Hello everyone, i was really hoping if you could help me decide. I have always been a Nexus fan, however i have never managed to get my hands on one, but i have an android device nevertheless. So this new years i will be going to buy a new device, because my current 2 year old android is running out of steam, and i have a choice between the Galaxy Nexus(previous to the Nexus 4) and the Nokia Lumia 920. I cant decide what to get, since i live in Kenya the pricing on these two devices are identical atm, so that doesn't help, although android has a lot more apps, i don't use many, and the ones i use and need the most are all available on the Lumia, so that doesn't help either, and they are both in very similar hardware specs so that doesn't decide for me either. I am completely lost right now, at first i though nothing will change my mind about the Nexus but the Lumia has brought up a big fight and i am hoping you'll be able to help me. Thanks.
Answer by JordanV · Dec 30, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Have you invested a lot into Android? If yes, stay with Android, if not, go on.
Do you rely heavily on Google's service's, Gmail, Google Calendar, GDrive, etc.? If yes, stay with Android.
Do you rely on Microsoft service's like Outlook, Office, and Xbox? If yes then go with the Lumia.
I really cannot prefer either device for you since you are the only one who will really know what is best for you. I can however go over the phones. The GNex is a great phone, I am an owner of one, and I would personally recommend it to anyone. That said, it is a device that is already a year old. I have not seen too many videos about the 920 yet but from what I hear it is an overall great product with very few flaws. Maybe you should try one for yourself? They are both extremely capable devices that will no doubt work exceedingly well.
The question that you should ask yourself is which device of the two will best integrate into your life.
Answer by isaevi · Dec 30, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Well, to be honest i don't rely on Google's services heavily at all, because i only use Google+ and Gmail, and both of those i access on my laptop not on my device. As for Microsoft, i really have no services of theirs that i use, apart from maybe getting some work done through Word, but that's pretty much it, so what i'm trying to point out is that the OS or the "Family" that each device is in does not decide it for me. You are right that this is more of a personal decision, but i really would like to hear what other people say before i decide, especially because the Lumia has far more superior specs to that of the Nexus, but a Nexus is a Nexus and it really hard to walk away from one.
Answer by JordanV · Dec 30, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Well the Lumia 920 offers a smoother experience and the Windows Phone 8 UI with the Live Tiles and everything. It definitely has a better camera, and it has a better build quality. It is made out of polycarbonate plastic, with a large screen on top. It uses Nokia's ClearBlack Technology. It is very responsive from what I have seen.
That said, the Windows Phone Store is still a bit lacking, even though that shouldn't persuade you from choosing the OS. There is very little customization on the OS, and you have to go by Microsoft's way of doing things.
Also, I don't know how Microsoft handles updates for Windows Phone 8. I heard its supposed to be quick and easy, but I have heard stories of long waits for updates that were important.
And Google also won't be making any apps for Windows Phone 8 as of this point. So if you want to check Gmail or Google+, you would need to do that either in the browser or on your desktop.
The Nexus on the other hand is Google's phone. IT has a large selection of apps available for it. It is the go-to developer phone. A lot of times, when you look at the pictures of an app, the developer has a Nexus device shown. Most apps work with Nexus devices.
It has a 4.65" Super AMOLED HD Screen with 720p resolution. I can tell you since I own one, it is one of the best looking screens on a phone. It won't match with an SIII, but it is good. It has very vibrant colors and deep dark blacks. The camera is adequate, can take pictures fine, but it could have been much better. The build quality is like any other Samsung phone, made out of light plastic. It feels durable, but it doesn't give off a premium feel, like I'm sure the Lumia would.
Since it is a Nexus device, you get the latest and greatest stock Android without the need of waiting for updates. Once the update goes out, it is pushed to the phone. The phone is overall a smooth experience, but it stutters occasionally here and there, enough to be bothersome, especially if you have a lot of apps or widgets installed.
Of course you get the Play Store which is filled with a low of applications to choose from if you ever need some apps, and pretty much most of the popular apps could be found and installed for the Nexus.
I hope this helps a bit more. My opinion, if overall features are more important, go with the Nexus. If overall smoothness is important, go with the Lumia.
Also, this should be mentioned, but if you have a Windows 8 PC, or are planning to get one, the Windows Phone 8 device and Windows 8 PC should work together in harmony of each other, syncing with one another.
Answer by isaevi · Dec 30, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Well, i really think that all the points made are superb, and you are right the Lumia is a brick of a phone it is durable and really feels like a giant in your hands and that's what i like.
Right now, i have a Galaxy device it is a Galaxy Ace(2 years old now) and i do a lot of development work on it, it is even running 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on it, courtesy of CyanogenMod Team, however i am sick and tired of it, the processor is to slow the display is horrible the camera is ok but not decent, half the apps are incompatible and the apps i use most of the time lag like crazy, so definatelly i need an upgrade now.
The thing with apps and updates, the only apps i use/need are Instagram, Twiiter, Facebook, Google Search and Youtube, and 4/5 of those apps are available for the windows phone 8 so that app choice does not sway my decision. As for updates, well im happy to have my phone always updated with the latest software, but if my current one works perfectly then i am happy to wait as much time as needed for the update.
Going back to the build of the phones, my Galaxy has the exact same build as the Nexus, Gorilla Glass up front, plastic on the sides and back, after dropping it a few times scratches and the back cover does become loose and well without a case on it it just feels i don't know, cheap. As for the Lumia, i heard it has a HD+ 1280x768 display of PPI 332, which is an amazing display and even though its only 4.5" i think that just a perfect size, and since as you said it is made out of a single piece of plastic theoretically, it does feel like a solid brick.
So i think, here the decision does come down to Google or Microsoft, maybe i should rename this question to that, because the phones seem almost identical.
Answer by JordanV · Dec 30, 2012 at 06:22 AM
Well I wouldn't say that the phones are almost identical, the actual hardware of the Lumia far beats the Galaxy Nexus' in my opinion. It has a faster processor, better camera, and a great body.
The display on the Galaxy Nexus is 720p display with a pixel density of 316 PPI, so not far off of that of the Lumia. And since the Nexus has software keys instead of capacitive like the Lumia, the viewing size of the display is actually more around 4.5" like the Lumia.
But yeah, the decision is mostly about Google or Microsoft, which ecosystem you want to buy into. Google provides excellent services while Microsoft offers an entirely new UI that really separates itself from iOS and Android.
Oh, and because you mentioned the apps that you use, only Twitter, Facebook, and Google Search are available on Windows Phone. An "official" Instagram app has not yet been released, and with YouTube, as I said before, Google isn't developing any apps for Windows Phone. You will have to use IE if you plan to use those.
Just remember though, as Chris would say, you are no longer buying just a device, but you are buying into an experience! ;-)
Answer by catchatyou · Dec 31, 2012 at 02:27 AM
I personally would purchase the Lumia 920 over the Nexus. I don't think that Android gives a very well polished user experience compared to Windows Phone 7. I personally believe that the Lumia 920 is built better than the Nexus, and the Lumia 920 will be more rewarding to own two years from now.
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