Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Galaxy Nexus, RAZR, PlayBook 2.0 come gunning for iPhone and iPad

Google unleashes Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Galaxy Nexus, Google unveils PlayBook 2.0

Busy day in tech yesterday, with Android Central running a never-ending live blog, covering everything from the new Motorola RAZR to the Galaxy Nexus, to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). If there's a common hardware thread to be had, it's that Android continues to spit out phones that are big, thin, and as wedged as an iPhone 5 rumor. The Galaxy Nexus in fact, with a 4.63 inch screen looks big enough for me to hollow out and use as an iPhone 4S case. Pretty much top-tier components all around, including innovative features like NFC beam for content sharing and facial recognition-based unlocking. The camera seems strangely weak, however, and Super AMOLED while bright and beautiful still doesn't seem as well balanced as LED.

As to RAZR, where's the flip? My old RAZR flipped. Just saying...

ICS seems to deliver on the promise of merging phone-bound Gingerbread to tablet-bound Honeycomb, creating a consistent UI that scales across the vast range of Android device sizes. It looks like they finally let Matias Duarte -- the designer of webOS who went over to Google -- loose to interesting effect. There's a new font, which clones Helvetica better than Microsoft's Arial ever did, and now looks very close the iPhone's current Helvetica Neue. It's also decidedly un-skeuomorphic, with flat, untextured regions that are deliberately unlike iOS. (We'll talk more about that on the next Iterate. The lack of clear differentiation between smaller screen phone and larger screen tablet apps could be either brilliant or baffling. We'll have to see.

Meanwhile over at BlackBerry DevCon 11, CrackBerry sat through the longest. Presentation. Ever. Seriously, it had an intermission. RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis hosted most of it, almost like Regis Filbin doing a gadget segment, but the technology they showed off was really impressive. Everything from the new QNX-based BBX operating system to the Torch-powered HTML5 engine to the TAT-driven new Cascade UI and framework elements show that while RIM did fall behind, they're investing heavily in getting ahead. The developer story remains a little overwhelming -- yes, there can be too many options -- but the focus on results seems better. Much of this will make it's way into BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0. Sadly, no new BBX superphones were so much as previewed. Yet.

With iOS 5 and iPhone 4S here, the competition isn't giving Apple any breathing room, and a ton of new devices are already hurtling towards us like a fleet of Star Destroyers.

Check out all the Android and BlackBerry coverage and then jump back here and tell us if any of it tempts you away from iOS.

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Gotta consider that it would encompass the space the iPhone's home button takes up now. All hardware/permanent buttons are gone from the face of the phone.

That and the iPhone has a huge bezel at the top w/ the speaker and bezel on the size. It is a 16:9 phone so you should be able to reach across it with ease [seeing as that was a major talking point on recent iPhone blogs].

True enough. It just isn't as huge of a difference as some might think, given the relative screen sizes between iPhone and Galaxy Nexus. That's what I meant.

I see haterAde is on sale this week, a lot of it going around.
VZW iPhone 4 IOS 5 and all the bars in the world and so tempted. mmmm forbidden donut.

Aside from the fact the facial unlock feature didn't work when they demo'd it, it doubles or trebles the time it takes to simply flick the unlock toggle. One of the more pointless features of the presentation I thought.
Still, seeing the shape of the Galaxy Nexus rekindles my dissapointment that iPhone didn't get a make over this time round. I sincerely hope it's not another whole 12 months before we see iPhone 5. Purely superficial I know but...

Good point about the facial recognition but you have to keep in mind it is not necessarily about being quick, its more about the fact that no one else would be able to use your phone without your permission, at all. Considering the fact that it didnt work though, it doesnt seem like you would be able to use your phone either lol :)

Eh, tech presos. It happens to Apple, Google, Microsoft, me, and many others.
+1 for no one else using it. Definitely another permission option.
Oh and you can notice a password unlock showed up for a second so I think there is a backup option for unlocking in case facial doesn't work [namely poor light situations, I'd assume].

For 10 years I have had at least 1 new top end phone each year. But this year i may just sit it out and stick to my iPhone 4. If I had to choose between nexus galaxy and iPhone 4s it would probably be the nexus I would go for just because I am starting to get a little bored with iOS. But this year I have been slightly underwelmed with both offerings. I think if Siri is possibly going to be made available for iPhone 4 . It will make the decision for me

Weak camera? Did you actually LOOK at the camera? It is not weak in the slightest. Unless we're going strictly by MP, which we all know is not the final say in camera quality.
That zero lag shutter. Yeah...

