Jun 17 AT 11:06 AM Alberto Vildosola 63 Comments

Six reasons why you might want to wait for the Nexus 3 [Part 2]

This is part 2 of a two-part article on why waiting for the Nexus 3 could turn out to be a very good idea. Make sure you read part 1 first, if you haven’t done so already.

It’s a Google Phone

If I had to choose only one reason why you should wait for the Nexus 3, it would be this:  You’ll always have the latest version of Android. Now, wait a second before you jump out of your seat and yell “CUSTOM ROMS FTW!” Even if you’re a hardcore Android fan that changes ROMs every week, you’ll still be better off buying the Nexus 3. Check every ROM website and tell me which phones are at the top of the list of supported devices. That’s right, the Nexus One and the Nexus S. Why? It turns out Google’s official Android developer phone is very popular among developers and hackers.

In a world where OEMs and carriers take many months to (or never) update our Android phones, owning one that’s guaranteed to be up-to-date is worth its weight in gold. Ask any person that still has Froyo or Eclair on their phones, and they’ll tell you how much they hate waiting around for OEMs and carriers to update it. There’s none of that nonsense with a Nexus phone. You always have the latest version, plain and simple.

Owning a “Google Phone” also has other advantages. These days, buying a Nexus phone is pretty much the only way to have a phone with Google Android. (Instead of Motorola HTC, Samsung, Sprint, Verizon or AT&T Android). There’s no bloatware in Google Android, no plasticky additional user interface, no gimmicky useless feature, no locked bootloaders, no weird limitations and, most importantly, no extra bugs. Just 100% pure Android, the way Google intended it to be.

720p screen resolution

According to a rumor that popped up last month, LG is currently working on an Android device that has a 720×1280 resolution display. Since LG is the rumored manufacturer of the Nexus 3, we could speculate the next “Google Phone” will have a 720p display. With a 4-inch screen, this display would have a pixel density of 367ppi. Destroying everything else that’s currently available on the market–including the iPhone 4.

Additionally, Toshiba announced at SID last month that we will see phones later this year with the company’s 4-inch 720p display. Whether LG or someone else builds the Nexus 3, I expect Google to use nothing but the best for this phone. In this case, that would be a 720p screen.

Designed by Google

Some of you might not know this, but Google will eventually go into the hardware business. Whether it happens this year, the next one or in five is another question. The company will do this with the help of two recent hires. They’re Joe Britt and Matt Hershenson, and you already know them if you watched the Android Google I/O 2011 keynote. They showed off Project Tungsten, a futuristic media hub built by the company.

Joe and Matt have a lot more to do with Android than you might think. The two of them, along with Andy Rubin, founded Danger back in 2000. You know them as the company behind the groundbreaking Hiptop or Sidekick phone. When Andy Rubin left Danger to found Android, he borrowed a lot of ideas from the Sidekick and brought them to Android. In other words, you can think of the Sidekick as Android’s grandfather. If you want to go behind the curtains and see how the three of them designed and built the Sidekick–and indirectly Android– you can watch the videos below, and go here for more.

What does this all have to do with the Nexus 3? Well, seeing how Joe and Matt have a very long history of building and designing devices, it’s not crazy to think the two of them could somewhat influence the Nexus 3′s design. As a big fan of the Sidekick, there’s nothing that would make me happier.

There you have it. Six reasons why you should really wait for the Nexus 3. (I know I will). If you guys have any other reasons, let us know in the comments. Or maybe you disagree with one of mine. We’d love to hear your opinion as well.

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • http://Website Marcus

    Will it have a kickstand? That would be awesome!

    • http://Website Melanie C

      but the new star smartphone iPhone 5 will have 1080p!!!!!
      iPhone strikes back.

      • http://www.thatboyjay.com thatboyjay

        No. It won’t. IDK if you know this but Android is taking over. Apple is quickly becoming the past. And AT&T has horrible 4G. It’s up to Verizon for the iPhone 5 to succeed in September. IPhone doesn’t even gave flash.

      • http://Website Lucian Armasu

        It won’t. That is the last resolution the iPhone will have. It’s high density and it’s good enough for that screen size. They won’t mess with developers again, and they’d need to quadruple the pixels again, which would be pretty stupid. I think the 1280×720 resolution is also the last resolution Android smartphones will have. It’s an HD resolution and it’s 300+ PPI even for 4.5″ displays, so it’s perfect. Really no need to go further and waste GPU resources to support it.

      • http://Website the helping hand

        Melanie C wrote

        >>but the new star smartphone iPhone 5 will have 1080p!!!!!
        iPhone strikes back.>>

      • http://Website phoebetech


        Can I forward what you know to Apple? Seems like they have another leak.


    keep the rumors coming… cant wait !

