I started this post with a disparate (no… not desperate) thought, and found myself astounded by where we ended-up.
here’s a provocative statement that won’t make sense until you read the entirety of this effort. so read on:
Google either doesn’t fully understand the situation or has trouble using the Nexus program to build clout for Android.
so… here is the punchline in advance…
as an Apple shareholder, I want Google, Android, Samsung – the whole motley lot of them to succeed in wild fashion. innovation creates success for everyone, the most hearty, in particular. that innovation and subsequent change is what creates opportunity for growth and improvement for the bold.
with that; all of that, with its implications, in-mind, ponder the following. do it! invest your time, passion, and money, accordingly.
Brian Patrick Cork: I dunno… 6.3 is pretty big to offer ease of use.
They have some of the WORST reviews online bar none.
in any event, I thought the Samsung S4 (NOT pictured below) had promise but remained a bit awkward compared to the iPhone. texting is still wonky, for Gods sake. I still don’t understand why people are so smitten with the Galaxy S III. it’s a known battery hog, an eye sore (what was Samsung thinking when it mucked up Android this badly?) and a glitch bomb (ranging from missed text and calendar notifications to wonky headphone and Bluetooth connectivity). to top it off, it behaves jerkily, despite its 1.5GHz processor.
what can possibly be exciting about a hand-held device, other than what you use it for? it’s a genuinely esoteric questions.
I believe the difference will come down to bio-morphics and voice recognition. then size won’t matter unless you want to vChat or watch a video.
I have a Nexus 7 that I like better than my iPad(s). so, it’s not that I’m pushing any particular platform, today.
in fact, we are continuing to test Android devices. the phone I’m most taken with at the moment isn’t the iPhone 5 (although I just picked-up Haley Anne another iP5) no, it’s the (re-imagined) Nexus 4 – a collaboration of Google and LG, representing the pinnacle of Android hardware and software (Jelly Bean 4.2). it runs smooth as butter, with a vibrant screen that is second to none. when I first picked one up I kept thinking “perfect” – providing I can truly customize certain Apps like simple texting. okay… I’ve set it up: impressive hardware, best Android software ever, definitely a threat to the iPhone (the 5, but not the 6) … except.
NOTE: I was among the first to buy two Nexus One phones when Google first released them almost exactly three years ago this month. I can prove it. go read, selfless acts of Commerce. I actually acquired them because they were part of history and Nicholas Johnson was so dang excited about “the Google phone”. that was fun to watch. …he earned that.
wait… go read another post of mine where I discuss the Nexus One.
it’s a crazy and interesting sprint down memory lane. it demonstrates how the creative and innovative quickly transitions to the expected and mundane.
in the end (that being defined inside twenty months), all “smart” mobile phones will be very similar. thusly, it will come down to what do you use it for. then size matters.
meanwhile… end to the intermission…
you note that hesitation just before intermission? so what’s the catch? there are two that go hand in hand: availability and network compatibility.
the only carrier actively selling the Nexus One is T-Mobile. mind you, if you’re on T-Mobile, this is your next phone. you would be hard pressed to find anything remotely this good.
but if you’re on every other carrier, you’re basically out of luck. AT&T customers can buy the phone direct from Google
, paying the contract-free price of roughly $350, but they can’t run it on their carrier’s 4G LTE network, because it’s not compatible with that technology. so no blistering speeds – which only matters if you care about DATA. and, as for Sprint and Verizon, it’s simply does not have the right innards.
this is a major timing blunder for Google and for LG – the latter in desperate need of a hit smart phone. Google has a genuine opportunity with the Nexus line to take a legitimate run at Apple and it’s iPhone. the Nexus is that good, but everyone is distracted by the Galaxy line. that’s marketing, but also an subsidization strategy. hopefully, once Android get real, Google goes Apple on the world and finds a way to get them on the Nexus platform. that’s when I believe Google gets it.
my takeaway is that Google either doesn’t fully understand the situation or has trouble using the Nexus program to build clout for Android.
Android is huge, but it’s huge by default. the phones are cheaper than Apple’s, the carriers make more money off of them, and the manufacturers license the operating system for little or nothing, and get to do whatever they want to their look and feel.
the result is that every single Android phone delivers a wildly different experience, and no two people who talk about Android are talking about the same thing.
come on Google… we can do this! lead Apple to unimaginable heights of glory!
peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.
brian patrick cork
I think it’s ironic that synonyms for the word, esoteric, include: occult, private and mystic. esoteric means, “Intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest”. and, Christians don’t like anything related to the occult, or harry Potter. and, its easy and fun to watch Harry Potter on my Nexus 7.
what do you think? is this another blog post opportunity?