The TL;DR answer is YES*. Yes, only if you want to use Google. If you insist on keeping your yahoo, aol, hotmail, or your other email account, then this may not be for you.
*The longer answer below:
Before reading, I want you to know that I currently own and use, an iPad 2 with 3G, Kindle Keyboard with 3G, Galaxy Nexus LTE, Motorola Xoom 4G, and an HP Touchpad. My parents currently use the Xoom and the Touchpad, but I’ve had extensive time with each.
I am not doing a review on it, but rather telling you what I like. If you want reviews, you can go here, here, or here.
Someone must have been a good boy this year because he just unwrapped a Galaxy Nexus! After Chaim paid a small $20 upgrade fee on top of the $299 price tag for the phone, and signed a 2 year 4G data contract with Verizon which included a stipulation that he “not be evil” while using it, he quickly unboxed his precious. Next, he got to Hanging Out on Google+, not using Google Wallet because Verizon won’t allow it, and finding out the battery door is made of plastic as thin as Saran wrap. Then he joined Harry, Justin, and special guest Michael Degusta of theunderstatement.com, to share the thrills and ills of being a proud user of Google’s flagship phone.
We find out if Ice Cream sandwich is as delectable as Google claims and whether or not Chaim’s hands are big enough to reach the outer edges of the Galaxy’s 4.6″ screen. Chaim runs his first 4G speedtest but decides against joining the recording from his phone, and we examine the tug-of-war between Google and the cell carriers.
Should you put a Galaxy Nexus in your stocking? Listen to find out.
Ice Cream Sandwich hasn’t even had time to melt and someone out there on the internet has the nerve to create a chart showing just how infrequently all those Android devices actually get the latest version of the mobile OS.
Michael DeGusta, the man who laid out the sad state of Google’s hardware support in red, orange, yellow, and green joins the inThirty crew and our guest host Kelly Guimont to discuss whether Android is a stop or a go and how the carriers, manufacturers and Google factor in to this traffic jam.
Tomorrow we’ll post an interview with Michael that covers why he created the chart, how he found the data, and whether or not he was inspired by the bygone days of the color coded terror alert system.
Please sir, can I have some more over the air updates? Not if you’re using the majority of Android phones. As a follow up to yesterday’s show, we’re lucky to have the creator of the chart that puts the Dickensian state of upgrade support across Android phones on display, Michael Degusta, with us on inThirty. We get to the bottom of how and why he took on this topic and find out what version of Android those big laser-shooting-Transformer-type-things from the Droid commercials run.
We have all seen this image, and I agree with the android fans that it is biased. I do think that this is a good representation of the underlying problem at hand. For semi informed consumers, what is he/she to do, seeing this infographic? Obviously, buy an iphone, but what if you want an android model.
TL;DR answer: Buy only an official google release nexus phone.
After two episodes that revolved around the iPhone last week it’s certainly nice to spend some time talking about delectable frozen treats…wait, is that Chaim saying that Android releases are named by desserts in ascending alphabetical order?
This week we discuss the new features Android has to offer and trends in mobile operating system development. Chaim feels pushed towards a hardware upgrade, but will he drop his current Droid for a Galaxy far, far away? Do you think he’ll ever get face recognition unlocking to work? What do desserts have to do with robots and galaxies? Listen to find out.
Being a budget technologist, a teacher, and having my opinion matters, I do have to try and provide honest feedback. People, students and colleagues, want me to guide them into choosing the right product. With that said, I have to try and make unbiased reviews on a lot of different products. When iOS5 and the 4s came out, I had at least 5 different people ask, “Is this the phone I should get?” I do have to put my google fan boy behind me.