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Someone really likes the Galaxy Nexus

Discussion in 'Mobile Phones / Entertainment' started by Hanson, Nov 17, 2011.

  1. Hanson

    Hanson Well-Known Member

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    The Verge Galaxy Nexus review by Josh Topolosky


    First off, Josh debunks some of the hysteria and FUD over the pentile matrix screen and "subtle lagginess":



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    Josh gives high marks for ICS, and notes that the keyboard, gmail, and calendar apps are top notch. The new gestures and design interfaces also get high marks (the software subscore was given a 10 rating). He especially liked the browser:



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    The only area where the Galaxy Nexus isn't top of the line is the camera, which is good but not on the level of the iPhone 4S:


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    I can't wait to see what's coming in for Sprint when they move to LTE.
     
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    Well, duh. More pixels better than fewer pixels. It says nothing about how it compares to non-Pentile displays. Worse, it implies that there may be lower res Pentile screens that are better than this uber-display.



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    That is, PenTile screen has PenTile weaknesses....



    I think the advent of 1280x720 four-inch screens is a big deal. Current Android phones that merely have bigger pixels (bigger screen, lower res than iPhone) don't interest me. But getting to the next obvious level ~300 ppi screens at 4.x" is potentially very cool. I've not seen a recent-vintage OLED screen in person, and certainly not this one, so can't really say anything besides snarking at hastily written review silliness :) It will be interesting to see how it's reviewed in the coming weeks the usual suspects.
     
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    I believe Josh's equivocation about "most lower resolution pentile displays" refers to judgement that it's far superior. Far superior to most, merely superior or better to a select few. As the Galaxy Nexus is the only 720p pentile display, there is nothing to compare it to directly. LG will be releasing a 720p RGB stripe LCD display in it's newest Android phone -- we'll see how the displays stack up. Incidentally, that's 4.3" 720p LCD display with a ppi of 342 on the LG phone. That's higher than the Retina display (although not by much).

    As for the streaking in solid gray backgrounds, I see that on my display, but only when I'm using remote desktop. The Epic Touch has a 480p SAMOLED Plus display that's RGB stripe, so that may be a SAMOLED thing rather than a pentile thing.
     
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    Yes. Getting to 1280x720 on a 4.x" screen gets the screen in the same regime as the iPhone (perhaps more or less depending on that .x :) ) Doing that with a full res LCD screen is a terrific idea.


    The streaking as described I understood as the pentile effect on straight lines, but perhaps not, as you describe.





    If the best example of improved usability is clearing the browser cache...in 18 months of iPhone usage I don't think I've ever cleared the browser cache. I've never had my wife or friend ask me, "How do I clear the browser cache?" That's not on my list of UX concerns I hope to see addressed on the iPhone -- or any other smartphone system.



    I generally like Topolsky's work, so I don't know if that's a sign of a rushed review, a too geek-focused article, or indicates the gulf between Android fans and normal people.



    It sounds like this phone basically has it all together. The hardware is fast enough to power the new OS, and it all works smoothly. Camera might be an unfortunate cost-saving measure in an otherwise flagship device. We can quibble over AMOLED vs LCD details, but they're finally past touting ever larger pixels and into an exciting new class of screen.
     
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    One of the reasons the manufacturers are moving to OLED screens is the Thinness War that's being waged in the market. Because of the need for an LCD panel and backlighting, you cannot achieve 7mm thickness like the Razr without going to OLED. Their choice (or limited choice) of the pentile qHD screen is one of the poorest reviewed features of that unit, although that's relative, since there are a lot of owners who think it looks great.
     

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