Editorial: From Now On, I Will Only Buy Android Smartphones That Carry The Nexus Name

Having taken in all that Google had to offer through two days worth of keynotes, I’m left with one standout thought, stock Nexus devices are the only way to go these days. That’s not to say that Sense or TouchWiz aren’t good, on the contrary, but if there are any concerns over future updates, stock Android and Nexus is the only way to play. So here’s my take, Google announces Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and while it’s more evolutionary, than revolutionary, it’s packing enough features that it’s a desirable upgrade for any Android smartphone owner. Which leads me to my concern and what I’m betting is the same concern as many of you, when will we get it on our smartphone? For Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S owners, that question has already been answered, mid-July. Unless of course you want to go the hacking route and install it now, but that’s a story for another day.

The bottom line is that while there is a lot to love about Android, perhaps the single most disappointing aspect of Android ownership is the unknown update timetable. With every Android purchase these days, I can’t help but feel I’m going to sit there wanting, waiting and hoping the next update comes and in a timeframe that doesn’t make me weep like a baby.

So, I’ve made a decision, from this moment forward, I’m only buying stock Android devices, which will likely be those that carry the “Nexus” name. HTC, Samsung, LG,  and Motorola are not disavowed in my world, except they’ll just have to make the aforementioned Nexus device I’ll buy. One of the reasons I’ve kept an iPhone by my side is the certainty that I’ll get an upgrade at the same time everyone else does. Sure, I may lose some features depending on the age of my device, but when the upgrade drops for one, it drops for all iOS devices.

My one disclaimer is that a job as a tech blogger affords me the opportunity to try multiple devices so of course I’ll experiment with all sorts of Android skins in the future. However, any devices that I actually buy, from my pocket, will only be those in the Nexus line. Still, none of this changes my aggravation and frustration with Android updates and that I’m already wondering just how long it will take my Galaxy S III to receive Jelly Bean. This device is just over 10 days old and I’m already questioning if I’ll receive Jelly Bean before year’s end. Is that a tad bit dramatic? Sure, it hopefully won’t take till 2013 to get Jelly Bean on Samsung’s flagship device, but the fact that I can even raise that as a concern is leading me straight into a Nexus-only Android lifestyle. I hear the weather in Nexus-ville is beautiful year-round.

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  • Zedklind

    Once you go nexus you never go back!

    • cellularcrazy09

      I went galaxy nexus and went right back to my iPhone…guess i just have to much invested in iOS…ics was really cool though…I might get one now that the price has come down and use it as a back up… 

  • FuzzyButtt

    Samsung Galaxy S3 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update Set for Q4 2012 [REPORT]

    http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/358006/20120629/samsung-galaxy-s3-android-4-1-jelly.htm

    • Numlock3

      dream on! LOL, I remember they said ICS was coming early 2012.. it came in May..

      • Numlock3

        Sensation 4G that is

        • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

          Technically, that is still early 2012. Early 2012 is Jan-May. Mid-2012 is Jun-Sept, and Late 2012 is Oct-Dec.

    • Arvin

      yea how many times does samsung have to set a date and push it back before people get a clue. 

  • FuzzyButtt

    Android 4.1 Jelly Bean port arrives on Samsung Galaxy S3

    http://www.ubergizmo.com/2012/06/android-4-1-jelly-bean-port-arrives-samsung-galaxy-s3/

  • NexusO

    Beautiful article, David. I’m right with ya. There’s nothing better in the android world better than nexus devices.

  • Chad

    Welcome to the Nexus brotherhood. I love Android but I ONLY buy Nexus Android phones.

  • Vim

    Only a Nexus originally sold directly through Google is guaranteed to receive timely OS updates.  Those bought from carriers have to deal with carrier modification and certification delays just like SenseUI and TouchWiz handsets do.   This is why HTC’s Vivid received ICS before Sprint’s Nexus S, and the HTC Sensation only a handful of weeks later.  This works out well for T-Mobile users since T-Mobile is happy to allow Google to handle everything, but for Sprint and Verizon users it’s a real issue.

  • Deceptivesmiles

    I’d have to agree. I bought my G2 w/ the understanding that it was pure Vanilla Android which shouldn’t have been an issue with updates. However, with purchasing through TMo, it slowed updates dramatically. Yea, I can root but then you lose all the apps you already have on ur phone

    • jordanjay29

      You must not have found apps like Titanium Backup or MyBackup. There’s no problem with losing your applications or data. The problem is finding a stable rom for the G2 that’s current (no, 2.3 is not current).

