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BLOG: I dumped my iPhone 4 for the Android Galaxy Nexus

Scot Finnie | March 5, 2012
I like a lot of things about my iPhone 4, but I don't like the way Apple seems to be closing its ecosystem again.

There have been other points of frustration, too. I've grown weary of Apple's self-serving app censorship policies. I've never been a fan of the fact that iOS tries to hide the file system from you. And even though I understand why Apple chose not to support Adobe Flash on the iPhone and iPad, most other mobile devices do support it for the time being. Their makers haven't made a conscious decision to short-change their customers on an increasingly meaningful part of the Internet experience. The world is moving to HTML5, and that's a good thing - or will be when it has finally taken place. But I have this problem: I'm trying to watch video on the Internet now.

I still love my Macs but I realized that I've been unconsciously making excuses for a subpar iOS user experience. That was the moment I began paying closer attention to Android.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Most of my problems with Android devices were wiped out by the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Android 4. Better known as Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), Android 4 reunites the tablet and smartphone versions of the operating system. It also no longer requires hardware buttons to control the OS because Google added default software-based button functions. The Galaxy Nexus was the first product to ship with Android 4 pre-installed.

I also like the design of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus . I wanted a mobile phone with the biggest screen that could fit comfortably in my hand, while still being lightweight and as thin as the iPhone. I wanted a Super AMOLED 1280x720 HD display. I never liked Apple's use of glass on the back of the iPhone 4. Yes that lends a quality feel. But it's over-engineered at the expense of weight. I vastly prefer a device that has a removable battery as does the Galaxy Nexus. I wanted Verizon 4G LTE. The Galaxy Nexus lives up to all these standards.

Last but not least, I wanted a Verizon phone that didn't cost $300 with a two-year contract. I paid $150 (with a contract) just before the holidays and you can get one now for $100 at .

Some drawbacks

In fact, the only major disadvantage of the Galaxy Nexus is its lack of a microSD card slot. For my purposes, 32GB is plenty of memory. By the time I outgrow that limitation, I'll be into a new phone anyway. The Android LTE smartphone also chews through battery life, but that's true of all current LTE smartphones. If you want, you can get the Galaxy Nexus battery upgrade kit (look around for a cheaper price). It comes with a new back cover, which adds just a smidge of thickness to the phone. As others have noted, you're not going to notice the difference. I certainly don't. And you can use the original, slightly smaller battery with the new back cover. There is also always the option to turn off 4G, limiting service to 3G.


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