A couple of days ago, I gave you my thoughts on whether or not the Samsung Nexus Prime could compete with the iPhone 4S. Today, the specs of that device, now known as the Galaxy Nexus, leaked out and revealed a device that should be a viable iPhone 4S competitor if Google and Samsung put some marketing force behind it.
It has 4G LTE. It has fantastic hardware. It has a vanilla version of Android. And hopefully, it has a price tag that is easy for consumers to swallow.
At the very least, it’s going to likely be the best Android phone to date.
But as you might know, the Galaxy Nexus isn’t the only big Android name on the horizon. You may have heard of a phone called the HTC Vigor. It too is a 4G LTE phone and one that was supposed to challenge the Galaxy Nexus for Android supremacy.
I realize that many of you have been looking forward to the Vigor and I’m sorry I have to do what I am about to do. Let’s just get this out there right off the bat.
The HTC Vigor is dead in the water.
1. We can all agree that the Vigor has fantastic hardware. A 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3-inch HD display, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front facing camera, 1GB of RAM and 4G LTE rounds it out.
Problem is, the Galaxy Nexus is able to match it in just about every single area. Hardware wise.
And don’t talk to me about the 8MP camera, mega-pixels don’t mean anything. HTC is doing some pretty special things with their cameras but I think the Galaxy Nexus’ will be on par or better than the Vigor’s.
Software wise, the Galaxy Prime will blow the Vigor out of the water.
The Vigor is rumored to be coming with Gingerbread and not the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich that is on board the Nexus Prime. Throw in the fact that this is a Google-backed device, the Galaxy Nexus will likely be on the forefront of updates.
The Vigor probably won’t be. In fact, it’s anyone’s guess as to when it will get Android 4.0 if it doesn’t have it at launch. Remember how long it took for the HTC ThunderBolt to get Gingerbread?
Speaking of the ThunderBolt.
2. If the Galaxy Nexus didn’t seal the HTC Vigor’s fate, it was HTC (and Verizon) that did when it released one of the most bugged phones of all time in the HTC ThunderBolt.
The HTC ThunderBolt’s reputation has turned people away from HTC phones especially from ones that run 4G LTE. The bugs that ThunderBolt owners endured were unacceptable and the speed at which HTC and Verizon fixed these issues was debatably worse.
Random reboots for months on end?
Gingerbread nearly seven months after launch? On a flagship phone?
I’m not saying that the HTC Vigor will have those same issues but what I am saying is that HTC’s reputation took a hit and I think that it’s going to finally show up when it announces the Vigor.
3. The HTC Vigor is probably going to be a Verizon exclusive. The Galaxy Nexus is also probably going to be a Verizon exclusive. I don’t see them co-existing.
One will trump the other and in my opinion, it’s the HTC Vigor that will find itself, even with its fantastic specifications, in the bargain bin come October.
Or whenever it arrives.