I haven't had the Galaxy Nexus for all that long, and it has been a good introduction to full-time Android. The problem? It was already rather old hardware by the time I got it, when it was released it was very good in most areas, except for the camera. Oh, and it was manufactured by Samsung, so we're dealing with PenTile AMOLED displays, something I am not a fan of. Details of my adventures with the Galaxy Nexus and reasons why I'm moving on so soon to the next latest and greatest.Even in the month or two or so I have been using this Galaxy Nexus, that has annoyed me, a lot. PenTile displays use a RGBG subpixel arrangement, making the image look sort of pixelated, but not, it is a difficult thing to describe. It doesn't look pixelated or fuzzy in the sense you are used to, which is due to a low resolution image on a higher resolution screen, but the screen itself is the cause of the problem. I have seen it described as a sort of linen effect, and I think I see that, especially on white backgrounds.
Then there is the battery life. At first, It seemed to not be all that much worse than my iPhone 4S, something notorious for having battery issues. But as it went along, it seemed to drain a fair bit quicker. Not un-useably quicker, but I imagine someone else who uses their phone a lot more for actual phone calls would have much more problem, and I believe I know someone who had that exact problem.
Hardware design from the front I really quite like of the Galaxy Nexus, very clean, featureless and I quite enjoy the curved glass. But start rotating it to view the sides and back and you see that hallmark cheap Samsung design and build quality. Google have been stamping their design onto these Nexus devices on the user facing side, and given how the Nexus 4 (manufactured by LG) has turned out, it looks like we need to give Google credit for the only good part of the Galaxy Nexus design.
My experience with stock Android as an OS has been great, I love it. So many great things about it, much of it just works better, and makes the general workflow much more intuitive and quicker. Things make more sense. It isn't without its downsides, but I am happy. I think it looks better, operates better, and is more user-friendly in many ways. Hardware has been another story, but I'm willing to make sacrifices for what I believe is currently the best mobile OS.
Introducing the Nexus 4I wasn't expecting to upgrade to the latest Nexus device even when I bought the Galaxy Nexus, I thought I could go a fair amount of time without needing to, but the price of the Nexus 4 has changed all that. £279 for a 16GB Nexus unlocked, sim free, £239 for the 8GB version. A fantastic price for a Qualcomm S4 Pro 1.5Ghz (quad core), 2100mAh battery, 2GB RAM, 1280x768 IPS LCD screen, wireless charging, a seemingly higher quality build and design, and an Adreno 320 GPU.
Google can't be making much, if any money on this, because at that price, it is £240 cheaper for the equivalent iPhone 5. That means you can get a 32GB Nexus 7 and a 16GB Nexus 4 for less than the price of a single 16GB iPhone 5. I am very happy with this device hardware wise, and partly because it is so extremely well priced.
TheVerge.com reviewed the device very well, but marked it down significantly for the lack of LTE which is a problem for a flagship device in the United States, but not so much here, at least not yet with our only LTE network taking the piss with data prices, if this had come out the same time next year, I don't think I would be happy - but at the same time, I don't really have a choice. The Nexus line are the only Android devices I can accept (updates, google support, stock Android (all the skins out there are awful)), so If I want Android I sort of have to accept what Google put out there.
I think it looks like a much better device, it is not iPhone 5 in terms of design, but it seemingly looks a step above the rest in terms of Android phones. I'm looking to buy this device as soon as it comes available from the Google Play store. I'm tremendously excited for it, perhaps for the first time when it comes to Android hardware.