  • http://Website Rich

    Ahh man, don’t tease me with the prospect of a Sidekick style keyboard! I would love to See Google go back to their (G1) Android roots and have a keyboard on the next Nexus phone! Sadly, I doubt it will happen though!

    • http://Website moe

      I would love a keyboard stock android 2.4 device

      • http://Website jdog25

        The next version will be past 3.1.

        • http://Website Eric

          We assume so, but it may not be true. I still remember the server hits of people browsing with android 2.4 devices.

  • http://Website Festis

    Nicely done Alberto Vildosola (Y) =D

    I´d love to see even more updates on the nexus 3 <3

    Please excuse my bad grammar.

  • http://Website Tim

    Any idea what network? I heard it might not come out on T-Mobile to start. One negative to Android is there will always be something better next month. iPhone at least you know each year they’ll be a new one and you won’t turn around next month and there is something better. Not that I want an iPhone I love Android. It just makes it tough to buy one because you know it’ll be outdated quick.

    • http://Website iloveliveunique

      I understand we all want the latest & never want to feel our device is outdated but the Nexus phone will always be a phone to hold onto until the next version comes out & so on. You shouldn’t feel outdated. You’ll be able to root with this, get new features, support, and stay updated. The hardware will be fine.

      I just really hope the physical design is sexy and the screen is really nice. This 720p screen would be the only way I’d get over a Super Amoled +.

      I’ll gladly wait. I’m just sticking to the Nexus line. Other phones are tempting because of the owes & aaghs, but pure is so satisfying. I have a NS4G. Its not dual core but it performs so damn well daily. Clean OS, pretty nice screen in quality & size, responsive due to screen, sleek design, and quality performance overall. We all wanted the NS to be dual core but that alone does nothing if the OS is buggy & hardware is choppy etc. Google just simply introduced quality with the Nexus S/4G along with Samsungs help. The UI was in need of it before gingerbread. Not every update is supposed to to be an overhaul. Some are slight cosmetic changes & performance. Ice Cream will be the new look from head to toe.

      Sorry for misspelled words in advance. Auto correct can be wrong at times.

    • http://Website Drew

      That’s the only problem I have with the Nexus devices, they limit you to a specific carrier. I wanted the Nexus 1 so badly, but I’m stuck on Verizon. Sadly, I don’t see Verizon ever getting a Nexus device, even though it’s their turn.

      • http://Website The Truth Squad

        You are totally wrong about Verizon. The first “Google” phone was the Droid on Verizon. It they think they can sell a plan to you because you want the Nexus 3 and enough people agree with you, then it will happen. They should put them on all networks. The only options you will have after the TM and ATT merge is sprint and Verizon. Gods help us if they go to ATT. I was on their network once and I would rather have two cans and a string.

        • http://Website brandon

          actually the first “google” phone was the g1, and after that the mytouch. those were the first two android phones and they were before the droid, my friend.

          • http://Website brandon

            and both were on tmobile.

    • http://Website weirdroid

      I recall some other Nexus 3 rumor articles talking about LTE, so it would be Verizon or AT&T first I guess. I hope it’s Verizon, then maybe a Sprint WiMAX version could be coming soon after, which is where I plan to stay. I also hope stock Android starts including those extreme docking/connectivity modes similar to those we see in the Motorola Webtop devices.

      • http://Website nYdGeo

        Since Sprint’s WiMAX provider, Cleawire, seems ot be in a constant state of turmoil and struggle, and since ultimately the potential of LTE is higher than that of WiMAX, it has been reported that Sprint will eventually be moving to LTE, and between now and then will eventually be offering phones that support both WiMAX and LTE to help them move through the transition.

        I wish that they would begin this move, because ever time I read about Clearwire the news is worse. No wonder the Sprint 4G roll-oout around the country is at a snails pace. By the time it gets to many areas it will have already been out-moded.

  • http://twitter.com/minkiu Minkiu

    I’m a Vodafone slave till February 2012, so i don’t mind if it appears late this year cause i’m really hope to get this one :D

  • http://Website eid3tic

    What about carrier? Have you heard anything about the phone coming to T-Mobile, or whether or not Sprint will be a partner again as well?

  • http://Website Miguel

    Am I seeing things? Because I am only seeing 3 reasons listed…

    • http://Website iloveliveunique

      Notice this is part 2. 2×3 is 6. Just saying.

  • http://Website ray rodriguez

    Ok so i got a nexus s..and android icecream sandwich will not use any capacitative buttons..does that mean the nexus s will still get ice cream sandwich?please somebody reply!

