Rating the field: who should make the 2012 Nexus phone and first Nexus tablet
0. phoneArena 29 Feb 2012, 09:12 posted on
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus has only been on the market for about three months now, but chatter has already started with rumors about what company may be chosen by Google to be the hardware partner for the next...
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1. windowsRocks (Posts: 152; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)
I am damn sure I am not the one...LOL.....
7. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)
Great one :p! Not me, either, if you ask...
2. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
I was always a Motorola guy but since my GT10.1 purchase i'm pretty die hard Samsung at this point.
I would say definitely not HTC because i've been disappointed with them recently... Also I would hope they wouldn't give it to LG because the most recent LG release on VZW was hideous.
10. deeoh1084 (Posts: 49; Member since: 30 Dec 2009)
i agree i was very disappointed by HTC & Motorola recently (all HTC & Motorola devices that i used before were horrible except the G1) and i am using LG G2X right now and i'm not really happy with it... i wish Samsung can keep making the Nexus devices.. i really really love the Galaxy Nexus and i want one so bad... ever since i used Samsung i've been a die hard samsung fan as well
16. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
What's interesting to me is when I used to use Windows Mobile (before the Droid 1) the ONLY company I would buy was HTC. I had about 2-3 different HTC WinMo phones.
When I switched to Android I got the D1 and after that ONLY bought Motorola... I even bought the Xoom when it released but returned it to GT10.1 because of the size difference.
After that, I'm all Samsung now...
23. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
I'm not a huge fan of the way the software run on the LG handsets, but I'm thoroughly convinced that LG makes the best hardware. With Google focusing on software and LG doing what they do with their hardware, this could make a beautiful Nexus device. The LG Spectrum has the best display that I've ever seen on a phone!
32. phildroid (Posts: 18; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)
With the inclusion of the note taking feature they may call it the LG Nexus Vu. :-)
3. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
anybody but iDUMP. Although with their shotty labor practices and low pay sweat shops, they could keep the price down substantially, and undercut the competition. they could call it the iNEXxUS S. (s for sweat shop of course).
4. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
Hahaha I love the name. We should just let each manufacturer to take turn each year. Wouldn't that be interesting? But if that's the case, we would see some disappointing Nexus in some of those years...
5. Captain_Doug (Posts: 990; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
I wouldn't count Huawei out. While they don't have very many high end devices, the Huawei Ascend D quad is high-end enough to really get some attention. If they were to make the Nexus device that could be a huge break for them. I'm not sure if I'm sold on the quality of LG's phones although I have the same problem with samsung. They just don't feel like solid devices. That explains my favoring of HTC and how solid their devices feel but I understand the history and have given up hope that they will be chosen. It's funny how much speculation and opinion drives the tech world.
48. pbui.818 (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
I am paranoid about any technology company headquartered in mainland China like ShenZhen (read "Shunn-Junn") and ever since I saw somebody mock the name of the device i cannot look at it with a straight face. Ass End d**k Wad. I know it's really childish. My impression of Huawei is tainted severely now.
I want Asus as the hardware partner for Nexus tablet and cannot imagine why they couldn't also be the partner for Nexus phone. I would like to see Google work with Samsung (or Wacom) to incorporate an "S-Pen & WHUXGA Beam pico projector" into a "Transformer Pad Infinity with keyboard dock"
If not Asus, I would largely prefer Sony over LG. Based on most of our article's author's reasoning, Michael H. almost seemed Sony should almost certainly be the better choice.
With Fujitsu's and Panasonic's exhibit's at MWC, I would like to see either of those before I saw LG. I am far from convinced of LG's ability to produce a premium device. Water-proofing should be a huge advantage that the entire industry should be encouraged to embrace. Fingerprint biometrics would also be a step in the right direction.
While I still think anything over 8MP is overkill, Nokia's 41MP does have some promise for how it's being used.
Lastly, I hope for IP57 grade durability.
