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The Nexus 4, Moto X and how Google is changing Android perception from "high spec" to "high experience"

0. phoneArena 05 Jul 2013, 12:44 posted on

As I've tried to remind our readership on numerous occasions in my time here at PhoneArena, we all live in a fishbowl. We all have more intimate knowledge of mobile technology than the average consumer, because we all share a passion for the subject and seek out more information. The trouble is that we are still human, and we don't reflect on our views often enough, and instead we use shortcuts to prove our opinions. So, when a company like Google/Motorola is actively trying to change the conversation around Android, it can take longer to land in our community than the average consumer, because we have so many preconceptions...

This is a discussion for a news. To read the whole news, click here

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 15:35 1

54. lallolu (Posts: 492; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


But you did.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 15:46 23

57. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


If you don't got time to read, don't waste our time with a comment. Simple courtesy.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 15:59 2

62. Potato. (banned) (Posts: 607; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Why so serious?

I was just kidding.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 16:42 1

76. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Saying with seriously: no it's not.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 17:11 8

85. androidfanboy (Posts: 162; Member since: 24 Jun 2013)


You got owned haha

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 17:15 7

86. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


That's what little kids do joke around and make them self look like a fool!

I believe this potato is ExperiaDroid cause he speaks and acts like him. ®

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 17:20 1

90. papss (unregistered)


I believe you have been many before too correct? Appleandroid ?

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 17:55 3

94. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Smart boy Papss yes I agree. But that account was created cause of Chaoticrazor posting his usual bullying and picking on other users calling them kids.

But look at Experiadroid he uses tech2 polrt3 polrt2 I hate smart phones potato and thumbs his own comment that's so low. ®

Anyway papss how is you ....

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 18:38

99. papss (unregistered)


I'm doing well..still trying to adjust back into android with all the tweaking here and there. You have any suggestions for a good lock screen launcher?

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 18:47

100. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Nova launcher
Apex and few others papss can't recall.

Papss where are you from bro?
I'm in UK London

Any plans for weekend?

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posted on 05 Jul 2013, 20:58

113. papss (unregistered)


We throw a huge fireworks show every year so we are doing that Saturday night. :)
I would have owned the 808 had I been into phone tech like I am now.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 18:54

103. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Papss any plan of buying that Nokia Eos? I'm definitely will in a month or 2 months time. But won't be liking wp8, wish it was wp9 or S60 Symbian. But still it will be taking great superb pictures. Can't wait.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 20:54

112. papss (unregistered)


If it really does take great photos then I will buy it right away. I just want a few previews first. I want the phone for soccer pictures of my son, im so tired of carring around my nikon. I live in the US

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 19:43 5

108. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Because it takes a lot of time and effort to write quality articles like this. And it's really annoying to have some stupid trolls like you to come and leave irrelevant and nonsensical comments in return. If you didn't want to read the article, at least show some respect to the author!

What's funny is that you said you don't have time to read that, yet you have plenty of time to create multiple accounts, log in/log out/switch between them to troll nearly every artcicle on here, like and reply to you own comments etc..
See the irony?

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 18:01

96. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


iPhonearena

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 18:48 3

101. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Experiadroid you again™

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 19:03 5

104. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Really?
Lemme guess; Micheal hurt your feelings(as Potato), but you didn't want to publicly show your butthurt, so you logged into your other "anonymous" account(ihatesmartphone) to troll harder.
Get a life, dude!

posted on 06 Jul 2013, 08:57

128. darkkjedii (Posts: 22153; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Well said. Potato you are a techie rite?

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 13:08 1

5. smallworld (Posts: 488; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Sounds like an excuse to charge midrange specs at an premium price...

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 13:21 7

12. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Not really, I wouldn't mind paying a premium price to have a better experience on a smartphone vs. paying a premium price for phones with high specs, but horrible software.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 15:01

48. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Except that's not the direction Android is going.

