Quick thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Oh wow, this is quite unexpected. I got a Samsung Galaxy Nexus as a belated birthday present from Cartcart and my brother Naz. I didn’t even asked for it from them, I guess they read my previous post, huh?

Thank you so much! šŸ™‚

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Anyway I’m not going to do a full review on it as there are a plentiful of reviews online, but I’d just give a few quick thoughts after playing with it for a couple of hours.

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1. Opening it from the box, it’s so thin and looks kind of plasticy. I really hope that I don’t physically damage it.

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2.Ā The screen size is really huge compared to my old phone. I could read webpages comfortably with this, especially as it also auto rotates.

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3. As this phone is a dedicated Google android, trying to log in for the first time was a PAIN as I had a 2 step security! In the end, I left the sim card on my old phone to wait for the pin while setting up the Nexus.

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4. As I’ve been a Nokia user for the longest time, there is a learning curve for me when using it for the first time. It took me a while to change the settings like wallpaper, network settings and so on. Too many buttonsĀ 

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5. I still prefer my qwery keyboard on my Nokia E72. Typing on the Nexus, seriously takes FOREVER! On the other hand, I could have it record from speech to text, but it’s never always accurate. I say rinaz and it thinks I’m saying rhino.

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6. On the flipside, getting to the apps is super fast. A swipe, a tap and you’re there already. Opening the apps itself doesn’t take any time at all.

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7. Speaking of apps, they are designed very elegantly. Beauty with function. I like little touches like how you could just drag the top on this twitter app to refresh.

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8. Because the Nexus uses gmail contacts, over the course of years, I’ve over 300 contacts on my phone. But most of them are not active anymore. So does that means that I have to delete them manually? If so, oh boy!

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9. I finally have instagram! Now I can play with useless filters! Hahaha! The funny thing is that I wanted to dedicate instagram to my twitter account but I keep having the “Please check your username and password” when I try sync in my twitter to instagram. Even if it’s the correct one. Boo!

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10. Like what I’ve been worried about, the battery life is significantly shorter than my Nokia E72. Just a couple of hours and the battery drains to half. I’ve yet to bring it out for a Ā normal day use though. Wonder how that’ll be like.

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But the biggest irony of it being a phone, is that I haven’t been using the phone option. However to be fair, I don’t think that we’ve been using this feature a lot ever since the uprising of social media. Even on my E72Ā 

Sidenote : Cart tried to download Angry birds into my phone. I didn’t let him!