Motorola must feel like an A-hole for having an exciting new product that's going to launch with yesterdays OS.. Google needs to now focus solely on Android's fragmentation issues.

I'm quite interested in the Nexus as an upgrade from an iPhone 4 but the likely high price, extra memory cost required, probable naff battery life and uninspiring OS (from what I can see so far) are not filling me with confidence. Time will tell shortly.
Meanwhile, iOS 5 is running as smooth as silk...

Looked pretty intuitive and fresh to me. The face recognition is corny but I'm digging the increase in swiping and saying goodbye to press and hold. Looked like a nice combo of IOS, WebOS, WP7 and Android. Can't wait.

Yeah, I feel the same. Def' loving the swiping as well.
The face unlock might be a gimmick but I think I'd like it for sure. How many times have you had to find some way of unlocking your phone without anyone else seeing your passcode [iOS/Android] or pattern [Android]. This is just another option to add to the party. :)

What was inspiring about it? Looked like they were trying to catch up with Apple. There's some useless gimmicks like touch to share or face unlock, but nothing really stands out. It's a mess..

Touch to share is stupid and will never, ever be used frequently. But face unlock... man, if that works well, it'll be a really good feature.

I already use touch to share on my Evo. This is just a faster way to share. Anything that speeds up the process, works for me.

I already use touch to share on my Evo. This is just a faster way to share. Anything that speeds up the process, works for me.

I already use touch to share on my Evo. This is just a faster way to share. Anything that speeds up the process, works for me.

I already use touch to share on my Evo. This is just a faster way to share. Anything that speeds up the process, works for me.

Hehe. So iOS 5 just caught up to Android [in numerous ways] and ICS is catching up to iOS 5 a week or two after iOS 5 released? Interesting. :) [don't flame, all in fun] lol
They did add some things iOS already had [the new way to create/manage folders, screenshots] just as Apple did w/ iOS 5 [notifications, etc] but I think they mostly caught up to their ODMs [a lot of what was announced are "native" ways to do things Sense/TouchWiz can already do].
What I like:
* 16:9 focused screen [games and media will be better, IMHO]
* Camera [zero lag shutter (you guys should love that), 1080p recording w/ video stabilization, face detection, panorama, and time lapse (gorgeous video shot in it)] is Gallery [editing namely] are sweet.
* Virtual buttons [hidden during video, rotate w/ you, etc]
* Hardware design pushes screen to limits of phone [minimal bezel; again, better for media]
* Consistent use of swipes throughout [my wife really like this as well]
* Resizable widgets [brought over from Honeycomb]
* Ease of creating folders [somewhat clunky right now but new way is more iOS'esque]
* Screenshots [late but def' happy to have it]
* Notifications: clearing one notification at a time w/ a swipe and enhanced notifications
* Inline spell checking w/ multiple suggestions for the selected word
** Oh and the copy/paste is improved w/ dragging of words [useful]
* Talk to Type shows you the words you're saying while you type; tie that w/ the spell checking/correction and you have an easy way to dictate, etc
* Gmail [swiping to go to other emails, new design is very clean and expressive, and 30 day of offline search]
* Calendar [pinch to zoom in/out is sweet, swipe to change days]
* Browser [easy way to get to desktop sites vs mobile, sync'd bookmarks, and offline reading]
* Contacts integrated w/ multiple social networks [g+, facebook, linkedin, etc]
* Voicemail [inline voicemail, speed up/slow down voice]
* Full g+ integration
That's enough. A boat load of new/updated features. What you won't find, IMHO, is an Android user complaining about ICS being an unworthy upgrade or stealing features from independent app devs. Google goes big each update w/ major features. They raised the bar, IMHO.
Most importantly though, stock Android no longer makes you desire a new "skin" on it. The focus on design is evident and very, very nice.
Ultimately...to each his own. I think it blows iOS 5 out in terms of functionality and, in numerous ways, experience. I considered a return to the iPhone but ICS reinforced Google is where I need to be. Iterative improvements aren't my style. I want major updates [even revamps] each revision. :) Yep...I'm selfish like that. lol
[apologies on the long comment and the # of comments; just trying to respond to each person who responded to me]

