I went to trade in for a Nexus and got slapped in the face!
12-20-2011 04:27 PM
- Well, I just got back from my local Verizon store. My intent was to check out the new Nexus and, admittedly, probably trade in my Rezound for it.
Did that trade take place? NOPE.
<slap> The Nexus is a cheap feeling, plastic phone. The screen appears to be considerably less vibrant than the Rezound. Ice Cream Sandwich was awkward (although I credit that to my not being used to it). The worst part? The phone fell apart in my hand!
While playing with the phone, the back cover snapped off. It could have been from the pull of the security cable but I was lessening the tension by holding the cable in my hand while I held the phone. It was difficult to get the flimsy plastic back plate reattached to the phone. Once I did and handed the phone to the next spectator, the back popped off again. This pretty much sealed the phone's fate for me. I pulled my Rezound out of my pocket and appreciated its solid build even more.
There was so much hype surrounding this phone that I am disappointed and shocked by the poor build quality. The Razor and Rezound put the Nexus to shame when it comes to the quality of the hardware. $300 is a rip off for this phone when all it really has to offer is ICS. Unfortunately, it wraps ICS in the cheapest build I have ever felt in a phone.
My advice... stick with the Rezound!12-15-2011 02:38 PM
- What? My nexus farts unicorn rainbows with infinite battery life, yours must be a dud?
Did anyone think the build quality would really be different than any other plasticy samsung? It's surprising. Because even though i didn't like the build quality of the charge, i thought it felt alright in the hand. the nexus' back keeps falling off. And i've made sure all the tabs are pushed in and everything so it shouldn't be happening at all. This...is just crappy build quality
Be happy with your Rezound. I'm still trying to convince my girlfriend to keep the nexus i got her. She's been waiting for 2 months to get this phone and all she's been saying for the past few hours is how jealous she is of my rezound. I think i might've made a mistake12-15-2011 02:49 PM
- DovahkiinOne Man WolfpackWhat bothers me regarding the build quality is the apologists. It was a shame when other Samsung phones were too plasticky and the radios were poor. Suddenly, this plastic and cheap feel translates to "light and sleek."
No, no it doesn't. Why can't phones be judged by the same standards?
I remember the "durability" test on Droid-Life between a Razr and the GSM Nexus. The Razr was being slammed and shot at, and the Nexus was being gently tumbled down carpeted stairs. It's getting ridiculous.12-15-2011 04:41 PM
- What bothers me regarding the build quality is the apologists. It was a shame when other Samsung phones were too plasticky and the radios were poor. Suddenly, this plastic and cheap feel translates to "light and sleek."
No, no it doesn't. Why can't phones be judged by the same standards?
I remember the "durability" test on Droid-Life between a Razr and the GSM Nexus. The Razr was being slammed and shot at, and the Nexus was being gently tumbled down carpeted stairs. It's getting ridiculous.12-15-2011 05:56 PM
- Heh... I've dropped my Rezound prolly a good dozen times. Today being the worst as I felt it slipping from my hands at waist height and subsequently juggled it up to chest height before dropping to concrete.
No damage. True continuing to drop it will lead me to making an insurance claim. But the build quality is easily on par with all my past Motos, which have gone thru Hades.
Sent from my ADR6425LVW using Tapatalk12-15-2011 06:22 PM
- I had a similar experience today as well in the VZ store, but I don't blame the back snapping off because of a cheap build, it just does not like a suction cup in the middle of it with a security cable attached to it and being tugged on... the regular consumer is not going to have this happen, it's not the real world. Found the phone to be nice and light, quick and responsive, but not enough to trade out my HTC yet, but I think HTC can build a better phone then the Rezound...12-15-2011 06:36 PM
All phones have thier problems, we each choose the problems we want to work with. How is that HTC battery life?
Did I make my point?
Edit: As far as build quality goes, my fassy is 15 months old, never seen a case and still looks great. I gues the build quality is good after all.12-15-2011 06:43 PM
- I had a similar experience today as well in the VZ store, but I don't blame the back snapping off because of a cheap build, it just does not like a suction cup in the middle of it with a security cable attached to it and being tugged on... the regular consumer is not going to have this happen, it's not the real world. Found the phone to be nice and light, quick and responsive, but not enough to trade out my HTC yet, but I think HTC can build a better phone then the Rezound...
A lot of people disagree though and bought it!
...Sent from my Tab12-15-2011 06:47 PM
- I got the rezound for my wife today i already had gsm nexus for a week or so and i also have the razr for my work phone . maybe the back falling off is a verizone thing but mine hasnt fell off yet on the gsm version .... further more the build quality is about the same to me on the nexus and the rezound neither is as good as the razr but they didnt feel overly cheap ether .... dont get me wronge the rezound is defintinetly a great phone but its not head and shoulders above the razr or the nexus.12-15-2011 06:51 PM
- I couldn't wait for the GNex to be released. Finally picked up a Rezound on Nov 17 with every intention of trading for the GNex once released. I fell in love with my Rezound, but i figured I owed it to myself to check out the GNex today. I am so happy that the GNex release was delayed and I picked up this Rezound. It is the best phone I have ever used, and ICS will be along soon enough...
My battery life is great BTW! And let me know how you like being limited to voice OR data when you hit a 3G area with your Nexus...
Sent from my ADR6425LVW using Tapatalk12-15-2011 06:51 PM
- Did anyone think the build quality would really be different than any other plasticy samsung? It's surprising. Because even though i didn't like the build quality of the charge, i thought it felt alright in the hand. the nexus' back keeps falling off. And i've made sure all the tabs are pushed in and everything so it shouldn't be happening at all.12-15-2011 06:55 PM
- After being confused as like a lot of us here, I went to the Verizon store today for the same transaction.
