Showing posts with label Google Nexus. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Google Nexus. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Google's Modular Phone Challenges OnePlus One

The Nexus phone was a breath of fresh air. But I thought the OnePlus One did challenge the Nexus brand. Now I think Google's modular phone is a major challenge to the OnePlus One, and other smartphones in general. My current phone is still Nexus 4. I wish I could get a battery that lasted twice as long, and I wish I could replace my 5 MP camera with a 10 or 13 or 15 MP camera. But other than that, I am quite happy with my phone. And the modular phone is supposed to allow you just such upgrades. You don't ditch the whole phone. You just upgrade a part you want to upgrade. I like that. And I love the price point. $50. Finally a smartphone for the global masses. And, yes, I also want 64 GB. My 8 GB has felt inadequate as soon as I got my phone!

Google’s modular $50 smartphone set for January 2015 release

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Kitkat Battery Issues Resolved

Original flavor KitKat purchased in Atlanta, G...
Original flavor KitKat purchased in Atlanta, GA, USA in Feb. 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It was easy. You google up the matter, and you get reminded you reset your phone like the last time Android sent you an updated version of the operating system.

There was resetting the phone, which also freed up a lot of space on my 8 GB phone. And then there was turning off a Google+ feature. Now photos on my phone only get uploaded online when the phone is on wifi and when the phone is connected to a charger.

The auto upload feature is why Google+ is my top choice for photo upload and sharing. But that was also draining my battery.

Now my phone feels more normal. So much so that I still want a OnePlus One phone, but I am not in a desperate hurry.

My external battery clocks at 10,000 mAh. That is what I carry. So it is like carrying two phones. But it's worth it for the peace of mind that my phone will quite literally never run out of juice during the course of the day. When your smartphone is your personal assistant, you tend to use it with some intensity.

I am thinking a 5,000 mAh inside a phone might finally do the trick.

Another reason not to be in a big hurry for the One is the idea of actually being with people when you are with them. Face time is also good for the phone battery.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Nexus 4: Sold Out

The hard part is there is no word from Google when it will be available again. There is a part of me that believes this was a marketing gimmick on the part of Google. This sold out in an hour thing was deliberate. Because if it was not then there might not be a Nexus 4 for me this holiday season.

If this selling out in an hour was unplanned and unexpected there might not be enough time to produce enough to meet the demand of the holiday season. I find it hard to imagine that is the case. You can't build as many as people can buy? Come on.

Nexus 4: My First Smartphone

Google Nexus 4 sells out within an hour in US, UK
According to reports from the UK, the 8 GB Nexus 4 disappeared from digital shelves within 15 minutes of launch ..... in the US, consumers apparently ran through the entire Nexus 4 supply – the 8 GB and 16 GB models – in an hour. ..... Google said more phones were on the way. ..... "There’s been so much interest for the Nexus lineup that we’ve sold out of some of our initial stock in a few countries," Google reps wrote. "We are working hard to add more Nexus devices to Google Play in the coming weeks to keep up with the high demand." ..... It's worth noting, of course, that Google has not revealed exactly how many Nexus 4 smartphones it had on hand. ...... the Nexus 4 is a beautiful, powerful phone – a worthy rival to the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S III, the two devices that dominate the smart phone market today. ..... "What once was a smartphone series designed for developers has been decked out with top-notch features and priced so attractively that consumers will take notice of it; there's nothing comparable that comes close to it in that price range" ..... "This is a smartphone that we'd normally expect to be much more expensive unlocked, but Google set a precedent by lowering the cost of the Galaxy Nexus, keeping the Nexus 7 [tablet] at $200 and is now continuing the trend with the Nexus 4. The price of freedom has never been more reasonable."
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