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#46 Yusuf M.

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 09:32

My main complaint is the speaker, it's much quieter than my iPhone 5. (Although I knew this before buying the phone, just about every review mentions it.) I also found that my headphones aren't fully supported: the volume buttons don't work, and it seems like the start/skip controls are extremely hit or miss. However, I'm using a Bose set that was apparently made for iOS, which should explain it. I'd imagine getting the same one but in a "generic" Android version should solve my issue.

 

Some of the design decisions of Android I find odd... For example, the top bar never says what carrier you are on. The only way you'd know is via the lock screen or settings... It's not really a big deal 99.9% of the time, but if you were to start roaming on another network, it might be nice at a glance to know which one you are on. I also don't really like the unread notifications leaving their icons in the top bar, though I imagine there are only so many ways to tell you when you have a notification. But these are things I just have to get used to.

You'll get used to it. It's easily noticed by you because of the recent switch you made from iOS. I've been very happy with my Nexus 5. The only issue I have with it is battery life but that's only when I use my device a lot. Otherwise, the battery life is great. You'll get Android L once it's released and you won't have to wait as long as HTC and Samsung users. That's the beauty of having a Nexus device. Fast updates that come straight from Google. There's no waiting time for the release to be tweaked or for your carrier to "test" it.

 

A lot of headphones/earphones that have the volume/skip buttons seem to be designed for iOS devices. I have Logitech headphones that don't work. And the iPhone/iPod earbuds with the mic only pause and play music.




#47 Eclipse77

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 09:44

I use this to boost my headphone and speaker volume. It works great!

 

https://play.google....mebooster&hl=en



#48 glen8

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 09:45

unfortunately after using google+ location services and life360, they are no match for apples find my friend

 

I'm also struggling with the keyboard....the accuracy is way out, and the prediction is very hit and miss.  Suppose i'll get used to it



#49 +Nexus18

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 09:45

 

My main complaint is the speaker, it's much quieter than my iPhone 5. (Although I knew this before buying the phone, just about every review mentions it.) I also found that my headphones aren't fully supported: the volume buttons don't work, and it seems like the start/skip controls are extremely hit or miss. However, I'm using a Bose set that was apparently made for iOS, which should explain it. I'd imagine getting the same one but in a "generic" Android version should solve my issue.

 

Some of the design decisions of Android I find odd... For example, the top bar never says what carrier you are on. The only way you'd know is via the lock screen or settings... It's not really a big deal 99.9% of the time, but if you were to start roaming on another network, it might be nice at a glance to know which one you are on. I also don't really like the unread notifications leaving their icons in the top bar, though I imagine there are only so many ways to tell you when you have a notification. But these are things I just have to get used to.

Yeah, I knew the speaker wasn't going to be great but it wasn't something that bothered me much anyway, quality etc. is more than fine for me, it has improved with updates as well, for the reviews, it was extremely quite.

 

Your carrier should also show at the bottom of the extended notification drawer i.e.

 

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As for un-read notifications, when you swipe down the top bar to show the above picture, either:

 

- swipe the notification to the right or left to remove it

 

or

 

- hit the button highlighted in the red circle (that will wipe them all away)

 

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unfortunately after using google+ location services and life360, they are no match for apples find my friend

 

I'm also struggling with the keyboard....the accuracy is way out, and the prediction is very hit and miss.  Suppose i'll get used to it

Should give swiftkey a try, very good keyboard, personally I prefer the stock android apps/keyboard though.


Edited by Nexus18, 03 July 2014 - 09:59.


#50 OP +Quillz

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 10:11

You'll get used to it. It's easily noticed by you because of the recent switch you made from iOS. I've been very happy with my Nexus 5. The only issue I have with it is battery life but that's only when I use my device a lot. Otherwise, the battery life is great. You'll get Android L once it's released and you won't have to wait as long as HTC and Samsung users. That's the beauty of having a Nexus device. Fast updates that come straight from Google. There's no waiting time for the release to be tweaked or for your carrier to "test" it.

 

A lot of headphones/earphones that have the volume/skip buttons seem to be designed for iOS devices. I have Logitech headphones that don't work. And the iPhone/iPod earbuds with the mic only pause and play music.

I bought the Nexus specifically because I wanted stock Android and updates that weren't being held ransom by the carrier. I'm a bit of a purist, I don't really like my OS being bogged down by tons of third-party modifications. It's why whenever I get a Windows PC, the first thing I always do is a clean install to get rid of all the bloatware.

 

Note that you can buy almost all major headphones in a generic/Android version. Amazon specifically is good about this, most headphones will have a so-called "i" version that is optimized for iOS.



#51 Yusuf M.

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 10:19

I bought the Nexus specifically because I wanted stock Android and updates that weren't being held ransom by the carrier. I'm a bit of a purist, I don't really like my OS being bogged down by tons of third-party modifications. It's why whenever I get a Windows PC, the first thing I always do is a clean install to get rid of all the bloatware.

 

Note that you can buy almost all major headphones in a generic/Android version. Amazon specifically is good about this, most headphones will have a so-called "i" version that is optimized for iOS.

That's the main reason I wanted the Nexus 5 too. Although I'm a patient person, I find it odd that carriers need so much time to 'test' an update. And I don't have the patience for companies like HTC and Samsung to bloatify Android. I know some people that own Galaxy devices and most of them have complained to me about their phones slowing down over time. You should see the look on their faces when they see how snappy my Nexus 5 is.

