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29 Dec 12 Google Nexus review: What are Google ‘Nexus’ Android phone, tablet all about … – ABC15.com (KNXV


PHOENIX – iPhones and iPads are simple.  Apple only makes a handful of models and that’s it, that’s that.  The simplicity of their product line is part of the charm.  Android on the other hand is a totally different story. 

There is a long list of manufacturers all making different sizes, speeds, software versions, etc, etc.  There is some beauty to having more options but there is also a lot of confusion. 

Amid it all, there is one line of Android products that stands alone. The Nexus products from Google . Problem is, most people have no idea what “Nexus” is all about.

Nexus, is a line of products sold by Google. Google doesn’t actually make the smartphones and tablets.  It’s essentially a collaboration between Google engineers and a hardware company.  Think of it as Google’s idea of the perfect Android smartphone or tablet.

Here’s how it works: the people at Google who create the Android software work hand in hand different hardware companies to design the next Nexus product.  Usually in the world of Android devices, Google makes the software and then a hardware company takes that software and finesses it for their specific hardware.  The Nexus line is a marriage of the two processes.

Nexus provides synergy (man I hate that word).  It provides a connection between Android hardware and software that typically doesn’t exist.  It’s not always the best hardware out there and you often times miss out on some of the added features that manufacturers tack on to the Android OS.  None the less, you get the Android experience exactly as the creators of the Android operating envisioned. 

What many consumers don’t know is that most Android smartphones actually run a very modified version of Google Android.  This means each tablet or smartphone manufacturer will add their own software tweaks to give them the competitive edge.  They’re all called “Android” smartphones but the software can look very different on some devices.  In some situations this is a good thing, in other situations it just adds clutter.  Nonetheless, Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola and others have carved out their Android niche because of their added secret sauce.  With a Nexus device, it’s Android bare naked.  No tweaks, no add-ons and no skins.  It’s Android exactly as the software geniuses at Google dreamed it up. 

The best part about Nexus devices is that you will almost always get the latest updates to the Android software within days of it being released by Google.  Typically, months before normal Android smartphones and tablets get that same update.  If you’re a “bleeding edge” kind of techie, this is a big deal.  Otherwise, most consumers won’t care or notice the difference.

Right now, Google offers 3 Nexus devices including the Nexus 4 smartphone, the Nexus 7 tablet and the Nexus 10 tablet.  The smartphone is not connected to a cell phone carrier and is only compatible with att and T-mobile.  Buy the smartphone, slide in a SIM card from your selected carrier and you’re good to go.  No contracts, no commitments. 

Are Nexus devices the best?  Not always.  They offer a great marriage between the Android software and the exact hardware that Google dreams up.  Typically they have some of the best specs to date but not always. 

What you do get is a streamlined Android experience without the added clutter from the manufacturers and cell phone carriers.  You also get updates as soon as they’re released.  Best of all, you typically get this at a rock bottom price.  The Nexus 7” tablet starts at $199, the 10” tablet at $399 and the Nexus 4 smartphone at $299 (without any contracts).   These prices are hard to beat for the hardware you get and the “pure” Google Android experience. 

I’m currently testing out the both the Nexus 4 smartphone and the Nexus 10 tablet, look for my reviews in the coming weeks.

Have you tried out a Nexus smartphone or tablet?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook .

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Article source: http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/science_tech/google-nexus-review-what-are-google-nexus-android-phone-tablet-all-about-yuhnke-tech-check

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27 Dec 12 Nexus 4 Phone – A Thing Of Beauty From Google


Nexus 4

Nexus 4 (Photo credit: Sterlic)

The Nexus 4 smartphone, from Google, but built by LG, is elegant. No, it is downright awesome. I’ve had a loaner test unit for well over a month and it just feels right in the hand. The camera is a dream to use, too.

Besides all the tech specs that make it a fast device that is easy to use and intuitive, it comes unlocked and contract-free. Sure, you are buying the device with cash up front, but it saves you in the long term by allowing you the freedom to jump carriers. (Jump to end of post if you are looking for the TechCrunch contest info).

I believe this phone offers business owners a chance to save money and get a terrific mobile computing device at the same time. After all, it is more than just a phone. I hear from many small biz owners who want out of the major carrier locked plan options and Google clearly has heard this refrain, too.

As readers may remember, I’m a big fan of the new Ting mobile phone service (briefly reviewed here in late September with a Samsung Galaxy S III): What Phone Should I Get?. Ting offers a terrific a la carte pricing plan that I really like for small business owners looking to keep phone costs down.

