I certainly hope Verizon pays attention to these posts. I have had several issues with my phone already. Here is a quick list, any help / feedback is greatly appreciated.
Maybe I am a little more picky than others. Maybe I have just used the phone more in the last 24 hours. I have to say that I am really disappointed in the phone. I am coming from a Droid X, which has its own set of issues, but I think that this phone was actually a step backwards. So, here is my list. I doubt it will make a difference that I post it here, but maybe it will help some of you out. The phone is running version 4.0.2.
First, the Pros:
Now...the cons... Unfortunately this list is way too long for a phone I have only had 24 hours. Let me say that I don't root the phone and I use as many stock apps as I can. At this point I think it is likely that I will return the phone within my wonderful 14 day window that Verizon gives us. If anyone else has seen any of these issues or has workarounds for something I may have missed, I would love to hear from you!
So, there you have it. Not sure I am going to keep the phone, but it does not appear likely. I would love to hear from others to see if they have experienced the same issues.
O boy i'm still glad i got my two old girls they might not be the new shiney Ferrari's that are out now with the ( Big 4G ) but they still get the job done. when i call on them... b33
Over a year old an still rocken the solid Gold 70s with my X an my Inc.
1. Should be fixed with the 4.1 update.
2, 4, 5 and 6 make me think that you have a bad phone. I would consider an exchange to another Galaxy Nexus.
8, and 11-14 may be/are inherent to the phone and the Galaxy Nexus may not be the phone for you.
There are some features in Ice Cream Sandwich that came from Honeycomb. I think that some of those features, such as the moving menu button and the recently used apps list, work better on tablets than they do on phones. While there are some features in ICS that I like that are not in Gingerbread, I thought that Gingerbread was good for phones.
I also have to agree with 21stNow - 2, 4, 5, and 6 seem to me that you have a bad phone. I would definitely have it exchanged within your 14 day grace period.
I went from a Samsung Droid Charge to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. There are definitely things that take some getting used to.
I too have played the "Now Where Did the Menu Button Go?" game. I think that as I get used to the apps I have on my phone, knowing where the menu button is will become second nature.
I use my phone in the morning to listen to music and news as I get ready for work. On my Droid Charge, the speaker was much louder. I will admit I was a little disappointed with this, because of the frequency with which I use the speaker. However, I can adjust. The trade-off for what I'm getting with the rest of the hardware and ICS is worth it. But assuming it isn't a hardware issue (which I am at this point) I will keep my fingers crossed for some sort of fix.
Signal strength worries me too as well, but I'm still playing with it to see if my signal is actually weaker, or if it is just the way the bars display.
I do hope for a fix that speeds up the rate of the LED notification (just slightly, I don't want the phone flashing like a strobe light). I am also just grateful to finally have a notification light again. I haven't had one since I switched from my BlackBerry a year and a half ago.
I too have noticed that when I rotate my phone to go into landscape mode, which I do often for text messaging and email (clumsy fingers), it is VERY slow to rotate. Again, waiting for a fix.
All in all, at this point, this is how I view it. This is a new device. And more importantly, an entirely new Android OS. We would be naive not to expect some issues/hiccups. What I also expect at this point is that this is a Nexus - as long as we calmly make the issues known to Google (not scream and rant, just politely point out), we will have timely updates that will fix many of the problems we see.
I am going to wait patiently for Google to do their job and fix the problems we all knew would be discovered the first couple of weeks after the release.
Per your list, I'm having issues #1, 3, 7-8, 10-12, and 14.
Additionally, I've noticed that when I hit the phone icon to call someone who's in my recent calls list, it takes up to 10 seconds for the phone to initiate the call.
I keep LTE turned off to save battery. At my home, my Droid X always had a full set of bars (there's a Verizon cell site about two miles down the road). The Nexus displays anywhere from 1-4 bars of either 3G or 1X. I haven't had it drop a call yet and its browser is faster than the DX's was, even with 1X. Additionally, it often takes several minutes for the phone to re-establish the data connection after a phone call or after initial startup. It might display "3G," but the bars are grey and the browser will say there's no data connection available when trying to browse.
