08-28-2011 05:05 PM
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  1. meangreenstebo's Avatar
    I am thinking about getting a Nexus S 4G as it is free at Best Buy again for upgrades. I have been using an Epic for the past year and my wife got a Nexus S a couple of weeks ago. She likes it a lot but I haven't played with it too much. I keep reading about radio problems with the Nexus S but so far my wife hasn't experienced any reception issues or dropped calls.

    After living with your Nexus S for a while do you recommend it to others and would you buy it again? Do you have radio problems?

    Thanks in advance!
    I just got off the phone with Best Buy - they have a Free Phone Wednesday that runs from time to time - where upgrade and new customers are BOTH eligible for the free phone. This last Wednesday was a Free Phone Wednesday - it was a one day sale that ran in the ads and expired when they closed their doors that night. I bought my phone on Sunday and asked if they would price match from that one day and the girl said it would be up to the manager on duty. I might have to go up there and chew someone out this weekend. It pisses me off that I paid $100 bucks for something that was free three days later. For those of you wanting a great deal on this phone, don't get me wrong - $99 bucks is STILL a great deal. And Best Buy will buy your old phone from you. Now that I really think about it - I don't even know how they would give me a credit because I used the gift card that I got when I traded in the EVO. I am going to try though... 100 bucks is a 100 bucks anyway you think about it.
    08-19-2011 07:14 PM
  2. Paul627g's Avatar
    I will be taking my step into the Nexus S 4g this coming week. I'm coming from the Samsung Epic 4g and I'm actually very excited. At first I was a little hesitant due to not having a physical keyboard and a few other minor changes but then I started to think "long term".

    1. Nexus will continue to receive updates.
    2. It will most likely see ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) the next OS update in a few months.
    3. Its a developers phone so things are normally designed around this device first before anything else.
    4. It really is a great device, for the few hardware "goodies" it might not have verses other devices it does have one thing many others don't. The software and hardware are matched/optimized to work with each other at peak performance levels.
    5. If you root the Nexus your options are virtually endless! You can run AOSP, Cyanogen Mod 7 builds, Oxygen, MIUI and many other custom built ROMs. So you have basically the best of all worlds on one device for root junkies.

    This is my opinions from current knowledge and stuff I have read and researched and I can't wait to get my hands on the actual device this coming week
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    08-20-2011 09:45 AM
  3. Paul627g's Avatar
    Obviously a Nexus for $30 is more attractive than a Photon for $200. But imagine that these phones where the same price. Would you still choose a Nexus?

    Things that attract me to the photon:
    • Bigger screen
    • Visual Voicemail
    • Dual core
    • World phone
    • Has sprint apps - I like NASCAR
    • Bigger battery


    Things that attract me to the Nexus
    • Cheaper
    • Better looking (IMHO)
    • Google phone - hopefully quicker updates - wonder if google buying moto will have an impact here for photon...
    • More hackable


    I know this is a nexus forum, but I'm curious about Nexus owners opinions, and if the photon induces buyer's remorse.
    Just to comment on a few things you put up about the Photon verses the Nexus.

    World phone
    Has sprint apps - I like NASCAR
    Bigger battery
    1. World Phone, nice option but this only really benefits those who work/travel between countries. Not that its a useless option but isn't a big selling point in my opinion. Another reason I say this is, if my company wanted me to travel around the globe I would be think they should be able to afford a "company" phone for me to use that supports world capabilities and not have to use my own phone, but this is an entirely different subject and off topic

    2. Sprint Apps, Photon has them right out of the box. Nexus can receive these same apps easily by following the guide [How-To] Get Sprint Nascar, Football, Nav, TV on your NS4G

    3. Bigger Battery. The Photon should be sporting a bigger battery simply for the fact its a dual core which will be using up more battery verses a single core. I know there is much debate about this and they say dual core will eventually be optimized to run better battery than single cores but at the moment I don't believe the developers have harnesses this "code" or technology yet into the apps/OS to take advantage of this yet.

    So other than a bigger screen and visual voice mail I think the Nexus S stacks ups very well against the Photon.
    08-20-2011 09:57 AM
  4. Makinola's Avatar
    The Nexus is such a clean device in the way it works its a definite must buy if you want a true Android experience
    08-20-2011 11:07 AM
  5. mrpre5's Avatar
    Best device ever. All Google, no Sense crap or anything on top of android. Stock Android 2.3. No bloatware, only Google apps. Very fast. No waiting for Sprint updates, all updates will be from Google.

    Get it!

    The Photon is ugly. Motorola software is very ugly and laggy for a dual core phone. The Nexus S superamoled kills the Photons screen. Nexus has a better battery because it only has stock android and no overlay running in the background killing battery. The dual core is a gimmick. The Nexus S is comparable and right up there with most dual core phones. I'd say the SGS 2 is the only legitimate dual core phone.
    08-20-2011 11:53 AM
  6. wordweaver's Avatar
    I am thinking about getting a Nexus S 4G as it is free at Best Buy again for upgrades. I have been using an Epic for the past year and my wife got a Nexus S a couple of weeks ago. She likes it a lot but I haven't played with it too much. I keep reading about radio problems with the Nexus S but so far my wife hasn't experienced any reception issues or dropped calls.

