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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by EKG, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. EKG

    EKG Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Currently I have the Droid RAZR. It was originally a Rent-A-RAZR, but then I sort of fell in love with the phone. The form factor is amazing and it is everything I could hope for a phone to have. Fast, no lag, and is the Android I know and love. The battery is even pretty good for a 4G phone from my experience!

    There really isn't anything that I dislike about the RAZR. However, I still find myself contemplating switching to the Nexus. I have been following these forums pretty closely and have noticed all the signal issues, battery issues, and even some sporadic reports about stuttering and lag every now and then (unacceptable in my opinion...but these reports weren't common). Despite all this...I still want the Nexus. Cuz it is shiny. And a new toy haha.

    So, I can expect what the answers will be coming from the Nexus boards but, should I get this phone and swap out my RAZR? What do you think?

  2. jbdan

    jbdan Extreme Android User

    Have you also read the threads/posts stating how much love the GN has from those not suffering from irreconcilable issues? :)

    Try it, it's the only way you'll know if it is for you.
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  3. EKG

    EKG Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Indeed I have. It surely does seem like a remarkable phone. Going to go to the Verizon store tomorrow to check it out...and hopefully enjoy what I see!
  4. jbdan

    jbdan Extreme Android User

    Fun times! Hope you enjoy it whether you end up with it or not :D
  5. daddyd302

    daddyd302 Android Enthusiast

    If you like your Razr that much, just stay with it. There's no need to leave a perfectly good phone to try another one. If you leave the Razr and don't like the GN, you're stuck with it. You can read all you want, you'll get two different sides of the story. One side loving it, the other proclaiming it the worst phone ever.

    Bottom line is this, you have a good phone, I would recommend you stick with it, every phone has issues and you may get a phone that is great or one that is a dud. You might get a good GN and declaring it the greatest phone of all time. You might get one that's a dud and declaring it the worst phone of all time.

    Your choice really, you got a good phone, you can take a chance on the Gn if you want. Once you make the trade, you're stuck with it. You're gonna either love it or hate it. No amount of reading or researching is gonna help unless you're willing to stick with the GN for good or bad.
  6. Outatime

    Outatime Android Expert

    I agree with the posters above. You have a great phone, but if you're interested in the GNex, check it out. I played with the Razr and the Rezound EXTENSIVELY before I made my decision. My #1 priority is web browsing. The wider screen makes that a GNex winner for me.

    But all three phones in the line up right now are awesome.
  7. jamisont

    jamisont Well-Known Member

    all 3 top phones in verizon are darn good. so it all comes down to personal preference.
    main reason why i got GNex was ICS, and right now only smartphone out there that can fully support ICS is GNex. (razr, rezound both lack NFC, barometer sensor - even tho it worth nothing :D)
    SGSII has NFC but lack sensors.

    also u gotta remember there are bad apples always, so its better to check display and use all benchmark tool to make sure u got the right one.
    Im real picky person on that, I used 270x microscopes to check all pixels at work (yes all pixels with all different brightness) my job wont tolerate 0.01mm error :D
    with all those pentile talk, im very satisfied with display. (there are some issues with grainy on low light so u gotta check it out)
  8. trophynuts

    trophynuts Extreme Android User

    if you feel this way then it sounds like your decision is already made.

    Personally I have signal issues and the battery isn't quite as good as I would like. However i'm confident that it will get better. I am also very understanding in the fact that there is a price to pay if you want a Dev phone of this magnitude. Your basically Beta testing all google updates before they go to other Manufacturers ..so that means it's not always going to be perfect. However all things considered I still feel that I made the right choice and I have no regrets in getting the G Nex.
  9. ChrisAG

    ChrisAG Newbie

    Hardware wise, aside from the 16:9 HD screen, the GN is an "average superphone," but has the advantage of always being on the cutting edge for running the latest OS.

    I had a Galaxy S (original) and was satisfied with it but my carrier was slow with updates and it looked like the last supported OS version might be 2.3.3. Since I have no interest in flashing custom ROMs but otherwise like to have the latest OS, the Galaxy Nexus was the logical choice.

    Even the Nexus S and Nexus One have ICS - these phones will have the latest version of Android long after competative phones have stopped getting updates.
  10. kk4df

    kk4df Well-Known Member

    Stock out of the box, the GN is a very nice phone, but the Razr or Rezound might have it beat in certain respects (radio, 4G reception, camera, speaker volume, notification light). But ICS is a real treat, just as delivered.

    But once you apply a good ROM, the GN becomes a remarkable phone. The battery life can improve drastically, and the speed and features are top notch. Volume is fine after addition of any of several apps. The notification light is fine after installing LightFlow. Now I am sure some of these will be resolved in later OTA updates from Google, but they can be resolved now with a decent ROM and a few added apps.

    BTW, I've not had ANY of the reception issues that others describe, I am more than satisfied with the camera, and the display is amazing (though I've not held it up next to its competition).

    My advice: If you plan to ROM your phone, definitely swap for the GNex. If not, it's your call, but you'll still gain the advantages of ICS now and quicker updates to a vanilla Android OS later.
  11. Sandroidfan

    Sandroidfan Android Expert

    Take the issues in this forum with grain of salt. I can officially take battery life off the con list as it has improved a bit with some tips. There is not so much concern for signal reception unless you are in fringe area and verizon network seems more stable than December now.

    But if you are so happy with Razr and not into ROMing, it's probably good idea to stay with it for a while. Especially if you can't easily come back to Razr after trying out Nexus.

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