Hi. My name is Adam Saunders and I live in the world of 1's and 0's. This is my tiny contribution the vastness of internet information. It's just an opinion and should you have your own, please comment it!
Should I go for the Galaxy Nexus? In this article I will talk about the pros and cons of the new Nexus device and whether I should replace my Nexus One with the latest Nexus release..
I have to say that I'm absolutely LOVING MIUI (miuiandroid.com/) on my Nexus One. It's a really slick interface where I just haven't had to download and install replacements components such as dialers and contact managers (even browsers) because it all works together so well. It's a very productive ROM, and looks so slick too.
Android 4.0 - Ice Cream Sandwich has now been announced and the one of the key features is the unification (finally) of the interface. I.e. the way the device works should be far more consistent than it ever was before. Though this isn't exactly hard. Android has always felt quite segregated in the past.
I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the Android 4.0 and seeing if the move away from MIUI is going to leave me home sick. Watch this space!
I thought I'd try and post a blog via my new transformer. Managed to get the one with the keyboard and have to say its VERY good indeed. There still needs to be some better support for Tablets with the existing applications in the market. I'm sure that will change a lot over the coming year.
I've been waiting for ages for version 7 of the incredibly brilliant CyanogenMod (a community built version of Android mobile platform with plenty of extra bells and whistles that you love your phone to have).
Around 3 weeks ago I started to download the nightly version of CM7 just so that I could have a feel of what gingerbread (version 2.3 of Android) would be like. I really like it, but the stability of the builds were not great in specific areas. Generally it was sound and was immediately using is as part of my daily mobile phone, but the dialer and few other parts would be problematic. The thing is, it wasn't really the fault of CM7 (ish). They were trying to get gingerbread out very early using the same Android build that the Nexus S (first phone to officially support gingerbread, made by samsung) and fit that on older devices.
Every update I'd be hoping that someone would have figured out the issues, but it wasn't the case, and there was even an application called Dewonkificator that was created by someone in the community to continually restart a service to patch the issue. That worked, but its certianly no final fixture.
Well a few days ago Google finally released Andoird 2.3.3 which had Nexus One support which the CM team promptly included in their Release Candidate build. I installed that today and what a difference it has made. Completely stable, super fast, tons of options and the phone once again feels like a brand new device.
I think the Nexus One has been the best investment in mobile technology I've ever made. Over the last 2 years I've had it, it feels like I've recieved about 5 new devices. And this is all down to the strong community side of Android, and especially the CyanogenMod team!
Now I have to start to contemplate whether I should invest in a Xoom tablet. It's still not a tablet like I have as my PC tablet, but I'll certianly be looking closely at the device. The IPad 2 does look and sound good, but I don't have any Apple technologies and it simply couldn't fit into the way I work... totally untethered. I've noticed that Apple are trying to defend their ground with the only real strength the ipad has, which is how many apps they have for the iPad than the totally new honeycomb has, but look how that has quickly gone ahush with the mobile phone versions of each platform. I doubt I'm the only one seeing that this will be a short lived fact, and these devices are large longer term investments. Whats most to note here is that the fact that Apple are trying to highlight these things means their are very concerned.
I'm VERY much looking forward to April the 16th and 17th as it's the first Chillax LAN party. I've been wanting to set up a LAN party for ages and has been a hot topic for months, perhaps even years with friends.
What I wasn't expecting was to be able to find the perfect location to host one. Chillax is being held in a data center which means that it has direct connectivity to the gaming servers which won't have to be moved about as per a normal LAN event. The networking infrastructure is already in place with Gigs of bandwidth, and there not just a back up power unit but three different ones.
The difference between this LAN event and others is that Chillax is all about the social aspects of gaming rather than the competitive tournament nature that many have. It's a time to chill out with gaming, beers, pizzas, BBQs and great friends, new and old!