  • farfromovin

    I had a Sensation 4G as my Android, got frustrated at the lack of (good) development so got the GN because it was a Nexus and figured it would fare much better and I was not dissapointed. I really wanted the GSIII just to stay on top of the bleeding edge but I’ve been holding off not sure how I’d like Touchwiz. Well, yesterday I was pleasantly surprised to be running JB on my GN :-) I think that sealed the deal for me as well. Only Nexus devices from here on out. Now, hopefully Google pulls through and expands their unlocked Nexus devices on the play store this fall :-) It’s a good sign of forward momentum for the backwards US cell industry IMO.

    • http://goo.gl/1056j Ironzey Lewis

      That was my experience too.  I started with the G1, Nexus One, Sensation (that is where I went wrong) and now I’m using the Galaxy Nexus. All I found for the Sensation where a bunch of “almost done” ROMs.  I bought the galgaxy Nexus from the Play Store and have tried three non-stock ROMs and all of then haved worked 100%. 

      I would imagine that some of the latest phones would get some good development but how long will that last? Probably till the next big thing comes out. 

  • Bill

    Wifi Calling, Kies Air, Allshare, S Voice… there are plenty of Samsung additions that make the T-mobile SIII a very good choice over the nexus… the first three are features I use almost daily on my 2yr old Vibrant.

    On the other hand, I do agree that waiting for updates that will never come is no fun (i.e. my Vibrant was deemed obsolete very quickly and never made it to gingerbread).  Let’s hope Samsung learned a lesson or two and keeps us updated.

    • http://dualshockers.com Joel Taveras

      I’ve been playing with the GSIII for weeks now and Jelly Bean’s “Google Now” makes Siri look stupid, and S-Voice appear retarded.

      AllShare is a fancy word for DLNA. Every single android phone sold with Wifi can do it. Kies Air is for wireless syncing and everything the Nexus does is cloud based anyway and is quickly available from any browser at any time. 

      I’m not knocking the Galaxy Line but stock Android almost always wins, on top of that if you do it right you’re not at the mercy of any carrier or contract. Don’t like the service? Try another carrier and jump around from carrier to carrier until you find what gives you the best performance. It makes Wifi Calling null and void.

      I’m a huge fan of Wifi Calling and think it’s a great way for T-Mo to leverage their service, but they should be going greater lengths of making it available to people who want to BYOP (bring your own phone) to the carrier.

      • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

        T-Mobile did. The code for the new IMS-based version was open sourced back in December. However, it seems nobody picked up the code and integrated it into the various custom ROMs.

  • fixxmyhead

    this is a bunch of bologna. as long as u buy a really really high end flagship xda has u covered. look at the one x already a jb port. yea theres some bugs but id rather have cutting edge latest tech and then wait for the software. 

    • Mattcat03

      Been there, done that. It’s not worth the time and effort to try different Roms only to find out that they are unstable after you have it for a while.  I admit it is fun learning to root and flash Roms at first but it gets kind of old, especially when you have other better things to do.  At least with a Google phone you will get the latest updates first and the reliability factor is priceless.  Speaking from experience. Only Google phones for me from now on.

    • http://goo.gl/1056j Ironzey Lewis

      I like XDA a ton and they are doing good work but buying a device and hoping that hobbyist developers will support your device is almost as bad as buying a device and hoping that the manufacturer will continue to update and support said device.  

      I’ve learned my lesson with the Sensation.  After buying it and enjoying it stock for a few months I quickly realized that all the alternative ROMs that I tried for it were not fully baked. They were all pretty much 80% done and I could find anything from Cyanogenmod.

      My experience with the Galaxy Nexus has been completely different.  I used it stock for about two months.  Then I flashed AOKP and EVERYTHING worked. I was curious about Cyanogenmod 9 so I tried a nightly and EVERYTHING worked.  Then the leaks for Jelly Bean were made available (not even 12 hours after it had been announced) and once again EVERYTHING worked. 

      I won’t go as far to say that I won’t every get a non-Nexus phone but my experiences with the Nexus One and Galaxy Nexus are much better (support-wise) than I had with my Sensation. 

    • jordanjay29

      Heh. I’d agree with you, except for…

      I was a proud owner of a G1 for 20 months and I was happy with how well the developer community and HTC/T-Mobile supported the device. Yes, it took a while, but CyanogenMod got Froyo working on the G1 and I never really had any doubts that Android updates would eventually come.

