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Topic # 93787 29-Nov-2011 14:14 Send private message

Thought I might as well kick this one off people, found mine had been delivered yesterday while I was in Wellington doing a horrible exam.

Will be posting lots more thoughts as I go, and I expect AndroidNZ editor Lokhor will be doing the same shortly, since I'm sending him his one today.

Early impressions are pretty wow for the most part.

It's still plastics but really feels and looks like quality to me, because of the rounded edges and small bezel actually feels no bigger than the SGSII in the hand, so despite the 4.65inch screen size I think most will manage fine. On the topic of the screen: Wow. It is superb. Even with the Note's 5.3inch screen I had said the pentile wasn't really noticeable in normal use, here it's even less of an issue with the higher pixel density - can only see it on the closest inspection and even then I can only appreciate it very faintly.

WiFi reception is bad, worst I've ever had in a handset - most of the time can't get reception in my bedroom (hopefully this is a software issue).

GPS seems good, although only one trip under the belt so far. No GLONASS though, which is a bit disappointing. 

Benchmarks average, probably mostly because of the high resolution, but even looking at a comparable screen in the Note it suffers in comparison.

ICS is superb, finally hardware acceleration in the UI and it shows, too much to talk about there in this brief post, but it is really, really good. 

Face unlock easily beaten - took a picture of myself with another phone and could unlock the Nexus. If you fail to unlock with Face unlock it goes to a backup mechanism like pattern/pin unlock, but if turn the screen off again you get another chance at Face unlock (sometimes takes a couple of goes with a picture to fake it). If only they'd forced it to the more secure methods after a failure, would make it a lot more secure.

This time around I'm reviewing for Clove and Lokhor is reviewing for AndroidNZ.net, so make sure to check out both sites for coverage, and our twitter accounts for  up-to-the-minute impressions and experiences.




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  Reply # 551573 29-Nov-2011 19:22 Send private message

hey, will you be putting up links here for when you do your reviews for clove, loved watching your note videos

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  Reply # 551595 29-Nov-2011 19:55 Send private message

Great work with your Website! Loving the NZ input into the Android scene, keep up the enthusiasm and reviews. You seem to offer way more hands on stuff hat the other sites gloss over.

Got my  Galaxy Nexus on Monday via Clove. Did have to cough for Gst and Duty but I guess i missed out the last two times I imported phones so consider that my contribution to all those new NZ First and Green MP's that have no electorates to look after.

Haven't noticed any wifi change compared to my Desire HD, network reception seems better. GPS is way better than my old HTC  DHD friend. Google Maps navigation beta was nice and smooth. Great work importing all my apps. Used Lookout to move all my contacts. Ringtones are pretty quiet, need to score some louder ones, any suggestions. Loving ICS and those capacitive buttons! love when how you press them it leaves a subtle aftergow that fades away.

Call quality is significantly better, both from handset and car. People have actually commented" where are you calling from?"

Will spend the next few days playing and tweaking, look forward to your reviews here on in Murray.



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  Reply # 551604 29-Nov-2011 20:21 Send private message

Thanks guys, will be posting here as videos and reviews go up. Since Lokhor is reviewing for AndroidNZ and producing our videos there we should have lots of content going out between us :)

I'm still playing around and setting a lot of stuff up and tryin stuff out, just been taking some screenies from the benchmark apps...




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  Reply # 552102 1-Dec-2011 09:08 Send private message

Count me in on this club.  Upgrading from my faithful old Nexus One, where the power button is finally going bad.  Got my GN from Clove and copped the GST on import as well.  They must be well onto this given the number of phones coming in these days.

First impressions are obviously favourable given what I am upgrading from, the size is not proving too much of an adjustment as the thinness of the phone more than compensates for the screen real estate.  Some of my favourite apps do not play nice with ICS yet so will have to be patient until I get into my comfort zone.

Any suggestions on cases/screen protectors welcome as this thing feels so skinny and light I am concerned about wear & tear ...


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  Reply # 552139 1-Dec-2011 09:50 Send private message

On my old 2.3 device there's only one volume control; I can't set it to be quiet with headphones connected and loud when they're not. This results in either blasted ears when I go to listen to music or missed calls/texts when the headphones are disconnected. Has this been improved in Android 4?

And on the topic of music, when you're playing a live or similar album, does it still add a gap between tracks or are they finally played like they should be?

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  Reply # 552142 1-Dec-2011 09:52 Send private message

Wish I could find a shop in Auckland selling these handsets




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  Reply # 552165 1-Dec-2011 11:06 Send private message

johnr: Wish I could find a shop in Auckland selling these handsets


Surely you could persuade the vodafone bosses they need you to test one ?

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Reply # 552170 1-Dec-2011 11:17 Send private message

jonb:
johnr: Wish I could find a shop in Auckland selling these handsets


Surely you could persuade the vodafone bosses they need you to test one ?


Might need to email the device team




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  Reply # 552184 1-Dec-2011 11:36 Send private message

Do NZ Telcos even know about or care about the Galaxy Nexus? I haven't heard anything yet.

Btw I'm loving the Galaxy Nexus. Got Google Music set up now so I can stream my collection :)




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  Reply # 552893 2-Dec-2011 22:46 Send private message

Also upgraded to the galaxy nexus from the sgs i.

Initial thoughts are all pretty good. A few little things different but most for the better.

Will also post some more detail later :)

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  Reply # 552898 2-Dec-2011 22:52 Send private message

lokhor: Do NZ Telcos even know about or care about the Galaxy Nexus? I haven't heard anything yet.

Btw I'm loving the Galaxy Nexus. Got Google Music set up now so I can stream my collection :)


 

REVIEW REVIEW REVIEW!!!!





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  Reply # 552899 2-Dec-2011 22:53 Send private message

lokhor: Do NZ Telcos even know about or care about the Galaxy Nexus? I haven't heard anything yet.

Btw I'm loving the Galaxy Nexus. Got Google Music set up now so I can stream my collection :)


Probably start advertising it 1 year down the track.

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  Reply # 552985 3-Dec-2011 10:10 Send private message

johnr: Wish I could find a shop in Auckland selling these handsets


I see PB Tech is selling the Galaxy Note so the Nexus may not be far behind..




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  Reply # 552988 3-Dec-2011 10:12 Send private message

old3eyes:
johnr: Wish I could find a shop in Auckland selling these handsets


I see PB Tech is selling the Galaxy Note so the Nexus may not be far behind..


The note has been out for a while




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  Reply # 552999 3-Dec-2011 10:41 Send private message

nakedmolerat:
lokhor: Do NZ Telcos even know about or care about the Galaxy Nexus? I haven't heard anything yet.

Btw I'm loving the Galaxy Nexus. Got Google Music set up now so I can stream my collection :)


 

REVIEW REVIEW REVIEW!!!!


Going to start working on part 1 of the review today hopefully.  




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