I’m still trying to figure out if I could purchase another Ting phone, swap out the SIM card, and make the Nexus 4 into a Ting phone. This post will be updated if I successfully achieve that goal. The company sent me a loaner phone and I’m on the $16/month for my business cell phone plan test with Ting. I love that I can change options easily without creating a new contract.

Since Google sent me the Nexus 4 to evaluate for my other small business columns (and sadly it goes back at some point in the near future), I have been using it with either Google Talk or Skype on wifi-only. But, figuring out where to go to get the SIM card set up takes a bit of, well, Googling.

The best post I found about setting up this unlocked phone is from J.R. Raphael at ComputerWorld in his post: Google’s Nexus 4: Understanding Your Carrier Options. In a nutshell, he recommends purchasing a simple prepaid cell phone plan from Straight Talk or a regular monthly plan from T-Mobile.  Plus, you can follow some of his other in-depth posts for more ideas on how to save on your cell phone bill.

LG Nexus 4 (Front)

LG Nexus 4 (Front) (Photo credit: drukelly)

Head to this official Google page for all the details about the Google Nexus 4. Just a few of the highlights:

  • Screen size: 4.7″ diagonal
  • 1280 x 768 pixel resolution (320 ppi)
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 (tough stuff from my experience)
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 8GB or 16GB with 2GB of RAM
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU
  • 8 MP Camera
  • Wireless charging (kinda cool to do away with cables)

Chris Velazco at TechCrunch did a super in-depth review in November and it covers just about anything you might wonder about this new phone. Nexus 4 Review: Not Exactly Perfect, But Close Enough For Me.

The last cool thing to know about the Nexus 4, if you are in the market for a personal or a business mobile phone is that TechCrunch is giving one away on New Year’s Eve. It is partly a contest to build Facebook likes, but hey, that’s one of the games these days. Read the contest details here: TechCrunch Giveaway: Nexus 4 And Nexus 10 #TechCrunch.

If you are a business owner looking to save money on a cell phone plan by purchasing an unlocked phone up front, the Google Nexus is one high-end phone to consider. LG has done a fine job of making a phone that competes with Apple’s iPhone, in terms of eye candy and technical chops, though many of my Apple buddies prefer the smaller form factor of the iPhone. The Google Nexus 4 is a powerful phone and handheld computer for those days where you are mobile and without a tablet or laptop.

Article source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/tjmccue/2012/12/26/nexus-4-phone-a-thing-of-beauty-from-google/

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26 Dec 12 LG Nexus 4 Available In Google Play Store On 2/31/2013 – Auto-o


As we reach the end of 2012, the most difficult smartphone to come by is the LG Nexus 4. We had our bets up that it would be the iPhone 5 but it looks like Apple learned its lesson from past iPhone releases and were well prepared this time.

LG Nexus 4: when (if ever) will it be easily available on the Google Play Store?

Unfortunately we can’t say that about Google and their empty Play Store is proof of that. Not only is the LG Nexus 4 sold out but so is the Google Nexus 7 and some of the Nexus 10 models.

Now back to the LG Nexus 4, so when can we expect it to be back in stock? At this time both Google and LG are playing the blame game. Google is criticizing LG for the lack of stock while others are seeing Google’s lack of experience with selling hardware the real issue. At this time, all that has been officially said is that it will be back in a couple of weeks.

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the Play Store though you will see that the shipping date keeps slipping, and now it is deep into February should you order one today. Personally, I would be on the lookout for the few units that happen to pop up in the Google Play Store every now and then. That is if you don’t mind waiting until next year. Check out the link below to see real-time updates of availability of the LG Nexus 4 over at the Google Play Store across 4 countries. It also has a history of previous times when it became available in case you’re good with numbers and can work out the pattern. If you can, do tell me your predictions as I am yet to get my hands on one!

Article source: http://www.autoomobile.com/news/lg-nexus-4-play-store-availability/10010511/

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21 Dec 12 Report: Google Prepping $99 Nexus 7 Tablet


With Christmas just days away, the tablet wars are still in full swing as shoppers snag devices like the iPad, Kindle Fire, Nexus 7, or Microsoft Surface. While all of these devices offer rich user experiences, final decisions often boil down to price sensitivity. A report out of Taiwan indicates that Google is planning to further disrupt the tablet market by introducing a $99 version of its Android tablet next year.

The Nexus 7 has been widely praised as the best tablet next to the iPad, thanks to its $199-$299 price tag. However, according to Taiwan’s Digitimes, Google is hoping to open the flood gates to higher user adoption by releasing a cheaper Nexus 7 tablet that will be priced between $99 to $149 some time next year. The report claims that Google and Asus are working with touch-screen maker Shenzhen O-Film Tech to introduce the cheaper Nexus 7 using glass-film-film (GFF) technology that will also help to make the device thinner.