Some more info: www.chillax.org.uk
I'm hoping this will attract a much wider audience where people would usually feel somewhat out of their depth at a typical LAN event. So it's open to everyone of all ages and runs the entire weekend including through the night.
Should be a weekend to remember!!
I'm only writing this because I've been asked about tablets a fair bit recently, and people always ask, "do you have an iPad?"
Quite simply, they are a touch screen media device that doesn't behave like a tablet in my opinion. One of the most important aspects of a tablet is the way it can become digital paper. This means it needs more precise tools such as a digital pen to make it a worthy tablet.
I've been contemplating these new tablets and even being a huge fan and advocate of the Android platform, I'm struggling to see a reason to get one except for a slightly nicer web experience than my phone, and that isn't problematic on the Nexus One anyway. With all the hullabaloo about the Tablet PC experience not being finger friendly I think the main point is missed.. For business, I need to draw stuff like this...
I do like the idea that these new tablets are sleek, have long battery life and handle media well, but without any real practical purpose beyond all the devices I already have around me, any contemplation of getting one would be simply be a total waste of money that could be spent one something that actually does the job.
So what does the job? In my case the HP convertable tablet notepad has been a prized tool for the type of work I do.. It does all the things the iPad's and other "tablets" do, but so much more!
You never know with these things if its just a rumour of if its something real, but there does seem to be some pretty positive talk about Samsung showing off the next "Nexus Two" that will have Gingerbread on it on the 8th November. That isn't long away, and Samsung do have a conference on that day, and they have sent invites out saying that they will be unveiling a new device. What is more is that Google have also added the Gingerbread man to their front lawn to sit aside the previous desert based sculptures that represent each of the main Android versions. They only do this when the version is imminent. Gingerbread is looking likely to be version 2.3 with Honeycomb (probably something to expect at the first or second quarter of next year) will be version 3.0.
What I like about this is that Google have managed to keep all the details regarding Gingerbread behind closed doors much like Apple do with their software. Why I like this is that it stirs more interest as speculations come around which in turn should drive interest in the platform in general. I want Android interest to grow as I'm much more interested in Android development than I am iOS development.
I currently own a Nexus One, and have to say it's absolutely brilliant! Because it is a "Nexus" and has the core Android platform direct from the kitchens of Google, it has become the most widely supported device amongst the Android communities. For example every iteration of Cyanogen Mod that gets released, such as the recent version 6.1, it feels like I have a brand new phone. Quite simply, the Nexus One was the best investment in a mobile phone I have EVER made by a LONG LONG way.
This incredible support by the trio of platform provider (Google), hardware provider (HTC) and the open source community has proven they are a recipe for total success. Everyone wins, especially the consumer!
And for this reason I have a huge amount of interest in this new phone. It's based on Samsungs current Galaxy S phone, but the fact that it wouldn't have all the Samsung branded Android components (if the rumours ARE true), that it comes with an awesome super AMOLED screen, and the design looks insanely thin as well as the processing capability being outstanding, means this could be one hell of a tasty device.
The other rumour is that it would be available at Car Phone Warehouse here in the UK almost immediately. This means that it will be available across all the mobile providers and it won't get any of the provider crapware installed on it!
But like with all things like this, its a matter of "wait and see". It might just be another new Android mobile by Samsung that is just like the others in their line of Android devices. Here's to hoping for a "Nexus Two"!
UPDATE: It seems that the rumours are indeed all rubbish. Samsung have denied they are announcing a Nexus Two or "Nexus S" and are in face going to announce a dual screen phone. A concept where a smaller screen below the base of the main display can show the clock, notification icons and weather using less power than switching on the full display.
UPDATE2: Nexus S it is then! Beautiful phone too!
I while ago I posted a list of apps that I had installed on my Nexus One to give an idea of the sorts of apps that I like or I thought were very cool.
Well, a lot has changed since then, and there are loads of amazing applications that you can get on the Android that simply aren't on any other platform thanks to it's openness.
Here is my current list thanks to AppBrain:
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