The only thing stopping me from recommending this new Phone to everybody is the storage. It’s not a deal breaker, but it does leave the phone rather cramped if you game, or watch video, or listen to music…
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- Google is full of brilliant people. Why is it that they so easily and continually overlook these details? Apple can have Matias, I want the old Android and truly incredible devices like the Nexus One back.
I keep buying every Nexus as development devices, which is why I'm fine with a 8GB Nexus 4, but for as long as HTC is around, I will always carry the latest gen HTC in my pocket with more internal storage and a large SD card for my personal device.
This creates even more of a dilemma though as the OEMs will make devices consumers want and if AOSP doesn't support comsumers demands, OEMs will make their own different and sub-par solutions.Oct 31, 2012
- Actually Nexus S was a pretty poor experience here as well, since it kept the hard partitioning between the "internal" storage and "external" (FAT partition that can be mounted as mass storage on a computer) storage areas. The shift to MTP that happened in 3.0, with internal/application and external/media storage sharing the same partition, made things a lot simpler -- you just have one storage space where all your stuff goes, and you can use all of that storage for whatever you want.
And no freaking "apps on SD card," where the user gets to manually move their apps between different storage areas to try to optimize their space use, but can't do this with all apps because being on external storage is significant limitations due to that storage being able to disappear at any time (even if it is inside the device like the Nexus S it has to go away when you mount it as mass storage on your computer). That feature was really useful for devices like the Nexus One where there was only a very small amount of internal storage and everything else was the SD card... but that is really not a good situation.Oct 31, 2012
- Reading more on this, and the reasoning behind it (thanks Dianne!) yeah, I'm getting it. If the Nexus program is more for a 'base' model of device, then it makes sense there's room for other phone/tablet makers to add the extra features like this to differentiate their products, which is fair enough!Oct 31, 2012
- Yeah, Android's hardware diversity is its greatest strength, and it's great that I have the option of microSD and more storage from many other vendors.
But only Nexus offers un-adulterated software and fast-track upgrades. It's so frustrating that we're forced to give that up just to get a basic requirement like enough storage, particular when the Nexus range is so amazing in every other respect.Oct 31, 2012
- Totally agree, the nexus is an awesome spec'd device great for the developers and masses who want the defacto of android devices. I understand the need to hold back some things - but a memory card is such a generic component it should be on every phone.
I also believe there are easier ways to prevent public "confusion" ie who cares if the card can be read on a windows PC (or linux or mac for that matter), plug in the USB cable to the phone to read the card, let android provide the mount for it.
The real future for phones will be the upgradable architecture wouldnt that be great (and eco friendly) rather then needing to upgrade the phone you replace the guts. Much cheaper then a new deviceNov 5, 2012
- Even then, you have (eventually) the choice to load CM on a different device for 'pure' android on any hardware, just to add to the choice there!Nov 5, 2012