What Ammo The New Nexus Needs To Battle iPhone 5 & Lumia 920

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October is the month when Motorola will release the Droid Razr HD onto the shelves and the Galaxy Note 2 from Samsung is also expected to come out. However there is rumors that the first of reportedly many Google Nexus phones will also be unveiled sometime this month. At the moment we don’t know a lot about it but given that it is a Nexus device, we can make a couple of educated guesses.

Upcoming Google Nexus phones: what it needs to battle iPhone 5 & Nokia Lumia 920

The Google Nexus series is of course the epitome of Android devices. Its goal is to set the standard that next year’s Android phones should follow. Think of it as a showcase of what Android smartphones will be capable of in 2013. This year, rumours have it that there will be more than one device in the Nexus line up launched. This may be Google’s way of trying to coax consumers away from the iPhone 5 and the Nokia Lumia 920, two other platforms that pose a threat to Android’s growth. If Google are to be successful they will need to do more than just launch it with a new version of Android (rumored to be Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie). So here’s what the next Nexus phone needs in order to compete with the iPhone 5 and Nokia Lumia 920:

No one likes to be stuck with a certain carrier if they want a certain device. Google should bear this is mind and offer the new Nexus on all the major carriers in the US. When the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was released, it was on Verizon only, until Sprint got their version later in 2012. If you wanted the handset with a different carrier then you had to get the unlocked handset. Should Google release the new Nexus with a single carrier, they could lose a great deal of sales. The iPhone 5 for example is available on all major carriers starting at $199 on contract.

They may also want to consider setting the price of their device lower. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was dropped to $399 at Google stores and this helped it sell like hotcakes. So if the new Nexus was around this price, it would blow the iPhone 5 out of the water which usually sits above the $750 mark.

Updates need to be monitored as in the past these have been slow. Customers of Verizon were left waiting for a bug fix update for a month when it came to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and then there was the problem with Jelly Bean. Android updates should come out faster and it shouldn’t matter which carrier you have chosen to go with. That is what the Nexus series is suppose to be all about after all.

The Nexus could do with a redesign to make it look like it’s a flagship phone. Sure it is meant to be a device popular with developers but that doesn’t mean it can’t look good. The plastic look of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus did it no favours and it doesn’t come close, at the minute, to the premium glass and aluminium look of the iPhone 5. Even the Nokia Lumia 920 is gorgeous to look at.

The new Nexus needs to come with a larger battery. Consumers are always complaining that the battery life is not good on Android handsets. Motorola have worked magic with the Razr Maxx, and so it proves it can be done.

Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie needs to be bug free and working without a hitch when it is installed on the new Nexus device. A stable OS is needed as any bugs or faults, such as the iPhone 5 saw with Apple Maps, is a no no.

When you consider what Nokia have done with the camera of the Lumia 920 and the update to the camera of the iPhone 5, clearly the new Nexus device needs a solid camera. So far none of the Nexus phones released have a camera that deserved praise.

All in all Google and the manufacturers have their work cut out for them if they are to beat the likes of the iPhone 5 and Nokia Lumia 920. The above few points would be a good start for any new Nexus phone regardless of which manufacturer is to produce it.

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