    • http://Website JaylanPHNX

      While the UI will preclude the use of physical or capacitive buttons going forward, there’s no reason that phones with buttons couldn’t use ICS. It shouldn’t take a whole heap of code to allow for both physical and on-screen buttons. From interviews with Mathias Duarte, Honeycomb already does this, allowing tablet makers to use physical buttons if they so choose. The only real change is that it’s likely Menu will become Multitasking.

    • http://Website kid_352003

      Yes, Nexus 1 received GB minus the new Gtalk because of no ffc.

  • Jeffroid

    Why do you need 2 parts , or 6 reasons for such an article?

    “It’s a Nexus/Google phone!” is the one and only reason you need.

    - Yeah I deliberately wanted to sound like a fanboy

  • http://www.mobilexvideos.com videos

    Interesting article.

    The Sidekick really did start this whole thing, but I can only dream that these guys will give the Nexus 3 an actual SK-quality keyboard.

    You know, Google really to get with the program and make TWO versions of each Nexus- one VK and one QWERTY.

    But If LG produces this phone, its gonna be a hunk of crap

    • http://Website boxee

      i am with u on this one , most things lg make are load of old crap !!

    • http://Website kid_352003

      Beg to differ, My G2X is just fine; it replace my N1 and now I’m waiting for the N3 since I got my woman the NS. I would stay a little longer with the G2X if Goolge was doing the updates.

  • http://www.kablowie.com Greg B

    Not loving the BGR report that gives it a dual core 1.2 GHZ chip instead of the Quad Core Tegra 3.

    • http://Website ed

      2 is better than 4 that is why we only have 2 balls

    • http://Website Eric

      Quad core would be great, however I think dual core would last a two year contract fine. We’ll have to see if it is an N1 repeat (push hardware boundaries), or a NS repeat (use widely available hardware just before obsolescence).

      • http://Website Bacon_Hat

        I’m with ya. I hope its the former. It was bad timing releasing the phone on the cusp of better hardware. One other guy says that Nexus is just to push Google’s new features, i.e. NFC , and I hope he will be wrong about Nexus 3. I wanted to buy the Nexus S but my freaking damn 1 year old EVO4G is still on par with it. Plus waiting those extra months just for 4g wasn’t worth it to me when at the end of the year a new Nexus will be out. Come on HTC……..

  • http://Website Black Kristos

    One reason that I will NOT wait for the N3: LG.

  • http://Website HermanMelville

    How good of a strategy is buying smart phones using them for a while and then selling them and then buying a new one off contract?

    I was thinking of getting the Sensation since I’m still using the MyTouch 3g. I really like the sound of the rumors about the Nexus 3, but I can’t wait that long. If I buy the Sensation on contract, then sell it in six months when the Nexus 3 comes out, how much might I be able to sell it for? Because I would then like to use the money to aid in buying the Nexus 3.

    • http://Website thetruth

      you should be able to get 500 for it

    • http://organizedfellow.com OrganizedFellow

      I’m in a similar situation.

      I still have my Nexus One. Just bought the LG G2X (rooted, zero screen bleed, but the occasional reboot).
      I’ve read many threads on XDA Forum Marketplace, and there are TONS of these G2x for sale.
      The highest price I see is $350, which really bothers me, because I bought mine for the full retail.

      I’d like to sell it, but not lose $150 after just having it for a few months. But I suppose that’s the name of the game.

      Either way, I’m getting this flagship coming soon :D

  • http://Website bbdol

    Lots of bias.. and I do believe the HD2 has a stronger dev community atm.

  • http://Website KenG

    I’ve had a G2x for about 2 months now. It says Google on the back, but it’s still running 2.2.

    And it has a minor amount of bloatware. So I’m not convinced the Nexus 3 will have those advantages you mentioned.

    • http://Website HermanMelville

      There’s a difference between being a google phone, and being branded with Google.

    • http://Website Eric

      T mobile G series is completely different than the Nexus Series. G series is a brand created by t mobile for enthusiasts. Nexus Series is the official google developer phone.

  • http://Website Drew

    I have one reason NOT to wait for the Nexus 3: Galaxy S II. It may not be a good reason, but I’m going to have a hard time not buying the Galaxy S II.

    • http://organizedfellow.com OrganizedFellow

      I’ve never owned a Samsung Galaxy, but I’ve read about a poorly structured file system.

      Is that still true with the Galaxy S II?

      • http://Website Eric

        No, they fixed it thankfully. It is also fixed in custom SGS roms.

  • http://Website Pip

    Hope they give a good deal of care and attention to the hardware look and feel as well.
    It is not just about the specs, these are personal devices so need to look sexy as well!
    If they can do that, then I think the whole world will buy this.

  • http://twitter.com/jcunwired jcunwired

    Nice article.

