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

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

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, 12:59 25

1. papss (unregistered)

Hence the reason I love WP. it just feels better for me

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 13:01 10

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

Me too. Although I am a Android fanboy.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 13:13 16

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

Lier your a Nokia Fanboy™

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 15:58 9

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

Loyal to Nokia but I love Android.
And yes I am a NOKIA + HTC Fanboy.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 21:03 1

114. Alex123 (Posts: 241; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)

I am also Nokia + HTC fanboy. but do you want Nokia to make some android phone, for me i really want. Samsung use both OS, HTC also and the rumor that Sony will also produce WP but why Nokia seem not clever like the others. If Nokia wants to keep business running, it should make some android phone along with Windows Phone so its customer will have choice to choose

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 16:38 4

74. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

don't lie troll, u r a nokia fan too. lol

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 16:45 7

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

Yes but oldskool Nokia. Not nokiawp8®

posted on 06 Jul 2013, 11:05

130. AstronautJones (Posts: 303; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)

I had a N97 and it was the best build of a phone I have ever had.... even as some described it as plasticky at the time. Sliding keyboard was solid and never loosened up.

posted on 08 Jul 2013, 02:41

135. Mittal (Posts: 494; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

MH, my man, what u have written here is cent per cent true!
To each his own. Buy what you need and dont be blinded by the specs.
I am happy with the lag free experience the S4 powered One S gives me.
And where HTC has made me happy is the great hardware + a very pleasant software. I have no need of the power of quad cores and hence saved up on some precious money!
My One S is a keeper for another year and a half!

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 15:54 14

59. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

WP is a really nice platform. I'm a bit too deep into the Google world to make the switch, but I definitely want to pick up a Nokia as a secondary device.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 16:21

71. papss (unregistered)

As a fellow N4 owner do you have a problem with the rate at which yours charges wireless? Mine seems to charge really slow on the Nokia pad. Maybe its my bumper?

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 17:02

80. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

I have the official Nexus 4 orb charger, and ive had no problems with charging speed. My only issue is that the rubber gets dusty and causes my phone to slip off the charger. That can be annoying.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 17:09

84. papss (unregistered)

Hmm maybe the charge pad and N4 just dont play great together. Maybe I should pick up an orb then

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 16:38 4

75. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)

Sure go for a second device Michael but I made the switch full time and I'm regretting it deeply, no where near as many features as I like on my android

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 16:50 6

78. ITEngineer (Posts: 54; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)

dont, i have the Lumia 920 from my job as a work phone, it's awfull, the nokia maps lags like a piece of code that renders from the 1990's, i had to install google maps, the market is not that great either, there is no way to close tasks in a multitasking view.

I tell you the fluidity is nice, but the rest is awful, IE is the worst mobile browser out there.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 17:04 1

83. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Even if the experience isn't the best, I want one just for work purposes. I don't like writing about things I haven't tried. Between my wife and i , we have android and iOS covered, but I want to be able to test stuff on WP before writing about it

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 17:17 2

87. papss (unregistered)

I disagree with most of which you said actually.
1. I've never had any lag on nokia maps and truth be told they are actually one of if not the best maps out there. I've yet to experience any lag.
2. Closing windows, hold the back button, select the window you want to close and then hit back again.
3. Boy I'm not sure what to say here... What you feel about mobil IE is what I feel about chrome. I actually like IE (Mobil only) and think its pretty fast. What I do hate is no flash though.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 19:57

109. hms2407 (Posts: 94; Member since: 25 Apr 2013)

a couple of weeks back i bought a lumna 520 and it was full of issues.sometimes the camera app would'nt open or bluetooth didnt turned on..sometimes the camera app would crash and this mostly happened before taking a snapshot,the browser for the most part was great but desktop pages like PA were laggy and same is said for the nokia maps,Wp8 store wasnt great either...my experience with wp8 wasnt good :(

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 12:59 29

2. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

Android was & is a VERY ambitious OS. When Android first came out the OS was limited by the specs of its time. A single core device couldn't handle what Android was giving. Android was that intuitive that people kept sticking with them because of what you can actually do with the Android OS.

Now the specs have caught up with the OS to the point that the experience is EXCELLENT & just purely awesome.

Yes there was a time when Android had some lag but people who knew about the inner workings of the OS knew Android was offering something others can't match & that is why Android has moved to the number 1 mobile OS in the world & soon to be the number one OS around. Today’s specs make Android a dream to use & to multi-task with.

Apple knows Android is the future, you want to know why?!?!?

Ask iOS 7.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 13:49

23. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

For most people ios and android deliver a good experience. I don't see either one of them going away anytime soon. The future isn't going to be just android thats for sure. More then 1 os will exist.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 14:11

27. Igneel (unregistered)

Maybe all those hardware that can eliminate bugs has been available after the early years of Android but was kept secret to gain more profit *sudden clarity clarence*

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 15:59 5

61. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

I think your view is just slightly off. The more realistic description is to say that Google is a more forward thinking company and is more willing to take risks, and because of that they try a lot more things, even if they end up failing (as it looks like NFC will).

Apple doesn't take as many risks. Apple tries to perfect the features it deems worthwhile, and never ship anything that's half-baked. Even though its products (Maps/Siri) can't always live up to the hype, the products launch with a level of polish that Google doesn't work towards.

Google releases early and iterates often. Apple releases late but more polished. But, they're both going to the same place.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 18:06 1

98. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

I'm not ready to give up on NFC just yet. True, it's taking a lot longer than it should to take off because Apple is choosing not to support it, and we all know the iPhone fans will not question Apple's judgement. Not to mention all the carriers limiting its uses, ie: locking out Google Wallet so that a yet to be released ISIS can pad thier pockets. NFC is not getting the help it deserves, but I think if we "the techies" can show the benefits to the general consumer, it can do well.

All that said, once again... great article!

posted on 06 Jul 2013, 04:52

124. pkiran1996 (Posts: 166; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)

I'm an Android fanboy. But I'd rather have Apples AirDrop feature than Android Beam

posted on 06 Jul 2013, 06:49

125. Whateverman (Posts: 3284; Member since: 17 May 2009)

AirDrop looks cool so far, but really how much different is AirDrop from ShareShot. I'm thinking more about mobile payment and things like that. And we all know AirDrop will be iOS only, Apple never shares.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 22:13

117. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

Half baked=maps. They've actually release it just to take a shot to google even if it's not a perfect one. They've took the risk one time (maps) and ended up with their ceo apologizing.

posted on 06 Jul 2013, 01:10 1

120. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

But, now no one even talks about Maps, which means it has gotten improved enough so people keep using it. It started out as a big joke, but now it's a really taking usage from Google Maps.

posted on 06 Jul 2013, 04:51

123. pkiran1996 (Posts: 166; Member since: 22 Oct 2011)

What if no one talks about it anymore simply because they switched to Google Maps?

posted on 06 Jul 2013, 08:48 1

126. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Possible but unlikely. If everyone were switching to Google Maps, it wouldn't have dropped to #9 on the top free apps list in iTunes.

A lot of people are using Google, but there are also a ton using Apple and having no issues.

posted on 05 Jul 2013, 13:00 11

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

Too much lengthy article.
Ain't nobody got time to read that. xD

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