Hehe. So iOS 5 just caught up to Android [in numerous ways] and ICS is catching up to iOS 5 a week or two after iOS 5 released? Interesting. :) [don't flame, all in fun] lol
They did add some things iOS already had [the new way to create/manage folders, screenshots] just as Apple did w/ iOS 5 [notifications, etc] but I think they mostly caught up to their ODMs [a lot of what was announced are "native" ways to do things Sense/TouchWiz can already do].
What I like:
* 16:9 focused screen [games and media will be better, IMHO]
* Camera [zero lag shutter (you guys should love that), 1080p recording w/ video stabilization, face detection, panorama, and time lapse (gorgeous video shot in it)] is Gallery [editing namely] are sweet.
* Virtual buttons [hidden during video, rotate w/ you, etc]
* Hardware design pushes screen to limits of phone [minimal bezel; again, better for media]
* Consistent use of swipes throughout [my wife really like this as well]
* Resizable widgets [brought over from Honeycomb]
* Ease of creating folders [somewhat clunky right now but new way is more iOS'esque]
* Screenshots [late but def' happy to have it]
* Notifications: clearing one notification at a time w/ a swipe and enhanced notifications
* Inline spell checking w/ multiple suggestions for the selected word
** Oh and the copy/paste is improved w/ dragging of words [useful]
* Talk to Type shows you the words you're saying while you type; tie that w/ the spell checking/correction and you have an easy way to dictate, etc
* Gmail [swiping to go to other emails, new design is very clean and expressive, and 30 day of offline search]
* Calendar [pinch to zoom in/out is sweet, swipe to change days]
* Browser [easy way to get to desktop sites vs mobile, sync'd bookmarks, and offline reading]
* Contacts integrated w/ multiple social networks [g+, facebook, linkedin, etc]
* Voicemail [inline voicemail, speed up/slow down voice]
* Full g+ integration
That's enough. A boat load of new/updated features. What you won't find, IMHO, is an Android user complaining about ICS being an unworthy upgrade or stealing features from independent app devs. Google goes big each update w/ major features. They raised the bar, IMHO.
Most importantly though, stock Android no longer makes you desire a new "skin" on it. The focus on design is evident and very, very nice.
Ultimately...to each his own. I think it blows iOS 5 out in terms of functionality and, in numerous ways, experience. I considered a return to the iPhone but ICS reinforced Google is where I need to be. Iterative improvements aren't my style. I want major updates [even revamps] each revision. :) Yep...I'm selfish like that. lol
[apologies on the long comment and the # of comments; just trying to respond to each person who responded to me]

Hehe. So iOS 5 just caught up to Android [in numerous ways] and ICS is catching up to iOS 5 a week or two after iOS 5 released? Interesting. :) [don't flame, all in fun] lol
They did add some things iOS already had [the new way to create/manage folders, screenshots] just as Apple did w/ iOS 5 [notifications, etc] but I think they mostly caught up to their ODMs [a lot of what was announced are "native" ways to do things Sense/TouchWiz can already do].
What I like:
* 16:9 focused screen [games and media will be better, IMHO]
* Camera [zero lag shutter (you guys should love that), 1080p recording w/ video stabilization, face detection, panorama, and time lapse (gorgeous video shot in it)] is Gallery [editing namely] are sweet.
* Virtual buttons [hidden during video, rotate w/ you, etc]
* Hardware design pushes screen to limits of phone [minimal bezel; again, better for media]
* Consistent use of swipes throughout [my wife really like this as well]
* Resizable widgets [brought over from Honeycomb]
* Ease of creating folders [somewhat clunky right now but new way is more iOS'esque]
* Screenshots [late but def' happy to have it]
* Notifications: clearing one notification at a time w/ a swipe and enhanced notifications
* Inline spell checking w/ multiple suggestions for the selected word
** Oh and the copy/paste is improved w/ dragging of words [useful]
* Talk to Type shows you the words you're saying while you type; tie that w/ the spell checking/correction and you have an easy way to dictate, etc
* Gmail [swiping to go to other emails, new design is very clean and expressive, and 30 day of offline search]
* Calendar [pinch to zoom in/out is sweet, swipe to change days]
* Browser [easy way to get to desktop sites vs mobile, sync'd bookmarks, and offline reading]
* Contacts integrated w/ multiple social networks [g+, facebook, linkedin, etc]
* Voicemail [inline voicemail, speed up/slow down voice]
* Full g+ integration
That's enough. A boat load of new/updated features. What you won't find, IMHO, is an Android user complaining about ICS being an unworthy upgrade or stealing features from independent app devs. Google goes big each update w/ major features. They raised the bar, IMHO.
Most importantly though, stock Android no longer makes you desire a new "skin" on it. The focus on design is evident and very, very nice.
Ultimately...to each his own. I think it blows iOS 5 out in terms of functionality and, in numerous ways, experience. I considered a return to the iPhone but ICS reinforced Google is where I need to be. Iterative improvements aren't my style. I want major updates [even revamps] each revision. :) Yep...I'm selfish like that. lol
[apologies on the long comment and the # of comments; just trying to respond to each person who responded to me]