      Then I bought the HTC Vision, aka the T-Mobile G2, the supposed “successor” to the G1. The fact that developers had to fight with the phone to get it rooted should have been my first clue. The phone received Gingerbread fine, but despite having the hardware to support it, HTC isn’t going to deliver ICS. Nor is CyanogenMod even building nightlies for it. The golden successor to the G1 was…the Nexus One.

      So I do agree with David that the Nexus line might have to be my next phone. I do hope Google announces a new Nexus line this winter, my plan comes up for renewal then and I’d like to weigh my options with the subsidized choices. Given that the HTC One S and GSIII are likely to rule the roost for a while, I’m not expecting much with the subsidized options, so I only have one thing to say to Google.

      Give me a Nexus this winter and take my money!

      • fixxmyhead

        come on that phone of freaking old u swear like there gonna be supporting an old weak phone compared to what we have now. also the nexus one isnt getting anymore updates and its a nexus. the nexus s is next its days are numbered maybe like 2 more updates and thats it. u need powerful phones that can handle updates not just nexuses those are the ones that will continue to get support from devs

        • jordanjay29

          Read my post. The HTC Vision was posited as the G1′s successor, so why shouldn’t I have assumed it would have the right kind of specs and the upgrade ethic? Also, the Vision DOES have the hardware capabilities to run ICS…I am running a ported version of CM9 on my phone and everything works. So there’s really no excuse for it, from anybody’s perspective.

          Also, though the Nexus S might not receive Jelly Bean straight from Google, you can bet it will receive CM10 Jelly Bean. It’s still a relevant device and certainly still powerful enough to run.

          My post intended to highlight that the Nexus One was the G1′s successor in the idea that it would get plenty of love from Google and the development community alike, which it did for years until the NS and finally made obsolete by the GN. That’s about 23 months, versus the 16 it took for the HTC Vision to become truly obsolete.

          So you tell me which device I should bank on. The subsidized phone which I won’t know about it’s upgradable capacity until it starts not receiving updates (12-18 months), or the Nexus line which I can pretty much bet on around 24 months of updates?

        • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

          GT-i9020 Nexus S will receive Jelly Bean in two to three weeks.

          GT-i9250 Galaxy Nexus will receive Jelly Bean at the same time.

          Motorola XOOM (Wi-Fi) will receive it probably around the beginning of August.

          Motorola XOOM (VZW), SCH-i515 Galaxy Nexus, SPH-L710 Galaxy Nexus, and SPH-D720 Nexus S 4G will get it sometime in the distant future, depending on when the carrier decides to do something about it.

          CDMA devices aren’t supported directly in AOSP because of how American carrier implement CDMA2000, so it has to be hacked on.

      • http://goo.gl/1056j Ironzey Lewis

        You know, 2 weeks ago I would have agreed with the idea that HTC One and GSIII would rule. However, after seeing how the Galaxy Nexus runs on Jelly Bean and how quickly it will be on current phones.  I’m sold on the promise of Nexus devices. 

        The promise is that we Google Nexus users will be getting updates first. 2ish weeks from when it was announced the update will be available for my phone. It is the way I want it. How long did it take for the ICS update to come to the GSII? How long did the Verizon Nexus owner wait for their 4.0.4 update?  Getting you device straight from Google is the only way to go if you want fast updates. 

  • Perry_F

    I agree whole heartily on the logic behind buying only nexus devices. BUT the real key will be future nexus devices will have to have ALL the features of the subsidized handsets. The fact that the galaxy nexus doesn’t have an sdcard slot is a deal breaker for me. And cameras are one of the most important features on any modern smartphone. To have a 5MP shooter when all other high end phones are rocking 8MP cameras is a travesty.

    Give me a nexus with specs equal to the carrier flagship devices and count me in as a nexus only fan boy.

    I just got ICS on my GSII through tmobile. And when the price of the galaxy nexus dropped to $350 I was all set to buy but spec wise I think the GSII is equal to if not better than the galaxy nexus. And the GSII has a better camera and an sdcard slot.

    If the rumors are true and google will roll out multiple nexus devices to cater to every level of enthusiasts then I for one would only buy nexus. But it has to be comparable to the top of the line offered by the carriers if they hope to make it a success. As a tmo customer I’m lucky that I can bring my own phone to the party, I just want to bring a good one.