I put the two phones next to each other, compared themside by side for about 5 minutes, put my Rezound back into my pocket and walked out.
-The GN felt like a toy compared to the Rezound. I do agree with the previous posts about the GN's disappointing quality.
-The Rezound appeared to work slightly swifter than the GN, although both were very impressive.
-Not only was the Rezounds' screen brighter and noticeably more clear, but the GN's screen size is very crafty. The overall size is larger as advertised, however when you put the two together, you will notice that the actual size of the working portion of the actual GN screen is almost the same size. Without measuring, the GN's screen was approx, 1/16 taller and conservatively MAYBE 1/32 wider. The GN has a lot of wasted black screen space, approx 1/2 inch top and bottom.
In my humble opinion, once my Rezound gets Ice Cream dropped on it, it will be a much better user experience than any GN, and for this I wait...12-15-2011 06:59 PM
Note this is all in the spirit of conversation, no ill will is involved, just conversation.12-15-2011 07:00 PM
- You made a point. The phone does not have to be heavy and bulky to have good build quality. The Evo and Incredible are light phones and are made much better than most Samsung phones. My daughter just got a Galaxy SII yesterday and my wife's first words were wow this phone is made so cheaply. About the battery life, I will bet you that I get much better battery life on my Incredible than you do on your Fascinate. I am a heavy user and average 2 days on a standard battery.12-15-2011 07:16 PM
- JohnlyRetired ModeratorThe display model at VZW never has the back cover of the GN on fully because the cable impedes the cover from seating correctly. That has zero to with quality. For as light and thin as an LTE device gets, the phone doesnt flex. That is important. I ponied up 35 bucks for this device and 2 weeks. So far, hours later, the phone continues to impress. I love my iphone 4s, and i think it is superior to android; however, it is SOOOOooooooooo boring, hence smooth. I passed on the resound, never even.considered it. Maybe I will take a look at one if this Nexus isnt rad and fun...12-15-2011 07:18 PM
- There is no bigger Nexus fan then I, owned both previous phones. After my last Samsung Nexus I was hoping the next Nexus would be a HTC product. I understand that Samsung makes fantastic Software but that is where it ends. The hardware is less then what I expect from a Google Nexus. The Nexus One, which I still own, both T-Mobile and AT&T models with all the options was IMO the best Nexus of them all simply because it was the phone of the times. The hardware IMO is a very important feature of any great phone and this new Nexus falls flat n this respect. The only great feature is the display, that's it. I think I will buy either the Resound or the Razr and very soon we will be flashing ICS on what I think is a much better built phone. How the hell can a great company that has a product that everyone is dying to get their hands on let what I think is a 2nd rate piece of hardware be called their greatest phone .Maybe next year, I ing hate having to even say this next year , it should be this year, no ing excuse for cheap hardware. There are too many great devices to choose from. It is not that ing hard to put together a great built phone and some bad *** software. Google has the software so why put it in a plastic shell with less then stellar specks?? The lack of sd card and the overall build quality and I think that 4.3 inches is what I call the perfect size screen may keep me from buying this phone. Just my opinion.12-15-2011 07:50 PM
- its crazy how people are calling the G-Nex crap cuz of the battery door "falling off" when the way it is set up in the store is EXCATLY how it was meant to be removed. all the galaxy s2 phones are made this way and if you went to any other store that had this you would see that its just how the phone is mounted. sorry you guys cant grasp that and are settling for another phone because of that. i personaly love the feel of samsung phones and think the build quality is great. I mean jst for that fact that you can remove the buttons to get more screen is such a huge plus and an innovative move by samsung, which i dont think is a sign of a "cheap" or "poor" build.12-15-2011 08:11 PM
- Um... removable "soft" buttons are part of Ice Cream Sandwich, not specific to Samsung or the Gnex...and ICS will not show the buttons on any phone with older capacitive buttons so really you won't lose screen space showing duplicate buttons. ICS hides the soft buttons for video content so yes you get that .35" back then but otherwise it's still about 4.3".
And I hope the Google search bar on the top of ICS screens is customizable to go away....about 1/4 to 1/2 inch of screen space lost there too when it pops up.12-15-2011 08:23 PM
- why do we debate this stuff?
To each his own.
I went in and picked up the nexus and it felt cheap. really cheap. screen pushed in easy etc.
The rezound albeit boring seems more solid, but the guys at best buy told me it's just the dummy model and the screen is a piece of cheap plastic.
I think it's great that we have all these choices and should be happy with the evolution of the OS and devices.12-15-2011 08:40 PM
- Samsung backs do not fall off by themselves (my wife has a Droid Charge). I was in the Verizon store today, and when I picked up the Nexus - the cable spring was tight enough that it caused the back to "flex".
Note, when a flat plate flexes into a dome, the sides NARROW. This created a separation between the back and the frame - a completely unnatural deformation of the back plate.
It was not designed to withstand being sucked off by a vacuum cleaner!
It never fell off while I was using it, but it was because I felt the tension and held my hand behind it. I saw somebody come in after me, grab it by the edge and jerk it up. Yup, vacuum-spring-cable sucked the back off.
Meanwhile, it is only slightly longer, and the same width, as my wife's Charge.
I'm still getting used to carrying a "Pop-Tart" in my pocket, compared to my "feature-phone" (about the size of 2 boxes of matches, with a 18-day standby battery)...12-15-2011 08:54 PM
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