Hehe. So iOS 5 just caught up to Android [in numerous ways] and ICS is catching up to iOS 5 a week or two after iOS 5 released? Interesting. :) [don't flame, all in fun] lol
They did add some things iOS already had [the new way to create/manage folders, screenshots] just as Apple did w/ iOS 5 [notifications, etc] but I think they mostly caught up to their ODMs [a lot of what was announced are "native" ways to do things Sense/TouchWiz can already do].
What I like:
* 16:9 focused screen [games and media will be better, IMHO]
* Camera [zero lag shutter (you guys should love that), 1080p recording w/ video stabilization, face detection, panorama, and time lapse (gorgeous video shot in it)] is Gallery [editing namely] are sweet.
* Virtual buttons [hidden during video, rotate w/ you, etc]
* Hardware design pushes screen to limits of phone [minimal bezel; again, better for media]
* Consistent use of swipes throughout [my wife really like this as well]
* Resizable widgets [brought over from Honeycomb]
* Ease of creating folders [somewhat clunky right now but new way is more iOS'esque]
* Screenshots [late but def' happy to have it]
* Notifications: clearing one notification at a time w/ a swipe and enhanced notifications
* Inline spell checking w/ multiple suggestions for the selected word
** Oh and the copy/paste is improved w/ dragging of words [useful]
* Talk to Type shows you the words you're saying while you type; tie that w/ the spell checking/correction and you have an easy way to dictate, etc
* Gmail [swiping to go to other emails, new design is very clean and expressive, and 30 day of offline search]
* Calendar [pinch to zoom in/out is sweet, swipe to change days]
* Browser [easy way to get to desktop sites vs mobile, sync'd bookmarks, and offline reading]
* Contacts integrated w/ multiple social networks [g+, facebook, linkedin, etc]
* Voicemail [inline voicemail, speed up/slow down voice]
* Full g+ integration
That's enough. A boat load of new/updated features. What you won't find, IMHO, is an Android user complaining about ICS being an unworthy upgrade or stealing features from independent app devs. Google goes big each update w/ major features. They raised the bar, IMHO.
Most importantly though, stock Android no longer makes you desire a new "skin" on it. The focus on design is evident and very, very nice.
Ultimately...to each his own. I think it blows iOS 5 out in terms of functionality and, in numerous ways, experience. I considered a return to the iPhone but ICS reinforced Google is where I need to be. Iterative improvements aren't my style. I want major updates [even revamps] each revision. :) Yep...I'm selfish like that. lol
[apologies on the long comment and the # of comments; just trying to respond to each person who responded to me]