6. redmd (Posts: 1245; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
regardless who does it the nexus should have impressive specs all around.
8. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
the best nexus device is still the nexus one as far as quality.. so id go with HTC..
11. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2701; Member since: 26 May 2011)
My problem with HTC is that there is always some small detail that is broken on its devices. The Nexus One had a flimsy power button that broke 4 times on me. My sister has a Sensation which keeps having microphone problems. Other HTC devices have had weird touchscreen issues. There is always something that isn't quite right.
The worst I can say about Samsung devices is that I don't think the battery door would survive the daily battery swap I did with my Nexus One.
33. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
it also had touch screen issues if i remember correctly.
still using the same battery door on my SGS1 without an issue, and i pop that battery a lot with all the silly things i do to my phone. :)
49. pbui.818 (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)
I am to a point where I have to swap batteries no less than thrice a day sometimes four times.
Samsung Galaxy S Epic 4G.
I'm waiting for Galaxy Note/Journal on Sprint since I can no longer wait for them to finally come out with a premium smartphone that includes a keyboard. A stylus/S-Pen eliminates some of what I need a keyboard for but still not some of the important stuff.
Besides, Miranda Kerr endorsing a device is not bad at all.
It be sweet if Sprint variant (call it Note or Journal) had even more screen resolution, memory and battery than AT&T's version.
9. biophone (Posts: 1923; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Enough with the google moto takeover even as someone who prefers apple products i will tell you point black havig a moto nexus wouldn't mean a moto exclusive android platform. Also we must consider moto has mever made a nexus phone and gas been pumping out great phones with top battery tech. I might even buy a moto nexus. Samsung has made the lasy 2 nexus phone and htc has made 2 nexus phones as well. Give moto a shot and there is no way samsung or htc can be mad about this. Add to the fact that lg phone well suck a moto nexus would be great. Give lg the nexus tablet and no one would be considered with moto takeover.
14. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
htc only made 1 nexus. they made 2 reference devices though the HTC nexus one and the HTC G1
20. biophone (Posts: 1923; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
The g1 is a reference device so i consider it a nexus or its equivalent that year. As it was in previous articles here on PA considered a reference device. Nexus's are considered the reference device and the first ones with a new os.
12. skymitch89 (Posts: 1291; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
I'm sure that it will be Motorola and Intel that will make/power the next Nexus device. Google is more than likely going to own Motorola, and Motorola and Intel have that contract to make Intel based Android devices.
13. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)
I would love to see an Xperia NEXUS tbh...
26. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2701; Member since: 26 May 2011)
I know! I feel like Sony is one company that has some really cool designs, but I would never choose it because of the skin. If I could get a stock Sony Nexus, I think that would be really interesting.
46. Sarath (Posts: 19; Member since: 17 Jan 2012)
Would also like to see a play station supported Nexus.
15. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
This is one retarded editorial, what in the hell would Motorola getting the greenlight to build the next all Google experience phone have to do with the purchase? Motorola is still clearly an independent company, and the Razr speaks volumes for Motorola in terms of design, quality of build and prowess. Samsung has had plenty of tries(I'm still not sold on SAmoled, all that talk from yesteryear about battery sipping is BS SG2 still eats batteries alive), HTC had one, but they are still going off that wave(notice that every HTC device similarly look like the Nexus One, that or HTC is very lame with design). If Moto gets the nod, then we can be sure to have one hell of a looker if the Razr is anything to go by along with super thin form factor and monster battery.
I think each manufacturer should be given at least one shot at an all Google device in the for of the Nexus line. Motorola have shown that they have a lot of ideas banging around in their heads, I think it's time they had a go at it. Then probably Hauwei then ZTE.
28. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2701; Member since: 26 May 2011)
That's the whole point though. Google rivals and media organizations are looking for Google to make a misstep. That's why Google gets pounced on for every small mistake (or even perceived mistake). Motorola may be an independent company, but that's not how it would look in the media or in the PR world if Google chose Moto for the Nexus.
