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day2dayg33k

by day2dayg33k

New phone help ?
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My Droid 2 just died on me recently and I really wanted to get the Galaxy Nexus, but my experience with Android has always been like a boyfriend girlfriend relationship :). If you know what I mean. My other options is either is the 4S on VZW or get the Nexus with my pending upgrade ? or upgrade to the 4S and buy the Galaxy unlocked and get a prepaid contract with unlimited with it ? There I will be able to get the next Google phone if Google will stay loyal to selling hardware.
marc

by marc

Should you buy an unlocked Galaxy Nexus from Google for $399, or go on-contract to get it for less?
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Google's now selling an unlocked GSM/HSPA+ version of the Galaxy Nexus (gdgt's recommended Android smartphone) for $399. That's a great deal if you want this phone, and don't want to get locked into a contract. However, with the Verizon LTE version going for as little as $50 with a two-year contract, it may not be such an easy choice. Does it make sense to spend more to get a contract-free phone that runs on a slower data network, or is it worth getting locked in with Verizon in order to save... Read more →
JasonTsay

by JasonTsay

What would be your dream phone from existing phone parts?
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Joshua Topolsky's quote from a recent Vergecast got me thinking about the "ideal phone." He describes it as "I want the One X internals, display, and camera in the body of the Lumia 900, running stock ICS."

Using just specs/aspects of phones currently on the market, what would your dream phone be?
ryan

by ryan

With the Lumia 900, a Windows Phone is finally worthy of gdgt recommendation. Here's why.
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We've been debating for months: at what point will there be a gdgt recommended Windows Phone? Well, today we finally have an answer to that question: the Lumia 900 is a worthy competitor to our other gdgt recommended smartphones (the iPhone 4S and Galaxy Nexus), the first Windows Phone device to receive our recommendation -- an designation we give to less than half of 1% of the products on gdgt. Here's the deal.
By our measure, Windows Phone has been held back (at least in the US) by lacking a... Read more →
timchoi89

by timchoi89

T-Mobile Branded Galaxy Nexus?
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I was browsing the Google Play features page (https://play.google.com/about/features/) and found this picture of a Galaxy Nexus with "4G" on the signal bars instead of "H" and also featuring a tile for "T-Mobile's Top Picks" (https://play.google.com/about/images/features-4-2... Typically for unlocked GSM phones (the unlocked Galaxy Nexus is no exception), an H is typically shown to signify HSPA+. The GN on the Google Play features page, on the other hand, has the "H" replaced with "4G" which... Read more →
TABUZX2

by TABUZX2

The Perfect Smartphone
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I have this idea in my head... I want a smartphone, but there are things I want that none of the OS's have. But I also want a solid phone that satisfies every need I could have. I want to make my own smartphone. But I don't want it just for me, I want it for everyone. So, my question to you, fellow gdgt-ers, is what is the perfect smartphone? Don't tell me one that is already out. I don't want to know why Android or iOS makes your phone great, I want specs such as screen size, processor speed... Read more →
peter

by peter

Anyone else digging the new Chrome browser for Android 4.0?
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Just installed the new Chrome browser for Android, and so far I'm really liking it. The browser in Android has always been a bit underwhelming -- which created an opening for third-party offerings like Dolphin and Opera -- but even though it's still in beta I've been impressed with both the UI and performance on Chrome for Android. It feels like a big step forward.
zlo2

by zlo2

Best ICS/Galaxy Nexus Optimized Apps
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Hey all,
As someone with a minor (undiagnosed) case of OCD, the thing that bothers me most about the Android market is the inconsistent quality of the apps available on it. Most apps look like they were designed with Android 3.x in mind and don't seem to follow the ICS design guidelines. As a result, they look outright awful on my new beautiful Galaxy Nexus.
I wanted to start a thread where people can recommend some of the best, most awesomely designed apps for the Galaxy Nexus/ICS.
I'll start:... Read more →
timchoi89

by timchoi89

If you're on T-Mobile and want to install Google Wallet using the Android Marketplace on your Nexus S or Galaxy Nexus, follow these instructions
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  1. Open this link on your phone but https://market.android.com/search?q=google+wallet when asked to open in the browser or market, click on browser.
  2. Click on the Google Wallet icon and, when asked to either open in the browser or market, click on market.
  3. Install and enjoy!
It's all thanks to this thread in xda developers (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=... that I found it.

P.S. Apparently this is supposed to work on all carriers. I'm only on T-Mobile so I can't validate this. Read more →
cjtylr

by cjtylr

How I was finally provisioned for 4G on my AT&T Galaxy Nexus
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So, I have a bit of a story to tell...
I preordered my Galaxy Nexus in early November of last year and received it in early December. My previous phone was an iPhone 4, and after a harrowing 30 minutes trying to get my microSIM + adapter unjammed from the SIM card slot in the Galaxy Nexus, I realized I had to head to my local AT&T store. I had a normal experience - walked in, told them I needed to activate a new device and needed a new SIM card, and it was all pretty efficient (minus the... Read more →
Glacher

by Glacher

Galaxy Nexus Battery life ?
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I have had the nexus for a few week and i have seen Battery go from bad to really bad now.

I am only getting about 1/2 a day on normal use I have used the Battery app in settings and Android OS is using about 25% of my Battery life.

I have resorted to getting an external Battery to keep it charged.

I went back to the store and I was told they will send it back but the can only give me a standard phone not a smart phone and it will take up to 2 weeks.
peter

by peter

Some reasons why you might want to buy an Android phone that isn't the Galaxy Nexus
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Right now the Galaxy Nexus is the only phone with Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Android, so on that basis alone a lot of people will argue it's the best choice if you're in the market for a new phone. (I bought an unlocked one on eBay and have been very pleased with it.) That said, there are some reasons why you might want to consider buying a phone running Gingerbread -- or at least feel less bad about having just bought one:
1. Updates to ICS are coming
Samsung, Motorola, Sony... Read more →
peter

by peter

NFC and Android use-cases?
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I recently bought a pack of NFC tags so I could take advantage of the NFC reader in the Galaxy Nexus I just bought. First one I set up was a tag on the door to my apartment that toggles WiFi on and off. I like to keep the WiFi off to save battery life when I'm not at home, so it's sort of handy to be able to quickly tap my phone to switch WiFi on or off as I'm walking in or out the door. (It's not life-changing, just kind of geeky-cool.)
Would love to hear what other uses you guys have come up... Read more →