Hehe. So iOS 5 just caught up to Android [in numerous ways] and ICS is catching up to iOS 5 a week or two after iOS 5 released? Interesting. :) [don't flame, all in fun] lol
They did add some things iOS already had [the new way to create/manage folders, screenshots] just as Apple did w/ iOS 5 [notifications, etc] but I think they mostly caught up to their ODMs [a lot of what was announced are "native" ways to do things Sense/TouchWiz can already do].
What I like:
* 16:9 focused screen [games and media will be better, IMHO]
* Camera [zero lag shutter (you guys should love that), 1080p recording w/ video stabilization, face detection, panorama, and time lapse (gorgeous video shot in it)] is Gallery [editing namely] are sweet.
* Virtual buttons [hidden during video, rotate w/ you, etc]
* Hardware design pushes screen to limits of phone [minimal bezel; again, better for media]
* Consistent use of swipes throughout [my wife really like this as well]
* Resizable widgets [brought over from Honeycomb]
* Ease of creating folders [somewhat clunky right now but new way is more iOS'esque]
* Screenshots [late but def' happy to have it]
* Notifications: clearing one notification at a time w/ a swipe and enhanced notifications
* Inline spell checking w/ multiple suggestions for the selected word
** Oh and the copy/paste is improved w/ dragging of words [useful]
* Talk to Type shows you the words you're saying while you type; tie that w/ the spell checking/correction and you have an easy way to dictate, etc
* Gmail [swiping to go to other emails, new design is very clean and expressive, and 30 day of offline search]
* Calendar [pinch to zoom in/out is sweet, swipe to change days]
* Browser [easy way to get to desktop sites vs mobile, sync'd bookmarks, and offline reading]
* Contacts integrated w/ multiple social networks [g+, facebook, linkedin, etc]
* Voicemail [inline voicemail, speed up/slow down voice]
* Full g+ integration
That's enough. A boat load of new/updated features. What you won't find, IMHO, is an Android user complaining about ICS being an unworthy upgrade or stealing features from independent app devs. Google goes big each update w/ major features. They raised the bar, IMHO.
Most importantly though, stock Android no longer makes you desire a new "skin" on it. The focus on design is evident and very, very nice.
Ultimately...to each his own. I think it blows iOS 5 out in terms of functionality and, in numerous ways, experience. I considered a return to the iPhone but ICS reinforced Google is where I need to be. Iterative improvements aren't my style. I want major updates [even revamps] each revision. :) Yep...I'm selfish like that. lol
[apologies on the long comment and the # of comments; just trying to respond to each person who responded to me]

It looks to me like Google thinks there is space in between smartphones and tablets, something like a phonelet. After all, Android can't seem to compete on full tablets, and the geeks love the small tablets. I don't think the masses will go for it, though. The big screen phones are two-handed devices. Might as well tattoo "nerd" on your forehead. Apple, with Siri, is moving the other way, toward a hands-free device.

Every person on stage used one hand to handle the device. It is diagonally larger so it works best for media in landscape but in portrait you can easily reach the entire phone [so it seemed from their use on stage last night].
Siri is activated with your hand on the device. :) If you mean hands-free as in talk to your phone and it does something, Android has had it for a while now.

And you initiate it by using what? Hands? :)
I'm not trying to be petty but it is a stretch to say the iPhone is going hands free based on what Siri is today [it will probably never navigate an app outside of Apple's beyond simple actions as it has today]. Headphone/bluetooth actions have been possible for a while now.

Actually, you don't have to touch the phone at all if you use headphones (surely, you've seen the videos), and Siri is quite a different thing from what Android does.
As for size, I don't know who did what in the Nexus demo, but many people do not have large hands. I can just reach the corners of the iPhone screen with my thumb. My wife has even smaller hands.

Yep, saw the videos. Everyone used their hands to activate Siri [headphone or not]. :) See comment below.
Siri is more personal and deals with conversations but Android users aren't missing anything, per se.
My wife has n Evo 4G [small hands]. She uses it with one hand just fine. 4.3" display. YMMV.

@ballastatuz
My point is it is not hands free if you have to use a hand [or any part of said hand; lol]. Raising your phone to your ear...requires your hand. :) I dig Siri dude. I think it is great but it is by no means hands free [meaning you do not need to touch your device or anything attached to it].
The people using one hand weren't the one's doing the demo, per se. There was a guy behind a desk doing all of the demoing but during Android Beam he did use one hand and you can see his thumb easily hit Home, open an app, could [in the way he has his left hand] reach completely across the phone:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=Ts5WBm0tXzI#t=...
When they first intro'd the phone, 1 hand to unlock:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=Ts5WBm0tXzI#t=...
Get one in your hand before exclaiming it is too large.

@ballastatuz
My point is it is not hands free if you have to use a hand [or any part of said hand; lol]. Raising your phone to your ear...requires your hand. :) I dig Siri dude. I think it is great but it is by no means hands free [meaning you do not need to touch your device or anything attached to it].
The people using one hand weren't the one's doing the demo, per se. There was a guy behind a desk doing all of the demoing but during Android Beam he did use one hand and you can see his thumb easily hit Home, open an app, could [in the way he has his left hand] reach completely across the phone:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=Ts5WBm0tXzI#t=...
When they first intro'd the phone, 1 hand to unlock:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=Ts5WBm0tXzI#t=...
Get one in your hand before exclaiming it is too large.