I've only had a brief 4G device ownership stint back in June with a Droid Charge. The Nexus has better battery life than it did, but it still has what I'd consider to be mediocre battery life. I largely expected this because of the screen and I may invest in the extended battery. Relatively poor battery life seems to just be par for the course with LTE devices and probably will continue to be until the manufacturing technology evolves.
All of that said, there are some things I like about the phone. The screen is great, the camera is good enough, and the GPS locks immediately. My DX could take upward of 5 minutes to get a GPS lock.
Overall, I'm very disappointed with the Nexus. It's obviously a new OS and a somewhat new hardware design, but there's no excuse for most of these problems. I expect a $300 flagship device to work at least as well as my previous one, but so far it's mirroring my (bad) experience with the Droid Charge. Hopefully Google will be able to fix most of the issues quickly, although I fear the signal strength issues are related to hardware design.
In regards to the phone getting warm, I had that when I was loading apps and playing angry birds at the same time. Once the market reconized my Nexus as one of my devices there, I went through the market on my computer, and told it to load about 30 apps in a row, and played Angry Birds at the same time. I was trying to see if the dual core would stutter. It did not. I did notice that the phone got warm, but after everything was done loading, it cooled off within a couple of minutes.
Later I played Angry Birds again without any loading. While Angry Birds would turn my Droid X into a handwarmer within 1/2 hour of playing, the Nexus did not warm up that much at all.
Signal Strength - This is way off on the Nexus. I used a couple of other apps to check the signal strength, and they showed consistantly more signal strength than the phone itself. I think that the calculations are WAY off on the Nexus. Parts of my house are really signal poor, and the Nexus held connection most of the time. A couple of times I lost connection, but those were in the same areas of the house that my X would lose connection too..... so I thinkt hat the Nexus has decent signal strength, but it just does not show it.
Reboot - My phone rebooted once. I accidently made a phone call (while playing with one of the features) and I ened the call as soon as the call screen came up. The phone rebooted right away. I did the same steps and could not get it to do it again. Not sure what happened, but
Menu location - I think that this is a product of the apps, more than ICS. The apps that have not been programmed with ICS API's show the menu at the bottom, while apps that had the ICS API's when they were programmed show the menu at the top. Not sure if this is what is actually happening, but for some of the apps I know the developer and when they were put out, it seems to be the case.
Slow scrolling - I have had a couple of apps scroll slowly, but in my case, those apps were trying to load information into itself while I was trying to scroll. I have not had problem in ICS itself (no apps) scroll/swipe slowly.
power button - I agree that the button placement will take some getting used to. I too come from the X, and have reached to the top for the power button. I also have turned the screen off once when trying to adjust the volume. I also have turned the volume up a couple of times playing Angry Birds because of my thumb placement during play.... guess I need to hold it a little differently
I hope that you can get your other issues resolved to your liking. I have not had anything other than what I said above, but of course, I have not yet used the Nexus in my regular real world working, so time will tell
"Additionally, it often takes several minutes for the phone to re-establish the data connection after a phone call or after initial startup. It might display "3G," but the bars are grey and the browser will say there's no data connection available when trying to browse."
@wilsedw I have had the EXACT same thing happen many times (display "3G" but the bars are grey). It also seems to happen when I get out of range of WiFi. Yesterday, I actually had the phone stuck without any data connectivity. I finally toggled the airplane mode (on & off; it was off to begin with, mind you), and then rebooted my phone. Upon start up, I toggled the airplane mode once more (on & off) and after a couple of seconds I had data connectivity. (3G, three-four bars)
"This is way off on the Nexus. I used a couple of other apps to check the signal strength, and they showed consistantly more signal strength than the phone itself. I think that the calculations are WAY off on the Nexus. Parts of my house are really signal poor, and the Nexus held connection most of the time. A couple of times I lost connection, but those were in the same areas of the house that my X would lose connection too..... so I thinkt hat the Nexus has decent signal strength, but it just does not show it."
@curtterp It is possible that the signal strength calculations are off, but I've actually had issues of LOSING data connectivity at all - even in an area that has Verizon network repeaters and typically yields full-bar 3G data connectivity
@21stNow Thanks for getting back to me - I'll be reading up.