  • jobber99

    that being said, i don’t regret it.  i spent $200 extra to use it 6 months.  that’s fine. happy customer.

  • Braun

    Absolutely, but also add unlocked, GSM Nexus devices. Just look at how far behind Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus or Sprint’s Nexus S was with updates compared to its unlocked, GSM bretheren. 

    • Arvin

      this 

    • Fish

      Unfortunately kinda true

  • EvanMax

    I was thinking the same thing as I read all of the news during the Keynote the other day.  It just so happens that the last two phones I’ve paid out of pocket for WERE Nexus phones direct from Google (N1 and GN).  Of course, I stopped using the N1 in favor of other devices that I was seeded due to jealousy over things like front facing camera, higher speed internet, and larger higher resolution screen, so I really can’t say 100% that the same won’t happen to me with my GN down the road.  Then again, I can’t think of anything the GN is missing that I really can’t live without: There is faster HSPA+ available in other phones, sure, but 21 mbps is plenty fast. There are larger screens available, but they just have larger pixels.  It would be nice to have a memory card slot, but honestly anything less than 128 gigs is all equally useful to me, and 128 gig SDXC cards cost far more than that is worth to me at this point (I can’t fit all of my music and videos in 64 gigs, so if I have to pick and choose files then 16 gigs is equally as useful to me as 64.)  A stylus and a slot to hold it would be nice, I guess, but the interface isn’t designed for it so I don’t feel like I’m missing out.  Honestly, the only thing I can think of that the GN lacks is missing from pretty much every other phone as well: a front facing speaker (someone really needs to get on this.  Phones are becoming media devices more and more, the speaker should face me so I can actually hear it, not send sound away from me.)
    I’ve never owned an iPhone, but I do like their model for updates, and the idea that I will get at least the next couple of updates without having to wait eight months is really attractive to me.  I also like not having to worry about missing out on hardware features that the core OS supports (like the One S and NFC) because, as a developer device, every component that the OS expects to be there is there.  Maybe that means I won’t have the best camera or the biggest screen, but I’ll have expandable notifications and project butter before anyone else I know, so I think I’ll find a way to manage.

  • Mattcat03

    I AGREE WITH YOU DAVID 100%.

  • http://twitter.com/BiGMERF Android Junky

    taken you this long? I realized that day 1 of the n1.. lol. much love David

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1231055440 Jose Andino

    My first phone was the G1, then I bought the Nexus One and still have them cause I will never get rid of them and last month bought the Galaxy Nexus. I’m sticking with stock Android and never buying skinned phones. 

  • RaChi

    I’m in perfect agreement. I came to this realization after my recent purchase of a Samsung galaxy nexus.

  • AJ

    I bought the g1 and the nexus one from google but I quickly give up on the nexus line when Samsung made the same exact phone a year later to replace the nexus one. Now I buy flagship devices like the GSIII and root it and flash the latest roms and tweak that the guys at the xda-developers have to offer. Sticking to the nexus line is like sticking to the Iphone line, you get one every year.

    • Fish

      False. I’m still using my NS and it runs great and I’m still getting updates. I got it the day it was released at best buy. I don’t plan on buying a new phone until it is just too old to get updates.

      The non nexus phones require a new phone upgrade each year, or sooner, to ensure you have the latest OS or because the manufacturer EOLs it.

  • Oboy

    Really wished the GN had an SD slot. I was really looking to make that move after owning this G2. But even now I average about 5.5GB/mo in data with a 16Gb SD on board. I couldnt imagine how aggrevated Id be every month getting throttled on a GN as I do now. But hopefully this 5 Galaxy phone rumor in November will create some different options for us wanting that stock android feel. And those phones with Jelly Bean would be great.

    • Cautionchris05

      What does your data have to do with your phone memory?

  • Arvin

    i made this decision about a year ago and i am loving it lol. i just bought a galaxy nexus after the I/O announcements and will buy the next nexus when it comes out. 

  • 21stNow

    While I love the Nexus line as much as anyone else I have to warn you, David, that being first has a cost, too.  Some apps don’t get updated to run on the new OS as quickly as you may like.  If it’s an app that you depend on daily, it can be a pain to wait for the developer to catch up. 

    This has happened to me in the past, but I still prefer the Nexus line.  I always have a backup device that is on the older OS version, just in case.

    • Adadas8787

      False, I bought my Galaxy Nexus as soon as it came out last year. No problems whatsoever. In fact, most developers use the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S as test devices.  

