I’ve been putting off an update on my use of the Android device known as the Nexus 4. I’ve done a couple of things of major note in the past couple of weeks, not the least of which has been signing a lease for a nice house that is slowly becoming a bachelor pad for me and a couple of roommates.
That being said, I’m pretty sure that I’ll have to wait until the iOS 7 operating system gets a few upgrades before I return to the iPhone 4S I have.
Android 4.2 has been a pretty eye-opening experience, and not because I can put derpy little widgets on the screen, but because of the device I’m using. The larger screen is something that I’ve quickly grown accustomed to and I’m not sure I can ever use a phone without the haptic-response feature of the keyboard.
The apps that I use on a daily basis aren’t anything that is exclusive to the Android operating system over iOS. While Android fragmentation might be a major concern for users who pick up devices without the Google experience branding and promotion on them, I don’t think i could use a phone without a stock Android experience because I am pretty opposed to the thought of bloatware almost entirely.
Perhaps other Android phones are better with regards to their hardware performance and quality, but I like the Nexus 4 just fine. It is simple enough to perform what tasks I require from the device admirably enough and without straining to do so.
The iPhone 4S I have showed plenty of signs of being too slow for the unoptimized and unfinished iOS7. In the interest of not disclosing more than what’s necessary for this post, let’s just say that I could easily describe my hardware as straining to keep up with the cool new functionality of the operating system’s seemingly simplified actions and graphics.
Not so with the Nexus 4. The only strain that I’ve noticed is how layering nearly-live radar data with a map layer takes the device to the ragged edge of single-digit frame-per-second performance when trying to reposition the map.
And if that’s the only real drawback, I think that it’s something I can deal with until something prompts me to switch back to the iOS ecosystem.
SIM cards are wonderful things, most times.