You must be wondering that Samsung has been at the forefront of Android smartphone market, with its highly successful devices which have even surpassed iPhone’s sales figure, then why am I going against Samsung Manufacturing the next Nexus device, like the last two years. Well here are my points:
Breath of fresh air: The smartphone world has suddenly gone too Samsung-ish. A fresh new design from other manufactures should bring a nice change in the segment. Why don’t Google roll the ball back to HTC, who had designed their very first Nexus device? Their designs have been fairly different from other manufactures and HTC One X was a pure winner. Unibody design anyone? While Sony and LG have more or less produced not-so-innovative and at times, ugly devices, Motorola has shown some good design skills, with its RAZR devices as well.
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Use of materials: Come on Samsung don’t you have anything other than plastic? I personally feel Samsung phones are too plasticky. Some more elegant finish with a different material should be expected at least from their higher end models, but no, they will have their old glossy plastic drape even their flagship Galaxy S III. Meanwhile, HTC and Motorola have been experimenting with metallic finishes. HTC has shown that its micro arc oxidized aluminum and polycarbonate material can make the devices durable, light and give that cold metallic feel (which I really like). On the other hand, Motorola has gone ahead with making its phones “bullet proof”(not literally) with Kevlar back cover. Samsung, just have a look at your prime rival Apple, copy take inspiration from that glass and aluminum finish, instead of “icon designs” and “rounded corners”.
Display: Samsung has been too loyal to its AMOLED pen-tile matrix displays when it has been proved that pen-tile matrix just doesn’t provide the perfect color output. Then why not improve it or go for alternatives? Again, HTC has shown how Super LCD 2 can beat AMOLED in the quality of output from the display. While Super LCD2 uses conventional RGB layout, Super AMOLED uses pentile Matrix (RGBG) layout giving it a greenish tinge; therefore the display on the One X looks far more crisp and sharp with vivid colors than the display on the Galaxy S III. However, AMOLED screens are much more energy efficient, have truer blacks and better sunlight visibility. Therefore, an AMOLED screen with RGB subpixel layout should be the perfect option. Until Samsung brings Super AMOLED Plus(RGB) back or its successor with a RGB subpixel layout, I am in favor of HTC’s Super LCD2.
Battery: When the question comes down to battery backup provided by the phones, I guess both HTC and Samsung is defeated by the mighty battery being used in RAZR ‘MAXX’ devices by Motorola. With Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX (3300) having almost 50% more juice than that offered by Samsung Galaxy S III (2200 mAh) and HTC One X (1800 mAh). Yes, we definitely need more “mAh”s to keep the monster phones running throughout the day.
With these justifications, in my opinion the Taiwanese HTC or Google owned Motorola Mobility could do a better job than Samsung, in making the Nexus this year. Even though Google has proved that, it doesn’t have any soft corner for Motorola, the Motorola team has shown some serious potential to take the responsibility of the Nexus brand. While HTC can take the Nexus crown back from Samsung and get out of the financial crisis it has been facing.
All said, it’s up to Google to decide whom it will choose (or already has chosen) to partner with on the next Nexus phone. We would like to hear your opinion regarding this topic. Please post your comments.