS3.
  7. bsweetness

    bsweetness Android Enthusiast

    I'd wait to see what does get announced in a couple weeks.

    But, depending on your carrier, I wouldn't pin all of my hopes on the SIII. If you have Verizon, there's a good chance they may not get one, just like the SII. They passed on the SII for the Galaxy Nexus, but the Nexus hasn't sold all that well (probably because Verizon was too busy promoting the RAZR), so they might be more interested in pushing the rumored RAZR HD. Only time will tell.
  8. Sandroidfan

    Sandroidfan Android Expert

    Some sources are saying Samsung will make worldwide launch of GSIII at the same time. If that is true, its time to US market will be much quicker than GSII last year.
  9. vandyman

    vandyman Android Expert

    I find it hard to believe that the GS3 will be here in the US before this coming fall.

    The track record shows that the US gets these type of phones 6 -8 months after everyone else gets them.
  10. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique

    In addition, rumors are that the SGS3 may just be a small spec bump from the 2 (a la iPhone). I'd still wait though. Which carrier are you running with as that will make quite a difference too.
  11. ChrisL928

    ChrisL928 Lurker
    Thread Starter

    I am from the UK so I have got the Nexus on Tesco mobile for
  12. jhonb

    jhonb Android Enthusiast

    I had the same problem sort of. I was waiting for the galaxy nexus since last year to come onto ATT. Then I saw the unlocked GN for 429.00. So do I hop at that, or wait for the S3, or maybe the new iPhone 5 (I won't get in trouble for saying that here will I?)
    I said hell, if I wait for the S3, and it comes out, there might just be another new hot phone around the corner and I will wait for that.

    I say go for it. I get mine on Thursday. It's my first Android phone
  13. bsweetness

    bsweetness Android Enthusiast

    Sage advice. There's always something new and better right around the corner. Unless there's definitive information on something you want that's coming soon, find something you really like now and go for it.
  14. trophynuts

    trophynuts Extreme Android User

    If you're talking GSM phones then i would get the Nexus now.

    If you're talking CDMA or LTE phones...i will never own another samsung.

    And no Jhonb you won't get flamed here for talking about the IP5. I myself am interested in what it will have when it comes out. I will probably upgrade my fiance to that phone actually.
  15. rivera02

    rivera02 Android Enthusiast

  16. dockmaster

    dockmaster Well-Known Member

    I learned from the Nexsus....Dont believe any of the hype. Faster and Brighter and Bigger Screen means more battery, Period ,a lot more than anyone is willing to admit. You have to use battery management or you will be thoroughly disappointed.. More cores is more battery.
    If you have to deal with VZW or Google for updates forget all the hype. It will happen slowly if at all.
    I will never buy a just released phone again. I have always had a "stay a generation behind" rule with computers. I broke it with the GN....never again.

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  17. Joe Schmuck

    Joe Schmuck Member

    You could wait for ever! SGN is a great phone I'm glad I made the plunge!! Really can't go wrong.
  18. jerofld

    jerofld Fixing stuff is not easy

    I would wait until the May 3rd event when Samsung officially (hopefully) reveals the specs of what is their latest/greatest this year, and a projected release date, before making any decision. Rumors are just that...rumors. Making decisions off of rumors can be disastrous.

    Honestly, though, if you're happy with the GNex, I'd recommend you keep it and not pay any attention to any other device. Things are simpler that way. :D
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  19. WillShattuck

    WillShattuck Lurker

    If you can afford to wait, and don't lose any money then wait for the S3 annoucement. I'll agree with everyone else that those outside the USA will get a better shot at the S3 than us here in the States.

    I had a Droid X for a long time while my coworkers were all upgrading to Verizon LTE phones. I finally was able to upgrade and have thoroughly enjoyed my Nexus except for the radio signal strength. It is considerably worse than my old Droid X.

    Everything else about this phone I am extremely pleased with. I love the Google integration much better than any of the Motorola phones.

