With so many amazing Android devices coming out, it’s hard not to give in to temptation and just buy one. You can’t blame us; we just can’t resist it. Like a kid at a candy store, we go crazy over things like 4G speeds, qHD resolution, dual-core processors and 1GB RAM. By the time we get to “3D display,” we already have our credit cards out.
Of course, like everything in life, you have to take the good with the bad. There’s a price to pay for those mouth-watering features. And it usually includes a couple Benjamins and two years of your life. In case I lost some of you, I’m talking about the $200 price and two-year contract these phones frequently have.
Two years is a long time, especially in the Android world. Two years ago we only had a handful of Android phones to choose from, and the Motorola Droid didn’t even exist yet. Knowing how fast the Android platform changes, it’s in your best interest to buy the most future-proof Android phone possible.
Well, I’m here to tell you that phone is the Nexus 3. Sadly, the Nexus 3 won’t be released for a few more months. But if you’re a person with patience, the phone could be well worth the wait. Here are the first three reasons why:
NVIDIA Tegra 3
It’s a known fact that NVIDIA is releasing its next-gen mobile processor, Tegra 3, in the second half of this year. This new chip is ahead of everything that’s currently available in the market, and NVIDIA isn’t afraid to tell you all about it. The company is already demoing devices powered by this monster of a chip, and the reaction from most people can be summed up in one word: Wow.
Aside from being able to pump out more eye candy than a Michael Bay movie, Tegra 3 also packs the following features:
- World’s first mobile quad-core CPU
- New 12-Core NVIDIA GPU with support for 3D stereo
- Support for Extreme HD at a 2560 x 1600 resolution
- 5x faster than the Tegra 2
- 40 nm by TSMC
- Ultra Low Power GPU mode
- 1080p H.264 High Profile video decode
Why am I telling you this? Because we have it on good authority that the Nexus 3 will powered by Tegra 3. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Just look at some of the clues laying around. Like how NVIDIA’s road map fits perfectly with the usual release time of the “Google Phone.” Or how the company already confirmed it’s working closely with Google on the next version of Android. It doesn’t get any more unofficially-confirmed than that, folks.
It’s easy to see why it would be a bad idea to buy a Tegra 2-powered device right before it’s going to be blown away by something five times better. Are you ready for console-quality gaming on your Android phone? I certainly am.
Ice Cream Sandwich
As we heard at Google I/O, the next version of Android–code named Ice Cream Sandwich–is coming out later this year. Starting with Eclair and the Motorola Droid, Google has always released a new version of Android accompanied by an Android phone–except with Froyo. And we expect Ice Cream Sandwich to be no different.
According to Google, Ice Cream Sandwich will be the company’s most ambitious Android version yet. In other words: If you thought Honeycomb was amazing, just wait ’til you see Ice Cream Sandwich. The Android team will mainly focus on making Android a unified OS that runs everywhere. Basically, Ice Cream Sandwich will blend Gingerbread, Honeycomb and Google TV into one delicious dessert.
As a result of this OS mix, Ice Cream Sandwich will bring Honeycomb’s holographic UI to Android phones. With a new launcher, a new multitasking UI and richer widgets in tow. But that’s not all. Google also gave us a sneak preview of some ground-breaking features Ice Cream Sandwich will have. Like head tracking, where the camera tracks your face and zooms in on it when you’re talking. Or how it uses your head’s movement to move an object on the screen. You can watch the Android team talk about Ice Cream Sandwich on the video below, starting at around 14:00.
With Ice Cream Sandwich, Google will also take NFC to the next level. The company will introduce a new feature called 0-click sharing that uses the NFC chip to share information between devices. Users will be able to share apps by tapping their phones together. Or send a YouTube video to their tablet by tapping it with their phone. All in all, pretty amazing stuff. Of course, Google will make this functionality available to developers via an API. Speaking of NFC …
It’s no coincidence that the Nexus S was the first Android phone to support NFC. Google has big plans for the technology, and you can expect every Nexus device to support NFC from now on. With new apps and features designed completely around NFC, the technology is fast becoming something you really need to have, if you want to enjoy everything Android has to offer.
Having said that, there aren’t that many Android phones with NFC support out there. In fact, Google’s very own Nexus S is currently the only one that has the chip. But that’s about to change. According to Google, the Android world is about to be flooded with NFC-packing Android devices–including the Nexus 3. If you plan to use any of the countless NFC apps and features Google will release in coming months, buying an Android phone right now could be a very bad idea.
If these three very good reasons aren’t enough to convince you to wait for the Nexus 3, make sure you read part 2 of this article
by following us on Twitter (if you’re following us on Twitter, that’s the easiest and quickest way to know when you can read it). In part 2, we’ll talk about the other three equally important reasons you might be better off saying ‘no’ to the Sensation–I mean temptation–and just waiting for the Nexus 3.