@ballastatuz
My point is it is not hands free if you have to use a hand [or any part of said hand; lol]. Raising your phone to your ear...requires your hand. :) I dig Siri dude. I think it is great but it is by no means hands free [meaning you do not need to touch your device or anything attached to it].
The people using one hand weren't the one's doing the demo, per se. There was a guy behind a desk doing all of the demoing but during Android Beam he did use one hand and you can see his thumb easily hit Home, open an app, could [in the way he has his left hand] reach completely across the phone:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=Ts5WBm0tXzI#t=...
When they first intro'd the phone, 1 hand to unlock:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=Ts5WBm0tXzI#t=...
Get one in your hand before exclaiming it is too large.

@ballastatuz
My point is it is not hands free if you have to use a hand [or any part of said hand; lol]. Raising your phone to your ear...requires your hand. :) I dig Siri dude. I think it is great but it is by no means hands free [meaning you do not need to touch your device or anything attached to it].
The people using one hand weren't the one's doing the demo, per se. There was a guy behind a desk doing all of the demoing but during Android Beam he did use one hand and you can see his thumb easily hit Home, open an app, could [in the way he has his left hand] reach completely across the phone:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=Ts5WBm0tXzI#t=...
When they first intro'd the phone, 1 hand to unlock:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=Ts5WBm0tXzI#t=...
Get one in your hand before exclaiming it is too large.

@ballastatuz
My point is it is not hands free if you have to use a hand [or any part of said hand; lol]. Raising your phone to your ear...requires your hand. :) I dig Siri dude. I think it is great but it is by no means hands free [meaning you do not need to touch your device or anything attached to it].
The people using one hand weren't the one's doing the demo, per se. There was a guy behind a desk doing all of the demoing but during Android Beam he did use one hand and you can see his thumb easily hit Home, open an app, could [in the way he has his left hand] reach completely across the phone:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=Ts5WBm0tXzI#t=...
When they first intro'd the phone, 1 hand to unlock:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=Ts5WBm0tXzI#t=...
Get one in your hand before exclaiming it is too large.

Honestly the Galaxy Nexus is a beautiful phone. In a lot of ways it and ICS are ahead of their time. But I had an Evo and I don't really want anything bigger than that. When I first got my Evo I used to get cramps in my hand from using it and I'm 6'3 and I can palm a basketball! So it's 4.6x is too big. And please don't eer say that any android phone can do what Siri can do. It's not even close. Remember I've had almost every "next big" Android phone that they've made.

Siri has personality and conversation but does nothing extra. The end result is handled differently [Android = web search for some results, Siri = inline results pulled from a couple apps or a web search] but aside from that and a few new actions [change appts, set reminders] Android users miss verrry little by not having Siri.
YMMV.

Siri has personality and conversation but does nothing extra. The end result is handled differently [Android = web search for some results, Siri = inline results pulled from a couple apps or a web search] but aside from that and a few new actions [change appts, set reminders] Android users miss verrry little by not having Siri.
YMMV.

I came from an evo for the last year and a half. I thought android was the next best thing since sliced bread. But when a company can sell 4 million devices in what...3 days? That says something about the product. I love this phone. It just works. The evo is nice but has bugs, and reboots a lot. I had an iPhone 3G but had to move to sprint. And I missed ever since. So android can release whatever they want...apple will always be there with the iPhone. Now if only sprint would do something about the patheticly slow 3G, I would a happy person.

Here Here. I had the same experiences on the EVO that pushed me to the iPhone. Let's see if 4million Nexus phone sell the first weekend of availability. Doubtful, but you never know. Meanwhile, the iPhone just works and 3G isn't a problem for me in the Atlanta area.

Oh and Android doesn't have the same upgrade path. There aren't millions of people waiting for the next Android phone to upgrade. There are new phones all the time so most people grab one regularly.
It'll probably do 500k to 1M first weekend. Wild guess but it has some nice hype surrounding it right now.

Oh and Android doesn't have the same upgrade path. There aren't millions of people waiting for the next Android phone to upgrade. There are new phones all the time so most people grab one regularly.
It'll probably do 500k to 1M first weekend. Wild guess but it has some nice hype surrounding it right now.

It is interesting the spec-wise and design-wise, the Galaxy Nexus looks a LOT like many of us hoped the iPhone 5 would look like.
iOS could also use a significant face-lift - in particular on the iPad, where it just doesn't work at all IMO. Soooo much wasted space.
This could be a dangerous year for Apple. They better REALLY deliver when it comes to the next iPhone and iOS 6.
If the next iPhone is not a significant improvement to stay with the competition, I might jump ship when my iPhone 4 contract is up next summer. But I hope I won't have to.