    Here's something interesting... I wanted better signal so our cell phone guy said I could get a Droid 4. He has one and we compared signal all over our plant and his always was 3-5 bars while my Nexus was 0-2 bars. So I got a Droid 4.

    First, I couldn't get the corporate email to work. I spent about 14 hours working on it. Second, I realized that I just didn't like the Motorola UI. I missed my Nexus :)

    Things will always be greener on the other side. If you like the Nexus, then the spec jump may not be that much of a factor to sway you to the S3.

    Good Luck! :)
  20. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique

    I would return it, buy a Nexus off contract so you could sell it later if you wanted to. The Nexus should still have great resale value even several months from now.
  21. omnius

    omnius Android Enthusiast

    I'm usually the same way so I want to clarify a couple of those points.

    1. I've read quite a few posts on the GN forum about battery. Is this or is this not an issue with this phone?

    2. Are updates a problem? I thought this was a stock Google ICS phone. Should it not be faster to receive updates?
  22. AntimonyER


    1. With the extended battery, I have no complaints, its about average for battery life compared to other top of the line phones (save the RAZR MAXX). Screen on time is probably a little less, but standby time is equal or greater, especially on a wi-fi connection.

    2. I think some people are upset (especially VZW folks) that they are on the same version that it came with on release day, and we are 4.5 months from that point. Especially with the numerous small issues that are known by Verizon. But it was the first with ICS by 4 months. Developer support is fantastic, and for my friends here who root and ROM, they seem to all love their phone.
  23. viebroccoli

    viebroccoli Well-Known Member

    1. It's not an issue with the phone, the biggest battery hog is 4G. Because 4G coverage is a bit spotty where I live, my Nexus constantly switches from 4G to 3G. Switching between networks consumes large amounts of battery. I charge my phone twice a day under heavy usage, but don't really mind doing so. If you really have an issue with constantly charging your phone, turn off 4G. You will notice significantly better battery life. And of course, if you want supreme battery life, turn on airplane mode! (Kidding)

    2. I'm on Verizon Wireless and have yet to see an update. Pretty disappointing if you ask me, but the phone is a major step up from my Droid X, so I'm happy. Although, I would like to see Verizon push out 4.0.4 sometime soon, as this was one of the main reasons I bought the phone in the first place; it's a developer phone. Come on Verizon, approve 4.0.4, please!
  24. omnius

    omnius Android Enthusiast

    That's the bummer, I'm still hoping for the magic android phone to be released that can reach peak performance without the usual suggestions to root. I had hoped the GN, being a Google phone would be "the one" but it's not looking that way from what I can tell so far.

    Another disappointment I'm having with the Android scene right now is fragmentation. The timeliness of updates being carrier dependent on top of phone brand dependent. I'm still using an Atrix which is sitting at Gingerbread still, and not looking to get ICS until 8-9 months after ICS has been out for phones. The Atrix is only just turned 1 year old last month, and it's already basically at end-of-life tin can with string status as far as getting timely Motorola updates concerned. Actually, it's been that way after only half a year.

    I'm also quite confused by the fact that there seems to be about a dozen different varieties of Galaxy Nexus out there, with wierd yak(something) code names, and if you happen to buy teh wrong "yak", that will affect how quickly you receive updates.

    I'm finding myself becoming really attached to the notion that Androids are really starting to be "developer phones" like viebroccoli described them. Problem is, rooting and ROM flashing requires a certain level of commitment I'm not really willing to give. I've done it before, and really didn't like it at all. I learned that I'm much more of a 'use-as-is out of the box' kinda guy. Unfortunately for me, I also strongly dislike Apple. And WP7 aren't being sold by my carrier. Boy am I screwed this year :(
  25. Android26

    Android26 Android Enthusiast

    Where are you reading that?

Galaxy Nexus Forum

The Galaxy Nexus release date was November 2011. Features and Specs include a 4.65" inch screen, 5MP camera, 1GB RAM, TI OMAP 4460 processor, and 1750mAh battery.

November 2011
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