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Introducing Galaxy Nexus.

Switching from iPhone to Android - The Apps

Recently I had an outer body experience. Last time it happened (in terms of mobile devices) were in L.A. inside an Apple Store holding the very first generation iPhone in my hands. This time it is about the Google Galaxy Nexus. About the same size of Samsung Galaxy II, slightly lighter and flatter than the Google Nexus S and with Android 4.0 (ICS) it made a solid first impression. At first I thought its hunger would eat batteries faster than light speed, but after a few weeks I can confirm that it is quite OK with more normalized use. Now, the biggest relief so far is to have escaped iTunes and all syncing problems associated with it.

But not everything has been a blizz. The good new is that I have learned how to turn every feature that I miss from iPhone into an exploration with an even better outcome than for what I could dream about. Android as a platform truly can be superior by letting the right Apps do the work. So by experiential order these are the Apps that in the end made my day. And guess what - they are all free!

I wanted to have my custom mp3 file playing in the morning and found the killer app for it:

AlarmDroid

In many multilingual situations I had become very accustomed to the ease of switching between input languages on iPhone. Although a bit overwhelming in terms of setup, the killer app for that job is the following:

MultiLing Keyboard

When it comes to taking notes there is really no other app than Evernote that does the job better:

Evernote

These are the three apps that makes the difference. From here on it only gets better and the following are a handful other apps that I would like to mention:

"Who is calling?" - Adaffix

"Status of my resources?" - Bankdroid, Bitcoin Wallet

"What about File Syncing" - Dropbox

"Social apps?" - Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Skype

"Electronic Music?" - DI Radio

"Handy Tools?" - Bump, Flashlight

And of course our very fine selection of apps from Studio Coldstream!

- Mathew Evans

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Unboxing

I have just received it today. 

The glory of Android 4.0 in a 4.65inch screen.

The specs are well known. So, here are the photos. 

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Restoring apps from my Samsung Galaxy SII took about 15 mninutes. Installation over WiFi was blazingly fast.

Bad thing about the freshly installed Market, it created shortcuts on my home screen. Terrible setting to be set “ON” as default. Think Google should turn it OFF as default instead. Some are just Themes and Widgets. No need for them on the home screen. 

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Some macro shots of the glorious 720p screen. It is curved! Yay. But, I am sure you all know that already.

Storage Features

When connected to the PC via a USB, the Nexus is immediately recognized as a media device. There is an option to choose between this and the Photo Transfer function but either one allows you access to the Nexus’s storage. This is quite weird since the folders are so clean. There doesn’t seem to be anything in it. I have just restored around 180 apps and they are nowhere to be found.

Eventhough the USB is connected, you can still access everything on the phone. This is not the same if you have an SD card since you won’t be able to use it when connected via cable.

At this time, I cannot find the folder hierarchy apart from the media device connection or the camera connection. Seems to only allow access to the media folders on the Nexus. More tinkering required.

4.0.1

Sadly, it is only this version. Eventhough I think 4.0.3 is out, I might not be getting it so soon considering I am NOT in the USA.

Camera

Holy crap. The camera is super fast. Faster than any phones I have used. Quality? Not so good but good enough for a damn 5 MP phone. Seriously, I ain’t a damn professional shooting for a million dollar shot, so, mug shots, some cars, pretty gadgets look damn awesome on the Galaxy Nexus and I think that is super.

More updates later.

 

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Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ Review - #Android #GalaxyNexus #Nexus #IceCreamSandwich

Engagdet review the Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ edition, overall they are very impressed with the device, the OS looks much improved and I must say its a very nice looking screen.

Head over to Engadget for the full written review and more videos

Ice Cream Sandwich is phenomenal — it represents a giant leap forward for Android and brings a whole new level of style and substance to Google’s mobile OS. Still, while the design is more refined and the user experience more polished, we’re not sure it’s intuitive enough for first-time users. At the core, it’s clear that Android remains targeted squarely at tech-savvy, power-hungry folks like us. No matter — the Galaxy Nexus is proof that we can have our Ice Cream Sandwich and eat it too.

With Ice Cream Sandwich we’re getting a better sense for where Android is headed.

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