Let's be glad the iphone didn't look like that. Hopefully Apple sticks with it's current screen size. Iphone is still second to none by far. Google needs to jump to the next dessert and try again.

i think apple still wins...the bottom line here is apple is only one device but selling millions around the world, while android are lots of device with htc,samsung etc combine all their sales they may equal apples sale, but samsung vs iphone, htc vs apple, apple has more sales vs individual manufacturer..

"they may equal apples" yet Android leads in marketshare? Apple leads in profit share only. Winning is subjective to which stat you look choose as the measurement.

"they may equal apples" yet Android leads in marketshare? Apple leads in profit share only. Winning is subjective to which stat you look choose as the measurement.

I have an Atrix and I love the fingerprint unlock feature. It pisses me off that they did away with the feature on the Atrix 2. It's a much more useful feature than the idiotic laptop dock gimmick.

Yeah android rocks, my friends applo lovers are thinking on getting this phone same as me haha.

I can't wait for the Galaxy Nexus. I think iPhone is and has been great but it is time to move to the next generation.

The iPhone is great for people that are not that into the tech side of smart phones. The iPhone is basic, simple and easy to use. But for those that like to live on the edge and have customizations and settings galore, then Android is for you........something for everyone..........we should come together, not apart

iPhone may be behind in hardware, but if the phone requires the top of the line hardware to run smoothly then its a problem. iOS runs beautifully, the apps are much more polished and the user experience is overall much more refined than with android. I currently use a nexus S, pretty much every app on that phone has crashed at least once at one point in time (even my stock phone dialer app).
My old iphone 3gs didnt have any of these problems, and after playing around with my friends iphone 4S, neither does it. Same can be said for WP7. Android is great and all because you can do anything you want with your phone, but when the phone call app freezes and wont let you hang up or turn on speaker phone its a problem. Google really needs to put some limitations on what manufacturers can do with the OS.
ICS may help alleviate this issue, but HTC and samsung are still going to be filling their phones with crapware. And app developers are still going to be able to post half-assed apps on the app store without any form of screening.

The laggy OEM UI's and Crapware are the biggest problem, but as stated, even Vanilla ICS was laggy and unresponsive at times. That's just Android in a nutshell. The Wiz bang hardware doesn't matter if the engine (OS) is buggy, and it is.

Poorly-optimised software, is the reason Android needs OMG CPU and 1Gb of RAM to function, whereas iOS only needs half of that. Sure, I'd like to have an excess of RAM to play with, but the OS can easily handle 512MB.

Blah Blah this.. Blah Blah that... Honestly, I'm more impressed by the Motorola Droid Razr, it's specs, options, and the lapdock than the Galaxy Nexus. It's not coming to Sprint, so I really don't care. I have a white iPhone 4S with no lag, no memory leak, and the battery life is just fine, so I'm good with what I have. Let's see how many Samsung sells the first weekend and if there are any lines to buy this.

This was my experience on the EVO that sent me to the iPhone. And this is still continuing with a dual core Nexus? That's Android for you. Wonder if the memory leak is still present as it was in Gingerbread? iOS doesn't have a memory leak. There's no lag on my iPhone. So I can't tinker with it. I don't want to. I just need a phone that works, with the actual apps I want, most of which aren't even available for Android. Have fun with your Nexus.

Link to the Engadget post?
All those looking to down ICS are using the post from The Next Web as the baseline to call it slow and sluggish.

Link to the Engadget post?
All those looking to down ICS are using the post from The Next Web as the baseline to call it slow and sluggish.

Very true but when we look for negative and see it...we stop there. :) Works for positive too though. "Are jellybeans bad for me? Oh...this site says no. Sweet! [runs to store to buy jellybeans]"

Very true but when we look for negative and see it...we stop there. :) Works for positive too though. "Are jellybeans bad for me? Oh...this site says no. Sweet! [runs to store to buy jellybeans]"

Another great point from their article [related to other comments here]:
"The overall phone feels adequately thin, and while the 4.65-inch display sounds gargantuan, the handset itself doesn't feel so massive to hold."

Another great point from their article [related to other comments here]:
"The overall phone feels adequately thin, and while the 4.65-inch display sounds gargantuan, the handset itself doesn't feel so massive to hold."

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