 

That's good to know. I'll keep that in mind when I shop for new headphones.



#52 OP +Quillz

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 10:22

My dad has a Galaxy S4 and it's insane. Out of the box, it has something like three different music players, tons of "S" apps that do the same thing as the stock Android apps, TouchWiz clashes with the look and feel of Holo, and the capacitive buttons are backwards from a standard Android setup. It has great internals, but Samsung should have just left well enough alone and shipped stock Android. Which I guess they are doing with the Google Play Edition, but it still has those backward buttons.



#53 glen8

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 10:35

 

 

 

Should give swiftkey a try, very good keyboard, personally I prefer the stock android apps/keyboard though.

 

 

swiftkey used to be good, and as a keyboard its great.  Unfortunately the latest version on kitkat is extremely buggy, and lags like hell on emoticons (esp hangouts).

They are aware of the problem, but refuse to fix it?


My dad has a Galaxy S4 and it's insane. Out of the box, it has something like three different music players, tons of "S" apps that do the same thing as the stock Android apps, TouchWiz clashes with the look and feel of Holo, and the capacitive buttons are backwards from a standard Android setup. It has great internals, but Samsung should have just left well enough alone and shipped stock Android. Which I guess they are doing with the Google Play Edition, but it still has those backward buttons.

 

Yep, the main problem with android phones in general.  Why these companies think their programmers are better than google is beyond me.



#54 glen8

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 10:39

Google are not blameless though

 

Why have messaging and hangouts together?  ditch one please

 

Why offer google currents in the play store when it's been replaced with play news?  I mean why even offer it as a download when you can't use it

 

fix hangouts!!!!!!

 

I get that android is open source which is why it ships with the android browser.  However everyone downloads chrome.....so why not just replace android browser with chrome.....in fact, just stick all the google apps on and have done with it.



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Posted 03 July 2014 - 10:45

Exactly the reasons I won't buy anything other than nexus devices from now on :)

 

Get updates straight away and "know" that you will, no waiting around for 4+ months just to hear "we are testing the update on a number of handsets to ensure that they run smoothly and are stable", in other words... "we are adding more bloat to our devices and deciding which devices to leave behind on an old version in order to sell our newer more expensive phones"

 

And no bloat from networks etc.

 

Despise touchwiz (disorganised, ugly, no unified feel at all, bloated big time, slow and laggy). The HTC sense skin is very nice though!

 

swiftkey used to be good, and as a keyboard its great.  Unfortunately the latest version on kitkat is extremely buggy, and lags like hell on emoticons (esp hangouts).

They are aware of the problem, but refuse to fix it?

Ah didn't know that! :(

 

I'm sure they will eventually fix/improve it.....

 

Swype is pretty good too, although last time I used it (about 4+ months ago), I found it to be slow and laggy as well.



#56 OP +Quillz

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 10:49

Google are not blameless though

 

Why have messaging and hangouts together?  ditch one please

 

Why offer google currents in the play store when it's been replaced with play news?  I mean why even offer it as a download when you can't use it

 

fix hangouts!!!!!!

 

I get that android is open source which is why it ships with the android browser.  However everyone downloads chrome.....so why not just replace android browser with chrome.....in fact, just stick all the google apps on and have done with it.

I thought they did that quite some time ago. My Nexus only has Chrome on it, I didn't download any other browser. It had Chrome out of the box.



#57 glen8

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 10:53

I thought they did that quite some time ago. My Nexus only has Chrome on it, I didn't download any other browser. It had Chrome out of the box.

 

Nexus roms are stock android with google apps installed afterwards (as part of the nexus rom)



#58 tsupersonic

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 12:01

Google are not blameless though

 

Why have messaging and hangouts together?  ditch one please

 

Why offer google currents in the play store when it's been replaced with play news?  I mean why even offer it as a download when you can't use it

 

fix hangouts!!!!!!

 

I get that android is open source which is why it ships with the android browser.  However everyone downloads chrome.....so why not just replace android browser with chrome.....in fact, just stick all the google apps on and have done with it.

The Nexus 5 does ship with just Hangouts, no messaging app. The integration of Hangouts and SMS/MMS messages is not complete. It leaves something to be desired. I used GoSMSPro since I needed the ability to have repeating notifications (nice when I'm on call).

 

Chrome is also the only browser included with the Nexus 5. You can download other browsers like Firefox after the fact, but there is no more AOSP browser. I actually prefered the AOSP browser, because it was very snappy. There are other good browsers on the Play Store, so plenty of good options which other mobile OS's don't really offer. 

 

Re: Swiftkey. I used to love Swiftkey prior to Android keyboard including swype like feature. Swiftkey was always slow on every device I have used. If you tap on a text field, there is some delay between the tap and the keyboard appearing. The stock Android keyboard is excellent - the swiping works really well, the predictions are great (close to Swiftkey), and it's fast!



#59 Fahim S.

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Posted 03 July 2014 - 20:58

Tap to go to the top of the window is the biggest feature I miss from iOS, it wouldn't be so bad if more apps had better scroll implementations though (Scroll bars aren't just for desktops!)


^^ this. It's amazing that Google haven't implemented such a vital feature.

#60 glen8

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 08:38

I've been using the Android L keyboard for the past two days.  Really like it