    After living with your Nexus S for a while do you recommend it to others and would you buy it again? Do you have radio problems?

    Thanks in advance!
    I would certainly recommend the NS4G or recommend waiting for Prime As soon as Prime is released I will use the upgrade on my second line to get one. I love how streamlined and slick the NS4G is especially compared to Photon, which feels clunky and enormous to me. I have a 7 in Galaxy Tab, so if I need a bigger screen I can always defer to that one. I have had no problems with radio issues or anything like that. I can say that before the update, my wifi signals weren't as reliable. Since the update they seem fine.
    08-21-2011 12:51 AM
  7. Zorachus's Avatar
    Having owned the EVO 4G for a year, then the EVO-3D for a few weeks, which I returned for the Nexus-S 4G, I can say the Nexus is hands down my favorite of the three devices.

    Once rooted with a good ROM and kernel, get the Voodoo app running to tweak the colors on the screen, and holy cow, the screen is drop dead beautiful, very deep blacks, and bright colors, it looks amazing. I love the form factor, it fits in the hand perfectly, very lightweight, but still solid. And the size is just right, 4" is the sweet spot, 3.5" iPhone is too small, but 4.3" is almost border line too large ( actually the best screen size is 4.2" )

    With the Oxygen ROM, which is just a tweak of the pure stock OS the phone comes with, it is easily on par speed and smoothness with my EVO-3D, which has twice as better spec's, seriously the Nexus does feel faster than the EVO-3D. Dual Core is not ready for prime time yet on Android, it needs 4.0 "Ice Cream" to really be taken advantage of. Only future phone for me is the next Nexus, I have read on the forums even guys with the Galaxy S2 still like the Nexus better.
    08-21-2011 11:50 AM
  8. dullgeek's Avatar
    Thank you all for the advice, but when Photon went on sale for $100 today @ BestBuy, I couldn't pass it up. Hopefully it's the right decision. I have 30 days to decide.
    08-22-2011 08:54 PM
  9. wbkm85's Avatar
    only thing i have noticed is worse service, otherwise i love the phone. love the way it feels and looks and performs.

    one of the best i've ever used, ever. it's so nice not having all the sprint bloatware on it too. i came from the evo and that was full of it.
    08-25-2011 09:36 PM
  10. intheb0x's Avatar
    Thank you all for the advice, but when Photon went on sale for $100 today @ BestBuy, I couldn't pass it up. Hopefully it's the right decision. I have 30 days to decide.
    Be careful and read about best buys return policy, I heard its iffy.

    I just got the nexus for 30 at my sprint store.
    I love it.
    The sprint store guy said that he would avoid the evo3d the most and the photon the second and get the nexus over both of them.
    He said ppl are returning photons and 3ds often due to signal issues and other stuff.
    Only thing that angers me about sprints thirty day is if you exchange they don't "refresh" your thirty day trial period even if you opt to pay the 35 dollar restock fee.

    Only issues I have with the nexus is no visual voicemail, but ppl say you can use gvoice for vmail and vmail only.
    Other thing is no sd slot.
    But at only 30 dollars at sprint its the best phone for the money hands down.

    Sent from my Nexus S 4G using Tapatalk
    08-26-2011 05:04 PM
  11. its_miller_time's Avatar
    I got one last week when Best Buy had them for FREE!!! Coming from the EVO 4G, I love it. Sure, it has some quirks, but I find it much better, and that camera is absolutely amazing!
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    08-27-2011 07:26 PM
  12. dullgeek's Avatar
    Be careful and read about best buys return policy, I heard its iffy.
    Thanks, but I've exercised bestbuy's return policy before without any difficulty.
    08-28-2011 07:42 AM
  13. intheb0x's Avatar
    Thanks, but I've exercised bestbuy's return policy before without any difficulty.
    thats great to hear, ive heard some serious horror stories with them, but i seen the policy online.
    i dont think you will have any issues.

    i should of gotten my phone through them!

    Also and i seen the photon has the best radio out right now

    how are you liking your signal compared to the device u had before?

    much better?
    08-28-2011 04:14 PM
  14. dwaynewilliams#WN's Avatar
    only thing i have noticed is worse service, otherwise i love the phone. love the way it feels and looks and performs.'

    one of the best i've ever used, ever. it's so nice not having all the sprint bloatware on it too. i came from the evo and that was full of it.
    I agree with you on the service from Sprint. I don't know what is going on with their network, but it hasn't been as good lately. I've noticed the reception is poor on all of the phones on my account and they are of different brands.
    08-28-2011 05:05 PM
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