A significantly cheaper, high-quality tablet like the Nexus 7 could be the next frontier for capturing tablet consumers if recent reviews of the competition are any indication. The iPad mini is popular, but consumers aren’t too enthused by its non-Retina display and heftier, $329 starting price.

The report claims that Google’s cheaper Nexus 7 will first target emerging markets, with initial shipments in the range of 500,000-600,000 units. The new model is reportedly scheduled to ship some time in the first or second quarter of 2013.

For more, see PCMag’s review of the Nexus 7 and the slideshow below.

Google Nexus 7


Google Nexus 7


Google Play on Nexus 7


Music Player on Nexus 7


Google Nexus 7 Right

Article source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2413438,00.asp

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16 Dec 12 Tablet features war: Google Nexus 10 vs Apple iPad 4 vs Nexus 7 vs iPad mini


The best way to compare different devices is to subject them to a series of tests. These tests are known as benchmarks which are used for determining the processing speed of the CPU, along with the navigation, and the performance of the graphics unit, GPU, for each of them. On Dec. 15, Itproportal released there comparison between the Nexus 10 and iPad 4, but now there is a recent video in which you will see interesting results in addressing the Nexus 7, Nexus 10, the iPad 4 and iPad Mini.

The first thing that should be noted is that these devices are facing very different price ranges. The Nexus 10 and iPad 4 prices can’t be compared with those of Nexus 7 and the iPad Mini, but still it’s interesting to see the speed of each because this can help you decide which one to buy.

The first test that appears in the video compares the processing speed of the CPU, the central processing unit. For this test there is a a clear winner: the Nexus 10 with a score of 2,761 points. The best thing about this issue is to compare it with its main rival, the iPad 4 that scores 1767 points. However, the most curious thing about this test is that the Nexus 7 reaches a score 1659 points with its Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, which is very close to the A6X iPad 4. The smallest of the Apple tablets, iPad Mini, falls far short with 758 points.

The second test determines how the CPU performs when browsing. For this test, the lower the score the better, and the iPad 4 wins with 839 points, followed by Nexus 10 with 1396, iPad Mini comes in at 1440 and Nexus 7 at 1690.

The third test, which has already been mentioned, is to see what the performance of the graphics processing unit, the GPU. This test is very important due to the popularity of graphics software applications such as games. This time, the iPad 4 again surpasses the rest, and by far, achieving a rate of 42 fps. It is followed by the Nexus 10 with 26 fps, iPad Mini with 24 fps and 14 fps for the Nexus 7. What happens in this test is that you have the screen-size as a factor, because the larger screens are supposedly penalized by size.

Although all the aforementioned tablets make a good choice for the holiday shopping season, the winner is the iPad 4. However, some may choose to go with cheaper options such as the Nexus 10, iPad mini or Nexus 7, which still offer a lot of power.

Article source: http://www.examiner.com/article/tablet-features-war-google-nexus-10-vs-apple-ipad-4-vs-nexus-7-vs-ipad-mini

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15 Dec 12 Google Nexus 4 now available on Three UK


Mobile operator Three is now selling the hard-to-get LG-built Google Nexus 4 at its high-street outlets across the UK and online.

Read this

Google Nexus 4 review

Google Nexus 4 review

The 16GB Nexus 4 can be bought on pay-as-you-go from Three for £399. It is also available for £29 on a two-year, £35 a month contract, called The One Plan, which comes with unlimited data, 2,000 minutes and 5,000 texts.

Google’s fourth smartphone is already on sale at Carphone Warehouse, O2 and the Google Play store. The Nexus 4 is available in 8GB and 16GB versions but Three, like O2, is only offering the 16GB device. 

The 16GB model is also on sale through the Google Play store for £279 – but won’t be shipped for six to seven weeks. 

The Nexus 4 went on sale in the UK on 13 November and sold out on the same day. It subsequently returned briefly to the Google Play store before selling out again. The device was revealed to be in short supply by LG last week. 

The Nexus 4 has wireless charging, an 8-megapixel camera, and NFC capability. The device runs the latest Android OS, Jelly Bean 4.2, on a 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass screen.

Article source: http://www.zdnet.com/uk/google-nexus-4-now-available-on-three-uk-7000008813/

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15 Dec 12 Google Nexus 4 now available on Three UK


Mobile operator Three is now selling the hard-to-get LG-built Google Nexus 4 at its high-street outlets across the UK and online.

Read this

Google Nexus 4 review

Google Nexus 4 review

The 16GB Nexus 4 can be bought on pay-as-you-go from Three for £399. It is also available for £29 on a two-year, £35 a month contract, called The One Plan, which comes with unlimited data, 2,000 minutes and 5,000 texts.

