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6 Months Later, I Still Love My Galaxy Nexus

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Back in December 2011, I was very excited about the Galaxy Nexus just like everyone else. Many of the others that shared my excitement are past the Nexus and on to the next big thing now.

Not me, I still love my Galaxy Nexus.

Many awesome phones have popped up since I bought my Galaxy Nexus, but for once in my life, I am content.

I have been covering smart phones for almost 10 years now and have owned literally 100s of them. During the time I owned/ran Mobilitysite, I changed phones more often than I changed socks. For me to keep the same phone in my pocket for the larger part of the past 6 months is an accomplishment for me.

Part of this is financial, but the main reason is that the Galaxy Nexus does everything I need a phone to do for me and nothing has been released that makes my Nexus seem old. The HTC One series tempted me, but I have remained faithful. I still own the HTC Titan, the iPhone 4S, the Nokia Lumia 800, and several other older phones that I might use for a day or two while testing something, but 99% of the time, the Galaxy Nexus is in my left pocket.

What do I like about the Galaxy Nexus?

Everything? Close, but it’s not perfect.

  • I love the size of the Galaxy Nexus. The 4.65″ screen is perfect size for me. With custom ROMs, I am able to scale the UI to a perfect viewing size where I can see much more information on the screen that stock. The physical dimensions are perfect for my hands and I can do 90% of the tasks I need to do fast with one hand.
  • Custom ROMs! The Galaxy Nexus is a popular phone and with that comes plenty of high quality custom ROMs. With these ROMs, I don’t have to worry about update nightmares from Verizon. Other than battery life, I don’t share the same issues others complain about. I credit this to custom ROMs. My battery life isn’t horrible as I can normally make it from 7AM to 9PM on a single charge. This is all I need since I rarely find myself in a situation where I need longer battery life. As for the microphone issues Adam has had, I have never had this problem. I have never had a random reboot either. I know custom ROMs are not exclusive to the Galaxy Nexus, but they are out there and they take care of issues that Verizon can’t or haven’t yet.
  • Dual Core 1.2 GHz Processor. Sure, there are better, faster processors out now but I’ve not had any issues with performance. Everything I run on my Galaxy Nexus runs well. Games are smooth, Chrome is lightning fast, and all the other apps run without a hitch. The phone is as fast as it was when I 1st got it. With minimal maintenance, it runs fine. There is no reason to run task managers and other apps to control apps.
  • The camera is quite good considering it’s only 5 megapixel. There are some really great cameras in more recent phones that I have tested, but for me, the camera on the Galaxy Nexus is more than sufficient. When I want to replace a standalone camera, I’ll pay more attention to better camera phones.
  • Android 4 is the best OS currently on the market. I have a little bit of a crush on Windows Phone, but I still feel Android is better overall. There’s nothing wrong with iOS at all, but it’s tired and played out like Windows Mobile was. My work phone is an older Android device running 2.3 and while I used 2.3 devices when they were current, I never really realized how much more mature Android 4 was until I started using the 2.3 phone more often.

To be fair, custom ROMs help make my experience better than stock. Perhaps if I was running stock, I might not feel the same about my Galaxy Nexus. The core reason I love about the phone would remain though. The size, the camera, and the processor wouldn’t change but the overall experience might. Maybe I should change the title to, “6 Months Later, I Still Love My Modded Galaxy Nexus“.

What don’t I like?

  • Well, for starters, I dislike the way Verizon has handled the Galaxy Nexus experience. Even though I don’t care about updates since I am using custom ROMs, I am very disappointed that Verizon has taken so long to come out with an update. I am even more disappointed that Google has allowed this to happen. I don’t like how the Nexus tag in the title is meaningless now. Like Adam, I purchased the Galaxy Nexus with the expectations that Google would remain involved with keeping it updated with the latest and greatest. The simple fact is that Google is letting us down with the Verizon Gnex and other Nexus models on other carriers. I will definitely think twice with my assumptions that Google cares in the future.
  • Battery Life. With all the tweaks that the custom ROM has built-in and I control by turning off LTE and other things, my Galaxy Nexus only gets a solid day of use. That’s plenty for me, but I would be lying if I said I wouldn’t like better life for those heavy usage days.

For me, the positives outweigh the negatives.

I can honestly see the Galaxy Nexus in my left front pocket until Verizon lands a decent Windows Phone and even then, I am not sure. My desire for a Verizon Windows Phone is dying out fast and even the Nokia Lumia 800 couldn’t excite me.

  

What Galaxy Nexus Custom ROM am I using?

I am still using Gummy Nexus ROM. I am using an older version (4.0.3) but it’s still doing well for me and I haven’t had the time to update to the latest. I am quite satisfied with this ROM but other ROMs I have tried with my Galaxy Nexus were awesome too.

I love my Galaxy Nexus!

Chris is a former Microsoft MVP, Windows Phone. Chris works for AT&T, but his thoughts and opinions are his own and that he does not represent AT&T in any capacity online. ChrisLeckness.com

7 Comments

  1. Steve

    06/05/2012 at 7:49 am

    If you are happy with your phone running Gummy than you will LOVE your phone after switching over to AOKP. Team Kang is the king of GNex roms hands down.

    • chris

      06/05/2012 at 1:58 pm

      i agree, AOKP is a very solid ROM, especially when equipped with a trinity kernel. very stable and tons of options to customize.

    • Chris Leckness

      06/05/2012 at 4:13 pm

      I will check that one out next. I’m not married to one ROM. :)Thanks for the suggestion.

  2. HildyJ

    06/05/2012 at 12:44 pm

    I have the Google Galaxy Nexus running on T-Mobile with the Google ROM and I still love it too. My only complaint (other than battery life which is not bad enough that I want to go to an extended battery) mirrors yours – support. Despite the fact that Google has been selling the Galaxy Nexus to US customers for months, Samsung’s US site still refuses to acknowledge that the phone even exists. I can’t even register it with Samsung and for support information I have to go to the UK site.

    It seems that Google’s issues with carriers also extend to manufacturers.

  3. Christina

    06/05/2012 at 6:59 pm

    I love my Nexus! Hate Verizon, but who doesn’t? I have never used the phone off from extended battery but even with that, I get a days worth of life. Eek! I must be doing something wrong lol. I am running AOKP, as well. Its great! Its still stock kernel. I’m going to change that right now in hopes the battery improves a bit. I mean, with stock getting 14 hours, extended should get a bit more.

  4. Nir

    06/06/2012 at 2:40 pm

    Hey Chris,

    you didn’t mention this in your article so maybe you aren’t aware of it. Samsung has an extended battery for the Galaxy Nexus. Originally only sold in South Korea (so I read), but you can get it on ebay (new) pretty easily, it has 2000 mah instead of 1750. So it’s about a 15% boost in battery life. It seems to add exactly zero to the maximum thickness in the phone, just bulks up the middle part a tiny bit. And it’s only 30 dollars. I just got a Galaxy Nexus, I’ll probably buy one of these soon.

  5. Hans

    06/09/2012 at 9:44 am

    Hi Chris,

    Interesting article.
    Did you try rascream ROM and Franco Kernel. At 1.5GHz with way better battery life than stock, this gave a second life to my GN.

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