Moto could definitely build an amazing Nexus device, but the media backlash against Google would completely overshadow the device, so what's the value in Google choosing Motorola?
And, to your last point, Motorola already had a shot at a Google device with the XOOM. As you say, each manufacturer should be given at least one chance, so why not go with LG, Sony, Huawei or ZTE?
35. Commentator (Posts: 3669; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
"Retarded"? Really? Are you in grade school?
17. davebuzz (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)
google be generous for once, give chance to cra-apple to make the next nexus :p
21. jove39 (Posts: 1824; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Samsung is still best to build next Nexus phone...though I was disappointed with GNex (year old specs...save for display)...but still...right now...no one will make it better than Samsung.
24. medicci37 (Posts: 1271; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
How can the tablet be of the highest quality when the display is 720p? The note (with 1280×800 display) has been out for almost 4 months. As for the phone. Would like to see Google go with Huawei.
25. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1076; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
I say let the public dexide which they want to buy.....then google is off the hook....let us the consumer decide. I for one would love to see a Moto Nexus wit a working GPS, wifi, and phone signal that works
27. Carlitos (Posts: 500; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Just because google picks Motorola wont mean google favoriting Motorola. Actually the other way around. Google picked Samsung twice to make the Nexus.
As for Huawei, there new high end devices are BEAST. But choosing someone that has just entered the android business in the U.S. and europe would be less fair. ( In terms of high end devices, good quality devices)(I know huawei has been in the U.S. market for a while but there devices are really low end, and most are not in the big 4 carriers.
29. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2701; Member since: 26 May 2011)
It's not a matter of whether or not Google is favoring Moto, it's a matter of if Google will be perceived to be favoring Moto. It would be way too easy for competitors and media to spin that story.
Samsung was picked twice, but Google doesn't own Samsung, so that's a big difference.
30. Leon101 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
Well HTC=phone and Samsung=tablet its easy as that!!!
42. bayusuputra (Posts: 961; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
i would rather go for Asus Transformer Nexus..
31. doubler86 (Posts: 320; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)
Personally I think I would prefer Google and Samsung again for both the phone and the tablet. In android I think the best hardware is Samsung. Even high end phones like the Moto Razr wouldn't be as popular if it had the same screen as the Bionic. The Super AMOLED screen really helped make it a hit. Companies like HTC are now having Super AMOLED screens as well in their upcoming phones and I think it will help them a lot.
I understand it would favortism but at the same time another nexus phone would be a great strategy for Samsung. They will most likely have their Galaxy S III before summers end, then they could release the Galaxy Nexus S(or 2) right before the holidays. This one two strategy definitely worked for them in 2011 and would help them even better in 2012. Think about it, the Galaxy S III comes out and a lot of people purchase it. Huge success. Then the iPhone 5 comes out in October. Sales for the S III drop because the attention then goes to the iPhone 5. Finally November a month after all the apple loyalist got their phones. The new Samsung Nexus is announced with new Hardware than drew everyone to the Galaxy S III in the first place with a new OS. Android ends up winning the holiday season, as they would have last year if it wasn't for all the delays and set backs. It's just better business, for Google to dominate the market share in the OS battle and for Samsung to dominate the manufacturer battle.
HTC I think needs to prove itself again this year. Last year they had just so many disappointing phones. LG hasn't made any amazing phones, and though they've had good quality their skins have not been impressive. I do not believe either brand would bring good PR for Google from a Marketing stand point. HTC will always be a big part of Google, and even if there's a bit of resentment from them, people do not buy HTC phones for their hardware, they buy it for Sense. Since Nexus is stock OS, their's nothing really that appealing about another HTC Nexus phone. If LG has a backlash, well honestly if LG decided to be exclusively for Windows phones because of it, I don't think it would be a huge loss to Android. The people that had bout LG Android phones could easily go to Samsung or HTC or now Sony.
