Google Nexus Mobile Devices: How They Shape Up Against Apple Products

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2012-11-01 Print this article Print

5. There's Google integration everywhere

Google has integrated its many services into its mobile products. From Google Earth to Gmail, each of the Nexus devices comes with the company's top services. Whether that's a good thing or bad thing is up to the individual customer.

6. 4G LTE connectivity is missing

Oddly, Google has decided against bundling 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) service in any of its Nexus products. The Nexus 4, for example, only supports 3G and Evolved High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA+). The company's Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 offer Web connectivity via WiFi. Google made a curious decision to leave LTE service out of its Nexus line and one that flies in the face of today's mobile trend of faster data.

7. There's a real victory on screen size

Google has claimed victory on the screen size war with Apple. And there might be good reason for that. The company's Nexus 4 has a 4.7-inch display, easily dwarfing the iPhone 5's 4-inch screen. And with a 10-inch Nexus 10, Google is besting the iPad's 9.7-inch display. The only place Google falls short is on the Nexus 7, where Apple's 7.9-inch screen is larger. But overall, Google is delivering more screen real estate to customers.

8. Fragmentation? What fragmentation?

One of the nice things about the Nexus line is that it doesn't worry customers with fragmentation. When buying an Android device from third-party vendors, consumers need to be aware of which version of the software comes with the product. If it's an older version, it'll be obsolete out of the box. Unfortunately, it happens quite a bit. Google, though, is bundling the latest Android versions in its Nexus line; this ensures fragmentation doesn't bite its customers.

9. Google Play is strong

The Nexus line supports the Google Play store. For those who haven't been there, Google Play is home to everything from apps to movies to music. And by nearly all accounts, it's on-par with competing services, like Apple's iTunes or Amazon's MP3 store.

10. It's only the beginning

Looking ahead, there's no reason to believe that Google will abandon its push into the mobile market for the long term. So far, the Nexus line has proven popular among consumers, and Google's recent decision to expand its offerings seems to indicate its desire to bring more devices to customers. If the Nexus line intrigues you now, get ready for even more updates in the coming months and years.

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