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(Review) ICS on Nexus S
I thought I'd give a quick point review for people who still haven't received the update. If you want to see the full version with all the details and screenshots, you can check it out on my blog, link below.
my original review
This is for T-Mobile's (US) version.
I'll go alphabetically with + for positive changes/features and - for negatives. # is just an overall view of the feature/app
# doesn't seem to be significantly better or worse. Need more time to find out.
# greatly improved - might be the biggest improvement in ICS
+ faster load times - not by a lot, but still...
+ easy to switch between tabs
+ bookmarks & tabs menus are completely redesigned.
+ scrolling is very smooth with full desktop sites - with a few exceptions, Android Central being one of them.
+ option to always load full sites instead of mobile, but...
- a lot of content appears on the left side of the page as in ready for you to zoom in on it, and...
- you have to toggle the option every time you load the browser
+ sync bookmarks with your Chrome browser - syncs everything, including folders in the same order as they appear on your desktop browser.
- bookmarks tab access is through the menu - I personally liked it right up front
- pop-up blocker doesn’t work that well - some pop-ups just take the whole screen and has to be closed manually.
# looks more like Windows Phone 7 calculator
+ smoother and faster
- still no advanced options like graphing
# redesigned with similar look to that of desktop Gmail (past weeks/days greyed-out, upcoming days & weeks are in white)
+ new zoom feature works/looks great - zooming out to see whole day's schedule, and in to see event details.
- a bit laggy switching between weeks
+ interface looks better - simpler, more "elegant"
+ time-lapse w. interval options (works well)
- panorama mode is mostly a gimmick (and takes too long to save shots) - camera doesn't actually focus, so shots come out blurry.
- indoor shots still suck - ok, so this is not an ICS issue...
# improved but still not as good as some other gallery/picture apps
+ overall layout is improved
+ no more of the half-assed 3D look - you get 4 rows of albums and they all sit flat.
+ seamless integration with Picasa - pictures from Picasa load instantaneously.
+ improved scrolling - scrolling is not as sensitive as it was in Gingerbread, but...
- laggy - it does lag if you have a lot of albums.
- still takes forever to load all your images - the first time loading lots of pics might take about 10 minutes.
- can’t exclude folders - if you have a lot of album-cover for your music, this can be a pain scrolling through all the album-covers just to get to the album you want.
# not a significant change
+ looks more like the desktop version
+ easy to copy text to clipboard
- icons might be too small for some
# it sucks! If you're into music, use any other music player.
+ lockscreen player (but ugly)
+ integrates with your Google Music service, but...
- streaming music consumes a crapload of data - about 7 or 8 albums can consume around 500mb of data!...and...
- music skips from time to time when streaming
- bloated and poorly-designed interface
+ very simplistic & easy to use
+ style - the overall look and feel is very nice, color scheme looks great
+ very smooth - minor lag flipping through widgets tab
+ creating folders is nice and simple - they look great also, no more of that boring folder icon
+ Android Market on top of the app drawer
- non-removable search bar on home screens - seriously...why?! There's a search button on the bottom!
# changes to the interface mostly
+ interface looks much cleaner and easier to use
+ directions work well (as far as I can tell)
# it's a contacts app...
+ pulls all contact info from gmail, phone contacts, Google+, Facebook (?)
+ nice design
+ easy to add contacts
- the color scheme looks like it belongs on Skype
# interface looks slicker
+ dialer interface looks better with bigger buttons and ICS color theme
+ in-call interface completely redesigned, looks better, but...
- might take some time to get use to
Videos app & support
# new built-in app
+ stock video app looks slick
- but why red color - they should've stock with the dark grey & neon blue color scheme
- still no support for mkv, avi, flv files
- can’t play full HD mp4 vids
- renting movies takes you to the Market - might as well just go to the Market...
- really ****** useless (get MX Video Player)
+ ability to disable any app (even system apps) - not all can be disabled
+ mobile data management - can completely disable data-hogging apps. Set data warning limits and data shut-off limits.
+ keyboard haptic feedback is improved - it's not as "strong" as it is in Gingerbread.
+ easier to uninstall apps - when moving apps from app drawer you get an Uninstall menu on top
+ the new recent apps/task manager looks good, but...
- killing tasks is a bit laggy
+ flicking away notifications is a nice touch, works well.
+ screenshot feature works great
- language selection on the keyboard is unintuitive - instead of swiping left or right you have to hold the spacebar and select the language from the menu.
- ok and cancel boxes are flipped - this is annoying, especially after a year of pressing OK on the left side, now you hit cancel all the time.
- auto-brightness is glitchy - sometimes screen goes very dark like going into sleep while still being used
- can’t turn on GPS without also turning on location data collection - yes, I'm a bit more paranoid after the whole Carrier IQ fiasco.
Thoughts, questions, suggestions are much appreciated.