I’m very grateful that T-Mobile stepped up and helped me unbox the Nexus 4 live on YouTube today! Without the fine folks there, viewers would have been forced to watch me drool over the hardware in silence. Android 4.2: Snappiest / most buttery Android device I’ve used. I’m not just saying that either. You won’t believe this is an Android phone with the visible perf it’s pushing down the pike. Screen Feel: My fingers glide across the glass (I LOVE it); slightly less friction than iPhone 5. Screen Text: Clear — it’s very close to a Retina display, but not quite there in every instance (white text over a colored background shows a bit of fuzziness on the text edges). Still very nice. Screen Images: Vibrant, good representation of color. This is a great screen for media consumption. Chrome: Very smooth scroll, pinch-to-zoom drops frames. Enjoyable browsing. It still hates The Verge’s desktop site, though. Still Camera: Fine (undersaturated, noisy in low light), worse than iPhone 5. Moreover, I’ve seen plenty of purple flare with the lens — so all of those non-iPhone 5 owners people who whined about the flare on newer Apple hardware should be eating crow right […]
November 10, 2012by Chris Pirilloin Apple4 commentstags: ipad, nexus
And it doesn’t need to be, either. I really wish I wasn’t constantly asked to compare the two (which I will do), since each seems to be serving a different type of user. Is one better than the other? Yes. But not outright. One is a device that works “well enough” for $200, and the other is a device that works “well enough” at a different level for $329. Comparing hardware-to-hardware or software-to-software specifications is disingenuous, at best. One thing to keep in mind with either tablet: we’re no longer living in a world where individual devices are one-offs. A single product is designed to interoperate with others, coupled with a series of supported services. Which, then, works better within the construct of the other choices you’ve made?