The Nexus 4, at launch, had high-end specs at a low-end price. About eight months later, it's a mid-range device at a low-end price.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 13:09 7

6. Smart (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


Michael every article you write takes me through a new ride of ideas and unique view points...

Completely agree with you on the argument that at the end of the day it is how one connects with the device that stands out much against the common expectation of beefed up hardware...

Nexus lines of devices are amazing piece of both art and technology....

What we all tend to forget is that there is hardly anything as a future proof device....if we keep fueling this wild debate of better specs equals better device then we will never be satisfied with any device......

Just as they say "best camera is the one you have with you".....so is this "the best smartphone is the one that you are holding right now....cause it connects with you"...

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 13:35 1

15. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


"...we will never be satisfied with any device..."

This sentiment is thrown around a lot, and frankly I don't agree. Whenever I get a new device, I am in awe of it (I wouldn't get it if I didn't), and yet even over time, when new technologies are being unveiled and my device is slowly becoming more and more outdated, I am still happy with it, as it has brought me joy and wonder throughout my days. That being said, I still dream of a future of ever more powerful smartphones and tablet, and rejoice when something that I deem beautiful is announced, no matter that it trumps my current device and that I don't have it and most likely won't (usually [aw heck, always] for financial reasons).

People just need to sit back, suppress their inclinations to envy and judgment, and bask in the glory and beauty of the industry, of this "mobile world." Whether you see this beauty in increased specs or increased user-experience, to me anyways, doesn't matter.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 14:50

41. Smart (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


I perfectly agree with your point.....But kindly take this into consideration that I never said that technology must not progress.....

I am more than excited to explore a new high spec or a high feature "mobile device" on my own but that experience should not in any way discount the fact that current crop of smartphones(likes of S4,HTC One etc) are no less amazing on their own...

Just because we are on the anvil of future does not mean that everything from the past is boring and outdated...

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 14:59

46. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I think we're both of the opinion that no phone can discount any other phone, in that they are all amazing in their own right, and I don't think many people espouse this idea.

I've seen so many instances of people being angry that their phone is outdated within a month of their purchase, and I don't understand that at all: how can you be anything other than elated that the industry is moving this fast? You have to have understood this to be a possibility. I understand it is "basic human nature" to always want "the best" of whatever it is, and people naturally will feel angered at no longer having "the best," but seriously, as paulyyd said below in Comment #25, "they're just phones." Take them for what they are. Nothing's being lost in having a less-than-perfect phone.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 16:01 3

63. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Thanks!

I don't know about "never" being satisfied, but I could definitely get behind the sentiment that we will never "stay" satisfied. The mobile world moves too fast, and we trade in for new devices far too often to worry that much about future-proofing.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 13:09 5

7. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


Well written. It's unfortunate that most people on here are spec obsessed when the real issue is the software. Battery life is a constant complaint and its all because of this pathetic android spec race.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 13:19 6

10. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Really when using S600 on S4 and E4412 on S3 you can tell a big diffrene in speed. So it does really matter when using a Better much powerful CPU, tasks apps and other ruining things on Android will speed and load much faster.
Try putting a S800 on a Lg Nexus you will fly one apps to another in seconds with no stuttering and lag.®

Android laced cause it use to use crappy CPU, until S4pro S600 A15 came and demolished lag and stutters. Give credit to the CPU and Ram.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 13:41 2

16. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


It only matters because android software is not optimized for the hardware it runs on. Ios runs perfectly fluid and fast on single core and dual core processors. Same goes for windows phone.

Brute force processing power has helped mitigate the issue for Android; after years of lag. But at the cost of battery life. 2600 mah in the Galaxy S4 and it can still only can match the run time of the iPhone with a battery almost half the size.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 13:45 2

19. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Android is full OS running Linux.
It needs CPU power and lots of Ram.

Try put Android on IPhone, will lag like hell cause its still an unmatured os.

Wp8 needs just 140 mb to run its OS
JB needs 512mb Ram to run.

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