Google’s fourth smartphone is already on sale at Carphone Warehouse, O2 and the Google Play store. The Nexus 4 is available in 8GB and 16GB versions but Three, like O2, is only offering the 16GB device. 

The 16GB model is also on sale through the Google Play store for £279 – but won’t be shipped for six to seven weeks. 

The Nexus 4 went on sale in the UK on 13 November and sold out on the same day. It subsequently returned briefly to the Google Play store before selling out again. The device was revealed to be in short supply by LG last week. 

The Nexus 4 has wireless charging, an 8-megapixel camera, and NFC capability. The device runs the latest Android OS, Jelly Bean 4.2, on a 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass screen.

Article source: http://www.zdnet.com/uk/google-nexus-4-now-available-on-three-uk-7000008813/

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15 Dec 12 Google Nexus 4 now available on Three UK


Mobile operator Three is now selling the hard-to-get LG-built Google Nexus 4 at its high-street outlets across the UK and online.

Read this

Google Nexus 4 review

Google Nexus 4 review

The 16GB Nexus 4 can be bought on pay-as-you-go from Three for £399. It is also available for £29 on a two-year, £35 a month contract, called The One Plan, which comes with unlimited data, 2,000 minutes and 5,000 texts.

Google’s fourth smartphone is already on sale at Carphone Warehouse, O2 and the Google Play store. The Nexus 4 is available in 8GB and 16GB versions but Three, like O2, is only offering the 16GB device. 

The 16GB model is also on sale through the Google Play store for £279 – but won’t be shipped for six to seven weeks. 

The Nexus 4 went on sale in the UK on 13 November and sold out on the same day. It subsequently returned briefly to the Google Play store before selling out again. The device was revealed to be in short supply by LG last week. 

The Nexus 4 has wireless charging, an 8-megapixel camera, and NFC capability. The device runs the latest Android OS, Jelly Bean 4.2, on a 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass screen.

Article source: http://www.zdnet.com/uk/google-nexus-4-now-available-on-three-uk-7000008813/

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15 Dec 12 Google Nexus 4 now available on Three UK


Mobile operator Three is now selling the hard-to-get LG-built Google Nexus 4 at its high-street outlets across the UK and online.

Read this

Google Nexus 4 review

Google Nexus 4 review

The 16GB Nexus 4 can be bought on pay-as-you-go from Three for £399. It is also available for £29 on a two-year, £35 a month contract, called The One Plan, which comes with unlimited data, 2,000 minutes and 5,000 texts.

Google’s fourth smartphone is already on sale at Carphone Warehouse, O2 and the Google Play store. The Nexus 4 is available in 8GB and 16GB versions but Three, like O2, is only offering the 16GB device. 

The 16GB model is also on sale through the Google Play store for £279 – but won’t be shipped for six to seven weeks. 

The Nexus 4 went on sale in the UK on 13 November and sold out on the same day. It subsequently returned briefly to the Google Play store before selling out again. The device was revealed to be in short supply by LG last week. 

The Nexus 4 has wireless charging, an 8-megapixel camera, and NFC capability. The device runs the latest Android OS, Jelly Bean 4.2, on a 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass screen.

Article source: http://www.zdnet.com/uk/google-nexus-4-now-available-on-three-uk-7000008813/

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15 Dec 12 Google Nexus 4 now available on Three UK


Mobile operator Three is now selling the hard-to-get LG-built Google Nexus 4 at its high-street outlets across the UK and online.

Read this

Google Nexus 4 review

Google Nexus 4 review

The 16GB Nexus 4 can be bought on pay-as-you-go from Three for £399. It is also available for £29 on a two-year, £35 a month contract, called The One Plan, which comes with unlimited data, 2,000 minutes and 5,000 texts.

Google’s fourth smartphone is already on sale at Carphone Warehouse, O2 and the Google Play store. The Nexus 4 is available in 8GB and 16GB versions but Three, like O2, is only offering the 16GB device. 

The 16GB model is also on sale through the Google Play store for £279 – but won’t be shipped for six to seven weeks. 

The Nexus 4 went on sale in the UK on 13 November and sold out on the same day. It subsequently returned briefly to the Google Play store before selling out again. The device was revealed to be in short supply by LG last week. 

The Nexus 4 has wireless charging, an 8-megapixel camera, and NFC capability. The device runs the latest Android OS, Jelly Bean 4.2, on a 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass screen.

Article source: http://www.zdnet.com/uk/google-nexus-4-now-available-on-three-uk-7000008813/

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