    Two reasons NOT to wait:

    If it’s your desire to wait for the next best thing you will never do anything but wait. There will always be something better 6 months in the future. Life’s too short to wait for it to happen, get in on the act now.

    Which carrier wl be chosen next? Can you afford to wait only to find that the other guy gets the new Nexus? What, will you continue to wait for the Nexus 4?

    I could wait another few months, my Evo isn’t outdated yet and I’d love a phone with these rumored specifications, but not wanting to switch carriers its a gamble. It’s a shame, I would love to see Google release simultaneously with technology for all carriers to offer the Nexus, but I don’t see this happening.

    The only thing worthy of putting off is death, I plan to do that for a very long time, but if it happens soon rest assured, I’ll be gripping a dual-core phone :-)

  • http://Website TellmeTHIS

    don’t a quad-core use up more power than a dual core? I understand that going from a single core to a dual core improves power efficiency but the opposite happens when you go to quad core- I mean that’s why intel had to create turbo boost. Also many of the rumors point to the nexus 3 being a lte device and that atnt will most likely get it since verizon is well VERIZON. Also from a marketing stand point by going to atnt it can be sold world wide. The SGS2 seems likely to be my next phone and the nexus line phone is never really about state of the art cutting edge tech anyway.

    • http://Website Eric

      There is no inherent reason quadcore is more power hungry than dual core. In fact, it should allow more power throttling. Look at the Glowball demo. nVIdia had 4 cores working at 70% or two cores at 100%. I’d bet the quad core is able to be power throttled and is using less power, or similiar levels (since in that demo, the quad was actually doing more).

      As for intels Turbo Boost, that has nothing to do with power. It is limited by TDP (or how hot the chip can get), but power is not the reason it exists. It exists because many processes are optimized for fewer than 4 cores. Since thats the case, they can make those active cores faster by slowing down/shutting off the unused cores. This is the benefit to the end user, not lower power. Heck, intel is making 8 core 16 thread CPU’s. They are doing that for performance reasons. Not every move is power saving.

  • http://Website Sean

    I’ve decided to wait for the Nexus 3. And furthermore, I’ve decided to only buy Nexus devices cause they get the most support and the best features. Every year I plan on getting the new Nexus kinda like the iphone dudes upgrade every year.

  • http://Website bling bling

    Im rather waiting for iPhone 5,
    5>3, lexus 3 stands no chance

    • http://Website Eric

      Why would a car company make a phone?

      If you want to troll, at least proofread. Both your spelling and grammar make you look like an idiot. Your phone choice is your own however, even if this blog isn’t the place to discuss iPhones.

  • http://Website Eric

    Assuming these rumors are true, my reasons for getting a Nexus 3 would be:
    Google Phone
    720p screen

    A quadcore device is nice, but not necessary imho

  • http://Website nickerrides

    you know why you should wait on the nexus 3?? NEXUS 4!

  • http://Website Kevin

    “I expect Google to use nothing but the best for this phone.” Really? Just like the Nexus S huh? ;) I hope you’re right but they made a pretty big mistake branding their 2nd Google experience phone on a device with no SCCard slot and what is essentially the Galaxy S with curved glass screen. the N1 was top of the line. The NS was just another phone. Hopefully they will get back to making the flagship Android device the most powerful phone available, at least for a couple of months.

  • http://Website Joshua

    “I expect Google to use nothing but the best for this phone. In this case, that would be a 720p screen.”

    Why do you expect this? They didn’t use the very best that was available for the Nexus 2? Can you backup this claim with something else?

  • http://Website Alain Joseph

    I love this exactly what I predicted in my articles on Examiner: Finally, the iPhone killer! It’s not an iPhone.

  • http://Website bananastand

    I really hope they go back to HTC or Samsung for the Nexus 3. After the G2x debacle I’m weary of every buying an LG phone again.

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com PixelSlave

    >> Whether LG or someone else builds the Nexus 3, I expect Google to use nothing but the best for this phone. In this case, that would be a 720p screen.

    Don’t get me wrong, I really want you to be correct. Look, if your theory was correct, the Nexus S would have been a dual-core phone. But it wasn’t.

  • http://Website Joshua

    My final reason for disagreeing with this whole article. From the words of Androidandme:


    The G2X is getting nothing but bad press. You can blame it on whomever you’d like but there is no doubting the quality control issues. Do you really think Google wants to mess with LG?

  • http://- Zhi Hao

    Well I guess I’ll be getting a Nexus 4 then. I really want a quad core A15 CPU, plus my contract only ends next year. My country is slated to have LTE ready by next year too, so getting an LTE phone now would be a waste since it won’t be running at full potential.

  • http://Website Union Pivo

    Just bought samsung S2 with 2 year contract, you depressed me.