      • Kennyo112

        No, he is actually right. You were just lucky in the case that the apps YOU use all happened to be compatible. I upgraded to ICS shortly after it was released and experienced compatibility issues with several apps until they were updated. Watch ESPN and my Verizon DVR app both were not compatible initially. Granted they were updated quickly, the issue was still there.

        • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

          Of course, the transition from Gingerbread to ICS is fairly unusual. The Android API stack changed quite a bit between the two. Such a major change to the system isn’t likely to happen again.

          I wouldn’t expect such radical incompatibilities going forward.

  • Sanman202

    Galaxy Nexus arriving early next week. First non carrier phone for me and I’m thinking this may not be the last. No more bloatware and carrier waits for updates.

  • Qpinto

    the only thing thats keeping me away from getting a nexus device is T-Mobiles wifi calling feature. if that app could be ported to the GN, or the next nexus devices, id be on one forever. but for now I’ll have to rely on xda for asop builds and the wifi calling app seperate

  • Jomaxwel

    Bought my galaxy nexus a month ago and I couldn’t be happier. Now running jellybean and its a welcomed improvement. Have owned about every T-Mobile android worth owning and the galaxy nexus is by far the best (g1,my touch 3g,g2,galaxy s 4g,g2x,and sensation 4g). I will never go back and saved 50.00 a month by going with a no upgrade plan. Went from paying 130.00 to 80.00 a month for two lines. Over 2 years I will save 1200.00. Awesome.

  • TMoFan

    Totally agree, it’s either Nexus or stock for me. The price drop of the Nexus is very tempting…

  • tomnewtn

    Yep, and I’ll buy another Nexus that isn’t a Samsung or LG. I hate fragmentation, bloatware, UIs getting in my business with the OS. 

    • Kirbi182

      And yet samsung made that nexus your holding, lol. Probably even the next ones haha. 

      • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

        Samsung is most likely going to continue to be the maker of choice for Nexus phones because they can lowball everyone else (they control the entire supply chain and can manufacture every component in their factories in South Korea, Europe, and the Americas).

        • JK

          I have a feeling Motorola will take over the Nexus line within the next year or 2.

        • davedsone

          Yeah, a feeling……….  

  • zifnab

    Lol, my sensation just got the ics update, i’m assuming 4.1 will never come and if it does it will after the first of the year. I agree with you, only nexus from now on if i buy Android.

  • BrothaDave

    I will say this, I just got my GS3 and most of the stuff they are adding to 4.1 isn’t that much more a big deal than what’s already in 4.0. Now when 5.0 comes out then I’ll worry. I think Google is going to a 2 year strategy like Apple, every 2 years you do big things. 4.0 then 4.1. 5.0 then 5.1 same as they did with all the other os updates, only every other one is really big. 2.2 to 2.3 was pretty minute but 2.1 to 2.2 added apps to sd so that was big.

    The key for me is which year is it in their cycle and what phones are coming out that year. I would have Gotten the Galaxy Nexus instead of the GS3 but that extra ram and newer hardware sucked me in. I’ll stick to pure google on tablets though I will say that.

    A trend I”m noticing is no storage expansion slots available on Nexus devices and that’s a deal breaker for me. We are all going to have to make a decision because Nexus devices will still have limitations depending on your needs

  • GS3

    i really love samsung and the galaxy s line, the specs, the features, etc… i find it more logical to get a nexus device if you really want a stock android experience and better OS updates, but if google stays the non-micro sd card way on their devices, then it’s pointless.. hmmm

  • Silk7412

    Am I the only one to ask? Where is nexus 4 5 and 6?

    did anyone ask Google?

    • Jrcolas19

      I think they named it Nexus 7 because it has a 7-inch display, like the galaxy tab 10.1.

  • ianken

    from now on you’ll curse the buggy ass Bluetooth stack.

  • Scoobyracing03

    My first Andorid phone after coming from AT&T with an iPhone to T-mobile and getting the “iPhone killer” the Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant.  I assumed this is Samsung’s flagship phone it will be taken care of in the update department.  Sadly I was wrong, it was plagued with GPS issue and promises of updates to fix it only to be disappointed to see a few months after it was released they came out with an updated version the Galaxy S 4G and the support ended for the Vibrant.  So now here we are as my 2 year contract is up and the phone I got on it is now sitting with an official Froyo update as the last release for it but now there’s Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, and now Jelly Bean that it never received.  I’ve also since bought the LG G2X and HTC MyTouch 4G and seen similar lack of updates with them.  If T-Mobile doesn’t get the next iPhone I’ll be getting a Nexus phone and not have to worry about T-mobile not wanting to spend the money to keep the phone updated for the life of my contract.