In terms of the tablet, I would like to see either Asus or Samsung take it. I think either company would do a great job with it. In this instance I see more likely HTC or Samsung than Asus though. Asus already will have a High End Tablet at low price, it just seems like it would be competing with itself. Samsung's new Tab 2 (7.0) will probably be priced at $299, so having a $199 wouldn't take away as much it just would have a greater market share which has been Samsung's strategy for this year, at least for the first half of the year. HTC would be another great candidate simply because we haven't heard about ANY tablet from them. The Flyer and Jetstream were less than successful, and they could make up for it here.
34. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Im not sure google should pick any "company". My understanding of the nexus process is that companies send designs and spec ideas to google and google picks from what they present. The nexus should always be about the BEST tech, and ONLY about the best tech. I dont care if its from samsung, HTC, or even Hawuai. Its a showcase phone. If samsung keeps winning the phone, then its because samsung deserves to keep winning it.
Honestly, my best guess would be between sammy and HTC, with LG begging for a chance and probably trying to sweeten the pot with side deals. The dark horse to me is Hawuai. They just announced their own massive in house chips that are supposed to be monsters. If they can mass produce them to sell them to other companies, I dont see why it couldnt become a reference design. For a company that is looking for high end penetration into the US market, getting a chance to make a Nexus would be the ultimate prize for viability and brand recognition.
Honestly, I'd also love a full sized high spec nexus tablet 10 incher but I know I have little hope of seeing that. It would just cannibalize sales of the other tablets.
36. Guest_star (Posts: 231; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)
you guys(I'm talking about comments not the article) are underestimating LG hard, they make great hardware and they know how to make it work, I agree the software is a bit on a weak side but let's hope that they learned their lesson and will update it more often, and just look at the optimus 4x, I personally love the look of new UI and I think that LG is great candidate to make next nexus phone and/or tablet because of the best screens and great hardware integration...
37. Guest_star (Posts: 231; Member since: 30 Dec 2011)
oh and I forgot to say this: hate me all you want for supporting LG but I really think they are good because I did not have 1 single problem with my optimus black and my next phone will be LG I'm 99% sure of that
38. ChafedBanana (Posts: 368; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
7 inch screen for the Nexus tablet? Weak. That is so terrible. I certainly will not be picking one of those up. If it was a 10 incher, for sure. I've got the GT10.1 and for me, that's the ideal size.
39. SeniorEd (Posts: 15; Member since: 16 Feb 2011)
Well, in some ways I think it makes sense for the Nexus products to be taken "in house" and be manufactured by Google/Motorola. As long as the OS is still made available to other manufactures, and perhaps in a more timely manner so they can realease devices around the same time as the Nexus device (with the latest OS), than why should they really care??
Because the pure Google "Nexus" brand is the sentimental favorite, this would force other manufactures to build the best devices that they can. That is the goal of the Nexus brand, right?
Hey, I'm SeniorEd, and I'm out!!!
44. JayRaj (Posts: 54; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)
Nokia! This is one company Google must consider with an impartial mind. All admit that Nokia's design and choice of materials is above all and inviting it to be the guest manufacture a Nexus device every year would eliminate all the fears among other Android manufacturers (it would create some new ones though!!). Nexus devices are stock Android anyway.
Although it's too good to be true, but just imagine a PureView camera and an N8, or Lumia 800 like design (not replica, but in the way they changed the design ethics of the market) on a Nexus device!!
Hey Micheal, m giving u a topic to write ur next editorial: "Can Nokia be the next Nexus device manufacturer?" ;)
45. gallitoking (Posts: 4718; Member since: 17 May 2011)
I vote for the Droid Nexus... imagine Jelly Bean with a monster of a battery better than in the Maxxx... Gorilla glass w/ Kevlar coating...
47. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)
LG makes great hardware but their software is a let down.. i hope they got it sorted out on their new phones. however, since Google does the software for Nexus phones and the manufacturer focuses on hardware, i would say LG is a fine choice. a killer phone could come out if LG makes it.. i think LG deserves the chance