Rating the field: who should make the 2012 Nexus phone and first Nexus tablet

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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50 Comments

1. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

I am damn sure I am not the one...LOL.....

7. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Great one :p! Not me, either, if you ask...

2. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 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: 50; Member since: Dec 30, 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: Oct 07, 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: Oct 26, 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: Dec 18, 2011

With the inclusion of the note taking feature they may call it the LG Nexus Vu. :-)

3. droiddomination

Posts: 203; Member since: Dec 01, 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: Mar 30, 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: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 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: Feb 06, 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: 1947; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

regardless who does it the nexus should have impressive specs all around.

8. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

the best nexus device is still the nexus one as far as quality.. so id go with HTC..

11. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: Feb 06, 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: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 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: Oct 05, 2011

htc only made 1 nexus. they made 2 reference devices though the HTC nexus one and the HTC G1

20. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 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: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 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: Dec 12, 2011

I would love to see an Xperia NEXUS tbh...

26. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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: Jan 17, 2012

Would also like to see a play station supported Nexus.

15. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 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: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

"Retarded"? Really? Are you in grade school?

17. davebuzz

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

google be generous for once, give chance to cra-apple to make the next nexus :p

18. josephnero

Posts: 785; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Sony i hope.Xperia Nexus

19. A.aoudi

Posts: 125; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Its time for LG to build the nexus

22. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Agreed!
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