  • Waynewash

    I concur, I had these same thoughts earlier . I want a Galaxy Nexus.

  • jian9007

    I love stock Android as much as the next person but I don’t have to have a Nexus device. Sure the updates are quicker but there are many good ROM’s out there (Cyanogen is not the only one people). As for how smooth everything is I beg to differ. When they rolled out the 4.0.4 update to the GSM version many people had signal loss issues. We won’t even go into all the problems with the Verizon version and its update. The problem with any new software coming out on any device (be it iOS, Android, Windows, etc.) is that there might be, and usually are, issues.

    The Nexus line has always been and will continue to be a Dev phone, not a flagship. That’s why there’s no SD card (also the fact that Google wants you to use their own cloud services) and only a 5MP camera in the Galaxy Nexus. Also, if you think that Google tests each new version of the OS on all the different hardware versions of phones out there, you’re wrong. With one phone having snapdragon S3 or an S4 chip and another with TI OMAP, then another with Exynos, then different radios with different cell frequencies, etc., it’s too time consuming (and costly) to develop for every phone out there. Even the custom ROM makers like Cyanogen only support certain phones. Differences in radios, screens and screen resolution, apps, batteries, etc. ensure that not every phone will work optimally with the new versions.

    The reason iOS is easier to put onto the iPhones and iPads is the simple fact that there are only (literally) a handful of devices that you need to develop for. Even then, features like Siri are not available and when iOS 5 was released it was compatible with the 3GS, 4, and 4S. That’s 3 total handsets it needs to work on. Three, and they all have the same screen size too. So I am hopeful that the rumors of multiple Nexus devices is true and also (wishing) that they include removable storage and battery and quality specs as well.     

    • Naslau

      Google only needs to worry about their Nexus devices. The hardware makers need to test their own stuff.

      As far as Verizon, they screwed up the GNex updates so bad that they’re the reason Google is going extra hard with the Nexus devices now. That and the sorry state of tablets.

  • HelloAmaze

    I am also sticking to the nexus brand after my current phone the Amaze 4G, its the best android phone I’ve had, but I know if my phone ends up with this update it will take a while, so the next nexus is definitely the route I’m taking

  • J-Hop2o6

    I didn’t know u got the GS3. Nice! How do u like it so far compared to your recent Android devices.

  • con72

    Eh…..Nexus One……

  • Decalex

    Has anyone gone from an HSPA+ 42 device to a GNex .. HSPA+ 21?
    I’ve got an HTC One S now .. and pretty sure I’m in a 42mbps area (socal).. and wonder how the speed will differ. From what I read, it’s about half. I know these are all theoretical speeds, but curious about some real life differences.

    • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (ニール・ゴンパ)

      The ping time is likely to increase (up to double from HSPA+42 ping time), and your throughput on HSPA+21 is likely to be somewhere between 5Mbps to 10Mbps instead of from 8Mbps to 24Mbps.

  • annon

    I work for T-Mo and I haven’t used one of our phones in years.  I’ve had all 3 Nexus phones though and I’ve loved every single one. 

  • philly8

    The question is does the nexus lineup support wifi calling dave? Thats a key feature for choosing T-Mobile for many people. 

    • Wizzstar

      Philly8 yeah man,  give me the smartphone with the most yet to be technology, WiFi calling is a must have, I refuse to leave home without it …(lol) Dave, I feel you guy …!

      • http://tmonews.com David

        As far as I know, there is no WiFi calling support.

  • Going_home

    Agreed. Just got the HTC One S last month.
    Next device will be the next Nexus.
    I dont have a tablet so I am thinking about the Nexus 7,
    which…..do I really need a tablet ?  No.
    But as far a sa phone it will be a Nexus next time (as soon as Google releases the next one).

    :-D

    • Baxter444

      I’m considering a One S over a GS3 believe it or not. Besides the non-stock skin, a delay in Jellybean and other future releases what’s your reasoning for wanting to go for Nexus, if you don’t mind answering?? thanks 

  • mingkee

    Manufacturer-branded devices also have their pluses.
    I can play flash videos as well as windows media videos with Galaxy Tab Plus without conversion.
    The big plus of Nexus series is “clean”, but video support may be limited because of that.