So I finally got my Galaxy Nexus delivered and it is a beauty!
In this post, I’m not going to talk about all the features of the phone or of Ice Cream Sandwich. I’m going to talk about my experience of using the Galaxy Nexus and moving from a Blackberry to Android.
The move to Android
Obviously a major change was moving from the awesome hardware keyboard to a soft keyboard on Android. The change is made difficult by the lack of physical feedback. Sure the Galaxy Nexus vibrates on key press but that is not a replacement for a physical push of the button. So it’s safe to say I miss the keyboard on the Blackberry!
Next on the list is the screen. Here’s an understatement to describe it: it’s huge! No really it maybe smaller than the Samsung Note or the Dell Streak but it’s still huge! The plus side to this, well there are several. More screen real estate, bigger keys on the soft keyboard and of course the Galaxy Nexus has a half HD screen. The sAMOLED screen is easy on the eyes while being sharper and producing more colours. The 1280×720 resolution is as expected, amazing. Having a 4.6 inch screen is not good for the battery. From the android’s battery manager, about 40-50% of the battery is consumed by the screen alone. The Galaxy Nexus has a 1750mAh battery which isn’t big but survives for a day without any heavy CPU/GPU usage.
Do I miss BBM? No. I was never a big fan or user of BBM but now I have WhatsApp Messenger on which pretty much all my friends are available. I never use to watch any videos on the BB on such a small screen. The HD screen makes watching movies a pleasure. Reading books is also good, Google Books is available out of the box and syncs with your account. I found Moon+ Reader free to read other formats like epub.
Near Field Communications. Right now in the UK, there are no practical uses that I’m aware of. No Google Wallet, No Mastercard PayPass or Oyster travel card (London Underground travel card). I found the “NFC TagInfo” application very useful in reading the tags. For most tags it is able to read the ID and memory block size etc. Obviously most tags are encrypted and to decrypt, you can enter the Access Keys.
What is novel is that the NFC antenna is actually embedded in the battery itself. I’m not sure what technical advantage is of doing this compared to embedding it in the back cover. I would like to see more practical applications of this technology sometime soon in the UK.
All in all, I’m really liking Android 4.0 on Samsung Galaxy Nexus. I am glad to have moved on from Blackberry and as my friends say I have “seen the light” now. haha
I hope you are enjoying your Galaxy Nexus and I would recommend upgrading if you are due.
I didn’t mention the notification indicator before. Well it’s located in the bottom bezel of the phone and is a 3 colour LED. Although here are no options in ICS to choose the notification colour, I have noticed that Facebook notifications have the blue light whereas Gmail and others have the generic milky multi colour.