This article was written by Dave Offord of Best Tablet for Me, the online guide to buying a tablet.
There are a few types of Android users:
1. The casual user who just wants a nice screen, easy set up, access to social media, the web, apps, etc. Oh, and making calls and texting is still somewhat important too.
2. The obsessive tech geek who needs to always have the newest toy on the street.
The majority, as I have found in my travels, fall into the first category. If you are like me though, you always want to have the “new hotness”.
This is where the Nexus line of phones and tablets comes in.
Just a quick history lesson on why I am about to speak so highly about the Nexus line. Android itself is software that is developed by Google. Since Android is “open source” (ie free for manufactures to put on any device they want pretty much) you see Android software on a ton of devices, with more coming out seemingly every day.
According to Business Insider, over 900 MILLION Android devices have been activated and that number is closing in on a billion, very, very quickly. In fact, by the time I am done writing this it may be at a billion.
So when Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, etc want to add Android to their new devices, they take whatever Google currently has released and they then add their own “coat of paint” to it. Making it not the pure Android experience that Google has developed.
Google, being the king of all that is tech, has figured out a way to get their vision of Android out to the masses, while still appeasing the Samsungs, LGs, HTCs and Sonys of the world.
Since 2010, Google has selected a different manufacturing partner to release their Nexus phone. Each time you hear about a new version of Android being released, most recently it’s 4.4, codenamed Kit Kat, you will see a corresponding device to debut the new software.
The latest phone to have this is manufactured by LG, and is the Google Nexus 5. The specs on this phone blow anything out there out of the water.
“The Nexus 5 has a 4.96″ Corning Gorilla Glass 3 IPS LCD touchscreen with 1920 × 1080 pixel resolution, 2.3 GHz Krait 400 quad-core processor on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, 8 MP rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization, 1.3 MP front-camera, a 2,300 mAh lithium polymer battery and 16 or 32 GB of storage. Additionally, it supports LTE connectivity, wireless charging and 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0” (source: Wikipedia)
And as mentioned earlier, Google has taken their Nexus line to tablets as well. Asus released the Nexus 7 with the debuting Android 4.1 software on June 2012. Most recently the Nexus 10 was released by Samsung and has been a stalwart amongst the many tablets out there running Android.
In conclusion, if you are shopping for the newest device, be it phone or tablet, and want to be guaranteed to have the most up to date software, the Nexus line is what you want to be looking for.