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Posted Jun 29, 2012 4:48 UTC (Fri) by mastro (subscriber, #72665)
I apologize if the following sounds like FUD (and I admit I don't have proof) but I would also suggest to avoid buying a Galaxy Nexus from sources other than Google, since I've heard rumors that there are small hardware variations and some get their updates sooner than others.
Buying it directly from Google offers some hope for timely updates:
You can also find the (small) tablet, Nexus 7, at: https://www.google.com/nexus
Posted Jun 29, 2012 11:08 UTC (Fri) by cesarb (subscriber, #6266)
Other than the GSM (maguro) versus CDMA (toro), I did not hear anything about hardware variations, only software. The Google software variant for GSM (yakju) is the one which updates quickest; the others (yakju followed by two letters) update slower, and some of them did not update from 4.0.2 to 4.0.4 yet (for instance, the yakjuvs which is the variant sold here in Brazil).
But as long as you have the GSM hardware (maguro), you can unlock the bootloader (a simple command from Linux, erases all data on the device for privacy reasons) and flash the standard "yakju" variant. It is not officially supported, but I have seen forum posts from several people who did it with zero problems.
> Buying it directly from Google offers some hope for timely updates
Buying a Galaxy Nexus directly from Google only shows an "unavailable on your country" page, it is much easier to buy from a local carrier. The Galaxy Nexus has no carrier customizations, AFAIK all local carriers are using the same yakjuvs build.
Posted Jul 2, 2012 16:51 UTC (Mon) by mathstuf (subscriber, #69389)
Mine came with MyVerizon (which I would have installed anyways, but the latest update removing the widget and something about the login requiring a second app that doesn't work on ICS makes me wary of whether it will continue being useful at all; still haven't upgraded) and Wallet can't be updated from the store (I got the APK from the XDA forums though).
Posted Jul 1, 2012 5:28 UTC (Sun) by aryonoco (guest, #55563)
To the OP: In Android-land, if you want to get the maximum lifespan out of your device and know that your device is going to get official updates for a long time to come, only buy from Google's Nexus line.
Posted Jul 3, 2012 8:28 UTC (Tue) by rich0 (guest, #55509)
The other big issue with the Nexus line is lack of subsidy (varies by carrier). $400 is a lot to pay for a phone if you don't get a break on your monthly rate. The only carrier I'm aware of that will give you a break on the rate is T-Mobile, and for 4 lines you're looking at a savings of $900 every 18 months which is hardly the value of four free phones (two smart and two dumb).
The math probably works better for individual plans.
Posted Jul 3, 2012 23:20 UTC (Tue) by jimparis (subscriber, #38647)
It's also half the original price by now, so that still seems like a reasonable purchase.
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