What Makes The Nexus Line Of Android Smartphones Better Than The Rest?


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the Galaxy Nexus (previously known as the Nexus Prime). Take one look at its specs, and you can see why this phone is being considered the best Android phone of the year:

  • 4.65 inch Super AMOLED Plus display at 1280×720 (720p) resolution
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor that Ice Cream Sandwich was optimized for
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 5.0 MP camera capable of 1080p video capture and zero shutter lag
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

But as you know, technology moves fast. And this is especially true when it comes to smartphones. There has already been leaks suggesting Samsung will be coming out with a Galaxy S III next year that will sport a 1.8 GHz Exynos processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 4.65 inch 720p display, and a 12.0 megapixel camera.

We all know that a few months after the Galaxy Nexus is released an Android phone with better specs will most likely show up. It might be a little faster, have a little more RAM, or have a better camera. But will these small improvements make the phone better than the Nexus Galaxy? Unless the phone is sporting impressive specs similar to that of the Galaxy S3’s, the answer is no.

When you buy the Nexus smartphone you’re not just buying a phone with the best specs. You are getting much more than that. Here are some of the things you get with the Nexus that you just don’t get with any other Android phone:

The latest version of Android:

Sure, Google is making manufacturers promise to support their devices for at least 18 months after its release. But that doesn’t mean you’ll get the newest version of Android available on your phone. For example, when I got my Galaxy S it was running Android 2.1. Version 2.2 (Froyo) was out and Samsung confirmed that the Galaxy S would get it. But by the time Samsung actually updated the Galaxy S to Froyo, Gingerbread had already released. Not cool.

The phone developers test their apps on:

The Galaxy Nexus, and the older Nexus phones are the phones that major developers test their apps on. So how does this benefit you? Well, if you are running an app on the same phone that the developer was using when he created it, there is a good chance that everything will run smoothly and that there won’t be a whole lot of bugs.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve read a lot of app reviews in the Android Market where people complain that the app “force closes” or has another bug on a certain phone model. It’s not often you see someone complain about incompatibility when they have a Nexus.

No manufacturer bloatware:

Okay, I’ll admit it. Some of the manufacturer customizations can actually make the user experience better. But the keyword is some, not all. UI’s like Touchwiz, Sense, and Motoblur take up RAM. And that can really hinder your device’s performance. With how customizable Android is, I want to be the person who chooses which apps run on my phone. If I wanted whatever “value” manufacturers added to their phones, I’m sure there’s an app for that.


Mentioned earlier was the fact that the Nexus line will always get the newest version of Android, and how they get it right when the update becomes available. The obvious advantage of getting the latest version of the operating system is having the new features that come along with it. But the not so obvious advantage is how this affects the longevity of your phone.

A lot of people will get excited and buy a new phone, only to later to regret that they didn’t wait a just a few more months for the next “best” phone. But when you have a Nexus, you don’t really have such thoughts. Sure, a phone might come out with better specs that you wish your phone had. But the fact that you can still pit the Nexus S with its old single core processor against some of the new dual-core phones and still have it come out on top really shows you the value in getting a Nexus branded phone.


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David Rahimi is the editor-in-chief at PhoneBuff.com. Ever since he got his first smartphone, he has been obsessed with mobile technology and all that it has to offer. Other interests include business, investing, and neuroscience.