BREAKING..Google back in the smartphone sales game: unlocked Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ (GSM) available for $399 By Myriam Joire posted Apr 24th 2012 11:00AM engadget.com
Hang on to your kneecaps, folks. Google's just announced that it's making the Galaxy Nexus HSPA+available in its Play web store for $399 contract-free. That's right: the unlocked, unbranded, pure Google, 16GB GSM version everyone's been importing from foreign lands far and near is now officially available in the US -- booyah! The handset ships with Android 4.0.4 ( Ice Cream Sandwich) and comes with Google Wallet pre-installed (including a $10 credit to get you started with the company's mobile payment service).
The Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ is on sale now for $399 (plus taxes and two-day shipping) in the new Devices section of the Play web store. It's a phenomenal deal for one of the best Android phones on the market today -- especially when you consider it provides 21Mbps HSPA+ with great battery life (unlike the "fake" Nexus) and no commitment on your choice of AT&T or T-Mobile. So go ahead, stick it to the carriers and get a taste of dumb-pipe utopia -- delicious, isn't it?
I'm way lower than a day on Nexus S with Android 4.0.4. It goes pretty well as long as I don't use the phone - but as soon as I start to use it, it seems to burn clock cycles at a very high percentage, and thereby draining battery, fast.
GSM - I am from Europe. But there is no doubt, that the QA at Google totally failed at power saving tests, when they made wifi enabled by default in the background.
I also upgraded our Transformer to Android 4, and wondered why the battery was totally flat in the morning, until I found that hidden wifi setting - now battery life is excellent on the transformer. But I would be surprised if less than 90% of transformer-owners, who upgraded, have very bad battery performance, because of this.
Beginning April 23rd, Intel, through Lava International, began selling the Xolo X900 smartphone in India for $420, Anandtech has just published a review of the smartphone which runs Android on x86 and uses binary translation as the mitigation for both libraries and NDK applications that haven't yet been ported to x86
Thanks zax. This is a MUST READ review and it shows why Android is going to dominate going forward. Having Qualcom, TI, Nvidia and Intel competing and leapfrogging each other means that in a year or two we'll be holding the fastest PC today in your palm of your hand.
The no contract unlocked Galaxy Nexus for $399 with Android 4.0.4 is the best phone in any OS that any money can buy right now... the fact that is only $399 for an unlocked no contract 1280x720 superphone, makes it and absolute steal... that you can use a full blown screaming fast out of this world Chrome browser with it as well as Google Wallet makes it the monumental buy of the century... I just ordered 10 phones for everyone in our company and 4 more for everyone in my immediate family... the Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0.4 is that AWESOME!